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What It's Like to Use the Oil Cleansing Method 2011-04-13 03:10:56

We're Trying the Oil Cleansing Method: Week One

Last week I began using the oil cleansing method, using a combination of olive oil, castor oil, and tea tree oil. Tons of readers gave me great advice on how to proceed, and a week later, I've made some adjustments and am happy to report that I'm still very much into the OCM. The hear about what my first week was like, just keep reading.

For the first couple of days I used the OCM, I had pretty heavy breakouts. Some readers had suggested that my skin would "purge" for a couple of days, but it was going downhill so quickly that it had me worried.

Several readers had pointed out the sweet almond oil worked for them, and since the people who suggested it had dry, sensitive skin like mine, I made the switch. Now, a few days later, my acne is clearing up quickly and my skin feels much less dry.

I'm uncertain about putting castor and tea tree back in the mix for now, but my experience so far has definitely shown me that no one oil works for everyone. You have to experiment to find the one that's best for your skin. Have any of you made any oil adjustments for the better? And do you think I should put the castor and tea tree oil back in my cleanser?

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GummiBears GummiBears 6 years
Good luck to you. I have tried using the oil cleansing method but the oils I used was just too irritating to my skin.
Annie-Tomlin Annie-Tomlin 6 years
I talked with a makeup artist today and she said that Shu Uemura's cleansing oil was THE thing that cleaned up her skin problems.
prencesschris prencesschris 6 years
hmmm now you all have got me interested in trying this cleansing method, i might just give it a shot
Burkina Burkina 6 years
Yep castor oil is drying so its recommended for oily types like me. It purges dirt unlike any oil so you might want to ass a few drops into your blend like Knight_Who_Says_Ni said, If you have blackheads on your nose it'll get rid of them :) Glad its working for you and yep I had to adjust my blend many times.
janetmouse janetmouse 6 years
Yes...I had to make some adjustments on the ratio of the different oils I used and I broke out in the beginning too but now it's it!!
babeyqpid babeyqpid 6 years
I have been using Coconut Oil from RMS beauty. I was concerned that I might break out at first, but my skin has stayed really clear! It can also be used as a moisturizer so it's very convenient because I can use the same product for two purposes at night! It smells heavenly and is so moisturizing. Definitely should be used in the PM b/c it is too oily for daytime use.
Knight-Who-Says-Ni Knight-Who-Says-Ni 6 years
From what I've read, the castor oil is the essential part of the method, the oil that draws the gunk from your pores. It can be drying, so for dry skin you'd want to use a very small amount. Tea tree oil is also drying and if I had dry skin I wouldn't use it in tandem with castor oil. Personally, I use a mix of 1 part castor, 2 parts jojoba, 2 parts sunflower seed and 1 part avocado oils.
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