How to Clean Your Face Using the Oil Cleansing Method

Oil Cleansing Method

Did you know that you can actually use oil to clean your face? It sounds like a scary idea, especially for those who already have oily skin, but the Oil Cleansing Method stems from the logic that oil on your skin can't be broken down with just soap and water, as oil and water don't mix. However, if you use oil as a cleanser, it will help dissolve the oily grime in your pores, allowing any oil plugs to be removed much more easily. Not to mention the fact that it's a great way to remove makeup. Strangely enough, if you overdo it sometimes your may even experience rather dry skin!

First of all, you need to choose the right oil. There are numerous oils that you can use for this method to be effective, including olive oil, jojoba oil, coconut oil, sunflower oil, etc. You just need to find the one suitable for your skin type. I personally use virgin olive oil or virgin coconut oil, although many recipes call for using a mix of Castor oil and another oil of your choice. Castor oil purportedly is the most efficient cleanser for the OCM as it is anti-inflammatory, non-comedogenic and most efficiently dissolves the grime on your face, and those with more oily skin should use a higher ratio of Castor oil in their cleansing regimen. Again, you need to figure out what works best for you.

However, there are also drawbacks to using this method to clean your face. Many people report glowing skin after several weeks of using the OCM, only to breakout horribly with acne in the weeks after. These breakouts could be due to not cleansing your face properly and making sure all the oil is wiped away, while some people say these breakouts are due to your skin "purging" the unwanted toxins and oils, and if you're patient, it should resolve itself in a matter of time.

I can only speak from my personal experience with the OCM, and I have become a huge fan. After using this method to clean my face, the skin on my face has become much softer, has taken on a healthier skin tone, and the frustrating blackheads around my oily nose area are no longer an issue. I did experience a horrible breakout of acne after several weeks, but I stuck with the regimen, taking extra care to completely clean the oil off my face after, and over time skin returned to an acne-free state. Keep in mind that depending on your age, skin takes an average of between 1-3 months to turn over. This means if you do experience a breakout, it may be because you have successfully drawn the impurities in your skin to the surface. This is also why trying a new skin-cleaning regimen is a lot of trial and error, and patience, because you really need to give it some time before you can really tell if something's working.

I recommend this deep face-cleansing method, especially for those who have oily skin and those who suffer from stubborn blackheads and plugged pores. If you're interested in trying this for yourself, here are instructions on how to do it.


You'll Need:

- virgin olive oil (or non-comedogenic oil of your choice)
- a clean face towel
- steaming water


1. Apply about 2-3 teaspoons of virgin olive oil to your face by using the tips of your fingers to massage it over your skin in gentle circular motions. Continue doing this for at least 5 minutes. If you have oil plugs in your skin, you may even feel a few come loose; they feel like tiny granules of sand beneath your fingertips.
2. With a towel over your head, lean forward over a bowl of steaming hot water to steam your face for another five minutes. This will help open up your pores.
3. Massage the oil into your skin for several more minutes if you wish.
4. Soak the face towel in hot water, and wipe the oil off your face. Make sure you don't miss the area by your hairline, jaw and ears. Soak and wipe repeatedly until you're satisfied that your face is completely free of any oil.


You may need to experiment with different oils, or different ratios if you're using a mixture, many times before you find a method that works perfectly for your skin. If that's the case, remember to let your skin rest between using different oils so you can be sure which ones are working, and which ones aren't. It's a lot of annoying trial and error, but if you're patient and find the right one, you won't regret it. Also, if you have acne-prone skin, I strongly suggest limiting massaging your face to no longer than 5 minutes. This is to avoid overstimulating or aggravating your skin.

I use the OCM to clean my face before I take showers. It allows me to steam my face while in the shower, and I simply clean off the oil while I'm in there.

Hope this works for you too!


  1. Do you still use this method. I just started this because I am desperate and am hoping this method will become a long-term regimen..


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