Best Korean Cleansing Oils for Sensitive Skin

In today’s post, we will be talking about the best Korean cleansing oils for sensitive skin.

When it comes to choosing cleansing oils for sensitive skin, you should make sure that it is gentle, non-stripping, moisturizing, and free from PEG, polyethylene, artificial fragrance, sulfates, phenoxyethanol, colorants, and essential oil.

We have chosen these cleansing oils based on the people’s experiences and how they felt using the product.

Note: some of these cleansing oils might some essential oils and plant extracts.

1. IUNiK Calendula Complete Cleansing Oil

This is a highly recommended Korean cleansing oil you can use for sensitive skin mainly because of its ingredients. It contains calendula extract (moisturizing and soothing irritated skin) and plant oils such as sunflower seed oil, canola oil, jojoba oil, macadamia seed oil, ylang-ylang oil, and chamomile oil.

  • It’s a deep cleansing oil infused with 94 % plant oils and calendula flower extract to remove makeup, sunscreen, blackheads, whiteheads, and impurities while leaving the skin feeling soothed and moisturized.
  • It also offers a deep pore cleansing effect to remove makeup and blackheads for clean, smooth skin.
  • It is also a lightweight oil blended with 6 kinds of natural plant oil which offers moisturizing and nourishing effects to the skin.

What ingredients does it contain?

Sunflower Seed Oil, Canola Oil, Calendula Flower Extract, Sorbeth-30 Tetraoleate, Jojoba Seed Oil, Macadamia Seed Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil, Chamomile Oil, Sorbitan Sesquioleate

2. Banila Co Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm Purifying

This Korean product is more like a balm than a cleansing oil but can be used for even the most sensitive skin types.

  • It helps to remove waterproof makeup, impurities, and sunscreen.
  • It is a hypoallergenic cleanser that transforms from a balm-like texture into a smooth oil when applied to the skin.
  • It uses Zero Balance Technology that deeply cleanses without stripping the skin, leaving it hydrated and soothed.
  • It is formulated without parabens, sulfates, phthalates, polyethylene, mineral oil, alcohol, or artificial coloring.
  • It contains 7 herbs like Centella, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Rosemary Leaf Extract, Asian Knotweed Extract, Chinese Liquorice Extract, Green Tea Extract, and Chamomile Extract to soothe and calm skin.

What ingredients does it contain?

Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, PEG-10 Isostearate, Synthetic Wax, Water, Phenoxyethanol, Butylene Glycol, Fragrance, Tocopheryl Acetate, Evening Primrose Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Water, Glycerin, Centella Asiatica Extract, Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract, Licorice Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Citric Acid, Rosemary Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Flower Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Althaea Rosea Flower Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Sodium Benzoate, Bambusa Vulgaris Leaf/Stem Extract, Aspalathus Linearis Extract, Angelica Archangelica Root Extract, Acerola Fruit Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Metabisulfite, Corn Oil, Beta-Carotene, Polydiethyleneglycol Adipate/IPDI Copolymer, Acrylates/Ammonium Methacrylate Copolymer, Acrylates/Methoxy PEG-15 Methacrylate Copolymer, Tocopherol

3. Heimish All Clean Balm

This is another Korean product that is more like a balm than a cleansing oil but can be used for the most sensitive skin types.

  • There is no need to double cleanse and there won’t be any eye Irritation. 
  • It easily and quickly removes waterproof makeup, impurities, and sunscreen that pile up throughout your day.
  • It is a multi-purpose cleanser for waterproof makeup, dirt, and blackheads. It quickly dissolves into oil when in contact with the skin and cleans all residue.

What ingredients does it contain?

Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, Polyethylene, PEG-8 Isostearate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Shea Butter, Tocopheryl Acetate, Orange Peel Oil, Lavender Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Amyris Balsamifera Bark Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Tea Tree Leaf Oil, Grapefruit Peel Oil, Bergamot Fruit Oil, Boswellia Carterii Oil, Juniperus Mexicana Oil, Water, Coconut Fruit Extract, Butylene Glycol, Lime Fruit Extract, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Nelumbium Speciosum Flower Extract, Freesia Refracta Extract, Rose Extract, Leontopodium Alpinum Extract, Jasmine Extract, Daffodil Flower Extract, Lilium Tigrinum Extract, Iris Versicolor Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Limonene, Citral, Linalool

4. Dear, Klairs – Gentle Black Fresh Cleansing Oil

This is a mild cleansing oil made up of 85% light and vegetable oil making it suitable for sensitive skin types. It contains sunflower seed oil, grape seed oil, and jojoba oil.

  • It helps to remove makeup, impurities, and sunscreen.
  • Primary skin irritation test for sensitive skin and eye irritation test completed.

What ingredients does it contain?

Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, Grape Seed Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Black Currant Seed Oil

5. SKINFOOD – Black Sugar Perfect Cleansing Oil

This is a cleansing oil you can use if you have dry/dehydrated sensitive skin

  • It is a cleansing oil formulated with mineral-rich black sugar, botanical oils, and rice wine that gently removes dead skin cells, makeup, impurities, and sunscreen while moisturizing skin.

What ingredients does it contain?

Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Peg-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Peg-10 Isostearate, Bis-Ethoxydiglycol Cyclohexane 1, 4-Dicarboxylate, Jojoba Seed Oil, Olive Fruit Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, Water, FragranceDimethicone, Black Sugar Extract, Sodium Pca, Betaine, Threonine, Sorbitol, Proline, Lysine, Lepidium Meyenii Root Extract, Glutamic Acid, Arginine, Alanine, Butylene Glycol, Cholesterol, Lemon Fruit Extract, Orange Fruit Extract, Apple Fruit Extract, Papaya Fruit Extract, Serine, Glycine, Alcohol Denat., Rice Ferment Filtrate (Sake), Hydrogenated Lecithin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Phenoxyethanol, Ceramide Np, Sarcodon Aspratus Extract, Sucrose, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Disodium Edta

6. Beauty of Joseon Radiance Cleansing Balm

This is a cleansing balm that moisturizes and cleanses the skin at the same time. It is suitable for dry/dehydrated skin.

  • It contains nourishing rice bran water and grain extract that deeply moisturizes and brightens the skin.
  • It is free of PEG, polyethylene, artificial fragrance, sulfates, phenoxyethanol, colorants, and essential oil.

What ingredients does it contain?

Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, Synthetic Wax, PEG-10 Isostearate, Lactobacillus/Soybean Ferment Extract, Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil, Rice Bran Oil, Rice Seed Water, Oat Meal Extract, Coix Lacryma-Jobi Ma-yuen Seed Extract, Rice Extract, Water, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Glycerin, Propanediol, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin

7. NEOGEN cica micellar cleansing oil

This is a micellar cleansing oil that should be suitable for dry/dehydrated sensitive skin.

  • It removes makeup from the face (including the lips and eyes), without any stinging or irritation.
  • It also moisturizes the skin without leaving it stripped.

What ingredients does it contain?

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Isopropyl Palmitate, PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, Soybean Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Olive Fruit Oil, Water, Guaiazulene, Evening Primrose Oil, Carrot Seed Oil, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Glucose, Sodium Hyaluronate, Madecassoside, Carrageenan Extract, Tea Tree Leaf Extract, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hyaluronate, Ceramide NP, Sage Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Avocado Oil, Allantoin, Tocopherol, Tea Tree Leaf Oil, Panthenol, Grape Seed Oil, Walnut Seed Oil, ZINC PCA, Capryloyl Salicylic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Artemisia Capillaris Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Acorus Calamus Root Extract, Asiaticoside, Madecassic Acid, Asiatic Acid, 1,2-Hexanediol, Centella Asiatica Extract, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Xanthan Gum, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Saururus Chinensis Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Hydrolyzed Sodium Hyaluronate, Potassium Hyaluronate, Bergamot Fruit Oil, Limonene, Linalool.

Honourable Mentions:

  • PURITO From Green Cleansing Oil
  • Innisfree Green Tea Cleansing Oil
  • Hanskin BHA Pore Cleansing Balm
  • DAMDAM – Silk Rice Makeup Removing Cleansing Oil
  • Manyo Factory Pure Cleansing Oil
  • B.LAB – PHA Perfect Pore Cleansing Oil
  • Make p:rem – Safe Me. Relief Moisture Cleansing Oil
  • Skin Green Tea Calming Cleansing Oil 
  • Round Lab – 1025 Dokdo Cleansing Oil
  • Mizon Cicaluronic Cleansing Balm
  • Celimax Jojoba cleansing oil
  • Laneige Cream Skin Milk Oil Cleanser
  • Face Shop Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil
  • Tony Moly Apricot
  • Pyunkang Yul – Deep Clear Cleansing Balm

Which of these cleansing oils would be suitable for me?

IUNiK Cleansing Oil, Banila Co Clean Balm, and Heimish All Clean Balm are some cleansing oils we would recommend.