The Oil Cleanse Method

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I have terrible skin. I haven’t always had terrible skin. In fact, I had really great skin as a teenager. It hasn’t been until my adult years, and especially during pregnancy, that my skin has gone nuts. It doesn’t only break out, but it’s really dry too. Quite the uncomfortable predicament.

Honestly I think there is something internal going on that is causing my breakouts. I’ve been doing some experimenting and will continue to do so until I can figure out what’s going on. But in the mean time, I still need to wash my face and keep it moisturized. This is where the Oil Cleanse Method comes in.

As you know, I’m a huge fan of natural products. I have tried commercial and prescription facial wash and have not been happy with any of them. I usually end up with even dryer skin or a sticky face. And there are often too many steps involved. (I even tried doTERRA’s skin care system and was not pleased with it. Many people like it, it just wasn’t a good fit for me.)

I can’t remember how I found the Oil Cleanse Method. But since I’ve tried it, I have loved it. Even having tried a few other things in between, I always go back to it.

Basically, I wash my face with oil. “How do you clean it with oil,” you ask? Well, using oil on your skin actually works out the impurities and clears your pores. Similar to the No ‘Poo method, it helps keep your natural oils in balance so you don’t overproduce to counter dryness.

You need at least two oils to create your Oil Cleansing mixture. The primary oil to use is Castor Oil. It is naturally antibacterial so it will clear up any type of bacterial based acne. And it is thick so it will really sit where you apply it and work deep into your skin as you rub it in.

The second oil is up to you. Personally I love Avocado Oil. For some reason it works really well for my skin. It has a very light feel to it, which balances out the thickness of the Castor Oil. I have also used Extra Virgin Olive Oil. I really like how that feels as well. You could also try other oils such as Grapeseed, Sunflower Seed, or Almond Oil. You could even try a mix of any of these.

You want to choose cold pressed oils that are high in nutrients, vitamins, and fatty acids. Refined oils will not have these traits and won’t be effective. The fatty acids are what nourish the cell membranes and help keep your skin’s natural moisture.

When mixing your oils you want about a 20/80 ratio of Castor Oil to your other oils. I also like to add some essential oils to the mix to help nourish and keep my skin clean. Lavender, Geranium, Frankincense, and Melaleuca are excellent for skin health.

Here’s how you do the Oil Cleanse Method:

Apply about a quarter size amount of your oil mixture to your dry face. Rub it all over and work it in. Next comes the best part of the process. Take a wash cloth and wet it in hot water. Then tilt your head back and cover your face with the cloth. It’s nice to lean against the wall or sit if you can. Let the steam from the cloth soak into your pores, opening them up and allowing the impurities to rise to the surface. After about a minute or when the cloth cools, re-wet the cloth with warm water and gently rub the excess oil off your face, removing the impurities.

That’s it! It’s like a mini spa experience for your face. In the winter I find that my face may still be a little dry afterwards, so I will apply a few drops of oil back on my face and leave it there to keep it moisturized.

I have read from others that use a similar method that it can help with bacterial based breakouts. I believe there are many causes to acne and for topical issues, the Oil Cleanse Method can be very effective in helping. Even though my skin still breaks out because of other causes, it feels clean. I like the balance that the Oil Cleanse Method brings to my face. It’s very nice having an evenly moisturized face that lasts all day. It’s a wonderful way to clean your skin no matter what skin type you have.

Have you tried cleaning your skin with oil?


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12 thoughts on “The Oil Cleanse Method

  1. Ooh, I love this method. I’ve used almond oil in the past. I just need to stick to the routine! I’m not very good at that part…but I’m not sure why, because it does feel like a mini spa on your face:) You’ve inspired me to get back into it again!

    Thanks for sharing at the Homestead Blog Hop this week! :)

    1. You should definitely get back to it! It is so wonderful for your skin! Especially with the dry winter months coming up.

      Thanks for hosting the Blog Hop! I enjoy it!

  2. I’ve been using this method for about 3 years now. I have found that the ratio of oils makes a difference on my skin. If there is more castor oil versus olive oil (what I use) then my skin tends to dry out, so I try to make mine with a higher ratio of olive oil, especially in the winter months. The last batch I made, I also added lavender essential oils. After cleansing, I moisturize with vitamin E oil and blend of rose essential oils. Best face cleansing method, ever!

    1. Yes Ann! Use about 20% castor oil to 80% of another oil or mix of oils. It doesn’t have to be exact and depending on your skin type you may want more or less of the castor oil. It can be a little drying for some people.

  3. I made a coconut oil and baking soda and peppermint oil blend for a deodorant but didn’t tolerate the baking soda on the armpits. I now use my mix as a facial scrub and use a warm wash cloth to ‘steam’ it in. I also have been using a mix of almond, jojoba and essential oils for years as a skin lotion.

  4. I love this method too! I have been doing it for a few months. Just made my second batch last weekend. I have dry skin so I definitely keep the caster oil to amount to 1/3 and 2/3 other oils, this time I am using mixture of almond oil, olive and a little coconut oil. I takes mascara off very well and it doesnt hurt your eyes!! That’s my favorite part. Also I don’t get that overly tight feeling like I did with other cleansers. I still use a little homemade face lotion afterwards, though probably not necessary.

  5. I tried the OCM and it caused me to break out terribly. I stuck with it (since everyone said “It gets worse before it gets better”) but my face became incredibly reactive, sensitive and broken out. I did it for about 6 months and there was never any improvement at all. In fact, it ultimately took over 6 years for my skin to recover from the damage done.

    I’ve since stopped washing my face almost entirely. I splash water on it in the morning and rub in some marula oil, and at night, I’ll very gently scrub it with a microfiber towel and follow up with Acure’s Nighttime Firming serum.I know so many people who love the OCM, but it just did not work for me…

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