For those thinking about using OCM, I wouldn't consider it a miracle cure for acne. However, I personally like it because it doesn't irritate my skin, which can be an issue if you're using a harsh topical like BP. But I guess if you have really oily skin, it might not be the best idea. It's not right for everyone.
Now here's my question. Has anyone ever had an allergic reaction to grape seed oil?
I bought a bottle, thinking it would make my oil cleansing that much better. I haven't used it yet as part of my oil mixture I use for cleansing, but I did try it out as a moisturizer and at first I didn't notice much of a difference. Then all of a sudden I got this nasty rash along my jaw and under my eye, no acne, just red itchy bumps. So I decided to try a skin test on the underside of my forearm and there was no reaction. Now I'm wondering if it's the grape seed oil or something else. Has anyone else had a bad reaction to grape seed oil?
I know it has been a long time since you posted this, but I also had a horrible allergic reaction to grapeseed oil last year. I ended up with a rash and even hives. I know it was the grapeseed oil because the lotion I used only contained 2 ingredients, aloe vera and grapeseed oil, and I had used aloe vera for years with no rash. Anyway I wanted to tell you that because even my doctor had never heard of this allergy before, but it definitely exists. I have to make sure I never buy a product with that ingredient.
As for OCM, I have been using it for over a year, and it is the only method that has actually cleared my skin. I started having horrible breakouts (including cystic acne) out of the blue about three years ago when I was 22, and tried every product I could find in the store and nothing worked. I have extremely sensitive skin, and I believe that was a huge part of why no store bought cleanser would work for me.
I have noticed that my method is very different from everyone else's here because I have never used castor oil. I use EVOO with orange essential oil, and sometimes I add in pure aloe vera or pure vegetable glycerin for extra moisture. After cleansing with the EVOO I use almond oil with one drop of lavender and a few drops of rosehip seed oil as a moisturizer. Considering that this works perfectly for me, I believe I must have skin far drier than I realized! But I really would recommend that people with very sensitive or dry skin 1) try another cleansing oil besides castor, as orange oil cleanses without drying 2) use a moisturizer in addition to OCM.
Like a lot of users have stated, no method will work for everyone. But I just read the entire thread and there are a lot of people who had terrible experiences with OCM. I wanted to add a positive review for it because it was an absolute life saver for me. I did not want to leave my house for over a year because of my skin problems, but using the above routine my skin looks better than it has in YEARS. The angry red marks left from those old breakouts are fading quickly since I began moisturizing with almond oil and rosehip seed oil.
I will say, in all fairness to those that believe it caused bad acne, that I had a long purging period on my forehead when I began using the almond oil as a moisturizer instead of aloe vera. I stuck it out and the breakout cleared up in about 4-5 weeks.