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OCM users that purged, how long did it last?

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prettymum Fri 22-Mar-13 16:40:33

I started the OCM method 3 weeks ago. I use a castor oil/olive oil blend twice a week and a jojoba/rice bran oil/flaxseed oil blend the rest once in the evening. The first skin I my face look lovely and glowy and then the pimples starting showing up on my forehead. I have spots and white heads all over the forehead, not massive ones but my forehead looks all bumpy!

I was getting 3-4 white heads over the last few months and a bad oil slick and started OCM because of that but other than that I have always had clear skin.

I am can't decide if I should keep continuing or give up because the spots are making me feel paranoid.

prettymum Fri 22-Mar-13 16:41:53

I also add few drops of lavender and tea tree oil in the blend, use clean flannels each time, make sure all oil is removed and use rose water to tone.

cerealqueen Fri 22-Mar-13 23:59:54

OCM wrecked my skin, but I was told on here I didn't do it long enough so try persevere? Plus, being prone to broken veins, I could not steam too hot, and that did not help with getting all the gunk out.

dundeo Sat 23-Mar-13 00:18:14

Don't persevere with what you're doing, stop until the spots go, then use a single oil, and if it causes pimples stop and try another one. Right now you are putting 5 different oils on your face, you are bound to react badly to one of them. I did this and the first that didn't give me pimples was pure jojoba so now I just use it alone and it works beautifully.

Also don't bother with toner or scented oils. A single oil, flannel or muslin, warm water should be all you need.

Prawntoast Sat 23-Mar-13 00:31:09

I have been OCMing for about a year and haven't so far had this issue. Took the guidance from, the castor oil is a must and then you blend with one other oil depending on your skin, I have combination skin so use a 30:70 mix of castor and sweet almond. I use this every evening. In the mornings I use pure honey on its own, massage in to skin and wash off with hot flannel. The honey is antibacterial and anti-immflamatory.
I understand that if you still use conventional cleansing and moisturising products alongside OCM your skin may well react and you will have breakouts, hence I use the honey and also use pure sweet almond as a moisturiser.
My skin is the best it's ever been.

gracelesslady Sat 23-Mar-13 06:34:25

I started oil cleansing, using about 30/70 castor and sunflower and initially loved it, skin felt lovely, until I started getting loads and loads of spots and dry flaky bits and redness and otherwise vile skin on my chin and my cheeks. I get the odd spot but I haven't had anything like this for years!

I've stopped, am using my old skincare to try and get it back under control again. I'm not sure I agree with the idea that there is always a great deal of gunk hiding under perfectly ok looking skin that has to come out before it'll look amazing and glowy.

I'd love it to work, but am very afraid of just giving myself bad skin on the vague premise that natural is better.

Watching this thread with interest...

prettymum Sat 23-Mar-13 20:15:14

Thank you for the replies, I don't know what to use on my face now to clear my forehead, my colleagues and family have been commenting on my outbreak.

My face is feeling sensitive, especially around forehead, I have two lumps under the skin and clusters of spots on the sides of my forehead. I used jojoba by itself the last two nights and did one tonight with a bit of castor oil to see if I could bring out the big bumps. Now I'm just confused about all these products.

coffeeinbed Sat 23-Mar-13 20:57:27

I would just stop with it. It clearly does not work for you, you just want to make it work.
I don't believe in purging, tbh.
Either it works or it does not. It's had its chance.

popsnsqeeze Sat 23-Mar-13 21:03:25

I had the same experience as gracelesslady. My skin was pretty good before I started OCM, but pretty quickly I developed loads of black heads, red patches, a dry patch and I just looked gross.
It's taken about 3 months of using regular cleanser to get my skin back to normal. In fact, I had to go to get a cream from the dr's last week as I couldn't shift one of the red patches.
I really wanted OCM to work but it just didn't.

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