October 29, 2012


This kind of a different topic that I am sharing about today, but I think that it is a topic that many people will be able to benefit from.

At the beginning of my senior year in college (about a year and a half ago) I started to have a really hard time controlling my acne. It would come and go a little bit, but I would always have these big, painful pimples, mostly on my forehead and in my hairline. Occasionally (with my hormonal cycle) I would get one or two around my chin or near my nose.

When this started, it was especially frustrating to me, because I really didn't struggle with acne in high school. I would wash my face when I took a shower, and get the occasional pimple, but I didn't think much of it as a teen. Nothing like the painful breakouts I began experiencing in my 20s.

When I moved to Norfolk, not only did my acne get worse, but the overall oiliness of my skin increased. I'm not sure if it was the weather, stress or some other factor, but I was washing my face twice a day, using oil absorbing sheets at least once a day, and powdering like nobody's business.

At some point, I got a little bit overwhelmed and frustrated. Not to mention I was spending a lot of money on a skin care regimen that was not working. I kept telling myself that if I just stuck with it, my skin would get better. And then I would wake up every morning with big painful pimples, and cover them up.

The last straw was when I was convinced by my eyebrow threading lady to buy a $48 cleanser from their little threading shop, because "the pH in my face was off." I don't even know if that is a thing. But my desparate little self bought it, in the feeble attempt that it might work. And guess what...that was a big no go.

So I started searching the internet for improving cystic acne. I found some things that said you need to take antibiotics for a couple weeks (and anyone who knows my history with antibiotics knows why I didn't take that route), accutane, and simple washing and cleansing. All things I either didn't want to try, or had tried.

Then one night while I was on Pinterest, I stumbled on this little blog post about how she improved her skin. I read the whole post, thought it sounded a lot like me, and thought I would look into this Oil Cleansing Method. So I researched a little bit more, read nothing but good things from the people who had tried it, and decided to go right out and buy some castor oil.

I know it sounds weird, rubbing your face with oil and everything. Especially if you already have an oily or acne prone skin type. I admit that when I first started, I said that I would do it for a few days, and if it made my skin worse, or if it didn't help at all, I would stop.

Bu there are many reasons why the Oil Cleansing Method works:
  1. Oil dissolves oil-- the simple law of like dissolves like.
  2. It will dissolve the oil that has hardened throughout the day and stuck in your pores
  3. Naturally keeps your skin supple and moisturized (moisturizing is the step I was forgetting!)
  4. Easily removes make up- this might be the second best discovery, a gentle eye makeup remover.
  5. Cheaper than buying facial products- you only need two ingredients for your whole regimen.
  6. Helps even out skin tone
  7. 100% Natural

You can use many different types of oils, but the combination that I like the best is extra virgin olive oil and castor oil. I have an oily and acne prone skin type, so I use one part EVOO to 3 parts castor oil. I keep a container with about 4 tablespoons in it. Here is a good breakdown for all skin types:
  •   For those with a normal skin type, use 1 part EVOO to 1 part castor oil
  •   For those with a dry skin type, use 3 parts EVOO to 1 part castor oil
  •   For those with an oily or acne prone skin type, use 1 part EVOO to 3 parts castor oil
Now, you may be wondering, what do you do with this oil concoction? The routine goes like this. I only do this about once every other day.

  1. Let your faucet run, so the water gets pretty hot. (Mine takes a minute)
  2. Gently rub a quarter size amount on your face for about a minute. Make sure to massage it in and not scrub it.
  3. Run a washcloth under the faucet. (You want the water to be hot enough, but not too hot where you’ll burn yourself. I usually get it really hot and slowly test it on my face. If it’s to hot I just air it out for a second. This part is important, because it has to be hot enough to cause a steaming effect that helps to remove the dirt form your pores.) Leave the washcloth over your face until it’s cooled down, about a minute.
  4. Wash your hands
  5. Gently wipe off the oil using the washcloth.
  6. Your skin will probably look nice an supple and will probably be a little red from the steam. 
Now this might be altered, if I wash my face in the morning when I get in the shower. I would then use the hot water from the shower instead of the sink. Sometimes I think this steams your face a little bit better.

I have been doing this for about a month now, and my face has never been clearer. It is also very soft, and you can tell that it is full of moisture. I started this process with some big cystic pimples on my forehead, and it only took about a week for those to clear up.

Someone in my office even complimented me on my skin the other day! That just reaffirmed that I was doing something right when I crazily chose to rub some oils on my face. I hope that some of you can try the oil cleansing method, and that you will like it! It really is very easy, and shows great results!

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