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  2. Elle

    A couple questions…
    If you don’t do this every night, what do you do on the nights you don’t use this method. Do you just remove make up or do you wash your face with your own mild face wash recipe?
    Also, do you remove eye makeup, such as mascara or eyeliner before using this method, or does this method remove that as well. I usually use olive oil to remove eye makeup, so would I still do that, wipe it off, then apply this oil mixture? Or just start with this….
    Finally, my skin is kind of combinations (sometimes really oily, sometimes really dry) but I am super prone to acne. I am planning on using castor oil and jojoba oil (since jojoba is great for acne), but I was wondering what ratio would be good…
    Thank you so much! I am excited to start using this method!

    • Chantel

      On days I wear makeup, I always use oil cleanse. On days I don’t, I use water. No soap of anykind should ever be on your face. Your ratios are personal to you, start with 1/2 and 1/2 and see how that works. I had a couple of painful pimples for the first two weeks, but that went away and now I have soft, subtle, healthy skin.

  3. Chantel

    I have been using 1/2 olive oil and 1/2 castor oil for at least 6 months now and my skin’s natural oils have returned. The only thing I apply to my face anymore is Zinc Oxide. I did try coconut oil in the beginning and it did clog my pores, but why did you cross out olive oil?

  4. za

    Hello, I have been doing oil cleaning with jojoba oil every evening since 2 months now . I guess I was not having warm water+ washcloth every night so on some occasions could not remove the oil out or did not clean face properly. I do not wear make up. But what I noticed was that my acne prone skin is not pretty “granular” , and feels rugh and many many more acne under the skin. I guess I must have done something wrong… : / (32yr old).

  5. Janet

    I use castor oil 1/3 to hazelnut oil 2/3. Wet my face, apply with facial brush, then shower it off. My 11 year old started this regimen and has cleared his face of blackheads. My husband is so impressed he has begun to do it as well. Castor oil is the bomb! Got a toenail fungus after a pedi. Apply castor oil after showering. Fungus is disappearing

  6. Joan Kossman

    My face has responded well to the oil cleansing method. I am 68 and was having alot of problems with my skin, now my skin is cleared up and feels great. I am using sunflower seed and castor oil in the ratio you suggested for dry skin. I use the dollar store microfiber face cloths as they are so gentle but can get into the pores better. Brushes can scratch the skin. I wipe, don’t scrub.

  7. Hi. I’ve been cleaning my face with coconut oil only for the last 2 straight years. I recently had a facial, and the woman told me I had some of the best skin she’s seen in awhile. My face is very clear (but in fairness, it always was). It works for me. With that said, it’s been awhile, so I’m thinking of switching to avocado oil.

  8. taya

    I have been using this method for over 2 years. I use the castor/olive oil mix. Let’s just say I started out with very bad acne. I have oily skin that was prone to breakouts. I would get cystic acne as well as scarring. I haven’t had a breakout since. I still get the occasional pimple. I use this nightly with a gentle morning face wash. I still moisturize. The face wash i use helps control oil, without the harsh chemicals. It’s great for makeup removal. It’s carried me thru pregnancy too.

    • Amy

      I am just starting the OCM, and I also very bad acne and oily skin. What face wash do you use in the morning? (I have tried every cleanser under the sun with no results and I’m getting really sick of using harsh cleansers.) Thanks!

  9. Warren

    My dear,

    Excellent rundown, but may I make 2 suggestions for extra info for inclusion?

    The Romans were great users of (olive) oil for cleansing of the whole body.

    Macadamia oil is an excellent oil both for its viscosity and fatty acid balance. You should definitely try it.

    As a cosmetic chemist I have tried more oils those most and Maca is my fave (but then I am a male).

    Tx for good info.


  10. A 20-something guy!

    Hi there,

    Thanks for the great post :-) I just tried this today and it feels great! I was a little skeptical about the OCM and it’d be great if you’d help me with these:
    – Do you use the OCM before or after a shower? Is it okay for me to use the oil on my face and then instead of the cloth, hop into the shower and just wash it off with warm water?
    – If you don’t oil cleanse every day, is it alright to use a natural pro-biotic face wash on other days?

    I used to have acne as a teenager but haven’t had a breakout for about a decade, and I want to do this right so I don’t break out!
    I do have big pores though and some facial redness; I’m hoping the OCM (and the Tamanu oil i’m using!) makes a big difference. Any specific tips for this?

    Thanks so much :-) And don’t stop doing what you do!

    • Rocky

      I tried washing it of in the shower once and it messed up my hair. I also use the no-poo method to clean my hair and washing the oil of my face in the shower must have caused the oil to splatter into my scalp because my hair was so greasy afterward. I actually had to use conventional shampoo to get it out again. If you use regular shampoo, it probably won’t matter, but rinse the oil of before shampooing.

  11. trina edwards

    wow wow wow. so cool. thank you for this. i have been trying to use oil but did not know how . you have made it so simple and easy . thank you for this. plus did not know that cocnut oil was not good. i was using this too.

  12. Julia

    Do not leave your water running for 2 minutes while you massage your face. If everyone in the world wasted that much water every time they washed their face we’d be out of water before we knew it.

  13. Where do you get carrier oil?
    Thank you, I just might try this.

  14. Christian Taylor

    Hi, my wife and I have started oil cleansing, and she has been having BAD breakouts! Any recommendations? Should she stop?

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  16. Bobbie


    I love this post!
    I may sound completely stupid, but what is the difference of the oils when you say for example “2 tsp castor oil and 1 tsp carrier oil”

    Is Castor oil- Jojoba, Sweet Almond etc?

    Whats Carrier oils?

    Or have I just misunderstood it all!



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