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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. 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!!!

  21. 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!

  22. 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 :)

  23. 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… :-/

  24. 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.

  25. Ali

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

  26. 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


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