We’ve tried every type of cleanser under the sun: micellar water, oil, towelettes, you name it! But to this day, nothing wipes our faces clean quite like a balm. These solid, oil-based formulas cut through makeup like nobody’s business. They also flush out any impurities your facial foam can’t reach, making them a godsend for acne-prone skin. No need to fear for your dirt-accumulating pores—as long as you get a non-clogging formula, your face is safe. Try these SoKo cult-faves!

1. Heimish All Clean Balm, P975 Oily and sensitive? Give your face some TLC with this hypoallergenic Holy Grail. Its gentle blend of citrus herb oils melts through many, many layers of makeup. As a result, it decongests your pores and even lightens pigmentation for a more even-looking skin tone.

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2. Holika Holika All Kill Cleansing Oil Balm, P635 As much as we love the ease of waterproof makeup, we hate the hassle of removing it. That’s where this powerful balm comes in. With its sorbet-like texture, it dissolves any makeup product immediately upon contact. On top of that, the formula also contains blue lotus extracts to control oil and calm inflammation.

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3. Banila Co. Clean It Zero (Super Size), P1,270 Now, here’s a tub that needs no introduction. Considered a Holy Grail by virtually every skincare junkie, this award-winning cleansing balm does it all. It nourishes the face with a hydrating formula, buffs away dead cells with papaya extract, and brightens the skin with acerola extract. All this, after leaving you clean as a whistle. Phew!

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Forgive the play on words, but these balms are the bomb!

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