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I TEND TO HAVE OILLY SKIN OR SO I THOUGHT. I WAS USING PROACTIVE FOR 12 YEARS AND MY FACE, THOUGH WELL EXFOLIATED, ALWAYS BROKE OUT IN CYSTS. AFTER 12 YEARS WITH PROACTIVE I FELT LIKE THE ONLY BENEFIT WAS EXFOLIATION AND NOT TREATING THE CYSTS. IT TOOK A LONG TIME TO GIVE UP ON THE PRODUCT I WAS USING, MY FACE WAS ADDICTED TO IT. BUT FINALLY I SWITCHED TO ARBONNE, THEN TO OIL CLEANSING. I FEEL LIKE THE LESS CHEMICALS I USE, THE LESS "STEPS" I TAKE TO CLEAN MY FACE THE BETTER AND BETTER IT IS GETTING. OLIVE OIL IS A STAPLE IN MY FACE CLEANSING PROCESS NOW. IT REMOVES MY MAKE UP LEAVES MY SKIN MOISTURIZED WITHOUT FEELING OILY. WHEN I NEED A GOOD DEEP CLEANSING I USE A COMBINATION OF CASTOR OIL, DR. BRONNERS, AND OLIVE OIL. BUT WHEN I AM NOT WEARING MAKEUP OR WHEN MY FACE IS NOT SO DIRTY I WASH WITH WARM WATER AND IN THE SHOWER APPLY A LITTLE OLIVE OIL. SIMPLE IS BEST. MY FACE DID GET WHITE HEADS, AND MORE BLACKHEADS CAME TO THE SURFACE WHILE I TRANSITIONED OUT OF THE CHEMICAL CLUB BUT IT HAS SETTLED DOWN NOW AND IS BETTER THAN ITS EVER BEEN.
This stuff works pure magic, taking away redness, moisturizing, treating acne. . . I was anxious to get my hands on it. It, of course, worked like a charm. For the first weak, it was amazing. I had clear skin, no acne breakouts. But that first week I was using Kirkland Organic EVOO. My family switched brands, to which I unknowingly massaged my face with Filippo Berio EVOO, which made my face breakout. I did some research to see if it really was, as stated in a previous review, falsely labeled. Of course it was, like most big company EVOOs. I have created a list of popular brands that are FALSELY LABELED for you people looking to avoid this:
Whole Foods (Of all brands. . . Seriously?!?)
Here is a list of brands that are safe, and ACCURATELY LABELED:
California Olive Ranch
McEvoy Ranch Organic
Buyer beware, and try to stick to the oil true to it's name!
One day while I was searching for a seemingly hopeless acne/acne scar cure, I came across a comment that talked about extra virgin olive oil massages. It said to massage entire face with oil for 20+ minutes, which would correct skin tone, eliminate acne, get rid of any acne scarring, and moisturize your face all at the same time. Wow, that sounded amazing, like a miracle. I bought some 'orgainic' spanish EVOO from Trader Joes and immediately started massaging that night. The next morning I woke up with a horrible breakout. Every pore clogged. But, i was an idiot and continued to massage every night. My acne started looking worse than ever before, but suprisingly my scars were fading and looking smoother after only a week. But I couldn't deal with the clogged pores so I stopped using it. Immediately after stopping my skin improved, so I believed that I was unlucky and this treatment didn't work for me. Months later I got a facial and the lady there asked how my pores got so clogged up, i told her it was most likely using EVOO. She was surprised, and told me that shouldn't happen because its noncomedogenic. So I went home and did some research. And I found out the olive oil I bought was a from a FRAUD COMPANY and it was not real extra virgin oil. Apparently, 70% of olive oils aren't 100% extra virgin, which explains why so many people are breaking out using this treatment. Look for a local oil company that you can TRUST. Do you research, invest like $10 and you will have beautiful skin for the rest of your life. I guarantee it. Don't listen to the comments saying its not for everybody and it breaks you out. Those people are using fake olive oil like I did. Wash your hands, pour a little oil in your hands, and massage semi-vigorously for 20 minutes a day. Space it out, like 5 in the mornin and 15 at night. Olive oil is a natural sunscreen too so morning application is great. Good luck and have fun with your perfect skin!
I have been using ORGANIC Extra Virgin* Olive Oil for a week now and have experienced a noticeable difference already. I mix it with organic honey and use it as a face mask for 30 minutes every night. It takes inflammation right out of my pimples and I haven't had a crazy breakout since I've been using it (knock on wood). It also has been helping with the redness in my face as well. I am not giving it 5 stars quite yet because I want to give it at least 2 weeks to a month to really see what it can do for my face.
Watch out with EVOO, great for consuming, not so great on the skin. I tried the OCM (oil cleansing method) with olive oil, and broke out it thousands of tiny infected pimples which took MONTHs to resolve.
Because of this, I threw myself in a terrible viscious circle of irritating my skin with topicals to resolve the acne, which in turn caused more acne, etc...
Watch out with olive oil or the oil cleansing method. It is NOT for everyone.
You've been warned.
I use it once a day, just to wash my face. It takes makeup off better than anything and its so gentle. Just rub a little onto your (dry) face, and it will even take off waterproof makeup.
Then I just wet a wash clothe and gently wipe off the makeup and excessive olive oil. Thats it. Helped my severe acne.
My acne is sloooowly getting better, however all the pimples that I have had throughout my life have left red marks on my skin. I am very, very pale, so the marks are very noticeable and my face always looks very red due to the fact that it is covered in little red marks.
These marks are allegedly supposed to fade within weeks or months, but mine seem to have lasted for years (no joke).
I had heard some really good things about olive oil and since my mum uses it all the time for cooking, we already had some (so I'm not sure of the exact price - although I know extra virgin olive oil can be quite pricey).
I've only been using it for about a week, but already I'm seeing some great changes!
My red marks are fading (slowly but surely!)
Existing pimples have gone down without leaving a red mark
I haven't had any new bad pimples (and that is really uncommon for me, especially at this time of the month!)
The new pimples that I got were tiny and went away overnight
The blackheads that I've had for about 4 years on my nose are going too
My skin has a really healthy glow and it's super soft
I only use the olive oil at night because it makes your face too greasy to use during the day.
I wash my face with Cetaphil, then I massage on some EVOO and leave it there for 10-15 minutes. Then I wash it off, rub a cotton wool ball soaked in green tea over my face and I'm done!
I would really recommend olive oil. It's all natural and has done some really great things for my skin!
Put a little olive oil into your hand and gently massage into face. Leave the oil on for 20 minutes and rinse off with cold water. Repeat every night before bed for great results!:)
I usually just rub it on my face to either take off my makeup or clean my face.
Once I rub my face with it I soak a towel in Hot/warm towel and massage my face. :)