This method has been a godsend for my skin. I use about 15% castor oil, 85% evoo, and a couple drops of Vit E. I've been using this method for about 4 months and my skin is just glowing. Pores are smaller, skin is more even-toned and very soft and smooth. And it's so cheap and not harsh at all!!
I have oily/combo acne-prone skin that clogs really easily if I don't take care of it. I've been using DHC deep cleansing oil for almost two years without any problems. I decided to try different oils on my face so I used a blend of castor oil, almond oil, and jojoba oil for two weeks(all bought at whole foods) . I did exactly what I was supposed to do..massage in for 2-3 minutes, put a damp hot cloth over my face until it cools, massage again and then wipe off with cloth. I wouldn't say that I "broke out" but after a few days I started to get clogged pores here and there on my forehead and cheeks. I would wake up everyday to one new pimple. So sad that this didn't work for me, ill be sticking to my dhc oil.
This is absolutely amazing! I just massage TTO on my skin after I take a shower if I have a breakout that needs fixing. You can feel little bits of hardend oil coming out. It feels really nice if you massage in circular motions. I really like this and will continue to use it. Thumbs up!
This is good to get rid of makeup. You also will notice that pores have bits being removed. I could not tolerate the oil for my face. I broke out terribly, even on my forehead. This is not where I typically break out. I was using olive oil, jojoba oil, and castor oil. I think this would work great on skin that is dry, but not acne prone people.
My OCM is simple = 50% grapeseed oil, 50% sweet almond oil (I'm allergic to jojoba = can't use that; love coconut oil, but it broke me out around my nose).
I don't do any fancy application - I just squirt into my hand (I keep my mixture in a small plastic pump bottle), massage on my face and wipe off gently w/ warm washcloth - that's it = all makeup and SS removed. (I have several times followed up w/ a toner to see if any mu was remaining = cotton ball was clean, so I know OCM is removing everything. I only use toner during that time of the month now.)
If I have a few extra minutes in the shower (like if I'm shaving my legs), I will let the mixture stay on my face, but otherwise, I don't do any steaming or fancy massaging (maybe I'm missing out?), but the way I do it worx great for my skin (combo slightly oily t-zone, slighly drier cheeks, subtype I rosecea (mild redness). My skin is clean, nicely moisturized and I have less breakouts during my period (which is about the only time I break out). I could actually skip my moisturizer if I wanted to, but I am so in love w/ my mixture of emu and rosehip seed oil that I don't. :)
I have not incorporated castor oil into my OCM, but I do use that for eyelash growth = fab results!. I also still sometimes use coconut oil as an addtl undereye moisturizer.
For a while, I was using OCM to remove my waterproof mascara, but I find that Sonia Kashuk's Remove is quicker and requires much less effort, so I'm back to using that.
Also, when I travel, I revert to my Ponds Classic Cold Cream since I had 1 incident of oil spillage in luggage - something I don't EVER want repeated! :)
Bottom line - if this workx for you, you will LOVE!
09/01/10 UPDATE - so I tried incorporating castor oil into my OCM = not for me; its too thick/heavy for my tastes - I guess I'm so used to my grapeseed/sweet almond oil which is much lighter in consistency. I noticed no differnce in my skin using castor oil v. not using it, so I will just keep using it on my eyelashes (w/ still fabulous results and LOVE that I now have it in a BNIP unused mascara container = much easier than using q-tip or finger - I have several extra up for swap if interested.
10/04/10 UPDATE - I have added in Jason's 5,000 IU Vitamin E oil to my grapeseed/sweet almond oil mix (roughly doing 1/3 each) = LOVE it. Takes more of my waterproof mascara off w/ this added in. My skin loves it (no adverse reaction when added in) and the smell = DIVINE!
would you try this product again? A big fat NO. This method ruined my complexion, this and my hormonal acne. I decided to give it a go last week, I had already bought castor oil for my lashes and said why not. 1/3 castor oil and 2/3 hazelnut oil; it was the dream. I got rid of all of the plugs, dirts etc. my pores were awesome to begin with. My scars have faded. I started to do it each night - for 3 days - , followed with Babé cleanser which my derm adviced me. Second night I added a lil drop of Lavender oil for its calming and anti redness qualities and the Castor oil, the 3rd night its the same but with longer time of massaging. (PS. I used to precleanse my makeup and face with almond oil so I'm familiar) (approx.15min.) I honestly don't know which one triggered the breakout - i highly doubt the method itself anyway, with all the massaging, manipulating and castor oil! - I started to breakout at my chin and my cheeks...then on my forehead! it is the only place i did't get any pimples, zits etc. the worst part is that they are cystic and very red. I mean very very red. so hard to cover w concealer. After one and a half week, I still wake up with new very red, angry and cystic pimples, and I don't know how to handle it. Please beware and think of all good and BAD consequences before you try or you regret it like me!
UPDATE: For those who suffer from the big bad breakouts and cyctic acne after trying OCM method, I finally managed to get rid of em after 2 and a half weeks! Now they are mostly red scars which also startin to fade. (FYI my lower cheeks and my chin were full of red, whiteheaded pimples, even if I had eliminated them, they would come back more the following day!) What I did was to use aspirin mask and waited 15-20 min., at night I used a good moisturizer and La Roche Posay Effaclar A.I. as a spot treatment and BP. The following day, I again used aspirin mask for 15 min. and also at night I used aspirin as a spot treatment. (You need to use a good moisturizer in each step because your skin may become irritated. I used aloe vera skin gel, and it saved my life! Also you may want to wet a cotton pad with your fave, light oil, mine was hazelnut, so I slightly pressed hazelnut oil to very dry areas. In 2 days, I got rid of any active acne. A week after my victory, I still get small pimples but it's nothing like I had before. I can still use hazelnut oil to cleanse my mu, specifically my bb cream (NO castor oil, castor oil ruins my skin!) and I had no problems so far. It also helps to shrink pores, recommended. Sorry for the long post/update, I was so happy to finally eliminate them. Remember, this routine helped my breakout but, every skin is different, if you have sensitive skin I strongy recommend u to apply one idea at a time. Hope this helps x!
i use just jojoba oil for oil precleanse in the ocm method. People get too technical with all the mixtures but seriously u just need an oil for all the makeup and dirt to separate, I remove the oil with cottonballs in hot water, then cleanse, tone and moisturize. Castor oil is best for oily skin, not dry so skip the castor oil if you find your skin gets too dry using the ocm. Almond is oil is great in the winter as it is a more dense oil, olive is great for antioxidant benefits but has a strong scent and jojoba is very sheer and light. Its great too experiment with different oils but dont go overboard with mixing all these oils. They dont penetrate to the point of making much difference, like i said the oil is to separate the makeup from your skin. hope this helps!
EDIT: I think ponds cold cream is easier, faster, smells way better and leaves all the mixing to the chemist in the lab.
After A LOT of research (including MUA boards) and Acne.org, I started the OCM. I have extremely oily skin and took Accutane a few years ago. I still got cysts and pimples from time to time.
Since starting the OCM in December of 2009, I've had very few pimples and no cyts. My skin is smooth and less oily than it was.
I bought a squeeze travel bottle and put 50% castor oil, 20% almond, and 30% grape seed oil. I've also used a bit of rose hip oil. I don't really notice the amounts but I am sure to put mostly castor oil in the mixture.
I find it relatively inexpensive. I buy a big bottle of castor oil and smaller bottles of the other oils and keep them under the sink when the bottle gets low.
I bought a bunch of white washcloths and use one a night to wipe it off. I still use eye makeup remover because the oil just tends to make a mess of that area.
I have dry skin and use a combo of 3 parts olive oil to 1 part castor oil.
I used this for about 6 months and became disappointed that it seemed to be working great everywhere on my face except for the blackheads on my nose. I attempted to switch to another cleanser and within 3 cleansings I realized much I missed OCM. My face looked really bumpy and lumpy, blackheads came back on my face, my skin was so dry it was peeling, and it looked super dull.
I started using it again and I am now following it up with another cleanser and so far so great!!!!! I have come to the conclusion that the blackheads on my nose are just impossible and I am using an extractor to help clean some of them up.
One last update: I totally stopped using OCM and switched to a dove bar w/a Clarisonic. I do not miss OCM at all. In fact, I think it was encouraging hair growth on my face and eyebrows! Who wants a hair face!
please let this serve as some sort of warning to you. let me preface this review by saying that i have mildly sensitive skin and mildly sensitive eyes. i use almond oil, evoo, and vit e oil to remove eye makeup all the time with no problems, no sensitivity whatsoever, so i blame castor oil for my horrible experience. i used a blend of half castor oil, half almond oil last night for the first time. I used it as directed, smeared it all over, massaged it in, and then rinsed it off. right after rinsing it off, my poor skin was all blotchy and red and felt like it was on fire. figuring i just rubbed too hard with the washcloth, i went to sleep. i woke up in the morning and my skin looked gorgeous .. but it was kind of hard to see my beautiful skin because my eye was crusted shut !! i managed to get it open and my poor left eye is swollen, red as a lobster, and watery. i look like i have pink eye (which i dont, i went to the doctor). i blame castor oil, as it was the only thing i had changed in my routine that night. bad, bad idea for you ladies with sensitive eyes. please use with caution, you dont want to look disease ridden all day if you dont have to, am i right? ugh. *walks off cursing about castor oil*