No Brand (DIY or homemade) • Oil Cleansing Method (OCM) • Cleansers

rated 3.3(338 reviews)

Average Rating.3.3
Would buy this product again.62%

rated 1 of 5 FicusLyrata on 10/20/2014 2:40:00 PM more reviews by FicusLyrata

Age: 36-43   Skin: Normal, Tan, Warm   Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium   Eyes: Brown    

I wanted to try OCM to revive a dull complexion, to even out the texture of my rather normal skin, and to prevent future breakouts. I used jojoba oil, since it is one of the closest substances to our own sebum, and one of the least likely oils to clog our skin. (I've used it often before as a moisturizer, and know I don't have problems with it.) I followed instructions. I felt numerous blackheads dislodge into the oil and believed that the OCM was really effective at unclogging pores. So I kept using OCM, for approximately 5-10 minutes a day.

However, after trying OCM for 1.5 weeks, my face erupted with clusters of deep liqueous pimples, especially on my cheeks and chin, where I never break out. I had 20-30 serious pimples at a time, substantially red around the outside of each pimple, with whiteheads in the middle. Although I have been getting rid of them through vitamin supplementation and a variety of topical treatments, there are still more pimples coming to the surface, weeks after ceasing OCM. Once the pimple is no longer a bump, due to treatment, left behind is a hyperpigmentation (red) mark that might take months to fade, that requires additional attention.

It appeared that OCM indeed stimulates the oil production for some people, rather than "draws" out the oils as a skin "cleansing" method. For me, OCM was a skin "destroying" method. I never had acne this horrible, even as a teenager. I wouldn't recommend this method.

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rated 5 of 5 PMD64 on 10/9/2014 11:26:00 AM more reviews by PMD64

Age: 44-55   Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool   Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine   Eyes: Blue    

I finally found the method for me, after years of trying the OCM on and off with poor results. I'm using only caster oil and extra virgin olive oil, in a 25/75 combination appx. I'm no longer measuring it, as I'm making it up in the palm of my hand daily and "eyeballing" it. I'm using my fingers to massage it into my skin for a good minute, and then jumping into the shower. I wash my hair and body without touching my face, letting the steam help the oils penetrate my open pores. At the very end I use a wash cloth to wipe the oil off and THEN use CeraVe cleanser, which I find to be mild and works well for me. Paula Begoun gives it a "Best" rating.

In regards to the wash cloth. I use a clean cloth daily, and I always rinse it well first in case there's any laundry detergent reside that didn't get completely rinsed off. My grandmother taught me to do this 40 years ago.

It's been six weeks now and I'm extremely happy with this method. I feel I'm getting the benefits of the oils even though I'm washing them off. I use Retin A and my skin, while oily, still dries out and flakes without moisture. I don't like using a moisturizer over or under the RA, so the oils are working to moisturizer my face quite well. No breakouts since I'm washing it off.

No improvement on my nose blackheads though, but I use salicylic peels which work for those but they come back so it's an ongoing process.

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rated 1 of 5 Funsizedeb on 10/6/2014 3:12:00 AM more reviews by Funsizedeb

Age: 19-24   Skin: Very Oily, Fair-Medium, Warm   Hair: Blond, Curly, Fine   Eyes: Green    

I cannot express enough how TERRIBLE this was for my skin!!!!! I only tried it for less than 2 weeks before I noticed horrible breakouts starting and it was extremely red, irritated acne forming. The acne didn't stop when I stopped using the oil, however. It kept getting worse and worse and when I used a clay mask to help, I could see the amount of oil being pulled from my skin that I've never seen before prior to using OCM. My skin is only now looking clearer again, 3 months after I stopped using OCM. Honestly, I wouldn't even give this a try. It's not worth the disaster that can happen. There are plenty of cleansers that are mild and low on chemicals that will work much better than this!!!

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rated 1 of 5 BananaPancakes12 on 10/4/2014 2:13:00 PM more reviews by BananaPancakes12

Age: 19-24   Skin: Acne-prone, Fair   Hair: Brunette   Eyes: Hazel    

I having been practicing the OCM for 8 months now. At first I did break out but at the same time I saw improvements in my skin. I know that it was probably in the "purging" stage and that's why I broke out a little more than usual. I started with a bland of 1/3 castor oil, 1/3 grape seed oil, and 1/3 jojoba oil (all organic). I was using this for quite a while and my face did stop breaking out a lot but I reached a plateau and I was still not satisfied with how my face was looking. Plus, for the most part I was confused if I should be putting on moisturizer afterwards or not. For the most part I used a little bit of either grape seed oil or jojoba oil on my face after. I eventually switched the castor oil to sweet almond oil because I have rosacea and I thought it would help to be gentler. Well, this was a mistake. I started breaking out even more. So I went back to castor oil. I then stopped it all together because I started to notice that my face was becoming covered with little flesh coloured bumps that made me look like my pores were clogged. For about two weeks I stopped using it but there was no difference in my face. When I started doing it again, I added 1-2 drops of tea tree oil and switched the grape seed oil in for avocado oil. I have been using this for the last 6 weeks and honestly my face keeps breaking out and those little bumps are not going away.

The only reason that I keep doing this is because I love that it is all natural and I fully believe that it will help and it was helping. But, I've been reading some horror stories of people experiencing the same thing so I think I'm going to stop using the OCM all together. It's too bad because I really liked how my face was looking more radiant and even skin toned despite having minor acne on my cheeks and completely clearing my forehead. However, I would just like to warn anyone with sensitive skin that you might experience this as well.

I don't know what I am going to do now to wash my face and clear up not only the acne that persists but those little flesh coloured bumps that remain all over my skin. So please, if you have been considering using the OCM, read this and just be cautious - if you notice this starts happening do not continue using it!

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rated 5 of 5 Ladyhecate1992 on 9/29/2014 10:32:00 AM more reviews by Ladyhecate1992

Age: 19-24   Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Neutral   Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium   Eyes: Brown    

The best thing I've ever done for my skin.
I think the trick to getting this right if you're having trouble is to play around with different types of oils, some people need a drier oil, some a moist one. I have sensitive dry skin, and when I first started doing this I used extra virgin avocado oil, my skin immediately felt and looked plump, fresh and even, then I ran out of avocado oil one day and decided to give olive oil a go, it works even better than avocado oil on my dry skin, it makes it so soft and supple, I tried coconut oil and it actually dries out my skin. My point is If you're having trouble with this I think you should try another oil, and I cannot stress enough how important it is to STEAM STEAM STEAM with a fresh face cloth, you do not want to be using one you've previously used.

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rated 1 of 5 LaurynCeleste on 9/7/2014 2:12:00 PM more reviews by LaurynCeleste

Age: 18 & Under   Skin: Oily, Medium Brown   Hair: Black   Eyes: Brown    

The oil cleansing method is not for everyone. I repeat, it is not for everyone. I tried it and it did nothing for me. I still suggest that other people try it for themselves but I prefer e honey cleansing method. Although I don't use coconut oil on my face, and other oils, I do use them in my hair which is great. :-). I wish all the best of luck.

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rated 5 of 5 kaylenew on 9/5/2014 9:44:00 AM more reviews by kaylenew

Age: 25-29   Skin: Very Oily, Fair   Hair: Brown   Eyes: Brown    

I may have finally found the solution to my extremely oily skin! My face is terribly oily that it gets oily just under one hour of washing. I tried many things - from retinol to AHA peels and washes to trying to tackle it from the inside by eating supplements like zinc, panthetonic acid (vitamin B5) and antibiotics, none of them worked. My beauty blogger friend told me that oily skin may in fact be dry and dehydrated so I tried drinking more water and using oily moisturizers. Again, you guessed it. It didn't work. I heard of the oil cleansing method few years ago but didn't think it would work, so I put it at the back of my mind. Happened that I bought a cheap bottle of olive oil makeup remover that could also be doubled up as a moisturizer for face, hair, nail cuticles etc so I decided to try it on my face. I was feeling a little apprehensive since it contained fragrance, BHA and isopropyl mystriate but I went ahead. I rubbed the oil on my face and massaged it for 2 minutes. I could feel grainy stuff coming out and after that, I simply used a foaming cleanser to do a 2nd cleansing. I could my face still oily after cleansing but I just ignored it. Afterwards I moisturized normally. I was shocked that my face was no longer oily even after 6 hours! It was rather matte and smooth even on areas with large pores like my cheeks and forehead. The sides of my nose and below my lips used to smell funky like cheese which I think it was due to bacteria and sebum and since using the OCM method, it no longer smells. I also don't get much blackheads anymore. Used to pull out lots of blackheads using the charcoal mask pack or strips in the past but not so much anymore.

I was surprised that this would work on oily skin but it did so I'm elated!

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rated 5 of 5 blackmamba6 on 8/30/2014 9:23:00 PM more reviews by blackmamba6

Age: 19-24   Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium   Hair: Brown   Eyes: Grey    

I am really, really, really impressed with the Oil Cleansing Method.

After reading so much about it, I wanted to simplify the process, so I use only a dab of pure Shea Butter. It's non-comedogenic, and entirely natural - absolute requirements for my oily, blackhead-prone skin. I think it might also be the main reason for my success with the method. The brand I use is NOW Solutions, and I bought it in a health food store for about $14.

I rub a teaspoon of it into my face for about 30 seconds, then I wipe it off with a hot washcloth. It has been absolutely wonderful. So simple, so natural. My clogged pores are vanishing before my eyes, and my skin has a clean, bright dewyness to it I haven't seen since before puberty. It's the only thing that's ever worked on my stubborn blackheads and sebacious filaments.

Highly recommended.

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rated 5 of 5 BarefootedALIEN on 8/27/2014 12:44:00 AM more reviews by BarefootedALIEN

Age: 25-29   Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium   Hair: Brunette   Eyes: Brown    

I do not use castor oil. I use NOW Grapeseed oil. With dry fingers, I rub the oil all over my face at night. Rinse my fingers off, brush my teeth, probably go potty one last time, and then rinse the oil off gently with my wash cloth. Pat gently with a dry side of the same washcloth, and follow with ACV toner (1:3 acv to water), sometimes use aloe vera as a moisturizer or cream kefir. - I had relatively clear skin prior to this method. I must say this oil/acv/ aloe combo has helped heal my acne scars. Really of you are considering ocm specially for acne, please try acv toner first. My skin changed dramatically when using acv toner and cerave face wash and moisturizer. Now I'm almost following a chemical free regimen with clear skin!!! :D

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rated 1 of 5 lauracph88 on 8/23/2014 1:18:00 PM more reviews by lauracph88

Age: 25-29   Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium   Hair: Blond   Eyes: Green    

OMG. Don't even know why I ever got on this horrid cleansing fad. One week of the OCM (followed the instructions to the letter) with 20% castor oil and 80% sweet almond oil, and my skin has never been worse! I have crazy, tiny bumps ALL over my face and cystic acne on my cheeks, where I never break out. I can't believe that my own review is like an exact copy of so many other reviews I read before starting the OCM. Guess I thought they were all doing it wrong, and as long as I followed the "rules" meticulously I'd be fine. Back on the regimen, and preying that my skin can be saved this way (btw I was completely clear before the OCM, but wanted to get my skin of BP, since my derm told me that my skin had become paper thin and sensitive due to the harsh BP regimen. Still. Rather thin and sensitive than crazy breakouts and low selfesteem. These past few days, my skin has been all I have been thinking about! Obsessively!).

I am sure the OCM works for some, but please know that you are taking a risk, that so many of us have failes. Just try googling "the OCM ruines my skin". I am not alone with abovementioned experience...

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