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I went off birth control a few months ago and soon had large, painful cystic acne on my chin and jawline. I've struggled with acne on and off since my adolescence- even did two rounds of Accutane, which left my skin glowing for a lovely six, seven years... but the spotted red cat always ultimately came back. I started oil cleansing relatively recently, so I am crossing my fingers that it continues to work so well. I experienced no purging, and actually saw an immediate improvement. Here's what I did: Purchased 1 bottle of ordinary castor oil. $4 1 bottle avocado oil (it's the one from Whole Foods which also has Vitamin E in it) $6 1 bottle Neem oil, which maybe was unnecessary $7 1 glass bottle for mixing with a dropper cap (important) $3 So the whole method could cost you as little as $13. Pour an inch or so of avocado oil (or any carrier oil you like, jojoba oil might also be good, although for me I think that would be too drying with the castor oil) into your clean glass mixing bottle. Then pour in a bit of castor oil. Apparently people experiment with their ratio. I am using about 60 percent avocado, 40 percent castor oil. Cap the bottle and shake it. Have a clean facecloth or even a paper towel handy. Wash your hands well and use the dropper to deposit a quarter size amount of your newly mixed oil into your palm. Now rub the oil onto your dry face- leave your makeup on, and again, DON'T GET YOUR SKIN WET FIRST, that will prevent the oil from doing its job, as water and oil don't mix. Oil dissolves oil. That's the key here. Rub/massage your problem areas for as close to 5 minutes as possible. You will probably get bored, but you will also begin to feel comedomes, black heads and whiteheads rolling free of your pores! When I first started this the heads of my cysts came off, and my skin felt so, soo clean... Once you've done this, wet your clean washcloth with very hot water and hold it over your face, steaming your pores so that they open further. They will have already opened a bit with the warmth from your rubbing. Hold the washcloth over your face for two minutes- if it cools, quickly reheat it. Then wipe off all the oil with the washcloth. You can rewet the washcloth and wipe the oil off two or three times if you like. If you're not comfortable putting oil on your face yet, after cleansing this way you can put on lotion if necessary (and any zit cream you still want to use, I'm trying out the Neem oil with what seems to be good results). However, you can also use a few drops of your same oil mixture to moisturize, too. In the morning you don't need to wash this way- just wipe your face down with clean hands and water. I use the oil cleansing method after the gym and before bed. I'm delighted to have found a simple, healthy, and inexpensive solution. Hope this helps other people! Acne can be so debilitating. For anyone who is reading this right now and feels bad about their skin-here's a little nugget that has gotten me through bad days: when you're all broken out and are feeling uncomfortable being around people because you assume they are thinking, 'wow, what a pizza face-' Remember what you yourself think when you see someone whose skin is upset. You probably don't think awful things. Your heart probably goes out to them, right? Most people you meet will feel the same way. So hold your head high and make the best of your day, no matter what your skin looks like..Pros:
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