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Reveal clear, shine-free skin.  Charcoal-powered gel cleanser dives deep into pores to purify and detoxify blemish-prone skin.

Size: 5 fl oz

Skin Type Combination, Normal, and Oily
Skin Goals Acne-Clearing, and Detoxifying

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

The Experience

  • 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.

About Follain

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

Customer Reviews


    too strong

    Olga February 22, 2021

    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

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      From Follain:

      Olga, Sorry to hear that our Balancing Cleanser was not a perfect match for you. It sounds like our Hydrating Cleanser may be a better fit for you. Always happy to help you find that perfect match with our chat feature available on Hope to see you back soon!


    Very Bad for Sensitive Skin

    Sarah January 20, 2021

    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.

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    Works well, but stings my eyes

    Jenny January 14, 2021

    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

    Nicole G. January 04, 2021

    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.

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    May not be suitable for those with sensitive eyes and skin

    Sam December 20, 2020

    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….

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    Emilie S. September 11, 2020

    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!

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    Excellent product

    Kerr M. August 24, 2020

    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!

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    Addi R. August 11, 2020

    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!!

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    FAVORITE cleanser ever

    Mariana C. July 27, 2020

    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.


    Sara D. July 26, 2020

    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.

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    Big fan!

    Corbett F. July 23, 2020

    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.


    Becca S. July 23, 2020

    This cleanser is amazing! My skin is super oily and this worked SO well.

    New Summer Must-Have!

    Carolyn D. July 22, 2020

    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!

    Kyler Z. July 22, 2020

    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

    Alexa July 22, 2020

    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.

    Love this!

    Alexandra B. July 17, 2020

    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

    Maddie A. July 09, 2020

    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.

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    NEW FAV!

    Tara M. July 09, 2020

    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!

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