Since posting my How To Get Rid of Acne Series and the post about the Oil Cleansing Method, I’ve been getting a lot of questions from you, guys. Some of them have been asked repeatedly, so I figured that I should probably write a blogpost answering those questions for you.
I hope this will save you time and will prevent you from making mistakes, so that your journey to clear skin can be short and sweet!
So let’s get started!
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Question 1. Does the Oil Cleansing Method remove makeup or do I need to use a separate makeup remover before?
Trust me, the OCM is one of the most powerful makeup removers on Earth. It will even remove waterproof makeup. Just remember to skip essential oils if you’re planning to use it for removing eye makeup or simply use a separate oil for eyes (olive oil is great for that).
If for some reason you want to remove your makeup before using the Oil Cleansing Method (for example, if you don’t want your towel to get dirty from all that makeup), just wipe it off with some rose water and a cotton pad or add a few drops of your favourite oil to a damp cotton pad and wipe all your makeup off. Then use the OCM normally.
Check this blogpost if you want to read more about it.
Question 2. I started using the Oil Cleansing Method and my skin was looking pretty and moisturized, it felt comfortable. But a week later I started breaking out. Why?
Here’s what could be happening:
- At first your skin was loving the absence of all the chemicals and the introduction of nourishing oils. But later on, daily exfoliation started irritating it. From my experience, white bumps and cystic acne are the type of spots that signal over-exfoliation. If this is your case, try to use the OCM less often, perhaps once or twice a week.
- Are you using too much castor oil? Don’t go over 15-20% or you will dry out and irritate your skin. Does that sound like something you’ve been doing? Then reduce your castor oil ratio, and watch your skin recover.
- Are you using oils that are too drying? Stay away from hazelnut oil, tea tree oil and grapeseed oil. The latter oil is fine if used with a more nourishing oil, such as olive oil or avocado oil. But it’s definitely too drying on its own.
- Have you been using coconut oil? Some people react badly to it – some get seriously dehydrated skin from it (that’s me), and some get clogged pores. So stay away from it if you’ve been having issues with the OCM while using it.
Question 3. If I don’t use the OCM every night, how do I cleanse my face on other nights?
If you haven’t been wearing makeup that day, just rinse your face with water or wipe with rose water → this has been my favourite lately. Tap water is known to increase the skin’s pH for several hours after washing – that’s what causes the tight, dry feeling after washing. And, apparently, not only! The higher the pH of your skin is, the less resistant it is to drying, bacteria, infections, irritants, etc.
If you’ve been wearing makeup, just wet a cotton pad, squeeze it out, put a few drops of your favourite oil on it (mine is olive oil) and wipe all your makeup off. Then tone with rose water. If your makeup is more difficult to remove, you might also need to rinse with water before toning.
Find out what I use in my current skincare routine in this blogpost: My Natural Skincare Routine For Clear Skin In Hot Weather.
Question 4. Should I use any spot treatment with the Oil Cleansing Method?
The most popular natural spot treatment is pure tea tree oil. However, it can be really drying and irritating while your skin is raw and inflamed. The good news is that it’s really not necessary as most oils in the Oil Cleansing Method have anti-bacterial and healing properties anyway. If you focus on getting ALL of your skin healthy, rather than treating individual blemishes, you will achieve permanent healing.
So if you don’t want to worry about the spot coming back in a different place on your face ever again, focus on having healthy skin and not on individual spots. You’ll see that it works really well.
It’s also better for the health of your mind – it’s not the nicest and most positive experience in the world having to apply a spot treatment on every single spot, don’t you think?
So that’ll be it for Part 1. I hope you’ve found it helpful, and don’t forget to read Part 2. And if you have any questions about OCM or anything else in the meanwhile, don’t hesitate to comment below or drop me an e-mail!
Have you tried the Oil Cleansing Method yet? What are your favourite oils? And if you haven’t tried it yet, what’s your biggest fear that stops you from trying it? Let me know in the comments.