The Oil Cleanse Method (OCM) is a skincare regimen that replaces facial cleansers with oil. The basic concept of this skincare and cleansing method is that the oil used to massage your skin will dissolve the oil that has hardened with impurities and found itself stuck in your pores. The steam will open your pores, allowing the oil to be easily removed. It leaves your skin soft, moisturized, and refreshed.
I experimented with the Oil Cleanse Method. Although I enjoyed it and my skin loved it, I experienced breakouts. I have since done some troubleshooting of this natural skincare regimen with the help of Crunchy Betty’s post, Trying and Troubleshooting the Oil Cleansing Method: Tips For Flawless, Oil-Cleansed Skin.
I have to be honest — I didn’t follow the Oil Cleanse Method to the t. Creators of the regimen recommend using a combination of 30% castor oil to 70% sunflower seed oil for combination or oily skin, but I’m not really a fan of castor oil. It’s a very thick oil that is impermeable to hair and skin. I currently use a blend of olive oil (which is suggested for OCM), coconut oil, and avocado oil for my hair and body with no problems. All three of these oils are light and closely resemble the molecular structure of oils that our bodies make naturally. I figured this would be a great combination to try for the OCM.
If you read Oil Cleanse Method: Why I’m A Skeptic, you know the end result was a breakout. Some more experienced DIY-ers blame coconut oil. Allegedly, it’s a comedogenic (it may eventually clog your pores). I say “allegedly” because I could not find a definitive answer on that one. But I do know my face broke out, which is unusual, because I use this combination of oil everywhere. I don’t know how effective putting oil on a dirty face is…
With that said, I’m not totally off the Oil Cleanse Method, but I have made some modifications for my skincare regimen. Below is a slideshow of products and steps of my Modified Oil Cleanse Method. The main difference is using the oil as a moisturizer to balance and hydrate my skin after cleansing and toning.
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