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  1. Beth

    I want to try the oil method, but I’m allergic to castor oil, is there any other oil I could substitute that can be just as helpful?

  2. Madison

    Should I use this instead of a face wash, or both? I was going to try your natural face washes but if isn’t necessary to use a face wash with the oil treatment then I don’t want to.

    Basically, is this a subsitute for a proper face wash, or do I need to wash my face aswell?

    • Alice

      If you do it every night (or as frequently as you would ordinarily wash your face), there shouldn’t be any need to wash your face other than the OCM.

  3. Hana

    I have just started the OCM regimen 3 nights ago and i am telling you.. ITS MAGICAL. i have combination skin. i used castor oil and sweet almond. i wake up in the morning and my skin feels and look supple, well hydrated and less oily! and yes it gave me that radiance i don’t knw how to explain. i don’t have to wash my face with facial cleanser in the morning. just warm water. i wear makeup everyday to work. and the OCM has definitely wash off all my makeup without a trace. i am still continuing the OCM method. and i hope to see more positive results on my skin.- Hana from Sunny Singapore

    • Julia

      Hana, I too have combination oil so I will be trying the oil combination you’re doing. I have a question for you though. Do you use any kind of moisturizer in the morning before applying your makeup? Thank you! -Julia

  4. Nichole

    I have been using the ocm for almost three weeks now. The weather here has been very cold and dry and I have noticed my skin has become dryer and I am still dealing with breakouts (per my skin adjusting) it seems like my skin is getting worse with the dryness which I am sure is partly from the cold dry winter air. Is there something I could add to my oil blend to help with my break outs and dry patches? I haven’t tried switching up my oil blends just yet but I am currently using castor oil and avacado oil. I feel like giving up but I know I shouldn’t. Any suggestions are helpful!

    • You can try jojoba oil or hemp, or both. i started making cleansing oils with a mix of avocado, hemp, apricot and sunflower oils. Sunflower oil is great for breakouts. Avocado and hemp are good for dry skin. I also add essential oils. Frankincense or lavender are good for dry skin and acne prone skin. I don’t use castor oil. You could also try jojoba, that’s good for dry skin as well.

  5. jessie

    It is suggested to not wet your face before applying oil. Since oil and water do not mix, it will not be as effective. Also my favorite oil to use is Hemp oil/Hemp seed oil. It is the closest related to your body’s natural oil. Works great! Good article – thanks!

    • Dee

      I am a bit confused? One step says to wet a washcloth and apply to face for a few seconds, but your saying its recommended not to wet your face? Your face will get wet with the washcloth.

  6. Erin

    I cannot wait to try this! Question though….do you use a homemade moisturizer for the daytime? I currently use Philosophy skin care products during the day but I don’t want to confuse my skin!

  7. Jayde

    HELP. I have been doing the oil cleansing for about 2-3 weeks now. I use 20% castor to 80% sunflower oil for my combination skin. I would now class myself to have oily skin! I have been honey cleansing in the mornings, using toner and then sweet almond oil with vitamin e as my moisturizer, then OCM at night. Why has my skin gone crazy with oil production? Do I add more castor and just keep pushing through? I’m getting forehead bumps and on my chin.. feeling very oily during the day as of 2 weeks in…….

  8. MommyAlpha

    I have only been using the Citrus Clear Face Wash product for 10 days, but have had remarkable results. I actually noticed a difference after the first 3 days. My skin is smoother and clearer. I am so happy. Something that works and doesn’t cost a fortune.

  9. I’ve read about starting with mineral oil. Have you heard of anyone using that, and if so, what do you think?

  10. Julie

    Hi – I started the OCM in October and love it. I can tell such a difference, just wish I would have started 10 years ago!! I was told to use castor oil and organic olive oil. I noticed you have olive oil crossed off the list of recommended oils. I am curious as to why? Wondering if I will have better results if I try something different! Please let me know.

  11. Chloe

    I usually wash my face with a store bought cleanser or facial cleansing wipes every second day when I don’t have a shower and when I do have a shower, I’ll use wipes to remove my makeup before going in and I’ll use a cleanser in the shower. I want to start using the ocm, so what should I do on shower days? Could I just use a regular cleanser then, because you said that your skin wouldn’t know how to deal with that? Also, if I use it for a while, could I still switch back to a traditional cleanser if I’m not happy with the results?

  12. Emily

    Hello! I was wondering why you crossed out olive oil from the oils you listed? Is it not good for ocm?

    • Dee

      You dont want to use kitchen oils due to them actually clogging your pores.

    • Nadine

      You should not use olive oil because it is comedogenic, that means it may clog your pores and exacerbate blackheads. (Like she wrote above)
      That is exactly what my skin-doctor in Germany told me year ago, better don’t use any products with olive oil for your skin.

      • Calli

        Emily, you’re right, this is confusing. Nadine, she crossed out olive oil but actually didn’t specify why. All she wrote was that coconut oil should be avoided because it’s a comedogenic and will clog pores. Still not sure if crossing out olive oil was a mistake…

        • Kara

          She stated lower on the page to check out the othter info regarding the olive oil being nixed from the list.

  13. OdaLisa Nelson

    So if you don’t use this method every night or day, how do you cleanse your face between times?

  14. mansy

    Girls as much as I love to promote oil cleansing or our anything for that matter it is as with anything “not for everyone”
    It is true that certain oils and oil combinations will feel beneficial on.some people’s skin and not others and short of sounding like a nag I would recommend getting a qualified aromatherapist to mix up your skincare if adding EOs
    A wee note: Olive oil works perfectly fine on the skin and not just in the kitchen… In face almost all carrier oils used with the right amounts all have therapeutic benefits.
    And “jojoba oil” is the closest to the skin own natural sebum.
    (exercise caution when applying essential oils especially to the face)

  15. Ree

    I am a 20 year old south Asian female with visible facial hair all over my face. Will castor oil make it thicker and darker and encourage further growth, while using the OCM?

  16. Ashlee

    Good post. I started researching about this oil cleansing method about a month ago, and started doing it. I’m doing it now with the castor oil and olive oil. I haven’t had problems with the olive oil, but thinking about switching that for the sweet almond oil instead! Also I was doing the whole towel under the hot water and then leaving it on your face at first, but then I read that steaming your face is very bad for it just like taking a hot shower isn’t good for your skin neither. So now I just use the towel under warm water and gently wipe the oil off and its been working better. :)

  17. Tarrah

    What is the best way to wash the washcloths used for the OCM?

    • Trisha

      I use microfibre cloths for the best removal of the oil and they don’t seem to get gunky just throwing them in the wash with regular laundry. After a few months, I throw them in hot water with dish soap to remove build up and they feel good as new. Hope it helps!

  18. Rachel

    Is it okay to pair the OCM with a natural sulfur based face wash?

  19. Rachel

    Is it okay to pair OCM with a natural sulfur based face wash for the nights you don’t have time/want to do the OCM?

    Thank you!

  20. Rachel

    Is it okay to pair OCM with a natural sulfur based face wash for nights your don’t have time/want to do the OCM?

  21. Sara

    Hi, I’ve been doing OCM for about 2 week now and I love it though I am breaking out a little. I want to try hemp seed oil in my mix however this has to be kept in a cool place aka fridge. If I blend it with other oils for OCM does this mean I have to keep it cooled in the fridge? Or if its mixed it should be fine in room temp?

  22. Debbi meredith

    Hi,I’ve been using the ocm for 2 weeks now. Started off using sweet almond oil with es oils to wash every morning and night ( while waiting for my unrefined coldpressed tamanu,macadamia nut and castor oil to come in) I just received my order and washed with 30% castor oil and 70% macadamia oil twice a day and rub in tamanu oil with my es oils on my hyperpigmintation. I noticed a couple of days ago my pores are all clogged up, all over, It’s bad! I then looked up “ocm clogging pores” and read countless horror stories one after the other of the same problem but so much worse. I usually have extreme oily skin but since starting ocm I have normal which I love!!! No more oil slick face, but all these clogged pores (hundreds) can not be good. I was reading how all these women were getting cistic acne from their clogged pores and had to see dermatologist and be put on antibiotics, topical while taking up to 6 months to heal their usually occasional acne. Plese,do you have any advice for me and my clogged pores? I love not having a greasy face, but isn’t worth a face full of pimples that I can’t control. Btw, i love all your articles

  23. mary b

    I have used Cetaphil for oily skin in the past but wanted something to help mattify my skin better. I now use Citrus Clear’s Control Moisturizer – its thicker than what I had in mind for a facial lotion, but I don’t care because the product delivers what I need. It absorbs quickly and is a good primer before I apply my concealer and foundation. I stay shine free all day

  24. Megan

    I have been using the OCM for a bit now , most of my acne comes from within though. for the past six months I have been dealing with cystic acne on my jawline and cheeks. I am 23 and have never had acne before so I tried everything ! the ocm makes my skin so nice but I am still dealing with breakouts! I have dry sensitive skin but also oily in certain places I have been using 1tsp hazelnut 1tsp tamanu 1 tsp. avocado , 2 tsp. jojoba and 5 drops lavender. I am curious if this is too much oils or if you can use as many as you want ?

    Thanks so much for any feedback or experiences people can share !!!

  25. Erin

    I was skeptical of the oil cleansing method because my skin is prone to breakouts but IT WORKED!! I have dry skin and started with castor oil and jojoba. I sort of eyeball a 1:4 ratio. I’ve noticed that my pores are way less clogged and I get fewer breakouts…My skin also hasn’t been dry since! This is a miracle for me. I’ve tried every expensive cleanser/moisturizer/acne solution on the market but this is the best! I’m even delaying my facial appointments because my skin has been so nice. It totally makes sense that I’ve been stripping my skin with all the pricey/chemical-y products and they killed my skin!! (For reference, I’m in my early 30’s with fair, sensitive skin with pink undertones, dry skin, acne prone).

    I’m nervous to wander from my current oil regimen but I’m wondering if I can get even better results- any recommendations? Also, has anyone tried natural moisturizers that they can recommend?

  26. Samantha

    If you use castor oil,coconut oil, and almond oil as your ocm, which are known to increase hair growth, will the castor oil and coconut oil increase the growth and length of unwanted hairs on face?

  27. LJ

    I am new to OCM and have been using around 1/3 castor oil and 2/3 grapeseed oil. My skin is quite sensitive and has a bit of shininess / oiliness on my T-Zone, but dry at the same time (gets a bit flaky when I put foundation on). Any idea if I can add another oil, e.g. avocado oil to help with the dryness aspect?

    • Yes, you can use more than 2 oils. I have a blend of avocado, hemp, apricot and sunflower oils. I started with 1:1 ratio of each and adjusted it for what I needed. I also use frankincense essential oil, which is good for dry and agin skin. Lavender is good too.

  28. Alisha

    I live in Canada. We have Wal-Mart, Superstore, Shoppers Drug Mart. Where can I buy castor oil?

  29. ael

    I’ve been using OCM for about 18 days now. Im using a mixture of castor and olive oil. I can see changes unto my face but since my 1st week up until now Im still experiencing Cystic acnes on my face. I feeling troubled by this and wondering if you can give me some advice. Thanks!

  30. debbie taylor

    hello I have been using the oil cleanse for a couple of months, I only use it in the evenings as I wear foundation during the day, still I am having breakouts why? I use castor oil and jojoba oil and tamuna oil, I have tried changing oils like lavender and others. advise so needed as getting dispondent. it was great at the start.

  31. Saxon Cote

    For acne skin, do I still apply acne spot cream?
    What oil mix would you recommend the most for someone who’s had acne for 6 years (also has scaring) and has drier skin?

  32. Viv J.

    Have tried everything for my perioral dermatitis (bumpy red patches around my nose and mouth, flares up with stress, name it)

    I was using African Black Soap for awhile which seemed to work in the short term, but not in the long term. It came back just as bad.

    I started oil cleansing with a mixture of 1/3 castor oil, 1/3 avocado oil, and 1/3 sunflower seed oil. It has been a little over a week and I am THRILLED. I have been doing it at night, with no added moisturizer at the end. In the morning I simply wash my face with warm water and apply light makeup. This is the ONLY thing that has worked for me in my past 2 year battle with perioral dermatitis. I have incredibly sensitive skin, and so far, so good!

    I highly recommend it and if you have sensitive skin as well, go ahead and give the mixture a try, it was a lifesaver.

  33. Jaslyn sun

    Hi, do I need to use a cleansing oil if I don’t put on make up? Right now I’m using Kose cleansing oil day and night with/without make up and after I cleanse my face, I use Kose facial essence soap to wash my face. Am I doing the correct steps?

  34. Luana

    Hi, I’ve been using a combination of sunflower oil and tea tree oil. It feels absolutely marvelous on my skin but unfortunately, my skin does not seem to agree. Is it ok to limit the face steaming to once or twice? I find that steaming any more dries out my face and the oil is light enough that comes off with ease. I’ve tried reapply a little sunflower oil afterwards to moisturize but it doesn’t seem to hydrate and soak into my skin unless I apply another glob of it on. I’m also wondering if maybe I might be allergic, as I’ve been using this mix for three weeks and my face is still breaking out in comedones and cysts. Should I just move on to another combination?

  35. Julia

    Has anyone used the Angel Baby Oil for OCM? Ingredients are grape seed oil, jojoba oil, chamomile and calendula extract.

  36. Kim

    I just started the OCM and am super excited about it. I have always washed my face twice a day though. If I use the OCM at night, what do I do in the morning? It feels weird to not wash my face in the morning. Do I do nothing at all or use an all natural face wash (recommendations please) or just moisturize?

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  38. Genie

    I have been doing oil cleansing for about two weeks now. I use castor and grapeseed oil. It was a rough start, but I kept with it since you say it can take a couple weeks to acclimate. After about four days things evened out and now I feel like oil cleansing is the best thing I have ever done for my skin! Thank you, thank you! I also bought your ebook and love it :)

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  40. Fungi

    ive used OCM but im finding my skin is drying out around the cheeks and forehead, and ive had a breakout of pimples towards that time of the month…. i was using olive oil and castor oil mixture and i have combination skin type, so how can i adjust this to make my face not feel so tight?

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  42. Elena

    This is one of the very best articles I have read about the method. Thank you for being thorough! I do have one question though, does it help with scaring and pigmentation? And if yes then how so? I’ve heard that baking soda is the way to go for those red/purple pigmentation issues left behind. Thanks for the help!

  43. Joan

    Good day! I wanted to try the oil cleansing method for a while now. This morning I decided that I’m going to give it a try. I used 1tbs caster oil, few drops tea tree oil and a few drops lavender oil…just to test how my skin will react to the ingredients. I have a very sensitive/oily and acne prone skin. I must say it feels really nice. Okay so I will try this for a few days. I used Dermalogica ultra sensitive tint spf 30 for my moisturiser. I will come back after a week or so to let you know how my skin is doing on this mixture. Have a nice day!

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  45. I personally use coconut oil as a full body moisturizer, including my face. Since removing the chemical-laden products and foods from my life my skin has never looked as good. My pores are cleaner, I have minimal acne breakouts and my rosacea rarely rears it’s ugly head.

    I came here to learn about the oil cleansing method because I finally accepted that my face cannot handle my “baby mild” pure castile soap anymore. I use the big brand name soap that the nearly genius but crazy guy invented many decades ago.

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  46. Tarrah Lancaster

    Hi! I was wondering what the best oil combination is to use with teen skin? Thank you!

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  49. Crystal

    Hi there,
    You mentioned that you don’t use the ocm every night. Then what do you use on nights you don’t use it. How you cleanse your face in the morning? I haven’t tried it and am actually a little afraid it might exasperate my acne. My main issue is that I have very flaky skin that just won’t go away. I exfoliate with a facecloth every day to no avail. Very frustrating. I feel like I need to exfoliate in order to apply makeup otherwise it just looks horrible. Can the castor oil help with the flakiness? I use an oil already for cleansing but only sweet almond oil and nothing else. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!

  50. Jacque

    So, reading through the comments, I noticed a lot of the same type of questions that I had when I started OCM a few months ago & figure I’ll share some personal tips/ advice. First off, I LOVE OCM. I’ve got the cursed combo skin (shakes fist at dna) & have tried probably every product that “works” with no or even worse results. When I tried OCM the 1st time, I was enthralled & amazed. My skin felt indescribably clean & it was so soft, I was near-obsessively touching my face because I just wanted to indulge in the softness! Yep, THAT good. After a few days, my skin actually started to break out & oil seemed to go into overdrive. At first, I was disappointed because I thought this was the holy grail I’d been crusading after my whole life. BUT, my brain didn’t let me give up & common sense kicked in. The oil was breaking all that gunk my pores had been hoarding forever & pulling it out. So, what I was experiencing with the new pimples & blech was my skin being deep cleansed from the inside out. It took about a week, but I stuck with OCM at least once a day (sometimes twice) & throughout the day, would just use a very warm washcloth to get rid of surface oils… I am so super glad I kept to it because there TRULY was a light at the end of the tunnel. So the advice there: unless you’re having a major OMG-what-is-this-rash type of thing, don’t give up. Also, if it works for you, great, but my personal suggestion is to stay away from coconut oil, olive oil & grapeseed. I tried all 3 & the results were a wee bit less than spectacular & seemed to clog my pores, setting me back to almost square 1. What has been working wonders is a blend of sweet almond (very light oil & me-likey that), tea tree for extra cleansing, a touch of vitamin e, lavander for healing/ soothing & rosemary for acne scars & fine lines. Rosemary is imo absolutely glorious for fine lines. There have been some small ones rearing their little aging heads on my forehead up until recently… aaaaaand they’re GONE after 2 months of using rosemary. Yaaaay! Ok, one last thing: if you’re skeptical about how well OCM really works, try putting the oils on a cotton pad & rubbing your face with that instead of your fingers. Be prepared to see that pad turn from white to some icky color that shall remain nameless. It’s been a great gauge for me to see just how much “ugh” my face hides in such teensy lil holes & how much actually gets removed with oils. Ok, there’s my bit, I’m done now :)


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