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The OIL CLEANSING METHOD (Highly Recommended!)

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The OCM really messed up my skin, i wish i had never tried it. I had clear skin thanks to retin-a but when i developed a cyst on my chin due to a hormonal imbalance i came to this site and stumbled across the OCM. I thought i would give it a go to prevent more cysts. I used 50% castor oil and 50% grapeseed oil twice in three days. My skin started to get extremely dry, and now it's full of red bumps, almost like a rash, my pores look clogged and more cysts have appeared where i never had a spot in my life. I really don't know how to reverse the situation. My skin looks awful.

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This post is just wrong. In more ways than one...



So why do SO many acne-related products say "oil-free"?


Because putting more oil on a skin condition where oil is involved in its pathogenesis is not a good idea.

By using the right oils, you can cleanse your pores of dirt and bacteria naturally, gently and effectively, while replacing the dirty oil with beneficial ones extracted from natural botanicals, vegetables and fruit that heal, protect and nourish your skin.


Two things: 1. Acne is not caused by dirt and bacteria. 2. The oil is not "dirty". It is oxidized by free radicals.

other factors like age, hormones and prolonged clogging...


Precisely why the oil cleansing method is ineffective. Surface level treatments have no effect on hormones. Sebum production is driven by hormones.

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I'm not an acne victim, I'm a Disaster Recovery Specialist, 10 years experience. Lysol certified!


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the rash on my cheeks is now so bad that the only stuff that i can put on it is fresh aloe vera. It does help with the inflammation but i suspect it will take a long time for my skin to heal. In the meantime i cannot even cover it with foundation because the bumps and swelling cannot be concealed.

I feel so stupid for trying a cleansing method that defies logic. In my haste i read only the positive reviews. I wish i had taken time to read more about it instead of steaming my face and massaging castor and grapeseed oil on my skin with the result of blocking pores. I removed the excess oil with a warm towel, but obviously the oil had already penetrated deeply into the skin and triggered an inflammatory reaction.

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I had purchased a cleansing oil from the store by Garnier, but I returned it because it had about 3 comedogenic ingredients. So now I'm considering just making my own cleansing oil, but I'm not sure what oils to use. I know for sure that I'd include castor oil and jojoba oil, but is that enough? And what's the recommended ratio? I have clogged pores everywhere and it results in little whitehead type bumps that aren't nice. Will this be helpful for that kind of skin concern?

Also, I've heard that you're supposed to use the oil to remove your makeup/cleanse with facial steaming, and then just wipe it off with a wet towel, but I'd like to use my Neutrogena oil-free redness soothing acne wash... it doesn't have any comedogenic ingredients. But would that be too much cleansing?

And I don't want to only do the oil cleanse once a week because I think it's important to get my makeup off completely every night. I've noticed that new pimples can appear in a day without proper cleansing and I want to put an end to that, but I also want the salicylic acid benefits of the Neutrogena face wash.

Does anyone have any personal experience trying them both?

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I've heard a lot of good about olive oil I have some and want to try it as a moisturiser but my skin is almost totally clear and I'm so afraid it will break me out! Is it safe to use as a moisturiser? Can I put a little on and leave it on over night?

IF IT AINT BROKE, DONT FIX IT!

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I've suffered from moderate acne for 10 years (22 now). Tried OCM 4 months ago with different ratios and different oils. The first days I totally loved it. I have pretty dry skin (and hair t.t) and each morning I'd wake up with clearer, softer skin. I also totally loved how it really did clear pores, even the blackheads on my nose suddenly were reduced in size dramaticaly. Very strong power there, a bit too strong it turned out after almost a week. Gave me cystic acne - which I never had before mind you. Maybe I didn't try long enough to find 'the perfect match' for me, but honestly, I got the scare of my life suddenly having cheeks full of deep painful pimples. Switching oils to get rid of acne caused by oils was not a good idea. I waited some time, tried different ratios, also didnt work. OCM is just too agressive, for me. I have very thin and sensitive skin, red marks last forever, I won't easily be tempted to try OCM again. That being said, I did love using oil as a moisturizer. So I've stuck by using sweet almond oil after cleansing my face, it really helps healing and my face isn't dry anymore :) On to my next 'experiment' to win the war that's being fought on my face.

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The oil cleansing method worked for me only for a few weeks. I used tea tree oil and coconut oil. It made my skin pretty, but soon my forehead broke out in little tiny bumps , blackheads, and white heads!! I had to stop using it immediately.

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I think some people who have had negative experience are using the wrong oils, and not performing the procedure correctly. I mean you can't just do it one day, then use soaps and creams the next, or just rub some oil on your face once and a while and hope for the best.  And I can't believe people are trying coconut oil, I wouldn't use that at all, it is almost like putting butter on your face.  Also people are using way too much extra virgin olive oil in their mix.  I tried 50/50 with castor oil and I found it too greasy, I would never have used 80/20 like some are using.  I switched to pure 100% castor and that finally worked for me.  Although my skin might be different, I had very oily skin, but now it is no longer as oily or shiny like it used to be.

I think that there is something going on with the bacteria, and using the wrong oils may perhaps be feeding the wrong bacteria in your skin thereby contributing to increased acne formation.  Don't forget microbes are all over our skin and they play a role in keeping us healthy, and they also play a role in making us sick. Just look at what we have learned about our guts and how lack of beneficial bacteria contributes to things like inflammatory bowel disease.  The bacteria on our skin feed on oils, lipids, fats that your skin secretes. And who knows, maybe the castor oil (or whatever oil works for you) could be indigestible to the bad bacteria thereby reducing their numbers on the skin. Or its cleaning away the oils that they do feed on.

Regardless, my experience with OCM is very positive and I'll continue using it. 

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Seriously guys, this is why random skincare fads and trends like the OCM (oil cleansing method) destroy people, along with dabbing lemon juice on the skin and using egg white as a mask, etc. My acne wasn't that bad in the past but only recently, I started to use a cleanser that contains castor oil as one of its active ingredients because I heard that oil can pull oil out from the skin and does a good job swiping away the dirt on the surface. The first few washes were, well, I can't even use the word 'good'. It just felt 'okay'  (the only noticeable difference was a more thorough clean than the Cetaphil that I was using prior to this, that's all).

After a week or so, I realised that cystic acne started to appear on my chin, something that has never happened in my life. All I got previously were pustules with some white liquid that would come and go without leaving a mark. These cysts were horrible and they left pigmentation; again, something that has never happened to me no matter how bad my pustules were. It's just terrible. Now, I can actually see and feel that my pores are clogged. There are also a few persistent blackheads on my cheek that resulted from this OCM. It's terrible.

I wish I have never read all the 'rave reviews' on OCM. I wish I never had.

It's just not for everyone. And one more thing, the oil when it gets to the eyes, it stings. The texture is too gooey and just doesn't feel right on the skin. As soon as I had that feeling, I thought "who would put this gunk on their face"? I'm not sure if the people giving rave reviews on OCM have any hidden vested interested in selling the oil or the method but I don't know, it's just too terrible.

Do it at your own risk. The texture of this gunk is not meant to be smeared on your face. Go think about it. I can only hope that more people are responsible about what they write, especially when it comes to trends and fads like the the OCM. Put a disclaimer or something and go into detail about your skin condition as to what it was like before using this method. Better yet, post some photos. 'Improvements' can be deceiving.

Some people get okayish results from the initial usage and rave about it on forums like these but may break out later and never bothered to post an update. Seriously, guys.

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I have oily sensitive skin and tried moisturising with hemp oil. Its been a week and my face has broken out a lot. I don't know what to do! Should i continue using it and hope my skin is just purging??

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3 hours ago, FantAsized said:

I have oily sensitive skin and tried moisturising with hemp oil. Its been a week and my face has broken out a lot. I don't know what to do! Should i continue using it and hope my skin is just purging??


For the love of yourself, stop. Just stop. S-T-O-P. Stop. Look up that word in the dictionary if you have to. Stop.

And read my post above yours.

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18 hours ago, Convinceme said:

For the love of yourself, stop. Just stop. S-T-O-P. Stop. Look up that word in the dictionary if you have to. Stop.

And read my post above yours.
Thanks for the the response. Have stopped now. I think ill try honey cleansing instead and hope my scars fade :)

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5 hours ago, FantAsized said:
23 hours ago, Convinceme said:

For the love of yourself, stop. Just stop. S-T-O-P. Stop. Look up that word in the dictionary if you have to. Stop.

And read my post above yours.
Thanks for the the response. Have stopped now. I think ill try honey cleansing instead and hope my scars fade :)

No! No! That means no! If your skin is reacting adversely to oil, what makes you think other home remedies like honey is going to do wonders? Please, no, just no more home remedies like lemon juice, castor oil, egg white, fairy dust or cockroach wings! No! I just cannot stress enough that home remedies are for people with (very) mild acne and whatever they put on their skin, it's going to heal anyway. And they will attribute that success to these miracle home remedies. People with moderate and severe acne will then fall into the trap and try them. Sometimes the damage is long-lasting. Please change your lifestyle (diet, lifestyle, etc) and see a dermatologist if necessary.

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