Oil Cleansing Method (OCM) – Bye-Bye Acne, Hello Radiant Skin!

The Oil Cleansing Method (OCM) - Bye Bye Acne, Hello Radiant Skin

Today I’d like to share with you a great way to deeply cleanse your skin – 100% naturally and without stripping your natural oils. Let me present the amazing Oil Cleansing Method (OCM)!

I used to be a believer in the mantra that most acne or oily skin sufferers seem to believe in: avoid oils at all costs, oil clogs pores, look for oil-free products, etc. This I believe know added many years to my clear skin journey. When I first read about the Oil Cleansing Method, I thought it made perfect sense: only oil can dissolve oil. I tried it once, twice… I didn’t get it right at first (read about my mistakes here).  But deep down in my gut I knew it was the right thing to do, I just needed to figure out how. Well, I did! And it helped me clear up my skin!

I really want to make sure that you guys don’t have to go through so much trial and error as I did, so I’ve put together two OCM troubleshooting blog posts for you:

Troubleshooting the OCM Part 1

Troubleshooting the OCM Part 2

Why is it that we as a society are made to believe that in order to have healthy skin we need to use strong detergents? Our skin is such a delicate tissue and yet we start applying all kinds of chemicals on it from a very young age. When did we start believing that any kind of oil is bad? Our natural sebum is there to protect our fragile skin from the environment – there is no need to turn it into an enemy.

Let me be your guide into the relaxing and spa-like world of the Oil Cleansing Method.

Why is the Oil Cleansing Method so great?

  • Regular products strip the oil from your skin. Sure we don’t want that shiny slick on the face but there is no need to remove absolutely all of the oil. We need some of it! Aren’t you tired of feeling dry and tight after washing  your skin? And that’s always followed by even more oil being produced by the skin to compensate. It’s not fun when even smiling is uncomfortable and painful. It’s not a natural state of skin and it doesn’t have to be like that!
  • Most drugstore and high-end products are highly scented or contain alcohol – the two well-known irritants for the skin. Why would you want to put your skin through such pain?
  • Oil dissolves oil – that’s simple chemistry but it really works like that. Using the Oil Cleansing Method will allow you to gradually dissolve clogs in your pores. Over time, you’ll notice how your skin is clearing up. Right in front of your eyes. It’s 100% better than even the most expensive scrubs and without any unnecessary irritation.
  • Oil alone won’t bring you blemishes – this is the greatest myth of all. I wouldn’t be surprised if this myth was created by skincare companies in order to weaken our skins and force us to buy more products to try and “fix” the problem.
  • The Oil Cleansing Method might take a little bit longer than regular cleansing but it’s such a relaxing and pleasant experience. Just close your eyes and inhale the wonderful smell of your chosen essential oil – it’s amazing how quickly your stress from a long day will dissipate.
  • You won’t need a separate makeup remover – the Oil Cleansing Method is the best makeup remover in the world. It will even take off water proof makeup. Oil rocks!

What will you need for the Oil Cleansing Method?

You will need  two oils – the first is castor oil. It is known for anti-inflammatory, healing and cleansing properties. But make sure it’s cold-pressed and unrefined – it will still have all the vitamins, nutrients and fatty acids intact. Castor oil is also used as a laxative but be careful if you get it from the laxative section – often it’s refined and won’t have the same healing properties for your skin.

“Castor oil will leave the body in better condition than it found it.” – this quote from Dr. McGarey’s book  The Oil That Heals is what I kept repeating in my head like a mantra when I started trying the OCM.

Obviously, at the beginning I wasn’t comfortable with the feeling of oil on my skin but I used to just close my eyes, repeat those words and imagine my skin getting clearer and more beautiful with every cleanse. I’m a big believer in visualization, how about you?

I love Oil Cleansing Method (OCM) - Bye-Bye Acne, Hello Radiant Skin

I love Oil Cleansing Method!

Castor oil is great but it can also be drying if too much is used. Too much of good things can also be bad! So we’ll use a tiny amount of it compared to the second oil, which will be our base. For that, you can use any oil that you personally like. If you don’t have experience with oils, some of the most popular ones for the Oil Cleansing Method are these: sunflower seed oil, olive oil, avocado oil, grapeseed oil, etc. I personally have used all four and I have loved them all. Some people swear by olive oil (me included), and for some it clogs pores – perhaps be careful at the beginning and opt for another oil for a start.

Update: I have since learned the difference between oils high in linoleic acids and those high in oleic acid. If you’re prone to breakouts, pick an oil that is high in linoleic acid, such as sunflower oil, pumpkin seed oil, safflower oil or hempseed oil. My absolute favourite is pumpkin seed oil.

You will also need a clean soft washcloth (flannel) and hot running water. Oh, and strong fingers as well! Because you’ll need to give your face a lovely long massage. 🙂

If you experience any kind of dryness or irritation, your water might be too hot. The washcloth should be comfortably warm, not hot and irritating.

So what are the right ratios of each oil for your skin?

Well, it depends. Most resources quote different ratios for each skin type. Here’s an example of the ratios from theoilcleansingmethod.com:

  • Oily Skin: Try a blend of 30% Castor Oil to 70% Sunflower Seed Oil.
  • Balanced Skin: Try a blend of 20% Castor Oil to 80% Sunflower Seed Oil.
  • Dry Skin: Try a blend of 10% Castor Oil to 90% Sunflower Seed Oil.

You might already know what I think of categorizing skins into different skin types. I don’t believe in them! Dry or oily skin is just a reaction to whatever you are doing to your skin. I was made to believe that my skin was combination oily but boy was I wrong! Coincidentally, the first two times I tried the Oil Cleansing Method (and failed), I used the ratios for oily skin. My skin got super dry and irritated. What was I thinking??

Here’s my personal oil blend I use for the Oil Cleansing Method (read more about my 100% natural skincare routine):

This is around 17% of  castor oil, so it’s somewhere between dry skin and balanced skin. I would be very careful with using the ratio for oily skin – it’s easier to start with less, you can always increase it later if you feel that you need more cleansing power. The thing is, if you dry out your skin right from the start, it will take a while for your skin to recover, so you will blame the Oil Cleansing Method for something that really isn’t its fault. Tread carefully, listen to your skin and you’ll do great!

You’ll find the right ratio for you via trial and error, so start making small batches. Once you are happy with the mix, make yourself lots!

Update: I have since started using pumpkin seed oil alone for the Oil Cleansing Method and it works better than anything else. So if you have issues with castor oil, this might be a great idea for you to try.

A word of warning – if you decide to try out the Oil Cleansing Method, don’t make the mistake of using conventional toners, moisturizers, foundations, etc. with it. Your skin won’t be able to regain the natural balance if you keep interfering. Use a few drops of your favourite oil as a moisturizer and go for 100% natural mineral makeup.

How often should the Oil Cleansing Method be used?

I’d say not too frequently and listen to your skin. Your skin will feel dry and slightly irritated if you do it too much.

I started by doing it every single night and continued for around a month – at that time, it was the right thing for me because I had so many clogged pores. Every single night a lot of clogs were coming out. However, once my skin became clean, dryness started to creep in, and I realized it was time to scale down. I now do it around once a week, sometimes even less often than that – I usually notice my skin getting a little more bumpy, and that’s when I know it’s time to oil cleanse.

So let me say it again – listen to your skin. It’s silly making rules and then following them just for the sake of following. Your skin will tell you how often it needs it.

Also, don’t get worried if you get oilier for the first few days – it’s because your pores are getting unblocked, and sebum will be able to flow freely for the first time in ages. It will soon normalize.

What’s the step-by-step process of the Oil Cleansing Method?

Good news! I’ve made a video for you with all the steps for the Oil Cleansing Method. I thought one quick video would say 100 times more and would be much more beneficial for you than reading a long list of instructions. So here it is:

What are the pros and cons of the Oil Cleansing Method?


  1. The Oil Cleansing Method helps clear up acne, combat dryness and stay radiant.
  2. It’s completely natural.
  3. It’s very cheap – a bottle of oil will easily last you for a year. You also won’t need a moisturizer.
  4. It’s the most powerful makeup remover in the world.
  5. It doesn’t strip natural oils from your skin and doesn’t upset the natural acidic mantle (the natural balance that protects your skin from outside threats).
  6. It smells amazing (if you use any essential oils).
  7. It helps you sleep better as the Oil Cleansing Method is a truly relaxing experience.
  8. Your mind will feel so good about using 100% natural products – you won’t feel guilty anymore.


  1. It takes trial and error until you find the right ratio of oils. It also takes a while to select oils that work best for you. However, take this process as an interesting curve of learning about yourself and your body!
  2. It takes a little longer than regular cleansing but it’s totally worth it. When you go to a spa, you don’t complain about how long treatments take, right? So look at the Oil Cleansing Method as one of those spa treatments – in your home for a fraction of the price! 🙂
  3. It can take a while for your skin to adjust to the Oil Cleansing Method, and there might be a little bit of purging at the beginning.
  4. There could potentially be a bit more laundry to do as you will need a clean washcloth every time. But if you buy 3-4 of them, you can just drop them in the washing machine with the rest of your laundry a couple of times a week.

Watch this article in video format here:

For troubleshooting of the Oil Cleansing Method, check out these blog posts:

Troubleshooting the Oil Cleansing Method Part 1

Troubleshooting the Oil Cleansing Method Part 2

Where to find things if you’re in Europe

As I get a lot of questions from those of you living in Europe, I’ve decided to include links to all the things mentioned above. I know it’s often impossible to find things (especially when you live in the middle of nowhere like me), so getting them online is often the only choice. Luckily, it’s the cheapest choice as well!

I hope you’ll give this wonderful cleansing method a try, and if you do, let me know what you think of it! Or are you already using the Oil Cleansing Method? If I’ve missed any of the points you’d like to know, just ask me! 

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  1. I just stumbled upon your blog Vita and love it! I’ve been battling with adult acne and scarring for quite some time now and I am keen on trying this. Shall let you know how it goes!

  2. This is a great article. I am starting the OCM this week (as soon as I get my oils… I ordered them from mountain rose herbs yesterday). Do you use regular washcloths? And what makeup do you use? I would love to switch to a more natural make up but have yet to find one I like. Thanks!!

    • Thanks Kristine! I use regular washcloths (flannels) but the softest I can find. I tried muslin cloths in the past but found them too rough and too thin. The heat dissipates really quickly and they don’t wipe the oil off as well as washcloths. Everyone’s experience is different I guess. 🙂 I use Lily Lolo mineral makeup. I just love the quality and colour selection. The price is amazing as well. I’m really curious to know how OCM works for you. Keep me posted!

  3. Thanks! I will have to check out the Lily Lolo makeup and I will let you know how the oil cleansing goes. 🙂

  4. I’m on day 4 of the OCM and while I sill have a lot of breakouts my skin in general has never felt better. It’s no longer dry and flaky. I was using Proactive (yuck) and had super dry skin because of it. And then when I went off of Proactive, my skin went haywire. I am hoping after giving the OCM some time I will have less breakouts. Hoping this is just the beginning stage where my skin is getting used to things. Oh, and I LOVE the Lily Lolo makeup I got.

    • I’m so glad to hear it, Kristine! Lily Lolo is great. What did you order from Lily Lolo? I love their foundations and bronzers, and the colour selection is perfect, isn’t it?

  5. It’s been just over a week and my skin is breaking out like crazy but I am determined to make it through this “detox” time. My skin doesn’t feel dry OR oily for the first time in years. I think if I just stick with this I will turn a corner soon. I am experimenting with some lavender and tea tree oil as well to help fight the cystic acne I get. ouch!

    • Hi Kristine, it shouldn’t be breaking out like crazy. A slight purging is normal but not something serious. What ratio of castor oil are you using? What other oils are you using? It could be that your skin simply doesn’t tolerate one of the oils or you’re using too much castor oil. Some people are too sensitive to castor oil and have much more success using, for example, olive oil alone. Also are you using more oil afterwards to moisturize? You could try to stop doing it completely. Just the oil residue from the OCM could be enough for most days. Let me know if I can help you with anything!

      • I’m actually using 1 part Borage Seed Oil : 2 parts Grapeseed Oil : 1 part Hazelnut Oil : 1 part Hemp Seed Oil (which is a combo I found on another site recommended for those who suffer from a lot of acne-which would be me). My skin feels awesome right after doing the OCM but then the next day I get more breakouts. 🙁 Then I do the OCM at night and it feels better again. I think the breakouts are hormonal. I probably need to cut out grains completely too. I don’t eat any processed sugar or wheat (usually) but I love oats. I maybe just need to kick that habit to keep my insulin levels down? Not sure. I was using Proactive before this (awful I know)… so maybe my skin was just addicted to the benzyl peroxide in that. I don’t want to go back to using those harsh chemicals.

        • Interesting mix! The only thing I would say is that grapeseed oil and hazelnut oil are really drying. Especially hazelnut oil, I’ve had extremely dehydrated and irritated skin when I tried it in the past. Not saying that’s the case with you but it might be a possible reason. I just think to start out it’s always best to start with 1-2 oils because in that case you minimise the chance of not tolerating one of them. When you have 4, it’s pretty difficult to tell if one of them is bad for you. Also the mix you are using seems like is geared to very oily skin – I’d be careful with that. It’s always best to start with something much more gentle as a lot of oily skins are just badly dehydrated normal/dry skins. Or it could be hormonal of course. By the way, I read a book about tooth remineralization recently and oats were considered the most dangerous grains out of all as they have the most anti-nutrients. Interesting, isn’t it? Hope your skin will calm down soon!

          • Oh wow, that is really interesting about the oats. I should cut them out of my diet soon. I think that will be the first thing I cut out after we travel for the holidays. It’s so tough to stay on my clean eating as it is when we travel. Good to know about the drying oils. Maybe that is my issue. I’ll maybe go down to just a couple oils and keep on trying. Thanks so much!

          • One more questions… sorry if I am driving you crazy. 🙂 What do you use to wash your face on days you don’t use OMC but you work out? Just water? Rose water? Is rose water all you use to get your make up off when you don’t use OCM? Just curious. Thanks!

          • Don’t worry, ask me as many questions as you like. 🙂 I just wipe my face with rosewater after I workout if it’s in the morning. If it’s in the evening, I rinse my face with tepid water. And that’s it! Exercising doesn’t really change my routine much. I also used to believe that sweat was bad, clogged pores, etc. but I was wrong. Water and rosewater take off any excess, and the sebum that remains is there to protect my skin from the environment. On days when I wear makeup and don’t want to do OCM, I simply wipe my face with rosewater, and then wash with water. Mineral makeup comes off super easily. If you use something more water resistant, you can simply put some drops of your favourite oil on a damp cotton pad and wipe all the makeup off. Then rinse with water. I hope I’ve managed to answer your questions. And I really enjoy helping you out, so don’t worry. 🙂

      • p.s. thank you for taking the time to reply to all my messages and help me out. 🙂

  6. Thanks! You have been SUPER helpful. I love rose water.

  7. I cut grains out of my diet entirely starting this week. I figured it was now or never. Hoping it helps improve my skin. 🙂

  8. I was happy to see your video on YouTube. I’m seriously thinking about trying the OCM but I am a little nervous. Proactive used to work for me for a while but not anymore. The last couple of months I have had horrible cysts around my jawline and on my forehead and my normal stuff is useless to me know. I recently started using the healing clay. It hasn’t been a month yet but I have noticed some improvements but the problem around the jawline gets a little better then gets bad again. Not sure if I should try the OCM yet or wait for another couple of weeks to see how the clay plays out, even though I know the clay is only something to be used twice a week for acne prone skin, but I feel like I should be cleansing daily. Did the OCM help you with blemish spots as well? I read on a blog that rose hip oil was good for that. Any suggestions? I’m all ears.

    • Hi Marti, your skin sounds very similar to how mine used to be. I’ve never tried Proactive, but I used acne.org treatment which is also BP based. From the way you described your acne, it seems to me like it’s the type caused by dehydration or irritation / over-exfoliation (just like mine). I think my routine should do wonders for you.

      I’d say continue with the clay for a bit to give it a bit more time to work – skin cells regenerate completely every month, so give it a week or two, and see what happens. I’ve tried a lot of clay treatments before, and I found them all really really drying though. The thing is that what oil does is absorb all the impurities from your skin, but by doing that it also straps your skin of any sebum. And we need some of it at all times on the skin – otherwise, the skin goes into overdrive trying to compensate for it. I definitely think OCM should work for you – to be honest, I think it would work for everyone. I truly believe in it.

      What did you mean by blemish spots? Did you mean red marks / scars that remain after a spot is gone? In that case, rose hip oil is great for that from what I’ve heard. I tried it in the past without success but that was before I found a way to make oils work for me. Right now, extra virgin oil ticks all the boxes for me and is wonderful at reducing any scars / blemishes.

      Let me know if I could help you in any other way. And good luck! 🙂 xx

  9. Thank you so much for all the info you shared. I’m so excited to try the oil. I’m 36 and have struggled with acne since I was 13. In my opinion I too think I have extremely oily skin. I switched to Mineral Fusion makeup but to be honest I’m so incredibly oily within hours. Not sure what to do about that. I haven’t found anything that has worked. Drug store to expense….nothing. I have switched my family to organic, non gmo food as well, however I am thinking of eliminating grains all together. Definitely a tough one growing up in Minnesota where a hot cup of oatmeal and of course bread with all our hot dishes hits the spot when is -40 below zero 😉 I have been researching healthy non toxic acne treatments for months and have gotten so frustrated by all the “hidden” nasty stuff. My sweet husband has been so patient and understanding when I want to run to the store to try the latest greatest. I’m sure he’ll appreciate knowing oil is very inexpensive 🙂 Thank you again for sharing your story. I’m very hopeful thus will work.

    • My pleasure, Rebecca! I used to have the same problem with looking super oily a couple of hours after putting on my mineral foundation. Now, when I look back, I think it’s because any makeup (even mineral makeup) dries the skin. As a response, it starts producing more oil. Since I started my natural regimen with oils, I haven’t had that problem anymore, probably because my skin is balanced now and it isn’t so easy to dry it out. I definitely think giving up or at least limiting grains will help, as well as eating cod liver oil, butter, coconut oil, etc. All that fat and fat soluble vitamins really make a difference to the skin. My husband is the same! I’m so grateful that he never complained. The other day we were talking that if we added up all the money I spent on skincare, makeup and treatments during the years of my acne battle, we would probably be able to buy a nice car with that money. Or maybe even a flat! It’s really crazy. The industry is genius at extracting money from us. 🙂 Good luck and keep me posted! xx

  10. Frances Leggett says

    I am following a homeopathy treatment due to joint pain and bad face, chest and back acne caused by toxin build up in the body. My homeopath believes that the joint pain is a result of toxins that were attempting to come out through the skin (hence the acne) and were forced to hierarchically find somewhere else to go in the body after I suppressed the acne with antibiotic tablets and creams. He has advised that I no longer wear foundation makeup and I don’t cover any part of my skin that is used as an outlet for the toxins in order to let them out.
    Do you think the oil cleansing method will help to draw them out or will it cover the skin in the way I am not supposed to? The homeopathy treatments are helping to draw out the toxins so I don’t want to do anything to upset the process, but I do feel I need to start treating my skin properly after so many years of not doing anything at all.
    I would appreciate your thoughts!

    • Frances, I’m so sorry to hear about your health struggles! What your homoeopath says makes a lot of sense. Another thing I could add is that joint problems and acne are usually connected to systemic inflammation in the body. From what I’ve read in the years of my own struggles, people see amazing improvement when they give up grains and sugar. Another reason for joint pain could be lack of animal fat and all the soluble vitamins it carries. Anyway, I guess you didn’t ask me about that, so let’s move on to the relevant things. 🙂 The Oil Cleansing Method is a great way to draw toxins and impurities out of your skin. I think it will help you a lot! Another thing that is absolutely amazing at drawing toxins out of the whole body is the Oil Pulling. Just google it. It’s swishing oil in your mouth for 15-20 minutes every morning. It’s amazing! And by the way, if you use the Oil Cleansing Method, it doesn’t mean you have to keep oil on your skin all day long. Just use it to cleanse and then leave your skin bare. If you’re in India now, you have the perfect climate to keep your skin nourished by natural sebum. Good luck, and let’s keep in touch!

      • Frances Leggett says

        Thanks Vita! And also for your insight into joint problems and acne. Actually, I have also done extensive research and found that systemic inflammation and acidity could be one of the main causes. My homeopath thinks that the acne and joint pain are symptoms of inflammation, which in turn is a symptom of a toxic liver (especially due to where I was getting the acne breakouts: namely, upper back, chest and face), in turn potentially due to anger issues, which may all link back to hormones. It’s all really interesting… I’ll have to explain it to you at some point in more detail.
        Thanks about the oil pulling tip!
        I’ll keep you posted on how I go!

  11. Hello 🙂
    Found you after viewing some of your videos on YouTube.

    I’ve started oil cleansing over the last 2 weeks and at first I was doing too much, my face got red, dry and sore.

    I’ve just started using ideas from your routine to cut right down on ocm, my skin is clear now but still a little irritated from doing it too often. At the moment I’m using a store bought rosewater spray but it does contain alcohol so I’ll be trying to make my own rosewater once this runs out (it is organic though so could be worse) and it isn’t irritating so far.
    Hoping that by doing ocm less i’ll find my skin is less dry.

    Found your blog/videos really helpful so thank you 🙂

    • Hi Cheryl, thanks for stopping by, and I really appreciate your kind words! I’m glad your skin is doing better with doing less. 🙂 I think over-exfoliation is definitely one of the main causes of acne and other skin issues. What kind of oils do you use in your mixture? And what ratio? By the way, alcohol is extremely drying. It also kills all the good bacteria that is meant to protect your skin. I’d definitely suggest that you look into getting pure rose water or skip it at all because alcohol can seriously interfere with the natural balancing of the skin. Good luck and please keep me posted!

      • I’ve experimented a little over the last few weeks and I’ve found that hempseed oil seems to agree with me best out of what I’ve tried so far. I think I’d like to try sunflower oil too.

        I’ve ordered some rosewater that has no alcohol in which should be here by the end of the week 🙂 unfortunately I didn’t notice straight away when I purchased the first one.

        I do have some organic cold pressed unrefined olive oil (i use it in my food) but I’m a little worried about using it on my face because I’ve heard that for some people it can clog pores.

        I did try grapeseed oil but I think that added to the irritation of my skin. I may try adding a little again once I know my skin is ok with everything else.

        I’ve also been a little worried about using castor oil as I do have very fair sensitive skin. I’m worried it may be too harsh and so far haven’t used any. I understand that it is meant to be the main cleansing oil but hempseed alone is unclogging my pores (I feel the hard clogs after only a minute or so of massage and I don’t have many to begin with). I have finally found a local health food store that sells castor oil – you wouldn’t believe how hard it is to get in the uk! All the chemists have discontinued it. But for now I’m a bit worried about trying it.

        Thank you for your advice 🙂

        • Yes, I’ve heard great things about hempseed oil. If it works great for you alone, just leave it like that! 🙂 By the way, I was also scared of olive oil for many years until I tried it, and now I’m in love with it. But for now I’d say just stick to what works for you. After a month or two, when you’re sure that the OCM itself is working for you, then you can start experimenting with different oils. I personally really like castor oil as well, but no more than 15-20% or it dries my skin out. By the way, I’d lived in the UK for 8 years before coming here, so I know it’s impossible to find things like that at the chemists’. I’ve always ordered everything from Amazon though, and I still do, even if I’m in the middle of the Atlantic ocean! 🙂 I always buy my oils and rose water from this store on Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1hqG3dJ. They have organic castor oil as well. They’re super affordable and great quality. Highly recommend! xx

  12. Hi Vita!

    Stumbled upon your blog in my research about the oil cleansing method. I have been struggling with acne and scarring/general redness for a long time now and went totally natural about a year ago after using accutane in a moment of desperation (totally against all my beliefs but, you know, DESPERATION)! Anyway, it didn’t work–shocking.

    Before my research on the OCM, I had been washing my face with simply warm water and a washcloth for about 3 months now and most pimples have gone away, except for the occasional. I still have a lot of redness and scarring. Very dry/oily too.

    Now I have been using the OCM for about a little over a week with JUST hemp oil, as I wanted to start simple and non comedogenic (and I just love the hemp plant in general). I totally love it and have noticed only improvements besides just one random big pimple on my upper cheek (where I normally stay clear). My face does feel dry and tight still, but better than it did with just the water cleansing. I have been doing it every night because it feels right at this point. I am thinking about adding in avocado and castor oil (probably no more than 10% castor to start as my skin is veryyyyyy sensitive). I am just too skeptical to try olive oil YET. Do you think these are good starting points? Should I force myself to stick to maybe once or twice a week? Or if I do get the soft suede type washcloth you recommend, could I do it more often without causing irritation?

    As for diet, I went vegan about 2 years ago and only noticed improvements in health. I think it is so interesting that you noticed so many improvements with the Paleo diet, on the opposite end of the spectrum from veganism. I think it goes to show that what is MISSING from both of our diets (processed icky foods) is what causes these improvements. I do try to have a “raw” emphasis in my diet, having minimal grains or if I do, totally whole grains. I don’t know that I personally could go back to eating meat, but I would love to hear your viewpoint on the Paleo diet I suppose. Just ’cause I am a health nut and love this stuff! 🙂 🙂

    LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog sister! You’re beautiful!


    • Hi Kali, thanks so much for extremely supportive words! I really appreciate them.

      So glad you’ve already gone natural. Welcome to the gang! 🙂 Hemp seed oil is amazing for skincare, and it’s especially good for clog-prone or acne-prone skin because it contains mostly linoleic acid. You’ve instinctively made a very good choice, no wonder why it’s working for you so well. Your skin might feel dry because you do the OCM every night. Of course it depends on everyone’s individual skin, but I wouldn’t imagine doing it more than once or twice a week. You said your skin is feeling dry but oily at the same time. That shows that it’s possibly over-exfoliated from all that cleansing. If you feel that water alone isn’t enough on days in between, try the Aleppo soap that I spoke about in a few previous posts. It’s amazing and has really normalized my skin. Don’t be afraid to apply some hempseed oil as a moisturizer for the day as well. It shouldn’t clog pores. If you’re enjoying hempseed oil, I’d just stick with that. You might add some castor oil – 10-20% perhaps. But stay away from avocado oil for now. It might be a little heavy.

      I’d say try to do the OCM less frequently first. If your skin still feels dry, then you can try adding some more nourishing oil, such as avocado. No matter which changes you make, do one thing at a time. Otherwise, you won’t be able to tell what works and what doesn’t.

      You’re so right about the diet. I also think that it’s the lack of processed foods that makes Paleo followers, vegans or simple wholefoods eaters so much healthier. I personally would never go vegan or vegetarian because I believe we humans are made to be omnivores. Veganism is a modern experiment that’s never been done in the past, and who knows what the consequences are going to be in the long term. However, I don’t follow the Paleo diet anymore either. I’ve reintroduced grains, legumes, beans, etc. but I prepare them properly by soaking, fermenting, and sprouting. I think that correct food preparation is key, no matter which diet you follow. I’ve seen incredible changes in my health since I made these changes, and I’ve fallen in love with my food again. I guess I’m a health nut just like you. 🙂 I do love some raw food and vegan recipes though. They’re delicious!

      Once again, thanks so much for all the love you sent my way with this comment. And you’re beautiful, too! xx

  13. Hello! I have found your website extremely helpful and I wanted to say thank you. My entire life I have struggled with chin cystic acne which plagues me monthly a week before my period. However, now they are accompanied with other major disruptions such as major anxiety, irritability and fatigue. I have always had this issue, although it has increased dramatically after my two miscarriages last year. Now, with the once a month cystic acne, I have now been getting boils, and if I get sick, I don’t recover quickly. I know my immune system or something is completely out of balance and I am trying to recover with a change in diet (no sugar or white flour) and a new skin care regiment.
    I wish I would have found your website before I began OCM! I started the OCM process two weeks ago with olive oil and castor oil and a hot steamy rag. But, I missed something and was doing it nightly! The first week it quickly cleared up two chin cysts that I had and I was amazed! I was so excited that something could clear up cystic acne AT ALL, let alone OVERNIGHT when they usually last a week or more. That being said, a week later I began breaking out horribly, like cysts on my chin and white heads all over the rest of my face which I never had before. Now that I found your website I realize my grave mistake in doing OCM nightly. My question is where do I go from here? My cysts are not healing and my chin is covered in large zits and cysts. Should I go back to what I was doing before and start OCM again in a couple of weeks? Or will rose water and occasional OCM going to ultimately heal my face? I’m not sure where to go from here. I definitely don’t want to quit and go back, as I saw what it could do for my cystic acne. I just need to start over, but how? I would appreciate any advice. Thank you! Jenny

    • Hi Jenny! Thanks so much for positive words! You’ve just made my evening. 🙂 I can relate to you a lot because my acne was also mostly around the chin and jaw area, which clearly signals hormone imbalance. It’s not easy to balance, but it’s possible. I’m so sorry to hear about your miscarriages. I hope with all my heart that you already have or will have a healthy baby girl or boy in the future. Your health and skin issues sound very much like mine. I’ve pretty much conquered them by now, but I still get those days when I’m anxious, irritable, and extremely tired. Luckily, they’re getting less and less frequent.

      I find that diet is the most important factor. No processed foods, no sugar, very limited fruit, and lots of healthy animal and plants fats have been the most important tools in my recovery. It’s worth looking into parasite cleanses and liver cleanses because they will help you get rid of parasites and candida (which you probably have considering your symptoms). Of course, you probably already know but regular movement helps a lot. Not necessarily intensive exercising, but at least daily walks out in the fresh air help a lot. Another thing that helped me immensely was going to bed earlier and getting up earlier, making sure that I get 8 hours of sleep no matter what. According to Ayurveda, the most important healing and recovery processes happen in the body happen between 10pm and 3am, so if you aren’t in bed resting by then, your body is unable to heal properly. Getting enough sleep is sooooo important for hormones, immune system, and beautiful skin.

      Now let’s see how we could troubleshoot your OCM experience. You’re right, it was probably too much for your skin doing it nightly. Another reason could be olive oil – it could be clogging thanks to the oleic acid content. If that’s the case, you’ll need to get an oil with a high linoleic acid content, such as pumpkin seed oil, hempseed oil, sunflower oil or safflower oil. Also how much castor oil did you use in your mixture? Cysts like that on the chin scream over-exfoliation to me. Another reason could be a hot washcloth. Try using a warm one instead of hot. Heat can be quite irritating for most people.

      To get out of this irritated state now, you’ll need to let your skin rest for a bit, and then restart. I’d probably suggest just rinsing your face with tepid water both morning and night, then toning with rosewater. It should help your skin heal. Applying some oil as a moisturizer will help recover sooner as well. Be careful with olive oil because, as I said earlier, it might be clogging. I love pumpkin seed oil as my moisturizer at the moment.

      Well, I guess I just gave you some ideas on where to look for answers. Now it’s your turn to experiment and make it work. You WILL eventually, just be patient. Of course, I’d love to know how it goes! xx

  14. First of all, thank you so much for all the useful information! I have gone down a similar road to you with my skin and have started loving simple skincare and facial oils! I’ve used the OCM a couple of times. I have these deep rooted clogged pores which appear as closed white bumps on the surface of my skin around my chin and diagonally up through my cheek hollow. Although oil cleansing appears to get rid of some surface level dirt, flaky skin etc, these just won’t budge! I’ve had some of them for at least a year or so and I have caused more damage by getting them extracted previously (and in fact they just re-appear in the same pore as the roots are so deep). Have you come across this with your own skin and will they eventually go away with the OCM? I also have some smaller ones sitting on the surface which are yet to go away but they are less visible so not as much of a concern. Thank you!

    • Hello Gaby, so glad to hear from another natural skincare fan! 🙂 I know what you’re talking about, I used to have those deep rooted clogged pores as well. I still get them sometimes, but they’re less and less frequent, and also much smaller. I don’t think that anything topical would work for that. OCM is great for regular clogged pores, but not those that sit deep under the skin. I think it’s something that really comes from within, so it’s important to find the root cause. That’s just my opinion, but I think they’re either caused by calcium deposits from consuming pasteurized dairy or excess fat deposits from fats not being broken down by the body properly. That is probably due to congested liver and gallbladder (liver flushes would help). I’ve got rid of the first reason, and indeed it’s got so much better. I’m going to try my first liver flush in a month’s time, and I’ll report how it goes. xx

  15. Rebecca Lee says

    Hi Vita,
    I just came across your website for the first time. Thank you for all the great information! I tried the OCM about 1.5 years ago and it worked great at first. After a few weeks however, I started getting these little bumps along the sides of my face and temples. I never had that before, so I stopped using the OCM. After reading your post, I think my mistake was using only castor oil and doing it too frequently-like every day. So I will try again. What do you use to clean your face or how do you clean your face when you’re not using the OCM? So, in between OCM cleanings? Thank you again. I look forward to reading more from you.

    Also, I want to recommend an all natural deodorant that really works and is really all natural. It’s called Dr. Mist All Natural Body Hygiene Spray. Also there’s a product by Herbalix called Detox Deodorant for nighttime use. It helps to clean away toxins that accumulate in the underarm area. I think both are on Amazon.com. I have no stake in either company (or in Amazon). I just wanted to let you know.

    Many blessings and much happiness! 🙂

    • Hi Rebecca, welcome to my blog! I’m so glad you found me. 🙂 Yes, if you were using castor oil alone and especially every day, that will definitely be the reason why your skin reacted badly. You know, I also got the OCM wrong the first couple of times, but I persevered. 🙂 It’s really all about trial and error, especially with so much misinformation around on the web. I also started with around 50% castor oil and my skin freaked out.

      In between OCM treatments, I wash my face with water only or the Aleppo soap. I wrote about my current skincare routine in detail in this blog post

      Thanks so much for the deodorant recommendations. I’m loving my DIY creation right now, but if I ever want to buy one again, I’ll check your ones out. Thanks!

      Blessings and happiness for you, too! xx

      • Rebecca Lee says

        Hi Vita, thanks for such a quick response! After I commented, I found your post about your skincare routine. I ordered the Aleppo soap. I also found the post for the DIY deodorant. I’m new to your site, so I’m still browsing!

        Peace and Joy to you and yours!

        • Great! I’m glad you found everything. Now that my blog has grown in size a bit, it’s getting too confusing! I’ve just added links to all the relevant blog posts in some core articles, such as this one. I hope it will make it easier for everyone to find the latest updates and more info. Peace and joy to you and yours, too! xx

  16. Jennifer Mouzis says

    I’ve been using the OCM with Hemp Seed Oil for the last month and a half. At first, it felt like things were improving, but a few weeks ago, I developed horrible cystic acne on my chin. I also started getting clogged pores EVERYWHERE, even places I never used to break out. I have so many cysts on my chin now that I had to make an appointment with a dermatologist and stop using the oil. I had such high hopes for this and I’m pretty disappointed.

    • Hi Jennifer, I’m so sorry to hear it! How often did you do the OCM? Did you do it with just hempseed oil alone or with a bit of castor oil? Don’t give up on it. It probably just needs to be tweaked a bit. It also took me three trials to get it to work for my skin. xx

  17. Hi Vita,

    First of all, thank you so much for your wonderful webpage! It is so informative and has shown me that there is hope for my skin! 🙂

    I started the oil cleansing method about 10 days ago using 20% castor oil and 80% argan oil. Prior to starting this I was using Retin A Micro cream 0.1% at night and benzyl peroxide 0.5% gel in the mornings (prescribed by the dermatologist 3 years ago) along with moisturizers/cleansers/etc. After experiencing slow-healing skin, lingering acne marks and dark spots, and general dryness and irritation, I decided it was time to take matters into my own hands and look for a natural solution to heal my skin and regain its health. As a chemistry student, OCM makes total sense!

    So, the first few days went really well. In the evenings I was using OCM, and in the mornings I would rinse with water and pat on some argan oil. If I needed to remove makeup at an unusual time (my schedule isn’t the same every day), I would put the 80:20 argan/castor oil mix on my face to remove makeup and then gently wipe it with a wash cloth, adding argan oil at the end if my skin felt tight. My skin became more smooth, less red, and the old marks began to heal quicker. I found that the oiliness and itchiness of my skin also decreased dramatically (I had/have really oily skin! It’s always so shiny in pictures; honestly, it’s like a spot light beaming from my forehead). I also followed your recommendations and bought pure moroccan rose water and microfiber cloths. However, on the 7th day I put rose water on a cotton pad and wiped my face with it for the first time, followed by some argan oil. The next day I was all broken out, with pustules/white heads, small bumps, and more oily skin (especially in the T-zone) and have been for the past three days (I immediately stopped using the rose water). I tested the rose water on my wrist the day before using it and I didn’t have an allergic reaction, so I am a little perplexed. For some background information, I do have extreme sensitivity to fragrances/etc and am allergic to most deodorants/etc.

    Do you have any suggestions/recommendations?

    Again, thank you so much for all that you do!

    Kind regards,


    • Hi Olivia! First of all, I’m so sorry for a late reply, but I’ve been having huge problems with my Internet connection, and it wasn’t easy to catch up with all the comments and emails.

      There is certainly lots of hope for your skin. Trust me! Just a couple of years ago, I didn’t even dare dream about clear skin, but it happened!

      It’s very rare for rosewater to cause reactions like this. However, it depends a lot on the quality. Did you get the one I recommend which is pure distilled rose petals or did you get a cheaper version, which is usually made by mixing rose essential oil and water? Essential oils can be irritating, so that could be the reason why. But I guess even the best natural rosewater could still cause reactions in some people. We’re all different, aren’t we? How is your skin now? It’s been quite a few days, so I hope it’s calmed down.

      Another thought that popped to my mind is that your breakout simply coincided with the 7th day mark after going off your medicated treatments. It’s natural for skin to react badly at the beginning when it realizes it’s not going to get what it’s hooked on. Let me know how your skin is doing now. xx

      • Hi Vita!

        Thanks for the reply and no worries at all, I thought it was a quick response! I did get the rosewater you recommended (pure distilled moroccan rose water); I think this may have just been a case of the super-sensitive skin. You make a great point about being off my medications for one week, however I would have expected my back and chest to break out as well, had this been the case. I let my skin recover for a couple of days and then went back to the old regime to normalize everything again. It’s already looking a lot better, but it stings a lot (it is getting so cold and dry outside!). Once it has reached a good point I think I am going to try OCM again, but use raw honey in the mornings instead of rose water and see how things go. What do you think of this idea?

        Thank you so much for all the encouragement!



        • Hi Olivia, honey sounds like a good idea. It works so well for lots of people. I like using it as a mask from time to time, and it leaves my skin so hydrated and soft. Simply rinsing with water would be a good option, too. As it’s getting colder outside, you really need to make sure you give lots of nourishment to your skin as well, so don’t forget to apply some oil after the doing the OCM once you restart it. Let me know how it goes! xx

  18. Hi Vita,

    I forgot to mention that I have had acne for 9 years now; I am now 21 years old. I have tried every dermatologist recommended regime, but nothing has worked long-term. My father had bad acne that went away when he was about 26. Both my brothers had it, but accutane cleared it up for one of them. I have been a pescatarian for 3 years (I eat fish and eggs, but I avoid dairy due to lactose intolerance). I am quite active; I exercise 4-6 days a week (running, weight lifting, yoga, stretching, etc.) and I bike to class and around campus every day. I drink lots of water and herbal teas to aid digestion, as well as skin detox teas. I currently take a multivitamin, calcium, glucosamine, evening primrose oil, probiotics (one in the morning and one in the evening), and magnesium as supplements daily.

    Kind regards,


    • It seems like you’re really looking after yourself! How about your sleep and eating patterns? Are you sleeping enough? Are you going to bed early enough? Do you eat at more or less the same time every day? I find that good routines for all of those factors really mean a lot for the health of the skin. xx

      • Hi Vita!

        I appreciate the advice on keeping a routine! My sleep patterns could definitely be better (so much homework!), but that it something I am constantly trying to improve upon. I currently get about 6 hrs/night, but I feel best at 7.5. I do eat at more of less the same time every day; I’ll keep all of those factors in mind.

        Thanks again!



  19. Hi Vita,
    I saw your OCM method on youtube and you were really informative! Thank you for being so helpful! 🙂

    I have tried oil cleansing with a mixture of coconut and castor which really didn’t work for me, and I also have tried with jojoba which broke me out. I am 20 years old and I have hormonal acne, mainly in the form of a few large chin cysts once a month.

    After reading about the importance of oleic vs linoleic acid I picked out grapeseed oil. I have been using it for the past five days and my skin felt great! I was using it morning and night massaging for about 2-3 minutes, splashing and wiping it off with really warm water, the using a washcloth to dry. Yesterday though, I woke up with like 6 tiny whiteheads around my jaw and upper lip…

    Do you think this is from using OCM too often? Should I just use it once a night? Or is this a sign that I will get a massive breakout if I keep using OCM. I’m unsure if I should tweak my routine or just go back to my old trusted cetaphil wash.

    Thanks for your thoughts!

    • Hi Marissa, so glad you found my OCM video helpful! I’ve also never been a fan of jojoba and coconut oil. From my experience, those type of little whiteheads are usually because of too much exfoliation or an usuitable oil. You could try to reduce the frequency of doing the OCM first to see if it helps. If you’re still getting whiteheads, then you’ll probably need to experiment with a different oil. By the way, for some reason I’m not a big fan of grapeseed oil either. I find it a bit drying. I’m a huge fan of pumpkin seed oil. With OCM, I always say it’s best to start really slowly, perhaps once or twice a week and ease into it bit by bit. It’s easy to freak your skin out by changing the routine completely and so intensely. I hope you’ll have it working beautifully soon because oils are amazing. You just need to find the right oil and the right frequency for your skin. xx

  20. Hi Vita!

    I recently found you on Youtube and only now just visited your blog! I love how your approach is experimental and open, as it really encourages me to figure out what is right for me, even if it is different or takes a while.

    I have had acne-prone/combination skin since I began high school and have tried EVERYTHING, including ProActiv (which was such a mistake). For the last year or so I have been trying to eliminate chemicals from my skin and hair care, and it has been a slow transition process, but definitely worth it. My breakouts have become less, and my skin has dried up a LOT. Also, I have finally taken the plunge and started the oil cleansing method!

    I started out with grapeseed oil, but found this to be too draing/not moisturizing enough, while still causing bumps on the side of my jaw. Nothing big, just small ones filled with a bit of hard pus. I have switched to pumpkin seed oil and hope that I will see some better results with that. I just had one question for you: the oil I have is very dark and rich, and while I want to use it as a moisturizer, I worry that it might stain my skin (it is pretty fair). Have you had any trouble with this? Or does it just blend once you massage it in?

    Any tips would be really appreciated! Marty

    • Hi Marty! Welcome to my blog! Pumpkin seed oil blends in without leaving any marks. It definitely doesn’t stain my skin (my skin is pretty fair, too). I hope you’ll like it as much as I do! xx

  21. Hi Vita!

    I have had moderate acne since I was 11, and I just turned 27!! So that’s a long time, and I’m ready to be done with it. I made the transition to natural lifestyle and diet about 5 years ago, but still wore makeup to hide (I went back and forth between mineral and conventional, because I’m a product junkie and I LOVE makeup) It never did much for my acne – either way. Anyhow I started OCM with just grape seed and castor oil, and it started some big cysts so I stopped and just used grape seed instead. It was soooo nice for a while! My oily skin was way less oily! And acne was clearing!!! But then about 4 days ago, BAM. acne all over my whole face 🙁 I hate it, it was so close! I was about 4 weeks in. So I went and got Pumpkin seed oil and a microfiber cloth and will see how that works for me. I hope it’s more gentle and I’m hoping that (according to the reply you made on the previous comment above me) My oily skin is actually just sensitive and dehydrated and thAt the grape seed was just too drying. I really hope! I’ll try to remember to come back in a few weeks and reply to my own comment about how it worked for me. Things like that always help me when I’m researching so… Anyways. Yea. THank you!

    • Hi Olive, what a beautiful name! It really seems that grapeseed oil was too astringent for you. Also could it be that you’ve been overdoing it cleansing every night or almost every night? Once or twice a week is the most I would do. Let me know how it goes! xx

  22. Hi Vita!
    I too have had acne since I was 12 and am now 29. I really felt the ocm might be the way to go!
    I found your website 3 months ago and have been trying the ocm. I started with pumpkin seed oil with a little splash of castor oil and the rose water.
    The first day was wonderful. A few days later was okay. Then my face broke out into the biggest breakout ever. I have a bunch of cystic ones on my cheeks. Tons of little crusty ones on my neck. There is hardly a patch of my face and neck that isn’t covered with something.
    I decided to give it a break and tried again with only pumpkin seed oil. Same thing. I left it be for awhile – went back to using my clay soap and moisturizing with a Shea butter, neem oil, tea tree oil, rosemary and jasmine extract blend I got at the health food store. My face was starting to not show new whiteheads EVERY day, and some of the cysts were going down a bit, so I tried again just to melt that moisture and massage it in and again, woke up with boatloads of whiteheads, another cystic type growing on my other cheek and my big patch on my first cheek is more sore again.

    Do you have any recommendations? Before this I was using the clairsonic brush twice daily with the clay soap and moisturizing with product and my face wasn’t great, but I’d have 2-3 new pimples a week instead of per day.

    Thank you!

    • Hi Jennie! I’m so sorry to hear that you’ve been struggling with your skin and the OCM. I think all the issues were caused by the oil residue on your skin. If your skin is really oily and was used to a lot of exfoliation with a Clarisonic, the OCM alone would be quite a shock and a challenge. Also you didn’t say how often you did the OCM. If I were you, I’d try OCM once or twice a week only as a deep cleansing treatment and would follow up with that clay soap that works so well for you. In this way, your skin will get the deep cleansing of the pores, but at the same time the oily residue will be removed, so pores won’t get clogged. Let me know if that helps! xx

      • Thank you for your quick reply.
        I was going it twice a week, then once, and now I haven’t done it in a few weeks and did it last night. I’ve consistently found that after a cleanse I wake up with a bunch of white heads and more cystic type pimples.
        I will definitely try the soap after.

        The problem with products has always been that nothing has ever cleared it up; I don’t know for sure that the soap actually works, it just maybe doesn’t make it worse. If that makes any sense.

  23. Hi, Vita. I’m curious about pumpkin seed oil since you said it’s so great. Can you make a video or write a blog about OCM with pumpkin seed oil? In addition, is pumpkin seed oil good to use for a OCM beginner?


    • Hi Venessa, I’ve already replied to your comment on YouTube regarding this. But yes, pumpkin seed oil is the best oil for an OCM beginner. I highly recommend it. I’m planning to make video about how to make OCM work for acne-prone skin, so stay tuned! 🙂 xx

  24. Hi Vita

    Love your blog. I realized that I had my castor oil ratio too high, as I was peeling a lot on the nose in particular.

    Just did my first OCM with pumpkin seed oil. Being so dark in colour, do you find that you need to use extra rose water to get rid of the green colour on your skin?

    What oil would you recommend as a Moistorizer for acne prone skin?

    • Hi Naomi, I don’t find that pumpkin seed oil leaves any kind of green residue on my skin. In fact, I used to use it as a moisturiser and it never left my skin green. Also, I never use more than cotton disc with rosewater. It removes everything. For moisturising, I would recommend pumpkin seed oil, hemp seed oil, and sunflower seed oil. But my favorite of all times is rosehip oil – it heals any acne or scars beautifully. I use only 1 drop of any of these oils for moisturising. If I use more than one, I feel it too heavy and I get clogs, so it’s important not to overdo it. xx

      • Thanks for the prompt response Vita!

        I think the brand of pumpkin seed oil im using is different to yours. Perhaps they come in different colors because mine is very green, like the picture on this page: http://healthandenergyfoods.com/pumpkin-seed-oil-benefits so takes more wiping to get it all off my face.

        Do you think this is still okay? I think the brand you’ve linked to has a red-brown hue.

        • The one I use at home is also quite green, but I can’t see it on the skin. I always make sure I massage it in very well with damp hands, so it does get distributed very evenly. Perhaps that’s why I can’t see it. The cotton disc does come up green when I wipe the oil off my skin, but on the skin it’s invisible. xx

  25. Hi Vita – Thank you for your wonderful articles. I just came across your blog and am really interested in trying OCM. I’m curious to know what type of regiment you’d recommend for me.

    A bit about my skin: I have “normal” skin that is not sensitive or very oily. I have a lot of blackheads on my nose and, though I do not and never have had acne, I do get small breakouts (a couple small pimples on my neck, chin, cheeks) though they are not very obvious since they’re small (and I must admit usually come due to lack of sleep and/or poor diet).

    I currently wash my face and moisturize twice a day, as well as use an under eye cream twice a day. I will do a mask once in a while as well.

    What type of oil combination would you suggest I try? What type of daily/weekly regiment do you suggest I follow? What do you suggest I do to remove makeup, take care of breakouts and assist in keeping my skin moisturized daily?

    Thank you, I am really looking forward to trying a more natural approach!

    • Hi Devorah, I’m so glad you found my blog! Welcome! The best oils for a start would be pumpkin seed oil and sunflower seed oil. I just find that they are the safest and cause the least trouble. i’d omit castor oil because it’s not really that necessary and it does cause clogs to a lot of people. I would do the OCM once a week and then simply rinse the face with water on all the other days. You can also use a muslin cloth to wipe your face for more cleansing, but you’ll have to work out what kind of frequency your skin prefers. Mine, for example, likes it every second or third night, but if I try to do it daily, my skin starts to protest. Basically, try not to over-exfoliate. 🙂 For removing makeup, take a cotton disk, make it wet, squeeze out excess water, pour some oil on it and wipe all of your makeup off, then wipe with a muslin cloth and rinse. You can finish with a quick wipe with rosewater. For moisturizing, you can use one of the two oils I mentioned before or my favourite right now is rosehip oil. It’s awesome. For breakouts, you can add a drop or two of tea tree oil to the cotton disk soaked with rosewater and wipe your face with it in the evening. I find tea tree really helps with any breakouts. I wish you lots of luck with the natural approach and let me know if you need any more help! xx

      • Thank you so much, Vita! I am really looking forward to starting this regimen. Right before I found your site, I found this great face wash that has really cleared my skin and skin tone but I’m noticing it has also increased the lines on my forehead. I look forward to seeing what this does!

  26. Hi, i have been using the oil cleaning method twice daily every morning and at night for a week now. My skin feels wonderful but I want to switch to using the OCM to just once every night. I live in one of the world’s most polluted cities so I feel like dirt and grime will be all sticking to my face. Also, I do intense workout twice a day and I sweat like crazy, I would like to know if its ok to wash my face in the morning since its all sweaty and i need to rush for work with a herbal facial cleanser in the morning at least? i hope doing so will not confuse my skin please reply….waiting:)

    • Hi Zeniah, I personally only use water to rinse my face and it works brilliantly. You’d be surprised how much simple water takes off. But if you want to use a herbal cleanser, give it a try and watch your skin. It will let you know if it’s too much for it. xx

  27. Hi I started cleansing with a gentle cleanser and then moisturizing with hemp seed oil. I’ve been doing it for a week and since I’ve started, I’ve had about 7 white heads show up that are super hard to pop. Is this my skin purging? I’m starting to lose hope because my skin was relatively clear while using panoxyl. I wanted to use more natural products on my face so I decided to give this a try. What do you think?

    • Hi Jen, I’m so sorry about such a late reply. I’ve lost your comment somehow and I’ve just found it. How is your skin now? Has it got better? Going off Panoxyl cold turkey would definitely cause a protest at first. You’ll have to wait it out or slowly wean yourself off it. Another thing is the quantity of oil you’re using. You need to make sure you don’t use too much. I personally use 1-2 drops, no more than that or I get clogs as well. xx

  28. Hi there, so previously I used coconut oil on my skin to oil cleanse and while my skin responded very well there was still breakout, while still having beautiful soft glowy skin, it was odd. So i stopped for awhile. Amd when my past regime wasn’t working I found several blogs including yours recommending pumpkin seed oil for oil cleansing with acne. And using microfiber clothes so I did Amd my skin loved it so much for about 3 weeks and a couple breakouts. Then I was on antibiotics and probiotics after. During those skin was pretty good, now those are done and my skin has several breakouts, and it’s dryer than usual. So I had a few questions I thought I’d ask,
    1.) what do you think is wrong, could my oil have gone rancid because I don’t refrigerate? Or maybe some steam got in because I oil cleanses post shower?
    2.) moisturizer I use a drop of pumpkin seed, amd then I have this Ayurvedic blend that I adore but it’s more oleic oils which worked well for awhile. Idk. I guess I’m just looking for suggestions.
    3.) maybe I’m not washing my wash cloths well enough?
    * I guess it could be some lifestyle or hormonal thing, but when I first started it worked so well regardless.
    Id love to hear from you if you have any suggestions.

    • Hi Ally, my bet would be that it’s all due to the antibiotics you had to take or due to some kind of digestive issues. Skin problems always come from within. I don’t think your oil went rancid because it doesn’t need to be refrigerated. I kept mine in the bathroom and it was fine until I finished it It took me a few months. Could it be because you were moisturizing with too much oil? It’s very important not to overdo. For example, I use only 2 drops and that’s enough for both the face and neck/chest area. I always make sure my hands are wet, so it’s very easy to distribute the oil evenly. I don’t think washing face cloths obsessively makes a difference. I simply don’t buy into the whole antibacterial theory. Of course it’s important to change them let’s say once a week, like you would a normal towel, but not every single time you wash your face. Definitely look into your digestion, especially considering that you’ve taken a course of antibiotics. xx

  29. Hi vita, I came across your blog researching on OCM! I am almost 40 and have been dealing with acne since late 20’s. I got beautiful clear skin in years after my son was born 3 years back but after an year it got back to cystic acne that I dreaded always. I started the pill and skin was clear like never before. Now it’s almost 2 years that I have been on the pill and I desperately want to stop as I lean towards natural cure for all ailments especially acne. I started OCM with. Castor oil and coconut oil and after the 3rd day I started breaking out. I continued for another 2 days and the breakout spread further. Though I do feel my skin is softer but the cystic acne is red and painful. So I stopped the OCM for 2 days now and wondering what to do! I want it to work so much and I know that natural remedies work the best for me. I am Indian by origin and also started on my yoga and pranayama for overall health and well being. But I still need help with my skin issu. Should I continue with the OCM with a different oil? And also to mention I am using tea tree oil for by spots for the last 2 days and not any other chemical product. Please suggest what to do?

  30. Hi vita, I started the OCM with organic castor and coconut oil and after 3 days of calm all hell broke loose. A got a huge breakout and it has been going on since I did OCM for a total of 5 days and then stopped. I have been battling acne since 20’s and now Iwill be turning 40 next month. I have been on the pill for almost 2 years now and my skin was acne free completely. I seriously want to stop taking the pill now as I don’t want it to become a permanent habit. I naturally lean towards Ayurveda as I have seen it working. I am Indian by origin and live in north India.i really wanted this OCM to work but the cystic acne on my face right now has scared me . Could it be that the coconut oil didn’t work? Should I change the oil? Should I wait till this acne subsides and start all over again wi a different oil? Please enlighten. I do seem to need help. Thanks. P.S. I loved reading your blog.

    • Hi Anupam, I wouldn’t do the full OCM every day because it’s too stimulating and exfoliating if you do it daily. Try doing it once a week, at least at the beginning. You can also try the Indian version of the OCM, which is probably gentle enough to do every day. Massage warm oil in gently and then rub with some sort of flour, such as chickpea or rice flour. That’s a traditional Ayurvedic oil massage and it’s traditionally supposed to be done every day. Worth trying! It should also remove excess oil more effectively. Finally, what’s your Ayurvedic constitution? Coconut oil is great for Pitta, but not so much for Vata or Kapha. That might be the reason why it’s not working for you. Sunflower oil would be a more neutral oil suitable for pretty much everyone. xx

    • I think I already replied to you. 🙂 Just wait for a week or so until it all subsides a bit and then try again. xx

  31. Hi vita,
    I’ve been stuck reading your blog because how informative it is and love how you’re active and responsive. I’ve been experimenting with OCM for about a month on and off with different oils trying to find the right one for my acne oily prone skin. I started with castor and grapeseed and saw good results in the first few days then my face started getting pimples so I switched to jojoba and tried for about 3 days with castor and my skin didn’t like it so I just stopped using it. I read about hemp seed oil and pumpkin seed oil being great but hemp seed oil was the one I could find at my local store so I went with that, I’ve been expierencing breakouts and my skin is inflamed and bumpy after I do the OCM but I think that’s normal … My question is if I expierence purging with this hemp seed oil will it just pimples or I will have whiteheads as well??? How will I know if it’s purging or just my regular breakouts it’s so hard!

    • Hi Alondra, I don’t think that purging should make your breakouts than they normally are. You might get them in different places than usual and their type might be different from your usual type, but your skin shouldn’t really look worse overall. My guess is that you overdid it. Doing it too frequently is the most frequent cause of failure. I really don’t recommend using the OCM more than once a week. It is a deep cleansing treatment and should be treated as such. Daily use is really too stimulating. I think once your skin gets used to the oils, washcloth, etc. you can try to increase or decrease the frequency to suit your skin needs, but it’s definitely better to go really slow at the beginning or your skin will freak out. xx

      • Thank you for replying! And your suggestions are helpful! Now that I’m thinking about it… Maybe I was overdoing it, I was doing OCM every night because I thought my face needed the deep cleaning to get rid of all the dirt in my pores. But if I do it once a week should I keep cleaning with my regular cerave face wash and moisturize with hemp seed ? How long did it take you to see results? Did you ever expierence whiteheads and bumps? My skin has never been this inflamed and bumpy ever it’s so disappointing
        Hope you have a great thanksgiving btw (:

  32. I accidentally posted twice sorry! Haha

  33. Hi, Vita!
    I generally have dry skin. It’s usually fine in the summer and gets dry in the winter. My skin has never had breakouts before, but I like to cleanse my skin anyway. For the past few months, I’ve had a random breakout on both sides of my face (i think from maybe over exfoliating 🙁 The breakout isnt oily and there are no visible white pimples. It’s just red and looks quite deep. I tried the oil cleansing method for dry skin every day for a few days and noticed that it made it a lot worse. So I decided to stop and then try once a week but I see no difference. Sometimes it gets worse sometimes it seems like maybe its getting better. I don’t have any idea what to do. This breakout has been on my face for so long and doesnt seem to be getting any better…i mis my good skin. What do you think i should do?

    • Hi Yasmeen, if you don’t have any issues with oily skins and acne, I would simply leave your skin alone. Use very gentle and natural skincare products, rinse only with water when you don’t wear makeup, moisturize with oils, and your skin should heal. xx

  34. Dear Vita,

    I write to you after 3 months on the OCM with the instructions I found from your site. Actually, I got here a day I was totally wrecked over the state of my skin. I’m 27 and I’ve used from over the counter products, to Isotretinoin for a year a and half with no results. I’ve been on antibiotics for my acne 3 times in my lifetime, and it always comes back. This last breakout was horrific, was emotionally devastating and it got me a bit obsessed. I got here because I found an image that said “10 steps to stop acne from taking over your life”(Which was very helpful in that moment. Thank you) I decided to read the rest of your blog, and I ended up reading about your technique for the OCM. Right now, I’m very grateful to life that I got that OCM technique from here. At the beginning I was frightened to try it, but after a while I realized I had done everything I knew, and hardly it could get worse (it was a horrible breakout), I had nothing to lose . I did everything as you said. During the first month, no cleaning at all (I was on the Acne.org regime like a crazy… Using all those hard chemicals), and it got better. Against all my expectations, it got better, and then I understood the value of being gentle with myself, not only my skin, but myself as a whole person. Then I said, it’s time for the OCM. The first time I did it, I was so scared that after doing it, I washed my face with soap and water. But a week passed and my breakouts didn’t get worst… so I though “maybe oil isn´t helping, but is not hurting either”(Looking back, my fear was very irrational, I knew back then that the biggest cause of acne has nothing to do with oil, but inflammation, and that is an internal process.) The next time I did the OCM I washed my face with soap the third day . Finally the third time I did the OCM I left it, and a week passed by and my face was just good. I started to notice that as soon I finish my OCM method my skin looks beautiful. I ‘ve been taking pictures of my face once a week since my breakout started and I got crazy with Acne.org regime, So I can check what worked and what didn’t. The Major change that made that my skin started to get better, was going gluten free. But it was only after I tried the OCM that it did start looking good. Not only with less breakouts, but good, healthy. As I got more confident with OCM I started to check different methods from internet. And I’ve found that yours is the gentler. Probably if I had started with 30% of Castor Oil for my “oily skin” I would have renounce to OCM altogether, because probably it was to harsh for my fragile and over picked skin, but I found your site, and you personal experience where you found that gentler meant better. I only do OCM once a week, with 1 part of Castor Oil, and 5 parts of Olive oil (In my country I’ve only found those two oils being cold press and completely pure, without perfum or anything). When I wear make up, that I wear once a week too, I use a bit of Olive oil to clean my face if it is too heavy (I’m a dancer so once in a while a wear heavy heavy make up), if its just powder and soft stuff I use thermal water. I’m not much of a “commenter” but today I had to make an exception. I’m really really thankful for your patience sharing your routine, your mistakes, your history with us.

    Have a nice day :).

    Thank you, again,

    Ana Carolina

    • Hi Ana Carolina, thank you so much for your warming comment. It has literally made my evening! Stories likes yours are the reason why I do what I do. Every case of improvement means that it’s worth continuing! I wish I could shout from the rooftops about all of those harsh chemicals and over-exfoliation causing the majority of our skin issues and making lots of money for companies, but people would just think I’m mad. You have to be ready to hear this kind of information. I’m so happy that your skin is doing great now! Going gluten free has also improved my life, my skin, my teeth, and so many other things so much. Thanks so much for sharing your story! xx

  35. Hi!

    I am very oily and acne prone but I feel the acne face wash that I’ve used for almost 20 years is aging my skin. So I am going to try this!!!! However I’m nervous!!!! I know I should do this at night, but what should I wash with in the morning as I shower? I’ve always washed my dash at least twice a day if not more!!!
    Thank you so much!

  36. hello vita

    i am a 24 year old female and am suffering from breakouts. They are not too severe, just a couple in a few areas. However, i have been getting ALOT of tiny bumps mainly around my chin and forehead and i have NO IDEA what those bumps are. I am planning on starting the OCM with grapeseed oil and lavender essential oil (heard those were good for acne). Should i add in castor oil? My skin type is slightly dry. Any suggestions? THANK YOU!

    • Hi Suhanya, you can try to add some castor oil because that’s what traditionally is used for the OCM, but it’s also OK if you don’t. I personally haven’t used an castor oil for a couple of years and it works just as well if not better. If your skin is slightly dry, you might find grapeseed oil a little drying. If it happens, just add another oil that is a bit more nourishing. xx

      • hi thank you so much for replying! i have been doing the OCM for 3 days now (only at night before bed) and i see that my skin feels a little smoother and looks alot brighter and hydrated, but i have a couple of new pimples. Should i continue?

        • Doing the whole OCM every night might be too stimulating for the skin, so keep an eye on it. If it starts getting drier or overly oily, irritated, etc, you might be overdoing it. It’s also normal to get a little bit of purging during the first month as the oil pulls all the impurities out. However, the purging shouldn’t be more serious than your normal breakouts. xx

  37. I just started the OCM. Do I need to mix up a bottle of my oils or can I just put the desired amount of each oil in my palm when I wash. Also am I not suppose to do it every night? It feels so nice on my skin but from some of the comments I’ve read I’m now nervous doing every night maybe isn’t what I’m suppose to be doing. I have only started 4 days ago. Currently using castor, grape seed, and pumpkin oil.

    • Hi Caitlin, it really depends on what kind of skin you have. If it’s healthy and balanced, it won’t be overstimulatd or overexfoliated by doing the OCM every night. I personally do OCM ever night now but that’s because I’ve been using UCM for years and my skin is calm. If you have acne, irritated skin, peeling, etc. I would definitely ease into it slowly by doing it once or twice a week not to shock the skin too much. Then once your skin is totally OK with it for a month or two, you can start increasing the frequency gradually until you do it as often as you like. Hope this helps! You can either premix your selection of oils or you can mix it up in your palm every time. It’s really up to you. xx

  38. Hi Vita!

    I just stumbled upon your blog and it is wonderful! Thank you so much for all the great info on the oil cleansing method- it’s really helped clear up some lingering concerns I’ve had. I’ve had terrible skin since high school and have tried nearly every chemical product I could get my hands on. Finally, about 3 years ago, I switched to a paleo diet, and now I am on the AIP diet (avoiding nightshades in addition to grains and dairy). I love how the diet has made me feel (no more of those once daily stomach aches and haven’t been sick since I started paleo!)

    I’ve been using the oil cleansing method every evening for a few weeks now, but will be switching to only using it a few times a week in hopes of my skin balancing out. I’m currently using a blend of castor oil (15%), jojoba oil (30%), and hempseed oil (35%). I also use an oil mixture each evening after cleansing (jojoba, tanamu, with some frankincense and lavender essential oil). Though my skin is finally a bit less red, I am still seeing new breakouts consistently, and some stubborn “nodule-like” acne cysts don’t seem to be getting any better.

    Would you recommend simplifying the oils I am using? I might try just castor and hempseed oil (though I also have a bottle of pumpkin seed oil from my initial (failed) attempt at ocm a few years ago?). I’ve always thought that olive oil would be too oily/clogging for my sensitive skin. Also, what brand of mineral makeup do you use? I would love something that is easy to remove with just rosewater, as I feel the need to wear makeup at least every weekday to work.

    Thank you so much for your time- I really appreciate you sharing so much helpful and positive information and incite!

    • Hi Erika, I’m so glad you found my blog! Welcome! I think you missed something in your ratio of the oil cleansing mixture. If the percentages of jojoba oil and hempseed oil are right, then your castor oil is 35% and that’s way too high. I wouldn’t keep it over 15-20% or maybe would even try to omit it at all. Your moisturising oil mix sounds great. I think you should see your skin calming down if you scale down to once or twice a week. Once your skin feels comfortable, you can add another cleanse per week, and then another one, and then another, until you reach your desired numbers of cleanses, but don’t jump in too fast or your skin will freak out. For the sake of simplicity, you could even try to cleanse your skin with just one oil, let’s say hemp seed or pumpkin seed oil because then you would minimise any kind of reactions even more and if it doesn’t work, it will be much easier to pinpoint the culprit. My favorite mineral makeup brand used to be Lily Lolo. I’ve since moved on to 100% Pure products and I love them even more. Mineral makeup is very easy to remove though, even with just a warm washcloth and water, so I think it’s a great choice. Hope this helps! <3

  39. Hi I have been researching and most people are saying to just use pumpkin seed oil alone. I see you updated that this worked best… I’m wondering if you do the OCM or just the pumpkin seed oil? I have combination skin, acne prone

    • I do the OCM with a single oil nowadays and have done it for at least a couple of years this way. I used to use pumpkin seed oil. Now I use sesame seed oil. They both work great. I don’t think that castor oil is strictly necessary at all. xx

  40. Hi Vita,
    I am 40 YO and have suffered with problem skin since I was in 4th grade! I discovered the OCM about 5 years ago and have been using it since with some results, but not as much as I hoped for. Recently I have been doing further research to figure out what I need to adjust. I found your website and tried adding castor oil back into my routine + removed coconut oil. I was using Apricot Kernel + Castor until just recently when I ran out of the AK. (the ratio I was using was about 80 AK to 20 CO). 3 issues I continue to have are 1. My face hurts and is too dry. 2. I have what I call “spots”. They aren’t even pimples really. They are small sores that take forever to go away. I’m not covered in them, but have a good 15 or so at a time. 3. when I cleanse, I can massage forever and still have small plugs that continue to come out. This leads me to believe that something is clogging my pores or causing me to produce too much sebum. The plugs range in color from clearish, to grey, to even blueish!
    I am thinking I want to change things up by using a different carrier oil (from my research I’m leaning toward avocado), use less castor, and perhaps add one more healing oil in to either the cleansing oil or to use as a moisturizer. I currently use argan and like it, but haven’t seen much improvement, although it just makes it feel better when I apply.
    This is so much info, I’m sorry! Do you have any thoughts?

    • Hi Jill, I would omit castor oil completely. It’s unnecessary and aggravates a lot of people’s skin. I personally haven’t used it for more than two years (I’m going to film an updated version of my OCM video soon). Pick just one oil that you like or that you think would be good for your skin and stick to it for a while. Argan oil could be a good neutral choice, or sesame seed oil, sunflower seed oil, hempseed oil, etc. Avocado oil is very healing but also quite heavy and thick. Worth giving a shot, but bear in mind that it might be too heavy for your skin. I would try to add some neem oil to the carrier oil (something like 20-30%) because it’s antifungal and antibacterial. It might help you beat whatever it is that is bothering your skin. It helped my skin a lot when I needed it. Hope this helps. xx

      • Thx so much for your feedback! I will go ahead and take the castor oil out for now. Do you have any thoughts on how long to massage? I’ve definitely spent 20+ minutes and continue to have little grains come out of my pores. When I don’t oil cleanse for a few days my skin gets even bumpier. …the amount of sebum my skin seems to produce was what initially made me think I may need the castor oil again. One thing to note is that it hasn’t gotten any worse since using the castor, but only minldly smoother or less plugs. If I move to 1 oil for awhile, should I not do the avocado? What would be your top suggestion? I also have been trying to get organic, cold pressed, & unrefined of whatever I use – is this necessary/right? Argan for cleansing as the carrier oil is pretty expensive I think? Thanks again for your thoughts! It’s so kind of you to take the time to think on this and then respond for a total stranger!

        • I generally massage for just a couple of minutes, and then once a week I’ll do it for a bit longer, around 10 minutes. If you feel that castor oil was OK for you and was even helping, by all means keep it in the mixture. Avocado is great but it’s very nourishing. Some people find it too heavy and clogging. My top suggestions would be either sesame seed oil or sunflower seed oil. Yes, it’s best to get all the oils cold pressed, preferably organic. I agree, argan oil is expensive, that’s why I personally don’t use it for cleansing, only as a moisturiser. Hope this helps. xx

  41. stephanie says

    Hey Vita, I have been reading your blogs and I love them. I been doing the OCM for about two mouths now, and I find that its ok. my skin is combination but I feel I made it that made. All the bad products I was using on my skin. I have oily, clogged pores on my nose and chin. The rest of my face is dry with some flaking skin on my forehead. that’s why I’m going for more natural product, and plus they are really good for you. Since using the OCM I have not found that much of a change, but the oil on my nose and chin has cut back some. I read a blog of yours today, and find out the hazelnut could be drying. That could be why my forehead is still flaking, and I feel a little dry after the OCM. I been using 1part hazelnut and 4parts sunflower oil. Later tonight I’m going to give it a try with just the sunflower seed oil, and no hazelnut oil. I was going to try pumpkin seed oil, after reading the benefits it has to offer to your skin. I also see that you have been loving it too. do you think it will be good for my skin? I also was wondering, you had said in the mornings you don’t apply to much of anything but your rosewater . I wanted to know, do you apply SPF at all, cause I’m in the sun a lot. I would like to know if you know of any natural SPF that is not oily, or clog pores? I would also like to know what you thing about rosehip seed oil. I use it in the winter to dry areas only, it seems to work. If I do start using pumpkin seed oil, do you think I can mix that with rosehip oil in winter for an extra boost? What do you think?

    • Hi Stephanie, yes, definitely try sunflower oil alone and see if it makes it any better. Pumpkin seed oil is a great choice, too. I don’t use any SPF apart from oils that provide some natural sun protection. For example, at the moment I’m using argan oil and it has a little bit of sun protection. I don’t spend a lot of time in the sun, I make sure I develop a gradual tan, and I cover up if I need to stay out for longer. I know that 100% Pure sunscreens are very good if you’d like to try. I love rosehip oil, it’s amazing for softening the skin and for getting rid of any scars or dark spots. And sure, you can mix it with pumpkin seed oil. xx

  42. stephanie says

    Vita, Thank You for your blog. I would have stop the OCM if I had not come across it. Reading articles and blogs about this method trying to find which oils I would use. Hazelnut, and sunflower would be the pick. I never came across a blog saying Hazelnut was a drying oil. All the blogs I would read, not one person said say that. When I was reading the three oils you said to stay away from due to drying Tea Tree Oil, Grapeseed Oil, and then Hazelnut, OMG is what I said when I read that. I might be the only one that had a problem with it, cause people love it. I have stop using it, and my face is so much better, so Thank You. I’m still going to try Pumpkin oil to see how I like that. I see you are loving it, and I did read a lot of good things about it. I was going to look in to Mountain Rose Herbs, or LA Tourangelle, do you have any Pumpkin seed oil brand you like? I also asked you about SPF and you use Argan Oil. While two years ago I tried Josie Maran Argan Oil and hated it. This was the only one I did try so maybe it was the brand. It was so oily and greasy it did nothing for my skin, but clog my pores on my nose. I then was just using it on my very dry forehead I get in winter, but after two months it was still dry. Maybe my skin doesn’t agree with that oil, or maybe it was the brand, I really don’t know. I would like to use an all natural oil that has SPF benefits, I would even like to use it under my SPF moisturizer, or make-up for extra protection. What would be a good oil without all that oily, and greasy feel that you might know of, that I can try, because I’m really not sure what to use.

    • Hi Stephanie, glad my blogs have helped you out! I buy my pumpkin seed oil from a local health store, so it’s a local brand. As long as it’s organic, cold pressed and unrefined, the brand doesn’t really matter. Also, I buy it from the food section, which means I get much more for the same price. For natural sun protection, try raspberry seed oil. It’s very light and has the highest sun protection properties out of all the oils on the planet. Also, carrot seed oil is another good option. xx

  43. hello Vita. I started OCM and at first it was perfect i used only jamaican black castor oil then i started to mix it with grape seed oil. at some point i switched to rose hipseed oil because I couldn’t find the grape seed oil close to me. But them right now my skin is worse than it has ever been. about a few months ago when i do the OCM my skin always feels very soft afterwards but right now my skin still feels hard after OCM and my breakouts keep increasing especially around my chin and mouth area and my skin had a glow before which i have lost now. i didn’t need a lot of makeup to look good before but as of now i need a pile of makeup and i still fo not have that glow i use to have. my skin feels so dead. pls help if you can. im in a dilemm. i need my glow back and my skin back to normal (very few blemishes)

    • Hi Annie, I’m so sorry it took me so long to answer. I was on holiday travelling. The most common reason why people fail with OCM method is doing it too often for the first few months and essentially overstimulating the skin. So if you were doing it every day, that’ probably why. I wouldn’t do it more than once or twice a week for the first few months. Also I certainly wouldn’t use castor oil alone or in a high proportion compared to another oil. Grape seed oil is very drying and astringent, it could have dried your skin out too much. In general, I would suggest stopping OCM for a few weeks until your skin recovers and then trying it again but very slowly. You need to ease your skin into it very gradually. xx

  44. Please does this method work for cystic acne? if it does then what are the oils you recommend. my skin is use to be oily but im noticing alot of dryness on my entire face and my skin is soo dull. it has no life. what oil do you recommend to get rid of the dullness and keep my face very moisturised? i wanted to stop using soap butim just very scared of how my skin would react.

    • Hi again Anne, both castor oil and grapeseed oil are very drying. Also doing OCM every day can also dry out and overexfoliate your skin too much if you aren’t used to it. Great oils for OCM are pumpkin seed oil, sesame seed oil, sunflower seed oil, hempseed oil, safflower oil. However, for now you really need to leave your skin alone for a bit. If you continue trying to cleanse with oil while your skin is still very dry and irritated, it will just keep the irritation going. Just wait until it calms down and try again. It might take a few weeks (I know because I’ve been there myself a couple of times). xx

  45. Hi
    Love your article!
    I have lots of clogged pores / skin coloured bumps all over my face and just a few pimples every now and then.
    What do you recommend as I have tried everything =(
    Thank you. xo

    • I recomment the Oil Cleansing Method of course. 🙂 That’s what helped me with the clogged pores and bumpy skin more than anything. <3

      • Hi Vita

        I tried the Oil Cleansing Method and my skin seems very blotchy red / itchy in the morning. Do you have any idea what this may have been caused by?
        I applied Oil and Aloe afterwards also.
        I thought I may have applied to much hot water and maybe burnt my skin but other people suggest it might be a allergic reaction to one the oils?
        I have never been allergic to anything before so seem strange.
        Any suggest would help heaps =) I don’t want to give up just yet but scared to wash my face again tonight with it.

        • Hot water can be very irritating, yes. Also a reaction to one of the oils is also possible, that’s why I always say to start from just one in order to minimise the chance of reactions. Also, I wouldn’t recommend doing the OCM more than once or twice a week. xx

  46. Hi

    What about see buckthron oil is it helpful for acne

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