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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

50% Off! ($22 value). Sale price as marked.

Skin Type Combination, Normal, and Oily
Skin Goals Acne-Clearing, and Detoxifying
Clean Ingredients
Synthetic Fragrance Free

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, & made in the USA 

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.

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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

  • Game Changer

    Marisa K. February 23, 2022

    I bought this product for my 16 year old son who was having some issues with break outs. This has made a huge difference for him and his skin is looking so much clearer!

    • From Follain:

      We love to hear this, Marisa! Thank you for your feedback and review, so glad that your son has a hero product to keep his breakouts at bay and pretty soon you will be swiping the Balancing Cleanser for yourself as well. It’s that good!

      xo, Follain

  • clean clean

    Abi M. February 02, 2022

    This cleanser makes my skin feel very clean and definitely has seemed to pull out some impurities. It is quite strong so I usually only use it in the evenings, because I often wake up and feel like my face needs a rest from a serious scrub down. I like the way it lathers and I like that I can leave it on as a short mask treatment on days when I feel like I need some extra charcoal love for my blemish-prone, combination skin

  • Didn't suit my skin

    Sara October 08, 2021

    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 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.

    • From Follain:

      Hi Sara,

      Thank you for reviewing our Balancing Cleanser! Sorry to hear that it was not a perfect match for you, our Hydrating Cleanser may be a better match for your skin and we are happy to help you find that perfect match at


  • Perfect

    Marian September 17, 2021

    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 🙂

    • From Follain:


      So happy you are loving the results from the Balancing Cleanser! Tip: For a quick and gentle detox treatment, leave on for one minute before rinsing- your skin will be so happy!


  • Great for black women!

    Falian August 24, 2021

    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!

    • From Follain:


      So excited to hear about your amazing experience with the Follain Balancing Cleanser! Thank your for sharing your feedback and we wish you continued results driven success on your clean beauty journey.


  • Acne breakout after one use

    Cb July 06, 2021

    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.

    • From Follain:


      Thank you for reviewing our Balancing Cleanser: Oil Control. Because this cleanser works to draw out the impurities from the skin, it may have brought them to the surface showcasing the breakout. We invite you to try the product again and give it about a week to work its magic for visibly healthy skin.


  • Okay

    Isabel June 04, 2021

    This product had good consistency but had bad smell and was not enjoyable.

  • Amazing

    Sara July 25, 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.

  • FAVORITE cleanser ever

    Mariana July 26, 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.

  • Love this cleanser!

    Ang June 04, 2021

    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

    Jojo June 06, 2021

    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.

  • Amazing

    Sushi June 06, 2021

    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.

  • best cleaner

    Lolita June 07, 2021

    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!!

  • Great cleanser!

    Lauren B. June 08, 2021

    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

    Kristen June 08, 2021

    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

    Erica June 08, 2021

    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

    Mariawings June 14, 2021

    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

    Nataliez June 14, 2021

    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.

  • Follain Balancing Cleanser Review

    Renee June 18, 2021

    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.

  • Omg so amazing

    Shalu June 16, 2021

    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!

  • Amazing results

    Meldia June 17, 2021

    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.

  • Wow

    Jenlynsparby June 19, 2021

    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!

    Labeachgal June 20, 2021

    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!

    Amanda June 22, 2021

    It was effective. My face felt clean and didn’t feel greasy

  • Great for Oily Skin

    Clgjt13 June 30, 2021

    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

    Lc July 02, 2021

    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!

    Ilianaax_ July 07, 2021

    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!

  • Clean feeling

    Cj July 11, 2021

    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.

  • 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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  • Amazing

    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.

  • Amazing

    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.

  • Incredible!

    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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