Oil cleansing method?

apaezapaez Registered Users Posts: 4
Anyone follow the OCM to clean your face, either for moisturizing, anti-aging or acne? If so, what are your results? Which oil(s) do you use? Do you have before and after pics?

I want to try it, but am super-nervous! :goofy:

Please share your experience. :)
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  • spiderlashes5000spiderlashes5000 Registered Users Posts: 17,898 Curl Virtuoso
    I did it and it broke me out. Normally my skin is clear. Very disappointed.
  • apaezapaez Registered Users Posts: 4
    I tried it last night...I will update as soon as I figure out how my skin likes it. I used olive oil with tea tree oil. My skin isnt as oily as i expected it would be.
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  • CurlyBoodleCurlyBoodle Registered Users Posts: 12
    I have been doing it for 2+ years, and I am never going back. I use coconut, olive, and avocado oils.
    Coconut to remove makeup from face, and to use when scrubbing face with wash cloth.
    I mix avocado and aloe together to use as a face "lotion".
    I haven't broken out in a very long time
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  • apaezapaez Registered Users Posts: 4
    That's good to hear! Your skin is beautiful! I'm hoping it helps get rid of these blackheads and evens out my ruddy skin...eww.
  • CurlyBoodleCurlyBoodle Registered Users Posts: 12
    It helped to even out my skin tone a lot! I used to have very red, patchy spots on my skin. It wasn't acne, just flushed parts on my skin. Blackheads also aren't a problem anymore, they cleared up about 2 months in. Good luck!
    Tall, 3B curly girl from the United States
  • apaezapaez Registered Users Posts: 4
    That's the main problem that I have. I don't have a lot of problems with acne, my skin just doesn't look clean and clear. I'm on day 5 or so and still haven't broken out, so we'll see!
  • CurlyBoodleCurlyBoodle Registered Users Posts: 12
    Good luck! Let us know how it goes. :)
    Tall, 3B curly girl from the United States
  • sixelamysixelamy Registered Users Posts: 4,157 Curl Novice
    I did it for a few months last year, and really need to go back to it. I started off using olive oil, and it made my face SUPER oily and I broke out so bad. Then I read that olive oil isn't the best oil to use, so I did some more research. Then I tried with 10% castor oil, 20% sunflower oil, and my face was loving it! Then I used pure jojoba oil and loved it even better! I always have red patches in my T zone with regular face wash, but I didn't have the red patches after I washed my face. My face was super smooth and I wasn't breaking out like I normally had!

    I was short on time with a schedule change and didn't have the time to keep up the routine in the mornings. I hold a warm washcloth to my face until it cools, wipe off oil, and repeat 3x. My face isn't the same as it was with the oil, and I was just thinking last week that I really need to go back to oil cleansing.

    Side note: I've tried essential oil in the mix, and no matter what I used it made me break out.
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  • secret_karmasecret_karma Registered Users Posts: 438
    I've been using it for years. I use half castor oil, half apricot oil and it works well for me. I also got 3 of my co-workers hooked on it; they were having skin problems. Right now I'm using an oil cleanser I bought from Sephora; I'm not impressed. I'm going back to my castor-apricot oil mix when I finish it.
  • CurlyShorty3405CurlyShorty3405 Registered Users Posts: 196
    I've been using it for years. I use half castor oil, half apricot oil and it works well for me. I also got 3 of my co-workers hooked on it; they were having skin problems. Right now I'm using an oil cleanser I bought from Sephora; I'm not impressed. I'm going back to my castor-apricot oil mix when I finish it.

    What is the cleansing oil you have from sephora? For a cleansing oil I use Boscia's Makeup Breakup Cool Cleansing oil and I love it.
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  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Posts: 20,731 Curl Virtuoso
    I've been using oils for years. Right now I'm using straight jojoba oil (organic cold pressed).

    Here is another thread with lots of info.
    http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/recipes-%97-hair-body/93558-oil-cleansing-method-ocm-skin.html

    And also some good lists of ingredients rated for comedogenics and irritation.
    http://www.sageskincare.com/Articles.asp?ID=255
    https://www.beneficialbotanicals.com/facts-figures/comedogenic-rating.html
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  • SpiralliSpiralli Registered Users Posts: 3,684 Curl Connoisseur
    I've been using Fancl Mild Cleansing Oil and really like it. I am tempted to try Clinique's cleansing oil when I order next from Sephora. I've never tried a DIY blend.
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  • amandasimon220amandasimon220 Registered Users Posts: 19
    I have used tea tree oil for cleansing. It keeps skin dry and free from any skin rashes.
  • mariajohnsonmariajohnson Registered Users Posts: 6
    I have used olive oil and it worked well for me.
  • frcklsfrckls Registered Users Posts: 528 Curl Neophyte
    Hmmm I think quite a lot of people here confuse OCM with oil-cleansing. OCM involves steaming (via hot cloth or hot water in a bowl) and castor oil, which is highly irritating.

    OCM destroyed my face 4-years ago. I broke out like I never had and my face became dry, scaly and flaky. I don't know how I could even go out to public like that. That was the castor oil irritation.
    It took me several months to calm my face down and the next 3 years trying to eradicate the scars. I had 2 patches on my cheeks, thinking that they're stubborn post-breakout hyperpigmentation, that turns out to be broken capillaries, thanks to scalding hot steaming from OCM.

    While oil-cleansing, on the other hand, is a safer, gentler method. It involves a single oil or oil-mix (without castor, except for the PEG), being massaged into the skin, may be emulsified (by way of emulsifier in the oil or lathering with facewash), then washed or wiped away.
    Some people don't emulsify and leave the residue (if using non-emulsifying oil) for moisture or even add some back.

    I have combo-oily sensitive skin and I use sunflower oil, a really delicate wash for sensitive skin and washcloth to provide gentle exfoliation. I have tried grapeseed (too drying), olive (too clogging) and hempseed (nice, but expensive and too strong odor).
    Many people, even the acne-prones, have found success in mineral oil. It's dirt cheap, too.
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  • KaZenner1990KaZenner1990 Registered Users Posts: 859
    I was searching for a natural way of cleansing my face and came across oil cleansing. The funny thing is that Just today I got my stash of castor oil so I tried it.
    When I applied it on my face I was supprissed on the tingly sensation it gave me. I used 2 parts castor oil and 1 part avocado oil. I got even more shocked when after wiping off escess oil I felt my face fresh!!!
    So far so good but I still got some itchyness after a few minutes. I always get itchy after even commercial washes are used. I didn't apply moisturiser after though.

    How often do you oil cleanse??
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  • frcklsfrckls Registered Users Posts: 528 Curl Neophyte
    I oil-cleanse every night to take makeup and/or sunscreen off. Good sunscreen can't be taken off with just facial wash. If I'm not wearing makeup (usually Sundays), I just wash with my intimate/facial wash.

    I'm currently testing out Holland & Barrett Wonder Oil + coconut oil for oil cleansing, since I'm also using it for my hair and I don't like having too many bottles/jars in my bathroom. Coconut oil may be pretty irritating and clogging, so I'm treading lightly, although I'm not exactly acne-prone. Thus far, I haven't had issues and my face seems to look rosier. But I still have to inspect if it's due to irritation or that my skin is liking CO.
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  • KaZenner1990KaZenner1990 Registered Users Posts: 859
    The thing is nowadays I rarely wear makeup so cleansing my face wouldn't be for that routine.
    I swapped avocado oil for sweet almond oil and increased my almond oil ratio. Way better feeling. I think the itchiness is from rubbing.
    How long did it take you to see a difference?
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  • StarmieStarmie Registered Users Posts: 7,170 Curl Virtuoso
    I've been using an oil cleanser for a few years now and use it most nights. If I haven't had make-up on I'll just use a wipe, but otherwise I'll use the oil. I've never had any issues with oils but then I've never had issues with my skin at all (well, not on my face) I just use it to combat the dryness I have. I've always bought the cleansers, never made my own as I can't be bothered.
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  • KaZenner1990KaZenner1990 Registered Users Posts: 859
    I worry that a cleanser might have a cone or sulfate in and it touches my hair. That is the biggest reason why I lean towards natural face routine. I tried a bar soap but it caused me itchiness. It was olive oil and base soap one.

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  • frcklsfrckls Registered Users Posts: 528 Curl Neophyte
    The thing is nowadays I rarely wear makeup so cleansing my face wouldn't be for that routine.
    I swapped avocado oil for sweet almond oil and increased my almond oil ratio. Way better feeling. I think the itchiness is from rubbing.
    How long did it take you to see a difference?

    Well, in that case, once every 2-3 nights sounds good enough to me.
    I can't imagine going anywhere near castor oil again nowadays. My past experience really scared the bejeebers out of me. I get hives on my face really often, with or without oil. I wouldn't risk it further by going back to castor.

    I started seeing improvement on my skin a couple weeks in working with oil. Now, I've got no gunks, clogged pores, white/black head and significantly reduced amount of sebaceous filaments. My face is nowhere like porcelain doll, but I feel comfortable stepping out without makeup, and if I do, only concealer or tinted moisturizer. Granted, I have Retin-A and Skinoren in my routine.

    In the case with rosiness from, allegedly, coconut oil, I started noticing only after a couple days in.

    If I stay in the whole weekend and slacking off to oil cleanse, I'd see some whiteheads and increased count of seb-fils, but one or two oil cleansing usually takes care of them and my skin goes back to nice and smooth.
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  • frcklsfrckls Registered Users Posts: 528 Curl Neophyte
    I worry that a cleanser might have a cone or sulfate in and it touches my hair. That is the biggest reason why I lean towards natural face routine. I tried a bar soap but it caused me itchiness. It was olive oil and base soap one.

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    If you don't mind some residue on your face, wiping off with damp warm or tepid washcloth should be enough. If you like it to be more squeaky clean, wipe off residue with micellar water, which you can follow with splashing your face with water to wash away more residue.
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  • KaZenner1990KaZenner1990 Registered Users Posts: 859
    You give me such great new ideas!! I noticed that my hair did better if I wipe off with lukewarm water instead of hot. I do have some acne and some clogged comodones on my forehead which I think it's from my hair touching my face???

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  • frcklsfrckls Registered Users Posts: 528 Curl Neophyte
    From my experience, I'm so much better off with lukewarm water. Hot water just messes up with my skin.

    I would first guess that the cloggings and breakouts may be from the ingredients in your hair products that don't agree with your skin. Touching your bangs too much may also be the cause since the hands may have introduced more exposure to bacterias and dirt.

    I know for sure that if I have breakout and/or cloggings on the forehead area, for me it's because I use products which ingredients don't agree with my skin. Chin and jawline are for hormonal breakouts, cheeks are when I'm being a complete pig (sugar) and nose is my stress indicator zone (so ugly).

    Benzoyl peroxide 2.5% is always a winner in eradicating any zits overnight or two. Retin-A and/or Skinoren are amazing to smoothen out my skin and handling potential clogging or breakouts.
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  • KaZenner1990KaZenner1990 Registered Users Posts: 859
    frckls wrote: »
    From my experience, I'm so much better off with lukewarm water. Hot water just messes up with my skin.

    I would first guess that the cloggings and breakouts may be from the ingredients in your hair products that don't agree with your skin. Touching your bangs too much may also be the cause since the hands may have introduced more exposure to bacterias and dirt.

    I know for sure that if I have breakout and/or cloggings on the forehead area, for me it's because I use products which ingredients don't agree with my skin. Chin and jawline are for hormonal breakouts, cheeks are when I'm being a complete pig (sugar) and nose is my stress indicator zone (so ugly).

    Benzoyl peroxide 2.5% is always a winner in eradicating any zits overnight or two. Retin-A and/or Skinoren are amazing to smoothen out my skin and handling potential clogging or breakouts.

    And when you cleanse your face it doesn't touch your hairline at all?

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  • frcklsfrckls Registered Users Posts: 528 Curl Neophyte
    I sure do, otherwise I'll get breakouts there. :) I just push my hair back with bandana so I can cleanse every nook and cranny of my face. I would wet my babyhair along the hairline but I gotta get my face clean. :)
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  • KaZenner1990KaZenner1990 Registered Users Posts: 859
    Ahhhh my worst acne is around my hairline! How often do you use Retin-A or skinoren cream on your face?? Do you apply it only on the area you have acne?

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  • frcklsfrckls Registered Users Posts: 528 Curl Neophyte
    I suspect that it would be either that you miss cleansing that area well or some ingredient in the hair products you're using doesn't agree with your skin.

    I rotate Retin-A 0.025% Cream and Skinoren 20% Cream every night. I skip them every now and then, at least one night a week, to give my skin a break. I can't use both products' gel kind, as they're too drying for my skin, or higher concentration of Retin-A, it would wreak havoc.

    I apply them all over my face, including the hairlines, along the jawline and around the eyes (no need for separate product for that), down to my neck and chest.

    For benzoyl peroxide, I dot it thinly on the zit.
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  • KaZenner1990KaZenner1990 Registered Users Posts: 859
    I see there is gel and cream for both? Could I just use one or possible pair them together?

    So theoretically I would need to apply it on wash days right? My zits as yours are on the chin area and are basicly cystic acne around my menstrual cycle.
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  • frcklsfrckls Registered Users Posts: 528 Curl Neophyte
    Retin-A has 4 different concentrations (of tretinoin): 0.01% (liquid), 0.025% (cream, gel), 0.05% (cream, gel), 0.1% (cream, gel) *if I remember correctly
    You only need to choose one type and concentration to suit your need. Not all formulas and concentration available, it depends on the country. Cream is easier on the screen since it buffers the tretinoin effect more so than gel.

    You have to start slow with this to get your skin to adjust, starting at the lower concentration, 2-3x/week, waiting at least 10 minutes after washing the face. You can increase the frequency and then the concentration, if your skin can stand it. Mine doesn't and it still looks good anyway with 0.025% cream, 3x/week, so I just keep with it. At first, your skin will start peeling off and may feel irritated, not to mention the dryness. That's why I cut back usage once a week to avoid that. It is also sensitive to sunlight and you may want to be careful spending time in the sun.
    I have no major issues and using it mainly for anti-aging benefit, although it does smooths out my skin, decreases any clogging and brightening my face overtime.

    I started using Finacea because I wanted to eradicate my post-inflammation hyperpigmentation ASAP. Retin-A does that, but a bit slow. I started seeing result in 4-weeks time. I keep up with it just to alternate the Retin-A with and I moved to Skinoren 20% Cream because Finacea is a gel and it's too drying for my skin overtime (15% azelaic acid in gel, same formula as Skinoren 15% Gel, brand name depends on country, same manufacturer). It also helps brighten up my face a lot and it's a good antioxidant that is not sunlight sensitive.

    Both stuff are keratolytic, but Retin-A sloughs out the dead skin cell by thinning the epidermis, yet strengthens and thickens the dermis, where the collagen is.

    I barely get any zits anymore, usually only one around TTOM, which can be easily killed by benzoyl peroxide.
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