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  1. Chris

    I think for acne-prone people it’s better to watch the comedogenic rating of the oil used. Coconut oil has a comedogenic rating of 4 (over 5, which is pretty high). Olive oil is 2, a bit better. For really sensitive people, there are a few oils that does not clog pores (comedogenic rating of 0), such as sweet almond, argan oil, hemp seed oil, etc.

  2. CK

    I first found OCM on this site,tried with olive oil+castor for few weeks, my skin became greasy&breaking out more+blackheads got worse.I kept doing it cos i know skin (esp. the one used to drying store-bought stuff))needs time to adjust&realize that i’m trying to put it back to work&restore natural balance,since it got confused&lazy cos of years of commercial stuff.But skin got worse, i stopped OCM altogether,tried soaps no sulfates&co,made of some minerals or healing dirt,don’t remember,+cosmetic&essential oils.Didn’t help much with acne&blackheads faded but a bit,it just cleaned without drying out,but erased terrible consequences of Olive+castor OCM, took ab.3 odd months.I couldn’t forget OCM cos i love oils&with them i got my skin to do more of it’s natural work of moisturizing itself(now use only instead of night cream,for day only if ran out of my organic brand moisturizer).I decided to try OCM again,this time I researched more.I have a very dry, acne&blackheads-prone skin(Derm got me isotrexin,it dried out my skin, helped with spots, but acne got back when i stopped using),i’m way past puberty,eat fairly clean,my acne are red pimples w.white heads small&middle sized,rarely get a middle-sized one that’s painful to touch,takes time to be popped or doesn’t,it hurts&takes long to go away.So I found a girl who wrote about how OCM helped her with acne&theory that for acne-prone skin it’s best to use oils with high percent of Linoleic Acid,I also learned about choosing oil(for any skin type)that’s non-comedogenic(rating 0) or comedogenic rating 1-2, the higher the rating the more issues may be with clogging&acne,and no Castor oil.For washing off oil the girl uses a soft microfiber cloth(100% polyester or 80%(70,85) polyester and 20%(30,15)polyamide(nylon)-try different types,see what your skin likes more,mine’s fine with 80:20, make sure it’s microfiber,some brands make microfiber cloth&write “3M”on pack,those are thinner&rough,not the one you need).Microfiber in beauty stores are more expensive(marketing!),buy cheaper in usual stores in aisles with clothes for home/car cleaning,also girl said they take off your make up with no problem(i don’t use make up,esp. skin one,so i wouldn’t know).So i chose an oil(grapeseed-linoleic ab.70%, rating 2, then tried rosehip 44%, rat.1).Drop enough oil for the cleansing (for me 16 drops)in clean(!)palm, massage into face for few minutes (2-3 min.enough,if longer i feel like i’m spreading oil&dirt i picked up all over my skin),then thoroughly wet the cloth under very warm water, put it on face for 15-30 seconds, or until you don’t feel steamy&warm then massage oil off the face in circular motions be gentle,microfiber cloth itself is great for removing dirt so don’t rub hard,extra gentle around eye area.Repeat again-wet cloth, steam, rub off.I don’t use tonic,if after OCM skin feels it needs moisture,take few more drops of same oil used for cleansing&apply to moist (not wet!)face, if you’re fine you can skip moisturizing with anything.Done.Oils are often better than store-bought moisturizers cos oils don’t really moisturize as much as lock the moisture you skin produces,store moisturizers do the work FOR your skin&only on superficial level(derm moisturizers are great though but too expensive,imo).With oils you let your skin do it’s natural work of moisturizing from inner sources.I have a v.dry skin,need moisturizing always,when started OCM was summer, used grapeseed oil which is light&even called dry oil(rosehip too),but after OCM i experimented&didn’t apply more oil to moisturize.My skin felt a bit dry, but after about a week i’ve noticed it was fine after OCM&didn’t crave moisturizing,i assume it’s cos my skin was too used to me helping it with moisturizing&when it realized there’s not gonna be moisturizing started getting back to doing it itself.In winter(cold outside/dry air inside)after OCM i do moisturize a bit-a mix of few drops of oil used for cleansing+few of Vitamin E oil,it’s sold in liquid form&cheap,i use for my body after scrubs&sugaring, better than any lotion out there, imo),if i get a pimple or before my period i add to the moisturizing mix a drop of tea-tree or lavender essential oil.First no result,saw them only after about 2,5 months of this OCM(allow your skin time to get used to new cleaning, esp. if like me you didn’t use other cleansers during OCM and before it,for long used store-bought non-organic stuff, it screws your skin’s natural balance off&takes time to restore it).Having failed with OCM previously i didn’t expect much,hoped at least to combat blackheads&some acne.After few months of grapeseed, now a month after rosehip my skin look clearer, i still have ab.2-3 pimples every month (before period i get more,cos hormones),but my blackheads(esp on chin)clean out after OCM&skin looks clearer,for me it’s huge progress&being a realist not idealist i’m happy with that.I wash cloth with soap&water after OCM&put it to dry,after 2-3 uses&soap washes i take a new one&old add to laundry,so it gets “deeper” wash.Also once in 2 months i see 1-2 black heads that don’t go away&become “bumpy”, i sanitize my hands,pop it(not with nails!),sanitize the spot and/or apply tea-tree or lavender oil&that’s it.I think that happens no matter cleansing method,and that’s the only way to get rid of this type of “bumpy” blackheads, i used to have lots of those before.When i wake up(my skin looks the best then) i wash my face warm water&nothing else(i’ve slept all night on clean pillow so no need for serious cleaning&skin cells rejuvenate during night so using store-bought cleansers strips away all the work your skin has done during the night),or use colloidal oatmeal (i grind oatmeal into powder-ish, they say it’s the same thing,”colloidal” costs more cos marketing!) and add to a glass of warm water,wash face with that instead water,colloidal oatmeal&baths are good for acne prone or skin with dermatological issues.Twice a week i scrub with bit of organic honey+sugar (once a month(!) add-squeeze bit of lemon juice(or grapefruit,but lemon helps with post acne spots) or add a drop of lemon essential oil-it’s v.strong scrub&don’t go outside or use good SPF after it!).So OCM i use 5 times a week as evening cleaning,trying to get less lazy&do masks too.Soon will start mixing oils high in linoleic acid&do OCM. Will soon start taking Zinc,heard for some people deficiency of that can be reason for acne&hair loss,maybe my skin would get even better.Sorry for very long post, but I hope this helps somebody;D

  3. Eggnog

    I did oil cleansing for a year, several years ago. I started doing it as I couldn’t afford cleanser. I found it softened fine lines around my eyes, especially in the winter. You do need to make sure you remove it properly or it will block your skin. I used to dip a cotton disc into the cup of green tea I drink while cleansing (Too lazy to go to the bathroom to wash it off) and the green tea worked perfectly. It has antioxidants too. Oil cleansing is great for removing makeup without drying your skin. I used Sweet almond oil as that was in the house. When that finished, I moved onto regular vegetable oil and it worked just as well. I found I needed less mosituriser as well as my usually dry skin loved the oil.

  4. Victoria

    Hello, I have been loving the oil cleansing method but I also love the powder cleanser that I use, that contains soy and coconut milk powder with other grains such as Fenugreek Powder and Besan flour.

    My question is can I use them together or would that be to much? or should I alternate? I love both of them but I do not know how to use them correctly. PLEASE HELP! =)

    THANK YOU VICTORIA

  5. Sarah

    Hi! What does everyone mean by ‘parts?’ A drop, a teaspoon, a tablespoon? Can someone please give the specifics? Thank you!

    • Paige

      Parts can refer to teaspoons, tablespoons, or drops. It depends on how much you want to make. Start with a small amount to see if you like the oil blend and then go from there. If it’s 1 part castor to 3 parts of another oil, try 1 t castor and 3 t of another oil.

  6. Michelle

    I was really hopeful that the OCM might help even out my sensitive, combo skin, but after about a month, I have to say, it’s not for me. I started by cleansing once a day with 1 part almond oil to 1 part jojoba oil to 2 parts castor oil (for a 50/50 overall mixture) + a few drops of tea tree oil. I did have a few breakouts during the first two weeks, but I wrote that off to an adjustment period. By the third week, they’d mostly cleared, but my forehead had become embarrassingly shiny. I read elsewhere that might be due to the jojoba, so I adjusted my mixture to 1 part jojoba to 3 parts almond to 4 parts castor (keeping that 50/50 total ratio), but then my T-zone turned desert dry. After a few days, I tried reducing the castor to two parts (for a 75/25 mixture), but my forehead then turned simultaneously oily and flaky, while my cheeks and chin were breaking out again. Plus, my pores were enlarged, and my complexion was looking very red. Further online sleuthing suggested rosacea could be aggravated by the steam and by traditional (terrycloth, as opposed to muslin) washcloths. I may try the OCM again some time later, with gentler washcloths and oils like hemp or sunflower (which have a 0 comedogenic rating), but at present, the number of variables and the further financial investment just feels too daunting to keep it up, when my skin is being so finicky.

    • Anna

      I would consider dropping the tea tree from the equation and seeing if that works for you. Tea tree can be incredibly drying and irritating if not diluted properly, and I found that my skin was just too sensitive for it. Less is more when it comes to trouble shooting! I’ve been mixing jojoba and castor oil prior to washing, about a quarter size amount in my palm with literally just a DROP of the castor oil and it works wonders. I also found that my skin is sensitive to the temp/approach of wiping. DO NOT SCRUB! It’s inherently engrained in our approach to cleansing, but it really causes more irritation. I usually just wet my washcloth in hot water, let it become lukewarm before I put it on my face. I let it cool on my face and then gently pat/wipe. Hope that helps!

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  8. Tanya

    Good tip on using water heated in an electric kettle! I was starting to do it this way as I am renting a room in a house and my landlady doesn’t like wastage, I have to be careful not to let the water run while brushing my teeth (I like to rinse the toothbrush as I go!) let alone washing my face, which takes even longer!

    At least this way I can make my morning tea with the same hot water I’ve heated up!

  9. Jeni

    Is there an oil that you’ve found that helps with redness in your skin?? Not acne related, just reddish skin tone?? I’m currently using avo and apricot oil as my skin is dry as well. Thanks!!

  10. Wendy

    Hi. I have very sensitive skin and have always considered my face face to be oily. Now my cheeks are so dry they are tight. I have dropped all my products for just jojoba oil cleansing and moisturizing. Have only been doing this for 5 days but my cheeks are still extremely tight. Do I need to change oil or continue for a bit longer? Thks

  11. Alexandra

    How many times a week should I do the oil cleansing meathod? And on days when I’m not doing this meathod, what kind of fave wash should I use?

    • Jess

      If you’re going to do oil cleansing, then you should stop using face wash altogether. All that will do is confuse your skin and possibly damage it over time since they cleanse in completely different ways. I personally only oil cleanse a couple of times a week and that’s it. I don’t do anything else.

  12. Jessica

    I have been trying this for a week and a half using 50:50 Safflower oil and argan oil once at night. In the mornings I use raw honey only to cleanse, and moisturize after with jojoba or argan oil. My skin is combination most of the time. This has left me with Very Dry skin on forhead, cheeks, and chin. What should i do to adjust? Adjust oils used? Adjust how I’m moisturizing? I would love to know if anyone else has had a similar issue.

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  15. Emily

    Hello! I belong to combination skin type.

    Is the oil cleansing method suitable for combination skin type?
    I am tempted to try this method but afraid of putting oil on my skin.

    If I were to try the oil cleansing method, do I have to use soap to remove the oil on my skin?

    What kind of oils are suitable for combination skin type?

    Is it alright to do oil cleansing method on daily basis?

  16. Sarah

    Hi
    I have been doing the ocm for a while now, no real issues with it and was doing it am and pm. Also was moisturising with jojoba oil after I cleansed by face. I am 42 and wondering should I be adding more anti aging to my routine such as retinol or vit c serum (which I plan to make up myself)
    Any thoughts on retinol?
    Do you just use oil and no other moisturiser, eye cream ?
    Any thoughts much appreciated.

    Sarah

  17. Carla

    I’m just starting out with using OCM and have found your site really helpful! I am still wondering though, what do you use every other day? I’m going to start using OCM every night, so what should i use in the mornings? Just a splash of water? I’ve read that it’s best not to mix it up with a soap cleanser…i just want to have a better idea of what to be using in between OCM times.
    Thanks so much!

  18. Susanna

    I’ve been doing this, sort of, for a while, but much more simply. In the morning I rinse my face with water and then put a small amount of jojoba oil on my hands and rub it into the skin on my face. No rinsing off. I sometimes massage the facial skin for a couple of minutes with the oil–it’s good for sloughing off dead skin cells, but not harshly like an exfoliator. No need to moisturize afterward, although I do apply facial sunscreen. I don’t know if this would work for everyone, but my skin is great (it’s I guess what would be considered normal-to-dry).

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