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The Oil Cleansing Method

(16 Posts)
shoeprincess2 Mon 19-Sep-11 12:16:43

I've decided to start this way of cleansing, as i am absolutely sick of spending money on products that don't work. I am 35 years old, with incredibly oily skin, large pores on my cheeks and nose and since having my one year old, skin that just looks dull and sallow. I haven't bought any castor oil yet, so just used olive oil this morning (it is Day 1 today). Anyway, pores do seem less visible on my cheeks. Still quite oily skin after having done the cleanse 3 hours ago, but it feels reasonably smotth. Anyone else ever tried this and did you give up all your other products? I must have about £300 of stuff in my cupboard (pore minimisers, oil reducing lotions etc)

ComradeJing Mon 19-Sep-11 12:55:37

Just to warn you it took 6 weeks for my skin to get better and it got much worse before it got better. There is also quite a bit of trial and error involved. You may need to play around with the oils, how often you cleanse and the ratio of oils. I use about 70% Jojoba oil and 30% castor oil. I also cleansed twice a day in the beginning and then went down to once a day (at night) when my skin improved.

I still use a moisturiser afterwards even though I have oily skin. I tend to use EL Advance Night Repair (to combat the pollution here) followed by Dermalogica Active Moist (to combat the Airconditioning or dry winters).

My pores have shrunk as has a weird ketosis bump in the middle of my forehead.

Lastly I've found I have to be really careful to remove all my make up and sometimes needed to do a double cleanse in the evening if I'm wearing foundation and to use a new cloth each time.

Hope you like it. It doesn't suit everyone but I think most people would have given up in my 6 week horror skin period.

shoeprincess2 Mon 19-Sep-11 12:59:04

Thanks ComradeJing. I wondered if i would go through a nightmare period. Oh well, I'll just have to take my makeup to work and cover up if it all goes horribly wrong during the day. When you say "much worse"- as in spotty, or just greasy? I have such greasy skin anyway, I dread to think what it may turn into...

ComradeJing Mon 19-Sep-11 13:18:48

Horrible, horrible, horrible spots.

Admittedly it is likely to just be hormonal with me as my DD is now 8 months, no longer bf and I haven't had a period since she was born and the spots are all along my jaw and mouth area.

I had to buy foundation for the first time ever instead of just tinted moisturiser.

Honestly though, my skin is now so good that I'm asked if I'm wearing foundation even when I'm wearing nothing and people comment on how good my skin is. Not bragging - just attempting to say the prize is worth the pain. Still, it was a bloody long 6 weeks.

ComradeJing Mon 19-Sep-11 13:19:07

Agh, sorry, haven't had a period since I got pregnant!

shoeprincess2 Mon 19-Sep-11 15:17:21

My LO is now a year old and I've just had my second period since getting pregnant with him. I am now taking starflower and evening primrose oil, but still getting hormonal spots (i had nice skin through pregnancy, for the first time in my life) and my skin just looks c***. I want to have that nice glow and not look like a haggard 35 year old mum. I'm going to stick with the OCM.

shoeprincess2 Sat 24-Sep-11 15:20:01

So, I have been doing the OCM since Monday and i am noticing a big difference in my skin. Haven't had any horrendous spots, but just a few niggly ones on my forehead. That said, my skin seems less oily and I need less foundation in a morning and it is lasting a lot longer. I haven't been able to track down any castor oil, so have just been using EVOO. I have a little bit of dryness between my eyebrows (so maybe castor oil would have made it worse). i think the hardest thing with this merthod, is you have to resist the urge to use a face wasah in the shower, use a toner afterwards or a moisturiser. Can I use a face pack though?

VanillaRooibos Sat 24-Sep-11 17:18:41

What is oil cleansing method? Can anyone tell me where to find out about it?? sounds interesting

BlowHole Sat 24-Sep-11 17:23:05

Can anyone who uses the OCM please tell me how hot the waterthat you use is? Is it just warm water or do you run it and get it really hot, or what?I have started using it a few times, and I think it would work for me if I carried on, but I am always unsure if the water I am using is hot enough.

shoeprincess2 Sat 24-Sep-11 17:24:14

Basically, you no longer use a cleanser, toner or moisturiser. You apply your oil mix directly onto dry skin, massage in, and then use a hot washcloth (not too hot though) to remove the oil (by pressing to your skin). I haven't even scrubbed with the cloth, as I find that a just stroking over my skin does the trick. It really has made a difference to my skin, though I am tempted to start trying different oils.

nellyjane Sat 24-Sep-11 22:13:10

I'm confused: I've had a look at that link, and it says at the bottom to use it regularly but not too frequently. What do you do about taking your make up off each night then?

shoeprincess2 Sun 25-Sep-11 09:24:34

Oh well, I've been flouting the rules, as I do it twice a day. Maybe I'll just do it last thing at night, but it doesn't seem to be having too much of a reaction doing it twice. Ho hum...

Pinot Sun 25-Sep-11 15:33:53

I do ocm at night and hot water+flannel in the morning. Love it.

Hopefully Sun 25-Sep-11 18:13:04

I've been doing it for a year or so, and love it. It works best for me if I do it every evening with about 80/20 sunflower (or rapeseed)/castor oil, followed by a moisturising oil. I suspect I could use a cheap moisturising oil but am going through the £40 clarins one soooo slowly that it hardly seems worth replacing (under 10% of bottle gone after 2 months). In the morning I wash with cheapo Simple cleanser and use SPF suncream (Olay atm, but I will buy whatever's on offer). I have enormously greasy skin and it is SO much better when I do this regularly.

snoozingbeauty Sun 25-Sep-11 21:59:27

This sounds interesting but I don't think I could put oil on my skin. I had such a hormonal freak-out with both my babies and the only thing that seemed to clam it down without drying it out was Mama Mio Clean Slate ( and their Mighty Moisture too. So I did give up lots of products too because you don't need a serum/separate night cream etc etc... x

RIZZ0 Sun 25-Sep-11 22:41:53

I've done this on and off a few times, I usually mix wheatgerm with a bit of Bio-Oil to thin it out a little.

Although recently started doing it again with organic raw coconut oil, which I'm a bit obsessed with thanks to seeing Miranda Kerr waxing about it - been using it as a deep hair conditioner, cooking oil and smoothie ingredient too...

It's meant to be great for spots and acne.

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