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Oil Cleansing Method - Ruined My Skin And Now I Can't Fix It No Matter What I Do! Please Help!

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#81 dscully

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 07:16 PM

I did the OCM for quite a while using grapeseed oil, and it worked beautifully. However, I decided to switch to coconut oil and it worked even MORE beautifully, at least at first. Then it started breaking me out like crazy with no end in sight. I at first had just clogged pores and no inflammation, which turned into a face full of inflammed breakouts pretty quickly. I think some oils are more likely to clog pores than others. Olive oil is pretty bad for use on the face, and using too much castor oil can irritate your skin if it's not cut with a lighter carrier oil. I've had great luck using just grapeseed oil for 5 days and using a AHA cleanser on the weekends. Took months to finally clear up the coconut oil breakouts though. I think it clogged every pore on my face, so turning them ALL over took forever.

I should also note that I've cut out sugar, dairy and most grain entirely since I've found my acne to be food related (at least the inflammation part). Clogged pores are from something getting in your pore and getting stuck, but an inflammatory response (juicy zits) is almost certainly diet-related. Just my two cents. I completely feel for anyone who had a normal face that suddenly turned on them. I didn't work out for weeks just because my skin literally hurt when I sweat. It was hugely traumatic and I still have dreams in which I have messed-up skin, and I wake up and I look fine and I'm like WHEEEEEW... still keeping fingers crossed that I'm clear again for good.

 



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Posted 15 January 2014 - 08:17 PM

Of the four oils you mentioned, coconut oil is definitely comedogenic and I would avoid using it on face unless you suffer from eczema or psoriasis. As far as the viscosity is concerned, the grape seed oil is the lightest of the bunch. Its absorption rate into the skin should be quite quick and, technically, it shouldn't clog the pores. I have been using this oil for many years and had no major problem. Next up is the olive oil, which I do think is good for your face, especially if you suffer from dry skin. Coconut oil requires a pause because it is hard to classify. It ain't thick but, unlike the others, it's very greasy and it takes forever to get absorbed. Finally, the castor oil, which is my personal favorite. I wear this oil to bed every night... well, almost every night. This oil has a healing effect and it's known to loosen the scar tissues. It does have a drying effect when used for a prolonged period, creating some minor wrinkles. Hence its ideal to take a break to allow the skin to firm up.

I'm sorry to hear about the adverse reactions you encountered with these oils. Of course, I understand that everyone reacts differently but the side effects, if any, should have been minimal. Have you used the oils in their pure form or were any of them diluted with other cosmetics?

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Posted 19 January 2014 - 02:46 PM

Of the four oils you mentioned, coconut oil is definitely comedogenic and I would avoid using it on face unless you suffer from eczema or psoriasis. As far as the viscosity is concerned, the grape seed oil is the lightest of the bunch. Its absorption rate into the skin should be quite quick and, technically, it shouldn't clog the pores. I have been using this oil for many years and had no major problem. Next up is the olive oil, which I do think is good for your face, especially if you suffer from dry skin. Coconut oil requires a pause because it is hard to classify. It ain't thick but, unlike the others, it's very greasy and it takes forever to get absorbed. Finally, the castor oil, which is my personal favorite. I wear this oil to bed every night... well, almost every night. This oil has a healing effect and it's known to loosen the scar tissues. It does have a drying effect when used for a prolonged period, creating some minor wrinkles. Hence its ideal to take a break to allow the skin to firm up.

I'm sorry to hear about the adverse reactions you encountered with these oils. Of course, I understand that everyone reacts differently but the side effects, if any, should have been minimal. Have you used the oils in their pure form or were any of them diluted with other cosmetics?

I love love love castor oil, but I just can't use it by itself. My current facewash oil has grapeseed oil mostly, but is about 1/4 castor oil. I find Castor Oil to be drying when I use it by itself, but I have heard that some people can use it straight with great results. Overall, I have relied more on diet than topicals to clear up my skin, as I was never fully satisfied unless my results could be replicated on a desert island without drugstores and pimple creams, etc. I still use oils to clean my skin because I feel that most cleansers are pretty harsh, but at this point, it doesn't much matter what I put on my face (unless it's coconut oil HISSSSSSS). I was always using pure oils, but the olive oil was not organic, so maybe that was it. It was extra virgin, though. The coconut oil was extra virgin and organic, so I guess coconut oil is just a nono for the face, which is interesting. Honestly when it was working, it make my skin feel so amazing. It's a shame it broke me out so badly :-(



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Posted 21 January 2014 - 02:05 AM

Yes, Castor oil does tend to make the skin a bit dry, especially after a prolonged use. Hence it's ideal to take time off after a week or two of usage. I personally use CO for about 5 days (eg. weekdays) and take 2 days off (eg. weekend). There are times when I also find CO to be little too thick. I would then dilute it with either grape seed oil or avocado oil.

If these oils are not working out for you, you might want to check out Shea Butter. This is another one on my list of all-time favorites that I absolutely love and have used it for years with much success. It's worth knowing that Shea Butter is used in just about all cosmetic products. Hmm, I wonder why? :)

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Posted 27 January 2014 - 09:17 AM

I wrote a blog post about my horrific experience with the OCM here: http://sheephishlysi...-my-roller.html  

For me, it gave me glowing skin for a few months then I broke out in the worst cystic acne of my life. It took months to get rid of and everything I tried seemed to not really help. I found the only way to really help was to try get my skin in balance. Ultrabland by lush is hailed as a brilliant product for doing that but for me I just washed with honey, day and night, and moisturised with jojoba and my skin was finally back to normal several months later. I really sympathise with you all as I know how horrendous it is and it literally left my skin so scarred! I've found vitamin d3 and using simple and natural products as the only way to make a big difference to my skin. And i agree, the aztec healing clay mask is amazing, I use it once a week which is making a big difference to my clogged skin.



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Posted 08 February 2014 - 01:52 AM

I have to say since starting with Lymecyline, and Duac (benzyclin) my skin is so much clearer. My chin area is pretty much acne free, bar some scarring. Even the blackheads around my chin are nearly gone. I still have 4-5 spots at any one time but it's an improvement. My doctor said he might put me on dianette but that's a bit more complicated. I'll give you an update once I have finished the antibiotics. To see such improvement after 5 weeks is very encouraging though :)

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Posted 28 March 2014 - 12:41 PM

SMarie23, am in the exact situation as you were. I used proactive for years and it did work for me but decided to try a more natural organic OCM. It ruined my skin so bad. I also have the coworkers who like to ask "what happened to you face".....makes me want to cry.  I've now been back on proactive for a month with not much improvement at all.  I was wondering if proactive eventually started working for you again?  Thank you so much, Katie



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Posted 15 April 2014 - 03:24 PM

After 4 months on Lymecycline and Duac I am finally 100% clear. Best thing you can do if you had issues on the ocm is to stop using it and head straight to your doctors. It takes ages but you will get there eventually!

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Posted 17 April 2014 - 11:04 AM

The Oil Cleansing Method is fatally-flawed in its logic.  It simply ADDS more oil to your skin and oils that are not native to your skin.  If you used Coconut Oil, it is highly comedogenic and will plug your pores.  



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Posted 20 April 2014 - 12:56 PM

The OCM is a fatally-flawed approach.  Adding more oil to your skin is not a good idea and the concept that the oil you add will "dissolve" the sebum your body produces is ridiculous!

If you want to add a beneficial oil to your skin, add Vitamin E.  But, it is better yet if you take the Vitamin E orally to build up the Vitamin E deficiency in your blood serum.

Now, cooking with and eating Coconut Oil can help build up the essential fatty acids in your skin which can help acne because acneic skin is generally deficient in essential fatty acids such as linoleic acid.

Here's a good elixer you can drink 2 to 3 times a day:  1/3 Tomato Juice (high in lycopenes), 1/3 Carrot Juice (high in Beta Carotines ... Vitamin A derivatives), 1/3 Coconut Milk (high is essential fatty acids) and a tablespoon of Sunflower Oil or Borage Seed Oil.

 

Here's a good all natural approach I use with my clients and have very good results:

 

Caring For Acne Skin:
 
(1)   Buy daily wash that contains Salicylic Acid -- Use twice a day.  Wash with your fingers only.

 

(2)   Adjust your diet to:  Low Glycemic Index (low sugars, white breads, flour pasta or flour-based products.  For pasta, eat Quinoa Pasta instead - tastes the same as Flour or Durham Wheat pasta.  Low Dairy.  Low Glutens (wheat).  These all contribute to acne formation.
 
(3)    Acne Elixer:   1 Part Tomato Juice, 1 Part Carrot Juice, 1 Part Coconut Milk & 1 Tablespoon Sunflower Oil -- blend these ingredients to make a juice, drink twice daily.  
 
(4)    Drink Green Tea 3 to 5 cups per day, freshly brewed.
 

(5)    Daily Supplements:  Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Zinc (30 mg), L-carnitine, Omega 3 fish oil. This will help control from the "inside" by better controlling your sebum production.

 

(6)    Daily - Use a sunscreen SPF 30 or higher and an antioxidant cream containing Green Tea Extract or Superoxide Dimutase



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Posted 26 April 2014 - 10:06 AM

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!

 

 this is one of the biggest issues that , we  , acne suffers have. I have been recommended many kind of treatments, but at the moment I have to honestly say that I haven´t started any of them yet.   I really scare to damage my skin and my health because of trying "any miracle treatment"



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Posted 14 May 2014 - 01:35 AM

One underlying refrain that I've come to notice from reading posts on this board is that too many people are expecting a miracle but they're too damn scared to experiment as if they want absolute certainty before making any commitment. In this game (so it sounds for some), there's no one-shot deal. If one thing doesn't work, then you move on. Also the possibility of using a cocktail of different products together is practically endless. Why must you settle for one miracle cure? Moreover, just because the treatment didn't work for you, you shouldn't pass a blanket judgment, throwing out the baby with the bathwater.



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Posted 13 July 2014 - 11:44 PM

Just wanted to update everyone on my situation. I did the OCM in Oct 2013. It's now July. My acne is pretty much gone now, minimal scarring! Yay! My skin tone is still a little rough. It took a long time, but I got rid of my acne naturally without the dermatologist. For me, it took lots of time and learning to leave your skin alone. I now don't wash my face at all (except with plain water) and I don't scrub. Occasionally, I put some homemade toner on my face (made with 1/2 vinegar, 1/2 water, plus a few tablets of aspirin). 

 

Good luck to the rest of you! so glad it's over! 

 

Here's my acne when it was at its worst during the OCM. Note that I didn't have ANY acne (only blackheads) before I started OCM. 

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Edited by Resa93, 13 July 2014 - 11:47 PM.





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