Earlier this year I had an accident that resulted in first and second degree burns to my face, chest and arms. It was a very extreme chemical peel and I am now left with very pink, new, baby soft skin. However, I have found this new skin to be extremly sensitive to my cleansers and lotions so searched for a more natural alternative. I came across the Oil Cleansing Method and at first was a bit sceptical. Oil to clean your face? Surely that is just madness and will make your face oily and spotty? I kept reading strong recommendations of this method and since I needed to clean my face with something that would not hurt my new baby skin or cause breakouts, I threw caution to the wind and tried it. Plus the oils are cheap enough that if it all went terribly wrong it would not matter.
Wow! And another Wow!
Once again, why am I only learning about this now? My granny who had a face like a catchers mitt and her generic face cream were no use to me. Where was this method during the teenage years eh? Who is keeping this information to themselves? Clean, dewy skinned people, that’s who!
The oil does clean your face and removes blocked pores. It can feel like a facial scrub at times as the oil plugs come out. The oil is massaged into your skin and dissolves the oil that has hardened and is stuck in your pores. No harsh chemicals that will strip your skin of oil . When you strip your skin of its sebum it goes into overdrive as it tries to create more. This in turn leads to clogged pores.
Here’s a direct quote from acne.org:
“Oil dissolves oil. One of the most basic principals of chemistry is that “like dissolves like.” The best way to desolve a non-polar solvent like sebum/oil, is by using another non-polar solvent similar in composition: other oils. By using the right oils, you can cleanse your pores of dirt and bacteria naturally, gently and effectively, while replacing the dirty oil with beneficial ones extracted from natural botanicals, vegetables and fruit that heal, protect and nourish your skin. When done properly and consistently, the OCM can clear the skin from issues like oily skin, dry skin, sensitive skin, blackheads, whiteheads and other problems caused by mild to moderate acne–while leaving your skin healthy, balanced and properly moisturized.”
WHAT OILS TO USE?
- The base oil used in cleansing is Castor oil as it is great for drawing out the dirt from your pores and it antibacterial, BUT it needs to be blended with other carrier oils. Suggestions are:
- Jojoba (all skin types, but very good for acne-prone skin)
- Sweet almond (all skin types, especially oily)
- Grapeseed (all skin types, especially oily)
- Avocado (dry and aging skin)
- Sunflower Seed (all skin types)
- Extra Virgin Olive (all skin types). Olive oil has the same pH as human skin, so it’s the perfect cleansing balancer.
- Apricot Kernel (dry, aging, and normal skin)
Tea tree essential oil is a natural antiseptic and good for clearing up spots. Try a few drops in your mixture.
HOW TO GET STARTED
1) Make your cleanser. To start out with try the oils by teaspoon until you get the mix that suits you. A popular formula is a third of each oil mixed together. Castor oil is an important base.
Oily skin: Use 2 teaspoon castor oil to one teaspoon carrier oil.
Normal skin: Use equal parts castor oil and carrier oil.
Dry skin: Use 1 teaspoon castor oil and 2 teaspoons carrier oil.
Once you find a mix that suits you, use the same ratios and pour into a clean bottle for use.
2) Put the oil in the palm of your hand and apply to your face. Work the oil into your skin for a few minutes. Do not scrub, just rub.
3) Wet a face cloth in hot water. Hot, not scalding. No more burns please. Put the hot cloth over your face until it cools. This is steaming out your pores and bringing out the yukky stuff. Rinse your face cloth and repeat until the oil is removed. Pat dry gently.
4) Admire your soft skin.