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What It's Like to Try the Oil Cleansing Method

We're Trying the Oil Cleansing Method: Week Two

I'm two full weeks into using the OCM, and I have to admit that things aren't going well. I switched from a blend of olive oil and castor, which left my skin feeling irritated, to sweet almond oil, which other readers recommended. Unlike everyone else, though, the results I've gotten aren't so great. My skin isn't feeling simultaneously greasy and itchy anymore, but I'm breaking out all over and have temporarily had to go back to my DHC cleansing oil just to get my skin to calm down.

Everyone's given such great advice before, so now I'm hoping you can help me. What am I doing wrong here? I've been putting the almond oil on twice a day for five minutes, and then wiping it off with a wet, warm washcloth. Any ideas on what might be causing the problem?

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jjaustin jjaustin 6 years
I put Almond Oil (only couple drops) in my hands, and lightly massage on my face, then I tissue the oil and make-up off. After that I just wash my face as usual. I don't leave the oil on my face while my face has make up on! If you feel dry in the winter, just 1 drop almond oil for your clean face, after that put on your regular face lotion.
Burkina Burkina 6 years
I agree with the massage part. Do to thoroughly. I wipe my face after that and steam it for a couple of minutes. Then I wipe again with cold water to close the pores.
stoopeed stoopeed 6 years
I agree with the last comment. Essentially castor oil is the cleanser and the other oil has to be the humectant. Without any castor oil, and also without sufficient steaming (hot rag on face 2-3 times), you're not getting enough oil and gunk off your skin and that results in breakouts. And since castor oil is the cleanser and you have dry, sensitive skin, you can limit it to 5% of the mix. But you do need some. I think.
Miriam-Lacey Miriam-Lacey 6 years
Thank you guys! My skin is really dry and sensitive, so I don't know how that changes thinks. I'll tweak my recipe, and maybe change over to jojoba?
Annie-Tomlin Annie-Tomlin 6 years
I have never tried doing this with a self-made oil blend, but I love Nude's cleansing oil. Definitely takes a while to get over the idea of putting oil on your face if you're acne-prone, but honestly, it seems to help my skin.
ClassicalTorture ClassicalTorture 6 years
I use 25% castor and 75% sunflower oil, with tea tree to spot treat. I have extremely oily skin, but I only do this at night. Maybe twice a day is too much for you?
michaeluvnikita michaeluvnikita 6 years
wow so many mistakes for the past tenses geeshhhh
michaeluvnikita michaeluvnikita 6 years
i dont know about everybody else. But me, i used to actually steam my face then rub the oil after to remove whatever was in my pores. I would wash it out with warm water and a towel. But I found out that it was not the best methods for me.My skin broke out and got really irritating and dry. Instead now what i do is while taking a shower. I let the steam of the shower open up my pores. Then i use a little on my hands and rub it on. Next I use a makeup remover pad to remove all the dirt. I usually use two pad to remove excess oil. After , I use a drop, then rub it on my face. No more pimples. I swear by it. But I do it every other day. My Mixture (extra virgin olive oil, lavender essential oil (or tea tree oil), castor oil. What people don't realize is that once your pores are open, you don't need hot towel. Get a makeup pad and use that instead. It's softer on your skin
MargaretheH MargaretheH 6 years
I have castor, sweet almond and coconut oil at home to play around with. Surprisingly I can't use castor at all, occasionally I can use almond, but I use coconut oil as a wash and as my moisturizer right now because it works so well. I have very sensitive skin and seems to be the gentlest. Organic cold pressed. I love my skin right now from it. Love all of your posts! Keep it up Miriam!
shalee55 shalee55 6 years
I understand completely, I use organic Coconut oil I buy at Wholefood......mostly on my body...but when I really need it, in my hair and on my face. Since I have combination skin it can lead to for the face Handle With Care.
steen steen 6 years
When I tried it, I use a jojoba/tea tree oil blend for my oily skin.
nkatz1 nkatz1 6 years
I like jojoba myself. I'll just soak a cotton ball in jojoba and scrub with a gentle circular motion, and then I let it sit for a minute, and then I rinse with warm and then cool water.
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