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5 Things I Learned About The Oil-Cleansing Method (OCM)

Written by contributor Tiffany Larson.

One of my goals for 2012 was to try the Oil-Cleansing Method (OCM), explained in depth by Tsh over at Simple Mom.  My skin has been parched for far too long while I continued to use  conventional facial cleanser.

1.  If at first you don’t succeed, try try again.

After reading several online reviews of (OCM), I decided to try using grapeseed oil as my carrier oil.  After my first use, my face was a little oily to the touch.  I left greasy fingerprints all over the kitchen – clearly, I touch my face too much.   After giving it another chance on night two, I found those greasy fingerprints again and decided to try another oil.

I had EVOO in the cupboard so I gave that a go and immediately liked the post cleansing feel.  Lightly moisturized and not greasy, perfect in my book.

If I hadn’t had EVOO on hand, I also could have tried altering the ratio of carrier oil to castor oil.  I used 3 teaspoons of carrier oil to 1 teaspoon of castor oil.  As Tsh explains, you may want to change the ratio for your skin type.

2.  A little bit goes a long way.

When you try out OCM, mix a small amount of your carrier oil and castor oil until you find a combination that works or you risk throwing away a lot of product.  I made 2-3 days worth and kept it in a small bowl until I found the EVOO and castor oil mixture that worked for me.    A nickel to quarter size of your mixture is plenty for covering your entire face.  Use a little more if you want to do your neck as well.

3.  It’s ridiculously frugal.

I recently jumped on the chance to get $10 off my first purchase at Vitacost (you can too, here)  and bought grapeseed and castor oil for just over $5, including shipping.  If I continued to use grapeseed oil, the cost (excluding the $10 discount) using my 3:1 ratio would be just 2 cents per facial wash.  The EVOO comes in around 1 cent per use. 

Photo by LizMarie_AK

4.  Do it downstairs.

If you’re annoyed by wasting water while it gets ultra hot, try washing your face in a ground floor bathroom.  It doesn’t take as long to heat up, saving resources and money.

5.  It’s not a magic elixir, but I’m hopeful.

No, I don’t look 5 years younger and all those fine lines under my eyes from years of sleep deprivation and lack of moisture are still there.  But those little bumps on my forehead?  Gone in a couple days.  Normally, I would have dug out my prescription cream to make them disappear.  I’ve read in other forums about people experiencing greater transformation (fine lines, be gone!) but if it never happens, maybe I’ve slowed down any new ones.

Have you tried OCM?  What are your thoughts, love it or hate it?  If you haven’t tried it, what’s stopping you?


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  1. Stephanie

    Oh, how I wished the OCM would work for me! I tried it for about a month, tweaking the ratio of olive to castor oil a few times during that time. But to no avail. It made my moderate adult acne so much worse. SO much. I have yet to find a skin care routine that improves my skin, but I just couldn’t stick with something that made my skin completely freak out.

    Even if it had worked for me, there was one practical matter I never got the hang of: how do you keep the oil out of your hair line? I don’t wash my hair every day, so I could just wash the oil out, but I found it very difficult to apply the oil in such a way as to cleanse my whole face while avoiding the hair line.

    Such a shame. I really wanted it to work for me!

    • Adrienne

      @Stephanie: What type of oil were you using when you tried OCM? I had a lot of trouble until I purchased organic, cold-pressed oils, and then my skin cleared right up. As for oil in the hair, I just use a headband and am very careful about the edges. Once I got into a routine (after a few weeks), I didn’t need the mirror any more. Don’t give up! Just experiment a bit more.

      • Stephanie

        @Adrienne: I was using cold-pressed EVOO (not organic), and castor oil from the pharmacy (the only place you can get it in Germany, I think). I never really thought that it could be due to the quality of the oil. I wouldn’t know where to get organic castor oil, but perhaps I could try again with organic EVOO. Hmmm…. will be thinking about this!

        • Adrienne

          @Stephanie, Definitely don’t give up. There are some good ideas further down in the comments, too, but maybe if you try different oil OCM will work for you. I say this because my skin could get pretty bad, and since starting OCM, I have gone without makeup in public for the first time in years (and years).

          Have you heard of I have been traveling in Europe and Asia for the past several years and I get everything from that website. Shipping is relatively cheap and it’s a lifesaver if I can’t purchase or don’t know the words for what I need wherever I am living. Organic castor oil isn’t too much, considering how long it lasts. And apparently it has a bunch of other uses…I am off to read Hilda’s post.

          Good luck! (P.S. If you haven’t stumbled onto yet, she’s the one who really saved my skin.)

    • Hilda

      How often did you OCM? I’ve heard some people say that for them every day was too much and they would break out, but if they did it twice or even once a week it was just perfect. Also for some people it takes a longer while for the skin to adapt to the new method of cleansing which can result in acne for a while (I don’t know if it can go on for a month though, I’ve heard about a couple of weeks).

      • Stephanie

        @Hilda: I was using it every day, but only in the evenings. I remembered that when I switched from drugstore skin care to Dr. Hauschka, it took a little over 2 weeks for my skin to acclimate, so I was prepared for OCM to take a while, too. But once I hit the one-month mark, I was just plain discouraged! Right now, Hauschka seems to keep my skin reasonably clear, better than anything else I’ve tried, but it’s sooo expensive. That was one of my main motivators for trying OCM.
        One question, though: if I were to do OCM a couple times a week, what would I do on the other days? Use a “regular” cleanser? Just wash with water? Thanks!

        • Hilda

          You can use a regular organic cleanser with good ingredients, or you can make something yourself to wash with. Personally (and I’m far from the only one) I like to wash my face with honey. When I feel like I need it, I mix in something scrubbing as well, like ground oats, baking soda, clay or sugar.
          If you wear makeup, you can use the OCM mixture or 100% castor oil to wipe the makeup off with a cotton pad, if the honey/whatever you’re using won’t remove it.
          Here’s how you wash your face with honey:

      • Adrienne

        @Hilda, That’s an awesome post! I’m going to try some of those ideas tonight. Thanks for the tips!

    • beth

      If OCM doesn’t work for you, try oatmeal! It just needs to be run under warm water for a bit to soften up and then you rub it on like you would any other face wash. It’s a bit messy, but it’s gentle and moisturizing!

  2. Adrienne

    I’m so glad you mentioned not wanting to waste water while waiting for it to get hot. This bothered me so much over time that now I heat up my water on the stove or in my electric kettle. It only takes a minute to get it to the right temperature, and then I pour it over my washcloth in a bowl. It’s a few extra steps, but better than letting the water run so long.

  3. Kara @SimpleKids

    Tiffany, you may have convinced me to give the OCM another try. Thanks! 🙂

  4. Andrea @ The Greenbacks Gal

    I learned something kind of interesting the other day. I had bought a groupon for an all natural, organic facial. While getting my facial, I was told those bumps on my forehead were diet related. (If you break out around your mouth, it is hormone related). Anyway, she said any white bumps on your forehead were usually fat that hadn’t been processed. ????? I don’t know how true/false that is, but I thought it was really interesting.

    BTW – I use straight almond oil as my moisturizer every night. It is definitely greasy feeling and I have to sleep with my hair pulled back, but the soft skin in dry, dead winter is worth it!

    • Michelle

      Acne and bumps on your skin definitely can relate to other problems in your body. What you were told is exactly what I’ve been told in the past. Having been doing a detox over the last three weeks, I can testify it to be true. Since getting my gut balances, my skin has once again begun to clear. Fish oil can really help with the dryness too!

  5. Anne @ Modern Mrs Darcy

    I’ve been playing around with this as well, using olive oil and castor oil. BUT I haven’t actually used this method in over a week–I haven’t gotten so used to it yet that it’s second nature. Thanks for the encouragement to get back at it!

  6. Melissa M

    I first learned about OCM by reading Tsh’s post. I love it, and now all of my friends are doing it too! I noticed an immediate difference in the size of my pores and softness of my skin. I have had to experiment quite a bit to get it right though. I’ve discovered that grapeseed oil and coconut oil break me out. So I have switched to evoo. I plan to try almond oil at some point, to see if I like it better yet. The smell was starting to bother me so I dropped a little essential oil and it’s much better now!

    I love how frugal and simple it is. I love that I’m not smearing chemicals all over my skin twice a day. I recommend it to everyone!

  7. Kara E.

    The closest I’ve gotten to OCM is occasionally moisturizing with jojoba oil. My mid-twenties skin unfortunately still has acne and I’ve finally found some natural products that don’t work against my desires for clear skin. For now, my skin is the best it’s been in over a year and I’m not willing to change my routine.

  8. Caroline

    Well, I’ve been wanting to try for a while now. We’ll be in the states this summer and I’ll be able to pick up some castor oil then. I’m thinking that I may try it while we’re there (my skin always freaks out while we’re there b/c of the climate change) so maybe that’ll help. Thank you for blogging about this!

  9. jessica

    i haven’t tried it yet, mostly because i love my aveda products. but money is tight, so maybe when i run out i will!

  10. Tiffany

    Agree, Agree, Agree. I tried OCM before with sad results (grapeseed oil), no changes, dry skin. But using EVOO made such a difference. I still have to follow up with a moisturizer after the cleansing but I am impressed at the cost and the effectiveness.

  11. Steph

    I have been using the OCM for months and I love it! It wasn’t perfect at first, I had to find a ratio that didn’t dry out my skin. I use 70% castor oil and 30% sunflower oil. I love how soft my skin feels after.

  12. amanda

    I tried EVOO + castor oil for awhile and although it very positively changed the way i treated my skin (much less harshly), i didn’t get the results i’d hoped for. A few months later, i finally came across jojoba at Trader Joe’s and it has changed my skin routine completely. I am finally past the acne of my 20s but my current struggle is keeping a ph balance (i get over-dryness and flaking in cold months + bouts of rosacea in hot months). Two drops of Jojoba on a cotton pad is perfect for morning freshening up and just enough oil to act as a moisturizer but not too much that it’s oily. For bedtime, i use the same amount of jojoba and just add a little warm water to remove eye makeup and feel a little stronger cleansing. Then, in winter, i often go to bed with coconut oil all over. super greasy but unnoticeable when you’re asleep!

    • Abigail

      I love the TJ’s jojoba. It feels so clean and with a bit of water it soaks right in, so residue like EVOO. Do you mix anything with it?

      I noticed in this post she talked about carrier oils — is there a benefit to mixing oils or is using jojoba or another exclusively effective as well?

      I’ll have to try to coconut-to-bed idea. 🙂

  13. Mary Beth

    Honestly, I was on board with the concept and wanted this to work for me but I didn’t like it. I tried a couple of different ratios of a castor oil and EVOO mixture over about a one-month period, but my oily (acne-prone) skin just felt heavy and more oily and I broke out something fierce. Maybe if I had kept experimenting it would have turned out fine eventually, but I was miserable and wasn’t willing to deal with the poor results any longer.

    That said, I did get rid of my conventional products and found a simple, super-cheap routine that works beautifully for me. Now I just wash my face with a mild cleanser (and add baking soda every couple of days to exfoliate), and then lightly moisturize with a few drops of EVOO. My skin has never felt better in my life!! No dry patches, no oily patches…it just feels soft and smooth and the best thing is that I have had only one small zit(!) since I started this routine nine months ago. I am thrilled with this routine and I’m never going back to conventional skin care products.

    • Phyllis

      @Mary Beth, my understanding is that for people with oily to normal skin, grape seed oil works the best rather than olive oil. Just a thought. 🙂

  14. Pam M.

    I love the OCM. I’ve done it for a couple of years now – probably 5 times a week. The rest of the time I just use the regular bar of soap that I make. My late-thirties skin is in better shape than it was in my teen years. I gave my sister a skin care kit for Christmas that included the pre-mixed oils so she could do the OCM, as well as a bar of my soap and a few other skin care items I make. She is so happy with the results that she is finally able to cancel her Proactive regimen. Because of this, one of her closest friends is now doing the OCM and loving it.

  15. karen

    I need to get back to OCM! It takes forever for hot water to get to our bathroom, so I warm a cup of water in the microwave and take it to the bathroom. Of course, Kid2 dropped the cup (pyrex plus tile=big mess) so I need to find a new cup.

  16. Alicia

    I have been using the OCM for a year now, with a blend of Castor oil and Jojoba oil. Other than an occasional (maybe one every other month) pimple, my adult acne has disappeared. And the occasional pimple goes away in just a day or two. My skin feels so soft and I don’t have to use very much makeup anymore! I love it!!!

  17. Steph

    I’ve heard of OCM before but have never tried it. Since my acne often causes me to look like I’m still a teenager I may have to try it…

  18. Melissa Jones

    Been doing it for a while now (a couple of times a week) and have loved it from the beginning. Because I apparently can’t retain information, I was using Cod Liver oil (instead of castor) for a while, but re-read at some point and switched to castor and EVOO (usually with a few drops of tea tree oil and whatever essential oil I want for scent – usually lemon, peppermint, or lavender). I mainly use it in the shower and have started using it for shaving too. It gunks up the razor, so there’s a bit more time required to deal with that, but my legs never get dry anymore, and I almost never have any ingrown hairs (they only show up when I run out of stuff and use whatever soap we have on hand instead). I never get razor burn in my armpits anymore either.

    I love how soft and smooth my face feels, and I _REALLY_ love that when my face started feeling extra dry during the winter, I could literally just add a little more EVOO to my mix and everything’s evened out again! I don’t even bother measuring anymore. I just “eye” it….which saves on dishes too!

    And for my testimonial….this happened while I was still using cod liver oil, but I’d had a second crow’s foot under one eye for probably a decade (the first set showed up when I was like 12, so I’m not too worried about them – they’re just “smile” lines)…within a few weeks of using the OCM, that crow’s foot was gone and has not returned!

    • Tiffany

      There is hope for my fine lines, thanks for sharing Melissa!!

  19. Jessy Keim

    I tried it with half EVOO and half castor and it super duper dried my skin out! As soon as my face dried it shrunk up and was very tight and started flaking and cracking. Pointers? All the other comments say that it is so lovely and moisturizing! I even smeared straight EVOO on my face after and just left it and my skin still felt very dry. The weird thing is I usually have oily skin…

    • Tiffany

      Jessy, you might try jojoba oil. A lot of people (read through the comments here) use it with great success. I’m going to try it, too, just to see what I think.

    • Claire

      I agree. Try jojoba. It’s eliminated my usual winter flakiness.

  20. Nicole

    I love the OCM! I only use it when I wear makeup which is about half the time now, but it’s such a soothing way to wash my face.

  21. Holly @ Faithful Womanhood

    I’ve been using the OCM for a few months now and I love it! I started out using olive oil as my carrier, but have switched to jojoba in the past month and can’t imagine going back! My skin is super soft and I rarely have a zit.

  22. Stephanie

    I’m getting the impression from this thread that a lot of you with acne/blemishes have used jojoba instead of EVOO and have gotten good results. Is this right? I’m tempted to try OCM again after today’s post, but I need some more pointers for finding a different formulation. Last time I tried it, I used about 2/3 EVOO and 1/3 castor oil. I found that this mix dried my skin AND caused more zits. I have moderate adult acne, but combination (not oily) skin. Anyone have some suggestions for formulations to try? Jojoba instead of EVOO? Different ratios?

    • Debbie

      My experience with castor & jojoba combined was not good. It did the same thing – dried out my skin AND caused more zits. All I use now is jojoba oil plain. I think EVOO would be too thick or clogging for me. Coconut oil definitely clogged my pores when I tried it. I do still get zits (hormones) but they are small and last a day at the most. I do the warm washcloth method but then rinse ALL the jojoba oil off at the end and moisturize with shea butter. I feel that if you are cleansing your skin with the oil, why would you want to leave any of the oil remaining that might contain makeup or dirt? Rinse it off! I only do OCM at night and/or remove makeup. In the a.m. I wash my face with raw organic honey.

  23. Beth

    I started doing OCM over a year ago from another website and have found that I have to tweak it a bit for the seasons and sometimes for monthly hormone fluctuations. I live in the South (US) so in the summer I tend to need less moisture (I used to think I had oily skin but now I honk I was just stripping it with harsh cleansers)… So no more than 1/3 castor oil and jojoba oil. In the winter, I have been doing avocado oil only – nothing else. When I need a little moisture in the morning, I wash with raw honey and let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing. If I’m feeling a little rough or flaky, I “scrub” with 1/2 ground oatmeal and 1/2 ground almonds (keep this mixed and ready all the time). So far so good! I seems to be a “system” that works for now. A little more than an OCM review, huh.

  24. Heather Anderson

    I have tried this and I loved it. My face really got clean. I was using 1/2 EVOO and 1/2 castor oil. I found that my face was actually almost too dry. When I mix up some more I will use more EVOO and less castor oil.

  25. Catherine

    I really like the oil cleansing method. I use EVOO and a tiny bit of castor oil, with a few drops of lavender and geranium essential oils added in. I use it in the shower and it works great and makes my skin very soft.

  26. MeanJean

    I am on day 4 of my OCM using castor oil and EVOO. So far I totally LOVE it! My pores have shrunk and my complexion seems more even already. The first 2 days all I had was castor oil and it seemed to leave my face soft and clean but not oily.

    I also did a nutmeg microderm from crunchybetty with awesome results.

  27. Abigail

    Also, has anyone had trouble getting the essential oils in your eyes, or around your eyes? I know sometimes when I’ve dabbed peppermint oil on my temples for relaxation my eyes BURN afterward. Haha, not so relaxing! But I’m guessing if you all are mixing it with other oils, it’s not enough to burn?

    • Tiffany

      Abigail, I don’t use essential oils in the OCM mixture so I’m not sure. However, using the mixture of EVOO and castor oil doesn’t bother my eyes when I am cleaning the eye makeup off.

    • Ryann

      Abigail, peppermint is a hot oil and does tend to burn when applied directly to skin or or near eyes. I have a lot of peppermint in my current OCM mix and sometimes I can feel the sting in my eyes, too.

      Here is a link to a doTerra catalog, on page 9 they have a reference chart for how you can use several common essential oils (including peppermint). I.e. whether you can use them Aromatically, Internally, or Topically, and whether you can use them without diluting them (neat) or not.

  28. Claire

    I’ve been using OCM for about 3 months, and I really like the results. One of the most amazing things I’ve seen is if a small blemish is beginning, it disappears overnight after OCM. I use jojoba oil first, followed by 2/3 castor oil 1/3 evoo mixture. I let it soak in and then use a really hot washcloth to steam my face. I live in the South, so it will be interesting to see if I can continue to use OCM during the hot, humid months.

  29. Paula

    I’ve been using the OCM for around 2yrs now and love it!! I use evoo and castor oil. Used sunflower oil once, which was fine, but I usually have evoo in the house. Didnt really have much acne before so I can’t really say if it’s good for that. I do love how smooth my face is, especially in the am. I used to wake up with a shiny face in the mornings, due to the build up of oil overnight. I don’t even use a moisturizer at night. I find it makes me oily. Just wash with oil and go to bed! I have forgotten to pack my oil wash when traveling and can not believe how oily my face gets using a soap!! Yuck! Got my sister started and she is hooked. She has noticed her pores are smaller. My 14yr old just started. Anxious to see how it works for her! Those of you tired of waiting for water to get hot…brush your teeth while waiting. You might have warm warm at the end of brushing, tho 🙂

  30. Kimberly

    I’ve been using it for almost three years and my skin has never been so nice! I love it!!!!! I stopped wearing makeup like foundation & powder over a year ago bc I just don’t need it with the OCM. Most days I just do my eyes, add some lip color and and done. I use coconut oil for moisturizer as needed. The really crazy thing to me??? My skin was so oily and awful before when I used regular cleansers and makeup.

  31. Adriana

    Does anyone know of a method that is similar but less time consuming. Also something you could use if you don’t have access to hot water? I’m going on retreat with some kids from church soon and it’s a camp ground area (we’re in south Texas) so I need ideas! Help!

    • Ryann

      I do my OCM routine in the shower. My washcloth is never as hot as many posts recommend, but I’m hoping the steam helps with open my pores. It still takes me longer than using a commercial face wash, but it gives me an excuse to take an extra few minutes under the hot water.

      As for the camping. Make sure you have small camping pot (with a lid) in your camping gear along with a few washcloths reserved for your face. When I go camping with my husband he puts a pot of water on the fire after dinner is cooked or before he starts breakfast (he’s the camp cook) so that there is hot water for my washcloth. Sometimes I use my oil mix when I’m camping , but the last time we went I didn’t use any and just used the hot washcloth to wipe my face morning and night (and sometimes partway through the day, too). I think the hot washcloth is more heavenly when you’re camping than when you’re at home! My husband is very supportive about pampering me while we’re roughing. If anyone teases you, just point out that it is probably how the pioneers did it.

  32. Renee

    I started using OCM around the New Year and I’ve been using the last 6 weeks to experiment with ratios. At first it was too drying, but what I’ve been using for the past week or so has been much better – 20% castor and 80% EVOO, so I made it with 1 tsp. castor and 4 tsp. EVOO, then I add quite a few drops of lavender essential oil (for calming smell at bedtime and also because it helps with wrinkles and inflammation). I use OCM about 4-5 nights/week (some nights after work it’s just too much to do before going to bed). After I cleanse, I put just a dab of the same mixture on my skin to moisturize, and sometimes I do the same moisturizing in the morning. My skin is definitely feeling better and looking better, though I still get some minor breakouts. I was skeptical, but now I like this method.

  33. Bernice @ The Stressed Mom

    I have read so much about this. I use an anti-aging cleanser and day cream. I am a little scared to change over. Will the OCM gently resurface the skin (or do some of you add baking soda on occasion)? I do have a rough forehead with little bitty bumps. I am 46 so I want to use something that will keep my skin healthy for years.

  34. Joe

    I love to OCM too! For me, it’s eczema it helps keep at bay 🙂
    My ratio is 1:1 EVOO and Castor Oil. I got a travel pump bottle from the drug store (I’m sure it can be found elsewhere too), it’s small and looks nice and very easy to use 😉 I get about 2-3 mo of mix from my 100 ml bottle.

    I like your idea about doing it downstairs if the water takes a while to get hot. Doh, of course! I will do that – our hot water takes a ridiculously long time to reach of top floor.

    Another thing that I do is, if I’m headed for the shower, I’ll put the oil on my face, and then the hot vapor of the shower acts as the hot cloth on my face – 2 for 1 🙂

  35. Cameo

    I got tired of waiting with the warm cloth on my face to open up my pores. So I switched to putting the oil on my face in the middle of my shower routine (shower is already hot & steamy, so my skin is already warm) leave it on while I finish my shower routine, and then rinse it off before I get out. Simpler routine for me and it’s worked great.

  36. Kathy

    I have been using OCM (50/50 EVOO/castor oil) since last October (4 months), and I am in my mid-50’s. Each morning I use a headband to hold my hair back, and then steam my face over the stove (with a towel over my head) a low simmer for light steam, and then I wipe my face and neck off with a warm washcloth. I usually put a spring of rosemary in the water, too, and then do some deep breathing too for clearing dry sinuses.

    My pores are noticeably smaller, and although my wrinkles are still here, I do not see new ones starting.

  37. Andrea

    I have very dry skin and have been wanting the OCM to work for me for months. Every time I try it though, my skin gets even more dry. It seems like those of us with dry skin are in the minority, since the idea of putting straight oil on my face sounds glorious, not scary. I have tried straight EVOO, combos of avocado oil and apricot kernel oil with small amounts of castor oil and I still come out feeling dry afterwards and tight and flaky in the morning. I am always on the quest to find something natural to help my skin that doesn’t have petrolatum in it. Are there any fellow dry skin sufferers out there who can help me find the right combination of oils? Or any other suggestions for dry skin? I so want this to work!

    • Ryann

      Sometimes my skin feels dry after I finish washing my face and get out of the shower and I am starting out with oily/acne prone skin. I don’t really know how that happens. But have you tried moisturizing after washing your face? So after you go through the routine of wiping off all the oil that has absorbed makeup and dirt, you apply a very small amount of oil to moisturize, or you apply a heavy moisturizing oil at night and sleep on it. I think I got this idea from several of the other comments on this post. Since I haven’t actually tried it (yet) and have a different skin type, I wish you the best of luck finding something that works!

  38. Christine

    Regarding the OCM, what happens when you put on eye makeup? Are your lids oily from the oil?
    And castor oil is safe on the eyes – I have so much trouble with my eyes – sensitive and allergic?
    I bought my sunflower oil yesterday and now have to go get the castor oil.

    Also, I use tea tree oil on my brows and tea tree oil shampoo on my eyelashes – as I believe I have demodex mites (yuck)!

    Also, I did hear that those bumps on the forehead – some look like they’re donuts (m-mmm) are from cholestrol.

    Good luck everyone – I’ll let you know my results.

  39. Ryann

    I’ve been using the oil cleansing method for several months now. Most of the time I love it, but I’m still searching for the right ratios and which oils work best for me. I have oily/acne prone skin, but found that I could scale back on the castor oil more than I originally thought I could. But this last batch I tried a 50/50 mix and that didn’t work at all. (I just realized that I actually significantly increased the ratio of castor oil in my mix by doing that…). I have just been using the vegetable oil we have in the kitchen, as it seems we’re always almost out of EVOO (for a while I was using the OCM on my whole body and loved it! but it uses a lot more oil), and the canola oil seemed to work okay, but then we ended up with soy, and then a soy/canola mix and I think I don’t like the soy. So I’m still at (or back to) the first point in this post: If at first you don’t succeed, try try again!

    • tafairlee

      try getting some jojoba oil! i read in another article that it’s the best carrier oil choice for acne prone skin. 🙂

  40. tafairlee

    i just started using the OCM a few days ago and i’m already practically hooked. i’ve had acne prone skin since about 5th grade and, other than a couple of years post-high school after an intense round of accutane, i’ve been dealing with evil red pimples ever since. i read in another article that jojoba is the best carrier oil to use for acne prone skin and as luck would have it, i had some already! i’ve been doing a 50/50 ratio to begin with – i figured it was a great way to figure out whether i need more or less of either oil – and so far i’m really liking it. i didn’t take a before pic, but i’m convinced that the blackheads that like to take up residence on my nose are already starting to retreat in terror. i was surprised that my skin didn’t feel oily post “washing” but it feels soft and looks healthy and dewy. i’m continuing on with great hopes for an (at least mostly) acne free future. 🙂

  41. Danette

    I did sooo much crazy research before starting the OCM and for
    Everything I have read and found is that you shouldn’t use coconut oil because while it is nourishing it is also comedegenic and blocks your pores which is the opposite of the purpose of OCM. Also EVOO is a very heavy carrier oil to use while it does and can work great, if your oily or broken out it usually exacerbates the problem. It is great to use in winter months or very cold climates. When starting out with OCM it will ALWAYS be trial and error until you figure out what works for you and determine what results your after. I personally reccomend starting with a light oil i.e jojoba, sunflower, apricot(there’s more but I can’t think right now ) and keep in mind certain oils have certain benefits. For example I use organic apricot oil which is high in vitamin E to help with scars and dark patches as well as boosting collagen. For you that are starting or going back after a long break always remember the old adage “you have to walk before you run” the simpler the better! Good luck!

  42. charity

    I started the OCM about a week ago and I am unsure how I like it. I am so used to cleaning my face morning and evening that I find myself going a little crazy to only wash once. What are you doing in between OCM? Do you just rinse with water? Thanks.

  43. Michelle

    I started using the OCM about 3 months ago and LOVE it! My friend Jane in Germany told me about it so I did some research and found the oils/ratio for my skin. To give my skin some additional health benefits, I add a few drops of Young Living Essential Oils. I use Frankincense, Myrrh and Lavender added to my 80/20 ratio of Organic Apricot Kernel Oil and Castor Oil. To keep it out of my hair, I use a headband. Thanks to this method, I no longer use additional moisturizer on my face though I dab an essential oil around my eyes to keep the crows away.

    • Earth fire

      What essential oil do you use? I just started using OCM, I live in Japan and couldn’t fing caster oil am using EVOO along with melaluca and lavender essential oils. So far so good but want to add something to prevent aging.

  44. Michelle

    I am a Young Living Essential Oils distributor ID1333705 and faithfully use my essential oils desk reference for looking up most everything to see if/what essential oil is known to assist the body in healing specific things.

    For acne, here are the oils to try (must be pure, therapeutic grade not the BOGO ones or inexpensive not for dietary use ones). PLEASE make sure your oils say “For Dietary Use” if you’re putting them on your skin.

    SINGLES: Geranium, Vetiver, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Lavender, German or Roman Chamomile, Cedarwood, Eucalyptus or Niaouli (Melaleuca quinquenervia).
    YLEO Blends would be Melrose, Purification or Harmony. (these are perfect blends containing some of the above single oils)

    You may apply the single oils or blends neat or diluted, depending on the oils used. Gently massage 3-5 drops neat or diluted with V-6 (YLEO blended oil) vegetable oil complex into oily areas 1-3x daily. For maximum effect, alternate oils daily.

  45. Sierra

    I don’t really follow the traditional method… too many steps for me. I use a 1/4 caster to 3/4 sunflower oil with a few drops of tea tree EO. After every shower i use a few squirts on my face. i only use a face loofa and water in the shower. If my face starts to feel oily i do a face mask — maybe 4-5 times a year. That’s it. My face was never bad as an adult — but it’s better now

  46. R. A. Sablan

    Hi everyone!
    To clear my facial acne I use a cleansing scrub (anything works, just as long as your face is cleaned), then I apply moisturizing lotion. This is all done before I go to bed. It’s worked very well for me 🙂 You should try it! So simple and inexpensive.

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