My oily, acne prone skin was LOVING OCM at first. I was using the 75% evoo 25% castor oil. Within the first two days, my skin was the best it had looked ..ever! I loved how it doubled as a makeup remover. When I was massaging the oils, I could literally feel the gunk coming out of my skin. Needless to say I was sold. I had soft even acne free skin. After about 2/3 weeks, I started getting a terrible breakout on my forehead, like millions of under-the-skin bumps! I desparatley stuck with it for another week, but there was no improvement. I never break out on my cheeks and the bumps started spreading there.
So now im back to my clinique 3-step and my skin in clearing up again. I think it's not good to use OCM in the summer months. I'll probably end up going back to this in the winter, because it really is a great for the dryness I experience in the winter.
I have pretty much always used oil based products ie cold creams etc on my skin, but it was only recently that I started to use neat oils on their own.
I use safflower, which after experimentation I have found to be the best for soothing and moisturising my dry skin and yet not causing any breakouts. (I follow up with glycerin to moisturise in the day and just leave my skin bare at night)
OCM really helps breakouts to heal for me and helps prevent flakes aswell. Massaging the oil into the skin helps to losen clogs, then the hot streamy washcloth removes all the gunk.
I only use this method at night to remove m/u and have found it to be a very effective eye m/u remover, incredibly gentle for sensitive eyes and yet gets rid of even waterproof mascara.
My main advice for OCM is to use a really hot flannel to make sure all residue is removed and finish with a cool water splash to close pores. I would also recommend experimenting with different oils until you find one that works for your skin type.
OCM is all about experimenting with oils and frequency to see what works for you. After a couple of months of use, I'm a big fan. My mix is about 25% castor oil and 75% sweet almond. I experimented with different carrier oils because EVOO left my skin feeling prickly, like I'd been in the sun all day. Sweet almond was the best for me - it leaves my skin plump and moisturized. I recommend experimenting because a lot of people who complain of bad breakouts seem to use 50% or more castor oil, which would be too much for my skin.
My skin has lots of tiny, congested pores that I thought I'd never get clean, but OCM is more effective than a facial. Plugs do come out during the massage (more came out with EVOO but it wasn't worth the dryness), but the steam really clears things out. I do extractions on the stubborn plugs from there, and can get out even deep, old plugs with very little pressure.
I only use OCM about 2x/week because it's time consuming. Also, it's too effective for me to use every day; I got a cyst when I did it more often and learned to use it less so I'd still get the benefits. For daily use, I'm using Ren cleansers, since they also use natural oils. My skin is clear, soft and moist... I'm in love.
Wow. My skin has been on the lam for the last seven years, and nothing, nothing would help. It was hard to accept; all my life I'd had china doll skin that suddenly and completely freaked out when I was 24. Now, at 31 I don't really have acne, just dozens of little clogged pores on my forehead that somehow manage to ruin the look of my skin, even though they're not technically a breakout. Once in a while one will become inflamed, but acne isn't my main problem. It was utterly depressing to read that the only cure was periodic extractions. Glycolic was sort of helpful, but only in removing the clogs from the uppermost layer of skin--after using it for a little while my skin pretty much looked the same lumpy bumpy way. I have very tiny pores and probably at least a third of them on my forehead were plugged with hard little balls of oil. That is until I read reviews of OCM, and decided to try it. By luck I think I hit upon the perfect combination of oils for my skin on the first try--I'm using about 30% castor and 70% grapeseed. I bought really high quality oils from the health food store. I want to experiement with other oils, like rice bran and rosehip, but honestly I'm afraid to mess with the good thing I've got going. I OCM twice/day, massaging for at least a couple minutes, and use a steaming washcloth to remove the oil. I really have seen the plugs come out, it is amazing. My skin is so much smoother now, and if I do get a pimple, I dab it with straight castor oil and it disappears within a day or two. I don't need glycolic, or any other products but these oils plus a good sunhat/sunblock. Here's to never using soap on my face again. I also just started OCM'ing my upper arms, which are prone to clogged pores too. If my face is any indication, I'm sure it'll help.
EDIT: While I still think this method produces some really interesting results, and was very helpful to me while using it--I have since moved on to Retin a. I no longer have the clogged pores that I did before and I can get by on a simple cleanser twice a day--that's all I need; Retin a, cleanser, and sunblock.
Shame on the cosmetics and drugs industry for profiting off of all of these chemicals that promise healthier, brighter, rejuvenated, clearer-looking skin only to corrupt the delicate facial tissues leaving them in worser conditions feeling inflamed, aggravated, and full of pimples!!
Man, oh man. I tried the Oil Cleansing Method tonight for the first time using 25% Castor Oil and 75% EVOO. I massaged it in for about 2 minutes and let a hot towel sit over my face until it cooled. I then wiped off the oil blend with the towel and repeated the process.
The results: I could actually see the blackheads opening up and the gunk coming out! Exfoliation happening right before my very eyes! My face was so moisturized and so smooth. It also looked so good. I've never seen my face look this good. I want to throw away all of my other scrubs and facial cleansers. It's too bad cause today I also brought the Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque that gets so many rave reviews on here. I guess I'll just save it in case of an emergency.
Can't wait to try the OCM again tomorrow night tho. My face will probably be looking like an angel's in about 2 weeks.
Cleansing with oil is becoming more popular. More and more high end lines are introducing oil cleansers that are extremely expensive yet no better than this. I have been using OCM for a couple of months now. I use it about every other day when I shampoo and condition my hair in the shower. When I don't use OCM I use (and love) Cetaphil cleanser and am just starting to try cold cream. The reason I don't use OCM more often is simply because it's rather time consuming.
I mix (give or take) half castor oil and half other oils (right now I'm using olive oil and jojoba oil). When I get into the shower, I apply it to my face and massage it into my skin. I let it stay on my face for the duration of my shower, massage it some more, then rinse it off right before I get out. The steam in the shower is very important and sometimes I even apply a hot steamy washcloth to steam further.
I have pretty dry skin and OCM makes my skin feel beautifully moisturized. It doesn't visibly clean the dirt out of the pores like some stories I've heard (but perhaps that's because I have pretty small pores), but It makes my skin feel completely rejuvenated. What really sold me on OCM is one evening I came out of the shower and my roommate said that my skin was absolutely glowing and radiant and wanted to know what I had done to achieve that. Keep in mind this was with no make up and pre-moisturizer. I let her try my oil mixture and she absolutely loved it.
I'll definitely keep using this technique.
I don't know why more people don't try/review the ocm! I gave it a couple weeks to try and make sure that it didn't end up a skin disaster and I have to say...this is the ONLY thing that cleared up my cystic acne! Granted I still break out with the occasional whitehead here and there but they are small and go away in a couple days, which is unheard of for me.
I finally realized that the reason why my skin was so oily is because the products that I was using which was an acne treatment 3-step system, made my skin dehydrated. Not dry, because it didn't feel dry and the surface wasn't dry, but it was dehydrated and kept on producing a lot of oil to compensate. I never thought that I was one of those people who had oily skin because of an underlying problem of dehydration because my skin didn't FEEL dry and also I moisturized regularly, but my moisturizer was really light and basically just sat on the surface. With the OCM my skin is less oily than usual, I don't get huuuge painful pimples, and my pimples heal faster also. I would feel a little awkard if someone asked me how I finally managed to have clear skin and I tell them that I rub oil all over my face, but hey, IT WORKS!
I use 25% castor to 75% EVOO. I do it at night.
EDIT: I don't do this everyday anymore. I think it could be too rich for my skin, so now I cut back to once or twice a week. I want to start using Jojoba oil and not so much EVOO because the EVOO was really rich, might have even been pore-clogging. However I still incorporate oils into my skin routine, my Nivea moisturizer has oils..I think my skin is better off with at least some oil than none.
I started this just a week and a half ago, so will have to update after it's a known quantity. I started it out of desparation when my face was as broken out in cystic acne as it's ever been in my life. It definitely feels soothing and didn't leave my skin feeling greasy, in fact, it feels ever so slightly tight after washing (not as much as with a really stripping cleanser or toner, but more so than cetaphil would leave it). My acne did clear up after I started using this, but I was also probably at the end of the hormonal cycle that had caused it anyhow. It certainly didn't make the acne worse though, or cause new breakouts at all. I did get some minor pimples on my neck for the first time in my life, maybe because the oil got down there without me noticing (i do this in the shower) and i didn't wipe it off, etc. i will stick with this and report back soon, but no immediate purging or other negative results at all. I am using 50% castor, 25% grapeseed and 25% jojoba. Also using little dabs of jojoba just under my eyes to moisturize at night, which is working nicely. Generally, it feels nourishing, and I like using the washcloth with it and the massage part of the routine. I have felt little granule type of things sometimes when massaging it in, which other people have described as oil plugs coming undone right under their fingers. It's been subtle and i'm not sure that's what it is, but it fits with the descriptions from others, so maybe it is! I've also been disinfecting topically with a spray bottle full of maybe 1/10th tea tree oil and water that i shake before using either on a cotton pad similarly to toner or on a q tip similar to BP. So far, so good!
Edit: I'm definitely feeling (and seeing) small oil plugs coming out with this method, especially after massaging for a long while, so that's got to be a good thing
I tried this cleansing method about a year or so ago after reading about it on LHC. I was really optimistic about it. My skin is sensitive, dry, prone to clogged pores. There didn't seem to be anything about this method that wouldn't work for me. It was moisturizing, gentle and actually supposed to help clogged pores.
I stuck with the OCM religiously for nearly a month, then I finally had to give up. The first week or so it was all good. Not great but decent. Then ever so slowly I noticed my skin becoming duller and breakouts starting to erupt. I tried to stick with it to see if anything changed. Alas it did not. When I finally gave it up my skin was disgusting. Dull with clogged pores everywhere. It took me weeks if not closer to months to get it back to normal. continued >>
I tried to use the OCM using various oils including rosehip, olive, almond, jojoba, but they all dried out my already sensitive/dry skin. At first I thought it was working and was happy with such smooth, soft skin. I thought OCM would be gentle, but I actually believe its harsh and worsens dry skin conditions. Its because oil dissolves oil, that i think it stripped the oil from my skin. I think OCM shoudl only be used as a deep cleanse, maybe once a week. Once I;d worked out this was causing my skin to dry further, I stopped using it. My skin is slowly recovering..