Oil Cleansing Method for Naturally Perfect Skin

Oil Cleansing- the most effective way to naturally cleanse and nourish skin

I’ve posted many natural living and natural beauty ideas before, and this is one of the most simple and effective natural beauty tips I’ve ever found.

I admit, I was skeptical before I first tried this oil cleansing method, since my skin is naturally oily and I wasn’t sure it would work for me. I had also had very acne prone skin when I was younger, and was afraid that a method like this would bring back the acne… I was wrong!

What is Oil Cleansing?

Though it sounds somewhat crazy at first, the idea of using natural oils to cleanse the skin gently actually makes a lot of sense. The basic idea of oil cleansing is to use natural oils in specific combination to cleanse the skin and naturally balance the skin’s natural oils. This produces much more nourished and moisturized skin that traditional soap and detergent based facial cleaners. As the website dedicated to the oil cleansing method explains:

“The basic concept of this skin care and cleansing method is that the oil used to massage your skin will dissolve the oil that has hardened with impurities and found itself stuck in your pores. The steam will open your pores, allowing the oil to be easily removed. Should you need it, the smallest drop of the same oil formula patted over damp skin will provide the necessary lubrication to keep your skin from over-compensating in oil production.”

Even Acne.org explains the benefits of oil cleansing:

Fact: Oil dissolves oil. One of the most basic principals of chemistry is that “like dissolves like.” The best way to dissolve a non-polar solvent like sebum/oil, is by using another non-polar solvent similar in composition: Other oils. By using the right oils, you can cleanse your pores of dirt and bacteria naturally, gently and effectively, while replacing the dirty oil with beneficial ones extracted from natural botanicals, vegetables and fruit that heal, protect and nourish your skin. When done properly and consistently, the OCM can clear the skin from issues like oily skin, dry skin, sensitive skin, blackheads, whiteheads and other problems caused by mild to moderate acne–while leaving your skin healthy, balanced and properly moisturized.

But Does It Work?

This is the part I’m most excited to share! Even in third trimester of pregnancy, when my skin usually goes a little hormone-crazy, I have ZERO breakouts, red pots, or splotches! For the past two months, I’ve been using only oil cleansing (and occasionally, a plain antibacterial microfiber cloth to remove makeup if I don’t need to completely cleanse skin again).

When I first started using Oil Cleansing, I had an adjustment period where my skin got worse for about a week. Most resources I’ve seen suggest that this is a detox reaction as impurities are pulled from the skin, and this is definitely what it seemed to be for me. After that, my skin gradually improved and by 3-4 weeks of using only oil cleansing, I had no excess oil, no dry skin, and no blackheads…

I cringe when I think of the dozens of chemical laden products I used, especially in high school, to try to keep my acne under control! The skin care industry is a multi-billion dollar industry, and it seems that the best solution is one of the most simple, inexpensive, and easy!

I asked several friends and family members who now use the oil cleansing method how it has worked for them, and they seemed to have the same results. Some even noted that the combination of  oil cleansing and taking Gelatin daily has been the best anti-aging treatment they’ve discovered!

Oil Cleansing Ingredients

Want to try Oil Cleansing and see the results for yourself? All you need are a couple of natural oils and a clean wash cloth!

The most common oils used are Castor Oil and Olive Oil, though any natural oil can be used. Castor Oil is naturally astringent, so it helps pull impurities from the skin, making it ideal for oily or combination skin (and even dry skin in lesser amounts). Castor oil should never be used undiluted on the skin, and I always add at least twice the amount of other oil as Castor Oil when making an oil blend.

There is some controversy over the growing practices for Castor Oil (the harvesting and manufacturing exposes workers to a compound that can be toxic, but it is removed in processing), so many people choose to avoid this oil. The finished castor oil is not toxic, so there is no concern there, but for those who don’t want to use it due to its un-sustainable growing practices, hazelnut oil works wonderfully in its place.

My favorite other oil to use is Olive Oil, though sunflower, safflower, or even coconut oils work great.

If you’d rather not order big quantities of all of these oils to make your own, I highly recommend this handmade blend that smells divine and works really well for oil cleansing.

Oil Cleansing Instructions

If you are new to oil cleansing, it may take a couple of tries to figure out what blend of oils works best for you. Personally, I use a mix that is 3/4 olive oil and 1/4 castor or hazelnut oil and it is perfect for my skin. Other articles I’ve seen and friends who also use the method recommend these ratios:

  • Oily Skin: 1/3 Castor Oil or Hazelnut Oil and 2/3 Olive, Sunflower or other oil
  • Combination Skin: 1/4 Castor or Hazelnut Oil and 3/4 Olive, Sunflower or other oil
  • Dry Skin: All nourishing oils like olive oil, or a very small amount of Castor/Hazelnut Oil added to the nourishing oils.

To find out the best blend for you, I recommend starting with the suggested amounts above for your skin type and adjusting if needed. When I started, I mixed up very small batches (1 teaspoon castor oil to 2 teaspoons olive oil, etc) until I figured out the right blend for me.

I’ve also found that even pure coconut oil works great once skin has adjusted, though it can be drying on some skin types. One friend uses a half and half mix of coconut oil and olive oil that she blends in a blender to create a cream, and this works perfectly for her.

To Wash Face With Oil Cleansing

  1. In the shower or at the bathroom sink, pour about a quarter size amount of the oil blend into your hand and massage into the skin on your face (don’t wet skin first). Use smooth circular strokes and let this also be a gentle facial massage. Massage for at least a minute (two minutes is better) or until you are sure that the oil has saturated your skin. This will also remove make-up very effectively, so there is no need to remove make-up first. You can even leave the oil on the skin for up to 10 minutes to really deep clean pores.
  2. Place a clean washcloth under very hot tap water (or shower water) until it is completely soaked and quickly wring it out. Open it and place over your face. This will create steam against the skin to remove the oils and any impurities in the skin. Leave the wash cloth on for about a minute, or until it cools. Repeat if needed with the other side of the washcloth and then use the corners of the washcloth to gently remove any remaining oil. There will still be a thin layer of oil on the skin and this is beneficial.
  3. Typically, no moisturizer is needed after the adjustment period, but if you still have dry skin, try reducing the amount of astringent oil and using a tiny bit of homemade organic lotion to moisturize skin.

Notes on the Oil Cleansing Method

  • It is normal for it to take a week or so for skin to adjust, and you may even see more oily skin or more breakouts during this time as impurities leave the skin. If you can, resist the urge to use harsh soaps or facial cleansers during this time, as it will make the adjustment period take longer.
  • You will likely have to experiment some to find your perfect ratio.
  • If you do this in the shower, make sure to clean your shower floor regularly so it doesn’t get slippery!

Have you ever tried oil cleansing? Did it work for you? What oils and ratios did you use? Share below!

The Oil Cleansing Method uses natural oils like castor oil, coconut oil and olive oil and is incredible for naturally cleansing and moisturizing the skin.

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  1. My mom uses coconut oil every day on her skin. She is almost 60 and I think it has smoothed her skin a lot!

    • I have been using this for the last few months and love the results.. i use olive oil only at night, although i am getting into the coconut oil now and may incorporate that into the mix..i also wash my face in raw honey in the morning. Between the two regimes my skin looks great. I am 63 yrs old and have been told i dont look it

      • washing your face with honey? What do you use and how do you do it? Thanks for your help

        • Honey is fantastic, you can use it just like you would a face wash. I used it for a while and it did wonders for my skin. Unfortunately I have sensitive skin, so I had to stop the method after my face decided it’d add honey to the list of things that make it red and irritated. I think that’s an uncommon result though and otherwise it is a fantastic cleanser, moisturizer, and antibiotic for your skin. My skin was gorgeous while I could use it.

          • You can dilute honey with a little water.
            Mixing honey with egg yolk or plain whole milk yoghurt as a mask also does wonders to a skin.
            Try it this way.

        • I just use bout a spoonful of honey, let it warm up in my hands and use it as a scrub on my face. I have sporadic bouts of serious breakouts, usually when my stress/anxiety levels get worse than usual (I’ve been recently diagnosed with PTSD and have had severe anxiety since I was about 12) and it works wonderfully. I don’t do it daily since good honey is pretty expensive, but I’ve been doing it about every two weeks and it’s great.

          You can even leave it on for a bit as a face mask and seriously, it’s fantastic (plus as long as you like honey, it smells awesome and isn’t gross to get in your mouth). If you’re feeling really fancy, mix a little bit of cinnamon in too and it’s even better.

        • Honey is great to use daily as a face wash or mask. For exfoliation, add baking soda. For brightening the skin, add lemon juice. Skin feels so soft afterwards.

      • I’ve been using OCM for about 18 days now. Im using a mixture of castor and olive oil. I can see changes unto my face but since my 1st week up until now Im still experiencing Cystic acnes on my face. I feeling troubled by this and wondering if you can give me some advice. Thanks!

        • I’ve heard great things about using baking soda on cystic acne. I too suffer from it and using a mixture of honey, baking soda and cinnamon has really helped. I’ve just start the OCM, so we shall see if I have the same results.

          • I’ll try to use that method and I hope for some changes. Thank you very much! 🙂

          • whoa whoa whoa stop right there!!! i know you’re trying to help but DONT PUT BAKING SODA ANYWHERE NEAR YOUR FACE

          • Well I’ve been using baking soda mixed with coconut oil for my face for a year now and works wonderfully. It cleared my teenagers kids acne too; It was not cystic acne though. Before doing this my face skin used to break out regularly; it doesn’t anymore, unless I stop doing it. Once I restart using it, it dries the ones I got in a day. I feel this mix exfoliates, cleanses and nurtures my skin really well.
            Ps I’m saving a fortune in proactive lol,, no more proactive for me or my kids lol
            Want to try a recipes with magnesium and one with turmeric. Just to give different nutrients to my skin ?

          • Kara, your mixture makes sense as the baking soda reduces the pH of the skin, honey is an antibacterial, and cinnamon supplies iodine which our immune systems need. Thank you for sharing your cleansing mixture.

          • Baking soda is HIGHLY alkaline, so it actually raises the pH of the skin. Skin is meant to be slightly acidic to function properly, so using baking soda actually will damage your skin’s barrier over time. What’s the point in avoiding harsh soaps (also alkaline, usually less so than baking soda) if you are going to use something else that disrupts the pH and barrier function of your skin?

          • How much of each please? Honey, baking soda, cinnamon?

          • What ratio do you use of each ingredient?

          • I used to have cystic acne. It was years ago, so I didn’t know all the stuff I know now. The only thing that cleared it up was a Fango mud mask (by Borghese – an Italian skincare line – highly fragrant for me now, but I’d still try it again if I got cystic acne again).
            My friend sold the stuff but what she said made sense – I needed something *different* to get in and draw out impurities and essentially break the bacteria cycle. So with that in mind, I’d try honey – Trader Joe’s sells Manuka honey with a 10+ rating which I believe has to do with the therapeutic level of the antibiotic function of the honey. Research it, as I’m not a doctor or scientist myself. Just an avid researcher who has been researching natural remedies for decades and since being pregnant with my now 2.5 year old, I went completely au naturel…I’d try the honey first, then if no results, I’d be inclined to use colloidal silver spray and gently rub a small amount of Himalayan salt on infected areas (but being careful of open sites to test for stinging) and rinse. Then I’d use Medicine Mama’s Bee Magic really gently all over. It has propolis and honey in it too. Just some ideas!! I know how hard it is to deal with cystic acne – I barely left home back then and never without sunglasses and a hat. ? But Fango did work.

          • I used to use baking soda (rinse face with hot water, make a baking soda paste and gently scrub esp around the nose and chin where most blackheads are, then tone with witch hazel and moisturize with coconut oil) nowadays my routine is much more sophisticated and I make a facial scrub with equal parts honey and coconut oil and then filled to the top of my jar with celtic sea salt. Requires no heat or anything, just pour honey over the oil and mix with a hand mixer until light and fluffy. Then mix in the salt until incorporated. When I use it early in the day I have to follow with a gentle cleanser so I dont look so greasy, but at night I usually just leave it to absorb.

        • Be careful of what you put on your skin if you have acne, you really want to use non comedogenic oils and absolutely use a good exfoliant. I’m currently playing with fractionated coconut oil, eucalyptus & tea tree essential oils mixed as a face wash. (all from The Vitamin Shoppe.) A mix of apple cider vinegar & distilled water as a toner… I also have a grape seed carrier oil that I mix my sea buckthorn, rose hips, and other oils in & I use that under my spf moisturizer. Really the most important thing that keeps my acne at bay (along with a healthy diet) is using a super fine grit exfoliant 2-3 times a week. & if you can find a great esthetician a good salicylic, mandelic, or lactic peel would be very helpful as well.
          I’ve found that hormones are the biggest culprit when it comes to acne, diets high in carbs and sugar can cause hormonal imbalances as well as stress& other factors. Then excess sebum is produced which then gets trapped in the follicles bc of built up dead skin cells or follicle clogging products.
          I seriously hope you find the balance that your skin deserves, acne is a big pain in the rear end… My struggle with acne is what drove me to become an esthetician.

          • Hi. I’m going to start using this method and am thinking of adding rosehip seed oil to the almond oil/castor oil mixture. Do you have any thoughts on this? I’m just trying to make a wise, informed decision.

          • May I ask what kind if super fine grit exfoliater you use ?
            I am looking for a goo one but am not sure how they will do for me.

          • i would really use some help right now. I agree with the diet part. High in carbs diet and sugar does increase hormonal imbalance. Im workin on the diet. however my skin is no where close to recovering. since last two days I got a really bad reaction on my face and neck. small bumps and dot size cysts around mouth and jaw line. I think its the outer peace cleanser that I bought last week. since then I have been noticing this reaction but it got worse today.

            my skin can be very oily and very dry if I don’t moisturize. but after an hour or two my skin gets oily and itchy no matter what. I think I would say that my skin is oily, sensitive, dry (only when I don’t moisturize or use wrong products), breaks out all the time with cysts and hormonal acne around jaw line and mouth, and itchy. I dont know which oils to use and if it gets worse, please tell me a reason why and how I can start this without damaging my skin more.
            can I use oil cleansing both day and night. and can it be used to take makeup off. if yes then do I need to double cleanse?


        • I had similar trouble. Week 1 wasn’t bad at all but then my pores started clogging and I got big blockages that turned into big, firm, cyst-looking lumps. I really wanted the ocm to work. I found other sites that mentioned that olive oil can be comedgenic (clog pores). I switched to a mix of castor and grape seed oils and my skin is becoming clearer and clearer. I use my Clarisonic Mia 2x/wk (in shower) with the ocm too and I think that’s helped. Good luck!

        • Olive oil is not good for acne prone skin from what I have read. Try switching to another oil. Almost any other would probably be better. Everyone’s skin is different????

          • Yep – I’ve heard low comegenic oils are Hemp seed and Argan oil…. They have a rating of 0, compared to Olive which has a rating of 2 or Coconut Oil, which has a rating of 4! The higher the number, the more likely the oil will block pores. Everyone’s skin is different. Guess you have try variations to find out what works.

        • I struggle with acne and oil cleansing has helped a ton – I use castor oil with tea tree oil (just a little mixed in). Peppermint oil is also great for that.

        • I had bad cystic acne around my chin and jaw line up until two months ago. How did I get it to stop, you may ask? I quit ALL dairy. Apparently dairy is a huge culprit in hormonal cystic acne. I never would have believed it had I not seen it for myself. Please try this if you have not already! Cystic acne is so painful and damaging and I wouldn’t wish it on anyone 🙁 If you do decide to try quitting dairy, remember not to have milk chocolate or “non dairy” creamers either, they say on the bottle that they DO contain milk products and I have had issues with them! I think that natural skin care (example, water only washing or raw honey washing) in conjunction with dietary changes are the ONLY thing that has saved my face! PLEASE try it!

          • I also suffered with cystic acne and its painful and very damaging, yes!! im 31 and still fight with acne. I love dairy, so do you think maybe trying lactose free products might help instead of cutting it out all together??

          • Very true, when I stop consuming dairy products I don’t get breakouts.

          • Dairy ruined me too! I have avoided Dairy for 10 years now – very rare, VERY rare is it that I get a whitehead! So grateful to be dairy-free and there are so many options now a day (brands like Enjoy Life, some Amy’s products, etc) that make it easy, fun & inflammation-free!

        • I have had issues with cystic acne over the last five years. I have also had some digestion issues at the same time. I had to cut gluten from diet as a result of the digestion issues. With the reduction of gluten in my diet, my cystic acne problem been greatly reduced. There are several articles out there, that talk about cystic acne in relation to gluten.

          • I had cystic acne from puberty on. It got much worse in my 30’s with young children eating more cheese. Finally figured out dairy was the culprit.( Dairy never gave me digestive issues, it was not Lactose it was Whey) I am now in my mid 50s and my skin is better than ever. We own a Health Store and anyone who chooses to eliminate food and figure out their own triggers have great results. Each person may have a different food their body is not able to digest. When the natural elimination channels cannot detox, it goes to the skin. Good luck

          • I am 46 and just recently both dairy free and gluten free and changed over to a clean eating lifestyle. I believe this is truly improving my cystic acne. I can not believe after 26 years of adult acne not one dermatologist recommend dietary changes and if they did the certainly did not emphasize the importance of non dairy diet. I have spent thousands in the name of clear skin. Now that I have changed my diet I am looking into oil cleansing vs cleansing with acv. Oh the money I will save !
            I recommend also reading about leaky gut syndrome and its affects on skin as well as caffeine.
            Caffeine,sugar and dairy are probably the three worst things for acne prone skin n

        • I get cystic acne from B vitamins. If you’re taking some that could be it. It doesn’t happen for everyone but I was surprised to find out how common it actually is. I kept complaining about the endless and painful cysts along my jaw and hairline when my sister asked if I was taking B vitamins. I had been taking B vitamins for about a month at that time. I could hardly believe it, since I had never before heard about B vitamins being a culprit for something so common as cysts, but I stopped taking them and my cysts immediately calmed down and were gone in a couple weeks. I’ve also been oil-cleansing since then, a couple months now, and I love it. Over the years, I’ve noticed a big connection between consuming dairy and sugar with getting pimples, oil-cleansing or not!

        • Cystic acne is an infection. My dermatologist prescribed me an antibiotic that took mine away. Now I only use oil cleansing and it works great.

        • Cystic acne can also be a sign of a dairy intolerance- I’ve limited my dairy I take and have noticed a huge difference in my cystic acne chin breakouts!

        • Try mixing in a few drops of tea tree, lavender or orange oil to your olive or castor oil. Am in my 30s and eas still getting hirminal spots until I started adding this in. Now I hardly get any.

      • Hi! In love with the website. I have cystic acne, I started the oil cleansing with 10% castor and the rest with Olive Oil mixed with a couple drops of Geranium & Tea Tree – and things have become horrendous over the past two weeks. I really love it because it makes my overall skin smooth and moisturized. However I am breaking out in a billion tiny whiteheads along the bottom half of my face, which is odd because I have NEVER had whiteheads before. Only the occasional giant cystic ones. I definitely want to hang in there – but I have an inkling that something is very wrong here. I am not sure if it is too much or too less of Castor Oil, or if my skin really does not like Olive Oil. But I am beginning to look ridiculous.


        • Hi Sara,
          About 3 years ago, I tried the OCM for the first time. I used the instructions from the OCM website and did a ratio of 2/3 olive oil to 1/3 castor oil. Like you, I loved it at first. It felt freeing and really good for my skin. And my skin looked great and moisturized, and I felt like it was clearing up a bit. Then about 3 weeks in the same thing started happening to me…breakouts everywhere. Small, big, cystic, whiteheads – you name it. I think the reaction to this was the first time I had ever experienced cystic acne and it was horrible. So I stopped and went back to suffering through my normal routine with Proactiv. I didn’t think I’d ever try the OCM again.
          About 4 months ago, I found Katie’s website and really liked reading what she had to say through personal experiences, her thorough research, etc. My interest was peaked to try the OCM again. So I just took a leap and quit the hormonal birth control that I’d been on for about a year (for my acne incidentally, though it did nothing to help me). I started taking the Prescript Assist probiotics, fermented cod liver oil, and L-glutamine daily. And I began a new face wash routine with the OCM once a day after my workout (usually evenings) and washing in the morning with either only microfiber or oatmeal (I’ll also tone with ACV or witch hazel, moisturize with Boots No7 Beautiful Skin Day Cream, and spot treat with tea tree oil if I scrub with oatmeal, or just spritz on some of the magnesium sea salt spray from Katie’s website if I microfiber wash). I have tried many oils for OCM, but definitely DID NOT play with olive oil. I had also tried washing with coconut oil before this and I reacted about the same as with olive oil so I didn’t try that anymore either. First I tried grapeseed oil, then sweet almond, then hemp seed, then jojoba. My skin likes all of these and I really have seen improvements in my skin. It still isn’t perfect and tends to flare up around my chin the second half of my menstrual cycle, so clearly I haven’t figured everything out hormonally, but it’s much better and more manageable than it was. I don’t know the specific ratio I use but I probably started out close to 50/50 castor/whatever other oil for the first few weeks because I feared the same thing would happen that did 3 years ago. Now it’s probably close to 1/3 castor, 2/3 other oil, sometimes more, sometimes less. I think the almond oil works best for my skin, so I use that mostly, plus grapeseed every now and then because it reacts well to that and seems to glow more, and then during my most hormonal times of the month I use mostly jojoba just because I feel that it is really good for that time of the month and gives just the perfect amount of moisturization. I was also using the hemp seed oil for a month or two straight and my skin was probably the best it has been in a while, then my skin started breaking out very horribly so I started using other things, but it may have been from stress (graduating college, new job, new routine).
          Very long winded, but when I read your experience it just sparked me to share mine! Hopefully you can take something away from that. Moral of the story: I think unless you have perfect, non-sensitive skin, olive oil is not the way to go!

          • Hi Maddie- I know you mentioned several oils/combinations above but could you sum up what the best combination of oils was for you? Thanks so much!

          • Hi Roxanne- I almost always use: castor oil as my cleansing oil and a mix of hemp seed and grape seed oils as my moisturizing oils (more hemp seed and just a drop of two of grapeseed). The ratio changes…it’s probably about 1/3 castor to 2/3 hemp & grape seed mix if I am washing away makeup, and if not, I’ll decrease the amount of castor to just a couple of drops and let the rest be a moisturizing oil. But, I have also been using jojoba oil a lot lately as well. I started a new routine of just washing with manuka honey (I leave it on for about 45 minutes before my shower as a mask) then just wash it off and apply straight jojoba oil while my face is still wet, then just give that a quick rinse off too. I got this idea from thelovevitamin.com. It’s more my day-to-day routine now because I feel that steaming my face everyday with OCM is a little harsh and my T-zone doesn’t love it, so I’ll only oil cleanse about once or twice a week (unless I’m wearing makeup more often, which I usually don’t). All of this is working well for me besides my still resilient hormonal acne (which I’ve concluded that no external care will address – it must be internal!). But I REALLy love the manuka/jojoba for anything involving the T-zone. I don’t really have problems there anymore since using this routine, and I credit that to quality jojoba oil – my T-zone really loves it.

        • Make sure your not having a reaction to one of the oils. I know when i get lemon on my skin i get a ton of tiny whiteheads all over my skin

        • I had come across a term “milia” while researching my daughter’s white bumps. They are not actually whiteheads. This may or may not be the case with you, but it might be worth looking into.

          • milia are white heads but can only be removed by an Esthetician or Dermatologist. They come from either eating/drinking to much dairy products or using pore clogging oils on your face such as coconut, mineral and too much castor oil. By the way, I am an Esthetician and Aromatherapist. Every oil has a chemical component that makes it the right oil for particular skin types. For example Hemp Seed, Avocado, and Pumpkin Seed are super moisturizing perfect for Dry/Mature whereas Grapeseed, Hazenut, Maralu and Almond are light fast penetrating making it perfect for an oilier skin. If you use oils that are not organic you run the risk of pesticides which can cause allergic reactions and worse.

    • I tried the OCM once and at the time was desperate to get hormonal acne/cysts under control. Unfortunately it didn’t work for me but I kept researching and the things that made the biggest difference for me were to use very gentle cleanser at night only with just a warm water rinse in morning with a wash cloth and I added zinc to my supplement routine. I think the zinc was the biggest factor in clearing up my skin. I have not had a single cyst in over a year and I only get a pimple once in awhile around my period. My skin has never looked better. I thought about trying the OCM again but thought why mess with what is already working for me. I try to stick to a Paleo diet as well.
      I love Wellness Mama and am excited to try so many of her recipes for beauty and cleaning products; I just made toothpaste!

    • I’ve been using the oil cleansing method for over a month now, and I still HAVEN’T seen any improvements. I’ve tried changing the amount of castor/grape seed oil but it still hasn’t helped. Right now I use half and half because 2/3 grape seed and 1/3 castor wasn’t helping, but now my face is overly dry and flaky and no black heads or white heads have gone away. I was thinking about adding some jojoba, would that help? Please help!

      • I had the same reaction to that much caster oil…it dried out my face. I’m in my 40’s and now my skin is starting to get dry, so too much caster oil is not good for me! I experimented a lot and reduced the caster oil in my cleansing mixture significantly compared to other oils. Maybe try that? I think the key here is you have to experiment with different oils. I haven’t found one recipe off the internet that just works – I always have to adjust so OCM works for me. My daughter calls me the ” mad scientist” cuz I’m always mixing up something to try!

        Basically I’m down to just a few drops of caster oil compared to much more of the other oils (for me that’s 1/2 hemp seed and 1/2 jojoba). I still keep caster oil in the mix for its astringent properties, but I also add drops of tea tree, lavender and a drop of neem oil (which stinks but the lavender helps, and neem works too well on the acne to stop!). I tone with a mixture of pure witch hazel that has a few drops of lavender EO (like 2 drops to an entire bottle of witch hazel – very diluted). Sometimes, if my skin is still dry, I’ll moisturize before with a few drops of Argan EO. My skin has been pretty happy for the past 4 months, which is rare for me.

        Try experimenting…hope it works out for you.

        To Wellness Mama – thank you for this site! It helps to be able to chat with other people who understand what life is like with acne.

      • I am using half castor and half grapeseed (both high quality organic) for about 3 weeks and all my blackheads have gone away, and my pores shrunk. Before that I was using honey. Unfortunately OCM (or honey) has not stopped my cystic acne. I still get it, not at an increased rate or anything but just the same as before. Actually when I was using the harsh, drying cleansers I was getting it worse. But the rest of my skin looks so much better now with OCM! Honey also helped too but OCM makes the skin glow! And with both the honey and OCM, my cystic acne heals quicker than without.

        • I had cystic acne (every since I was in my mid 20s), but started using magnesium oil on my face and it has absolutely stopped it.. I still get some in my hairline, but as soon as they start, I use the magnesium oil (1:1 epson salts and water), and they go away quickly.

    • The concept of cleaning with oil has returned. This reminds me of when we were growing up in the ladies used cleansing creams and cold cream like Ponds. Only it is now better because it is homemade and natural.

      • I just tried oil cleansing for the first time tonight. I mixed 1 oz of jojoba oil w/ 4 drops of tamanu, 6 of tea tree & the contents of an evening primrose oil capsule. It’s my time of the month & both tea tree and tamanu really help get rid of the period pimples. Does this sound like it could work? E.P. is always part of my moisturizing routine & I didn’t have either castor oil or hazelnut. I did use a microfiber cloth though. My skin feels great now but I would love some advice for the future.

    • I mix baking soda and coconut oil in a container until it is a paste and wash my face with this in the morning and then at night……also use coconut oil as my moisturizer and Burt’s Bees eye cream on and under my eyes. I am 60 and been told my skin looks like it is 40. I’ll take it!!!

  2. Yup: I’ve done this for almost two years now and will never go back. I’ve had acne-prone skin since I was 11, and nothing has been better. My skin still isn’t perfect — I don’t think it ever will be — but it sure beats all those smelly, bleaching, expensive creams that never did a darn thing!

    • Which oils did you use and how much of them? Thanks!

    • I want to try the oil method for my 13 old son. Do you do this every day or is it a weekly treatment.

        • Hi, I found your blog a few days ago and I LOVE IT!!

          I have been using Clinique’s mild bar soap and Clinique’s moisturizers which work excellent on my skin, no breakouts or oily nose finally haha but I also started to make changes around the house trying to reduce chemicals by switching to natural homemade recipes I have found on your blog and other blogs. I had literally 45 tabs open on my phone and on the computer cause I have been finding all these articles really interesting and I also want to make a difference.

          My question is, if I oil cleanse my face at night and shower the next day, should I wash my face lightly with soap and moisturize as usual? Or skip the soap and just massage my skin with warm water. I am really confused about that. I have read several blogs on this topic but I haven’t found my answer.

          I like the idea of the oil cleanse A LOT but I am living the ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ kind of philosophy cause my skin is in a good place right now. So, I am not fully in that wagon yet. Yesterday I cleanse my face with coconut oil and this morning my face looks great, my nose is not oily and the skin looks very good.

          Thanks a lot for your blog, it has been really enlightening and I love all the DIY recipes. I will be making them little by little; this is a wagon I am not getting off of.



          • Great article, been want to give this a try. One thing To point out please stop fearing the word chemical and praising the word natural. Water is a chemical. Pretty much everything is and natural does not equal safe. There are plenty of “natural” poisons. the scientist finds this maddening.

        • Hey Wellness Mama, quick question about the oil cleansing. ..Why do you recommend not to wet face first?

          • Oil and water do not mix, as we all now. so the oil will not be able to penetrate the water and get to the skin, it will simply slide off instead.

        • I have some Kiss My Face pure olive oil soap. Could I use this instead, or would it be too drying? Thanks!

          • It’s totally up to you what you use, but a soap, even made from oil (castille soap is a product of olive oil) is going to be very different from actual oil cleansing.

          • I purchased kiss my face olive oil soap and it made my skin itchy and irritated.

          • why dont you try cleansers which are soap free, such as QV cleanser or Cetaphil or Sebamed? i recommend qv as its none drying.

        • Hi! When I first read about the ocm, I was really excited– I’ve been trying to rid my life of chemicals and filling it with cruelty-free products and so on. I’ve been experimenting with different oils, different ratios, etc, for months now (maybe 5?) and I just can’t get it right. It’s been really discouraging– reading how many of you out there have no problems whatsoever with your oil regime! I’m so jealous!
          I’ve tried half and half castor and jojoba, 1/3 castor to 2/3 jojoba, when my face was dry, castor and avocado, castor and coconut, jojoba and a bit of tea tree, and on and on! I just can’t seem to get past the crappy skin “phase”. I’d been using Dermalogica, but it makes my skin feel tight and a bit dry, but didn’t make me break out like my oil cleansing experiments have. I’ve given each mix several weeks, but I’m ready to give up and I SO don’t want to!
          Any maaagical tips?

          Desperate Lindsay 🙂

          • Hello Lindsey ~

            I have always had issues with my skin…mainly basil skin cell issues, redness on my face and lg pores…I always thought it was from the sun but found out it was from a few things like food allergies, I used to use scrubs on my skin which created senstivity & drying agents which most if not all store bought products contain. The expensive creams and cleansers from high end stores as well did nothing for me except steal money from my pocket & the promises they proclaimed died a quick death. I have been using the ocm for 8 mths now and will never ever go back to the crap that the media tries to sell you…usually if not always they pedal lies lies lies.
            Once I started the ocm it took me a few tries to get the right portions. I love what it has done for my skin (I am 55) and let me tell you I have tried everything under the sun. So here is my receipe by parts…1 pt casteroil (it is not only a cleansing agent but is also a drying agent…be careful on how much you use)…9 pts sunflower oil (this oil feels like velvet to the skin…very refreshing and moisturizing)…8~12 drops of rosemary essential oil (reo is antiviral, antimicrobial & is an antibiotic nartually)…you can read that profile of rosemary essential oil on wellness mama and you can go to rosemaryessentialoil.com and find a bunch of info. I swear by reo it has even cleard the redness on my cheeks. Good luck Lindsay and have a bright and beautiful day!

          • Hi Lindsey, I tried using coconut oil and loved it at first! I used it in the am and pm. It cleared up my skin/acne and it was nice and smooth but then started to become irritated. I have sensitive/dry /40+yrold skin. so I now wash with raw honey in the am (I keep a small container in the bathroom, scoop a bit- 1/2 tsp in my palm, wet it and massage into my face gently, I leave it on while I brush my teeth, then rinse) then I oil clean at night with avocado oil and sometimes add the coconut too. It has helped keep my skin happy, clear, and smooth. Good luck….

          • Hey! I tried ocm once and it didn’t work for me either. I think I was using the wrong oils. I am 22, have had acne since I was 12 and have very thin, somewhat dry and sensitive skin.

            I tried oil cleansing with hemp seed oil, as it supposedly is the closest to the skin’s sebum. I could litteraly feel the junk surfacing while cleansing. My detox phase seemed to keep lasting though: cystic acne and flaky skin. Not dry, felt moisturized, but flaky and after I had cleansed it would feel burning, especially if I would bend down and blood rushed to my head (odd, I know). I switched back to just washing with water.

            Now I’ve finally discovered an oil that seems to not break me out and evens out my skin tone. It also really quickly heals any small wounds. I’m talking about almond oil. I wash my face in the morning and at night with warm water, pat it dry and apply almond oil (I don’t even need a full drop). Still get pimples, but far less. I use coconut for my body which also works great, but don’t use it on your face if you are sensitive to comedogenic products like I am.

            Another thing to try is lessening dairy intake… I can’t give up my cheese, although in a two week no-dairy test period it did help my skin quite a bit 😡

        • Hi Katie! Is it OK to do it morning and night everyday?

        • I have cystic acne will this oil wash help? I am desperate!!

        • Is it okay to use almond oil?

        • Would you recommend grape seed oil with the castor oil, instead of using olive oil?

        • Will this also remove eye makeup?

          • Yes it does for me, and much more gently. 🙂

        • Just once a day or morning and night?

        • So, it’s normal to still break out while your skin adjusts? I’ve been using the ocm for about a week. And I don’t know if I should switch out the olive oil for castor oil, or give it another week or so.

        • So, it’s normal to still break out while your skin adjusts? I’ve been using the ocm for about a week. And I don’t know if I should switch out the olive oil for castor oil, or give it another week or so.

          I’m also looking for something to mix with some distilled water and spritz on my face after its washed. I have never had luck with moisturizers. They always make me break out. What could I use that’s natural, moisturizing, nourishing, and will help with redness and inflammation?

          • I would recommend spraying on a bit of rose water, it’s natural moisturising and nourishing! Many people use a rose water and glycerin (vegetable) mix to use as a natural moisturiser.

            In very rare cases it can cause itchiness as a mild reaction but it is known to be very calming and gentle on the skin. Many products targeted at sensitive skin have rose water. I hope this helped you out. 🙂

          • I’ve used rosewater and glycerin as a spray-on moisturizer for my oily skin. It works great and smells amazing! You can find it at most healthfood stores.

        • Hi Katy is twice a day to much to use this method? I have dry skin and started this to get rid of that issue and I’m coming across the finish line of my first week. And I feel like twice which I’m doing may be to much for me. I just wanted to see how you are doing it. And what I could maybe try for my face in the morning?

          • I do it once a day, but some people do it twice. I would just figure it out by experimentation.

        • Katie, Thank you so much for sharing. I admire your commitment to remain pure and natural. I have been using a toner and moisturizer twice a day since I started taking care of my face as a teen. I am in the process of gathering all I need to start oil cleansing, but should I continue using a toner and moisturizer after I oil cleanse? Thank you for your reply. 🙂

          • I find you do need to moisturize after this cleansing oddly since you’re putting oils on your face. But if you do it as directed it really just cleans. And I’d try without the toner at first and then if need it then try rose water or chamomile water or holy basil or cucumber omgoodness mountainroseherbs.com has so many – LOVE them!!

        • Hi Katie,
          I have a question about your daily use of the OCM. The website dedicated to the method states to not do it too frequently. I follow your blog and your recipes. So, can you elaborate on the daily use versus occasional? Many thanks!

          • I think it really varies from person to person. My recommendation comes from years of doing it myself, but my face is not your face, and your face may need less frequently oil cleansing.

        • What about adding emu oil to the oil cleansing? Is vitamin E oil with the castor oil ok?

          • You could try both of them… I am not sure how you would react to them, but it won’t hurt to try.

        • How many times in a day do you wash with the oil?

      • If your son has acne prone skin, add a drop or two (seriously, that’s all you need) of tea tree oil in the cleansing oil mix. If he doesn’t take to this method, try a very mild natural soap, I had GREAT success with Dessert Essence Thoroughly Clean Face Wash
        (dilute it by half for a while- its potent!) and if he moisturizes, just use coconut oil.

    • Hi,
      I would like to give it a try but products are so expensive here. Are you using oils of cosmetic quality or grocery store oils?

      • Whether they are for food or cosmetics doesnt matter, check they are virgin expeller pressed oils without hexanes and other chemicals, and havent been chemically refined. I also check they are non-GMO or organic. If olives are grown near you fresh olive oil should be available at the market, and online shops like vitacost and amazon have good deals on coconut oil.Also make sure its 100% and not a blend

        • Sams Club also now has a good quality coconut oil, virgin, cold pressed, and organic

      • Try vitacost.com

    • You don’t have to use the oily cleanse as your daily cleanser. I use it once a week for maintenance, and the other days of the week use my Juice Beauty cleanser. Your choice, but I prefer to use it once a week. (:

    • it works awesome. i’ve tried a lot of natural beauty options like baking soda vinegar rinse for hair wash as well as other stuff and none of it worked for me. but this definitely did and i’ll never go back to regular face wash. i just use straight up cold processed coconut oil ever couple days with a wash cloth for maintenance between days.

      • The “no-poo” method of hair cleaning requires a detox period too. Plus it works better to mix a tsp of the baking soda with a cup or more of warm water. Mix til dissolved then pour on your hair. Massage in. Repeat til you feel your styling products have rinsed away.

        I use the “no-poo” method when I can’t find any Liggett’s shampoo bars at the store. My hair has never been softer or curlier!

        • I use baking the “no poo” method and I have been for months now and my hair hasn’t been better! I’m not sure if it only works for certain hair types however I am certain that there is a time period where your hair needs to adjust. wash your hair less often when you do this. (I now only wash my hair twice a week). I use baking soda(quiet a bit actually) as the shampoo make sure you massage all of your hair and that everything is covered-rinse off immediately it helps to massage while rinsing to ensure you wash all of it out. and for conditioner I use a mix of 2 cups of water and 2 and 1/2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. I pour it over my hair. most people wash it out but I leave it on my hair, the smell goes away as it dries but you can leave it in for 10 minutes and rinse it out too.

        • I tried the “no poo” method for 2 months with baking soda watered and then cider vinegar for a rinse and I found my oily hair was weighed down and super stiff and basically unmanageable. I heard from lots of blogs that some people had miraculous results and others didn’t….. And then I switched to shampoo by morroco methods … And I found it truly amazing!!!! It’s a concentrated shampoo that doesn’t suds up and they have 5 different shampoos that you rotate … And my hair hasn’t felt better ever then it does now!!! I can’t stress how amazing it is!!! My hair grows now and is stronger which was ALWAYS. An issue for me!!!

          • I’ve gone no poo lately and had exactly the same experience with vinegar. I NEVER use it after the baking soda. when I swim in the pool I use it BEFORE to help get the chlorine out, but I do baking soda (1-2 tablespoons) in 3/4 to 1 cup of very hot water and massage it in and let it sit for a while (especially on the scalp, leaving the ends mostly alone) and then rinse very well. no conditioner to follow. my hair has been lovely. I wash once a week. maybe twice if I’ve been swimming because even with the vinegar rinse helping there is still chlorine build-up that makes me more greasy.

            so you’re definitely not alone in having the hair be greasy/stiff/(I’d say waxy?) using vinegar! I have no idea why, but it doesn’t work so well for me as a conditioner, either!

          • Maybe try using white vinegar? I haven’t tried no poo because I am still researching it (hate doing anything w/o a little research first lol).
            However, I found a few blogs that recommended using white vinegar instead of the acv for oily hair! Worth a shot! Good luck!

          • No poo didn’t work for me. Then I discovered it had to do with the municiple water quality. When I visited family in coastal NorCal, it was great and I only needed to wash my hair every 2-3 days. They’re water is largely snow-melt. Using L.A.’s well water with fluoride and chlorine additives it is greasy and heavy by the end of the day. A water filter helps.

            On a side note, I have been reading that fluoride is not a natural element on the periodic table, but rather a toxic by-product of aluminum production. The industry was paying a fortune to dispose of the toxic substance then began convincing governments it helped with cavities and they should add it to the water supply. We endure not only bad hair, but when ingested fluoride has negative affects on brain function. Basically, the industry turned a financial loss into a profit that we pay for with our physical health and tax dollars. As the Roman saying goes… follow the money.

  3. I have a question…For Christmas I received homemade ‘sugar scrub’ from my sister-in-law. I believe it was a mixture of just sugar and coconut oil. I used it in the shower, at first only on my face and feet, but as I keep doing it, it makes for an awesome shaving cream and even soap for my whole body. I was wondering if sugar had any negative effects on the skin? So far I see none…

    • I’ve been using a sugar scrub and have been very happy with the results. My skin is very smooth and I rarely have breakouts. I use a sugar, olive oil and almond soap as a body scrub and face scrub. I use the scrub weekly for my face and for the body, daily. As for using sugar as a scrub, I think it’s wonderful because it will dissolve as you keep circulating and cleansing all the while there are no harsh chemicals or non-dissolving apricot bits or small stones as in other scrubs. I have been doing this for years now and only see the benefits of being able to have my own scrub by using ingredients from my kitchen! It exfoliates wonderfully and cleans your body and face really well.

    • Sugar is definitely not optimal for the intestines, but it is great to use topically on the skin…

      • Oh, thank you! I’ve been wondering the same thing since I’ve been using a white sugar/olive oil combo on my face. My skin is really weird…broken out all over, but dry and flakey. So lately I’ve taken to trying to scrub it all away…not sure what’s best, but peeling skin is not very pretty. I’ve been using the sugar scrub, plus scrubbing with a microfiber scrubber…and I still wake up with flaking skin. Any tips? Is using plain olive oil as a moisturizer a bad idea for acne? I’ve been trying that lately, as coconut oil seems to be too drying, which is what I had been using. I don’t want to clog up my pores, nor do I want to buy chemical laden lotions, but I’ve got to do something…

        • I’d try the actual oil cleansing method and give it a couple weeks to see how you adjust. You may not need the extra moisturizer at all, but if you do, shea butter usually helps with flaking. Taking gelatin and coconut oil internally will also help repair skin from the inside out…

        • I agree with Wellness Mama – try using the Oil Method few a few weeks. I also like using jojoba oil in the winter and it tends not to clog acne prone pores as much as some of the heavier butters. I also like to mix baking soda with my cleanser as a scrub every few weeks. I also have extremely odd combination skin and have a lot of trouble with acne.

          • What is your facial regimen? It sounds like we have similar skin and I am so frustrated right now. Thanks so much!

        • I use a blend of sesame oil and lavender oil on my skin every day and it has really controlled my breakouts! I get organic cold pressed sesame oil from the health food store and lavender from doTERRA.

          • I started this treatment just a few days ago and I already see the
            improvement. I use about a half and half blend of castor oil and olive oil. However, after I wash the oil off my face I apply a layer of
            avocado oil and it works wonders. The avocado oil acts as a moisturizer while adding important vitamins into the skin and replacing the bad oils
            with the good

        • You are over scrubbing and stimulating your skin too much, thus making breakout worse. If your skin is acneic, then you should scrub way less…like twice a week at most. Sounds like it’s dehydrated too. Drinking more water would probably help. Perhaps the oil method might work. Sesame oil makes a great moisturizer, and might be really good mixed with the castor oil. It’s very low in the comedogenic range, but make sure to get a good quality one made for your skin, not one you cook with. Hope this helps 🙂

        • I wouldn’t use sugar, since the granules are too rough for the skin (even though it does dissolve as you massage it with water). The skin may feel soft because it’s an abrasive scrub, but with a long-term use, you’ll likely to develop fine lines and may even develop a sensitive skin. Olive oil is also very cometogenic and not the best for the acne-prone skin. Sesame or jojoba oils would probably be better. I am a licensed esthetician, and I love natural products, but you really need to be careful with some of them.

          • Marina If you can so kindly answer some questions for me. I have been reading up on face natural face routines. I am fair skinned and have a mixed skin type. Around nose and as far out to my eye ducks are oily. As well as around and under my lips and across jaw line and my chin and center of eye brows. But my cheeks and forehead are dry. I get red blochy spots. I get white head badly under my chin and black head prone and some pimples usually near my chin. Store products dry me out. I have been reading on many different masks and exfoliators. I have tried cleansing my face with a small mix of olive oil coconut oil and flaxseed oil. Then for a scrub I tried a honey, cinnamon, sea salt scrub. I have tried a coconut oil and baking soda scrub and have tried a honey, bannana mask with lemon. so I know the steps of cleansing, steaming, exfoliating, masking then as a toner apple cyder vinegar. After it dries I use a very small amount of coconut oil to mosturize. Its been three days and it seemed to bring black heads/ pimples out and seems better now. I would love to try different scrubs and masks and natural toners and mosturizers. Would you give me advice based on your knowledge if these oils are okay for my skin, I really like coconut oil so im hoping it is okay. And how often you think I should use the scrubs and masks? And I heard yogurt and milk honey and oat meal are a great cleanser but im seeing here that dairy isn’t good? would u be able to tell me what u think is best as an everyday cleanser/moisturizer (and how often should I Whatuse a scrub and mask? Do u also have any tips or recipes on scrubs and masks all natural. So far I have used coconut oil, flax seed oil and very little olive oil as a start. Then I steam and either use the honey and cinnamon scrub or the coconut oil and bakingsoda scrub. (Every 3 days With scrub) but I have been using bannana mask everyday and vingear everyday as a toner and also two three times a day on pimples. Is their another recipe routine u can reccomend? I appreciate it very much. Sorry about my spelling.

        • I’ve been to Murad Spa for facials in Los Angeles, and have talked to the clinicians there. You can over exfoliate your skin. Also, I learned from the spa, some people have higher cell turnover. Meaning they build up dead skin cells faster than other people which means that blockage can be an issue. You have to remember, your skin is the largest organ on your body. So just like any organ, it is composed of cells which need water to be plump. Dehydration i.e. lack of sufficient water intake, causes cells to deflate like a flat tire. It causes fatigue, hunger, headaches, and a multitude of other symptoms which are often mistaken for other illnesses. Eight to ten glasses of water each day is recommended, but you have to adjust this for any medication you might be taking (includes vitamins) and also don’t forget the water presence in your food. You might also want to examine your diet and see if there are any contributing factors. What you ingest ultimately comes out your pores and also is absorbed by the cells. Better diet = better skin. Putting topical creams, oils, and ointments may help briefly, or may cause problems also, but, the other half has to come from inside and genetics. You may want to check with a dermatologist and/or another doctor such as an allergist to make certain your flaking condition is not a symptom of something else i.e. allergies, medications, eczema, dermatitis, etc. Skin can do some funny things when it comes to stress also. I had a rash on my fingers that would not go away no matter what cream I used. Once I divorced my first spouse, magically, the rash went away and has not re-appeared since. I’m in my 40s, but I also still get hormonal flareups, especially on my chin. I’m using coconut oil cleansing, but also use a tea tree soap on my skin. I’ve gotten rid of a lot of processed foods out of my diet and eating a lot more raw fruits and vegetables. If I don’t eat them, I steam them, or I blend them into a juice. My skin has improved and the under eye wrinkles are diminished. I use Argan oil as a moisturizer. On the plus since I’ve been doing this, the yucky jowls that were forming on either side of my jaw area are going away (I guess that also helps that I dropped some pounds also due to the diet change). Best wishes to healthy skin!

          • Hi Aileen,
            I have read a lot of comments above and below and I am very keen to try out the OCM as a solution to my life less acne prone skin. I also have hormonal imbalance that shows up on my chin and upper arms.
            Hence, I am very keen to know what is your oil combination. Also, you mentioned that you also use a tea tree soap. Could you also share when do you cleanse and when do you use soap (in what order). I have been using tea tree facial wash from body shop for more than a year and it has seemed to have suited me so far.
            Am wondering if I feel like continuing it when and how I could it.
            Thank you!

          • Ans,
            I have been using this ohm for a year now. I started with the recipe she lists then gradually made my own adjustments. I now use jojoba in the summer and grape seed or olive oil in the winter as they are heavier. I have had acne my entire life (now 36) and finally it’s gone. After the initial transition from 20+ years on the Clinic 3 step system, I only “wash” once a week or use oil to remove mascara (I don’t wear makeup). I do use a warm washcloth in the shower to wash my face daily, just like Mommy did when we were kids, remember? 🙂 It took me about a month to transition and I washed everyday then gradually lessened the amount of washing based on how “oily” my skin felt. I’ve always been dryer on the tops of my cheeks and an oil well everywhere else. I have bangs and my forehead was a mess and it kept my bangs greasy. I no longer have that problem now. I just use a few drops of oil and massage well then jump in the shower.
            Hope this helps!

        • I heard somewhere that you should not scrub the infected area (pimples) because then they will just get worse or spread ! I usually use a pimple extractor when they get really bad or just leave them alone and let them heal !

        • You may be overly drying your skin out with the sugar and exfoliating. Try just the oil? I know I spent years with acne and realized that I didn’t actually have oily skin, I have very sensitive skin and I was breaking out because I was drying it out.

          • Lisa, that is what I am just realizing! I always thought my skin was oily and that is why I broke out – after trying the OCM I have realized my skin is actually super dry. I am not even sure castor oil is right for me at all. What do you use? Should I try just coconut oil or just avocado oil?

      • I use almond oil and a few drops of peppermint essential oil in my sugar scrubs and my skin is loving it. I was only using coconut oil, but the almond oil is much more moisturizing and luxurious. I use the scrub after I shave my legs, too.

    • I would think if sugar isn’t good to put in your body, you shouldn’t be putting it on your skin either (they say you should only put things on your skin that are safe to eat since you absorb everything through your skin)… Also sugar feeds bacteria, candida, parasites… I use sea salt, or ground up seeds or adzuki beans since they have detoxing benefits & are high in antioxidents (only issue with sea salt is it burns). You can easily mix it up yourself.

      • I’ve never had sea salt burn.

        • I’ve had sea salt burn also. Very sensitive skin here though. I used the sugar instead for a scrub and it worked great. I want to go with this oil cleansing on it’s own first and see how that works.
          I’ve made my own facial and body soap for years now and love them. I used to make my own lotion until I dropped and broke a bottle of the preservative on the kitchen floor. It took the finish off the floor. I rinsed out the mop in the bathroom sink and it removed the finish from the porcelain. That shocked me and I immediately stopped using any lotions on my face and went to oils alone. I would do a spritz of organic rose water then my own oil blend of argan and jojoba. I love the idea of adding wet heat to open up the pores.
          Thank you very much for the info 🙂


          • Jessica I used to use phenonip which is considered skin safe. I blend with jojoba to extend the life of my other oils but for a lotion you need to use a preservative unless you refrigerate (and throw away after a week or so) and even then you need to avoid the eye area. The addition of water to any recipe can cause bacteria to flourish.
            I also wanted to let you know that using all capital letters on the internet means you are yelling or shouting which I’m sure you don’t mean to be 🙂

          • Rosemary oil is a natural preservative. It is quite pungent but there are many natural preservatives. There is tons of info on the net. Thought you could add some to your fave homemade lotions etc. instead of any potentially dangerous preservative…

          • I want to let you know you are terribly misinformed and such posts help to spread this bad advice. Additives such as Rosemary Oleoresin, Grapefruit Seed Extract and Vitamin E are NOT preservatives. They are, at best, an antioxidant which should be added to your oils when you first open them to assist in keeping your oil(s) from going rancid more quickly. But they will NOT kill bacteria, yeast, and other pathogens that will cause your scrubs to grow molds and other nasty stuff. Preservatives get a bad rap and if you are going to mix something like a sugar scrub up and keep some on hand, you’d be wise to use a gentle preservative such as Optiphen or Phenonip. Especially if any water could possibly be introduced to the mixture.

          • Thanks for the info.


        • “Table” salt is not good in several ways, but sea salt and epsom salts are very beneficial in many ways and our bodies need salt to function properly. Salt itself does not actually cause the bp issues, it’s the sand and glass particles that are in the iodized or “table” salt, along with lots of other things. Sea salt is a mineral that we can’t do without.

          • Sand and glass in table salt causing high blood pressure? That’s a new one! Where’s your data?

        • I use the left over ground coffee beans as a body scrub. I mix them with oil so they go on smoothly. Makes a mess in the shower, though! 😉

        • This is all very interesting thanks for the info. And to Jennifer please stop using caps that is so rude if you can write comments like a normal person spare people the aggravation of having to scroll down to skip your comment. So inconsiderate! Great recipes on this site, thank you!

      • Interesting theory. I tried malt-o-meal raw honey & a little coconut oil as a scrub. WOW! It was scrumptious and worked so good. My skin never felt so smooth. PS I am an Esthestician. I actually have no opinion on the sugar thing. I think different strokes for different folks. Salt could also be considered un healthy due to the high blood pressure aspect when taken internally, Ya know? Also if the sea salt is burning, perhaps you are scrubbing to hard. You could break the tiny capillaries in your skin on your face by scrubbing too hard causing permanent redness. (i’ve done it). anyway, great topic ladies…

      • Sugar is not good to eat because of the way it causes your blood sugar levels to spike. I don’t think it would react the same way being absorbed through your skin. Also, sugar doesn’t “feed” bacteria, it actually kills bacteria by causing water molecules to leave the cell and dehydrating them, similar to salt. One reason there is so much sugar in packaged foods is that its a preservative because of the way it inhibits cell growth.

        • I agree that sugar does not feed bacteria. If it did then it would not have such a long shelf life lasting decades and still be 100% edible.

          • I think that they mean that sugar in the gut can feed yeast, or candida. This is true…. But that is internally, not externally….

      • Using any kind of salt can be drying.. I think it would work on feet than faces..

        • Salt on the outside of the body can actually make you skin softer. Try soaking in a salt water spa or swimming in a salt water pool. You will be amazed!

      • Hello Emily,

        I would venture to say that you are incorrect in claiming that sugar is bad for topical use. Sugar is used a lot in skincare products because all forms of sugar are humectants, which means that they draw in moisture. This is great for your skin because you get natural and gentle moisturizing. Our skin absorbs substances differently than how substances are absorbed and processed through our digestive system. This is why using a sugar wax or sugar scrub is not going to make you gain weight. However, if one is prone to yeast infections, sugar should be avoided near the respective areas.

        Salt can be incredibly irritating and harsh to sensitive skin when used directly (sea salt to fresh wounds was a torture method, after all). You especially don’t want it touching the genitals, es that area is basically raw. Still, everyone is different and salt may work out for you wonderfully as a body scrub.

        If your skin is sensitive, don’t be afraid to try the sugar scrub as it is incorrect to assume that it will harm your skin. If you want to avoid processed sugar, feel free to use brown sugar, maple syrup, etc. Good luck you guys!

    • If you would rather not use sugar you could use Epsom salt which has wonderful health benefits. I am about to make the facial cleanser with the Olive Oil/Coconut Oil combo, Castor Oil, and Epsom Salt.

  4. This sounds great. I have used honey/baking soda combo for a while but want to try.

    QUESTION: Is the castor oil/olive oil combo safe to rub on my eyes to remove mascara?

    • Coconut oil works wonders for make up removal

    • I use it for that, but just make sure not to actually get in to my eye…

    • You use the honey and baking soda on your face?

  5. I’ve been using olive oil cleansing for many years now. I love it. I have tried to make it myself, but I love the product that DHC Skincare sells. I haven’t found anything better.

  6. Do you make a big batch and keep in bathroom? Just wondering how long it would last if stored that way. Sounds awesome!

    • I’ve been washing my face with the oil cleansing method (OCM) for about 6 months or more now. I create a big batch (about a cup at a time) and it lasts until I finish it. I use a combination of Caster oil with Jojoba or Avocado oil.

  7. I have been using Witch hazel to cleanse my face and olive oil as a moisturizer, so I plan to try this oil cleansing. I think I was drying my face out a little too much. I love the benefits of making a product to care for my skin, so I’m excited to try.

  8. I want to try this!

  9. I’ve used this method for years on my extremely dry skin with one variation. I mix the olive oil with beeswax to thicken in a blender. I tried every expensive cream out there and nothing else works like this. I think I’ll start usinG coconut oil to thicken instead.

  10. I love this idea! I have searched and searched for a good face cleanser and can’t find anything that doesn’t dry my skin out. I always get a few pimples right before That Time Of The Month, and the only things I’ve found so far that control it is either a cleanser with salycilic acid or tea tree oil, but both leave my skin super dry, at least until a few hours later when it over compensates and becomes crazy oily. I’m going to try this as soon as I get some castor oil!

  11. My favorite oil to use is coconut with a drop of lavender essential oil mixed in (you can make a container full ahead of time). I rub magnesium oil on my face first, and then the coconut lavender concoction and my face feels amazing afterward.

  12. This makes me remember the smell of Pond’s Cold Cream in my grandmother’s bathroom. It’s such a nostalgic wonderful smell to me.
    But I remember always wondering how she could have such beautiful, flawless skin at her age using a “grease.”
    Now, I know. Thanks for this post! I will be breaking out the olive oil this morning!

  13. sounds great! what do you do for the rest of your body’s skin? what do you use on children’s skin?

    • Either homemade coconut oil soap, or plain microfiber cloths or sometimes an olive oil and salt scrub depending on what my skin is doing. For the kids, I usually just use microfiber since they already have great natural oil balance in their skin and sometimes moisturize with homemade body butter…

      • I an looking for your homemade coconut oil soap bar recipe with
        No luck. Is this one you’ve shared? If so could you direct me?

  14. I have combination sensitive skin, so I was planning on just trying the coconut oil/olive oil mixture you mentioned. I used to use castor oil on my scalp because it did wonders for my hair, but it dried my scalp out too badly (even in the teeny little dose I was using of it mixed with olive oil) and gave me flakes.

    So, using this mixture, you mention not to do it every day, which is fine, but how do you take off makeup day to day? I already use olive oil to take off my eye makeup, but what should I use to take off my face makeup if I switch to this. Right now I use a mix of aloe vera water and olive oil, and it works great, but if I shouldn’t do this deep cleaning daily, should I skip the oil on the day to day? I just don’t know what to use to remove my foundation daily with this cleansing system and I don’t want to taint my chances of it working by removing it incorrectly.

    • You can use it daily, it just isn’t usually needed. I use a plain, damp microfiber cloth on days I don’t use it, and this also takes make up off easily… aloe and olive oil won’t mess up your natural oil balance, so they are a great solution on days you aren’t using oil cleansing….

      • Thanks! I was worried it would just add too much oil, even as good oil.

  15. Thank you for this. I just went out and bought some Castor and Olive Oil and will start my oil cleansing later today. How do you store your oil blends? I was looking for something in the health food store, but couldn’t find anything. Any recommendations would be appreciated. Thanks!

    • I store it in used hand soap bottles, but Mountain Rose Herbs sells plastic bottles you can put it in – I wasn’t able to find any the right size in local stores, so I just decided to reuse other containers.

    • I keep it in a re-used glass bottle, but anything with a pump would also work really well…

      • Hi, I was wondering how you use the product that you keep in a glass container. I just started ocm a few days ago and I combined my oil mixture in a small mason jar and have been putting my fingers in there to get the oil out. But it sounds like from reading the comments I may be contaminating it. Should I throw out what I’ve been using and make a new batch? How do you get it out of a mason jar without contaminating it, or should I just use a different bottle instead? Thanks in advance!

        • I built a pump on the top by using the pump from an old soap container. I should do a tutorial on that. you can also pour some into your hand… it should be ok if you havent gotten water in there though.

          • Thank you!

        • I washed out one of those bear shaped bottles that honey comes in. Works great!

    • I purchased amber glass dropper bottles from Mountain Rose or one of those places (I also buy soap-making supplies from another company) and they work perfectly. The dropper makes it very easy to get out the right amount of oil without contaminating the rest.

    • Recycle! Any face or hand or body container with a pump works. I rinse it thoroughly, then add a shot of 70°alcohol to kill germs, and mix straight in the container… I’m actually going to empty the small remaining amount of my manufactured oil cleanser, and replace it by pure oils 😉

  16. I saw this blog and deciced to give it a try. I use coconut oil, mostly because I am in love with it and all its benefits. I’ve been doing this for about a week now, and though i have a zit or two (which is normal for now-I’m 8 mths pregnant), I can tell a major difference in my skin. It glows more, and my skin is much more balanced when it comes to moisture. I definitely reccomend this method!!!

    • You’re using straight coconut oil? Do you put it on your face for makeup remover and/or lotion? I’m concerned that using straight oil on my face for lotion would make me breakout.

  17. I’ve been using oil cleansing for a year and a half now, and it totally eliminated my hormonal cystic acne on my chin, and blackheads on my nose. Really really happy and amazed by how well it worked. Now I do oil cleansing about 1x a week, and just wash my face with a mild cleanser the other days, and my skin looks GREAT. Two questions, though – how do you get your washcloths clean? Mine are permanently oil saturated, and, kinda gross. My washing machine doesn’t get all the oil out. Second – I worry about the effects of washing oil down the drain – does anyone know what this does to the city water purification system?

    • @Megan curious what oil combination you use? Sounds like we have similar skin, and while I’ve had pretty good results I still need some tweaking… Would love to hear what you’re using and in what ratio?


    • I’d. Love to try this but I’m really acne prone and rely on face wash scrub toner and benzol peroxide to keep my face ?! This really won’t make my acne worse? And using it to remove makeup won’t jam it into my pores?

      • The face wash scrub you use has only temporary effects, you feel a clean face because it takes off any single nautral oil of your face. But this causes your face to react by producing more oil, and this is the phenomenon that clogs pores… If you stop face wash scrub, your face will scream REVENGE!!! As you have read it above, It takes a few days/weeks for skin to detox itself, so my advice is to begin using oil cleansing while on holiday, and hang on! Don’t let it down before skin gets ok.

  18. I started using the oil cleansing method about a year and a half ago. I have never looked back – my skin looked so good I stopped wearing foundation and most makeup without people even realizing that I don’t wear it anymore. I had enough people ask about what I used to make my skin look so good that it turned into a business. I make natural oil cleansers and lotions – the business is growing and my clients are happier using my oils than their dermatologists products! I had one client get rid of persistent black heads in one use and will now not use anything else. I will never use anything but the oil cleansing method now!!

    • I know this thread is kind of old, but which oil did you use that got rid of blackheads so easily???

    • Josephine,

      I am 53 years old. I just recently started using the Oil method. I can honestly say it’s great! I don’t have the “Oil Slick” going on later in the afternoon anymore! I have weird skin, the T-zone is definitly my weak spot/area! I’m still experiencing the black heads on my nose. I am using Castor Oil, Olive Oil and Coconut Oil in the evening, and in the morning I use Honey and Coconut Oil and a little Lavender oil. Also, what do you or anybody recommend for aging skin? Particularly the eye area?

  19. I know that you buy your oils from Mountain Rose Herbs but what do you think about the organic NOW brands of oils? are they the same quality as what you buy at Mountain Rose Herbs?

  20. I did this method for about 2 weeks and ended up with a wicked heat rash all over my face. Has that happened to anyone else? Any thoughts?

    • What oils did you use and in what proportion?

    • I also had this experience. I used 10% castor oil and 40/50 pct olive oil and almond oil. I used this one night and got a red rash covering 50% of my face. This is the third time I have tried OCM. I have scaled way back on the castor oil because I believed it was the culprit. My skin is extremely tender and dry in the areas of rash. I think I have had enough. The last time this happened it took me several weeks to get my face better. I am hoping it won’t take as long this time since I know not to stay the course.

      • I wonder if your skin would be sensitive to almond oil? My skin burns a bit if I get baking soda on my face from washing my hair. If you’re up for trying it again, maybe try coconut oil instead? Honestly, I have no idea if that’s what the issue would be, but coconut oil has been so beneficial for me in every way and my friend who has a lot of skin and other sensitivities loves it too. Good luck!

    • I am allergic to nuts. Years ago I went to a spa and they used almonds in their peels. It caused so much skin irritation, that it became exzema-like. Unfortunately, the spa did not, at the time, mention the almond oil, though I did tell them I had a nut allergy, and even named almonds. Since then, I avoid almond or nut anything (not coconut, though). A few months ago, I went to a street fair and bought some natural products, mentioning I couldn’t use anything with almonds or nuts. Again, one of the salves had almond oil, but this time it was my bad, because I took her word without reading the ingredients (stupid, I know). It did not give me a terrible reaction, but after using it 2-3 times, I noticed the redness and acid-like inflammations around my mouth and lower cheeks. I often get cold sores, so it was similar, yet not quite the same. Now, I know it was the almond oil. Hope this helps.

  21. Any thoughts on organic, unrefined sesame oil?

  22. What do you think of argan oil? I just read about it recently and ordered some to try it out. Definitely more expensive than coconut oil, but otherwise do you have any thoughts on it?

    • It is wonderful, but definitely more pricey!

  23. I’m assuming you are washing your face at night like we all should. I confess I often go to bed with my make up on (bad, I know) so I wash my face in the morning. The times I’ve tried washing my face with coconut oil, even after it seems soaked in, when I put my makeup on, it disintegrates within a few hours. Especially my eye make up slides right off (and I use a primer under my eye shadow). But I also worry about staining my pillow case. How long does this need to soak in before you lie down/put on your makeup? I use mineral foundation and if the oil is not all soaked in, my makeup doesn’t go on well.

    Also, are all the olive oils on Mountain Rose the same? The descriptions all talk about how good they taste, not about putting it on your skin. I have two kinds of olive oil in my house: the very lightest kind that I use for all of my cooking, and a very expensive kind that is for eating fresh (on breads, salads, etc.).

    I grew up in the South and always had very oily skin. Two years ago we moved to the very dry West and I’ve had horribly dry skin since. I feel like I aged 10 years overnight. The skin on my neck right under my chin is very crepey and that is very aging. When we go home to visit, my youthful glow returns and my skin looks great! I tried every rich, expensive creme out there and finally found one that helps. At least my skin doesn’t hurt anymore and looks somewhat better. I’m hoping this works. I hate that my cream is full of chemicals (and the $80 price tag isn’t awesome either). But I also hate that my face always hurt and looked awful before I found it. I pulled out my expensive olive oil and have it on my face right now. I’m going for the 10 minute treatment of straight olive oil since my skin is so dry (and now I know why the coconut oil made my skin feel dry. Who knew an oil could be drying?). Fingers crossed.

    • I’ve been using the Oil Cleansing Method (OCM) for more than 6 months now. And it has taken some getting used to but I love it overall.

      Coconut oil is very likely to clog pores. This chart shows the comedogenic ratings for oil and other skin care products: http://www.beneficialbotanicals.com/facts-figures/comedogenic-rating.html.

      If you can try a light oil like Jojoba oil with your caster oil and just decrease the amount of caster oil you use to 10% or thereabouts until your skin adjusts and becomes more moisturised.

      Like Wellness Mama suggests, pure shea oil is great for your skin, including your face (it’s low likeliness to clog your pores). It’s a little pricey but still should cost you much less than the commercial moisturiser you mentioned for $80.00. I paid about $25 for 80 grams this weekend. I mixed the shea oil with jojoba (carrier oil) because shea is very thick and difficult to spread without a carrier oil .

      If you’re looking for more info about OCM try visiting a blog by Crunchy Betty (I hope it’s okay to mention this Wellness Mama?). She has written extensively about this subject and it’s where I go for reference information about OCM.

      Best of luck!

      • Thank you so much for posting that link for comedogenic ratings. I referred to it often when deciding which oils would best suit my skin and have so far experienced great results.

    • I wash my face at night and by about 30 minutes later, any excess oil has absorbed… I’ve never had trouble with the pillowcase… My general rule is to not use something on skin unless it could also be non-toxic inside the body, which is one reason I prefer their oils, but any natural oils will work…

  24. I just tried this today, and didn’t stop with my face, but did my neck area as well. It felt great! I used 3 parts coconut oil warmed and mixed with 1 part castor oil, plus 7 drops of lavender EO. About ten minutes after my shower, part of my neck started feeling itchy and bumpy…I put some calendula balm on it…and the itching disappeared quickly…I am sure my neck area needs the cleansing and is starting to detox!!! And i will continue with this regimen…

    • When I treat my face I always include my ears, neck down to and including my collar bones.. I am 69 and the older you get the more care your skin needs.. When I was young I didn’t know the value or benefits of caring for my skin so I’m paying for it now..

  25. I currently use a Clairsonic when washing my face. Do you see any problems with using my Clairsonic and this oil method of washing my face?

    • I”m not familiar with that product but any conventional cleanser and the oil cleansing together might counteract each other or at least cause problems if your skin is trying to balance oil production…

    • The Clairsonic is simply a physical tool to wash your face with. It should be fine. It will probably enhance the benefits somewhat. Don’t forget to use the hot damp washcloth or some other steaming method though, as this is what opens the pores for maximum cleansing.

  26. What about using sweet almod oil? would that be suitable?

    • Yes, though depending on your skin type, you may need a little castor or hazelnut oil to balance it out…

      • I have been using coconut oil to clean my face. I am prone to acne and it seems the coconut oil is a little drying and is also causing new acne to form. I wanted to try almond oil and I am wondering if it could be mixed with the coconut oil for cleansing? Or would you recommend to add a different oil?

  27. When I tried the oil cleansing method to remove my makeup at the end of a day when I ran out of make up removing cloths, I noticed that I woke up to much softer and healthier looking skin. After reading this post I am motivated to try sticking to the oil cleansing method and see how my skin clears up!

  28. i have been using just jojoba oil (because i already had it) as a cleanser and am very happy with it so far. takes of my makeup well and leaves my lips soft!

  29. You mention that you don’t use this method every day, how many times a week is typical for you? Also do you use the microfiber cloth as your washcloth or is that only on the days you dont use this method? Thanks, I can’t wait to try it!

    • Usually every other day and the microfiber on days that I don’t… I just use a regular washcloth with oil cleansing…

  30. Ha, I like how there is always an adjustment period. I’m in hell already with my hormones this week anyway, so I figure it’s the perfect time to switch. I won’t notice “more’ breakouts. Thanks for the recipe. I have one that’s green tea, honey, baking soda, and lemon, and it is great for exfoliating, but too drying for everyday use.. This looks great– and since I am off to the market, will be tonight’s facial cleanser. =)

    • I’m in the same boat with the hormone situation. Perfect time to start!

  31. I’ve been oil cleansing for a year and a half now and my skin has never looked better! I started with the olive/castor combination but have tweaked it a bit over time. Currently I use plain organic olive oil with a few drops of frankincense and lavender added. Sometimes in winter I need to add a bit of avocado or jojoba oil for extra moisturizing.

    • Oh, and I do this at night so it removes any makeup I have on. In the morning, I simply wash with a wet washcloth.

  32. what can i use instead of microfiber cloth? a towel? im not sure what a washcloth is… :/

    • Where I grew we called them washrags.. Basically it’s any cloth you use to wash with, usually terrycloth..

  33. I’ve been trying this for about a week and like what I see. However – how do you keep a washcloth on your face for a minute? Do you lie down? If you’re bent over the sink then part of the cloth just hands and is not in contact with the face…

    • I just hold it on my face as best I can. I usually do this in the shower, so it is somewhat easier, but as long as it is around the face and creating steam, it will work…

      • Good to know the technique doesn’t have to be very precise 🙂

    • Sit on the toilet seat and tilt your head back. That helps keeps the face cloth on for long enough.

  34. I started oil cleansing about a week ago. I have very oily skin. Using coconut oil only in the shower. I really think my skin is less oily. I love that I no longer have that tight, need lotion feeling.

  35. I’ve really enjoyed trying this for the past week or so. Thank you for the information! Do you have a facial scrub recipe you like to use? Sometimes I feel like I need a good scrub to give my skin a nice polish. Plus I love how nicely make up goes on over freshly exfoliated skin!

  36. I made a mix of olive and castor oils and have been washing with it for 2 months now. My pores are clearer than they have ever been, the few brown spots I had are faded and my skin is soft and feels smooth not rough or dry. I have rosacea and it has really helped to ‘calm’ my skin.The mixture costs me about $1.50/month. I have thrown out my other cleaners and moisturizers. I don’t use make-up remover any more either!

    • Oh, thank you so much! I also have rosacea and brown spots from pregnancy. I was hoping that someone like me would pipe up. I am going to try Castor & Avacado, I think. Avacado is supposed to be great for healing.

  37. I started oil cleansing to improve the dullness and increase hydration. I tend to get dehydrated easily with workouts and not drinking enough water – and my skin pays for it with dryness and bags under my eyes. Oil cleansing definitely resolved these two issues.

    In addition, I use Retin-A at night which can, on occasion, leave skin flaky. For years I’d been exfoliating or using expensive glycolic acid moisturizers to “slough off” the dead skin. Oil cleansing works better. The oil itself keeps skin moisturized and the little bit of exfoliation I might need is done gently with the wash cloth. Using harsh chemicals or exfoliating scrubs just did more harm than good, and likely contributed to the dullness I was experiencing.

    I use 20% Castor Oil and 80% Olive Oil. I used to think my skin was “combination” but since oil cleansing it’s become more “normal.” I also use a few drops of the oil mixture as a moisturizer if my face if feeling more dry.

    Also, I think cleansing technique can make a little bit of a difference. I spend a lot of time “steaming.” I don’t wring out the washcloth between steaming; instead I keep the water running fairly hot and sweep an opened washcloth back and forth under the water, then press the very wet washcloth to my face (while bent over the sink). (I also inhale the steam to clean the sinuses!). I don’t rub off the oil. And I blot to dry, rather than rub dry.

  38. Hi ladies, for those of you who have tried this, how frequently should I do this? Every evening? Once a week? If I do the oil cleansing should I give up my other natural bar soap I typically use on my face?

    • I just do it every time I shower (every other day) but it can be done daily. I’ve found it best just to do oil cleansing or to use a non-soap method like microfiber in between since it seems to confuse the skin to nourish it with oil one day and then strip the oils with soap the next day…

      • I shower daily because I feel gross if I don’t, and I oil cleanse every day. I use a recycled glass bottle (leftover from some oyster sauce I used up just before I decided to clean up my diet) and put a mix of 1/3 castor oil and 2/3 olive oil in it. While the water is heating up for the shower, I pour a little oil into my hand and rub it all over my face before I hop in the shower while my face is dry, then lay the hot, wet washcloth over my face once I’m in the shower. I use the washcloth to lightly scrub my face to gently exfoliate. When I get out of the shower, I pat my face dry. I find that my skin is much less oily, I have fewer blemishes, and my skin is never tight or dry-feeling.

        • I pretty much do the same thing. I apply the mixture of Castor Oil, Coconut Oil and Olive Oil, all over my face and decollete’ area before I jump in the shower in the evening. Then, in the morning I use a mixture of the above, Castor Oil, Coco Oil and Olive Oil and Honey. I steam my face and wipe off any excess and apply my make up as usual. In the evening I will apply a little of the Coco Oil and Lavender and Olive, just for a little moisture. I’m very happy with this method.

          I would love to hear from Wellness Mama or anyone else about aging skin and anything that can be used for fine lines, especially around the eyes and what you recommend for the eyes. I’ve been using the same as described above, but think my eye area could use something for the fine lines and for moisture.

          Appreciate anyone’s input regarding aging skin and the method. Also what are you all using as a Sun Block?


  39. I struggle with blackheads and was so excited at the possibility of this destroying them that I went out and bought the castor oil and olive oil right away. I did an extended soak since it was my first time as a deep clean. I bought cold pressed pure oils but neither said unrefined. Does it say so on the bottle or how do you tell? Does it matter? Will this work the same?

  40. i’ve been using this method on and off for about 3 months. i only use this when i need to remove my makeup and i dont always wear them.

    i always have bad breakouts and that didnt stop with OCM. but i am still staying strong with this method bc so many ppl swear by it. it moisturises my skin but didnt help any with my acne problem. i dont know why it didnt work for me.

  41. Great article! I just started oil cleansing with coconut oil. So far, it’s working wonders!

  42. I used coconut oil when I first started cleansing with oil, but it was difficult to work with plain, as I had to warm it so it would be a liquid when I used it. I don’t use a microwave on things I plan on eating, so I would heat water in a tea kettle, pour it into a bowl, and sit the jar of coconut oil the bowl of hot water until it softened/liquified. It was time consuming. I heard someone say just to let the hot water/steam in the bathroom soften the oil, but it takes a long time and a lot of hot water down the drain, for that to work. So I switched to grapeseed oil, and I like it much better – not just for ease of use but because it moisturizes so well and absorbs for me better than the coconut oil. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still a huge fan of coconut oil, but for cleansing, at least at this point, I like grapeseed oil best! (PS. So far I haven’t made any mixes. Maybe coconut and grapeseed is great? I don’t know. I’m more of a grab-it-and-go kinda gal, so I really like that I can just put a jar of grapeseed oil in the shower and use it right out of the jar!)

    • Just be careful with Grapeseed Oil because it can go rancid rather quickly. Its shelf life is only about 3 months once opened. You can extend the shelf life a little longer by adding some Vitamin E (tocopherol) to the bottle of Grapeseed Oil as soon as you open the bottle to avoid rancidity or to at least extend the shelf life of the Grapeseed Oil. Vit E is not a preservative but rather an antioxidant.

  43. I started doing this a few days ago and so far am loving the results, mainly not having to douse my face in witch hazel and then slather on moisturizer because my usual cleanser left my skin tight and dry. I’m wondering though if the castor oil/olive oil blend is safe to use on eyelids to cleanse or remove makeup?

    • I use it for that too and am just careful to keep my eyes closed until I’ve rinsed…

  44. I tried this and loved the way it made my skin feel. But at about 2 weeks in I broke out with deep pimples that didn’t want to come to a head. I keep using the oil figuring my face just needed to adjust but the pimples kept getting worse so I finally stopped at about 4 weeks

  45. Help!! so I started using oil for two months but the wrong way – I used coconut oil after a shower and just left it on. My face got better at first, then worse but I persevered. Now it’s been about 3 weeks doing it your way but I also mixed it with olive oil and a tiny bit of castor.. I thought it was getting better but I’ve had acne in the same spots for two weeks now and it’s starting to spread.. is it because I did it wrong for so long? Maybe because it’s cold pressed virgin olive oil that should be stored in the fridge instead of the bathroom, or maybe I’m just detoxing too much for my skin to handle right now? My diet is pretty good, I’ve been pretty much completely in the raw for almost 4 months now and also started with the E3 live every day over a week ago.. I’m going to stick with this oil cleansing method but it’s hard to feel pretty with angry red things all over my face

    • Georgia, add 1-5 drops of tea tree oil to 1oz of oil(I use high grade olive oil).Tea tree oil is antibacterial and very good for all kind of acne,sore throat (to gargle ) and
      so on…. Google TEA TREE OIL

    • It could still be a detox thing, but you might also try adding more castor oil. Everyone adjusts differently, I think. It took me a couple weeks to get past the detox/break out phase, but now my skin never breaks out…

    • Coconut oil isn’t to be stored in the fridge. The term “cold pressed” refers to the way the oil was extracted, not storage.

  46. Hi there! I am a huge fan of your blog and with your help have gone almost chemical free with my personal products and my home. I have been using the oil cleansing method for months now and really see the benefits for my sensitive acne prone skin. One question though, could you recommend something to help naturally fade red marks left on pale skin? Thank you!

    • Try Tamanu or Argan oils. I’ve been using them after cleansing with oil, and the red marks I had from acne have almost completely vanished. They’re more expensive than some of the other oils, but worth it IMO!

      • Sorry for the delay, I wanted to try the argan oil before coming back with comments. So worth the money, it makes my hair and skin so soft and I do see a real difference in the fading of my red marks. Thanks so much for the advice!

  47. Hello Wellnessmama I was wondering what kind of Olive Oil do you use? Just trying to find something of good quality. I was also wondering if I could use the hazelnut/olive oil blend for oil pulling on my teeth too or should I definitely use the brushing blend?

    • I get it from Tropical Traditions… you can definitely use that for oil pulling, or plain olive or coconut oil works great too.

  48. Hello! I’m on day 9 of oil cleansing and my skin looks terrible 🙁
    Crazy break-outs, yet dry and flaky in several patches. I’m using the 1/4 castor – 3/4 olive oil mixture. I thought about using less castor and more olive and maybe adding a few drops of tea tree oil in there. I’ve been using a tea tree/water “toner” on my pimples that have come up to hopefully make them go away.
    Any suggestions or ideas? Maybe I should switch to different oils? I’m trying to hang in there and give it the “detoxing” phase, but it’s hard when I had issues with acne when I was in college and thought those days were long behind me!! THANK YOU!!

    • I’d hang in there a little longer and maybe add some coconut oil in to the mix too. Are you using any soap at any point? That could also be causing the problem…

  49. I am in LOVVE! With this site! To the creator; You are amazing! I first came across this site, looking for a natural lotion I can mix at home. The ingredients were exactly how I like things; Simple! I ventured off into the other areas of this site such as the natural face cleanser. Right now I’m trying to create my own perfume and I’m a little stuck. I know the recipe calls for a large amount, but how do I use to reduce the quantity? I want to test it out first, before I jump into the huge bottles, yakno? I wasted two of the essential oils I hand picked for the type of smell I’m wanting only because I don’t have the correct measurements. Trial and error. 🙂 I need the smell to be breath taking, inviting and powerful! (Btw, the oils if anyone’s interested, are Egyptian Musk, African Musk and Obession. I got them from a local hair store and they are a must try! If your fascinated by scents such as I.) Thank you for creating this site! You are a beautiful and magnificent person! Truly. Thank you for sharing your findings w us! Take care!

  50. Hi 🙂

    I would just like to say that I LOVE your website. It’s so amazing. I’ve learned so much about how to be all natural. Just the idea of going back to my shower and using all those sulfate laden products makes me cringe now.

    I’d like to know about the oil cleansing method… I have semi dry skin and an oily T-panel . So I have these tiny pimples between my brows. At the moment I only have olive oil at hand and I don’t live very close to a shop where I can find all the other oils mentioned above. Will only olive oil work? And will it get rid of my oily T-panel?

    Thanks a million.

    • It may do great alone… you might still have a detox period for a few days or a week, but olive oil is a very similar pH to the skin so its worth a try…

  51. I started doing OCM about 2 weeks ago and have had no problems whatsoever, I was wondering if anyone has used or thought about using Hemp oil. I use it to make salad dressing instead of EVOO.

    • I use hemp oil on my face and have only seen great results after 2 weeks of consistent use. I have dry (yet still a bit acne-prone) skin and live in a cold climate so i mix in a bit of avocado oil, as well.

  52. Thanks so much for introducing me to oil cleansing! I am nearing 40 and have been searching for a better solution for my skin. Aging definitely takes a toll on the face and I will admit to getting a bit desperate to find a way to naturally minimize wrinkles and make my pores appear smaller. After spending way too much money on products that don’t work and are chemical-laden, I came across your article. I gave it a shot and have been oil cleansing for several months now. My husband was the first to comment on how much healthier, soft, and glowing my complexion became. I also have very few blackheads, and my fine lines around my mouth and eyes are much less noticeable.

    I pair the oil cleansing with a toner I make from mineral water, cider vinegar, and crushed asprin. I love how convenient the oil cleansing is – no makeup remover necessary, and I find it a relaxing way to end my day. (I cleanse at night before bed). My mother was so intriqued by my new beauty regime, that I made her a set to try (oil cleansing, toner, and Wellness Mama’s homemade lotion.) and now she is hooked too.

    I love all your recipes and want to thank Katie for sharing so many great ideas and recipes with us!

  53. How would almond oil work as the carrier? I have a lot of it around the house, that’s why I ask. Would almond and hazelnut work?

  54. I have been oil cleansing for about 2 1/2 weeks and have had nothing but horrible breakouts. I am using a 1/3 Castor oil 2/3 olive oil mixture. What am I doing wrong?

    • Are you using anything else on your skin? Even soap in the shower? Some people will have a longer detox reaction, but perhaps try adding more castor oil in the short term to balance the oils more…

      • My skin was quite dry at first so I was using a simple Shea butter and olive oil cream to moisturize. But that was it. I will try adding more castor oil. Is the oil cleansing supposed to be done daily?

        • It can be done daily, but some people only need it every couple of days with just using water in between…

          • I’m using olive oil with just a tiny bit of castor oil, and it seems to be drying out my skin quite a bit. But I love how natural it is and generally my skin is looking better! I’ve been doing it for about a week now, daily. Perhaps I’m one of those people who only needs to do it every couple of days – but if that is the case, how would I get my makeup off so my pores don’t get clogged by it?

          • You could probably just use olive oil and also use a dab of olive, coconut or argan oil for moisturizing after…

          • How can you tell how often you need to cleanse with oil? I had great skin for the first week but today I started getting these white head pustule things. I have been cleansing every day, but should I do it less often? I really haven’t had much acne until today!

        • Don’t use Shea butter !!! That could be causing breakouts it’s way too heavy

  55. Thank you THANK YOU for posting this! I struggle horribly with acne (I am 28) and there is absolutely no room in the budget to try all the chemical laden stuff on the market that just dries out my skin anyway and ends up making it all look even worse…and painful. I used this this morning and loved it so much I ran to the store to get enough to make a big batch to last. Can I just say, my skin looks amazing! moisturized and smooth and feels very clean. I react to literally everything out there so I don’t use a moisturizer and my skin is calm and even toned. I can’t wait to see how much better it gets!
    Thanks again!

  56. I agree with you, detergents were so harsh on my skin. Since I started oil cleansing about six months ago I have noticed such a huge difference in my skin! I use jojoba with a little orange essential oil & it really seems to help balance my skin & heal any scarring I may have had from a blemish or two. Thanks for a great site!

  57. This might be slightly redundant, but I’ve been wanting to try this SO bad, but also am a bit scared because of my bad cystic acne I’ve had for the last 9/10 years (I’m 30). It’s just that I’ve been seriously considering accutane (I know I know!), and would rather not. But what if while surviving the detox period (b/c I’m sure mine would be horrendous), you really need to use make up to conceal- will it be affected by the OCM? I mean, I think I read one of the comments about the makeup ‘sliding off’?? I already have enough trepidation of my bad acne getting worse- but if I couldn’t cover it? But it would be HEAVEN if I could treat/detox my acne with something natural.

    Also- for cystic acne- would you still recommend 1/3 castor oil + 2/3 olive oil? (and it would have to be daily, since I still need make up to conceal) Thanks!!

    • I’d actually try half and half of castor and olive oil and as long as you rinse well, you shouldn’t have any problem with makeup.

      • Ok thanks! Also, is there anyway to break it in smoother? Like if I starting doing coconut oil mouth swishing(you know- you swish around in your mouth for 20 mins/day and it’s suppose to pull toxins?), for a week or two before, would that help detoxify a little so the breakouts wouldn’t be as bad? I hope that makes sense.

        Also- Is olive oil better to use than grapeseed oil? If I used your ratio of castor oil with grapeseed oil (instead of olive oil), would that have the same results? Just curious. I know there are more than one beneficial oil- but is there a site that breaks down which oil gives what results?

  58. This sounds so great. Have a question if anyone can help. I have the following oils: Olive, Coconut, Almond kernel, Sunflower and Flax seed. I believe all are organic and cold pressed. For combination skin, what combination would you use? I am trying to avoid buying anything else in case any of these will work 🙂
    Thank you

  59. Hi,
    I am currently on my 5th week of the oil cleanse and I have acne prone skin and it does not seem to be improving.. I am also breaking out in my hair line around my face. I started out using EVOO but it seemed like my skin was always so dry afterwards. I would add a tiny bit of oil back onto my face but it didn’t help. I cam across an article that said that Sunflower oil was butter because it absorbed better into the skin. I started using that and my skin isnt so dry now but I am still breaking out like crazy!
    Should I just add tea tree oil to my routine? Should I change back to olive oil? I have been using different ratios like 1 part castor oil to 2-4 parts olive or sunflower.. Maybe I will try 3 parts castor to 1 part oil.
    Should I still add the tea tree oil? Will I still use the oil as my moisturizer until my skin evens itself out?

    • I havIen’t tried this cleansing method yet, however I will be using Grapeseed oil. It is good for oily skin and also tones. I’ve used it alone as a moisturizer and as long as it’s still fresh, it should be a great option.

  60. After reading some of the comments, I thought I would chime in. I have acne prone skin, so I do not use olive oil on my face. I feel like it clogs. I use 1/3 castor oil, 1/3 Avacado oil, and 1/3 jojoba oil with a few drops of neem oil. If you feel like your skin is too oily or too dry after, adjust the amount of castor oil. It is drying, so increase for oily skin and decrease for dry skin. Also, waiting on a response to the question, how do you get your washcloths clean?? Mine are pretty nasty.

    • just use the washcloth for steaming then rub off the oil with toiletpaper. this keeps your cloths relatively oil free.

    • I rinse mine out with dishsoap before throwing in the wash. It’s job is to degrease and it seems to work 🙂 Good luck!

  61. When should I do this in relation to my workout? Should I use this method in the shower after a workout? If so, should I then do nothing before bed? Or should I just wash with water in the shower after a workout and then do this before bed? I tried this last night before bed (the combination skin ratio) and then just washed with water after my run today and my face feels like it is peeling off it is so dry! Is the ratio wrong or my timing? Or both? And if I do have dry skin until I get the ratio right, what should I use to moisturize?

    • Probably the ratio… I’d try mostly olive oil with some castor oil. I do it at night before bed and wash with really steamy water… there is definitely an adjustment period and I found that shea butter worked great during that time to moisturize…

      • Thank you! Do I just rinse with water in the shower after my workout?

        • I use really hot/steamy water and a clean washcloth to get the oil off and then just rinse at other times…

  62. I saw this on 20somethingallergies and she made it seem very complicated so I passed it by. But after reading what you’ve posted, I tried it and I am very hooked! Thanks for not making it sound like a science experiment.

    I have a question about the way my eyes feel after. I use olive oil and jojoba oil. My vision is blurred/foggy and it feels like oil is still in my eye lids. And I used to use coconut oil to remove mascara, but my eyes weren’t seeing clear after, like there was still oil in my lashes. I am not sure if I am explaining this feeling…but do you know what I am talking about? And if your eyes feel foggy or like there is still oil caked in the eyeball, do you just put up with it?

    • I actually just use a small microfiber cloth to wash my eyes off after oil cleansing and that gets the rest of the oil…

  63. I tried so many different oils to get this to work on my combination skin. Almost gave up as I had so many break outs from it. Finally, I found that hemp oil works really well for me, particularly if I follow it up with shea butter. I also take a teaspoon of hemp oil morning and night and haven’t had a break out since!

    • Thanks for sharing your experience with hemp oil. After lots of research and consideration, I started using hemp oil on my face and am very pleased. I just didn’t have a good feeling about using olive oil.

  64. Is the transition period likely to be rougher if I had been using some pretty harsh stuff on my face previously? I have very dry cheeks but always broke out on my forehead so I had been use a strong benzoyl peroxide cream on my forehead only. At first my forehead was super dry when I switched to this method, but now it is breaking out like crazy. I’m about 2.5 or 3 weeks in. I’m adding more castor oil now, but my cheeks are so dry. Shea butter on the cheeks?

    • The shea butter might help but I do think the detox period is longer if you were using harsher chemicals to begin with… Hope it works out soon!

  65. I am excited about trying the oil cleansing method!! I was wondering if Grapeseed oil could be used? If so how much and with what other oil? I have and oily TZone and the rest is fairly normal, I am prone to blackheads and the occasional breakout. Thanks for the information!!

    • I haven’t personally tried it but it could definitely be used with the castor oil…

  66. Hi! I’ve been using the OCM for over a month now, but my skin is breaking out more and more! I use 1/3 Castor, 1/3 Olive and 1/3 Almond oil. Maybe its the Almond oil? I also thought you had to rub off all the oil with the towel and I’ve reused the same total for a few days, maybe those are problems? Also, my skin feels a lil tight after, so I have always moisturized with Coconut oil. Is this the problem? Help please! 🙂

    • I”d try just olive and castor oil and not moisturizing with the coconut oil… some people don’t respond well to it…

      • I breakout badly when I use extra virgin coconut oil on my face.

  67. I just started the oil cleansing method & I love it! My skin is combination oily/dry and have had problems with acne for as long as I can remember. I have been using 1 part castor oil and 2 parts almond oil. My skin feels so soft and, for the first time in my life, I wake up in the morning and don’t feel like I need to wash the oil off my face right away. I had no idea this was even an option with oily skin so THANK YOU wellness mama!

  68. I’m not able to find hazelnut oil anywhere at the stores near me, so I got Walnut oil. Will this work okay with the olive oil??

  69. I started the oil cleansing method about 3 weeks ago and found it really was helping with my cystic acne, however my hairline and chin area began to break out extremely badly last week. I am using 1 part castor oil and 1 part grapeseed oil, and I do find my face feels a bit dry after using the cleanser so I will use a small amount (about 1/2 tsp) of jojoba oil. When using the jojoba oil I try not to put it on the areas that are more acne prone. I’m wondering if maybe the grapeseed oil is causing me to break out. What other oils would you recommend? Also should I try adding a bit of sugar to the mix to act as an exfoliant?

    • I’d try olive in place of the grape seed…

  70. I recently found your WONDERFUL site. I am so grateful for all the information you so kindly share. Wanted to ask, would walnut oil be OK in the oil cleasing mix? Do you massage around the eyes also if you are not removing eye makeup? And the neck?

  71. This thread of comments greatly helped me in my transition to using the OCM, so I wanted to briefly share my own experiences. I am 25 and live in Ireland, where my native-Floridian skin has become very dry. I am still prone to acne, so decided to use a 70/30 ratio of hemp oil to avocado oil. Many of the comments in this thread made me wary of using olive oil. It has been a few years since using harsh acne products, and so I didn’t see any sort of transition phase in my skin after switching to the OCM. After two weeks of consistent use, my skin never feels tight, it looks brighter and more even-toned, and if I do get a pimple, it subsides very quickly (but breakouts are more infrequent now). My pores are less noticeable, though I also attribute that to adopting a regular gelatin intake into my diet.
    Two links which I referred to obsessively while deciding which oils to try out on my skin:

  72. I just started using the oil cleansing method. I have acne prone skin and it is combination. I moved from a humid climate to a very dry climate and my skin is adapting ok. I had a question on the regularity in which I should be cleansing my skin. Also, if I wear makeup regularly and don’t need to fully cleanse my skin , what do you suggest that I do for removing the makeup? Should I fully Oil cleanse or something else? I don’t want to over do it, but not really sure. I am in the adjustment stage and my skin has ben breaking out, but I am hopeful that it will get better. My body really responds to “All Natural”. Thanks for the help!

    • You can do it daily without a problem…

  73. I just started using the oil cleansing method. I have acne prone skin and it is combination. I moved from a humid climate to a very dry climate and my skin is adapting ok. I had a question on the regularity in which I should be cleansing my skin. Also, if I wear makeup regularly and don’t need to fully cleanse my skin , what do you suggest that I do for removing the makeup? Should I fully Oil cleanse or something else? I don’t want to over do it, but not really sure. I am in the adjustment stage and my skin has ben breaking out, but I am hopeful that it will get better. My body really responds to “All Natural”. Thanks for the help!

  74. After several searches, link clicking and lots of reading I have ended up here and very interested in Oil Cleansing. My search began trying to help out my 8 year old daughter who has just started to break out with pimples and blackheads on her t-zone. I want to try this on myself but do you think this is good for an 8 year old? The thought of using those harsh chemicals and anti-bacterials on her young skin doesn’t sit well with me. If I do use this on her face how often would you suggest I use it?

    • She could definitely use this and since she probably isn’t wearing makeup, she could just use it every time she bathes…

      • That’s wonderful news … I’ll start looking for the oils and give this a try for her. I can tell you this, she will love the facial massage.

  75. Loving it! First time I tried coconut oil alone, which was too drying, and it came along with the fun skin detox symptoms (acne!!).

    This time, I’m using equal parts olive and coconut oil, and it’s perfect! The skin detox wasn’t nearly as bad either, but I’ve been doing weekly (or twice monthly) bentonite facials… so maybe that’s why… My skin’s more translucent and glowing (hubbie’s word, not mine). I really noticed when I stopped for a week b/c my oil bottle shattered, cleansing the bathroom floor nicely. My bottle was just the above oils with a couple drops of vit E oil + tea tree and lavender. I like my small add-ins, but it’s hard to say how different the effect really is on my skin. The essential oils make the hot-towel part of the routine really refreshing and relaxing though 🙂

  76. Just wondering how everyone is managing to get the oil out of their face clothes. I throw them through the wash, but they always seem to retain oil.

    • Try dishwashing liquid and rinsing before you wash…

  77. Would just olive oil work until I get others? It’s all I have in the house at the current moment. Also, I saw you said that you generally clean your kids with microfiber cloths because they have a good natural oil balance.. Do I not need to keep lotion on my 6 mo. old? I don’t very often because I hate the idea of putting the baby lotion we have (baby shower gifts) on her, but all these tv commercials tell me her skin dries out quicker than adults’ and it makes me feel guilty! I’m sure using no lotion is better than using J&J but do I need to make a chemical-free lotion or is baby skin fine without it?

  78. wow, I’ve never heard of oil cleansing until this post. such an eye opening concept. Reading everyone’s comments, I can totally sense the excitements of how effective oil cleansing is. Thanks for the post. I will definitely give it a try.

  79. @Megan, SO glad to see someone else has hormonal cystic acne (I have PCOS, ugh!) and after trying oil cleansing I noticed a change the next morning. A red mark (light acne scar) was a little faded. After the 2nd morning, I noticed a couple more faded. (Note: just did it at night with olive oil. Mornings I use an oil free scrub in the shower.)
    I decided against coconut oil since I read it is comedogenic. I want to clear my 30 yr acne battle, not add to it! Tonight I plan on trying grape seed oil. I’m also debating adding a neutrogena retinol product…either their anti blemish/anti wrinkle cream, or, a serum. Anyone else try this at night, a retinol After oil cleansing for acne and have good results?

  80. I started washing my face with coconut oil, I think it’s been about 2 months now. I love it! I depended on store bought face washes for so long, because I started getting acne at around 13 and so up until now (I’m 24) I would never DREAM of going a day without washing my face with some face wash. My skin is oily as well and it just hasn’t been as oily since I started using coconut oil. I have no problem now only washing my face every other day with it.

  81. Should I do this treatment at night before going to bed and after having taken a hot shower or should I do it in the morning? Or should I do it before I take a shower? Thank you.

    • I do in a hot shower either at night or first thing in the morning..

  82. Would it be safe to use 1/3 Hemp Oil and 2/3 Olive oil for this treatment?

  83. I have been oil cleansing for about 3 and a half weeks now and my skin is the most broken out it has ever been! I don’t know if I’m doing something wrong or if I have a bad ratio of oils? My skin was super oily before and since it has been normal. I am using a ratio of 30% castor oil and 70% grapeseed oil with a few drops of calendula oil as well. I am beginning to become really discouraged after reading that most people are only breaking out for a week or two. I am Asian so not only am I broken out in every type of zit imaginable all over my whole t-zone, they are scarring as well. Please, if anybody has any advice or words of wisdom I am all ears!!

    • I”d add more castor oil for the short term to see if that helps…

      • thanks! i changed my ratio to 70% castor oil and 30% EVOO. i think i might have been allergic to the grapeseed oil as it was giving me all these tiny bumps that i wasn’t sure were pimples around my chin area. i think this new combo is helping but it is so hard to tell – i am still a broken out mess. how often should i be washing my face? i wear makeup to work and work out afterwards – should oil cleanse to get the make up off and then rinse after my workout? i don’t want to “overwash” with the oil. what if i am not wearing any makeup, should i oil cleanse after a workout in general?

  84. Hi, what kind of microfibre cloth is this you are referring to? I only know the kinds for cleaning around the house. Also what is the worry with using only castor oil? I have been doing the method with only castor oil. Sometimes I put sweet almond oil on after as a moisturizer.

  85. Would be interested to try this with sesame & wheat germ oil… Not only are high in Vitamin E (which helps reduce scaring). but they also have antioxidants that regenerate cell growth.

  86. I would like to try the oil cleansing method. I couldn’t find hazelnut oil in stores. I was wondering if I could use Witch hazel instead? Thanks!

    • I don’t think it will work the same way…

  87. would the cooking hazelnut oil work as astringent? thanks!

  88. I’m planning on giving OCM a go…but at the moment I wear a lot of foundation and concealer to hide my hideous skin. I suppose I’m finding the idea of putting oil on my face on top of layers of make up hard to grasp, do I really not need to remove it first?!

    • The oil will work as a makeup remover so you can wash/remove in one step..

      • Ok, thank you. Will try it out tonight!

        • Hi Jen,

          how did this work for you? I have hormonal acne and use concealer and a BB cream to cover up, but im worried about cleansing the make-up off with an oil.


  89. Can I use a Clarisonic to rub the oil in?

    • I haven’t tried it but I guess you could…

      • Thank you!

  90. Sorry if this has already been covered (there are SO MANY comments! lol) but do you do anything special to wash the oil buildup out of your washclothes?

    Also- I’m am SOOO grateful that you introduced me to this. I’ve switched over to coconut oil (for the summer months, and b/c I am very much in love with all things coconut oil), and use a little jojoba under my eyes. In the 2 short months I’ve done this- my skin hasn’t completely cleared up, but the healing of past stuff has been amazing, as well as it working on wrinkles! It makes all the expensive anti-aging store-bought products look completely worthless! And for a couple bucks a month! 😀

    • Yay! So glad you are having such good results. I usually just scrub some liquid dish soap in to the rag and rinse out before laundering.

      • Thanks!

  91. I use straight raw coconut oil mixed with a drop of purification essential oil (I only use essential oils that are edible.) – I don’t hardly use foundation on my face anymore, if I do I just use an all natural tinted moisturizer.My skin feels like butter. I also use this as my underarm deodorant and it totally works!

  92. I love this! I have been using it for about four days and my skin has improved greatly! I will never use anything else ever again! Thank you for this post! It saved my skin! 🙂

  93. Let me first say that I really want this to work. I was hesitant at first, because I’ve had issues with acne throughout the years. My skin has stayed fairly clear since having my daughter 9 mo ago. I started doing oil cleansing 4 weeks ago, following the steps above. I started with 2:1, olive oil to castor oil. I was cleaning morning and night, as that’s what I’ve always had to do, otherwise I breakout with whiteheads the following day. (I was using cetaphil. I liked that it didn’t suds up, and dry out my skin, but it has a lot of ingredients and petrol bi-products.) Anyway, I was very happy with the results in week one and two. My pores tightened up and looked smaller on my nose. I wasn’t shiny. My skin felt moisturized. My crows feet were less noticeable. I also love the fact that I can make this cleanser at home with food grade items in my kitchen, and that I could eliminate multiple poisonous cosmetic products, like cleanser, moisturizer, mattifier, eye make-up remover, and wrinkle cream. However, I could feel tiny bumps on my chin and around my lips, not pimples though. They were like plugs coming from my pores, but I couldn’t tell if they were impurities like mentioned or clogs from the oil. I tried to do a deeper clean by letting the oil sit longer on my skin, and I changed my oil back to 2:1. (I had changed to 3:1, thinking I might be between oily and combination skin.) Now in week 4, I would say that my skin is inflamed. I have lots of red pimples along my hairline and in my smile lines, small blackheads throughout my T-zone, and two small, painful cystic pimples. Could this be because I’ve been cleaning morning and night? Drying out my skin, and thus causing clogged pores? Is it that I need to exfoliate or use a toner? I am considering using vinegar/water toner in the AM and oil in the PM, or exfoliating with a salt scrub once a week.

    I just don’t know if I should stick it out any longer. Anyone have similar issues? Can the transition period last for weeks? How do I know when to stop?

    Thanks for your time and help. I greatly appreciate it.

    • Personally, I”d try only once per day… It could be that you are drawing out chemicals from the skin from using other cleansers for so long and that doing it twice a day is causing this to happen too quickly. You could also try upping the castor oil even more (50/50 ratio) for a while to see if that helps…

      • Interesting. I forgot to mention that I have some dryness in spots. Would 50/50 make that worse? I was going to try 80 olive/20 castor for a while.

        • IT shouldn’t but the ratios are so individual that you’ll have to experiment until you find what works for you…

  94. I’ve used nothing but coconut oil to wash my face for about 5 months now, it was THE first time I had ever gone more than a day without using a store bought face wash. From around age 12 on I always had problems with oily skin and acne and would wash EVERY day with harsh facial washes. Well since I started using coconut oil I only wash my face every TWO days, and even by the time I wash it on the second day my skin isn’t oily! I used to wake up the next morning after washing with oily skin, so going a whole extra day just never happened. My skin looks the clearest it probably ever has too. For 12 years of my life I was always switching between expensive face washes. Not anymore! I have my trusty coconut oil for face wash, moisturizer, body scrub, hair mask, (I keep it in a separate container for body use) and not to mention for all the things I use it to cook.

  95. I have been using coconut oil for oil cleansing, I only do it at night. At first, I tried virgin coconut oil that I bought from health food store, the kind that can be used as food. It caused break out the next day. Then, I changed to using a essential oil blend that contains coconut oil, my skin were ok, no more break outs. However, I still found my skin dry in the morning. So, I wonder what can I do in the morning. People say that do not put oil on a face that is not cleaned, and they also say that if you do it in the morning, the sun will fry your skin. Is that true?

    Another thing is that my skin still show signs of dryness after oil cleansing, I was wondering if avocado oil is a better choice than coconut oil. I would appreciate your help. Thank you.

    • I haven’t found that it fries my skin if I use in the morning… avocado might be better though…

  96. i need help, i have been trying forever to figure out the right combo for my skin. i used castor oil, grapeseed oil,avocado oil and it seemed to dry my skin out. then used castor, almond , avocado oil and its too oily. too much coconut oil dries my skin as well. please help…….any advice, should i not use more than 2 oils?

    • I’d try olive and castor oil… those seem to be the most balancing….

  97. For the past month I have been using coconut oil to cleanse and moisturize my face in an attempt to clear up my acne but my face has stayed the same and not cleared up. I have read many reviews on the oil cleansing method using the castor and olive oil and am wondering in your opinion if I would have better luck with the castor and olive oil method?

    • I’d try those… as much as I love coconut oil, it doesn’t do well on my skin either for this….

      • okay I will go ahead and give it a try then and see what happens. Thanks!

  98. I’ve also heard rosehip seed oil works really well

  99. Thanks for the recipe, Wellness Mama!

    I’ve never had a problem with acne before (I’m 32) but I’ve started to use tinted moisturizer and some makeup recently and am getting pimples and red-tinged boils with white tips, presumably due to clogged pores. I also changed my regular face moisturizer (Avalon Lavendar) around the same time, so playing detective has been hard. Therefore I’ve been looking for natural makeup cleansers and was wondering if this can be used everyday to cleanse makeup? I don’t wear makeup everyday but I foresee that some weeks I might. Thanks in advance!

  100. I used this for about 3 weeks and supplemented with tea tree oil as a spot treatment for blemishes and then trader joes tea tree face wash on days I wasn’t doing the oil cleansing. I occasionally used apple cider vinger as toner like you suggested. After 3 weeks my forehead broke out, I don’t know if it’s a rash it looks like pimples but they are not. I’m not sure what to do but I’ve stopped using the oil cleanse for now. Help!

    • What oils were you using and in what proportion?

      • I used your recommended portions, 1 tsp castor oil, 2 tsp olive oil, and a little bit of vitamin e oil

        • The only thing I can think is that you could be sensitive to something in the vitamin e? Try a 1:1 ratio of castor and olive oil without the vitamin e…

          • Ok I’ll try that, thanks!

  101. I’ve been doing the OCM for a week and my skin is THE worst it’s EVER been!!! Honestly, I’ve just turned 30 (today!) and now have small red pimples and rough textured skin. I didn’t have skin this bad as a teenager.

    I really want this to work for me and need to know if I should quit and try to help my skin or keep going in case it’s doing this ‘purging’ I’ve read about on other sites. PLEASE HELP!! I’m using 1/3 castor oil and 2/3 sweet almond oil with about 10 drops of geranium essential oil.

    • It is probably a detox of your skin if you’ve used chemical products in the past. i’d try half and half castor and olive oil and stick it out for a week or so…

  102. I have very oily skin and trouble with cyst like acne on my chin, jaw and neck. I was so excited to try this method. First time I did coconut oil (cold pressed organic, not fractionated) and my face felt good for the first week. After 2 weeks I not only had cysts but my cheeks, nose and forehead were covered in red pimples. After 2 weeks I gave up it was so bad! So then I thought maybe it was the oil I used. Next tried castor oil mixed with olive oil. Same thing. I did it longer this time thinking I just needed to detoxify. I was so miserable with my face, painful cysts still there plus the red pimples everywhere. I took a picture of my face and sent it to my sister and asked her if I should keep trying it or stop? She could not believe how bad my skin looked and told me to stop immediately! I really was hoping for the results I read in all the comments. I am trying to get rid of all chemicals and my face is the last thing that I just can’t seem to find anything that works. I tried neem oil mixed with an organic cleanser but the smell is so bad and results were not good either. Has anyone had this problem and do I just need to try longer? It’s so hard to keep using it when it looks so bad!

    • I havne’t heard of a detox reaction lasting that long… I”ve heard of raw honey working for some people or a half and half mix of liquid castle soap and coconut milk…

    • I too had cysts , I tried everything . One day a NCP at the doctor’s office told me, “that ‘s staph”. I researched, starting putting neosporin up my nose and on the spots, along with vinegar baths and now I can put anything on my face. No more cysts for 8 years now

  103. Hi.
    First let me tell you HOW very much I love all your tips and cant wait to try them all asap.
    For this Oil cleaning … Do you use it day/night every day??
    and no creams at all?? What about SPF especially during summer?
    Thank you

  104. What’s the best cleaner to use on the shower?

  105. I started the oil cleansing method about 3 months ago. I used a mix of castor oil, olive oil, and jojoba oil with a few drops of tea tree oil and vitamin E oil. I tried all different proportions of the oils over the course of 3 months, and I did noticed a marked difference in the oiliness of my skin. I would wake up in the morning and my skin would feel clean and perfect rather than oily and gross!

    However, it didn’t clear up my deep, hormonal acne and I began to notice fine lines developing around my eyes. I’m only 25 and have never had lines before! I thought maybe this method just required time, but after 3 months, I had to throw in the towel and move on. Perhaps trying other kinds of oil would have given better results, but I just didn’t have the money to sink into more oils to find the right alternative. Right now, I’m back to using Dr. Bronner’s peppermint soap and my skin is doing better. Good luck to all of you!

  106. I do the OCM with 1/4 castor oil, 3/4 avocado oil, once a week, and I swear my skin has never been better.

  107. Thanks so much for all the wonderful natural living info you share! I’ve been doing oil cleansing for a couple of weeks now and am loving it. I am wondering if anyone has experience with traveling with their oils, what containers they use, etc. Are the GoToobs relatively leak-proof? Have you used other containers that proved to be pretty reliable?

  108. I started oil cleansing about 4 months ago because my face and chest were breaking out consistently. I use Jojoba oil because read that it is good for skin prone to acne. I recently when off birth control and was really nervous I was going to have bad breakouts like I did a few years ago when I stopped it after college (it was so bad, I went back on BC just to control my acne). It’s been a month, and although my skin is not quite as clear as it was when I was oil cleansing AND on the pill, it is doing pretty good. Maybe I will try castor oil when I make my next purchase at Mountain Rose Herbs and give that a try! I have also found that mixing rosemary oil and the jojoba works great as a spot treatment!

  109. I’ve been doing that for 2 years actually and my skin looks great. I used to have such a dry skin it always needed to buy very thick creams but now my skin is not really dry anymore. I also made some dietary changes like the ones seggested on this website 🙂

  110. Dear Wellness Mama,
    thank you for all your wonderful posts, they are absolutely fabulous! I have made the moisturising lotion and I love it!! Just one question: the cream is too rich for my skin. It does not absorb well (as opposed to store bought lotion). I leave it on for half an hour and still its sitting on my skin, so I pass a towel to take most of it off or else it will be in my clothes. is there a way to make a lotion that’s not so rich? im afraid my skin is not absorbing it and since i’m very prone to stretch marks, I really need a good moisturiser.
    thank you!!
    ps: i tried posting this on the page for lotion, but it won’t let me for some reason…

  111. Hi! =) I am on vaca @ Oregon Coast and all my goodies (ingredients for homemade things) were left at home. My skin was not looking so great (tired, lackluster, little breakouts popping up and uneven skin tone), so I went to the local health food store down here and intuitively grabbed some Baking Soda and Neem Leaf powder. I added it to my beloved raw honey (I used it on occasion to cleanse face, but it never takes all mineral powder makeup off) and also a squirt of my oil blend I used for cleansing my face (grapeseed oil, tamanu, hazelnut and some random essential oils). I mixed all that together and massaged face gently for a few minutes and O.M.G. my skin was glowing and more even and felt AH-MAZING! It looked even better this morning after I woke up! Face smooth, soft, clear, and fine lines WAY softer too! BONUS! =)

    You MUST try this! Your skin will L.O.V.E. you =) OH! I followed with my homemade toner made of 1/3 ACV + 2/3 green tea (used cotton pad to swipe face)


  112. I have used this method for about a year and love it! However, I have a hard time getting my washcloths clean, they are so heavy with oil and smell icky. How do you clean your washcloths?

    • pre-wash with the liquid soap used for dish washing…

  113. Does anyone know if hemp oil works well?? Coconut oil clogs my pores.

  114. I was at my whits end, literally crying for days on straight last week and contemplating seeing a therapist for how badly this acne has ruined my life. I’m a 25 year old female who has what dermatologists keep calling “persistent acne.” I’ve had my hormones check, tried every product out in the market, tried every diet from juicing to ayurveda to acupuncture. Finally last week, I was reading these posts and noticed the castor oil and olive oil I had bought months back from whole foods and said to myself, “I’m already at my worst, I guess if i try this and it gets work, I go on accutane.” Just a quick background for the past couple months since January I’ve been seeing someone who has been extracting my pimples. Its all located along my chin, jawline and neck. Giving her credit, she has brought my acne down from cystic to pure tender whiteheads. But she was leaving me with nasty whiteheads and terrible hyper pigmentation marks that looked just as bad as having acne. I don’t even think its been a week since I threw castor oil and olive oil into a jar (didn’t even measure it and couldn’t tell you the ratio if you were to ask me right now) and I’ve been using it in the shower once every night. My super dry skin has gone to just fine skin, maybe a little dry on the pimples that have been popping, and my makeup has a great finish to it. I cant say this has made my acne disappear overnight, nor can I say its done anything for my scars, but it’s definitely changed the game as far as moisture goes and my skin is less oily throughout the day. Since it hasn’t harmed me yet, I figure why not continue and drop all the harsh, drying products I was using before. I hope to play with different oils down the line but since my face is extremely sensitive throughout the years of pain I’ve caused it, I’ve decided to take time weaning into it. I hope this helps others who have done as many research as I have just to read something on females without persistent acne at this age!

  115. Great article! What are your thoughts on adding essential oils such as Lavender or Tea Tree to oil blend? Thanks.

    • Depends on skin type but usually ok….

  116. QUESTIONS: How often do you use the OCM? What do you use in between?

    • Everyday with just a warm washcloth in between

  117. Is this just for the face or the whole body? It sounds like just the face.

  118. I have very dry & sensitive skin. I’ve been using a 1-10 ratio of castor oil to sunflower seed oil for about 2 weeks & my skin looks worse! I am experiencing increasing red flakey itchy patches. I’ve decreased the castor oil ratio to 1/10 & am now thinking of dropping it entirely- what should I replace it with?

  119. How often should I oil cleanse? I am new to this and I want to implement it with my three daughters as well as myself.

      • I run and I go to the gym every morning. I also wear make-up to work daily. I have started the OCM at night to remove makeup/cleanse and let my skin heal while sleeping, but I’m torn as to what to do after the gym. I have been using less than a dime sized amount after the gym to get the salt and sweat off but I don’t want to overwork my skin. Any suggestions?

        • I’m wondering this exact same thing. I think I will try raw honey or a warm washcloth, which is what I plan to do in the morning. What did you end up doing?

  120. I’ve been using grapeseed oil with a few drops of tea tree oil as my daily moisturizer for nearly a year now. I was quite excited to try the OCM and used my existing mix and it felt amazing! However, shortly after I had the worst, most painful breakout in years and I sort of panicked. For all I know, if may have been a hormonal trigger due to my extreme stress these days.
    I’ve been honey cleansing since daily to attempt clearing it back to its previous, more manageable level. I suppose it’s time to get some castor oil and give it another try, hopefully the more astringent additive will help some. *fingers crossed*

  121. I just tried oil cleansing for the first time and darn-it-all if it didn’t work like a charm! I have VERY dry skin so I just used organic cold-pressed olive oil. My skin soaked it right up, and after the hot towel it feels fresh and clean! Thank you once again Wellness Mama!

  122. Would mixing Olive Oil and Jojoba Oil work?

  123. I love this method- my skin is so happy on it!

  124. hi @wellnesmama i gave up my cleaniser some months ago and i am using the OCM now. i have a very oily skin with acne since i was 12 years old and now i am 30. Ive tried jojoba oil, olive oil, argan oil as carriers with some drops of lavander and clove oil. from a month or so ive introduced the castor oil to my skin but ive heard that it can make my facial hair grow quicker stronger and blacker then before… i am sceared now… is it true?

  125. I was wondering if I should incorporate a face scrub or mask with the oil cleansing method and would I just use the oil as a moisturiser afterwards?

  126. Thank you so much for the formulas for skin types. I used to
    use Clarins and I can’t find their oils now. Then Burt’s Bees discontinued
    their formula. Now I use Boots Botanics. With this article I’ll just make my
    own from now on!

  127. Going to a job fair next week, so I think I will try after, don’t want any breakouts when I’m there. Just one question: This is supposed to be done about once a week from the start? What do you do for moisturizing in between?

    • I do it every day, once a day

  128. Hi,

    I usually have normal to dry skin, but when I work a lot and I’m stressed, also in the cold-windy seasons, my skin becomes sensitive and dry. I’ve been using oil cleansing method with olive oil (2/3) and avocado oil (1/3) for a week every morning and evening but my skin becomes dryer and dryer + itchy. I did not use any other moisturizer after the oil and at some point I only used olive oil. Now I stopped using it (or anything else) for 2 days to try and get my natural oil back, but so far my skin is still very dry. On the internet I couldn’t find people saying that olive oil made their skin dry or itchy.

    Did I used it wrong (twice a day)? It made my skin very soft immediately after, but in a couple of hours my skin was dry again and itchy around my chin.

    I really want this method to work :/ Do I have to use something else after it, since it is a cleanser? A strong organic moisturizer would help?

  129. I just started doing the Oil Cleansing method about a week and a half ago. I’ve been using Sunflower Oil and a very tiny bit of Castor oil. My skin has always been dry, and had some acne. However, it has become even DRIER, even though the acne has cleared up. Maybe I could try using Olive Oil instead?

  130. Hey! This sounds great! Does this work on tweens? I’m in that season where acne is at it’s worst and I have been looking for something to make it better.

  131. Hi! I’ve been using the OCM for about a month now and I’ve noticed my pores seem to be much larger on my cheeks than they were before. Should this go away? Would you recommend I try something different. I started with castor oil and olive oil (1 part castor and 2 parts olive) and then switched from olive oil to sunflower oil. I am sure to wipe the oil away after I’ve steamed my face with the hot washcloth. I find I still need to add more oil/natural moisturizer after that or my skin feels a bit tight. Any suggestions would be much appreciated! All the best.

  132. Wondering if I should do a facial mask before or after this oil cleansing? I’m in love with the all=natural food masks but wondering if it will affect my cleansing. Thanks!

  133. What about a no-soap cleansing option for the body? I have keratosis pyloris (rough, bumpy skin) which causes acne on my entire back, buttocks and legs. I am thinking about getting a filter for my shower, and of ditching all of the creams/lotions/ect I use on my skin to unsuccessfully control the symptoms.

  134. I am actively doing oil-pulling, but I’m wondering about the frequency of this. Could I get away with doing it every night before bed as a going to sleep routine, along with Garsham massages?

  135. I tried this today. When I finished, my face was red and puffy but that went away in a few minutes. My face feels really soft although of course it doesn’t look better yet.

    How often am I supposed to do this? Every day? Once a week? Thanks!

  136. If you make this for your own use, how do you keep it from going bad? How long of a shelf life does it have? So eager to try it!

  137. When doing the oil cleanse, can you combine, let’s say 3 other oils with the castor oil? Or is it just castor oil and one other oil? 🙂

    • you can mix as many as you want!!

      • Awesome! Thanks so much 🙂

  138. I have really great skin as is, my only problem is blackheads around my nose. I also tend to have more oily skin. I was wondering if the adjustment period happened to all of you? I haven’t had a pimple in my life, and would hate to start now…

    • I didn’t have any adjustment period. My skin is/was similar to yours. More on the oily side and lots of blackheads on my nose area. Started oil cleansing and my skin went from so so to great! I love it! The blackheads/clogged pores on my nose are soooo much better.

  139. I’ve worked in skincare and cosmetics for 20 years and have access to the best of the best. I had a bio chemist that specializes in cosmetics recently tell me that the Origins brand cleansing oil was the best cleanser on the market for skin. Although I’m fifty, my skin is oily, large pores but I tried it anyway. I loved it but thought there still has to be something better. I came across your blog. Mixed my own oil and let me say I am sold! My skin is no longer oily, of course I still have pores, but they are near invisible, and I have never received so many compliments on my skin. Also, my 14 year old that has always had perfect skin recently started her period, and her entire forehead and chin broke out in severe cystic acne. Not mild, severe. Of course I turned to what I know. Salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, etc.. She is not typical and does not have oily skin but extremely dry skin. Nothing worked.. I then used DR. Bonner’s soap (all oils) and it completely cleared her up but she was super dry. After I started the cleansing oil, I decided to put her on it to see if it would keep the breakouts away and help the dryness. Her skin is back to perfect like it never happened. I never would have thought with everything I’ve learned over the years that something so simple could be so amazing. Thank you so much for your wonderful blog! I’m learning all kinds of new things!

  140. I have been using this oil cleanse for two weeks now and I love how it has balanced my skin. I’m no longer dry and oily, just even skin tone now. I was wondering though if you know of any natural option for pore reduction?

    • if you continue using this method, your pores will slowly reduce in size.

  141. I have been doing the oil cleansing method for about 3 months and I can’t believe I never tried it before! I mix one part castor oil and 2 parts of olive oil to which I add a few drops of Rose essential oil. My skin is amazingly clean. I use this method only once a day, and just rinse with water the rest of the time. My skin is supple, moisturized, and blemish free. I do not use any other moisturizing product on my face.

  142. Could you add vanilla extract or essential oils to this to make it smell good?

    • I think that would be a good idea! Rose essential oil has TONS of vitamin C, which brightens the skin. Tea Tree oil is good at killing bacteria and can help reduce acne breakouts caused by bacteria.

  143. Can I use just any olive oil? Like the one that is in my kitchen??

  144. I just bought almond oil at my whole foods, and mixed 1tsp with 2tsps of olive oil. So excited to see if this improves my skin!

  145. “Castor oil should never be used undiluted on the skin” – can you explain? I had been using pure Castor oil on my dry hands. Or on my sons chest to increase blood circulation when they are congested.

  146. Is this something that should be done morning and night, or is once a day enough?

    • This is what Katie told Tiffany (who was using it twice a day) in the comments above:
      “Personally, I”d try only once per day… It could be that you are drawing out chemicals from the skin from using other cleansers for so long and that doing it twice a day is causing this to happen too quickly. You could also try upping the castor oil even more (50/50 ratio) for a while to see if that helps…”

      So I think it would be best to do once a day.

  147. I just hear about this method for the first time today and I am looking forward to giving it a try now that I am off from school. I do have one question though, how many times a day do you use the oil method? And if you are acne prone like me, do you still use spot treatments, or do you discontinue that as well?

  148. Wow! I just learned about OCM today and am so fascinated by it. Can’t wait to try it out! Question, what facial products do you use on days when you’re not doing OCM? E.g. makeup remover, moisturizer, and face wash. Thanks!

  149. Unsustainable are 80% of the deforestation is caused by MEAT, DAIRY, EGG farms. If people were worried about it they’d go vegan.

  150. Today is my 8th day of doing the oil cleanse, and all week my skin has been very lovely and soft. However, today I have gotten several white head pustule like things, but I was thinking that I was already through the adjustment period. It seems rather late for it to be just starting. Am I doing something wrong? I’ve been doing it once a day (at night) with 3 parts olive oil to 1 part castor oil. The rest of my skin is silky soft and amazing, so I really want this to work! Also, I assume I shouldn’t pop the pustules right?

  151. Can you mix up a batch of this and keep it in a container to come back to? Or do you have to freshly mix it every day?

    • You can pre-mix. Once you find your ratio, you can mix much larger amounts. I have a 12 ounce pre-mixed jar in my shower

  152. This is the worst advice ever. I followed this and ended up with severe cystic acne that I never even had as a teenager. I used olive oil, tea tree oil, and castor oil for the month of September. By October I began experiencing the worst breakout of my life. I have been trying to clear my acne since then. I had one cystic hot spot that lasted over two months. I have to cover my face with gauze at night because my acne will pop on my pillows. Sometimes, the acne popped just from me talking and moving my face during eating. Don’t try this at all. It has been over three months and I’m still experiencing breakouts. Before I started, I had clear skin. Now, I can barely look in the mirror. I have scars that cover the whole area of both cheeks. And random zits on my forehead, jawline, chin…as well as blackheads covering my whole face. Do not listen to this advice.

    • I by no means am trying to dismiss any of your concerns, but tea tree oil does not work for everyone I myself found it to be irritating when I’ve tried to use it on my entire face in a cleanser. I can use it lightly in trouble spots, but that’s about it. I have combination skin. Maybe the tea tree oil is too harsh for your skin and not necessarily the oil method. She even states above that you have to find the balance for your own skin and maybe you just didn’t find yours. Again, I’m not trying to get you riled up, I’m just making a suggestion.

    • I have read that olive oil is a problem for a lot of people. Many have experienced what you are with. However, I’ve had steady acne since I was 12 years old and nothing has helped me. Not proactiv, not benzoyl peroxide. Not clean eating. I’ve tried everything. I’ve been oil cleansing with olive oil for just over two weeks now and can really tell that it working. All the little bumps I could feel under my skin just waiting to erupt are gone. No more new white heads, which I would generally get every day, and my husband, without knowing my routine change, has been gushing about how clear and bright my skin looks. When he asked what I was doing, he said, “I think you’ve stumbled on a miracle,” and told me to keep doing it. It’s been a skin saver for me. I am very sorry this happened to you, but I don’t know what would possess you to use tea tree oil on your face like that, especially since you said you had clear skin before. Tea tree oil can be effective for acne, but it must be super diluted and I don’t think anyone would recommend using it for oil cleansing. It’s too risky. Like I said, I just use straight olive oil, then follow up with an acv toner. Best thing I’ve ever done for my horrible skin. It’s good advice, you just have to be carefully and not use the wrong oil. Tea tree oil is the wrong oil for this.

      • Please excuse typos, I can’t edit for some reason!

    • So sorry this did not work for you. Tea tree oil is an irritant for some people, although it has wonderful results for others. I would definitely steer clear of it if you are having a reaction. Maybe just the other two oils would be best. Good luck. Finding the right combination of oils and amounts would definitely be worth it, though, because the chemical treatments for skin breakouts quite often also exaggerate the problem and keep skin irritated.

  153. Day one of oil cleansing. Looking forward to seeing what kind of results I have. I started out simple with the 1 tsp. castor oil to 2 tsp. sunflower oil ratio. I have combination skin. Skin currently feels fabulous.

  154. Question: I purchased some Jamaican Black Castor Oil for my hair: will this work as well, or will it have to be ‘regualr’ castor oil???
    I bought quite a bit for my hair, for growth and thickness and health, and would like another use as well….

    • Black castor oil is made black by roasting the castor beans and then boiling them and pressing the oils out…something I wouldn’t recommend putting on your skin, besides the scalp where it’s intended. Cold pressed oils are generally better and safer for the skin. Plus, since it’s meant for the hair, I would leave it in the hair category and not try to make it a skin product…like, I wouldn’t use conditioner on my skin because its very comedogenic. Even though some people swear by it for shaving, it breaks out my legs. Cold pressed castor oil is pale yellow and what should be used on the skin, IMO. The bottle i bought is 12oz or so, and i believe it was $7. it’s not expensive. I also mix it in with my shampoo to see if it helps with my flaky scalp. However, it’s your skin, so experiment if you want to. It might be magic on your skin, but if a client asked me if it was cool to use it, I’d tell them no. Hope this helps!

  155. Can you do the OCM without any castor oil? I’m using grape seed oil with tamanu oil right now but only for a couple days so im not sure yet how it will work out 🙂

  156. Can OCM be used twice a day every day?

  157. I know this is an older post, but I just started oil cleansing a little over a week ago. I do love it, did find that I need less castor oil. I have a few questions though.

    How would avacado oil be as the base?
    What would be a good essential oil for sensitive skin, just to add a little scent?(if possible)
    Can I mix rosewater and lemon juice for a ‘toner’? Too drying?
    Any suggestions to lighten the dark spots left behind by the pimples over the years?

    I just found your site and absolutely LOVE it- Thanks for all the great info!

  158. So, I have been using this method on and off for about a month or so. I haven’t noticed any real changes yet, but I love how soft my skin feels in the morning! The only problem I have been experiencing is that I know there is still makeup on my face after I’m done laying the hot wash cloth on my face. Afterwards, I always have to go through and rub my foundation off. I really want to use this method, but the wash cloth is just too rough on my face. Any suggestions? I was thinking I might not be using a hot enough wet wash cloth…

    • SHE uses a microfiber wash cloth, maybe that would help.

  159. Thank you for the info. I have been looking for less expensive natural cleansers. I will give this a shot!

  160. Hi I was wondering is there any other oil I can use other than Castor Oil or Hazelnut Oil?
    I don’t have those in the house but to try this with the oil’s I do have.
    Thank u. ^_^ <3

  161. I’m looking for the best quality and pricing on where to get castor oil, olive oil, and jojoba oil. Was going to order from mountain herb until I saw the price of jojoba :/

    • Castor Oil doesn’t exactly carry with it the same level of concern as far as quality as other oils. It is very inexpensive as is. Olive Oil does to some degree, but I can’t remember the specifics, but check out any quality food network’s website and they will be able to advise. For other oils, I prefer to use Young Living Essential Oils (and their website does include some other trusted brands, too), but they’re oils are very concentrated and (for my pocketbook) very expensive. If you see a sale, grab it! Those little bitty bottles last forever! But they are very specific on their oils, even down to the exact amount of time an oil cures in the sunlight. A few weeks back, I used Apricot Oil for my hair and Grape Seed Extract oil for my face with great results that I had picked up at the local Drug Emporium and it was super cheap there. I didn’t even know they sold oils until then. Do you have one of those where you live? If not, maybe call a Naturalist’s Office in your area and see if they know any place locally they trust so you can go in and and feel, see, and smell the items first.

  162. It may of already been asked, but I did not read all the comments… what about using a herbal infused oil to do this? Get the benefits of the oil and herbs.

  163. Is it okay to do this twice a day? I’ve been oil cleaning for about 4 days now, and I love it!

  164. Hi there! I’m so excited to try this out after I get my castor oil. However, I would like to ask some questions.

    1.) I always wash my face twice a day. Once in the morning and once before I go to bed. Since this oil cleansing is only used once a day, does this mean I should only wash my face once a day?

    2.) If I use the oil cleansing method on every other day, how should I cleanse my face on the days that I do not use the oil? Do I just wash it with plain water?

    3.) After doing the oil cleanse, should those oil that is left on my skin be completely remove? Or should I just leave it on my face?

    4.) How should I clean my wash cloth?

    5.) Finally, should I continue to use my skin care proucts such as toner, sun block and mosturizer when I used this method?

    I’m sorry for asking so many questions but please answer it as I would really like to try this out and I want to make sure what I do in the process is right.

    Thanks a lot in advance.

  165. Hi

    I have horrible deep, red, swollen acne. The type that comes and stays for weeks and weeks. I take care of my skin and I use tea tree oil. My acne has phases, and have no idea what makes it worse or better…

    I was wondering, what face wash would you recommend me?

  166. Can I use macadamia nut oil? I’m having a hard time finding hazelnut oil

  167. Would grapeseed oil work in place of olive oil?

  168. After reading this and the honey cleanser post I’m trying OCM at night and raw honey or a washcloth in the morning. When I workout during the day should I use one of those two methods and save the OCM for only 1x day, at night? Thank you!

  169. thanks so much for writing this article,. ive been using natural oil for makeup remover but never thought it could be for for facial cleansing too. its winter where i live, and my skin is flaky dry. i started the regimen just lastnight using only olive oil and i felt the different. i also have coconut, argan and candlenut/kukui oil at home,. would you please kindly recommend me the best ratio for dry skin? thanks very much katie! xoxo

    • With dry skin, stick to nourishing oils… you can use olive, argan, almond, etc Use only a little of drying oils like coconut, castor and hazelnut

  170. I do this method with pure coconut oil and it works amazingggg for me, I’m obsessed. The pores in my nose have shrunk SO much as well. But I was wondering, is this something you are supposed to do everyday? How often should you do it?

  171. Can you suggest me anything natural to get rid of dark circles under my eyes? I’ve tried various products but nothing works. No result at all.

  172. I have a very acne prone skin and after having acne under control for 13 years with Proactive I decided to give a try to the oil cleansing method. After 8 weeks on the method with progressively worst skin I had to go back to old method. Long story short 16 weeks later I am still dealing with the biggest breakout I ‘ve ever had and huge scars I never developed with previous breakouts. If you have acne prone skin and have it currently under control with other method proceed cautiously before implementing the oil cleansing method.

  173. Hello. After reading all the comments about OCM I truly want to try it. For the last 2 years my skin has had more break outs than it did when I was a teenager so I am looking forward to finding an alternative to my everyday facial cleanser, which does not seem to be working. I am however needing some guidance. Wellness Mama suggests many different oils. Are these oils the same ones one can find in the cooking oil section at a local grocery store? The reason I ask is because when I went to the local health food store I could not find Hazelnut oil or Sunflower oil in the isle that has facial oil cleansers. I did however find the Hazelnut oil with the cooking oils, so can I use this one? Thanks to anyone who can help.

    • Sorry, I have one more question. As for the Olive oil, is regular Olive oil okay to use or should I use Extra-Virgin Olive oil, Virgin Olive oil or Pure Olive oil? Thanks.

  174. Can you tell me what kind of olive oil to use for this? It seems like there are so many kinds and brands out there. Virgin, extra virgin, store brand, name brand…. Thank you!!

  175. I tried the oil cleansing method for the first time tonight. Here’s hoping! Quick question: how often should this cleansing method be done? Every night? Once a week? Once a month?

  176. can i use almond oil instead of castor?

  177. I’m guessing you are not using this over the eye lid? If not, how do you cleanse and remove makeup from your eyelid and lashes/

  178. I was wondering what kinds of containers you all use to store the oil when you travel? Mine always leaks everywhere! I keep the container in a little plastic baggy so it’s not the end of the world – but I would rather not deal with all the mess and wastefulness. Thanks!

  179. I have been researching OCM for a while and finally going to give it a go. I was curious, what do you use to clean your cloths? Also, does it ever cause issues with the washer? I have read some people use baking soda and hand wash. I’m trying to look for an Eco option over the products salons and that use. Thank you!

  180. I have been using the OCM for almost a week. I must be doing something wrong. I have to use a steam washcloth 5-6 times and still seem to have oil left on my face. My face also never feels clean. I started with 1/3 castor and 2/3 olive oil. I am now up to 2/3 castor and 1/3 olive oil. My skin is terribly oil and acne prone. Any suggestions?

    • I have terribly oily “T” zone and started this yesterday. I’ve found virgin coconut oil does wonders on my skin and had a jar still left from my mouth oil pulling.
      I combined 1/4 almond oil and 3/4 coconut oil in a small bottle. I warmed up some water and dipped half the bottle in it to help melt the coconut oils and shook it periodically every 30 seconds and added another dip until fully dissolved.
      Now it stays in liquid form and has been a great cleanser.

  181. I’m kind of worried about not removing the make-up/dirt/oil that’s on the face before applying the cleansing oil. Even if a washcloth is used later to rid of excess oil, wouldn’t traces of the cleansing oil that has been mixed up with the make-up/dirt/oil remain on the skin and cause break outs?

  182. My partner and I have been using ocm for the last week and a half with incredible results. Both my and her complexion are better although we both still have pimples. She has dry fragile skin and I have oily skin. She uses a mixture of hemp and avocado oil and I use castor oil, coconut oil, hemp and jojoba oil. My skin has never felt so refreshed and moisturized I’m a baker so my skin really takes a beating every night, but this is really helping! I can not wait to try more recipes from your blog.

  183. I’ve been using virgin coconut oil pulling and so glad I came across this post. I had originally used just coconut oil to “apply” to my skin but it was to rough on it’s own and was brain storming on what to use it with that won’t irritate my sensitive skin.
    I just read this and pulled a small empty beauty bottle and did 1/4 natural almond oil and 3/4 virgin coconut oil. I shook it but coconut oil is difficult to blend and decided to warm some water in a tea pot then soaked my bottle in the water for a few minutes shaking it every time until fully dissolved. It is completely liquefied and did the circular motion application and now leaving it on for a good 10 minutes before I do the warm wash cloth removal.
    I also had my Son’s BDay party at a skating rink and the hand stamp they used wasn’t washing offing. I applied this solution to my hand and most of the ink came off with my rubbing for a bit. I applied a light layer of the solution and it’s practically disappeared. I’m sure it will come completely off when I use the warm wash cloth.
    Our lips are always thrown to the side even after we apply lipstick and tints… with this dry wind we’re experiencing my lips have been crying for help and so decided to apply this to them as well.
    I promise to do a follow up in a week or two on my results!
    Thank you for your dedication and inspiring me to use more natural products.

    • I’ll be waiting for your posts! Have you got problems with breakouts too?

  184. I tried the oil cleansing method for a few weeks and it seemed to be working great until about week 4 when I started breaking out like I have never broken out before. I was using a 1:3 ratio of castor oil to olive oil. I then switched out olive oil for jojoba oil because my skin seemed a little dry, but my skin is still awful. I ended up breaking down and buying some alba cleanser to try to get my skin under control, but I would really like to go back to the oil cleansing method once my skin clears up again. If anyone has any tips/tricks please let me know!

  185. Thanks for this information! I’ve been wanting to try this for a while. I’ve used coconut oil before as an eye makeup remover & it worked great! Any tips on usin the OCM while travelling?

      • Hi there, where do you get gotubes from….???

  186. I used the cream method; 2tbls olive oil, 2tbls coconut oil with 1tbls castor oil. The first week I broke out in hard white painful blemishes around my mouth. My patience wore thin after a week of these and I applied benzoyl peroxide which got rid of them. After a week of clear smooth skin, they are back, in the exact same place! My best guess is the coconut oil is too heavy for me. I will take that out of my routine and see how I do.

  187. Can I use Argan oil (I hear it has great properties on skin wrinkles/acne, etc) combined with olive oil, or is Castol oil the best choice for oily skin? Thank you!

    • You can, but argan oil is best used on the skin directly. You can add it to oil cleansing but it will give the most benefit when just used as a skin moisturizer

      • I’m interested in your reply as I have been using Argan oil as a nightly moisturiser for about a year with good results I normally react to everything. Just lately I have had a recurrence of Cystic Acne. I would like to try the OCM but really unsure what to use I don’t wear make up and normally wash my face in the morning with pure Olive oil soap.

        Really appreciate some advice

        • I’ve seen good results for those with acne with a 50/50 castor oil olive oil mixture

        • Cystic acne is generally hormonal and hereditary. You can’t “cure” it but when it does happen, you can take steps to minimize it. Stop using bar soap on your face. It can clog your pores even more. Use a salicylic or benzyl peroxide spot treatment. Or, if you only want to use oils, Tea tree is great for reducing bacteria and healing pimples, though it can be irritating, so only use as a spot treatment, and rosehip oil is amazing for scars and wrinkles. Hope this helps!

  188. I am so excited to try this! Just wondering if coconut oil would work as a face wash as well?

  189. How often should the oil cleansing be done when first starting? Twice a day? Morning and Night?

  190. Hello! I’ve been oil cleansing for about a month and a half and it seems to have made my skin condition worse. 🙁 I have combination skin that is very acne prone (cystic acne, mainly), and have used nearly every commercial product under the sun. I have been shifting towards a more natural lifestyle and really wanted OCM to work for me. I’ve started out using 70% EVOO with 30% castor oil for about 2 weeks which made my face break out in rash type acne. I then switched to 1 part jojoba, 1 part castor and 2 parts grapeseed oil for about 2 more weeks with no improvement, and it seemed to make my skin dry. I am now about a week and a half into using 1 part jojoba, 1 part castor, 1 part grapeseed and 1 part avocado. I followed all of the instructions for steaming and bought all of my oils from Mountain Rose Herbs. Just for backgroud info (and hopefully not TMI), I noticed a definite increase in my acne after stopping birth control and suspect that my acne’s main cause is hormonal.

    I’m hoping for any suggestions anyone can give me. I’d appreciate any feedback!

    • Try cutting out the castor oil. My skin freaks out when I use it. It may be too drying for your skin.

    • It seems your freaking out your skin with all the changes in oils. Skin needs time to adapt. The moderator of this site has suggested 50/50 castor and olive oil for cystic acne and that seems like a good place to start. Jojoba is less comedogenic than olive, so that’s a good option if your skin already freaked out with the olive oil. And unless you have an allergic reaction, then 4 weeks is the minimal amount of time to see any improvements, if any. Why the additions of the avocado and grapeseed? Sometimes, less is more. Good luck!

  191. The OCM completely wrecked my blemish-prone, combination skin in just a matter of weeks. This method is not a good option for people who struggle with hormonal, cystic acne. I believe in living as naturally and green as possible, but in this case, the natural approach was tremendously detrimental. I think other people need to hear this and proceed with caution re. the OCM.

    • I’m sorry you had such a bad experience with it. I’m curious to know which oils you used and in what ratio? Did you use coconut oil? Some people really don’t do well with it.

  192. Hi,
    I have been slowly changing my previous skin care routines for the more natural alternatives I have seen on this site, the results seem a bit slower in some ways compared to the more conventional products that you buy, but I am hoping that with persistence I’ll get better results in the long term.

    It may take a little while to incorporate all of it into a daily habit, but I will get there.

    I’ve began using the avocado oil facial cleansing method a few days ago, followed by rose water rinse and Argan oil with a few essential oils as a moisturiser. My face feels softer, but not oily. I am hoping the other benefits start to show soon (less redness, lines and less age spots etc).

    One night I accidentally spilt some in the bath water and my skin felt amazing afterwards. I am now using this method for cleansing the body too, and the results have been dramatic. I had very dry skin (if I ran my nails on the skin it would leave white marks). Now, my skin is feeling much better, and no more white marks.

    Thank you Katie

  193. Any advice for middle-age women and Rosacea..the type of oils and amounts?

  194. I am a bit confused, I have recently started using the oil cleansing method with good results, however, I have recently read your blog post about margarine and harmful plant oils. Have you done any research on the extraction process for the oils you put on your face? If these oils and harmful to ingest due to chemical refining, processing, and bleaching are they not also harmful to cleanse your skin with?

  195. I just wanted to share my experience with the OCM. So I’m 18 with acne-prone, sensitive skin. I’ve tried everything from blue light treatments at the dermatologist and proactive. I’ve recently been on a health kick so I wanted to try a natural way of taking care of my face and then I stumbled across the OCM. It’s been about a month and I’m very happy with the results. I won’t say it’s a miracle given I still have a few spots that haven’t (completely) cleared up, though the acne has diminished. I used to get a really bad, ugly pimple around my time of the month, but haven’t had that with the OCM. There was a transition period, but it only consisted of literally four small, red bumps which cleared up in three days. What I use is 25% Castor oil; 25% Jojoba oil; 50% Hemp oil. I also use organic, raw honey as a “face wash” in the mornings, followed by Bragg’s apple cider vinegar diluted with distilled water as a toner. I recently received Bee Yummy Face Food moisturizer and have been using it for a couple of days, but not totally sure how I feel about it yet.

    The OCM is definitely worth a try.

    • I hear a lot of people using ACV diluted as toner…. does it smell strong on your skin?

  196. Hi,

    I just have one question: I’ve read a lot about castor oil being wonderful for hair growth and how you should never apply it to areas where you don’t want more hair to grow. Won’t using it for cleansing your face everyday resulting in undesired facial hair growth?

  197. Do you literally mean olive oil that you use to cook with? I have olive oil from Trader Joe’s; would that work?

  198. Katie,
    Besides the oil cleansing, is there anything else you do as far as skincare? Is there anything you would recommend for somebody that is starting to get wrinkles?

  199. I am in my 50’s. I have been using this method for over a month now, and I like it. I’m wondering if Wellness Mama or anyone else out there knows of an oil that is good for maturing skin, fine lines and for the puffiness around the eyes. What oil is good for moisturizing the eye area.

    I use this method of cleansing every night, and use Honey w/ coconut and olive oil in the am before applying my make up. Along with my makeup I make sure to apply a good sun block. Very important to continue to use an SPF, since this method doesn’t protect your skin from sun. I get a little oily come the afternoon, so I blot and apply face powder. I’m finding there really isn’t a way to completely rid your skin of oilyness all day. But this is a better alternative to the drying and stripping of your skin using the over the counter products that are out there.

    Would love to hear about some oils that are good for aging skin, particularly the eye area.

    • I’d try really nourishing ones like olive, jajoba or avocado and also argan oil if you can afford it.

  200. Hi,
    can I try using just Olive Oil instead of using a mix of Olive Oil and Castor Oil?
    (I have acne since I was 16 and I can’t get rid of it, of course I’m not pro to medical stuffs or supplement)
    I have tried baking soda (it helps me with yellow pimples). I have tried honey (not raw one) but after a while it gets worst in my yellow primples. I have tried hydrogen peroxide but after a while everything comes back as the same and I dont really like it. I have tried banana ripes but after a while wasn’t helping me so much. I have read a lot about those stuffs and I’m really tired, but I will give it a try for sure. I have read that the problem that some people (which actually eat very bad and touch their skin with not cleaned hand) will have acne more than others because of a minor presence of Phage Bacteria in our skin. Which is a good bacteria to help fighiting the bad bacteria in the skin (one of the sources I ‘ve read is this: http://www.livescience.com/23425-zit-zapping-virus-acne-treatment.html). But I’m not finding the way to get rid of that pimples and that spot and this skin!
    Thank you for your post!

  201. Katie,
    Thank you for your post! I’ve been doing the 1:3 castor/olive blend for 5 days and, although I immediately had a glow, I am now experiencing a stinging dryness, particularly around the eye area. Do you think this is part of the adjustment period, or should I cut the castor oil immediately and turn to a different combo?

      • Well my dry skin turned out to be eczema (never had it before), complete with inflammation throughout the face and throat, and lots of fatigue on top of it! I now believe I am having a strange allergic reaction to magnesium supplements, which I also just started taking. So weird! I stopped taking magnesium and oil cleansing and will resume oil cleansing if all clears up. Any further advice or thoughts are appreciated though, since this is all self-diagnosed (based on my research). Cheers!

  202. Please be very cautious when using the OCM. I too did hours and hours of research before starting this practice. I read every review, researched every oil, ect. I have had troubled skin, but nothing extreme.
    When you google “oil cleansing method” you can be overwhelmed with all the success stories of the OCM. I was eventually convinced, more like brainwashed, especially after purchasing Liz Wolfe’s “Skintervention” guide. Don’t get me wrong, I like all-natural and have some “hippie” blood flowing through my veins, but sometimes all-natural doesn’t work for everyone.
    The first week of the OCM was great. My skin was soft and blemish free. I thought “Holy moly, this is wonderful!” I then converted to PALEO and stated making my own mayo.
    But, the next week things started to go down hill. Breakouts like crazy. I stuck with it because almost every website says “Stick with it, you’re purging!!”. So, being vulnerable and brainwashed, I stuck with it. I was reading the “Skintervention” guide every night for reassurance that I was doing the right thing. About 5 weeks in, I developed a huge cystic pimple on my cheek. I actually had to go to the dermatologist to have him pop it. Even after that, I stuck with the OCM, hoping it would work for me. After 9 weeks I stopped. My skin was so congested, and I was depressed. I am now on antibiotics to clear up my skin.
    Moral of my story: Don’t believe everything you read on the internet. Also, the OCM doesn’t work for everyone. If the OCM isn’t working, stop.

  203. This may of already been mentioned but…What is the best type of Olive Oil to use? Thanks!!

    • cold pressed without chemicals like the kind you buy in Halal food shops

  204. Dear Wellness Mama,

    I love your blog and I love that you explain things in a simple way. I need your advice but first let me give you a brief summery about my skin. I am 26 years old and I suffer from my acne since I was 13, I have an oily skin with lots of blackheads and crazy breakout, since a year and a half I adapted a new facial routine where I steam my face and apply the indian clay mask once or twice a week as well as using my clinique acne line, since then I did not noticed any breakout. However, I felt that I need to even tone my skin as well as give it a healthy radiant, for that reasons I decided to switch to all natural skin care products.
    Currently, I use OCM with a mix of castor, jojoba and grape seed oils twice a week , brown rice scrub 4 times a week, clay mask once a week and I made facial and under eye serums from lavender,lemon,carrot,rosemary essential oils and I apply them every night. I am doing this for almost one month now and I gladly didn’t breakout, However, my skin now is full of blackheads and white tiny pimples even around my eyes, I also feel like there is a lot of heavy layers under my skin, I also noticed that my chin become a little darker and greener now! and the stranger-weirder thing is that deeper lines under my eyes!!!
    I used to clean my blackheads while I am steaming my face and that worked great, but now no mater what I do my nose still have these dirty things.
    Wellness Mama, I am freaked out, I do not want to give up and go back to all that chemical things I used to use, but I feel like I will wake up one day with an ugly crazy breakout and a sun burns!

    Your advice is sooo much appreciated. and please keep up the good work.

    Thank you!

    • It sounds like you might be doing too much to your skin. have you ever tried oil cleansing alone? Also, with a history of acne for that long, have you addressed diet? Often a gluten, dairy or egg intolerance can cause acne…

  205. What type of products would you use for an antiaging regime along with the oil cleansing for am and pm?

  206. Wellness Mama, I too would like to know what a woman with aging skin can do for fine lines, dryness around the eye lid and puffiness around the eyes. Currently I use Coconut Oil, Castor Oil and Olive Oil in the eves, Honey and Olive Oil in the morning. I use eye cream (over the counter) but it just doesn’t seem to be doing anything for the eye lid dryness. I’ve tried apply olive oil and lavender oil, but haven’t noticed a difference. Would love to get some feed back on what to use for aging skin.

    • rosehip or tamanu oils! the good ones are expensive, but way worth it. I doubt it will help with the puffiness though. they are more for wrinkles and anti-aging. used Green tea bags (put in the fridge until cold) over they eyes can help minimize the puffiness, or perhaps a cotton ball soaked in coffee (though that one might stain your skin…it did to me). Caffeine helps shrink the blood vessels temporarily and can reduce some puffiness.

  207. I have been Oil Cleansing for 1.5 weeks now.. I have oily skin and I am African American and the thought to put oil on my face to cleanse was like OMG I am going to break out like crazy .. I have already seen GREAT results. I cleanse in the morn,…. I cleanse in the eve.. I have no oil shine on my face all day I wake up with very little shine on my face and I am not using any moisturizing products… My Oil l of choice is Almond oil… Who would of thought I am happy it is a great method I believe for any skin type

  208. I have been using the OCM for 3 weeks now and love it!! Only question I have is what about SPF? I feel like applying a water based product over the oil that’s already saturated your skin will be ineffective. What do you think?

    Thanks a ton! Love your blog.

    • I don’t personally use anything with SPF on my skin daily as there are no truly safe options

      • Coconut Oil (pure unrefined expellar pressed organic) is a natural SPF, although I wouldn’t depend on only coconut oil as my daily SPF. For cleansing purposes, the SPF is mostly rinsed away, your really paying for ingredients that your skin isn’t absorbing enough of to warrant the extra cost of added SPF in your cleansing products. Most “foundation make-up”, BB creams & AM moisturizer contain SPF which is generally enough for day to day activity unless your working outdoors.

    • I always use SPF after oil cleansing…especially if there does happen to some oil left on my face because some oils can increase sun penetration.


      That link tells you the difference between the ingredients so you can look for safer sunscreens and use one that suits your lifestyle. Physical blockers like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide have been shown to be safer, but they are THICK and heavy to use on the face. I use them sometimes on my face if im going to be out in the sun a long time, and after it sets for 30 minutes, i will dab a paper blotter on my face ( actually use coffee filter-they work!), so I’m not so shiny. Always use spf 30 or higher. Hope this helps!

  209. I usually cleanse my skin in the morning and at night. Do you recommend doing this twice daily or should’ve stick yo once a day and wash with regular soap the other time?

    • You can do it twice a day or use plain raw honey once a day in place of one of the oil cleansings

  210. Do you also use oil to remove mascara? What about a castor oil blend around the eyes, can it be too iritating?

  211. I noticed on the hazelnut container it says to refrigerate when opened, but the olive oil does not need to be. Should the mixture be refrigerated or not?

  212. Hi Katie! I thought the oil cleansing method would make me break out, but I tried it, using just avocado oil! It’s the best thing I ever did! Less blackheads, less breakouts and very soft skin! Love it! But do still sometimes use soap to get all make up off! Then follow up with an oil cleanse.. I just keep a bottle of avocado oil on my bathroom vanity! Also use it for my hands – they get so dry in the winter! thanks for this blog!

  213. Hi Katie- Are you supposed to splash with cold water after the OCM like you are with other cleansing methods?

  214. I have been using OCM for about a week now, just straight unrefined, virgin coconut oil, and I am amazed with what I have seen so far! There has been an obvious decrease in the amount of blackheads around my nose, and on my chin, which I have tried to get rid of for years without any luck, until now. I have just recently noticed a bit of dryness, so I decided to use a mix of coconut oil and olive oil (50/50), for cleansing at night, and raw honey (which I am in love with) in the shower in the morning. I am beyond thrilled to toss all those chemical laden cleansers, scrubs, etc., and cannot wait to make a batch of your natural sunscreen for summer!

    Thank you Wellness Mama!!

  215. I just started on the OCM with 20% castor oil and 80% Kahina argan oil (an oil which I use for moisturizing with no issue). I was using Dr. Hauschka cleansing milk with RMS oil then switching to argan oil for a moisturizer. Since going off birth control a year ago, I was going through periods of horrible hormonal breakouts. After getting acupuncture and going on specific herbs, by breakouts are not as bad, but still a monthly occurrence. My diet has been clean for about 3 years. My skin is a combination of oily in the t-zone and dry and sometimes flaky even in the oily spots. Its not unusual to be oily and flaky in the same spot, so weird! Oil cleansing has been going great with no initial breakout so far. I’ve really noticed a balance in oil production as I only oil cleanse at night and wake up to no shine on my forehead and sides of my nose. My issue: Since this is the first time using castor oil, I’m afraid that it is drying out my lip area. I try and completely avoid getting the oil near my lips. For the past week I am feeling like I need to apply lip balm every hour! I avoid applying it too frequently because I don’t want to develop a dependance on it, but it is extremely bothersome. Have you had any issues with castor oil drying out your lips? I only use lip balms with natural oils, no preservatives and sometimes just use plain coconut oil. OCM is the only thing different that I’ve done, so it has to be something to do with that. I’ve read about people raving about castor oil for smooth lips and hair too, so I’m a little confused…and I’ve seen it as an ingredient in lip balms. I will try just one drop of castor oil for cleansing and see if that helps.

  216. Hello!

    I’m on day two of oil cleansing. Is it ok to use SPF 30 face moisturizer after oil cleansing in the mornings?

  217. Wellness Mama,

    I’ve asked this question before, but have not received a response. Do you or anyone else have a recommendation for Aging Skin, Puffy and Dryness around the eyes, Fine Lines and Dark Skar Spots on the nose from black heads? I’m also experiencing oilyness around the T-Zone. I’m using Coconut Oil, Castor Oil and Olive Oil in the Evening, and Honey and Olive Oil in the morning. I am in love with the OCM! What do you recommend for an SPF, particularly in the hot summers?!

    Thank you!

    • I just use coconut oil or shea butter for SPF if needed. Oil cleansing works on all skin types and all of those problems, but you may just need more moisturizing oils.

    • Tamanu and rosehip oil are great for those! Except puffy eyes. I like cold green tea bags on my eyes for puffiness. The cold and caffeine help minimize the puff, but does not get rid of it. Sleeping on a propped up pillow also helps by keeping the fluid moving downward instead of accumulating around your eyes. High sodium intake can cause puff too. Broad spectrum SPF of 30 or higher is recommended at all times (cloudy and winter days included) if you go outside, to reduce your risk of skin cancer. I usually stick to 30 because the higher the SPF, usually means more chemicals in the product with not much more protection (i.e. broad spectrum SPF 30 blocks 97 percent of UVA and UVB rays, whereas SPF 50 blocks 98 percent). Almost every oil increases sun penetration, therefore increases the chance of skin cancer, photo-aging and wrinkles. I use rosehip oil as my moisturizer and spf 30 over that, waiting about 5-10 minutes for the oil to absorb before putting on sunscreen (it’s a dry oil, so it isn’t as greasy as say olive or coconut) It’s worked out great, however if i was spending a day in the sun, i would forgo the oil on my face and use only sunscreen. Hope this helps!

  218. I just started trying the oil cleansing method two days ago. I have no issues so far but I’m wondering if there is a way to make it smell better?? The olive oil smell to me is not so appealing. I have a few essential oils. Would this be ok to apply to the face?

      • I personally do not mind the smell of the oils; Coconut Oil, Olive Oil and Castor Oil doesn’t really have a scent. You didn’t say what essential oils you have, but I use lavender essential oil and I love adding it to my OCM in the evening and also to my Honey for face washing in the morning. I use the OCM every night before I go to bed, and use Honey and Lavender essential oil in the morning. I sometimes will use a little of the Coconut oil with Honey in the morning if I’m feeling a little more oily. I really love the way Honey makes my face feel.

  219. Hi!

    I haven’t tried the oil cleansing method yet, but lately I’ve been using grape seed oil as a moisturizer. I just apply a bit to my face after a shower and then leave it on. Do I need to be removing it, or is it okay to use it that way?

  220. I’m really interested in trying this method. I have a dehydrated skin and due to this is get blemishes and a very oily t-zone. Would you recommend me trying oils for dry or oily skin? Also in the very beginning do you need to do it every daily so that the skin gets used to it? Last question is I normally clean my skin morning and evening. I would make this my new night routine but what do I do ind the morning? Just clean with my normal cleanser? (I use a non sulfat and paraben free one)

    Have a great weekend 🙂

    • I’d try olive and castor oil. It is best to do every day and not to use soaps or detergents on your face at all. I use honey in the morning. 🙂

  221. First of all, I want to say how much I enjoy your website! It is so interesting and informative. I started using the OCM about 2 weeks ago & absolutely love it! I’m using a combination of castor oil, jojoba oil, vitamin E, and a drop or two of essential oils. It has made my skin feel fantastic.

    I do have an issue that I’m curios about. I’ve got some Skinceuticals moisturizer that I wanted to use up (too expensive to throw out!), and I used some a couple of times after cleansing with oil. My face burned a little after applying it – it never used to. Is that normal? Has my skin become sensitive to the chemicals?

    Any insight on this would be appreciated.


  222. Hey! So I’ve been trying this for over a month and a half now, and while it’s great that I can use cheaper products and things that I already have in the house, I can’t say I’ve noticed much of a difference 🙁 I have SUCH weird skin though–like, it’s actually oily AND peely/dry at the same time in the exact same spots (not just like an oily t-zone and dry cheeks or something). I originally tried your recommended combo for combination skin (using olive oil and hazelnut oil) but after a couple weeks I added more hazelnut oil to try to curb some of the breakouts I was having. And it’s never been so successful to the point where I haven’t needed moisturizer (i’m going to buy some shea butter today, but before that I was trying jojoba oil, but alas, it didnt help much). So far its just the same troubling skin I’ve always had. I dont know what the deal is and maybe you can recommend something…? I’m a flight attendant and I think the super dry plane environments definitely arent helping (12% humidity! Drier than most deserts!)

    PLEASE, if you have ANY recommendations, please send them my way. I’m getting desperate here.

    • Oily skin will generally compensate for the lack of moisture by becoming overly oily; your skin is steadily trying to absorb moisture that it’s not getting so it’s trying to produce it. If you are not using a daily moisturizer on your face then the dry side of your skin is reacting to the lack of proper moisture as well. Fortunately the solution is simple, hydrate from the inside out drinking lots of water, use a moisturizer twice a day & regular exfoliation. If you are changing products frequently I might suggest you stop and maintain one product/regimen. Your skin accolades to any new regimen you introduce it to, that can take anywhere from one to six weeks. Part of that process is your skin pulling out toxins and impurities which can result in breakouts. You should treat the breakouts as you normally would. If you feel like you need a toner after cleansing, try witch hazel, natural “store brand” witch hazel, its dirt cheap & it truly is all you will need for toning purposes. Also be sure that the ingredients of your homemade OCM product are pure & natural. Double check the label, look for (a combination of) the labeling verbiage of pure, natural, unrefined, cold / expeller pressed, & organic. You want to be sure that the product is as close to its natural form as possible. Exfoliation is also needed in order to turn over new healthy cells in your skin. I prefer gentle exfoliation. Even something simple such as a facial puff or a manual facial brush can work to introduce your skin to regular exfoliation. A sugar scrub is an excellent way as well. Just be sure you are using gentle light scrubbing in small circular motions over one area at a time. And after exfoliation, always moisturize, always. Zinc & Honey are excellent natural treatments for breakouts, as is a sugar scrub (sugar contains natural salicylic acid). Aspirin also contains salicylic acid; crush it up, make a paste and spot treat or use as a mask. You can even prick open an Advil Liquid Gel and put it on a breakout do stop the swelling/inflammation. Be patient, consistent and persistent and you will have the best skin you’ve ever had in your life, trust me! Remember, allow up to six weeks of properly caring for your facial skin everyday twice a day without fail.

      • Glycolic acid (AHA) is made from sugarcane, and salicylic acid (BHA) is made from willow bark. There is no salicylic acid in sugar, that I have ever heard of. And the glycolic acid content in conventional sugar close to nil, though it does make an excellent scrub when used gently. I would refrain from popping any liquid pill to put on your face since the filler ingredients may not be good for your acne and can make it worse. If your face is inflamed and swollen from acne, then taking aspirin or ibuprofen orally could potentially help. I’ve never heard of ibuprofen helping acne when applied topically. Is this new? Hope this helps!

    • You will almost always break out when you first start the OCM. I’ve been using this method for about 3-4 months now, and I broke out then (and I never use to have acne, just blackheads) and whenever I change an oil, I’ll have a breakout, nothing real bad, but a breakout nontheless. So I would just say, stick with one combination when first starting out, keeping in mind that you will more than likely break out whenever changing oil cleansing combinations (adding more Castor, or using more Coconut Oil etc.) and just try to hang in there. Be patient! Your skin is use the the other stuff and is detoxing, so give it a chance. I’ve found that any time I add an over-the-counter ingredient, be it moisturizer or whatever, other than my makeup, my face freaks out! I will get super oily, from my face over compensating. Then it’s like starting all over again. Hang in there!

  223. I’ve been doing this oil + steam method for a few years. I have extremely dry & sensitive skin with flakes & dry patches. If I miss a few days my skin lets me know. With regular use, my skin has a healthy natural glow & no flakes or dry patches. I almost exclusivley use pure unrefined expellar pressed organic coconut oil. I smear it on then steam my face three times with a muslin cloth (cheese cloth) then gently wipe away the residue, then soak the cloth in cold water & apply it to my face the same way to close the pores. You can google “lymphatic drainage facial massage” for a good step by step cleansing + massage method. Coconut oil itself is truly natures miracle, the benefits of it are endless, both externally and internally, I even feed it to my dogs & yes it’s safe for dogs & cats. There are several “commercial brands” that sell a cleasning oil + steam treatment, Eve Lom (uber expensive) Josie Maran, Aveda, Orgins (also expensive) & they all boast coming with a special cleansing cloth. However, the very best commerical product for your money, for those that do not want to mix a home version, Boots Botanics hot cloth cleansing balm, 97% organic, $8.49 at Target. It is olive oil based & it is amazing! Olive oil is extremely hydrating, I reserve it for deep hydration treatments. I use also use it as a hydrating mani/pedi treatment, it’s hands down 100% better than hot wax, you’ll feel the hydration on your skin, nails & cuticles for days!

  224. Hi,

    I’ve been using 1/3 castor oil and 2/3 EVOO for almost 2 weeks and my skin felt great the first few days but since then my skin has broken out worse than it has ever had before. I’m almost embarrassed to show my face in public. I’ve always had really bad skin since middle school and I’ve been using proactiv solution for over a decade of my life because that was the only thing that somewhat worked. I felt really confident in OCM when I read about it but now I’m not so sure. Does anyone have any thoughts or words of encouragement?

  225. Hi! I’ve been doing this for a couple of days now and for those people who are quiet hesitant to try it because of the humid weather well, the method works perfectly to me. What I usually do is dry brushing my body first. For my skin type, I like combining oil (olive), milk, honey, and water in a basin (since my body is still getting used to OCM). I like it warm and I spread it in my entire body and face with a wash cloth massaging. Let it stand for a couple of minutes. Redo the steps of necessary. Finally rinsing with warm water. With a damp body and face I put a few drops of sunflower oil, massage, pat the skin dry or let it air dry.

  226. I would love to try this method because I have really oily skin and nasty breakouts! Currently I use a regular face cleanser every day and then use an Aveeno face lotion with SPF 15; I was wondering if this method will still protect my skin from the sun or if i should continue to use my face lotion?

  227. I haven’t tried the Olive oil, castor oil blend on my face yet. I put some on my poor dry legs. Wow!! I haven’t found any thing in the stores that made them feel this smooth. Should I use hot water to rinse my legs the same as your face? How long, and should I use the messaging procedure as on the face?

  228. I just started using this method a couple days ago and even after two days, I’m impressed. Definitely want to continue. I have a question about sunscreen though. (Tried to look through the comments to see if anyone else already asked but there were too many responses to read all!)

    Anyway, I have pretty bad melasma from pregnancy and in order to keep it from getting darker, I try to use sunscreen on my face when I’m outside. I’ve used the SkinDeep website to choose a safer sunscreen but I’m wondering if there is a natural, non-pore clogging alternative that anyone has tried.

    Any thoughts?

  229. Please help!
    First let me say that I love your blog and have enjoyed several of your recipes/remedies. That being said, I have been trying the oil cleansing method for about a month and a half and and still having both break outs AND dry skin together on the same face! How frustrating. I typically have combination to oily skin. But now my face is so dry. YET I’m still having breakouts. I’m using 1/3 castor 2/3 avocado oil because I thought the castor was drying me out. Could it be possible that the breakouts are from the over production of oil because the skin is too dry? Or do you think I’m using too much oil. I really really want this to work so any advice would be helpful. Also, I saw your post about the sea salt toner. Do you think this could help here?

  230. Hi! Thank you so much for your post on the oil cleansing method! I have just started this routine and it seems to be working great so far! I just have a question about how often to use the method…I’ve been cleansing only at night and just washing my face with water in the morning and that seems to work, but I workout in the afternoons and am not sure what the best cleansing option would be for my face post-workout? Should I use the oil method or do you have a recommendation for a face cleansing wipe? thank you!

  231. Hi, I have been using OCM for about 4 mos now. My mix is 1/8 tsp castor and 1 tbsp jojoba. I recently added 2 drops of geranium to my mix as well. I have never had problems with breakouts until now. Needless to say I’m not happy. I’m getting small, flesh coloured bumps along my hairline. I think it could be caused by 1 of 2 things. The geranium oil. Considering I added it around the same time as the bumps appeared. My no poo method. I use equal parts skikakai..amla..ritha powders mixed into a yogurt consistency. I sometimes get it on my skin near my hairline, but I didn’t think you could break out from this stuff. I don’t know what to do about it. It sucks cause I had planned on beginning an oil moisturizer regime for the morning, but now I’ll have to wait till I figure this out 🙁
    Any thoughts??

    • Maybe try a different oil? Some people have better results with jojoba or almond oil instead of olive oil

  232. I have been using the oil method for a while now but am always confused in when I should do my clay face masks. Is it best before or after doing the oil method?

  233. Hi,

    I’m just starting the OCM process this week. I’m not sure if I will have time to do this twice a day so I also bought a bottle of Burt’s Bee’s Radiance cleanser. I figured that I could use that in the morning and OCM at night since Burt’s Bee’s is supposed to be natural. I am just switching off of Proactiv so I assume that there will be a big adjustment!

    Any thoughts on using Burt’s Bees in the morning and OCM at night? Or will that delete any good results of the oils?


  234. Hi there,
    If you don’t wash the oil off for a while, like an hour?

  235. hello!
    i can’t find hazelnut oil anywhere!
    what oil should i use instead?
    i have a combination skin type.

    • Castor oil is a great substitute! Just make sure you dilute it with olive, sunflower, or other oil.

  236. Can I still use Facial Mask? and what about sunscreen?

    • Oil cleansing is just that… cleansing! It’s not meant to replace other things, like masks or sunscreen.

  237. Hi Katie! I am really making an effort to gradually switch our family over to natural homemade products. I am using oil as a face wash and plain coconut oil as a moisturizer, and I feel happy with the results, but am wondering, is there anything more my face needs? Was there anything I was getting in my previous moisturizer that I should be replacing? I want to keep it simple but also want to make sure my skin is getting what it needs. Thanks!

  238. Hi,

    I thought that steam was terrible for your face? Will this work without using the steam?


    • The steam just opens up pores and draws out the oil. You can try it without if you prefer.

  239. My daughter and myself have been using the oil face wash method for about a week now, and we are hooked!! My daughter has had a problem with acne for a few years and we have tried every product on the market, with no real results. After just a few days using the oils her skin is already showing a huge improvement. My combination skin has always been difficult to get clean without over drying, With this method (we use half olive oil and half castor oil) My skin feels so clean but always well moisturized. However, I was wondering if there is a quick way to “freshen up” when I don’t really need to wash my face, like after swimming or the gym? I’ve heard apple cider vinegar can be used as a toner?

    • It can, although it’s a touch drying. You could also try witch hazel.

  240. Hello!! I really enjoy your post and am excited to make some of your homemade make-up products soon. I just recently heard about the OCM and switched 2 weeks ago- I love it!! My face looks and feels so much better and my husband agrees 😉
    My question then is- can this apply to washing your whole body? I guess I’m wondering that if soaps and detergents strip your face of natural oils, wouldn’t they do the same for the rest of your body? We use Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap, which has water as its first ingredient, and then the majority of following ingredients are oils…

    • You could certainly try it. The ancient Romans cleansed their bodies with oil. You may find it rather time consuming, though.

      • OK. Thanks for your input 🙂

  241. I have been doing this oil cleansing method for 2 weeks now and my forehead had been and still is completely broke out. I have more zits on my forehead than I ever have. I started out trying just coconut oil, then switched to jojoba oil and coconut oil. I am about ready to go back to my ProActiv Solution because this is ridiculous. I’m bummed too cause I really thought it would work.

  242. Katie,

    I absolutely love your website and all of the great info! I was scared to death to try cleansing with oil because my face has always been oily and no matter what I used, it didn’t help and it never really seemed clean. The cotton balls from my toner were always still dirty no matter what I used.

    That all changed at Christmas time when we went out of town and I forgot my face wash. I had Tropical Traditions coconut oil with me and decided to try washing my face as you do but with the coconut oil instead. I am hooked! Less oil, no dirt on cotton ball when I “tested” with the old toner, smaller pores, softer skin, lines are less noticeable. The best part is that I saw a friend that I haven’t seen in several months today and she wanted to know how my skin looked so good now.

    For anyone that is wondering what I do, I only use coconut oil on my face now, I wash with it once in the morning after my workout, moisturize with a small amount after the shower and also put it on my face at night before I go to bed (on the days that I wear makeup I do not bother to wash my face in the evening, I just put the oil on top of it) . It works great for me. I will never buy the expensive stuff again. I am 43 and my face looks better than it did 10 years ago.

  243. Omg! Thank you so, so much for sharing this! My skin was very dull, dry and blotchy. I starting this method two days ago and have noticed such a huge difference. I used a mixture of half olive oil and half coconut oil. My skin is soft, glowing, even toned and my leftover dry spots from acne are healing much quicker than before. Even some of my acne scars have faded, and my blackheads are gone. I did notice my skin is transitioning and I have had a few small zits break out around my hairline where I would otherwise not have but they are going away quickly and are not like my usual ones (small, surface level whiteheads rather than big under the skin ones).
    I am using about half the foundation I would normally need,and I noticed it comes off much more easily than with the face wash I was using before. I love not having to buy my old pricy face wash which goes for about $28 a bottle.
    Thank you for saving my skin!

    • I’m so glad it is working so well for you!

  244. okay, im only a little confused…
    the oil cleansing is for your face, once a day
    then you have mentioned a microfiber cloth, what is this for
    then people have talked about the shower getting oily….
    what do you ‘cleanse’ with in the shower for your body…. : )

  245. Hi wellness mama! I am on your site almost everyday and in the process of changing over most of my family’s skin care products using your recipes. I have a two month old and use your diaper cream recipe and lotion on him. I can’t tell you how grateful I am for your site!
    QUESTION: I don’t have organic olive oil on hand, but do have organic coconut oil and castor oil from mountain rose herbs. I have combination skin. What ratio do you recommend I start trying with? Thank you again!

    • Try 1/4 castor oil and 3/4 coconut for a start.

  246. Hi, I am new here and so grateful to have come across your site! I read you can put the oil right over makeup. On some days I wear a “full face” of makeup. Foundation, powder, eyeliner, mascara, etc. I would think it would be a little odd and messy to just start rubbing oil into my face right over the makeup. Should I try removing some of the make up first?

    • I’d experiment! You can use the oil to remove some of it too…

    • Maria, I wear all that and the oil works great to get it off.

  247. Hey, I just have a question about the OCM. So I have oily skin and fairly mild acne, Im just wondering if I use this in the morning and at night or just night then rinse off in my morning shower?

    • You might need to experiment to see which works best or you. This is one o those methods that seems to really admit of a high degree of personalization.

  248. I just need to clarify on the frequency of cleansing. Do I do this once daily until I am finished with the adjustment period and then adjust to every other day? or can I cleanse daily until the end of time? I wear makeup, but not everyday. It is more like once a week!

    Thank you for your time!

    • Oil cleansing is not just for removing makeup… It helps remove oil from your face you just naturally produce but can trap dirt and clog your pores. I still do it every day, but that may be too frequent for you. Skin is very different from person to person, so I encourage you to experiment and find what works for you.

  249. Hi there,

    I love your blog and have been making so many changes (honey morning wash, homemade toner, OCM, all purpose cleaner, etc) but right now I am so confused!

    I started all of this because I had very oily skin and so far I am loving the OCM/honey wash combo. But I did notice that sometimes I didnt feel totally clean (honey is sticky!) so I added the diluted ACV toner as Id seem on lots of comments that people use this with the OCM and honey methods. Now is where it gets confusing for me – isnt the whole point of OCM the fact that you are NOT stripping your face of its natural oils? So isnt using a toner along with OCM counter productive?

    Thanks so much for helping me to understand my skin!

    • I think that if it works, do it! It’s not counter-productive if you like what it produces.

      • Well its not really working, I still have some breakouts at all times… especially around my cheek areas. Im not sure if I should switch the oils I use or not use the toner, etc. This is why Im trying to understand exactly how it all works. Should I be removing oils with a toner when using OCM? What do you do?


        • You might try playing around with your oil blend a bit.

  250. Hi, I´m trying this method but I hesitated because of the splotches I get. What do you think about using primrose oil instead (my acne problems are hormonal)??? Thanks

  251. Hi Katie! I was just wondering, if I use the olive oil/coconut oil blend, would I have to melt down the coconut oil first? If I blended them in to the cream you (like your friend that you mentioned), would the process be the same with using a hot washcloth, etc.? I am new to all of this, but you inspire me, and I couldn’t be happier that u stumbled upon this blog! I am looking forward to trying all of these things and working towards a healthier me!

    • Yes, you would still follow the same process. Thanks for reading!

  252. I love…love…love…oil cleansing!!!! It has done my skin wonders. I have always had issues with my skin… blotchiness, redness, basil skin cell problems etc… since I have been using the oil cleansing method (approx. 8 mths) my skin is clearer, the blotchiness is disappearing, and the basil skin cell issues are almost a thing of the past. I use nothing else for my skin and the ratio I use is 9/2…9 parts sunflower oil (as recommended) and 2 parts castor oil.
    I started cleansing my skin only in the eve before bed for years didn’t always know why until now. (If I cleansed my face twice a day it would become dry and itchy.) So I kept that routine and rinse my skin in the morning with only purified cool h2o. I noticed the elasticity in my skin is becoming taunt (more elastic) and and my skin tone clearer. I am greatful for the simplicities of beauty.

    Thank you for sharing Katie!!


  253. Hi, Wellness Mama! Do you do oil cleansing once a day, in the evening or twice a day? Thanks for the response

    • I now do it once a day, but it can be done twice a day if you wish.

  254. DRY SKIN.

    hi there! thanks so much for your article! i have a question, i’ve been using the OCM for about a week now and my skin is doing good so far, i’m actually eyeballing the quantities because i’m afraid to commit to a batch no matter now small it is i’m afraid i’ll do the wrong mix, anyway i bought an exfoliating walnut sponge to exfoliate since i keep reading it is necessary to have the new skin cells come out, should i exfoliate with my my “old” cleanser i used to use (lancome mousse cleanser) and use the sponge or will this completely mess up the entire process, what’s a good way to exfoliate and is it even necessary since i use reg. small hand towels for the OCM which makes me feel i’ve exfoliated…also what kind of oil should i use to moisterize at night? i have dry skin, but so far it hasn’t been dried at all with the OCM…

    your help is truly appreciated!

    *i use the OCM once or twice a day (before my shower and then when i come home from an evening out)..

    • A lot of what you are asking about can be down to personal preference. In general, though, if you are doing oil cleansing, I’d say stick with it and don’t bring in outside products like your old cleanser. If you feel exfoliated, then you may not need to add another step into the process. Most people who use this method find they don’t need to moisturize separately (a nice perk), but a tiny amount of coconut oil makes a very nice moisturizer if you need one.

  255. I could write pages about this -in fact I probably will!- but suffice to say I’m so glad to be freed of that nonsense pedled by the so called ‘beauty industry’.
    I’ve been using oil (just coconut) to cleanse for about two months. It hasn’t made me look 10 years younger (maybe I expected too much!) But my skin is certainly no worse- possibly a little better than before when I used conventional products. I don’t see how massaging the face nightly with oil and stopping with harsh scrubs, toners, chemical filled creams and all the rest could possibly NOT be good for the face.
    I actually find the process quite soothing and don’t want to stop massaging my face once I start!

    Last year a lovely woman gave me a little sample of a face cream she made, perfumed with Neroli – this made me sceptical the strong scent would irritate my skin. she assured me it wouldn’t and she was right. Great though the prooduct was- and lovely though the lady was- at £50 for a pot, I felt I couldn’t make that commitment to a product. I’ve always been low maintenance and the thought of spending so much money on face cream just doesn’t work for me.
    After some time I thought, why not make my own cream? For £50 I could buy all the ingredients and have enough for a lifetime! However, I also knew I had not enough time to spend experimenting with different recipies and ratios to get the perfect product- it could quickly become a full time job.
    But! while looking online for recipes I came across wellness mama- the most amazing thing! My head had already begun to think.. ‘but if i use a handmade face cream, shouldn’t i also use a handmade cleanser?’ and ‘what about my hair?…’ etc. This is where the oil cleansing method is a total godsend, because its a cleansing and moisturinsing proess in one! For the record, I do the cleanse at night, rinse my face in the morning and if it feels a bit tight, dab on a tiny tiny bit of the same oil. For 5 dollars I have all the beauty products I need!

    Years go, I used to oil cleanse my hair so I knew the wisdom. After a while I stopped doing it, my short hair grew long and it was frankly too much of a faff to do. Now I have come back to the same wisdom. The truth is, I think we all know the beauty industry deals in myths. If all the rubbish they sell really worked, we would all be looking younger and younger. And why don’t men need these things to? Why do women have special skins that need all these chemials rubbed into them?

    Dont worry, I’ve nearly finished.
    The thing is, I work in a jewelry workshop, with my partner. My skin can sometimes be grubby from polishing compounds, metal dusts etc. He splashes his face with cold water and has perfect skin, I (did) scrub, cleanse, moisturise -with all manner of creams that left me with a flaky face- use face masks etc and quite rightly, he used to shake his head and laugh at me.
    We all know this stuff is nonsense, we just need to be bold enough to not need these hideous products and not buy into the myth.

    Thank you wellness mama for spreading the word about oil cleansing!

    • Hi Rose,

      I know your post is a few months old but one thing left me curious (besides that I can completely second all you said about the beauty industry).
      You said you did oil cleanse your hair for a while. How did you do this and did it work for you in the end? If not, what do you do now?

  256. Here’s a question I don’t think you’ve seen. I use a far-infrared sauna daily for detoxing. This is part of my naturopathic protocol as cervical tumors dissolve away. What I have noticed is a lot of small warts appearing in areas where sweat accumulates in the sauna – under breasts, behind my knees, on my lower back, etc. I am convinced this it the HPV exiting my body. I was wondering how you would suggest I use the oil cleanse for soothing and removing those warty areas. Should I put the oils on my body prior to getting into the sauna – or after the tepid shower (suggested by my ND for increasing the rush of oxygen to my internal organs). Looking forward to your reply!

    • I’ve used skin brushing and apple cider vinegar directly on the area to remove dark areas before… that might work?

  257. I have the oiliest t-zone you can imagine! It’s beyond disgusting. I have to use a mattifier every couple of hrs over my makeup to control it enough just to make it through the work day. And this is AFTER I use a mattifying gel BEFORE applying my makeup. I use really good products, well they should be for what I pay for them as well as high end makeup. My question is what oil combinations would u recommend I start with? And how do you make this? Do u combine it each time you use it or do you make it up in a container and use from that? And if so, what ratios of the oil to oil should I try?

    • If you are that oily, I’d start with a 1/3 caster oil 2/3 olive oil blend. Start with small amounts, like 1 tsp to 2 tsps, to start out. If you want you can maybe mix a blend together once you figure out what your face likes, although be careful with the castor oil.. You want to use it diluted, and you don’t want you oils in your big blend to separate such that you get too much of one or the other.

  258. Hi, Katie!

    I’m going to do my (coconut) oil cleansing tomorrow morning. Can’t wait to incorporate the steaming.

    My challenge will be to not use my usual facial cleansing: battery-operated brush, Neutragena pore reducing facial cleanser and water. At age 63 my face feels cleanest when washed with water and my cleanser. I used to follow-up with a thin layer of almond oil to moisturize.

    Gonna give the oil cleanse a try.

    Question: since your post mentions the cleanse is good for ridding of impurities including sebum…can I get good results using this on my scalp? I have oily skin and have a number of sebaceous cysts on my scalp which have returned even after surgeries. It would be great to know if oil cleanses would work on my scalp!!!

    Lisa in Indy

      • Hi, Katie
        Thank you for taking the time to respond. I will try the OCM on my scalp and let you know if it works.

        Question: why use a microfiber cloth? Is a regular cotton washcloth ok?

        I love how the oil cleansing with coconut oil makes my teeth look and feel. Day 3. Didn’t care for using Almond Oil. You have a wonderful website chock full of valuable tips! Thank you. Lisa

  259. Can I use the oil cleansing method on my entire body? I have very sensitive skin that is very irritated by soap.

    • I don’t see why not… It might be time consuming, but worth a shot.

  260. What kind of washcloth do you use? I soak mine in very hot water but it cools down after 20 seconds, should I be using a thicker one? What kind of material?

  261. I am really glad by reading this information, because I have a 10yr daughter, who has a skin problem, some one is telling me about kidskin ,could anyone having any other information ?

  262. Hi my name rose and i’m really glad i found the blog it have lots of important information so i like and some i don’t really trust or comfortable with. I am from a Caribbean country and i am black and i love my complexion so i don’t want to use any thing that will bleach me but i would love to just tone it a little, i was using nadinola skin discoloration fade cream with neoprosone gel and i realize it was bleaching out my skin so i stop using it but now my face is just breaking out especially under my chin and also get darker than the rest of my body, i try using all sort of other things on it but it seems to get worst! 🙁 i would really love if someone could help me by giving me some advice what to use to get this breaking out to stop and to tone my face so it can have the same shade as the rest of my body. I read about the oil but i’m a little scared that it will let my face even darker that it is now, i really need to know what to do!. I am now living in America and where i’m living, when it is cold, we get lots of snow so t is really cold!, and when it is summer it is very dry and there is no humidity so I don’t know if that have any thing to do with it, my hair also damage real bad that i have to cut it all off, so please can some body tell me what to do!!, i am in my 40s but i know my body it wasn’t like this before! PLEASE HELP ME!! IT’S REALLY DRIVING ME CRAZY!!!. THANK YOU.

  263. Hi Katie, I must apologise, I asked such a stupi question the other day, why Epson salt in the oil cleansing. It was probably one of the nights I was burning midnight oil.
    Its really such a silly question, because I know the answer is to get magnesium in via the skin!!!
    Sorry old age has really caught up with me.

  264. Hi WellnessMama, I see you’ve been really dedicated to answering all the questions on this blog. Thank you so much 🙂

    I’ve started making my own body lotion with the coconut oil, and have now begun with OCM using castor oil and Olive oil – 2 days in so fingers crossed!

    Just a quick question, I tend to workout during my lunch breaks. What would you recommend I use on a sweaty face post workout? I don’t think I would have the time or the patience to do OCM in the gym changing rooms.


    • You might look into a microfiber cleaning cloth!

  265. Hi ! I am also using oil cleansing method and I feel satisfied with it..the only problem is that I dont know how to clean the washcloth. My mother is really pissed at me that she had to throw each towel away because It cant be washed properly..the oil stays there and It cant be used again. How do you solve this ? Or ..Do you always toss it after some time and buy a new one?
    Thank youuu for the answer 🙂

    • I’ve not really had trouble with this…

  266. I stumbled upon oil cleansing about 10 months ago. At first, I thought the idea was very weird, but I wanted to try it. I’m so glad I did. I use unrefined, cold-pressed coconut oil. My face is clear and soft. I’ll never, ever use soap again.

  267. I started doing this over 3 weeks ago and my skin is still breaking out. In fact the breakouts have gotten gradually worse since I started. I have followed the instructions exactly. I did the oil cleansing every night and have not used any other soaps or products on my face. I can’t figure out what I’m doing wrong. I have oily skin so I have been using a mixture of 1/3 castor oil and 2/3 olive oil. Is this still the adjustment period? Does it sometimes take 3 weeks or longer for skin to adjust?

    • Maybe try a different oil combination? I’ve read up that a few people didn’t take to the olive oil well. Some people suit the jojoba or almond oil better instead

    • Sarah, I’ve heard olive oil is not good for oily skin. Grapeseed or sunflower seem to be what I’ve seen for recommendations. I’ve also been doing this for almost 3 weeks and am breaking out worse than ever! I was really hoping the transition period would be over by now! It’s getting pretty gross.

    • I tried using EVOO too though my skin did not take well to that oil. i shifted to sunflowr oil instead and I found that it is gentler to my skin and has cleared up beautifully. I use 9 pts sunflower oil, 1 pt caster oil & 12 drops rosemary essential oil…awsome results for me. Readjust your oils and parts until u find what works for you.

  268. do i need to use toner after OCM ?can i use rose water after OCM?

  269. First off: I love your blog. I swear every time I Google something for a natural alternative to something, your site comes up.
    I’ve been all over the place on trying to find a facial cleansing regimen that works for me. I have cystic acne that is especially prominent around the chin, cheeks and jaw line. I have tried both birth control and antibiotics to combat it, but have not had success with either. Nor are those things I want to have to continually put into my body anyway. I have tried more natural or “clean” methods within the last year and haven’t really had any luck. The worst part about this acne is the scarring. The lower half of my face is covered with dark spots that remain from the deep cystic acne. I think my worst habit is that I have a hard time sticking to a method to really see if it works. I also change multiple components at once so I really have know way of knowing which component was the culprit or if one of the components may have been helping me. If my skin breaks out bad I am quick to try something else or wash excessively to clear it up.
    I am going to try this asap and force myself to stick to it for a few weeks to see if it works. Fingers crossed!!
    What is your regimen? Do you do this every night? What about in the morning? And do you put any oil on for moisturizing?
    Lastly, what are your thoughts on the clarisonic or similar type products? Or have you tried them before? Thanks again for your awesome blog! 🙂

    • I do the ocm every evening and this is the only time I clean my skin. In the morning I rinse my face with cool purified water…thats all. Look up rosemary essential oil…it is antimicrobial, antivirial & is a natural antibiotic. The uses are tremendous. By adding REO to your OCM regimine it will naturally lighten the dark spots and soften the scarring. Type in rosemary essential oil for skin and you will have plenty of information to read and be informed by. I use by parts for the OCM 9=parts sunflower oil, 1=part casteroil & 8 drops rosemary essential oil. I am 55 and I wear no makeup…I have been using the OCM for 8mths and it has cleared up the redness on my cheeks, the basil skin cell sores on my forehead & shrunk my pores. Keep up with the program and watch the changes in your skin…give yourself time for the changes to occur…you are worth the time to fell beautiful.

  270. Do you have any suggestions for where to buy the containers you use for things like this? A mason jar is too big and I don’t want to keep it in a plastic tupperware container. Thanks!

  271. I wanted to say that I have been following this site for 2 years now and every single new natural way of doing things that I have tried has worked wonderfully. I regret to say, however, that this was a complete disaster. In my teens and twenties, I had pretty bad acne. But it cleared up in recent years as I changed my diet to grain free, sugar free, paleo. I also used apple cider vinegar on my face as an astrigent that worked really well. I saw this post and thought it would be a great way to use something natural on my skin instead of soap, and from everyone’s positive comments, I figured it was fool proof. I was really excited to do this and have naturally flawless skin. I started a little over a month ago. I wasn’t alarmed when I started to get mild breakouts since you explained that there was a one week adjustment period. After 2 weeks, the breakouts got worse but I kept on following the instructions exactly. By 3 weeks, I left a comment/question on this post and someone suggested that I try another combination of oils. I did change to coconut/castor oil at that point, but it did not help, the damage was done. Now I have full-blown cystic acne. It’s very painful, all over my chin and mouth and it hurts to talk or eat. I wish I could attach a picture of just how bad it looks now, even after a few days of going back to ACV. I may even have to get time off work and pay money to go to a dermatologist, that’s how bad it is. Apparently this method works for most people based on the comments I have read, but I would have appreciated a warning that this doesn’t work for everyone. It has been a complete disaster and now I am miserable from what it has done to my face. It’s so bad that I don’t even want to go out in public. I went from having virtually clear skin to having severe cystic acne, so I think it’s safe to say that the oil is what made me break out given that it was the only thing I did differently at the time. And believe me, I followed the instructions exactly. I read this post so many times just to make sure I was not doing anything wrong. So all I ask is that maybe you should give add a warning to your post that this method does not work for everyone. Thanks.

    • Sarah, Wellness Mama shares what she is doing in her own day to day life

      she does not say “DO THIS – IT’S A CURE ALL”

      on top of this, if you read through the comments before starting you would have seen that it doesn’t work for everyone
      please accept some responsibility, there are hundreds, if not thousands of websites, blogs and forums dedicated to oil cleansing. Which would have given you a variety of responses.

      I’m really sorry that this hasn’t worked out for you. But there are still loads of different oil combinations to use. In fact, if you googled it more, the oils that people often react to are olive oil or coconut oil.

      Please do not give up hope. I’m sure it will get better, but please also do not blame wellness mama for your skin either. You’re an adult, you made a decision

      • I would like to know how you came to the conclusion that I was blaming Wellness mama in any way? If YOU had actually read MY comment, you would have realized that I very respectfully explained my experience and then made a suggestion that there should be a warning that this doesn’t work for everyone. I am sorry that I didn’t have all day to read the thousands of comments that have been left on this post. I scrolled through the first few hundred comments and did not see any negative comments, so I assumed it would work. This has been a nightmare and I thought it was important to let others know so the same thing doesn’t happen to them. I don’t appreciate insults and false accusations. I have always taken full responsibility for my choices.

    • @sarah i agree 100%

      i’m now trying to make my skin go back to how it was 🙁 i have normal/dry skin and it was fine but i wanted to try a new skin regimen, well when i first started i couldn’t beleive how great my skin was feeling and LOOKING! everyone would compliment me for it, but then it got ugly…i started breaking out when i never actually did before and i had a couple of cystic acne but thought it was an adjustment period but still didn’t sit right since at first it looked great? well needless to say i stopped after a month bc i didn’t want it to get worse ((IT WAS GETTING WAY WORSE) anyway i had to go back to my old routine of cleansers and reg. moisturizers, i hated to do this but i had to, i also did follow the instructions very well and had diff. oils and experimented, so i’m still dealing with a couple of blemishes and some milia which i’ve never had to deal with before in my life even as a teen 🙁

      i guess that saying applies to me: if it ain’t broken don’t fix it!

  272. I just wanted to let you all know that I switched up my ocm by parts to 9parts=sunflower oil…1part=casteroil…8drops rosemary essential oil. REO has further improved my skin tone, the redness on my cheeks is extremely faint (close to extinct), and the aroma from rosemary is soothing…calming…uplifting.
    Rosemary essential oil is antimicrobial, antiviral & is a natural antibiotic. Its uses are multitude!! I can’t say enough about the ocm…and now I wear no make-up…nothing at all and I am loving it. I do not like make-up any way but now I look fresh faced at 55…Thanks Katie once again…I have spread the word to every one I know…

  273. The first day I used the oil cleansing method with olive and castor oil, someone asked me if I had on base makeup (I didn’t). It brightened my skin after one use. I wish I found this much sooner. I have been doing the OCM for over a week now and loving that I don’t have to buy any more skin care products! And my skin is super, super soft!

  274. I’ve been using this method every night – and honey every morning – for the last couple of weeks. I couldn’t be happier. I’ve spent so much money on so many brands of face washes and moisturizers and never achieved the results I wanted. After only a couple weeks my skin is so clear and the redness in my cheeks is all but gone. Thank you so much for sharing your insights. I’ve learned so much from you!

  275. Thanks so much for all the helpful information! Do I clean my face in the AM with oil as well? If not, what should I be using?

  276. Hi there,

    I am wondering what you would recommend if you work out daily. I rinse my face just with water in the am and have been using oil to cleanse before I go to get but I am wondering if I need to wash my face with the oil or something at lunch after I work out because I have been breaking out but it might just be the process of adjusting to using oil. I have been doing this for about a month. Your website is phenomenal by the way!! and my kids love the recipes. Pumpkin pancakes have been a hit!

  277. I do so love your perspective, your blog, all your information! It is so helpful and all in one place. Plus I love how you often refer and include other “experts” information.

    I’m wondering about adding a drop or two of an essential oil to the mix? I don’t have one in mind, but the fragrance would be a plus. Also I have macadamia nut oil, any comments on this oil to use or blend with?

    Thanks for all Katie!!!!

  278. Can you mix the oils together in a bottle, etc. or do you keep them separate until you use them?

  279. Very informative post, thank you for sharing Katie. I’ve been using the recipe you shared for oily/combo skin and so far I love it. The oil massage is something I look forward to and I love how it creams my eye makeup right off.

  280. Katie,
    You use oil cleansing for you, but what do you use on your kids during bathtime? Right now I have a bottle of Dr. Bronners Mild Baby unscented castille soap that I use, but I am wondering if you could suggest something that you use on your little ones. Thank you so much!

  281. Hello, everyone! I just came across this blog by accident, and I’m glad that I did. After reading the entire page, I believe it is time for me to get rid of my greasy-oily-discoloring-blemishes-blackheads-dark-spots-redness-acne skin, basically I have the most worst skin that you can ever imagine of, that I have been suffering for years by starting the Oil Cleansing Method (OCM), but at the same time, I have a few questions that I want to ask. Please answer my questions in order if you can:
    1. Does the “olive oil” literally mean the olive oil that I can actually buy from Wal-Mart, or Target, or CVS, etc?
    2. Will it be better if I use extra virgin olive oil?
    3. The same goes to this question as question 1, is “castor oil” something that I can buy from local stores?
    4. I am sorry if this question sounds stupid, but I have to ask it after all. What does “tsp” stand for?
    5. I have oily to very oily skin, so between olive oil and sunflower oil, which one is the most suitable for my skin type?
    6. I understand that this OCM takes time because I will need to pass the adjustment period in order to achieve a clear skin. The most important question I REALLY want to ask is does this really work in term of clearing blackheads, acne, blemishes, and oil?
    7. Do I do this OCM daily, morning and night, constantly or does it have to be a specific times per week?
    I am sorry if I ask to many questions, and thank you for your time reading this post of mine 🙂

  282. Hello, everyone! This is my third post because it seems like my first and second post couldn’t be posted. By the way, I came across this blog by accident, and I am very glad that I did. I read the entire page, and I believe it is time for me to get rid of my greasy-oily-breakouts-blemishes-blackheads-redness-discoloring-large-pores-acne skin, basically I have the worst skin that you ever can imagine of, by start the Oil Cleansing Method (OCM). Before starting the method, I have a few questions I want to ask everyone here, and please answer my questions in order if you can 🙂
    1. Do all the oils (castor oil, olive oil, sunflower oil, etc) have to buy from a specific store or I can just buy them from local grocery stores?
    2. Do the oils have to be “extra virgin”?
    3. Cold-pressed? Is it the same as pure/extra virgin? And do the oils have to be cold-pressed in order to get the best result?
    4. I have oily to very oily skin, so in your opinions, between sunflower oil and olive oil, which one is the best for my skin type?
    5. Do I have to do the OCM daily, morning and night, constantly or it has to be a specific number of times per week?
    6. Do you make a large portion that is enough use for a week, or a month, etc,, or do you mix the oil just enough for each time use?
    7. If I premix the oil, how do I store and maintain the oil?
    8. This question will sound pretty stupid, but I have to ask it after all. What does “tsp” stand for?
    9. I understand that I will have to be patient and pass through the adjustment period in order to achieve a clear skin, and I REALLY have to ask this question. Does OCM really work in term of clearing blackheads, acne, etc?
    I am sorry if I ask too too too many questions,and please don’t hesitate to give me your opinions because I need them all. And I am not trying to spam this blog for posting the third time. I am a little impatient because I really want to get some great tips from everyone and really want to start the OCM, so I am sorry Wellnessmama if many of my posts are being moderate. Thank you for your time reading this post of mine 🙂

  283. I love this blog. I cant wait to try the oil cleaning. But i really need a toner my face seem to be very dark beause of the over the counter products i have been using. I have a very oily skin and a good scrub too. Thanks

  284. I’ve my blend oil mixed in a 1 oz bottle, but I have been hesitating because I have so many unanswered questions. I have been using apple cider vinegar toner, vitamin C serum and sugar scrub, and I like it a lot. So, please help me answer these questions. Do I need to use toner, ACV, right after the oil cleanse? Should I follow with a serum?!?! What about moisturize, I mean like should I use the blend oil as a moisturize or should I use my own moisturize if and only if I need to moisturize?

    • I’ve found that I don’t need to moisturize with oil cleansing. I use the oils and then sometimes use a serum or sea spray on my skin after, though it isn’t really needed. I’ll occasionally do a scrub or bentonite clay mask but more just for fun 🙂

      • It seems like I neither need toner, serum nor moisturizer. What I know from reading the post and comments, I eventually will get breakouts, so here is my “logic” for using ACV toner and vitamin C serum. ACV is known for fighting acne and ascorbic acid (aka vitamin C) helps reduce inflammation, so overall, these two helps fight and prevent acne. If I get breakouts from oil cleansing, ACV toner and vitamin C serum can help me fight back the breakouts. Wellnessmama, please give me your thoughts about my so-called “logic” because I really want to get rid of my greasiness and blackheads on nose and cheeks, but I still hesitating from using oil cleansing method 🙁

  285. I’ve been using this method for over a month and while most of my skin has cleared up and looks great, my chin and jawline are worse than when I was in middle school. Any ideas on what’s going on?

    • You might be having a detox reaction that is unrelated to the oil cleansing. Have you made other changes recently?

      • Hmm. No changes that I can think of.

  286. Is this a once in the morning once at night type of thing?

  287. This sounds brilliant! Can’t wait to try it. This is a great blog.
    Thank you!

  288. I’ve been using this for two weeks now (1/3 castor oil , 2/3 olive oil) and my skin got slightly better for a few days but has now been getting progressively worse. Any tips for mild to moderate acne with this method?

    • You might try interspersing it with a honey wash, just to make sure that you are not propagating any bacterial growth.

  289. For the facial wash does it matter what kind of olive oil you use like: Extra Virgin or Virgin?

  290. I have started to experiment with OCM after having someone acne prone skin and using solely coconut, or hemp seed oil. I am getting ready to try your mixture. Prior to this, I was using Kiss My Face olive oil soap bar. However, I have still been getting mild acne (32 yrs and I have been off birth control for 6 years now…pretty sure that was the culprit, never had acne prior). Interesting though, these bumps go away at night and resurface in the morning.

    Anyway, my question is what do you do after working out for cleansing your face? I practice hot yoga/pilates 3-5 days a week. Should you just splash water on your face and call it done until showering at night and using the OCM?

    Also, I haven’t used olive oil for cooking in a while … we switched to Avocado oil and coconut oils. Do you get your olive oil on Rose Mountain as well?


  291. This is so interesting. As soon as I’m out of my own store bought cleanser, I am definitely going to give this a try. Maybe I’ll test it on my husband first as he is only using bar soap right now. 🙂

  292. After cleansing, how long gap do i have to give to use facewash?
    (I use a mild cinnamon facewash.
    Or is it that I should give up on facewash completely forever??)
    Hope i am not sounding silly o_O

    • Hello Pink.

      Maybe I can answer your question? Give up on face wash forever.

      In my opinion you do NOT need soaps or face washes. Most of them are chemicals which are bad for you and the environment.

      For the past fourteen years I have been cleansing my face morning and night with only oils. It is simple, cheap and it works magnificently.

      I am in my late 40’s and my face is unlined and super silky soft. As a result of clear and glowing skin, I go bare faced and avoid all make-up products. I often get compliments from strangers who ask what my secret is.

      There are two secrets and the first is oils:

      My preference is cold pressed organic Jojoba oil. It is gorgeous for the skin and removes dirt and grime just as well (if not better) than expensive chemical based cream cleansers.

      I also use sweet almond oil, hempseed oil, argan oil, camellia oil, calendula oil, vitamin E oil, sunflower seed oil, tamanu oil, wheatgerm oil and avocado oil. It is a good idea to change your oils once in a while. You are meant to do it every three months but I normally go for six months between changes.

      I also moisturize with all the oils mentioned above, along with rosehip oil which is fantastic for mature skin.

      I dislike coconut oil for my face; but will use in an “emergency” if I am out of everything else.

      Daily Routine:

      Using a dropper is best. Take a small amount of oil (around seven drops give or take), briefly warmed between the palms of your hands and then applied, massaged and spread all over a dry face. Then remove oil with a damp (not wet) cotton wool pad. I find warm water better to use than cold on the pad, as it tends to remove the oil and any grime better. I use certified organic cotton wool pads but that is just a personal choice.

      In the morning I then get in the shower, and the water will wash away any remaining traces of the oil cleanser. I do not shower at night, so after using the cotton pad, I will use a warm wet face cloth to remove any remaining oil.

      I rarely use toner as the ones you buy are alcohol based and very drying overall. I will occasionally make my own rosewater or orange blossom spritzer toner but I find there is really no need for this step.

      After I have used the wet face cloth, I will gently but not completely pat my face dry with a towel. Whilst my skin is still damp, I will then apply the oil again. You do not have to have a damp face but the oil absorbs better apparently – or so I have read. Apply using same method as above, but this time I am using the oil as a moisturizer; so I leave it on.

      In addition, once a week I use a Bernard Jensen DRY skin facial/complexion brush to gently remove any dead cells, which will aid the oils to nourish better. And also once a year I have a professional facial done at a Jurlique salon but this is more a luxury treat than a necessary step.

      And my second secret to having the best skin ever is……………………..now that would be telling!!

      🙂 🙂

      • What’s your second secret?

  293. Sorry if i missed this, I read many posts and didn’t see it..
    I would like to know more about the Honey Wash as I feel the need to clean my face more than once per day. I attempted using honey once a year or 2 ago but it seemed so sticky I had to re-wash with a cleanser to get the honey off.
    What is the best way to wash with honey?
    I plan to try the OCM but I know i’m going to want to use more than plain water in the mornings.

  294. Hello.
    I have atopic dermatitis and trouble with dry skin in my face. I decided to give this method a try. I have used coconut oil before as a moisturizer with great effect. With oil cleansing I tried sweet almond oil since it’s thick and seemed good to leave on in the night.

    To begin with my skin felt soft and smooth, and all seemed well. What I did notice though was that my eyes were getting watery occasionally. I figured I’d probably gotten some oil in my eyes from sweating or something.

    Now though, after 3-4 days of doing this, my skin has turned extremely stiff and dry. It doesn’t flake much but seems “stuck”. Whenever I talk, smile or move my face in any way, I feel the skin stretching. That kind of dry.

    Could this be almond allergy? To my knowledge I’ve never had trouble with eating almonds, but who knows? For now I’ll stick to coconut oil instead to be sure. I do have celiac disease as well but I’m sure that’s irrelevant.

    I will be trying your whipped body-butter recipe for my face to see if it can cure this dryness (I used olive oil and a little jojoba for the liquid part).

    Hope to hear back from you soon!

  295. I mix a tsp of baking soda into coconut oil as my face wash/ exfoliant works great! I’m a mother of 2. 32 years old and people constantly think I’m in my early 20s. Putting all those carcinogens on your face causes wrinkles!

  296. Hi,
    I’m new to this whole toxin free living and was just wondering is it safe to use these oils around the eyes? Like to remove makeup?

  297. Hello again,
    I wrote commented here some time ago regarding my atopic dermatitis. I went ahead and made the whipped body-butter. I used what your recipe calls for, except I replaced some of the olive oil with jojoba oil. The cream works very well for my body, but again it made my face even more dry. The dryness comes some hours after applying the cream. This time it’s a bit more flaky.

    Could it be that my body reduces its own oil production due to me applying oils?


  298. I will be 69 in November of this year..I have never had as many compliments on my complexion as I have in the last few years. I use extra virgin Olive Oil as my nightly cleanser. Just Olive Oil and rub gently–take a warm soft bath cloth and wipe off (several times will do it) and remember to smooth oil over your upper chest and neck as well. The next morning your skin will look nourished and healthy. After showering the next morning I use a sunscreen with moisture (not oil) then get ready for the day! It works–it’s the best thing I have ever done or used for my acne prone complexion. It is probably the “dewey” look that helps me look younger!. Try it for two weeks and you will never use any other cleanser. Look prettier each and every day! Sue Rice

  299. I have been using oil cleansing for almost 2 weeks now. I have average combo skin that is sensitive and prone to breakouts at age 48. I am using Grapeseed oil that I added a small amount of Tamanu oil and a few drops of tea tree esssential oil. I have been doing this twice a day. Once in my morning shower and once at night to remove makeup.
    My results are good! My skin is soft, no breakouts at all I am very happy with this blend. 😉

  300. I have been using the oil cleanser for a couple months. I love it. No issues with it at all. when I make my next batch I am going to use a little less castor oil, as I have very dry skin and still feel slightly dry afterwards. One thing I love the most about it, is that you can remove eye makeup really well and never feel like some soap got in your eyes! My eyes always felt irritated after using a soap based cleanser. I had a younger co worker say to me the other day..hey what are you doing?? I replied, what do you mean?? She said, your skin looks amazing..like you are getting younger! Maybe a coincidence? I think not.

  301. I’m fourteen and every acne remedies that I use, that actually works, always leads to dry skin. I was wondering if there were any ideas of what I could do to finally get clear skin, but wet not dry.

    Thank you in advance.


  302. Hi!
    I am extremely new to the whole chemical free life and am super interested in using oils as a cleanser. My normal routine is to wash my face every morning and night with ivory soap and then to use daily moisturizer every day and a night moisturizer every night. Can someone explain to me in very “dummy friendly” steps exactly how my routine would look now?

  303. I am pushing 30 and have had acne-prone skin for as long as I can remember. A month or so ago I found an article about protecting the skin’s acid mantle on starkskincare.com. That was the first time I’ve taken oil cleansing seriously and took the plunge of purchasing the Stark oil cleansing balm (I appreciate how the balm is convenient and less messy). Now I would never use anything else – it’s transformed my breakouts into smooth skin. My favorite part is that my skin looks healthier — supple, and nourished. Thank you for addressing oil cleansing!

  304. Hi Katie!

    I started using the Oil Cleansing Method about 1 month ago using 3/4 olive oil and 1/4 castor oil since I have acne-prone skin. During the first week my skin looked awesome! THEN….(dant, dant, dannnnnt..) I developed cystic acne on my cheeks, which is the acne I used to get as an early adult I am not sure if I should continue with this method and believe that it is just the toxins surfacing or if the oil is going to continually cause these cystic pimples. What would you say to do as I do not want to go back to products 🙁 I just look awful right now and don’t know what to do. Thank you!

    • It might be a delayed detox period. I’ve heard that using a bentonite clay mask can help get through that without the effects…

    • I have a similar situation. I have cystic acne by nature. But usually just 1-2 around my period. When I began using OCM and moisturizing with oil, I now have the red pimples, not the deep rooted ones but surface ones. They are everywhere, my temples, cheeks, jaw line. It has been over a month since I began using oil. And I’ve been breaking out for just shy of 2 weeks. I have dry flaky skin, so I’ve been using different blends of: almond oil, jojoba oil, avocado oil, lavender, grapeseed and castrol oils. My big question that I can’t seem to find anywhere is this: Are you suppose to moisturize with oil after you oil cleanse? This what I have been doing. Using it as a moisturizer both AM and PM (only oil cleansing in the PM). Too much, perhaps?

  305. I’ve been looking for something that is easy on my face for awhile. I don’t have horrible skin, but it’s enough that I want it fixed. My forehead gets really slick oily, as does my nose. I have blackheads on and around my nose. But my chin gets dry sometimes and I get small breakouts along my chin line. I started using Alba products and although it helped a little, it did nothing for the blackheads. Although the thought of cleaning my face with oils seems strange to me, and I’m scared about the detox and adjustment period (I have a friend’s wedding at the end of December that I don’t want to have all kinds of stuff going on on my face)

    I think I want to try hazelnut oil and sunflower oil or macadamia nut oil. Do you think those will work ok well together?

    Also, has anyone ever tried pomegranate oil or have any thoughts about it?

  306. Thank you so much for this post!! I’ve been doing oil cleansing for a little over a month now and I am definitely a fan. The only issue I’ve had is that I typically wear a little make up every day so I cleanse my face at night. However, I oil cleansed in the morning and loved the way my skin looked and felt all day. I’d prefer to oil cleanse in the morning so my skin looks its best when I’m looking at my skin (instead of at night while I’m sleeping), but I know I shouldn’t sleep with my makeup on.
    Any suggestions?
    Thank you!!!

    • Maybe try using honey at night to wash your face and do the oil cleansing in the morning?

      • Do you recommend only oil cleansing once a day? I’ve been oil cleansing for almost a week now. I’ve tried OCM twice a day, once a day with cetaphil in the morning, and just using OCM once a day. So far I haven’t found the best method yet (but like I said, it’s only been a week!) but I just don’t want to overdo it and dry out my skin. My skin is in the purge stage but is very healthy otherwise. Suggestions?

  307. I want to try this with a honey cleanse as well. I have Rosacea and Seborrheic Dermatitis of the face. I’ve read it can look worse before it looks better. I have really sensitive skin. These winter months are harsh! I’m tired of all the expensive, chemical, face creams prescribed by my dermatologist. My face is itchy, bumpy, red, and my capillaries look like they are about to burst. I’m scared to try these things with fear it will make it worse. Should I try a skin test? Maybe in one spot to see if it causes an unfavorable result?

  308. Here in India from ages we are taking oil bath on sundays! Which keeps the skin out of disease, Nurishes skin and inexpensive way of taking care of your body. Specially castor oil is very good for your hair and body, it is sticky but its ok to apply sticky oil on sunday for an hour or two and take bath and have nice sleep:-)

  309. I just cleansed my face with coconut oil while I was doing my oil pulling. Its amazing! My skin became so fresh and pinky as if I was 16! I’m 35 actually. Will definitely try other oil recommendations also! Ever since I discovered this website I’ve started to try out almost every advice here, several daily and I’m very thankful to you Katie for making these resources of wisdom available to everyone! I’m truly grateful! Thanks again!

  310. I love cleaning my skin with oil! I use Organic Hemp oil, from Nutiva. Just rub it on dry skin for a few minutes, then rinse it off in the shower or use a washcloth at the sink.

    I like to get the washcloth really hot and gently lay it on my face, so the heat opens up my pores and then I rub the oil in more.

    I do have to rinse a lot to get it all off, I use the washcloth to help get excess off if I am in a hurry.

    I have combination skin and have issues with random (normally, during a certain time of the month) breakouts. This has helped a lot with keeping my skin looking lovely and stopping breakouts.

  311. When I first started using coconut oil to clean my face I was also using OTC moisturizers and during this time I had no issues. Since I’ve gotten rid of my OTC products and just using pure coconut oil, my face has had these red blotches for a couple months now and they haven’t gone away. I’m also now breaking out on my chin and rarely ever break out. Any ideas on what I should do or what is causing this?

    • It could be the coconut oil. Maybe try cleaning with another type of oil. I have read that avocado oil and jojoba oils are good options.

      • Thanks. I’m thinking too I need to try another oil. I read on another site that coconut oil is best for oily skin and a combination of castor/evoois best for dry skin. I have dry skin so I’m going to try evoo. Can anyone recommend a good brand to try?

  312. I am 24 and have had plugged pores since I was a tween. I started OCM about two weeks ago using 3 parts olive oil to 1 part hazelnut oil. Then I added 1 part tamanu oil a few days ago for my acne scars. I am noticing that my complexion has become a lot nicer. My skin is moist and supple, but I am breaking out a bit more. I read that the olive oil can be the cause for this, but I am wondering if it’s just a detox of the junk already in my pores that has been aching to get out for all these years. PLUS, I have indulged in dairy and sugar more over the holiday than I usually would, so that could be a contributing factor…

    My question is, should I switch from olive oil to something different, or stick with the EVOO and let it work its magic?

    Thank you!

    • You are definitely in the detox period but olive oil can irritate some people. Maybe try another oil and see if it makes a difference?

    • You could still be detoxing, so you may want to stick with it a little longer. Indulging more than usual can certainly aggravate breakouts too. I find it always happens to me 😉

  313. Does the oil bath also remove makeup, or do I need to still use a makeup remover cloth for that?

  314. Does the oil cleansing help with anti-aging/wrinkles?

  315. I haven’t tried the cleans yet, but something you said stuck to mind: “and taking Gelatin daily has been the best anti-aging treatment they’ve discovered!” What kind of gelatine are you talking about?

  316. I am planning on trying the oil cleansing recipes. BUT my question is: I use make-up (liquid foundation) everyday. Will this remove my make-up and Mascara adequately?? I read on this blog that many folks don’t cleanse with the oil every day, so how do they remove make??

  317. Hi! So I have been oil cleansing now for about 2 months. the first month went great my skin has never looked better, I was going without foundation make-up for the first time in years! And suddenly the last 2 weeks my cheeks and forehead have broken out into a painful, dry rash. I re mixed oil to a 95% sunflower oil and 5% castor oil mix. And I washed my face cloths in hot hot water with a little dawn, rinsing them twice in the washing machine. Ant thoughts on what might be going on? Any suggestion on how I can change up my routine to remedy this? Maybe a different oil? Thanks! I love your site, it is such an amazing resource for me and my family!

    • Well, could it be a change in your diet or stress level? Even a couple of chocolate Christmas cookies can make me break out…

  318. Hey there! I just wanted to let you know I loved your account on cleaning your face with oil! Thank you!

  319. I’m sure this probably has already been addressed but I’ve read coconut oil is not recommended because it is a known comedogenic and may possibly clog pores. What are your thoughts?

    Also, I just started and I’ve tried grape seed oil with castor oil then switched to avocado oil and castor oil but my face still feels tight and dry (even after reducing the amount of castor oil). Any suggestions? I’ve never had issues with acne before in my life. My face tends to be shiny and oily.

  320. Hi Katie,
    Is a regular wash cloth or microfiber cloth better to use when oil cleansing???

  321. I have been using raw honey in the mornings and a mix of castor oil and avocado oil at night. I love it!!! I recently started using the ACV toner in the morning prior to the honey and my skin seems very irritated when I rub on the honey. Is the ACV too strong or should I use the toner after I was with honey? Thanks

  322. Hi Katie,

    first of all I wanna say thank you for all your work on this blog. I stumbled over it a few weeks ago and I’m really hook. There is so much useful information, tips and tricks! Thanks so much!!

    Re OCM I have a few questions left.
    I know that several people asked this before and your answer was that the oil will cleanse off make up as well. My bf and I work in show business so deal with a lot of “professional stage make up” that wants to be wiped off every night after the show. As it really is a lot of make up I’m not sure if it is a good idea to not wipe it off before the actual oil cleanse. What do you think? I don’t want the make up to get into our pores any deeper.
    Maybe use a bit of the OCM oil to wipe off the make up (massage oil on face and then wipe face with a tissue) and then do the oil cleanse?

    Will the OCM also work for my bf? I don’t really see a reason why not, just double checking.

    And last but not least: I recently read your post about vegetable oils. If sunflower/safflower/grape seed oils aren’t healthy when eating, is it a good idea to use them for an OCM?
    Or is this the same as with sugar you eat and a sugar scrub you only use external?

    Thank you so much for making my life healthier (and easier in so many ways)!!

    • Those oils would be healthier on the skin that internal, but I stick to olive and castor oil on my face. For stage makeup, maybe try using a microfiber cloth and warm water first to remove as much as possible and then doing oil cleansing? It definitely works for guys too 🙂 Thanks for reading!

      • Thank you for your quick response, Katie.
        I will try the microfiber cloth with warm water to wipe off make up before OCM as soon as I’m back at the theatre.

        For anybody who isn’t satisfied or unsure which oils to use, I happened to find this blog today (when actually searching for something different):

        It categorises the oils by the ratio of oleic and linoleic acid in their chemical composition and explains how they can influence your success with OCM.

  323. Hi! I have combination to dry skin. Could I use almond oil in place of the olive oil and then just add a little castor oil? Also, do you ever add in a few drops of essential oil like lavender?


  324. Hi, I am thankful to have come across this natural and easy to do recipe. I am on a mission to live healthy. Just one question: Whenever I make a mixture and put it in my bathroom, how long can it stay there without being spoiled? Should I just make a small mixture once every week so that it will mostly be fresh?

    Please reply, I am looking forward to hearing from you.

  325. I have been using OCM for about 2 months now although I didn’t know it had a name!
    Having been referred to a dermatologist to try and resolve the extremely severe allergic eczema that I have been suffering around my eye, I mentioned that I had completely removed chemicals from my life from everything to shampoo to cleaning and replaced them with liquid castill soap, bicarb, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar and such similar substances. I also mentioned that I had started to use coconut oil. My doctor, who happened to be Indian, was totally on side with this (even asking me my cleaning tips!) and suggested that I stop using all of the expensive cleansers, toners, moisturisers etc and use nothing but coconut oil on my skin. She explained that coconut oil is used extensively in India and that her grandmother swore by it.
    I now use neat coconut oil, straight out of the jar massage it into my dry skin and then rinse it off with a hot face face cloth. The oil is a fantastic make-up remover and my skin, which has always been prone to break outs, has never ever been cleaner, softer or spot free. It also seems to have cleared up all of my black heads which I have have always had. Best if all though it is very gentle around my eyes and the eczema is clearing up.
    I cleanse in this way very evening and just use water in the morning. No other products are required; no cleanser, no soap, no make-up remived, no toner, no moisturiser. So, I know some people have commented that coconut oil is expensive but a little coconut oil goes a very long way and one jar doesn’t cost half of the price of one bottle or tube of Clinique/ Clarins/Origins/Liz Earle or some other expensive product that we turn to in the promise that they are hypo-allergenic or natural.
    Stick with it…I found that about 5 days in I had a bit of a break out but I carried on with the OCM, applied a bit of tea tea essential oil and it all cleared up within a couple of days. I haven’t had one spot since then for the first time in 30 years!
    Apologies for the long post, I have never written on a blog before but I felt I needed to share my experience and praise the virtues of coconut oil!

  326. Hey there, great post, first of all!
    Second, I would like to share my method!

    I usually do a steam before applying any oil (to open up the pores, and to ease the blood circulation in preparation to apply the oil afterwards). What I would do is boil the water in a large pan, after it is boiled I would add gunpowder green tea and a spoon of turmeric powder (both known for their highly anti-oxidant\anti-inflammatory, etc. properties), and then I do the whole steaming process and usually it takes about 7-10 minutes before I’m done. Afterwards, I wipe off my face with a clean towel, afterwards (and before the pores close back) I massage virgin olive oil on my face for 2 minutes or so. It feels great, and the results are spectacular! If I’m going for the whole ride, I let the oil set on my face for 30-60 minutes, then I take a hot bath. I don’t wash my face with soap or anything with chemicals in there, just another lighter steaming process to let the oil sink in more. Afterwards, just wipe off my face with a clean towel again. It’s great, I highly recommend doing this!

    Although, I have to ask, would you know any down side of this? And how many times should I do this? Once a week perhaps?


  327. Even though there are a million comments, I also have to join in and say that the OCM is amazing and the only thing that really works for me. I don’t use any castor oil at all in the winter because it is so dry here and use olive oil with tea tree oil to act as the cleansing agent (instead of castor oil). I also add some lavender and voila! I use morning and evening. My skin used to be horrible and acne prone, etc. but this has saved me from dry winter skin and flaking while making my skin supple and soft. I’d never go back.

  328. Wow! I applied this method….and people are noticing the change it has bought to my skin. Thanks, it really works.

  329. I’ve been doing oil cleansing for about a week and a half now, and while the oily and normally very congested pores on my nose look great, my skin has become very dry. I started out with the blend for oily skin, using 3:1 parts olive oil to castor, but after two uses decided it was too drying. I had two red blotchy dry patches appear on each side of my face. Now I am down to 1/2 t castor to 3 t olive oil (6:1 ratio), and my skin is still very dry – I have resorted to using an additional moisturizer after oil cleansing on my cheeks to keep them from being very flaky, and they are still dry. My nose and forehead, normally the most oily parts of my face, have become dry and weirdly textured as well. Has anyone else experienced these issues? I really want to continue using this as my pores have become clearer, but I don’t know if it’s worth how dry my skin has become.

    • Sarah – I am experiencing the same issue. I’m down to 10/90 castor and almond but my skin is flaky and my cheeks have a weird, dry texture. I’ve been doing this for a week and have combo skin. I’ve done a ton of research and almond oil is nourishing and has vitamin e so I am not sure what’s going on. Maybe it’s a transitory reaction or maybe I need a different oil.

      • I tried to look through other comments and see if others were having the same issues but I didn’t find much. I did some research and I’m thinking of switching over to a blend of hemp seed oil and castor instead. Hoping that the castor in general isn’t the culprit, because I do want to keep using it for its cleansing properties! I really want this to work for me!

        • It probably is the castor oil. I had a similar situation with the dryness. My friends told me they cut out the castor oil and use straight carrier oils. Look into tea tree oil to spot treat any acne and use straight carrier oils. And the other thing I do is put coconut oil on the dry areas only after I wash as my night moisturizer and it seems to do the trick. Good luck!

    • I use nothing but coconut oil and haven’t had any issues or problems with dryness at all, in fact the areas that sometimes suffered with dryness are now lovely and soft and the areas that were oily are now normal. If I do get the odd spot (very rare now) I just dab it with a spot of tea tree oil at at night and it has gone the next morning!

  330. Hi everyone – I have been doing the OCM for almost a week now. I have combination skin, but in the winter it gets very dry. I use castor oil and almond oil. I started with 25 castor 75 almond, but it was too harsh so I switched to a 10/90 ratio which worked well. I do it nightly but now I’m noticing my skin is getting dry and flaky when it was super nourished the first two days. I also apply organic, cold pressed argan oil as a moisturizer after since I’ve done that for a year and love it. I’m just not sure why my skin has a weird dry texture. Will that go away or should I change the oils I am using?

  331. Hello, I just started using the oil cleansing method and I have a question. I use hazelnut oil and avocado oil. Is it better to put drops of each oil in my hand each night, or can I put 1 part hazelnut oil and 4 parts avocado oil in a mason jar? Thanks!

  332. Hello, I live in a tropical climate where humidity averages at 78%. I have combination skin and am not prone to breakouts. I am keen to try out the OCM because I notice that my conventional facial cleanser don’t seem to have the same effect as it had few years back and I am trying to go as natural as possible. Aging I know… I have read both positive and negative reviews. Apprehensive now. Seems to hear positive comments about sweet almond oil. Do you girls have any recommendations about which other oil to mix the sweet almond oil with?

  333. I have been doing the OCM for a little less than a month now and I have to say that the results are amazing! Your website has helped me understand so much about my new all natural beauty care that I shared a link to this article in my blog. My friends and family keep asking how I do this and that, so I started a blog. Just wanted to let you know that I linked back to here.

    I don’t have much in breakouts anymore. Blemishes are a thing of the past. And my skin is baby soft. I just can’t stop touching it (and neither can my husband, him and his scruffy beard). My combination that works for me is 1:1 ratio fractionated coconut oil (my bathroom gets cold and regular coconut oil just does not like it) and Extra Virgin Olive Oil, with a couple of teaspoons of tea tree oil (instead of castor oil) in a small 3 oz pump lotion bottle (that I picked up from Walmart for less than a dollar). I added some essential oils for fragrance because EVOO has a strong odor that I am not fond of. And once to twice a week, I use an exfoliating face scrub of coconut oil, salt, tea tree oil, vitamin e oil and essential oils. Thank you for all of your helpful information and tips!

  334. Hello!! so i have heard so many good benefits from this and want to try…
    i should do it every day?
    can i use coconut oil?


  335. I’m intrigued! Thanks for sharing this.

    I have an infrared sauna that I use a few times a week. Can I use that to sweat out the impurities after rubbing the oil into my face in lieu of the shower – would like to cut down on the time in-between shower cleaning due to the oil build up.


  336. Hi!
    I’ve been using the oil cleansing method (one part olive oil, one part almond oil, several drops of tea tree oil) for around three weeks now. At first, it worked wonderfully for me, but recently I’ve developed more acne around my hairline and forehead. I’ve been following the instructions, but my lately, my face still feels greasy and dirty. What am I doing wrong?

  337. I’m wondering if it matter’s if the castor oil is organic or not. What are your suggestions?

  338. I have only used organic castor oil on my face. I wouldn’t want to put anything that wasn’t organic on my skin. I had purchased Josie Maran’s argan oil and returned it for an organic and cheaper version I found on amazon and it works so much better! My skin feels so much more hydrated and I feel like the organic argan oil absorbs so much better. Here is the link for those of you that are interested!


  339. Hey Katie,

    I started the oil cleansing method and LOVE it! I recently purchased Norwex microfiber. Do you place these over your face for the minute? What do you use to dry your face? Also, where do you hang it to dry? I heard it’s not good to keep those types of things in the bathroom since the flushing of the toilet releases bacteria particles in the air.

    Thank you for all you do to inspire us to live wholesome lives Wellness Mama 🙂


  340. I use raw honey on my face daily and love it! However, I still have some problems with acne and was wondering what would be the best way to incorporate the oil cleansing method into my routine if I already use the honey? Can it be used as a weekly cleanse?

  341. I’m just beginning the oil cleanse method on my 50+ year old acne and wrinkle prone skin. I guess what I’m not clear on is:

    1. Do you cleanse this way twice a day? If only once, what to do for the other cleanse?

    2. Is is safe to use a natural scrub once a week or so? Or, will this method eliminate the need?

    I’d appreciate your advice.

    Thank you.

    • You can oil cleanse twice a day, or use plain raw honey the other time. A natural scrub is fine but may not be needed eventually.

  342. Hi Katie,

    I have been using this method for 4 weeks now. I have been using 1 part hazelnut oil combined with 4 parts avocado oil, cleansing each night. I then put a thin layer of avocado oil on my skin to moisten it. My biggest skin issues have been whiteheads on my chin and nose, and big pores. Both of those issues have gotten much better since I start oil cleansing. However, I have been breaking out more than usual. I almost never get pimples, but I got a few after doing the OCM for 2 weeks, and I’ve gotten a few more between 2 – 4 weeks. My skin is probably combination. It’s not too dry, but not too oily either. Could I be using the wrong oils, or do I just need to give it more time?

    Thanks in advance for your input!


    • You could be having a detox reaction, in which case it may take a little while to clear up. You also could be over moisturizing your combo skin with the avocado oil, especially at night. You might wait a little longer, and then if it is not looking like it will clear up, maybe try eliminating the avocado oil to see what happens?

      • Thanks Katie! I will skip the avocado oil for moisturizer and see if that helps.

  343. Hi, I like this idea because I gave up “washing” my face years ago. I found it irritated it. I also gave up makeup and do not live in a city so did not really NEED to wash it. Since moving to a low carb diet I rarely have a blemish (only if i indulge in grains) so I’m happy with my 60 year old skin finally. but what if I wan to wear make up once in a while? do I have to worry about special oils or transitioning, or my skin not liking it if I used oil to remove the make up? I have walnut, olive and coconut oil as well as lard and deer tallow. What would you suggest I do? Thanks, Kitty

  344. Hi, I am wondering if I could use just coconut oil to cleanse my face or if that wouldn’t clean well enough? And if it would be classified as an astrigent oil or a norishing oil? Also I found the information on castor oil a little confusing. So do you think useing castor oil is ok or not?

    • I do use castor oil. coconut oil works great for some people and not so well for others, it will depend on your skin type.

  345. I used coconut oil for a while and it worked wonders. It seemed to get rid of all my skin problems immediately after using it (without any transition period). Then summer rolled around, and I did not want to use it any more just because it was too thick for my skin and the hot weather. The next winter (currently) I am back to having break outs, and the coconut oil cleansing is not working this time. Did my skin change? I have tried multiple combinations, including grapeseed oil and olive oil, but none of these oils seem to be working as effectively as it was before. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated, as I really like this method because of my dry skin. Thank you!

  346. Hi Wellness Mama. I found this blog recently and love it!
    Here is my problem: I started the OCM about one week ago. First night I used Jojoba and Castor in a 3/4 to 1/4 ratio. My skin went crazy! I figured it was the castor oil and it has been fine after I stopped using it. I used only jojoba and it was better but left my skin very dry, so on day 4 I started using 50/50 mix of grape seed and jojoba.
    Overall I don’t have breakouts, my skin tone is more even and my pores are smaller BUT I’m experiencing these dry flaky patches other people talked about. When I smile it looks like I have plastic foil on my face.
    It is weird. I’m prone to breakout so I try not to use coconut oil and I’m super allergic to avocados.
    Any suggestions what I could use? It seems like my skin has enough oil now but is lacking moisture.
    Please help.

  347. Hi there,

    I’m a 21 y.o. female with oily to combination type skin. I’ve had pretty clear skin for a while, but I still struggle with occasional pimples/breakouts, especially before and during my period. It’s pretty frustrating. So would you recommend this oil cleanse for me? How about adding tea tree oil to my oil combination, as some people have suggested. Also, if I’ve already cleansed my face with oil and later take a shower, should I oil cleanse again or can I just leave my face alone and it won’t be dried out?

    Thanks for this post!

  348. Hello!
    This is for Wellness Mama!
    I’m an almost 40yr old and I’m trying the OCM for the first time, but I’m not having any luck. My face is more broken out than it was before. I’m dry (since I’ve had 4 kids) and so I’ve tried olive oil with castor oil for about 3 weeks. Next I tried some avocado oil with castor oil. Neither have cleared my acne. I’m oil cleansing every night and using a apricot seed oil with essential oil blend to moisturize my face. Help!!! I’m thinking of stopping this but I don’t want to go back to a soap as my skin is already dry. I should also say I’m on the GAPS diet, so I’m stumped because I’m a pretty clean eater!
    Thanks so much for your help! I think your website is fantastic!

  349. Is it okay to pair a natural sulfur based face wash on the nights your don’t have time/want to do OCM without “confusing” the skin or diminishing the benefits

  350. I can’t even tell you how much I love love love this method. For the fist time in my life I developed very painful rosacea in this harsh 2015 New York winter. I was beside myself and was very dubious of the traditional medicine approach, which recommended antibiotics… After some googling, I discovered that rosacea is often attributed to an imbalance in the skin’s ph. I made a lemon-juice and purified water spray (according the ratio recommended to match skin’s ph) and used the oil method to cleanse. My skin is better than it has been since I was in my 20s! And I am still in the middle of a nasty winter. This was a life saver. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

  351. I started this out of desperation. My skin has been so dry from the cold New York winter. Previously I only used baking soda to wash my face. And it works great, although maybe is drying. I also use Argan oil as moisturizer. But lately it wasn’t enough. So last Friday I started the oil cleansing with 1/4 castor and 3/4 red Palm oil/sunflower oil. Firstly I noticed many of my blackheads on nose becoming way less noticeable. And my forehead is very firm and smooth. I don’t get pimples often but rather small ones on temples seldomly or near forehead from brush bangs out of the way with hand.

    My skin is still very dry though, and I got a zit on the end off my nose, it’s like an oil spout (lol!) I’m guessing it is part of my skin detoxing. I am still using the argan oil. I may try lessening the amount castor until my skin is less dry.

    FYI- using Red Palm oil may leave a little bit of an orangey glow to your face. But it works with my skin tone and looks like a slight tan.
    And my skin may also feel firmer because I have been taking GL gelatin for the past month and a half.

  352. Would you recommend adding any essential oils like lavender or tea tree oil to further help fighting acne?

  353. Could you use a facial steamer after applying the oil and before the hot wash cloth?

  354. I am new to oil cleansing and have started with an organic Rosehip oil. Seems to be fine so far, but will try mixing with Castor oil also. My question is removal of full eye makeup. Although I do put the oil on my eyes and work it in, the mascara really makes a mess and I don’t want this on the rest of my face so i have to use a small amount of my face cleanser just over the eyes. So am wondering what you suggest or if you have had the same issue?

    • I usually just remove my eye makeup with oil before cleaning the rest of my face. Instead of putting the oil directly on my eyelids I pour a little bit onto a cloth and just wipe the makeup off that way. This gets most of it off and makes less of a mess when I oil cleanse my face.

  355. Hi Katie,

    I just came across your wonderful blog a couple days ago and I have already tried the DIY deo, which I love and works wonders. I also started the oil cleansing method but I am a little confused about the order in which I should apply things on my face. I always heard: “first cleanse then tone and finish by moisturizing”. If I would like to apply the ACV toner, when should I do that or do I have to skip it when I use the OCM?

    Thank you,


  356. I love this method! I need help finding a way to rid my washcloth of the rancid oil