The OIL CLEANSING METHOD (Highly Recommended!)

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Okay, so I'm a little pissed about how well this is working. I know that sounds weird, but let me explain:

I'm pissed because I wasted hundreds, maybe even thousands of dollars, on products that were supposed to clear my skin and make it less oily. All of these products were made of FAIL and they did nothing more than dry my skin out without making it any less greasy. It was horrible! My skin would be shiny as a Christmas ornament, but still flaky as hell. I didn't even think it was possibly until I saw it.

If I had known that all I had to do THIS WHOOOOLE TIME was smear a bunch of oil on my face and mop it off with wet rag, then I would have saved myself a lot of time, money, and emotional distress.

But it's better late than never, I suppose.

Thank you, Barnabas, for introducing me to this method of cleansing.

I've been doing it for about two weeks now and it's really been the answer to all my skin problems.

The only issue I've been having is that the oil ALWAYS seems to get in the hair around my face, no matter how careful I try to be! While this hasn't caused any breakouts around the hairline, it does instantly make my hair look totally stringy and gross like I haven't washed it in days. Needless to say, I've been wearing a lot of ponytails on the days I can't wash my hair after I wash my face.


my regimen.

Morning:

Drink at least a glass of water.

Wash face with Olay Sensitive Skin Foaming Wash or water.

Apply Cetaphil Lotion.

Night:

Take Ortho Tri-Cyclin

Remove makeup with wipes.

Wash face with Olay.

Status: 90% clear of active acne. I just stopped giving a crap and got on a good birth control. Your skin can work itself out 80% of the time and nothing you put ON it is going to help forever. Your skin doesn't work like that. Topical stuff just delays skin's problems or makes them stop temporarily. You have to stop trying so damn hard to control your skin and, if that doesn't work, you probably need Accutane or something else to correct the INTERNAL cause of your external problem.


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I used this for the first time last night and I loved the way it made my face feel, but I gave a question... Can I use my regular moisterizer instead of the oil afterwards? I just don't know how I feel about leaving oil on my face and not washing it off... I use Cetaphil by the way.


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and also... can I use plain castor oil? Because I think the evoo is making my pores clogged.


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Yes, you don't have to use the EVOO. It breaks me out so I just use the castor oil.

As for the people that are continuing to use cleansers and loads of topicals with this regimen, that kinda defeats the purpose of it, dontcha think?

I did that for a few days during the second week or so of using the OCM. I realized quickly that it was not a great idea.

I mean, the whole point of using castor oil to clean your face is to keep the skin from being stripped of oil while cleaning the skin.

I think that using regular cleansers and smearing on BP along with the OCM does nothing more than perpetuate the vicious cycle of drying out your skin while trying to get rid of oil and causing it to produce too much oil, as a result. I mean, maybe it works for some you, but that was my experience. My face really can't handle a lot of different things at once, though.

I know it's hard to break old habits.

At first, I didn't feel like my skin was getting clean enough with this method. I was used to my face feeling tight and slightly dry after cleansing, especially at night when I used to cover myself in Clearasil.

You have to trust that this will work by itself.

No matter what you think, the castor oil won't break you out, unless you have some weird allergy to it.

If you really feel like you need an anti-bacterial spot treatment, try some plain ol' Neosporin. That's what I use and it's the best stuff in the world.

It's especially perfect for zits that have just been popped, as it kills any nasty bacteria that might be oozing out of it, makes it heal faster, and helps prevent those pesky scars.


my regimen.

Morning:

Drink at least a glass of water.

Wash face with Olay Sensitive Skin Foaming Wash or water.

Apply Cetaphil Lotion.

Night:

Take Ortho Tri-Cyclin

Remove makeup with wipes.

Wash face with Olay.

Status: 90% clear of active acne. I just stopped giving a crap and got on a good birth control. Your skin can work itself out 80% of the time and nothing you put ON it is going to help forever. Your skin doesn't work like that. Topical stuff just delays skin's problems or makes them stop temporarily. You have to stop trying so damn hard to control your skin and, if that doesn't work, you probably need Accutane or something else to correct the INTERNAL cause of your external problem.


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My acne sure does have a sense of humor.

Literally, about a day after I wrote that last post, my skin went nuts and broke out in horrible, painful, cystic acne. It had been about two or three weeks since I started the OCM, so it must have been forming since then.

Yet another failure in the many attempts to clear my skin.

I'm about to just give up and let it do whatever the hell it wants.


my regimen.

Morning:

Drink at least a glass of water.

Wash face with Olay Sensitive Skin Foaming Wash or water.

Apply Cetaphil Lotion.

Night:

Take Ortho Tri-Cyclin

Remove makeup with wipes.

Wash face with Olay.

Status: 90% clear of active acne. I just stopped giving a crap and got on a good birth control. Your skin can work itself out 80% of the time and nothing you put ON it is going to help forever. Your skin doesn't work like that. Topical stuff just delays skin's problems or makes them stop temporarily. You have to stop trying so damn hard to control your skin and, if that doesn't work, you probably need Accutane or something else to correct the INTERNAL cause of your external problem.


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I know, me too. Treatments start out really promising, but after a while just stop working. It's so discouraging.... I'm gonna keep up with the ocm though, because it's seems to be keeping it under control at least...


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I've been using an DHC's Deep Cleansing Oil for 2 weeks. My blackheads are sliding out and away without the help/abuse of my fingers. The oil is basically filtered extra virgin olive oil with some preservatives.

Ingredients: olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, caprylic/capric triglyceride, sorbeth-30 tetraoleate, tocopherol, phenoxyethanol, propylparaben, stearyl glycyrrhetinate, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf oil

It rinses off completely. It's similar to OCM, and by golly, it's working. Try it. Ancient civilizations used olive oil for bathing. The people must have seen that OCM did some good for their skin.

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K I'm an idiot.... I was doing ocm for a few weeks and my face was looking great. Blackheads clearing up and all the frustrating little flesh colored bumps were mostly gone and then I got lazy/cocky about it because my face was so clear and stopped doing it for a few days and soooo many bumps came back on forehead and nose area. I've started doing it again and will post back in a few days with results... I don't know if it was just a coincidence or not but I'm gonna keep it up... I've just been using straight castor oil and it feels great, the evoo made my face blotchy and red .. and even after doing it once my face is WAY less oily.... no shiny forehead and nose, I don't even have to use powder when I do it, which is something I've gotten so used to wearing every god damned day!


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I bought yesterday grapeseed and lavender oil and I tried them last night. I really like them, my skin is so soft and I noticed that my chin didn't have that many whiteheads and it looked clearer. I will continue using them and I was thinking about buying some jojoba oil, tea tree oil, emu oil and see. I'll keep you posted about how it goes.

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alright, I've been doing this again for a couple of days and it's definitely noticeable.. I do have a big nasty one on my chin that cropped up in the last couple of days, but other than that it's just some little pink bumps and little flesh colored bumps. Overall coloring of face is even and healthy looking, rather than ruddy and angry looking. I swear my pores look smaller, but maybe that's just because skin looks so healthy... I wish I could do this method on my back because over the last 6 months or so I've gotten back acne, but it would be too much of a pain. Anyways, that's how I'm doing so far... this is all I'm doing for my acne right now, so if my face continues to clear up I'll know it's from this...

btw, I do it 2x a day, and I do use a gentle, fragrance free moisturizer..


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Well i just started this the other day. I bought some castor oil and mixed it with some EVOO I had at home. I guess the castor oil was not the cold pressed sort, I was wondering if this makes a big difference?

My main problem is oily skin, so I've been looking at other options instead of olive oil - which is the best one for cutting out the oil?

The only place i could find selling the castor oil here in Spain was in a chemist. Does anyone living in europe know of a place that sells over the net?

And also how much of a difference does the steaming make? I started doing this at night so I wouldn't have any oil residue the following day.

I've been careful to keep the oil away from the eye area too, could it be used here too?

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I've read some posts that you're supposed to be using the cold pressed castor oil, but I've been using the other stuff, from the lax section in the drug store and it's working fine...


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I'm really interested in this. I've heard alot about it, and i think its time for me to give it a try! :) I am going to start out with using castor oil and extra virgin olive oil. Not sure with the ratios yet, but first I have to buy the ingredients!

Just a question, do you have to use a washcloth or something similar to remove the oil, or can you just wash the oil away with water? I'm guessing it doesnt work because water and oil dont mix. ???

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I'm really interested in this. I've heard alot about it, and i think its time for me to give it a try! :) I am going to start out with using castor oil and extra virgin olive oil. Not sure with the ratios yet, but first I have to buy the ingredients!

Just a question, do you have to use a washcloth or something similar to remove the oil, or can you just wash the oil away with water? I'm guessing it doesnt work because water and oil dont mix. ???

It depends on how much oil you put on your face, if I put on a lot there's no chance I'll be able to wash it off with out a wash cloth.

Just do it gently with a warm washcloth, it's a good exfoliant aswell.


The cure to acne:

Stop looking for magic pills.

Take responsibility for your health. Get balanced mentally and eat a healthy diet, preferably RAW. (veggies, fruits, seeds, nuts and legumes)

Get out and exercise.

All these things in your body are interlinked.


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I think I'm going to add a little more EVO as I'm getting a bit dry since I started this.

It's only been a few days, but I haven't noticed much of a difference yet. I wonder how long it takes to start seeing effects and the oil reducing?

I think the wash cloth part is quite relaxing, especially before bed.

Also, I still find it hard to source castor oil, or any of the other types suggested here. There must be *somewhere* stocking it.

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I am going to start this tomorrow (after I pick up some Castor Oil) and we'll see how it goes from there.

Right now I only have about four or five pimples in my T-zone area, red marks, blackheads on my nose, and a lot of those extremely irritating non-inflamed skin colored bumps.

I'm currently on Botchla's regimen (two Clean and Clear products). It worked for about six months and then stopped working. I switched around and used a bunch of different OTC products before coming back to Botchla's. It has cleared up the inflammatory acne pretty well but left me with far too many bumps and really dry skin.

From here on out, I'm going to try to use all natural products.

Will be updating over the next few weeks.

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I've modified my solution a bit. It's now about 50% Castor, 50% Jojoba and a healthy dollop of vitamin e oil.... The jojoba makes it WAY easier to rub into skin, because the castor is kind of thick....I use the jojoba as a moisturizer too, but I also use PC BHA and sunscreen for my face


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where the heck do i get castor oil in the UK. been to boots, superdrug, holland and barrett, chemists etc etc ansd no-one has it?

where is it hiding!


sensitive skin that pumps out a gallon of oil but is dry and flaky.

currently doing the whole internal cleanse thing. diet, colonics, liver flush etc.


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Firefly:

I found a few places selling this on eBay, and based in the UK so you might want to have a look at that. In fact I was thinking of ordering from there as they have Jojoba too.

Well, I'm on day 7 of OCM and I'm not too displeased with the results. I found i was getting a bit dry, so im now using this in the morning too before showering. The only thing I havent seen a difference in is that im still oily during the day. I was thinking of substituting EVO with jojoba oil, is anyone here using this?

As I get dry eyes and dark circles, I did a search and came across this site, which recommends to use of castor oil or almond oil for dark circles.

http://www.darkcirclesundertheeyes.com/dar...rcles-treat.htm

Your toughts? Has anyone else tried this?

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deepboi, I've been using the jojoba for the past few days in my oil solution, and as a mousturizer afterwards. I love it.... I found the evoo made my already oily skin more oily and broke it out a bit, but the jojoba seems to make me look more clear (it has only been a couple of days, but I mean my overall skin tone)... and apparantly jojoba closely mimicks our sebum and tricks our skin into thinking it doesn't need to produce more oil... I even use it as a day moisturizer and once it sinks in my face isn't shiny... I'd def. recommend it... but apparently it's pronounced hohoba oil, and I didn;t realize and was going around to all these stores asking for it the wrong way :cool:


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deepboi, I've been using the jojoba for the past few days in my oil solution, and as a mousturizer afterwards. I love it.... I found the evoo made my already oily skin more oily and broke it out a bit, but the jojoba seems to make me look more clear (it has only been a couple of days, but I mean my overall skin tone)... and apparantly jojoba closely mimicks our sebum and tricks our skin into thinking it doesn't need to produce more oil... I even use it as a day moisturizer and once it sinks in my face isn't shiny... I'd def. recommend it... but apparently it's pronounced hohoba oil, and I didn;t realize and was going around to all these stores asking for it the wrong way :cool:

Thanks for the tip! I must try this too, I think 50% castor and 50% jojoba oil would be good and drop the EVO all together. So, do you apply the mixture at night, and only jojoba oil in the morning before showering?

I've read some great things about jojoba, and as you mention getting rid of that oily look is what im mostly interested in. I'm still looking for a stockist here, but it looks like here the only oil you can buy is either for cooking or constipation!

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and apparantly jojoba closely mimicks our sebum and tricks our skin into thinking it doesn't need to produce more oil...

Come on, Kelsie, you know better than to say something that stupid.

Edit: Oops, I just noticed that YOU are new around here, too! Apparently you haven't had a chance yet to learn about sebaceous gland physiology! :)

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and apparantly jojoba closely mimicks our sebum and tricks our skin into thinking it doesn't need to produce more oil...

Come on, Kelsie, you know better than to say something that stupid.

Edit: Oops, I just noticed that YOU are new around here, too! Apparently you haven't had a chance yet to learn about sebaceous gland physiology! :)

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wait, so you don't think jojoba oil would be better then EVOO? Is there any specific oil that is better than EVOO? I'd really rather just avoid the risk of breaking out from it.

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wait, so you don't think jojoba oil would be better then EVOO? Is there any specific oil that is better than EVOO? I'd really rather just avoid the risk of breaking out from it.

I have no idea whatsoever whether or not jojoba oil would be better than evoo for any particular purpose. I was specifically referring to the goofy idea that ANY oil would "trick" the skin into making less sebum. That idea is pure poppycock.

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I have no idea whatsoever whether or not jojoba oil would be better than evoo for any particular purpose. I was specifically referring to the goofy idea that ANY oil would "trick" the skin into making less sebum. That idea is pure poppycock.

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gotcha. Well, no harm in trying. But just out of curiosity, if you don't believe in this theory, then why are you posting here?

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