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  8. Sanne

    I think I have mixed/normal skin. Slightly sensitive T-zone, prone to blackheads and outbreaks. I use 2 parts castor 1 part jojoba, and I use it every two days, usually. My skin feels soft and looks clean, but sometimes I add a little moisturizer on my cheeks. I’m amazed how good it works, even on spots and damaged skin. Wow.

    • Mel in England

      On the days you do not OCM – with what do you wash you face Sanne? I’ve been occasionally using ‘Amie’ products which are plant based with no sulphates nor other nasties. Do you use similar

      • Sanne

        Hi Mel, I usually just use water in the morning and evening, hot and cold. The less nasties the better :-). I’ve got lots of Kiehl’s products, but I don’t use them as often anymore. Never heard of Amie, is it any good? How does the combo suit you?

  9. I started this a week ago, I only have olive oil and coconut oil in the house so I am meaning to go get me some other oils and now it’s Easter weekend I have to wait till the shops open again! I know coconut oil is comedogenic so I went with the olive oil. So far, no problems with break outs. But even without any castor oil I still have slight dryness. I have oily skin all over my face and neck on top of that I also have dry flaky skin if I don’t moisturise and exfoliate gently on a regular basis.

    To help this, and I don’t think it’s quite enough, I have been using jojoba oil mixed with aloe vera gel after I oil cleanse then spritzing a little rose water over that. On an especially dry day I’ll apply a little organic skin cream before bed.

    My skin looks the best it has since I was 11 when my acne started. Less sebum production, yay! It’s unclogging pores already to the point that they are noticeably less visible. My skin is glowy and firm and no new break outs!

    FU SOAP!

  10. Joanie

    18 weeks pregnant with #3 (boy #3) and broken out worse than with the other 2. I’ve had acne since 11, and done everything since to clear it up: antibiotics, over the counter and expensive store brands, and accutane twice. I started OCM with coconut oil with baking soda, and homemade toner from Apple cider vinegar and witch hazel. It’s cleared up a little (mostly because of the toner. I’m going to try the castor oil with jojoba. I was just wondering if anyone uses a toner in addition to the OCM.

    • Miss C

      Hi Joanie,

      I just wanted to let you know that baking soda is alkaline and our skin’s ph is naturally a bit acidic; the baking soda may not be doing you any favors. Also, since you are using baking soda, your toner is essential! I use toner, but I use lemon juice and water (1 tsp lemon juice to 1/2 cup water) and I stay away from baking soda on my face since it freaks my skin out. As for jojoba, it has been breaking me out a bit, so I am about to switch to a castor/sunflower mix and see how that goes. But in short, yes, toner is great.

  11. Celia

    Can you infuse tea or flower powders into the oil to use for oil cleasing?

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  13. Mel in England

    Your site is fabulously interesting and informative – thank you. I have recently embarked on the OCM. I have been using hemp seed oil with either jojoba or castor oil. What are your thoughts on hemp seed oil? I think it is helpful for acne but it’s still early days… on the whole my skin looks and feels better but spots still popping up here n there!

  14. SJB

    I’ve been using the OCM for about a week now and my skin has never been better. I have dry, EXTREMEMLY sensitive skin and have always had redness/swelling irritation from every cleanser and moisturizer Ive used. Ive been using 1/3 Castor to 2/3 EVOO every night. I do wear a sunblock with a dab of foundation mixed in on my face every day as well. My skin is a bit dry still, but doing a lot better than before.. and Ive stopped using my moisturizer.. just a quick rub of more oil after cleansing.
    Going to try Avocado oil next to see if it helps with the drying.. but want to do 1 full month with the olive oil just to see how my skin is doing.

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  16. cyrille

    Hi! I was wondering if instead of using a washcloth in the OCM, it was possible to use cotton pads?

  17. jordan edwards

    Hello i was just wondering you’re thoughts on using Hemp oil? I’m desperate to get rid of my acne and iv tried everything dam thing i can get my hands on :(

  18. C.M.

    Do you have an opinion of this method being used in conjunction with a derma roller? What were the effects?

  19. Jennifer Watson

    I just start OCM. I used a 1:1 ratio of olive oil and Grapeseed oil. I have normal to combination skin. I also added some lavender and peppermint oil. After 2 days my face is dry! I read to skip the olive oil so I am looking to switch – maybe avocado and Grapeseed 3:1 ratio? Thanks!

  20. Rachel

    HELP!! So I accidentally stumbled upon ocm, and did it with much success for about a week just using sweet almond oil – then my nose started getting VERY dry so I switched to using avocado oil, again lots of dryness on my nose and a few other places, mixed it with jojoba oil as I have acne probe skin, now I’m breaking out and still have terrible dry patches, I’m really unsure as to what’s causing the dryness as I’ve not used an oil which causes drying out – unless I’m doing it too often which is every night!! I am being very gentle though, I’ve also given up all my acne routine (which was Dan’s regime which I’m wondering if is contributing to the break outs?? Bottom line I really don’t want to give ocm up – despite the problems underneath them something amazing has happened to my skin…it’s more even and my pores are a lot smaller and without the breakouts is really clear!! So what am I doing wrong?? Please help I didn’t want to leave the house today :(

    • Anna

      Hi Rachel,
      I used Dan’s regime for 2 years and then the hormonal acne came and the regimen didn’t help me out too much. So I researched for months and came across OCM. I started the last week of February and it’s now early May and my skin is a lot better in terms of irritation, redness,and frequency of breakouts. At night, I wash my face with Aldi’s coconut oil. It is organic, cold-pressed and virgin. I leave the oil sit on my face for 3-5 minutes to let the oil sink in and get the dirt out. Then I take a very warm/hot microfiber cloth(from the automotive dept. of Dollar Tree)and apply it to my face. I leave it there for 60 seconds, then wash off the oil with warm water. When I have done a good wash all around my face, I rinse with cold water. Then I use my apple cider and water toner to bring my face back to a normal ph. I use 3 parts water for 1 part ACV. Use Bragg’s Raw Organic Apple Cider Vinegar. Then if my face feels dry, I put a SMALL amoount of coconut oil back on my face, rub in completely so you don’t break out. Very important step. Make sure too much oil is not left on your face or you could have major breakout issues. Then in the morning, I apply my apple cider vinegar toner again, wait a few minutes, and rinse off with cold water, then apply coconut oil for moisture as needed. If you let your skin dry out to much from cleansing, it will overproduce more oil. So I found a light touch of oil prevents the shiny face because oil dissolves oil. Anyway, For me rinsing off the ACV helped prevent any redness and irritation later on. However, after cleansin with oil for a couple months, my sink was clogged up, so now I have to use a bowl of water and rinse the cloth in there and dump the water outside so no oil goes down the sink. Anyway, coconut oil and ACV done like I stated above has helped the severity and frequency of my breakouts. My face is much clearer now and when I get the ovulation chin breakout, it’s not as red and inflamed as they used to be. Hope this helps someone!

  21. Letti

    I have been using OCM for almost 3 weeks now. I’ve been using 1/3 castor, 1/3 jojoba and 1/3 grapeseed. I’ve have been dealing with break outs on my face for a while and was hoping that this would clear it up. For the first few days it appeared as if it was clearing up but now I have a huge breakout on my cheek and black heads on my forehead and around my nose. Should I stick it out and see if it gets better or change my blend? What would be a recommended blend for acne and dry skin?

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  24. Sh

    In evry summer,i got winter nd rainy i m nt had any single pimple.i hv tried ocm method a month b4 nd stil continu ,bt stil der r some pimple.wht to do? Plz gv soln.nd cn i use rosewater as toner after ocm

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  26. Gruvee

    Been doing OCM for 8years now, and yeah, I’m one of those special Coconut Oil gals :) I’ve taught several friends OCM using Coconut Oil and none have had any problems. Hmmm. I am one of those who had to end up not having a single drop of Castor Oil, whoa, that stuff does not do my face any good.

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  28. teacookies

    What do you think about sesame oil? I have combo skin (dry cheeks, but blackheads in the T-zone). I live in a country where there aren’t that many choices in oils. Have already tried coconut & olive and did not like, and I have an allergic reaction to almond oil. Just found some sesame oil and am wondering if it would be a good option to try. THANK YOU!

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  30. Julianna

    Hey Crunchy Betty,

    Another potential reason why olive oil causes so many to breakout — I do remember reading that most of the ‘olive oil’ we import is actually cut with a gross amount of vegetable oil.

    Apparently there aren’t enough olives in Italy to support all the ‘Made in Italy’ claims on all the supposed olive oil in our stores. As long as a product passes through a port in Italy at some point, they can say ‘Made in Italy’ – so what happens is non-italian olive oil is diluted with vegetable oil, then passed through an Italian port, then labeled with a very culturally convincing Italian label!

    The result? We cover our faces with vegetable oil :(

    There are several online articles about this but I mostly know because I have an uncle who owns an olive farm in Italy and makes his own oil. So, insider scoop ;)


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  32. marti

    I’ve been using the OCM for three weeks now. While I have noticed some real improvements I have also began to break out in an area that was once clear. I have since lowered my castor oil dosage and raised the sunflower oil dose. After a small break in cleansing (4 days)I have started a new system where I cleanse every other day. I guess my question is how long should the adjustment period take? Should I try a different oil to end the new breakouts? HELP!!!

  33. B

    I’m in the same situation. I’ve done a lot of research and I’ve read that if after a few weeks you’re still reacting badly then maybe try a different oil. I also started on sunflower and it was horrible for me, and since I’ve read a lot of things saying sunflower probably isn’t the best. Try lowering the castor way down to no more than 15% of your mix, and I’ve read great things about hemp seed oil. That’s what I’m going to try next, as well as jojoba. People also say not to do the full steaming deep cleanse more than a couple times a week. Less is more. Good luck!

  34. Sarah

    Hi I used sunflower oil at first too and it made my skin horrible. I switched to jojoba and castor oil at about a 10:1 ratio (I have pretty dry skin and didn’t want the castor oil drying me out) and it made a huge difference. Took a few weeks for my skin to start clearing up once I switched but it’s been great since then so about a year now I guess! Hope this helps :)

  35. Melissa

    Here’s the answer you don’t want to hear: everyone’s “adjustment period” is different. Some people have no purging period and adjust right away (those tend to be the Evil Mutants Who Have Had Perfect Skin Their Whole Lives, and we don’t like to talk about them). I’m 6 weeks into OCM, and while I don’t think I really had a “purging” period, I’m only just NOW starting to see a gradual improvement in my acne compared to what it was before I started OCM.

    That said, if you’ve been using your blend for a few weeks and your skin is looking “irritated” in addition to still having pimples, you might want to try a different oil. It could be that your skin doesn’t like castor oil, at all – from what I’ve read, it can cause breakouts and irritation in some people. It PROBABLY isn’t the sunflower oil making you break out, since it’s considered completely non-comedogenic, but everyone’s different, so it might be. Add or remove oils from your regimen one at a time so you can figure out what’s causing issues, and give it a week (I know, it’s hard) to notice any effects before changing something else.

    If you’re breaking out in an area that was once clear, well, don’t have an answer, because I’m in the same boat. The only possible explanation I can offer is that, since you’ve been doing OCM for 3 weeks, it could be hormone-related. Sorry, wish I could give you a better hypothesis than blaming it on your period… :-/

  36. maina

    Hey, I’ve been having the same problem. So I just want to ask if you’re still doing the OCM for your skin? I’ve lowered my castor oil amount, and increased the safflower oil. I’ve also started doing the OCM every other day.

  37. Ali

    Your 10:1 ratio is 10(jojoba) and 1(castor oil)?

  38. Diane

    The period theory could be right, most of us tend to break out more here and there, tea tree oil helps without drying my skin out, I found the castor oil to be way too drying for me no matter how little I used so I just use avocado oil and occasionally add a few drops of tea tree oil when I feel I need something more. I also use grapeseed oil instead of avocado when I am not as dry

  39. Elizabeth

    Hi – this seems to be a good and honest post. My friend swears by OCM and I just started today. However, it needs to be noted everywhere that while it takes the outer layers of your skin to clear up in a week or 2, you could have acne developing deeper in the skin that takes a few weeks to come out and that’s what you are seeing now. I sometimes take a month or so to adjust and I have extremely oily and sensitive skin. I’m using sunflower oil (organic, gourmet, cold pressed) and the first time I washed, my skin felt great. I also have slight ezcema on my chest and it stopped itching after I massaged the oil in, so who knows.


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