I am starting this thread at the suggestion of Zany, and the inspiration for using mineral oil came from Irish Lass. I have very dry skin, but also have a tendency to have rosacea and breakouts, especially in the T zone. I have used DHC cleaning oil and several others over the course of the last few years with mixed results. Some are too drying, some cause breakouts. My first experiment, as suggested by Zany, was to use straight polysorbate 80 to clean my face. And BOY, did it get my face clean! I noticed much less noticeable pores and redness on my nose immediately, but it dried my cheeks out terribly. So today I began using 50% mineral oil, and 50% polysorbate 80. So far, so good. I should say that I really detest using moisturizers, and I have yet to find one that does not eventually give me acne on my nose or chin, so my quest is to find a cleansing oil that gets my face clean enough to go without moisturizer and yet does not clog my pores. I'll keep you posted.