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How I Keep My Skin Clean and Soft with Oil Cleansing

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By Jessica Gray of HairGetsKinky.com

I’ve been using Mary Kay’s skincare system since I was about 13. My auntie was (and still is) a dedicated and accomplished Mary Kay consultant who put me on so many years ago. I used Velocity back then and now faithfully use the Botanicals line for sensitive skin (let me know if you need the hook-up on any Mary Kay products…seriously! lol).

Recently, I’ve been switching over to more and more natural methods for taking care of my health. I’ve learned to scare away headaches and cramps with tea and molasses (I promise to write a post on this). I can whip up amazing remedies for a sore throat. I just had the best allergy season ever without the help of any allergy meds. I am more conscious of my food choices.

My new venture involves getting amazing skin without much more than a few oils and butters. And so, I decided to give oil cleansing a try.

The Oil Cleansing Method: Also called OCM, cleanses and purifies the skin using a mixture of oils.

Here is the summary of how oil cleansing is done:
1. Create mixture of oils, usually including castor oil diluted with other lighter oils such as olive oil, sunflower seed oil or grapeseed oil.
2. Massage oils on to the face for 2–3 minutes.
3. Lightly steam face by covering it with warm washcloth to further remove any impurities from the skin.
4. Wipe off face with washcloth to remove excess oil.

Simple.

I will write a more detailed post about oil cleansing soon so I can share some tips that I’ve learned during my own experience. But I want to spend a little more time experimenting so I can truly speak from what I’ve seen myself and share what did and didn’t work for me. It’s still a little early for that since it’s only been five days. But my first impression? So far, so good.

I’ve been using Moroccan Method’s Euro Oil to start off my oil cleansing journey. It is designed for the hair and scalp, but is also recommended for the face and body. It doesn’t have a strong smell and it is a pretty light oil. I was afraid to start off with castor oil because it is so thick, even though you are supposed to dilute it with other oils.

Here’s a little info about the Euro Oil from Moroccan Method:

From the website:

Morrocco Method Euro Oil is a unique treatment that works to stimulate the sebaceous glands and restore the natural pH balance of the scalp. The pure oils enhancing this treatment are blended and bottled holistically to maximize its energy and natural vitality. It works to provide excellent protection and nourishment to stimulate, strengthen, and rejuvenate your hair and scalp!!!

Ingredients: 

So far my face has been really soft and smooth. Like out of the ordinary soft and smooth. I haven’t been noticing any of the usual pimples arising as it is the week before my cycle starts (TMI, I know) and this is when I see the most skin problems. My T‑zone has been pretty well-behaved so far and my drier patches of skin are well-moisturized. Some people have a short period where their skin kinda freaks out from being so deeply purified but I don’t see any signs of that going down for me yet. I really like how the MM Euro Oil works with my skin and last night I added a couple drops of castor oil to it just to introduce that oil into my oil cleansing regimen. I noticed a slight difference, but I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled for any major changes in my skin.

Some people prefer to moisturize their skin with a little oil after they cleanse it, but I honestly haven’t had to do so. My face stays moisturized throughout the night and I only have to wipe my face with a fresh washcloth when I get up in the morning.

I will definitely keep you all updated and write up a post summarizing my experience and throwing out some tips for those who want to try out oil cleansing as well!

Have you tried oil cleansing? How did it work for you? What were some changes you noticed in your skin? Did you keep up with oil cleansing or did you go back to your old facial care regimen?

Jessica Gray is the creator of HairGetsKinky.com, a blog dedicated to untangling the kinks of hair, beauty and life. 

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momofIV
momofIV
7 years ago

Looks interesting…I’ll give it a try.

NaturalV
7 years ago

Am a bit curious,do you use a fresh(new) wash cloth for each wash.

Djanira
Djanira
7 years ago
Reply to  NaturalV

I came across this method on heyfran and she says to use a new cloth each time

Djanira
Djanira
7 years ago
Reply to  NaturalV

Just finished reading the article in it’s entirety and it appears the author uses a fresh wash cloth also

Lula
Lula
7 years ago

This sounds interesting. Has anyone with acne tried it before and how did the results turn out? I’ve gotten a lot of tips from the comment section on here which has helped a lot. Great article.

Jessica
Jessica
7 years ago
Reply to  Lula

I have acne prone skin and it wasn’t a good match for me… It DID help make my skin tone a bit more even from past acne scarring, but about two weeks in, I started to break out with deep cystic bumps. I will say though, that I have heard rave reviews on the system from other folks with acne, which is why I had such high hopes :-(… Just like no two heads of hair are the same.…. I don’t know if I am fooling myself by thinking that just because it is from The Body Shop it is more… Read more »

sandy
sandy
7 years ago
Reply to  Jessica

I have mild acne and it did not work for me. It gave me nothing but pimples.

Kelli
Kelli
7 years ago
Reply to  sandy

When I first started, i broke out slightly but after more research, I learned that it purges your skin first and then it should clear up. I stuck with it for about 2 weeks after and I havent looked back

Savannah
7 years ago
Reply to  sandy

How long did you try the OCM after the breakout?
Most people will experience one, but it should clear up quickly. It’s just a sign that your skin is releasing impurities. I starting using the method in June, and at first I had some pimples. Now, my skin is softer and clearer than it has been since I was a lot younger!

I’m a teenager with my t‑zone area being oily and my whole face is sensitive if that helps any.
I hope you try it again! Good luck

bbelle
7 years ago
Reply to  Lula

I have acne prone skin as well. It worked well for me. You have to be careful with the oils you pick and the ratio of castor oil vs lighter oils. I used castor, jojoba and tea tree oils. I stayed away from olive oil.

Jessica
Jessica
7 years ago
Reply to  bbelle

I used the same oils, but my ratios might have been off… It was just too much trial and error and my skin was looking crazy! I aborted the mission lol

Antoinette
Antoinette
7 years ago
Reply to  Jessica

I got more pimples and inflammation from the oil cleansing method. I’m using Manuka honey to cleanse my face now, and it’s wonderful.

Jane
Jane
7 years ago
Reply to  Lula

Kind of long but I’ve done a few months of experimenting with different natural regimens for oily/combo skin. Since I was a teen–I’m 25 now–I have had an oily t‑zone and acne but they’re very small bumps and now seem to be more bacteria-induced instead of hormone induced. They are not cystic or big pustules which can be a little bit more stubborn. What acne medications are you using now, if any? If you are using something like over-the-counter or prescription benzoyl peroxide (which basically kills all of the bacteria on your skin, clearing it up well but making it… Read more »

Jane
Jane
7 years ago
Reply to  Jane

When I did the OCM my main base was grapeseed oil. It’s lighter and not as pore-clogging as some of the heavier oils which are better for major softness, like Castor or Olive.

Brigitte
Brigitte
7 years ago
Reply to  Jane

Oops! I meant to like Jane’s post coz i found it useful but accidentally did the opposite.Great and useful info, thanx!

bsbfankaren
bsbfankaren
7 years ago
Reply to  Lula

I have acne that has gotten worse with age. The OCM worked wonders for my acne, and I wish I had used it years previously. Sweet Almond Oil is my oil of choice, and it works well to remove eye make up! If you have acne, give it a try, but understand you might have to try different oils to see which one or combination works best for you. HeyFranHey was the vlogger who got me interested. Watch her videos.

Jordan
Jordan
7 years ago

I started oil washing about a year ago & never looked back. With the exception of black soap I threw the rest of my facial products out. I only use black soap to remove stubborn makeup or if I’ve touched my face too much. I never had “bad” skin of even acne but the amount of pimples I have has almost all but gone away and so has any dryness.

Zoopath
Zoopath
7 years ago

I have acne and eczema. I tried oil cleansing for a month if not longer but it didn’t work for me. Clarisonic didn’t work either. The only thing that keeps things under control is getting a serious facial peel every 3 months and using glytone products. Now I just need to find a use for all this left over castor oil because my hair certainly doesn’t like it.

VJ
VJ
7 years ago

I’ve been using the OCM for a few months now. Like you I was a die hard Mary Kay fan- from Velocity to Botanicals. I love it still and would gladly recommend it to anyone who doesn’t want to go to a dermatologist. But, the OCM has worked well for me. I’ve been working on getting my forehead clear again- I think it broke out due to my braids. I also do a bentonite clay mask once a week. I just water and clay for my mix- I like to keep it simply. So far so good.

Crist
Crist
7 years ago

heyfranhey made a video about oil cleansing that i watched and was interested in.…fast forward months later and i’m all out of my shea moisture black soap bar that i was using to wash my face so i decided to do an oil cleanse. I have acne prone skin that is oily but my nose is dry and flaky :/ and i have to say i was impressed with how CLEAN and SOFT my skin felt! My skin is not very smooth so that part was really impressive. I’ve been doing if for maybe 5 days now and its pretty… Read more »

AnonSince87
AnonSince87
7 years ago

I’ve tried oil cleansing. I’ve seen no difference in results between this method and regular ol’ face washes (as well as black soap). Granted, I haven’t tried it for months straight, but I don’t think it’ll do anything different for me.

The biggest problems for me are black marks left over from spots and slightly large pores. Luckily neither is that bad, but I’m thinking of trying microdermabrasion. Anyone tried it?

Ashley
Ashley
7 years ago

Hey everyone, I stareted using oil cleansing 6 days ago and the results are good. However I’m going to stick in there and do it for a full 30 days (because the skin on your face recycles itself every 30 days, which I’ve learned from my dermatologist and by doing my own research) to put it to its true test. Overall my skin is sooooo sensitive especially during summer. I do not have cystic acne however I tend to get these little. Bumps that look similar to a rash mostly on my cheeks, bridge of my forehead and a little… Read more »

AshleyF
AshleyF
7 years ago

I’ve been trying the Oil Cleansing Method for 2 weeks now and I have definitely noticed a difference in my skin. I love how my skin doesn’t feel stripped like when using other cleansing systems. After watching a video by HeyFranHey I decided to only use sweet almond oil and my stubborn blackheads are finally disappearing! Hopefully this will be a staple for me and save me tons of cash! Good Luck!

D.P.
D.P.
7 years ago

I love using oil on my face! I buy plain grape seed oil from Wal-Mart, apply it to my face with a cotton ball, wipe off the excess with the other side of the cotton ball and then go to bed. My breakouts are almost non existent since starting this method. Great article.

Glucose
Glucose
7 years ago

This is great! I would love to read more about your oil cleansing experience. Maybe in your next post you can tell us more about your skin type/how it behaves? I have very sensitive skin that reacts poorly to most things initially. I’m 24 and have been struggling with hormonal breakouts since high school… So far, oil cleansing is the only thing I haven’t tried yet~

D.P.
D.P.
7 years ago
Reply to  Glucose

I use to be in your shoes! I am 25 and my face would breakout like WHOA especially during that time of the month. Then I would spend a week trying to clear it up, finally get it all clear, have clear skin for a week and then have to start all over again because of my cycle! Grapeseed oil basically stopped the routine entirely. I highly recommend it.

Glucose
Glucose
7 years ago
Reply to  D.P.

Thank you! I’ll definitely try Grapeseed oil~! Would you say you use the same routine (massage oil in, steam, wipe) as the author?

D.P.
D.P.
7 years ago
Reply to  Glucose

I don’t do the washcloth part. Here is my regimen. 1. I shower and my pores are mostly open and my face is clean from using whatever face wash I used on it in the shower (just some type of clearasil) 2. I take a cotton ball and I dip oil on it and I rub it on my forehead, nose, cheeks and chin. Then I use my fingers and sort of massage it in so that is gets on my whole face. 3. I do my other after shower things (coconut oil on skin, brush my teeth, oil my hair) 4.… Read more »

Jessica
Jessica
7 years ago
Reply to  D.P.

Oh! So you use the oil as kind of a toner? That isn’t quite the OCM that I researched… I have the same exact problem with my skin- clear for a week, break out bc of my cycle, clear it up- break out again.… Maybe I will give your method of using oil a whirl

Glucose
Glucose
7 years ago
Reply to  D.P.

Thanks so much! It does make sense to just do it in the shower when your pores are already open from the steam~ I have to try this asap~!

Deb
Deb
7 years ago

tried this and my skin got revenge on me. glad it works so well for others but never again for me! If you are getting cystic acne that is not going away do not fall for the “don’t worry your skin is only purging line”! If you do just make sure you already have true and true methods for getting rid of acne.

Deb
Deb
7 years ago
Reply to  Deb

I’m typing from my phone so please excuse all the typos and misplaced words.

Shynea
Shynea
7 years ago

I’ve been trying the OCM for a little over two weeks (with a few days missed here and there) and I think it’s definitely improving the health of my skin! I learned this method from HeyFranHey as many of you have and have found that my outbreak of pimples has greatly decreased. My skin isn’t bad to start but at times of stress I tend to break out more. I’ve been using Trader Joe’s organic grapeseed oil twice a day. I’ll definitely keep this routine to improve my skin!

Sharla
Sharla
7 years ago

I’ve been washing my face with coconut oil for a while now, I add baking soda 3x’s a week to get a really deep clean. I’ve seen tremendous improvement in my skin. I see many people use grapeseed oil, I might give that a try.

Rae
Rae
7 years ago

I have started the OCM, but I switched to doing it at night mostly and exfoliating in the morning before moisturizing and applying sunscreen. Sunscreen is important ladies, even for us, all year round. Don’t underestimate the power of the sun despite how much melanin you have. We may have more protection naturally, but it isn’t total protection.

Kimp
Kimp
7 years ago

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hmm
hmm
7 years ago

Tried this and broke out like CRAZYYYY. It’s just not for me. Don’t use coconut oil, it was the cause. I’d also caution against castor oil, I definitely wouldnt want to grow a ‘stache while trying to get rid of acne.

Alta Angel
Alta Angel
7 years ago

I have tried this with Jojoba and Castor oil, but it caused my pores to clog and break out something fierce. As others have said, maybe my ratios were off, but I will not be experimenting further! I have been using Shea Moisture’s Acne kit with great results. I use their moisturizer similarly to the oil cleansing method in one respect. I apply the moisturizer with a cotton ball and then remove it in the shower. The moisturizer has a lot of great oils, but I won’t take any chances leaving it on overnight. I still use good old fashioned… Read more »

the mane captain
7 years ago

I have been doing the OCM method for a while now, and I have to say that I LOVE the results. You might experience breakouts when you first introduce your skin to the oils, but it’s important you keep with it, and your skin will eventually get used to it. Also, you might need to choose your oils wisely and use them in appropriate proportion as you could be allergic to certain types of oils. I also wrote about the OCM on my blog and listed some of its benefits as well as scientific reasons why soaps and other synthetic cleansers… Read more »

bsbfankaren
bsbfankaren
7 years ago

Mixing oils is not a requirement, and do be careful with Castor oil. It is very drying, and should be kept away from the eye area. I was an OCM devotee for two years before I stopped seeing the results I wanted and switched to an all natural product line for my skin care. The OCM worked wonders on my acne. In fact, it did so well I wish I had known about it years ago as I could have avoided all the scarring I’ve experienced. My favorite oil is sweet almond oil, but I also used grape seed oil… Read more »

Katee
Katee
7 years ago

I love using morrocco method. I have been using them since 2009. I like that not so much has changed with their products and they keep it 100% pure with natural raw ingredients.

Tiffany
Tiffany
7 years ago

I have been using OCM for a little over a year now and I love it! I have always struggled with oily acne prone skin, and my skin’s condition has improved so much since I stopped using store bought cleansers. I use a mixture of castor and grapeseed oil with a few drops of tea tree and lavender essential oil. I will say that in my first month of oil cleansing my skin broke out terribly! But that was just my skin adjusting and purging out all the junk that my old cleansers were not getting rid of. By week… Read more »

noreen
noreen
7 years ago

I have very dry skin,so I would love to start using these oil

bsbfankaren
bsbfankaren
7 years ago
Reply to  noreen

There are many YouTube video’s on the subject. My favorite to watch is HeyFranHey. She was the one that lead me to give the OCM a try!

Ahuva
Ahuva
6 years ago

I’ve tried it and it hasn’t worked for me personally. But I have noticed if I cleanse my face with oil before washing it with a gentle cleanser it keeps all my acne away like a charm. But just the oil alone doesn’t do much for skin except keep it nice and soft.

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