The Oil Cleansing Method is a method of cleansing the face with the help of high quality oils instead of a commercial face cleanser.
Typically it involves a mix of castor oil and another vegetable oil. The Oil Cleansing Method is becoming more and more popular. While there are many who absolutely swear by this method, there are just as many who blame it for their breakouts.
An initial change for the worse is not that uncommon though, with any new product or practice. Two years ago I tried using jojoba oil as a daily moisturizer and nothing else. I hoped my skin would clear up, because in spite of not having severe acne, even birth control didn’t bless me with perfect skin. I noticed a dramatic increase in pimples, but after about 4-5 weeks my skin has never looked better! Unfortunately coming off birth control has messed up my hormones so much that all my achievements went down the drain again.
Fact is, whenever we try out a new product, our skin has to adapt to it and that may take some time.
Which Oils to use:
Use a blend of castor oil and another vegetable oil of your choice, both organic and cold pressed.
Castor oil is the main ingredient, because it has strong cleansing properties.
This is the table that is used most:
Oily Skin: 30% Castor Oil, 70% Vegetable Oil.
Balanced Skin: 20% Castor Oil, 80% Vegetable Oil.
Dry Skin: 10% Castor Oil, Vegetable Oil.
Most commonly used oils to blend with castor oil are sunflower seed oil, olive oil, grape seed oil or jojoba oil.
- Blend your oils together
- Take a small amount and massage it gently onto your dry face with dry hands
- Massage for 5-10 minutes
- Take a soft washcloth and soak it under hot water. Cover your face with it until it becomes cold. Repeat 4-5 times
- With the last round, gently wipe all the oil off your face with the wash cloth
- While still damp, take 2-3 drops of jojoba oil and massage it onto your face (optional)
- If you have cystic acne or anything beyond small bumps and the occasional big pimple, then be extra careful while massaging. Strong pressure may spread your acne (on top of it being painful). Massage very lightly.
- Some oils are supposed to be more comedogenic (promoting pimples) on skin than others. I am yet to find clear statements on which oils those are. I have used olive oil so far and decided to switch to jojoba oil to be on the safe side. Technically Jojoba oil is not an oil but a wax and very close to the natural oils produced by our skin.
- I am not a person who has 10 small wash cloths and I also don’t do laundry every day. So I find it difficult to always use a fresh and clean wash cloth. I believe that the amount of bacteria accumulating in an already used wash cloth may cause new pimples to form. If you decide to do this method, make sure to always use fresh and clean towels.
I have noticed that the traditional Oil Cleansing Method does not work for my skin at the moment. I did notice a good cleansing effect though (many tiny particles coming off my skin). For this reason I continue to use the oil blend around 2 times a week to cleanse my face in the evening. I do not steam it with a wash cloth. Instead I simply wash off the oil with my regular face wash.
What is your experience with the Oil Cleasnsing Method? Have you had difficulties or great success?
Tell me your thoughts or ask questions if you are yet to try this method!