If you’ve been looking for an acne cleansing method for your face that doesn’t leave you in worse condition than when you started, then you might want to consider using the oil cleansing method for acne control. Many times the cleansers, scrubs, soaps and other methods we use to help fight acne actually hurt more than they help. But the oil cleansing method just might provide you with a natural solution that can clear up your acne for good.
What is the Oil Cleansing Method?
The oil cleansing method, also known as OCM, consists of using natural oils to wash your face. It may sound counterintuitive, especially if you have oily skin that is prone to break-outs. But the truth of the matter is that the natural oils you gently apply to your skin will dissolve the dirt and oils trapped in your pores chebe.
You can experiment with the different types of oils that you use as you determine the best OCM for your skin. Most users start with a combination of castor oil for cleansing and extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) for its moisturizing properties. If you find EVOO too heavy or greasy and it causes your acne to flair up, you can try substituting jojoba oil, sunflower oil or any other type of natural, unprocessed oil instead.
Try starting out with about 30% castor oil in your mix and adjust it downwards according to how your face feels. If your skin starts to get really dry, reduce the amount of castor oil by half. Everyone has different needs and your skin’s needs actually will change with the seasons as well. So what works in summer may not work for you in winter. Just keep that in mind as you adjust the proportions.
How to Wash Your Face with Oil
- Once you have your oils blended, you are going to pour some into your hand and then gently massage it into your face. Avoid being rough with your skin. No scrubbing! Just gently massage your face with the oil until the entire surface is covered.
- Next you’ll take a warm washcloth and drape it over your face for a minute or so. This will help to open up your pores.
- Rinse the washcloth in warm water again and then use it to wipe the oil off your face. No scrubbing!
After that, you’re done. You can experiment with how often you do the oil cleansing method for acne based on how your skin responds to it. You shouldn’t need to do it twice a day though.
If you want to do it every day, I would do it at night and then in the mornings just rinse your face off with warm water followed by a splash of cooler water to seal your pores. You may even just want to try it a couple of times a week. Experiment and see what works best for your skin.