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#61 Resa93

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Posted 28 November 2013 - 08:56 PM

I did the oil cleansing method in early September and by October, I started getting 3-4 pimples on my right cheek which I thought was strange because I had never broken out on my cheeks before. Before starting, I had maybe one pimple. I was just trying to get rid of existing blackheads with OCM (used olive oil, castor oil, and tea tree). Fast-forward to today and I have terrible inflammation on both cheeks and chin and jawline. My forehead is clear of pimples but covered with blackheads and my skin looks leathery. For about a month, I had no space between pimples, it is such severe acne. I never had acne this bad even throughout puberty. My face is very raw feeling and hurts to touch. Pus keeps oozing out of my skin if I move my face a lot. I've got "hard" areas on my cheeks that feel like they are filled with pus. I have to sleep with gauze on my face to keep the acne from popping on my pillow at night. To the person who tried the African black soap, is it still working? I just got some myself and I like it so far, but it seems to really be trying out my face a lot. I'm also applying aloe vera gel (the fruit of the earth brand) to my face afterwards as a moisturizer with tea tree oil mixed in. Do you think I should be using tea tree oil...will it clogged my pores like the other oils? I don't know if aloe is enough of a moisturizer. Also, I have been using Aztec bentonite clay a few times a week as well as St. Ives Scrub (don't use that often because exfoliating hurts my acne).

What do you guys suggest. I'm so sick of this acne:((

I had the exact same reaction. I basically followed a variation of the regimen from this website... gentle cleanser, 2.5% BP, moisturiser... day and night. I really plastered my inflammed areas with the BP. This cleared me up pretty quickly, considering how damaged my face was (maybe 2 months). You may also benefit from a low dose antibiotic, nothing long-term. I started taking one and it really helped kill all that junk in my skin!

 

Try to be as gentle as you can be.

I found that when I got super crazy with the masks and whatever to get clear, it made things worse.  

 

It's been about 4.5 months since my skin looked its worst ever... and it's finally more or less back to normal. Still a lot of PIH, especially noticeable since my skin was broken out basically everywhere. Yes, it takes a while to get back to healthy normal skin but you will get there! Be patient and keep up hope. 

Do you recommend seeing a dermatologist for the antibiotic, or can you get that from a general doctor? What is PIH? Also for the BP, what kind did you get? LIke a spot treatment with BP? 



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Posted 28 November 2013 - 09:08 PM

 

I did the oil cleansing method in early September and by October, I started getting 3-4 pimples on my right cheek which I thought was strange because I had never broken out on my cheeks before. Before starting, I had maybe one pimple. I was just trying to get rid of existing blackheads with OCM (used olive oil, castor oil, and tea tree). Fast-forward to today and I have terrible inflammation on both cheeks and chin and jawline. My forehead is clear of pimples but covered with blackheads and my skin looks leathery. For about a month, I had no space between pimples, it is such severe acne. I never had acne this bad even throughout puberty. My face is very raw feeling and hurts to touch. Pus keeps oozing out of my skin if I move my face a lot. I've got "hard" areas on my cheeks that feel like they are filled with pus. I have to sleep with gauze on my face to keep the acne from popping on my pillow at night. To the person who tried the African black soap, is it still working? I just got some myself and I like it so far, but it seems to really be trying out my face a lot. I'm also applying aloe vera gel (the fruit of the earth brand) to my face afterwards as a moisturizer with tea tree oil mixed in. Do you think I should be using tea tree oil...will it clogged my pores like the other oils? I don't know if aloe is enough of a moisturizer. Also, I have been using Aztec bentonite clay a few times a week as well as St. Ives Scrub (don't use that often because exfoliating hurts my acne).

What do you guys suggest. I'm so sick of this acne:((

I had the exact same reaction. I basically followed a variation of the regimen from this website... gentle cleanser, 2.5% BP, moisturiser... day and night. I really plastered my inflammed areas with the BP. This cleared me up pretty quickly, considering how damaged my face was (maybe 2 months). You may also benefit from a low dose antibiotic, nothing long-term. I started taking one and it really helped kill all that junk in my skin!

 

Try to be as gentle as you can be.

I found that when I got super crazy with the masks and whatever to get clear, it made things worse.  

 

It's been about 4.5 months since my skin looked its worst ever... and it's finally more or less back to normal. Still a lot of PIH, especially noticeable since my skin was broken out basically everywhere. Yes, it takes a while to get back to healthy normal skin but you will get there! Be patient and keep up hope. 

Do you recommend seeing a dermatologist for the antibiotic, or can you get that from a general doctor? What is PIH? Also for the BP, what kind did you get? LIke a spot treatment with BP? 

I got my prescription from my regular doctor.

I was using Paula's Choice BP... but Neutrogena on the spot is good too. Basically a 2.5% concentration that dries clear is the best ... because you can wear it in the daytime and not have white stuff all over your face.. totally embarrassing ! :P 

 

PIH is post inflammatory pigmentation.. basically the red spots that are left over from an acne spot. 



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Posted 03 December 2013 - 01:55 AM

When I go to the grocery store with my bf, every time, without fail, as we pass the oil section he still points to the coconut oil and says, 'Hey, remember when you rubbed that on your face? Remember what happened?!' By now, he is so bored with, and numb to my endless crazy skin experiments, it surprises me that he remembers this one! I guess his memory of my skin after that experiment is the litmus test to say that the OCM with coconut oil was by FAR, the worst breakout I've ever experienced in my life. That was in February 2013, it took 2 months for the clogged pores & cysts to clear up.

I had to do a gentle, thorough, intense pore exfoliation/degunking treatment for quite some time. I still follow the degunking routine, as I think I taught my pores a bad habit when I let the coconut oil ravage my skin...now they clog up so quickly if I give a little slack on the exfoliation/degunking. Here's a link to the routine I followed to pull my skin out of the OCM coconut oil disaster. smile.png

Major degunking session:
http://m.delphiforum...ages?msg=5302.6

Simple degunking session:
http://m.delphiforum...ages?msg=8545.1

*The forum from which these links are taken is associated with Garden of Wisdom-an all natural, inexpensive product line that I have been using since the OCM disaster. I DIG their mandelic acid! (I could go on and on about several more of their products, but that's for another post!)

 

How did you degunk your pores? Did you breakout more then? OCM also ruined my skin completely!



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Posted 03 December 2013 - 07:32 AM

How did you degunk your pores? Did you breakout more then? OCM also ruined my skin completely!

You can degunk using chemical peels. BHAs are good for this because they can penetrate into the pore and pull stuff out better. Yes, you do have an initial purge with this, but it's worth it! The initial purge stuff is typically small whiteheads that clear up pretty quickly. I'm pretty sure the acids help to dry up active spots quicker too which is nice.



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Posted 03 December 2013 - 08:27 AM

How did you degunk your pores? Did you breakout more then? OCM also ruined my skin completely!

You can degunk using chemical peels. BHAs are good for this because they can penetrate into the pore and pull stuff out better. Yes, you do have an initial purge with this, but it's worth it! The initial purge stuff is typically small whiteheads that clear up pretty quickly. I'm pretty sure the acids help to dry up active spots quicker too which is nice.

I am trying this at the moment but through a daily sauna session. Sweating it all out and letting pores open up to help the plugs/gunk soften and be released. Initial breakout is there, on one side of my face. Hope it will go away soon and that maintaining this regimen will mean clear unclogged pores. How long/severe was the initial breakout with your method?



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Posted 03 December 2013 - 08:38 AM

I actually started after most of my ocm purging was done. But I still had quite a lot of clogged pores around my face. They lasted maybe a week? I still use the chemical peels every week and I have no more purging!  So it's totally worth it !



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Posted 03 December 2013 - 08:48 AM

hope it's gonna be the same with sauna. my skin was really congested and it feels much smoother now. feels good to sweat it all out. i've started 5 days ago along with following a strict detox regimen (no sugar, no gluten, no milk). hope the breakout is now finished. Out of the 4 papules that came out, 2 are on their way down, 1 seems to be decreasing as well. But one is quite big and I hope it's gonna reduce in size....



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Posted 03 December 2013 - 10:08 AM

I did the oil cleansing method in early September and by October, I started getting 3-4 pimples on my right cheek which I thought was strange because I had never broken out on my cheeks before. Before starting, I had maybe one pimple. I was just trying to get rid of existing blackheads with OCM (used olive oil, castor oil, and tea tree). Fast-forward to today and I have terrible inflammation on both cheeks and chin and jawline. My forehead is clear of pimples but covered with blackheads and my skin looks leathery. For about a month, I had no space between pimples, it is such severe acne. I never had acne this bad even throughout puberty. My face is very raw feeling and hurts to touch. Pus keeps oozing out of my skin if I move my face a lot. I've got "hard" areas on my cheeks that feel like they are filled with pus. I have to sleep with gauze on my face to keep the acne from popping on my pillow at night. To the person who tried the African black soap, is it still working? I just got some myself and I like it so far, but it seems to really be trying out my face a lot. I'm also applying aloe vera gel (the fruit of the earth brand) to my face afterwards as a moisturizer with tea tree oil mixed in. Do you think I should be using tea tree oil...will it clogged my pores like the other oils? I don't know if aloe is enough of a moisturizer. Also, I have been using Aztec bentonite clay a few times a week as well as St. Ives Scrub (don't use that often because exfoliating hurts my acne).
What do you guys suggest. I'm so sick of this acne:((



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Posted 03 December 2013 - 10:26 AM

Resa93 the oil cleansing method RUINED my skin. I had great skin before and had used proactiv since I was 16 (I'm now 31). I used to get compliments in my skin all the time. I don't know what possessed me to try oil cleansing. I must say the acne.org regimen is the only thing that helped me. I first went back to proactiv because it had always worked great for me. Then added antibiotics. Nothing worked. My skin was a nightmare. I then found The Regimen. This was back in June. I started the regimen in July and have been consistently clear since the end of September. It does take some time but it's worth it. I follow the regimen using over the counter products. I wash my face with Purpose gentle cleansing wash. I use Neutrogena On the Spot benzoyl peroxide. To moisturize I use Neutrogena moisturizer for sensitive skin at night and Neutrogena with SPF 15 in the morning. You'll be tempted to exfoliate when you start getting some dryness from the BP but don't! Every time I gave in and exfoliated, I broke out terribly. The dryness subsides. I started seeing a huge improvement in my skin the first week. In my experience I would get clear and then break out again for the first couple months until I finally cleared completely. Stick with it! About 3 months into it I added in some AHA to help fade spots. If you follow the regimen exactly ( no masks, no scrubs! Although it's tempting!) I promise you'll see results! Good luck:)

Edited by alisonp27, 03 December 2013 - 10:28 AM.


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Posted 03 December 2013 - 03:09 PM

Puring relief that really did help me in one day! I hope this helps everybody out there who is spending hours looking for help!

 

I just started OCM about a month ago. I used 1/3 hemp seed oil, 1/3 sunflower oil, 1/3 castor oil. I have acne prone skin and have tried EVERYTHING from the time i was 12 up to now 24 years old. The reason I wanted to do OCM is because I have blackheads and ice pick scars covering my entire face and now very minimal pimples every now and then. My face wasn't bad at all I just I wanted my pores to unclog and shrink. Form my research this seemed perfect. I steamed my face before hand with a washcloth laying it over my face, then rubed the oil on for about 10 mins, steamed again, and wiped off with the washcloth.

I choose the hemp seed oil and sunflower oil because they are rated a 0 on the Comedogenic rating (https://www.benefici...nic-rating.html) so they will not clog your pores.  Another important thing is Hemp seed oil will spoil easily so keep your mixture in the refridgerator and the orginal bottle of pure hemp seed oil in the freezer. It should be fine. If it starts to smell rancic throw it out and make a new mixture. I suggest not making a huge batch espcially if you are just trying it out. The first two weeks was fine. I had blackheads and plugs literally coming out onto my hands. I was super excited. Two weeks later my face exploded over night. I mean, red spots everywhere, blackheads, little white heads, and big pimples on the jawline. My face felt like a giant scab and it was so sore. It hasn't been this bad for over 10 years. I was embarssed and so sad that I felt like i was in middle school again. I wasnt sure If I was going through the so called "purging stage" or if my skin just didnt like it.

 

I stopped the oil for a few days and my skin didn't really calm down. I didnt want to stop because I read so many people trucked through this stage and their face bounced back better than before. So i did my research and I found that castor oil causes major problems for people. I even found some people just cut it out completely. I was afraid to change my ratios thinking it would confuse my skin even more but I went for it. I changed my ratio to 1/2 hempseed, 1/2 sunflower, a teaspoon of castor and a few drops of tea tree oil. I also learned that steaming the skin can actually irratate sensitive skin so I skipped this all together both at the begining and end. I just used a washcloth with warm water to wipe off any makeup or dry skin I had before hand. I cut my time down to 5 mins of rubing the oil on my face and i rubbed a lot lighter than before to prevent irratation as well. In stead of just rubbing the oil off with a washcloth and hot water, I also found out that people had great sucess with using african black soap (supposed to be great for your skin--walmart $5 http://www.walgreens...6064944-product) to wash the soap off to insure all the oil was off my face. Then I either use a honey&cinnamon mask or Oatmeal&cinnamon&honey mask. The honey should be raw organic to reap the most benefits. I bought a little 8oz jar for $6 and it will last me a while since i only use about 1/2 spoon full. I don't do this everytime but when I do I normally keep it on anywhere between 20 mintues to an hour or more depending on how i feel. After I wash off with water and apply a toner of 1/2 raw organic apple cider vinegar (it is important to get the kind that is unfiltered with the mother--it will say it on the bottle, i bough braggs organic $5 http://bragg.com/pro...er-vinegar.html) and 1/2 distilled water. People say this was a god send for them because this is supposed to being the pH of your skin back to normal, so I tried it. Then I patted on very very little spot treatment all over my face (I just used the genaric equate brand from walmart) ***THE NEXT DAY MY FACE IMPROVED SO MUCH!!!***  It wasn't dry, the redness was decreased, the bumps also decreased. I know this seems like an overload but everything I used was all organic (except the spot treatment) so there are not any harsh chemicals in these things to kill and irritate your skin. All this together (not including the oil) cost me about $20 but it will last me for at least 3-6+ months easily.This process is only about a 10 minute thing (not including if you use the mask).

I hope this helps some of your who are researching helpful hints for your "purging" stage. Some people cant handle OCM and if this last for more than a few weeks I suggest stopping before you scar your skin. Plus there is no point in suffering if it isn't working for you. I was so sad that my skin exploded so I research for at least 12 hours before I decided what I was going to attempt to fix it. Don't freak out and go buy all these chemical masks, face washes, and treatments. They will more than likely irratate your skin and make it worse.



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Posted 03 December 2013 - 08:54 PM

Resa93 the oil cleansing method RUINED my skin. I had great skin before and had used proactiv since I was 16 (I'm now 31). I used to get compliments in my skin all the time. I don't know what possessed me to try oil cleansing. I must say the acne.org regimen is the only thing that helped me. I first went back to proactiv because it had always worked great for me. Then added antibiotics. Nothing worked. My skin was a nightmare. I then found The Regimen. This was back in June. I started the regimen in July and have been consistently clear since the end of September. It does take some time but it's worth it. I follow the regimen using over the counter products. I wash my face with Purpose gentle cleansing wash. I use Neutrogena On the Spot benzoyl peroxide. To moisturize I use Neutrogena moisturizer for sensitive skin at night and Neutrogena with SPF 15 in the morning. You'll be tempted to exfoliate when you start getting some dryness from the BP but don't! Every time I gave in and exfoliated, I broke out terribly. The dryness subsides. I started seeing a huge improvement in my skin the first week. In my experience I would get clear and then break out again for the first couple months until I finally cleared completely. Stick with it! About 3 months into it I added in some AHA to help fade spots. If you follow the regimen exactly ( no masks, no scrubs! Although it's tempting!) I promise you'll see results! Good luck:)

Thanks for responding and for your suggestions! The method I'm using now seems to work some days but then other days I get like 10 new zits/whiteheads. It's very frustrating...just when you think it's starting to heal, it flares up again :( I think I need to get some BP..I have not tried that yet. I'm going to try to add the On the Spot stuff into my current routine. I think I'll stick with the African black soap for cleanser, use BP, and then moisturize (i just got a new moisturizer...garnier oil free gel cream). hopefully it will clear soon and thanks again! 



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Posted 04 December 2013 - 01:17 AM

no one else trying sauna cleasning to degunk pores after OCM?



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Posted 05 December 2013 - 03:37 PM

Now I know why I started breaking out so bad a month ago! because of the oil cleansing method...I read it somewhere online and even watched a YouTube video. So I was convinced and started the OCM. Then I started seeing more clogged pores and some pimples on areas that normally don't get acne. Fortunately I stopped doing the OCM soon...but it took me a while to stop the breakout. Now all the clogged pores are forming into pimples. I just started Dan's regimen and hopefully that will clear me up.



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Posted 27 December 2013 - 10:45 PM

OMG 

i am going through the same thing, although i did not do OCM, i did topical oil (blend from this herbalist who i used to think was amzing..) after washing.. the first red flag was that she recommended using paul mitchell shampoo for cleanser... UM what ? woman, are you and herbalist or aren't you ? 

 

up until 2.5 months ago i had been clear for 5 years using DKR. i have gotten cystic zits in the past, but NOTHING LIKE THIS. i went to my derm and she said i had 40 zits. FORTY. i believed her because i lost count. i usually know the exact location and stage of every zit on my face. they all run together now. 

 

also, my entire lower face has been swollen for the past week .... ? has this EVER happend to anyone with acne ????? i look like i had my wisdom teeth out .. for real. 

 

BUT she gave me doxy (100mg 2x perday for 3 wks) and a 2 week course of prednisone. in the mean time i am also starting the regimen again. my skin is incredibly irritated from the BP but i think it will work eventually.. just praying that the prednisone doesn't give me a bad flare when i finish.. i HATE drugs which is why i went to this herbal devil in the first place. i have been hiding in my house for 2.5 weeks straight .. literally. 

 

SIGH. 

so.. damn us for trying to go au natural ?

i don't know.. trying to find some meaning here because otherwise this has zero benefit to anyone. 



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Posted 28 December 2013 - 09:38 AM

The doxy should clear you nicely. Just be sure to have eaten something at least 30 mins beforehand and do drink a *full* glass of water with each pill so you don't get an ulcer.

 

Prednisone is a pretty strong medication - it's an immunosuppressant that affects all of your cells, and it's mainly used in life threatening allergic situations for the shortest time possible; I'm very surprised she would prescribe it for TWO weeks!  If I were you, i would taper off the prednisone as quickly as possible (half of today's dose tomorrow, then a quarter the next day, then an eighth and then stop).

 

For anyone considering an oil cleanse, please use your head...  You're adding comedogenic substances to an already oily face. What do you expect?



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Posted 28 December 2013 - 03:19 PM

OCM truly is the best method for cleansing and makeup removal as it actually dissolves oils from throughout the day, and unclogs the pores of makeup, dirt, etc. It also nourishes the skin in a way that BP and other drying products simply can't.

 

However:

 

1.) For acne-prone skin, it's EXTREMELY important to choose the right cleansing oil for your skin! Make sure it's non-comedogenic! By far the best oil for makeup removal is all-natural jojoba. Google it and you'll see there are tons of acne sufferers who swear by it. I've used organic desert essence & the jojoba company. Both are sold at Whole Foods. (Coconut oil should be avoided at all costs...this one WILL definitely clog your pores.)

 

2.) OCM should be used in conjunction with other cleansing methods!!! I remove makeup by putting jojoba on a cotton pad and then wiping it across all areas of my face, then I massage the jojoba for a minute or two especially around my forehead, as it dissolves hair oils that have ended up on the upper half of the face. Next you can use your preferred cleanser, followed by the moisturizer of your choice. Personally I've seen results by moisturizing with a combo of jojoba + almond + neem oils. These all highly nourishing. If you're looking for something pre-made, Suki makes a fantastic, all-natural balancing oil for acne prone skin: http://sukiskincare....-balancing.html

 

Be sure to pick the right oil for you. Look for something non-comedogenic. I've found that NOTHING removes makeup like jojoba. Most importantly, remember you won't be able to tell immediately if OCM (or other methods) are working. Pay attention to how your skin feels afterwards and the following morning. Does it feel soft and nourished? If so, that's a good sign...stick with it! Never do anything that stings, burns, or causes pain or severe tightness.

 

Good luck!!!



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Posted 04 January 2014 - 02:42 AM

I am yet another person who had a horrific experience with the OCM. I experienced TERRIBLE cystistic acne on my forehead, cheeks and jawline and chin area. It's the worst my acne has ever been. My skin looked great for like a month and then all hell broke loose! I carried on because I believed the bullshit that it was purging! I tried switching from jojoba to grapeseed with no improvement.
I stopped just before Xmas and have seen a dramatic improvement after using tea tree wipes and witch hazel. I went to my doctor though as I still have a lot of blocked pores and new smaller breakouts. My doc has started me on Duac and Lymecyline and I am having tests to check thyroid function.
I wish I had never discovered the OCM and just gone to my doctor in the first place.

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Posted 13 January 2014 - 07:34 PM

I am yet another person who had a horrific experience with the OCM. I experienced TERRIBLE cystistic acne on my forehead, cheeks and jawline and chin area. It's the worst my acne has ever been. My skin looked great for like a month and then all hell broke loose! I carried on because I believed the bullshit that it was purging! I tried switching from jojoba to grapeseed with no improvement.
I stopped just before Xmas and have seen a dramatic improvement after using tea tree wipes and witch hazel. I went to my doctor though as I still have a lot of blocked pores and new smaller breakouts. My doc has started me on Duac and Lymecyline and I am having tests to check thyroid function.
I wish I had never discovered the OCM and just gone to my doctor in the first place.

I know...I don't think people should try this at all...even if they think the oil is not pore clogging. This has been an absolute nightmare. I've managed to clear up the majority of my acne, with like 2 new breakouts every few days or so.  My skin actually is smooth again but I have so much redness, it looks like the lower half of my face is still covered with acne. This has been what is helping me if you'd like to know: wash face with Purpose bar cleanser, use Olay pro-x face brush, tone with 50% diluted raw apple cider vinegar with the "mother" with a cotton ball. I do this morning and night. If a zit pops then I put full strength apple cider vinegar on that pimple only with a q-tip. I have slightly oily skin so I don't moisturize at all and my skin doesn't dry out. At night, after I wash and put on ACV, I apply betadine with a cotton ball to the areas that look like something might pop up. 

 

Also, I drink lemon water multiple times a day. Honestly, I think the thing that has been helping the most is the Olay brush. I bought it at Christmas time, and it was the only different thing I added and my skin is finally almost cleared because of it. .


Edited by Resa93, 13 January 2014 - 07:37 PM.


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Posted 15 January 2014 - 01:58 PM

Hello everyone!

 

Thank you for stopping by this post! This is my first post on Acne.org and I can't believe it's taken me this long. I need help guys, so badly. In about October 2012, I read about the Oil Cleansing Method and before doing any sort of thorough research, I began the method. I am very interested and involved in natural and homeopathic remedies so I was thrilled when I discovered this! Within two months, my skin was as awful as it's ever been. Bumps and cystic acne EVERYWHERE. I initially thought it was the purging process but after about three months, I couldn't continue. It was when my coworkers (NOT the nicest women) began pointing it out, asking me rudely "if I've ever seen a dermatologist", and I went home crying that I couldn't bare this cleansing method anymore. I stopped the Oil Cleansing Method and returned to my ever faithful Proactiv system. Now, Proactiv has never actually completely cleared my skin but it's been much better than anything else out there. Except now that I've quit the oil cleansing treatment, it's not really working. Things got slightly better when I first started with Proactiv again but now it's not working. Clay face masks that once helped clear my skin don't work either. I'm currently covered with rolling scars and dark marks (hyperpigmentation from the scarring) and many, many continual pimples-both regular and cystic. I changed my diet and cut out both gluten and dairy, started incorporating much more fresh vegetables, and stopped drinking anything alcoholic except for an occasional glass of red wine. Nothing I'm doing helps my skin so I'm very concerned that I ruined the PH balance in my skin. Does anyone have any advice? Anyone ever experienced this and can offer any help? I don't go out and do anything social anymore because I don't want to meet anyone with this horrific skin. It's ruining my life and I will do ANYTHING to get it better.

 

Please help!!! I greatly appreciate any responses smile.png Thank you!

 

I don't have the patience to read the entire thread so excuse my ignorance if I merely regurgitate what others had posted. With that said, what oil did you use for the OCM? I ask because so many people don't understand about the different types of oil. Mainly there are two types of oil: essential oil and carrier oil. The former is highly concentrated and can be very irritating if used alone. The latter, on the other hand, is not harsh. As a matter of fact, when using the essential oil, it needs to be diluted with a carrier oil. Otherwise, it can cause a severe reaction for some people. 

 

It's my understanding that you might have exposed yourself to one of these essential oils without first diluting it with a carrier oil. The good news is that a problem caused by one oil can be remedied by another oil. So keep your hopes up. And, please, do a thorough research before you venture out into uncharted territory.


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Posted 15 January 2014 - 03:45 PM

Syllacrostics - I realized that our reply's were getting quite long so I thought it might be easier for us-and other readers-if I posted a new response. That is seriously some great information! I definitely think you described the difference between hyperpigmentation and erythma perfectly! You explained it in a way that I can understand which is awesome. The next time I wash my face, I'm going to press down on the marks and figure out what I really have going on. I've never heard of the Makeup Artist's Choice brand for the peels but I like the fact that yours comes in a kit with the pH prep solution. I found a lot of good responses about the Skinceuticals brand and their lactic acid peels....do you know anything about the difference between these two brands? I'm going to dig in and research the two because it sounds like that is right up my alley!
 
In conjunction with your response about looking good into your 50's, I feel the same way! Haha. I plan on getting a TON of these TCA peels (unfortunately, it seems like I got the worst permanent damage to my skin from the OCM out of everyone here) and since they get rid of fine lines and everything else, hopefully the both of us will be looking young and renewed through our 50's! :hifive:
 
What's so crazy is that my father has the most INCREDIBLE skin I've ever seen. He's 63 and looks like he's 45 because he has only the smallest and unnoticeable lines. Aside from that, his skin is FLAWLESS! Not a mark or blemish in sight. Now my mother on the hand, it's clear I've taken after her. Haha. Hopefully as I get older, my genetics will fall in line a little more with my dad's than my mom's. Here's to hoping!  :pray:


Hi Smarie -

I just wanted to throw in my experience as I am almost a year since using OCM for 3 months. It wrecked my face for about 6-7 months and gave me the worst acne of my life. I have a log on here you can read if you search retin a micro and spirinolactone journal. I got it under control with those two drugs, antibiotics for a few months to control inflammation and several chemical peels and microderm with lots of extractions. I had never even had a facial previously! The acne cleared after about 4 months of use and all the red marks cleared about 6 months after. Thankfully it only left me with a few tiny shallow scars. I still use the retin a micro and a glycolic acid toner, which works wonders at clearing hyperpigmentation and getting rid of blackheads. I would say I am 95% recovered only because I feel like I still get clogged pores more frequently than I ever did before. I don't know if this is still residual from it or if I am just how hyper aware of my face (I had extreme anxiety and some depression during all this) and just didn't notice small clogged pores before, mostly in my lower cheek and around mouth area. I rarely get pimples now though. I would really really recommend you try derma rolling for your scars. I researched it a ton when I worried I might get scars from OCM and it is proving to be very successful in people with deeper scarring. They usually combine it with copper peptide or some collagen boosting serum. The idea is that the minor trauma causes collagen remodeling that will fill in your current scars after several months. There are also options with TCA cross, punch excision and subcision for really deep scars, you just need to see a cosmetic dermatologist rather than a regular one. I hope this helps and you continue to find peace and joy in life again!

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