I’ve been doing OCM for about 6 months now, and it is the best thing I’ve ever used for my acne. I am basically clear most of the time now, with only a very mild breakout mid-cycle that lasts for a couple days. I’ve been able to stop all my other much more expensive acne products, because OCM does better by itself than all of them put together. I’ve been battling acne on and off for almost 20 years at this point, and this is the best results with the least side effects that I’ve ever gotten from anything. I don’t know why this method seems so polarizing, but I have found that how I do it is very important, so I’ll share that in detail.
Firstly, to fill in a few details: I’m a woman in my 30’s, oily and slightly dehydrated skin that is, of course, acne-prone. I get both cystic and inflammatory acne that seems to rise and fall over the years like some nefarious tide. The last couple years the “tide” has been high, and I’ve had a lot of trouble with it. The previous treatments I was using reduced my cystic acne down to “occasional,” but I still had constant small inflammatory pimples along my cheekbones. Both are now essentially gone, post-OCM. I get the occasional random zit, again, mostly mid-cycle, but that’s it, and they’re pretty superficial. I do not use any other product on my face — not even a face wash, as I’ve found they tend to exasperate my acne for whatever reason. On in-between days, where I don’t do OCM, I just rinse with warm water and dry to help remove excess oil, and that’s it.
Ok, to the OCM part. I think something a lot of people don’t realize is that some oils are more irritating or more comedogenic than others. Most really bad experiences seem to be related to using olive oil or coconut oil. Neither of these are a good choice for acneic skin.
My blend is:
80% grape seed oil
10% castor oil
10% tamanu oil
Highly sensitive people may want to try eliminating the castor oil completely. For me, 10% seems to work fine.
I also don’t do it every day — only about once every 3 days. I think that doing it too much can cause dryness or irritation for a lot of people. Your perfect schedule might be a little different from mine.
Also, you don’t need much. I use a dime-sized amount and massage it into my face for about 20 or 30 seconds. It’s a pretty thin layer. My face doesn’t look all that oily — if I left the house like that on a warm summer day, no one would think I look unusual.
And finally, it’s REALLY important to wipe it all off with a wet washcloth. The water doesn’t have to be super hot or anything. I just use warm, because hot water can dry out your skin a lot more. But you need to wipe thoroughly — do a couple passes. Call it your exfoliation for the day. I always just brush my fingers around my face real quick once I’m done wiping and drying, to make sure I don’t feel any oily patches left over.
But also, I think part of the problem some people are having is that they’re getting bad advice about what to do when something clearly isn’t working for you. You don’t “purge” from OCM. In fact, you don’t purge from ANYTHING except retinoids. If you start this regimen and you start getting acne in unusual patterns that you normally don’t, stop. Either something you’re doing isn’t working, or the method itself isn’t right for you. Don’t just keep pushing forward until you’re having the worst breakout of your life. Don’t let people talk you into ignoring your body. Nothing works for everyone and I’m sure this won’t either, but I think a lot of these really terrible horror stories could be avoided by going with your gut on what’s good for you.