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Got pesky blackheads? Slather oil on your face!


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Sounds counterintuitive doesn't it? It's called the Oil Cleansing Method. I've been doing it for a week now and I notice a big difference in the look and feel of my skin. I've had blackheads on my nose and chin since I was about 12 years old and I could never get rid of them. I'd wash my face and they'd be right back. I could still see them. Even masks didn't really work. With using this oil stuff they are starting to go away! I keep running to the mirror to check and yeah, it's seriously working. My pores are still big, so I have empty holes in my face but I suspect that will change once all the gunk gets out.

I have acne prone skin that's oily, dry, and normal in some spots. Though I haven't had a problem in awhile, I get cystic ance too. It's only been a week but so far so good, no pimples no nothing execpt glowing skin and empty pores.

I use Extra Virgin Olive Oil (yes, the stuff you cook with) mixed in with a little Castor Oil (yes, the stuff that makes you poop). I also mix in a little tea tree oil because that's always helped with my skin.

So who's going to try this?

http://www.theoilcleansingmethod.com/
http://www.thebeautybottle.com/index.php?opti on=com_content&task=view&id=6&Ite mid=2

edited to add the following

Okay, for those of us who are having problems here are some Trouble Shooting tips.  I would add this to the first post but since it's been edited by a mod it won't let me.  Boo.  Maybe I'll add it to my second post. 

Anyway, everyone's skin is different.  You have to find what works for your skin.  Same thing when you use commerical facial cleansers...you have to figure out what works for you.  If you're having breakouts that you believe are related to OCM try these Trouble Shooting Tips:

1.  Your skin doesn't like EVOO (or whatever oil).  Try different oil.

2.  Your skin doesn't like Castor Oil.  Does it work without castor oil?  Some people do a modified version of OCM without castor.  Some people have luck with just EVOO or Jojoba (or whatever). 

3.  Your skin doesn't like the ratio of EVOO (or whatever oil) to Castor.  Change your ratios around.

4.  You're not spending enough time rubbing the oils in.  Give it at least 5 minutes.  Take some you time and enjoy.

5.  You're not getting enough dirty oils off your skin.  Spend more time with the rag on your face and take more care to get the oils off.

6.  Your skin does not like your washing off technique.  Lay a hot rag across your face.  Hold it in place.  Let it sit there until it cools a little.  Gently wipe your face.  Repeat.  Don't scrub.

7.  Your skin doesn't like the hot rag approach.  Try doing OCM in the shower and forgo the hot rag.  Instead, rub your oils in for AT LEAST 5 minutes then wash with water only.

8.  You're not soaking your wash cloths in dish soap and very hot water for a long time before sending them through the washing machine.  Laundry detergent cannot get the dirty oils out of your rags.  Dirty oil rags can cause you to break out.  Only use a rag once. 

9.  Your skin is too dry.  Try using plain EVOO (or whatever oil) as a moisturizer.  Or try bumping down your % of castor oil.

10.  Are you over washing your face?  Are you using your normal harsh cleanser in the morning then doing OCM at night?  Try washing your face with just water in the morning.  It's not gross, trust me.

11.  Are you under washing your face?  Are you washing your face with water only in the morning and doing OCM at night?  If you have time, do OCM in the morning and at night.  If you don’t have time, try using a light cleanser in the morning.  Look for one that's oil based.  You could probably find something good at a health food store.  

12.  Are you doing OCM everyday?  Try doing it only once every other day.  Maybe everyday is too much for your skin.

13.  Are you NOT doing OCM everyday?  Maybe you should try it.

14.  Maybe your skin needs extra pimple busting power.  Try adding a few drops of EO to your mix.  I highly recommend tea tree oil.  Other all around skin helpers include lavender, rosemary, geranium, and rose.  Do some research and see what might help you.

Edited May 28 2008 04:19 by spoiled_candy
Reason: 4/19/08: Moved from Lounge to Health & Support. 4/29/08: Stickied; 5/5/08 unstickied
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I have been doing this for almost a year now.   I get compliments daily on what nice skin I have. 

I use a mix of grapeseed oil, tea tree, lavendar oil, castor, avacado oil, and rosemary oil.....and usually either a bit of EVOO, almond, or apricot.  Just depends what I am in the mood for.  I make a new batch about once every 2 weeks. 

I also do a sugar scrub every 2-3 weeks with 3 kinds of sugars (white, brown, and raw) mixed with my regular facial blend and peppermint oil added.  It makes my skin nice and tingly and exfoliates nicely. 

Seriously....my skin looks better than it ever has, including the year when I tried proactive.  :)

Awesome!  It's good to hear from a long term user.  You do have nice skin!  I'll probably eventually try different oils besides EVOO, but right now that's all I have.  Do you do OCM every day?  Multiple times? 

I'm curious where you heard about OCM, LHC? 

:O!

im going to try this starting tomorrow. (my mom is around &she'd think i were a freak, lol)

 

ill let you know how it goes for me in the proceeding weeks.

I made that same face when I first read about it!  Haha, yes please do tell if it works for you!  I'm still dumbfounded over it.  I can't believe I actually have some empty pores.  Never in my wildest dreams...

I read on makeupalley.com that people are using Olive oil as a moisturizer. First time I've read about it being good for blackheads. I don't really have blackheads, I mean I have clogged pores, but they're mostly small and the gunks like beige colour. I find that the Neutrogena moisturizer I got that has glycolic acid in it is helping with those. I have the big pore problem too though, the portion of my cheeks that's beside the nose/under the eye - I hate it, reminds me of an orange peel :(. If you find a way to get rid of those let me know. I'm gonna stick with my regimen for now, but definitely keep this in mind to try later.

Original Post by jewelsmcblah:

Awesome!  It's good to hear from a long term user.  You do have nice skin!  I'll probably eventually try different oils besides EVOO, but right now that's all I have.  Do you do OCM every day?  Multiple times? 

I'm curious where you heard about OCM, LHC? 

 I always do it at night before bed.  I was doing it in the morning as well, but now I dont have time every day...so I just do it on mornings that I have the spare time.   I started with just the EVOO and the castor oil. Then it got more complicated. lol   I know a girl on another forum that just does it every 2 or 3 days and that is working for her.

I heard about it on a sleep apnea forum strangly enough.  I tried it not expecting much....and it has worked really well for me.  Some companys are now making already mixed versions, but I like doing my own.  Like if you have really oily skin it is ok to have a 50/50 mix of the castor and EVOO....but for people with really dry skin it is better to have less castor or you can end up really dry.  So I like being able to just make up a batch to adress whatever my skin is doing that month.  :)  

This sounds really interesting. My t-zone is fairly oily and I do have some blackheads on my nose. And like someone else (the OP, I think) mentioned, the pore strips did nothing to remove them. I'm going to talk to one of my Korean friends Monday and see if castor oil is sold here so I can try this.
I do this too. I prefer jojoba, but I'll use extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil too. For a (face and body) exfoliant I use a baking soda solution, its is a deodorizer :o
We just got back from the store looking for something to get rid of blackheads.  I've got a few on my nose that refuse to go away, but never bothered me so I didn't make much on an effort.  Now that I'm starting to get freckles on my nose, I want them gone.  My nose always looks dirty now.

And Alex?  Oh, that poor boy and his blackheads...  I'm thinking I'll research this and give it a try.

That's interesting!  Do you ever wash your skin with anything else?  I can't imagine not washing my face in the morning.

Some people wash using regular soap in the morning.  Some people do OCM morning and before bed.  Some people do water only washing in the morning.
Original Post by vicereine:

I read on makeupalley.com that people are using Olive oil as a moisturizer. First time I've read about it being good for blackheads. I don't really have blackheads, I mean I have clogged pores, but they're mostly small and the gunks like beige colour. I find that the Neutrogena moisturizer I got that has glycolic acid in it is helping with those. I have the big pore problem too though, the portion of my cheeks that's beside the nose/under the eye - I hate it, reminds me of an orange peel :(. If you find a way to get rid of those let me know. I'm gonna stick with my regimen for now, but definitely keep this in mind to try later.


That's where I heard it too for the first time!

I found out about it from one of those fancy cosmetic magazines that sent me free samples.  My friend tried it and it really worked out well for her.  I tend to have dry skin so I didn't think it would work, but I tried some Vitamin E oil and it really does work out well with dry patches and with some skin irritations.  I generally wash my face with a very gentle cleanser and put moisturizer on morning and evening.

Thank you for posting this! I am an esthetician (skincare therapist) and am constantly telling my clients that "oil is your best friend!!!" So many people think that having oily skin or putting oil on their face is going to clog their pores and break them out. But what clogs your pores and breaks you out is what most people put on their skin - or don't put on their skin for that matter! Just like the article you posted says, so many acne and blackhead washes out there do nothing but strip our skin and cause it to over-produce oil, which then causes more breakouts and blockage. So, yes, moisturization and oil replenishment is the key to clear skin, ladies!!!!! The Asian cultures have been using olive oil on their skin for years, and ever notice how beautiful and flawless they look?!?! I currently use an organic skincare line in my spa that also uses olive oil and sunflower oil in the products, along with plant extracts. It's amazing how when you keep it simple and natural, your skin just glows.

Thanks again for posting this!!! Laughing

This is interesting.

I was just thinking the other day that I've added way too many products to my daily regimen, and maybe my face just wanted something simple...

I'm going to try this!

An update from me: I just woke up and washed my face with water only.  I then squeeze my nose and....NOTHING!  Nothing came out.  It's amazing.  I've spent a fortune over the years trying to get that gunk out of my pores, and within a week of using oil on my face it's gone.  Well, I do still have some clogged pores on the side of my nose, but the majority of my nose is clear.  I'm in shock really.  I was hoping OCM would work, but I didn't think it would work THIS well.

Lisa, thanks for posting in this thread.  When I was in my teens I was doing everything I could think of to get rid of my cycstic ance.  Finally I just gave up and started washing with soap only once a day followed by a tea tree and witch hazel toner and then a light moisurizer, and I'd water only wash when I needed to.  My skin cleared up in no time.  I really think everyone needs to take a step back and look at all the ugly chemicals that are in our everyday products.  I think natural is the way to go, and using this oil blend is proving everyday.

Try it out WondersWhy.  I think you'll be as suprised as I am.
wow jewels, your results are really making me want to do this. I have insane blackheads, & also a few whiteheads. Basically, my skin has sucked for a very long time.
How exactly are you doing it? Just rubbing the oil in & laying the hot washcloth on your face like I read? How long are you keeping it on?

Oh, & I guess anyone can answer this- the only oil I have in my house is EVOO. Would just EVOO work or do I need to go out & buy oil?
I was just going to ask that same question, starcrossdlovex =P

All I have on me is EVOO and Tea Tree Oil, but I would love to try this!  I have always had a little acne, sometimes it's hardly noticeable and sometimes it flares up so bad!  I've tried so many products and nothing really worked for me so I'd be willing to give this a shot!

yeah, same here. i only have EVOO. where do you get castor oil?

Ok well I don't know if it's really helping, but I just did it with EVOO and Tea Tree Oil, and my skin already feels softer.  It even looks a little better, but it could all be in my head too =P
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