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Oil cleansing method - anyone still doing it?

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CakeandRoses Sun 17-Jul-11 12:11:56

Is anyone still doing ocm after the original mumsnet craze a couple of years ago?

If so, how's it working for you now? What method/oils/frequency do you use now?

If you gave up was it due to the issues mentioned on the threads then? Eg:

- Open pores
- Dry or flaky skin
- Boils/spots under the skin
- Excess hair (eeek!!) Believed to be caused by the castor oil.
- Rashes

I've just started doing ocm and my skin is looking amazing. I'm not using castor oil yet (ordered from amazon), just sweet almond oil and argan oil for any extra moisturising needed afterwards. I'm planning to massage almond oil on daily and wipe off with a muslin, a la eve lom/liz earle (I believe) and do the castor oil + steaming 1-2 times a week.

Thank you!

CakeandRoses Sun 17-Jul-11 12:12:54

I meant I'll be using diluted castor oil (prob 90/10 almond and castor)

ComradeJing Sun 17-Jul-11 14:40:27

There are still lots of threadscabout OCM. I'm doing it and have for the past 2 months. My skin is the best it has ever been, my blackheads have almost gone, an odd under skin cyst has gone and apart from initially I haven't had a spot since.

I use jojoba oil with castor oil every night (about 70:30), steaming, as you say, a la eve lom, followed by rose hip oil and just water in the mornings.

Very happy with my routine and refuse to be convinced by smart packaging ever again!

Miggsie Sun 17-Jul-11 14:43:48

Yes, I do. I haven't used soap or any cleansing product on my face for years now and my skin is fine.
I use water most days and the oil once or twice a week (but I have "mature" skin).
I make my own face cream from jojoba and rosehip oil which I use daily.

Castor oil is the best for direct cleansing ime. Olive oil is great for face AND hair.

Dorje Sun 17-Jul-11 14:44:02

I got flare ups of acne, and gravel like texture to my forehead - took three months to clear those closed comedones off.

I think my skin is very oily anyway, and the OC method did little for me.

msbunbury Sun 17-Jul-11 15:54:51

Yes I'm doing it - mix of olive (80) and castor oil (20) not had brilliant results but my expectations were very high. Can't imagine doing anything else now though...

chipstick10 Sun 17-Jul-11 17:57:14

My skin is probably quite balanced but can feel tight when i have had a shower and washed my hair. Dd slightly open pause (i do also on my chin) but she has slightly more oilier skin than i. Ds suffers mild acne. We started ocm a week ago. Started with evoo and caster oil but felt the olive oil was probably a bit heavy for us all and so i switched to almond oil. So far so good. Definate improvement in ds's skin. Clearer and less blemishes. I also use the almond oil on my hands, body , cuticles and under eye. Also take my eye make up off with it, its fab.

CakeandRoses Sun 17-Jul-11 19:56:17

This is very interesting to hear thank you.

i can't quite believe how my good skin looks at the moment - i'm dreading the breakout phase - does that happen to everyone?

msbunbury do you use that mix every day? why do you say your results aren't brilliant?

what i noticed from other old threads i read is that many people seemed to be doing the steaming every day (often using the castor oil) whereas the original method suggests only doing it 1-2 times a week. i wonder if that's why some people had issues?

chipstick10 Sun 17-Jul-11 20:27:49

I dont use the caster oil everyday only three times per week. ive only been doing it a week but i def wouldnt use the caster oil more than three times a week. On the days i dont i just use almond oil with slightly less hot water.

Hopefully Sun 17-Jul-11 21:01:38

I've been doing OCM for a couple of years, on and off, and I've pretty much hit on the routine that works for me. My skin is naturally very oily, but is now pretty balanced.

I use OCM every evening, with an 80/20 mix of rapeseed/castor oil. I moisturise with a couple of drops of Clarins moisturising oil for greasy skin. In the morning I use a soap free foaming cleanser (Clarins sample at the mo, previously a Simple one) with a Clarins day moisturiser with SPF. Every week or so I use whatever exfoliator DP has (he looooves the exfoliator).

My next mission is to find a moisturising oil to replace the expensive Clarins one, but since the Clarins one is only about 5% used after a month, I'm not too fussed just yet. My skin is the best it's been for years, so I'm reluctant to mess with a winning combo!

otchayaniye Sun 17-Jul-11 21:09:40

I've done this for about 5 or 6 years and no problems ever. I use any oil to hand, but usually sunflower/castor.

kyacat Sun 17-Jul-11 21:30:53

I've been doing it for about 5 months and I love it, my skin is the best it's been in a while smile I use a spot of castor oil with jojoba oil, a small amount of evoo and vitamin e oil, and a some lavender and patchouli oil. I moisturise with jojoba oil if required.

skyebluepink Sun 17-Jul-11 22:47:09

Yes I use cold pressed coconut oil and it works well for me. I don't moisturise at night I just use SPF in the day

CakeandRoses Sun 17-Jul-11 23:41:35

Oh this is heartening smile. i was so hoping some of you had had long-lasting results from it as i could get seriously used to my new glowing, dewy skin.

i'm probably going to wash with just water in the mornings like comrade suggests - do any of you do that too?

there were some scary posts about castor oil in some of the older threads with things it might cause ranging from: papery skin on hands, dry skin on face through to white facial hair and dry head hair (when not used on the head) confused. it's made me a bit worried about using it very often or in high ratios. have any of you found any issues with it?

chipstick10 Sun 17-Jul-11 23:54:31

I use caster oil in tiny amounts. If you have ever used vanish powder in your wash, it comes with a big pink scoop. I fill that scoop with almond oil to discanter into a bottle and then i just literally line the bottom of the scoop with caster oil and mix it together. I too read the scare storys and it worried me.

msbunbury Mon 18-Jul-11 07:44:10

Yes I use that mix everyday - but am fairly slack about it - the flannel isn't always steaming hot (more quite warm) and tbh I just sort of wipe off rather than some massage type action. Plus there are days when I just can't be bothered and give my face a quick wipe with a flannel. Skin is mostly good though - I was expecting it to be magazine type dewy airbrushed skin!! Hahah
I have been using evoo from Sainsburys but tried some at my mils the other day from italy from a tin - the difference was amazing - its much 'finer' less 'thick' and nicer to use by far.
Quite fancy trying avocado oil though...

belindarose Mon 18-Jul-11 07:58:11

I've been doing it about a month but with waitrose baby bottom butter that I saw mentioned on a previous thread. Had some I don't use for DD. Like OP, my skin looks amazing at the moment. Some new dry skin around my nose though, so need to think about how to address that.

kyacat Mon 18-Jul-11 08:22:17

I only use castor oil in tiny amounts. I can tell when I've used too much as I get dry skin around my nose and chin, and a greasy forehead. I'm waiting on Avocado oil arriving from Amazon, looking forward to trying it smile

mummynoseynora Mon 18-Jul-11 08:30:26

is there anywhere I can read up on this?? sounds interesting

Pin0t Mon 18-Jul-11 13:06:01

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CakeandRoses Mon 18-Jul-11 13:13:51

mummynosey here's a link to one of the old posts about it which includes a link to the method

belinda what's your method and frequency? are you steaming every day? excessive hot water can cause dry skin too so if you are maybe ease up on the heat/steaming every day.

msbunbury and kya the thought of avocado oil makes my mouth water grin Let me know if you think it's good stuff if/when you try it please.

valiumredhead Mon 18-Jul-11 13:14:22

Yes, been doing it for the last couple of years and my skin has never been so good. I use anything really and a muslin cloth in warm water.

ReshapeWhileDamp Mon 18-Jul-11 21:45:22

I did it for a couple of months back then. It worked well for a while, then I noticed excess white hair growth! Honestly.

I stopped.

I think most of it's gone now. would like to try it again but minus the castor oil, and not sure OCM would work without that.

otchayaniye Mon 18-Jul-11 21:56:53

To be honest, I think any waxy/cream/oil works on a normal non sensitive skin.

I use any oil, any cream, Waitrose Baby Bottom stuff, Boots Cold Cream. Basically oil

But the castor oil recipe and pages are here

ruddynorah Mon 18-Jul-11 22:02:13

i've been doing it about 2 years now. perfect skin. i use any oil. currently olive oil from the kitchen. i do it each morning and do nothing at night.

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