BALANCING CLEANSER: Oil Control
Reveal clear, shine-free skin. Charcoal-powered gel cleanser dives deep into pores to purify and detoxify blemish-prone skin.
Size: 5 fl oz
Charcoal-powered, oil-free, detoxifying gel cleanser purifies congested, oily, blemish-prone skin. Dives deep to unclogs pores, dissolve excess oil, control shine, and remove makeup.
Benefits & Power Ingredients
- Detoxifies pores: Charcoal dissolves excess oil, unclogs pores, and refines skin’s appearance, while Willow Bark Extract, a natural source of BHA Salicylic Acid, exfoliates
- Reduces shine: Rosewater and Witch Hazel Water help reduce shine and balance skin for a more even-toned complexion
- Removes makeup: Gentle surfactants remove impurities and makeup with just one cleanse
- Nourishes skin: Arginine conditions while Rosehip Extract infuses skin with protective antioxidants
- Feels like: a lightweight gel that transforms into a frothy lather as you cleanse
- Smells like: soft, neutral earthy scent derived from Charcoal and botanical extracts like Willow Bark and Witch Hazel
- Skin looks & feels: refreshingly clean and fresh, but not overly dry
Our commitment: 100% clean, cruelty-free, vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO, dermatologist-tested & synthetic fragrance-free
Pump cleanser into palm and massage over damp skin (eyes closed!) for 10-15 seconds. Once the charcoal-colored gel has turned into a foamy gray lather, rinse off with water and lightly pat dry.
Hint: For a quick and gentle detox treatment, leave on for one minute before rinsing.
Willow Bark Extract
Rosewater and Witch Hazel Water
Full Ingredient List
Follain shows what clean is capable of: easy-to-use products with hard-to-ignore results. Founder Tara Foley is a clean beauty pioneer who’s helped thousands of people discover the best clean ingredients for their skin. Now, she’s using her knowledge to create indulgent, effective skincare essentials designed to make everyone experience the power of clean beauty.
“Clean beauty is for everyone. My mission is to share it with as many people as possible.”
– Tara Foley, Founder
Didn't suit my skin
I was very excited to try a product from Follain as I was very impressed hearing about their ethos. I thought this product would be perfect for my oily, blemish-prone skin, but it just didn’t suit me unfortunately. I feel like you need to have very oily skin for this product to suit you.it left me with dry and irritated skin even though all of the ingredients sounded so perfect. Never mind! We’re all different and this one just wasn’t for me.
I love using it, I started using it 2 weeks ago and I really feel the difference, my skin is smooth and clean, it is perfect for combined skin, Thank you 🙂
Great for black women!
This was a major game changer and made me switch to clean beauty for all facial products! This helped clear my hormonal acne, prevent new acne, and even my tone from previous acne scarring! I use after the Naturopathica manuka honey cleansing balm!
Acne breakout after one use
Seems like a high quality product. Packaging is beautiful and it smells nice. But after using it once at bedtime, I had an uncharacteristic breakout the next morning. Perhaps not from the cleanser, but I wasn’t willing to try it again to find out. I suspect it would work well for other people, but it wasn’t a match for my skin type.
This product had good consistency but had bad smell and was not enjoyable.
I wish I had taken before and after photos for this cleanser. My normally dry skin has been oily, red, and broken out this summer, and the improvement even after one night of using the oil control series (plus the toner, which was already part of my routine) was remarkable. I leave it on for a minute as suggested.
FAVORITE cleanser ever
I absolutely LOVE this cleanser. As someone with normal-dry skin I always find that cleansers leave my face feeling dry and tight- not this one! This cleanser feels so silky and smooth when it goes on and I love that it foams. My skin is also acne-prone and I haven’t had any breakouts since starting to use this cleanser. This has been a major savior during this time of mask-wearing and sweat. I’m telling all my friends about it- I can’t recommend it enough.
Love this cleanser!
I have used this cleanser for about a week and it’s been great! My skin is sensitive and it seems to be not irritated by this. It is not overly drying and I notice my skin has felt clearer since using it. Love the packaging and I definitely would repurchase!
Good but not super special
This feels warm when rubbing it in because of the charcoal so it’s cool but it doesn’t seem particularly special so far. It foams up the way I like and makes my face feel clean without leaving any residue.
surprisingly gentle, seriously effective solution for oily skin. Fueled by charcoal and willow bark extract, this formula purifies and helps control shine without drying skin out. It also doubles as a quick one-minute mask for an even deeper cleanse. Either way, your complexion will be left looking just the way you like it, healthy-looking, and shine-free skin is guaranteed.
i like the way it goes, it’s smooth and easy to clean.. the result was awesome.. specially for oily or combined skin.. go for it!!
This made my skin feel so good! It burned my eyes a little but that was just human error being messy rinsing it off. It seemed to make my skin glow after using a few days. I will keep using.
Great cleanser for combo skin
I’m in my late 30s and I have combination acne-prone skin. This is a great cleanser! I love how the charcoal-colored cleanser lathers to white, and cleans away excess dirt and sebum without stripping my skin. My skin feels clean without feeling dried-out on my cheeks. I definitely recommend this cleanser. I also like the pump for easy dispensing.
Leaves skin oil free and radiant
I love Follian Oil Control Balancing Cleanser. Within a few days of using it twice a day I saw a big difference. You can no longer see an oily sheen on my face and I haven’t gotten any new blemishes. My existing blemishes are shrinking away. My skin is radiant in a healthy way. It glows but not because of excess oil. It works all day long. I don’t see the oil coming back between washes. It also smells really nice. It is definitely high quality and it really works fast. If you have combination to oily skin and breakout due to your oily skin, you should try Follian Oil Control Balancing Cleanser.
Follain cleanser solved my oily T-zone problem
I have a combination skin, which gets extra oily during humid summer months. Follain Balancing Cleanser does what it says – balances the skin out without any drying effects. After one week of use, I noticed that my T-zone is less pronounced and I have a normal skin. I really liked that effect! I follow up with a regular moisturizer and then put my makeup on. I noticed that I don’t need to touch up my makeup throughout the day. The cleanser really mattified the oily areas of my face and I no longer get those shiny spots. I will continue using the cleanser to see if it will help me turn my skin to normal type on a long-lasting basis.
Works well against excess oil on the face
Excellent cleanser, I have been using it for more than two weeks and the result is visible, indeed the skin is less oily during the day, less blemishes, the face is more matte, it cleanses the pores well and deeply, they are narrower, perfectly removes makeup, the face after using the gel is not overdried, smooth, fresh and clean. Didn’t cause any irritation. The aroma of the gel is pleasant herbaceous, the gel is black due that it contains charcoal powder. I like it and use it every day and recommend it to try. To have a face without excess oil I will buy this cleanser.
Omg so amazing
I loved this cleanser! My skin felt sooo radiant and clean. Although I have combination skin especially on my t-zone. It didn’t dry me out at all. My skin felt so smooth and even took all of my makeup off in one go. After using it a couple of days I noticed I wasn’t really get oily in my skin on the t zone so it really did a great job at controlling the oil and ph. I even had my brother try it who suffer from cystic acne and he loved it too! Slowly his acne is improving, the redness is fading away too! New staple in my routine!
This cleanser has cleared up my skin and seems to be controlling the oiliness as well. Skin feels so smooth and image less blemishes on my face.
Follain Balancing Cleanser Review
This product really surprised me at how well it really works.Its gentle and leaves your face feeling fresh and clean. I have benefited greatly from this product already for my skin looks refreshed and my acne has dramatically reduced already. I highly recommend this product to anyone who experiences acne or anyone just wanting a good facial cleanser.
This is a wonderful cleanser for combination semi sensitive skin like mine. It cleansed my skin without drying it out or irritation and I will repurchase.
Great for combination skin!
This cleanser leaves my combination skin feeling fully cleansed but not stripped of moisture. All of my makeup gets removed. My forehead and nose appear less oily during the day and my skin appears healthy and clean. A great cleanser overall!
I loved it!
It was effective. My face felt clean and didn’t feel greasy
Great for Oily Skin
This is a great cleanser for my combination/oily skin, especially in the summer when I tend to be most oily. This cleanser removes all of the oil, dirt, and any residual makeup from the day without stripping my skin of moisture. The only downside is that because it contains charcoal, the cleanser is black, so it can be a little messy and you might need to do some extra rinsing out of your sink afterwards to remove the black residue.
Excellent for a clean shin-free finish
I was lucky enough to receive this Follain Balancing Cleanser complimentary from Bzzagent. I’m not usually a huge fan of foaming face cleansers considering many just end up leaving your face parched. Surprisingly this Follain Balancing Cleanser did the complete opposite for me. I love a product with clean ingredients that can deliver I have combo/oily skin so the charcoal components in the gel did great in balancing that issue without leaving me feeling too dry after rinsing. Excellent for a clean shine-free finish.
Very gentle on the skin!
I’m so happy that I got to try this Follain Balancing Cleanser: Oil control. I’m absolutely satisfied with this product, I love how gentle it is on the skin. I have combination skin, so it removes all that dirt, oil and makeup without leaving the skin feeling dry at all . I also love that it has clean ingredients. About the packaging, I liked how the top of the bottle has a lock that makes it safe in case you accidentally dropped it and the product will not come out. Overall, this cleanser it does a great job at balancing the skin and it leaves the skin feeling very fresh and clean!
I enjoyed this cleanser, after I used it my face felt fresh and clean. I did not have any stinging sensation in my eyes when I put it on. My only criticism was that it’s very thick and black and will sometimes leave black blobs in my sink. Easy to remedy with a quick wipe but slightly annoying to have to do. Still overall I enjoy this cleanser and would continue to use.
I really wanted to love it but it doesn’t make my skin feel good. burns my eyes like crazy (worse than shampoo) when washing my face a little got in my nose and it burned for 30 mins. I started breaking out again (wanted to try their product after clearing my skin finally) only thing I changed was my cleanser and didn’t turn out good. skin is dry one day next day so oily. my skin is oily naturally
Very Bad for Sensitive Skin
I used this cleanser for about a week and every time after I used it my face would turn bright red (forehead and chin especially) and my face would feel like it was burning. The burning sensation subsisded after a few hours but the redness lingered pretty much all day.
Works well, but stings my eyes
This is a really nice cleanser, a lot more gentle and less drying than most “clarifying” or “oil control” products. My only problem with it is that it stings a bit in my eyes when I’m rinsing my face. I’m not using it to remove eye makeup, its just the little bit that drips when I’m splashing and rubbing it off the other areas. If you have sensitive eyes this might not be for you.
Wanted to love it but my skin didn't
I used this cleanser for two days and loved the way it made my skin feel initially. I saw some clearing of blemishes and left my skin feeling clean and fresh. The third day I broke out in acne and a rash like I haven’t had since I was a teen (I’m 41). I took a break from it for a week to let it clear and tried it again to see if it was something else causing the skin issues but once I resumed using it, the issues reoccurred. I think I may have an allergy to one of the ingredients in this cleanser. I can see it working for many. It definitely cleans well but something in it just didn’t work for me.
May not be suitable for those with sensitive eyes and skin
I really wanted to like this product because I like Follain and the product itself is an appealing color and texture. However, it burned my eyes and caused a mild rash on my skin. I wouldn’t normally consider myself to have sensitive eyes and skin, but something in this product was too harsh for me. None of the other reviews mentioned this, so maybe this is an isolated experience / specific to my skin….
I love this cleanser! The recommendation to use it for a minute as a mask is excellent. It really clears out my pores and I think my complexion has improved since I started using it!
This cleanser was a gift from my wife. It works great especially the one minute extra detox! My skin has been clear since I started using. Highly recommend!
I LOVE this new product!! I didn’t realize how “oily” my skin was until I started using this product. it has done wonders for balancing my skin tone and reducing my natural redness!!
FAVORITE cleanser ever
I absolutely LOVE this cleanser. As someone with normal-dry skin I always find that cleansers leave my face feeling dry and tight – not this one! This cleanser feels so silky and smooth when it goes on and I love that it foams. My skin is also acne-prone and I haven’t had any breakouts since starting to use this cleanser. This has been a major savior during this time of mask-wearing and sweat. I’m telling all my friends about it – I can’t recommend it enough.
I wish I had taken before and after photos for this cleanser. My normally dry skin has been oily, red and broken out this summer, and the improvement even after one night of using the oil control series (plus the toner, which was already part of my routine) was remarkable. I leave it on for a minute, as suggested.
I don’t traditionally have super oily skin, but with the heat and humidity of summertime combined with some super sweaty midday workouts, I was definitely experiencing some breakout and overall skin dullness. I saw a noticeable difference in my skin just once! It was a little bit brighter and didn’t collect as much of a ‘sheen’ after a long day at work. Love this product and can’t wait to keep using it.
This cleanser is amazing! My skin is super oily and this worked SO well.
New Summer Must-Have!
I was initially worried that this might dry out my skin too much, but honestly, this really is for every skin type! Between suncreen and sweating under a mask, using this each night has made a noticiable difference after just a few days. Can’t reccommend it enough, and actually preferred it to Follain’s Hydrating Cleanser, which had been my pervious go-to.
Skin Feels Great, I Don't Say That Often!
My girlfriend is just in love with these products, it is always the topic around dinner. Two nights ago she made me try this balancing cleanser for oil control. I typically get really oily skin during the summer and I used this cleanser at night and felt a huge difference after one use the next day. My skin felt soft and smooth, even with the beard and my face was not nearly as oily at the end of the day. 10/10 would recoomend this to every guy and girl out there. Keep up the good work.
Absolute favorite cleanser
I’ve had this cleanser for a week now and have truly seen changes in my skin. It is my go-to in the mornings and at night. For years, I’ve had oily, shiny skin (especially in the summer heat). Since trying this cleanser, my skin has been more shine-free, smooth, and less congested. The cleanser comes out as black gel and turns into this white, foamy lather, which is so cool! Seriously would recommend this product.
As someone with alligator dry skin, I always shied away from any ‘oil control’ products. But now that I’m minimally wearing makeup and slathering on sunscreen instead, sweating from workouts and yardwork, and putting a face mask on, my skin was oily and breaking out. This cleanser has the best texture and gets out all the gunk without leaving me dry or flaky. In about a week my breakouts are cleared and my skin feels less grimy. Highly recommend!
Detoxify without the dry
Love that this cleanser leaves my skin feeling clean and refreshed and not stripped. Has been so helpful for balancing skin and controling congestion with the increase in heat and humidity and wearing a mask.
This cleanser is a MUST for anyone with oily/combo skin. The charcoal is such a game changer and leaves my skin feeling clear and bright without feeling stripped. I also have been wearing it as a mask for a minute or two before rinsing it off. Also, can’t beat that price point!