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Oil Cleansing Method (OCM)

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After a week of research I started using this method a day ago and I would be very interested to know if anyone else has tried this with success.

My questions are:

  1. did you experience initial purging after starting?
  2. how long did that go for?
  3. would you say the method is effective?
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For those who are not familiar with this method, here is a summary:

  • Mix 25% Castor oil (cleansing properties) + 75% Extra Virgin Olive Oil (anti-oxidant)
  • Rub gently all over your dry face
  • Steam face for 5-10 minutes
  • Wipe the oil with a steamed hot cloth
  • Moisturise (optional)
More info:

http://www.smartskincare.com/tips/skincare...n_20060416.html

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Cheers

Lillies


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I have been doing the OCM for about 6 weeks now. I mix 80% olive and 20% castor oil to wash and Unrefined Coconut oil as a moisturizer. My skin was alright to begin with, I have a ton of blackheads in my nose but actual pimples aren't too bad. From eyes down, my face went through a 4 week purging period and my pores look a lot smaller, although the blackheads are still there. As for my forehead, it still congested. Full of little bumps and such. I also exfoliate twice per week with either the baby brush method, brown sugar/ oil combo, or honey/ aspirin mask. I also have the skinvac clothes but I find the pore gripper does nothing for me even when I steam.

Overall I am enjoying OCM. I am glad to be chemical free (I am also no-poo ) and I believe that I am making my skin happier.

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^^hey hello, thats what i would like to know from current OCM users, does it really work in long term use? Im against all chemical acids. I dont have any acne, just louds of clogged pores in usual oily areas . I have clenaser which is actually really similar to OCM cleansing method, its from Eve Lom company, it contains many different oils and they give you muslim cloth. Its bit expensive so thats why i would like to try OCM. As for moisturizer i tried using Jojoba but my blackheads just got worse. So i researched and fond Silkia Camelia Oil which i find better.

I need to start strict regular cheap cleaning regime and OCM sounds great. Just concerns are that it will open my pores but it wont go down and clean them because mine are deep, then i try and if i extract them from nose white or permament stuff comes out and its not little bit its acutally a lot like from one tiny pore. Thing is that then i extract them i usually damage my skin and after few days my whole nose starts pealing so i have to skip cleansing and pores gets clogged again. Help me :confused:

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^^hey hello, thats what i would like to know from current OCM users, does it really work in long term use? Im against all chemical acids. I dont have any acne, just louds of clogged pores in usual oily areas . I have clenaser which is actually really similar to OCM cleansing method, its from Eve Lom company, it contains many different oils and they give you muslim cloth. Its bit expensive so thats why i would like to try OCM. As for moisturizer i tried using Jojoba but my blackheads just got worse. So i researched and fond Silkia Camelia Oil which i find better.

I need to start strict regular cheap cleaning regime and OCM sounds great. Just concerns are that it will open my pores but it wont go down and clean them because mine are deep, then i try and if i extract them from nose white or permament stuff comes out and its not little bit its acutally a lot like from one tiny pore. Thing is that then i extract them i usually damage my skin and after few days my whole nose starts pealing so i have to skip cleansing and pores gets clogged again. Help me :confused:

I can easily vouch for the strength of Castor Oil as a cleanser. It is amazing how it cleans the pores. I also think a lot of people misunderstand this oil. This oil does not open the pores and leaves them dirty. The reason pores become open is because they are cleaned.


Cheers

Lillies


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I find this intriguing . . . the best cleanser I ever used for my acne and clogged pores was the SJG from Lush, which had a cocoa butter base. O_O


regimen

AM

wash with cetaphil bar

apply benzaclin + desonide lotion

apply mineral makeup

PM

wash with cetaphil bar

apply differin

moisturize with cera-ve cream


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I have changed to 100% pure certified organic oils and I must say there is a HUGE difference in performance of the oil. I can not recommend any stronger that people should try to find the right quality oil.

My skin is still purging but I haven't scarred as badly as I thought from the initial breakout when I started using this method 10 days ago.

I am persisting with this method for couple of more weeks before rendering the verdict but so far the signs have been very positive.


Cheers

Lillies


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I did OCM for about two months back in the summer. I didn't have an initial breakout - I started clearing up very quickly and my skin felt the best it's ever felt! After the 8 week mark, though, I started breaking out badly and had to stop. I still use natural skincare products whenever possible (Garden of Wisdom is awesome!) but OCM on its own wasn't enough for me long term.


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i do this once in awhile because doing it every night made my skin worse but doing it once in a while with 50:50 castor: jojoba helps me

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First of all, I must say, I never thought i'd speak about putting oil on my face in a positive way. I've been applying olive oil every night for a while now and i can't believe how effective it has been. I don't follow the OCM regimen, i just apply after cleansing as if it were a moisturizer. The most effective regimen I've ever followed. So far so good.

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^^hey hello, thats what i would like to know from current OCM users, does it really work in long term use? Im against all chemical acids. I dont have any acne, just louds of clogged pores in usual oily areas . I have clenaser which is actually really similar to OCM cleansing method, its from Eve Lom company, it contains many different oils and they give you muslim cloth. Its bit expensive so thats why i would like to try OCM. As for moisturizer i tried using Jojoba but my blackheads just got worse. So i researched and fond Silkia Camelia Oil which i find better.

I need to start strict regular cheap cleaning regime and OCM sounds great. Just concerns are that it will open my pores but it wont go down and clean them because mine are deep, then i try and if i extract them from nose white or permament stuff comes out and its not little bit its acutally a lot like from one tiny pore. Thing is that then i extract them i usually damage my skin and after few days my whole nose starts pealing so i have to skip cleansing and pores gets clogged again. Help me :confused:

Well I don't think I have been using the OCM to be answer your question. Remember though, everyone is different. So if it does work great for me for the rest of my life, doesn't mean you will be able to use it. As for extracting, do you have an extracting tool? Sephora has some, if you don't. I wouldn't quit the OCM just because your nose starts pealing. Oil brings stuff to the surface so that you can wipte them away... dead skin included. Your dry skin will loosen up while the olive oil moisturizes. I haven't tried any natural store bought cleansers so I can't help you there. Good luck! Let me know if you have anymore questions. I can direct you to another forum that talks a lot about OCM, but I don't know if I am allowed to post it here.

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I tried OCM, and it did not work for me at all. I only used it a few times, however.

I know I should continue using it, but it was almost drying out my face too much. The next morning I would always wake up with tons of clogged whiteheads (gross i know). I made sure i completely removed all traces of oil, so it's not that I didn't cleanse thouroughly.

Also, I'm very impatient, and this just seemed like too much work, especially when you only have one bathroom in your house shared by multiple people waiting on you haha.

Eh...Now i'm using Pond's Deep cleanser & Makeup remover. It's a cream, which I like and it seems to be working pretty well.


My Skincare (super oily skin!):
*Morning:
-Purpose Gentle cleansing wash
-CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion

-Elidel

*Night:
-Mac Cleanse Off Oil (for makeup removal)
-Retina Micro (0.1%)

-Elidel

-CeraVe Moisturizing Cream



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I've had blackheads my entire life. I have combination skin, so I have excess oil and large pores on my cheeks, chin and nose, and depending on the weather those areas are either EXTREMELY dry and flaking or excess oil.

I have/had very noticeable blackheads on my nose, cheeks and chin, they were very deep, and I have very active pores which are clogged the next day after doing a full extraction the night before! It was getting to the point of it being ridiculous because I started having really bumpy skin no matter how much I exfoliated, every pore was just clogged and full of blackheads no matter what treatment I used.

I've used everything under the sun in drug stores for blackheads, nothing ever worked, (Biore, Neutrogena, Aveeno, Clean and Clear, etc) and I have tried prescription acne medication but it made my skin flake, and get so red that I don't even bother with that anymore.

I recently came across a cleansing method called the Oil Cleanse Method... I saw a few posts about it on this site, but the ones I saw were dated 2008 so I obviously didn't want to post on a non-active thread.

I saw loads of good reviews and I'm on my 2nd week of OCM. I use a mixture of jojoba and castor oil and I rub my face for a good 5-10 minutes every night and then put a hot wash cloth on my face to open the pores about 3x.

I really didn't see results immediately, it took a good week for me to start getting results that some people talked about. Only about two days ago have I noticed plugs w/ blackheads in them basically jumping out of my face. (literally). When I rub my face with the oil, for the past 2 days, I've felt a "gritty" feeling, I looked at my hands and I saw a number of plugs that had just come out and a black tip in them. (the blackhead).

After I do the hot wash cloth i examine my face. All of the blackheads rise to the surface and are so easy to extract with basically any effort.

After two weeks using OCM the blackheads on my nose? Virtually gone. I'd have to say I see an 85% reduction of how noticeable they were. The blackheads that were all over my cheeks? Entirely gone, and the pore size has diminished so much.

The chin area is a little tougher as I've had these blackheads every since I can remember and they are very deep, but the blackheads in the crease of my chin are not as dark and I feel in time they will eventually come out like the ones in my nose and cheeks.

I love how this method works better than any medication I've ever used, it's all natural, does not irritate and it's cheap.

I also have to note that it's something you need to continue doing. You can't just do it once, and think it doesn't work. The oil needs time to reverse the process of what your pores are naturally doing. (As per what the last poster said about it drying the skin out--- you need to adjust the amount of oil you're using. If it's too dry, cut back on the amount of castor oil you're using. I haven't had one issue in regards to dry skin with this, nor has it clogged my pores at all. Some people use EVOO which is very rich and can clog pores so other oils are definitely better.. such as the jojoba.)

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Would it be okay to substitute olive oil with emu oil? I'm scared olive oil might clog my skin. Supposedly emu oil is noncomedogenic.

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i used OCM for one month, it made my skin heal faster but eventually resulted in more clogged pores. It took ages to have that effect but eventually I had to admit defeat and go back to washing with PURE soap. My skin improved quickly but I have to say the condition of my skin all over improved with the oil cleansing method. It felt ... stronger... shame about all the clogged pores :(


Morning: Wipe skin down with Salicylic acid containing face wipes

use Azelaic Acid on all acne prone skin

Evening: Bath: wash with PEARS soap then wash hair with Head & Shoulders (condition ends of hair once acne prone skin parts are out of bath)

use Azelaic acid on all acne prone skin

(Last adapted Autumn 2014)

My skin is now "normal" clear!! Thankyou to everyone for all your support!!

my finacea log including my September 2011 summary video (link is for the start of it, copy and paste as the link won't work directly):

http://www.acne.org/...re-ppl-try-this

Doing Yoga/practicing mindfulness, this has really helped me alot! Trying to eat better for my immune system

i.e. more veg and fruit plus trying to eat low GI, drink lots of water and get enough sleep.....

Wash your sheets and towels twice a week!!


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Awful. Totally broke me out. AND I don't even break out anymore. After I stopped, breakouts stopped. I tried all oils mixed w/castor and they all broke me out -- even though they are "non-comedogenic." :rolleyes:


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this has somehow worked wonders for my skin. i use about 40% castor oil and 60% jojoba oil. i just put it on in the shower and then hold a warm wash cloth over my face a few times until the oil is removed.

my friend has tried it with olive oil and says it broke her out. the biggest difference i have noticed are my blackheads. it has helped EXTREMELY well with this. i also am using retin-a so the OCM keeps my skin from drying out. i have used jojoba oil on its own before to treat my skin but nothing has helped like the castor oil.

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how often do most people do the OCM? I tried it twice and i initially like it..After two days my face plugged up from so many clogged pores I didnt know what to do...Do I keep going or switch back...I switched back and so far my clogged pores are still an issue. They are everywhere in my chin. Can this be done once a week as a maintenance or do you have to go full steam ahead and do every night for a while?

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I'm at the 4 (or maybe 5) week point with OCM, and I have mixed feelings about it so far. I did experience an initial purge that caused me to break out pretty badly about 10 days ago, but since then my skin has been relatively cooperative. I had been using extra virgin olive oil & castor oil at night, but for the past few days I've been mixing half olive and half jojoba oil which I think is a little less heavy on my skin.

I also think that I do the OCM a bit differently then some people. I actually cleanse my face with just pure olive oil or jojoba oil in the morning (making sure to remove it completely) then use the castor oil combination at night. As an artist, I've occasionally used olive oil to clean paint off of brushes for years, so using it to fight oil on my skin makes perfect sense to me. On humid days like today, I've been cutting down to washing with oil just once a day (at night), and just splashing my face with water in the morning and so far it seems to be working well. I'm also using Thayer's Lavender Witch Hazel on my face after washing it in the morning and at night (and sometimes after coming in from being outside, if I remember).

As for my pores, I think they initially got more clogged, and then less clogged as I proceded with the OCM. This is probably explained by the oil from my over-producing pores combining with the oil from the OCM to create an extra oily environment (although my face didn't feel/look oilier, if anything it felt less). I'm pretty happy with the direction that I hope my skin is moving in, although I'm still waiting from some red marks from my initial outbreak to fade before I make any solid conclusions.

My goal for using the OCM is to balance out the oil production in my face. I have been consistently using harsh oil stripping products on my face for the past 10 years, and now in my late 20's I feel like this is a cycle that I'll never break unless I actually do something about it. It's definitely scary, because there's a possibility it could make things worse, and no one wants to have acne. It's a soul crushing condition that a lot of us (myself included) have been wrestling with for years. But using the OCM makes me feel good about my skin, and it makes my skin feel fresh and happy. Although it's a little rocky right now, I can't turn away from it yet. Everyone always says to give any acne routine 3 months to start seeing real results, so that's what I hopefully will be able to do.

I have stopped using all moisturizers, cleaners, and harsh products on my face. I'm going to stick with it and hopefully my skin will thank me for it soon. I realize this may not be helpful for some people, but I just wanted to share my personal experiences.

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Im about 3 weeks in to it and 2 bumps that have been under my skin for YEARS finally came to the surface and broke out, but the PIH is not bad at all because BP isn't bleaching the marks any more.

I would give OCM quite a lot of time if you know you have crud under your skin, because in my experiences so far, it brings everything to the surface.

I use around 60% castor, 30% jojoba and around 10% tea tree oil. I feel like the tea tree oil definitely helped quell most of the smaller parts of the initial breakout. I like the glow it's giving to my skin and I can't really complain if im breaking out in places that would eventually break out anyway.

Also, I use ACV toner and Fruit of the Earth aloe vera with emu oil, jojoba oil, tea tree oil, and castor oil mixed in. gonna switch that around to something else soon so the mix isn't so oily.

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Please be careful trying the OCM method.I didn't have ANY acne when I started trying this method.I It was winter time and I thought it'll help my skin stay healthy.I did everything right(organic oils,steaming,clean towels...) .A month after, I started breaking out,at first I thought maybe my skin needs some time to get used to the OCM ...to make the long story short ever since I have been dealing bad acne. It has been a year since I haven't had at least 3 active acne and 20 red spots from previous acne on my face! today I have 5 acne and a lot of red spots! I never had acne in my life(I'm 35 years old). Everyone around me is also surprised!..."don't try to fix it when it isn't broken".If you see the FIRST sign of breaking out ,stop!!

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For OCM it's very important to include Tea Tree Oil to help with acne issues. No matter what blend of other oils you choose to cleanse with, add a bit of Tea Tree Oil as it kills the bacteria on your face. I know that all of us here are acne-prone to some degree, so the Tea Tree Oil really helps in that regard.


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Dickinson's Witch Hazel

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Face Lotion SPF15


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@lightersUP

I did that from the start with OCM and I still broke out :(


Morning: Wipe skin down with Salicylic acid containing face wipes

use Azelaic Acid on all acne prone skin

Evening: Bath: wash with PEARS soap then wash hair with Head & Shoulders (condition ends of hair once acne prone skin parts are out of bath)

use Azelaic acid on all acne prone skin

(Last adapted Autumn 2014)

My skin is now "normal" clear!! Thankyou to everyone for all your support!!

my finacea log including my September 2011 summary video (link is for the start of it, copy and paste as the link won't work directly):

http://www.acne.org/...re-ppl-try-this

Doing Yoga/practicing mindfulness, this has really helped me alot! Trying to eat better for my immune system

i.e. more veg and fruit plus trying to eat low GI, drink lots of water and get enough sleep.....

Wash your sheets and towels twice a week!!


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