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Everything You Need to Know About The Oil Cleansing Method

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The Oil Cleansing Method

Oil Cleansing, also known as the oil cleansing method is getting rave reviews from the majority of people who have incorporated it into their skin care regime. Cleansing with oil is a gentle way to remove makeup, dirt and sebum without stripping the skin of it’s natural oils. It is also an effective way to detox the pores, eliminate breakouts and improve the texture of the skin.

I have seen a considerable amount of de-clogging from oil cleansing. It doesn’t strip my natural oils so dryness has been more bearable. This cleansing method gets a huge stamp of approval from me, so read on to find out more!

My Long Road to Good Skin:

Can I just be honest for second?? I have spent the last 20 years in the skin care industry. I have always had a lot of pressure to have perfect skin. I’ve battled my skin and often have been embarrassed to claim that I am a skin care professional. Skin has always been a struggle for me and I’ve honestly never represented my skin care business well until the last couple of years.

I had acne-prone skin in my teens and early 20’s. Dry patches, imbalance, blackheads and allergy like bumps were a common theme in my 30’s. 

I have found products that boasted miracles and would improve my skin at first, but then the chemical filled product would stop working and I would be back to square one. 

Now days I’m proud of my skin and I can honestly say that oil cleansing is partly responsible for that. My grain free dieta liquid probiotic and juicing is the other half of the solution.

The picture below was taken about 4 years ago. I had not committed to any dietary restrictions or the oil cleansing method. As you can see my issue is not acne, it’s texture. My temples had been bumpy for years and nothing would fix it. I admit, in makeup tutorials, I would have to airbrush parts of my skin out at this point. 

The Oil Cleansing Method Before & AfterThe below picture is not photoshopped and was taken yesterday. I truly believe that the ritual of oil cleansing has been one of the most helpful tools in clearing and smoothing my skin.

The Oil Cleansing Method

Don’t Fear Oil!

Trust me, I understand that putting oil on your skin, especially if you are already oily or acne-prone, can feel terribly wrong. We have been taught that oil is bad and if you have any skin issues, you must find oil-free products. This is simply false.

Our skin produces it’s own oil. The key to healthy skin is balanced oil production. There are many factors such as hormones or age that can throw that balance out of whack. This is where skin conditions come in. Combination skin types are a great example of an out of balance facial skin.

The oil-cleansing method has an uncanny power to balance the skin’s oil production. It gives oily skin the signal to stop over producing oil and quenches dry/aging skin gently encouraging more oil production.

Oil should be a necessary part of everyone’s skin care routine.

The Dangers of Soap Based Cleansing:

We’ve all been conditioned to believe that the more we cleanse the skin, the healthier or clearer our skin will be. This very ideology could be what is keeping your skin from looking it’s best. 

When you use a typical soap based facial cleanser, you are stripping the skin’s natural oils. Yes, even oily skin needs oil! Without it, the skin goes into overproduction mode and you wind up with excess oil that can cause blemishes. 

Also, when overly cleansing your skin, you are ridding your skin of good bacteria. Just like the gut, our skin needs a balance of good, acne fighting bacteria. Without it, our skin is prone to blemishes and skin issues. 

Did you know that cleansing with soap based cleansers can actually make acne worse according to this study?

For dry skin types, cleansing with soap based cleansers can strip the skin of much needed oil, leaving the skin dry, tight and cracked. Remember, dry skin wrinkles more easily than well lubricated skin. Not to mention, parched skin looks dull and anything but radiant!

Benefits of the Oil Cleansing Method:

  • Balances the skin’s oil production
  • Reduce blackheads & whiteheads
  • Maintains healthy bacteria balance on the skin
  • Removes hardened impurities in the pores
  • Added exfoliation due to wet heat and a washcloth
  • Moisturizes and nourishes while helping erase fine lines
  • Leaves skin feeling healthy, not tight and sore
  • Removes make up and dirt thoroughly and gently
  • Nourishes the eyelashes
  • Invigorates and relaxes
  • Sloughs off dead skin cells

What is The Oil Cleansing Method??

Oil Cleansing is exactly what the name suggests. Basically, you massage your skin with oil, then use a hot towel to wash it off. 

Cleansing with oils brings balance to the skin. As I’ve said over and over-Balance in the skin is KEY. Every aspect of life thrives on balance. 

Whether you are overly oily or overly dry, cleansing with oil will balance and soothe your skin. 

Many of you are cringing at the thought of using oil on your already oily skin, but LIKE DISSOLVES LIKE, OIL DISSOLVES OIL. PERIOD. It’s a scientific fact.

Having an oil based skin care regimen will do wonders for every skin type

The Oil Cleansing Method

So what happens when you Oil Cleanse?

By massaging the oils into your skin, you are are forcing the oil into your pores. Massaging also encourages blood flow and oxygen to the cells for added detox. 

Once you add a hot towel, the steam will open up the oil soaked pores so that the oil can come out-as the oil is purged from your pores, impurities will follow. 

The massage and hot towel will also help soften dead skin and the washcloth will help remove it leaving your skin soft and smooth!

The oil will help balance your skin by either convincing your skin to stop over producing oil or by depositing much needed oil.

How do you do the Oil Cleansing Method?

  1. Pour or scoop a quarter size amount of oil into the palm of your hand and begin massaging the oil into your dry face. Massage gently for up to 2 minutes. I usually don’t get 2 minutes in, but 1 will work just fine. While you are massaging the skin in circular motions, turn your water on hot.
  2.  Wet a soft wash cloth with hot water and lay the wash cloth over your skin. Press it into your skin until it cools down.
  3.  Repeat step 2 1-2 more times.

When I say “hot” I mean to get the damp washcloth to a temp. that is comfortable to your skin. Don’t push the heat. Heat can exacerbate broken capillaries and damage sensitive skin types. Listen to your skin, you will know what temperature is right for you.

After oil cleansing you might not have to use a moisturizer. I skip toning, because after oil cleansing, my pores are open and this is a prime time to use a serum, like my wrinkle defense hyaluronic acid serum.

I like to use muslin baby washcloths. You can find them HERE. You can also just use a washcloth but be careful that it’s a soft one!

Oil Cleansing Method

How Often Should you do the Oil Cleansing Method?

I recommend oil cleansing everyday, once a day. Oil cleansing at night is the best way to remove dirt, sebum and makeup from the day. Plus, it’s a relaxing night time ritual that I have come to love. Some people that find it very detoxing prefer to oil cleanse every other day.

The Best Oils for Cleansing:

What makes a good oil cleanser? Well, typically you need to combine a “cleansing” or astringent oil with a nourishing oil. You can play with the proportions depending on your skin type. For example, if you’re oily, you might want more of the cleansing oil than the nourishing oil. 

Astringent/Cleansing Oils:

Nourishing Oils:

Basic Oil Cleanser Recipe for Oily Skin:

Basic Oil Cleanser Recipe for Dry Skin:

Essential Oils and Oil Cleansing:

Essential oils can enhance the effectiveness of your oil cleanser! Essential oils have antibacterial properties which can help balance excess sebum or calm and heal skin issues.

The Detox Period from Oil Cleansing

Unfortunately, detoxing is a necessary evil in all aspects of health. While detoxing can be frustrating, you want the bad to get out of your body and often times it doesn’t leave without a fight. 

I experienced one break out cycle that lasted about a week. I had blemishes in a couple of uncommon places, so I knew my skin was responding well to the OCM. 

The detoxing period was short and 100% worth it. Sometimes things have to get worse, before they can get better. Isn’t that true in life too? Detox is a beautiful thing but it will bring impurities to the surface of the skin and this could cause zits. Hang in there!

Detoxing should last only 1-2 weeks. If yours last longer then it means you might need to change up your oil formulation or discontinue oil cleansing all together.

To encourage further detox of the skin, be sure to drink loads of water. Exercise can also help speed up the detox process through blood flow and sweating. 

The OCM doesn’t work for everyone. Everyone is different but I have had some of the most exclusive skin care products and professional treatments at my fingertips and have never seen results happen so quickly. 

If you find that your skin is not responding well and you sense it’s due to the oils that might not be thoroughly removed from your skin, you can always use a gentle cleanser after oil cleansing to ensure you are removing all oil. This is a common extra step in Korean skin care.

My Experience with Oil Cleansing:

The oil cleansing method works beautifully for my skin. The feel of my skin after cleansing is like none other. My skin was so out of balance when I started OCM that it was rough, dry and patchy but with bumps. A few days into oil cleansing I could already feel the results. 

When I first heard of oil cleansing I was daunted. I thought, “No way do I have time to do this “ritual”. It’s going to take too much time and effort”. I put it in my back pocket and moved on. 

Then, the allergy bumps showed up again right next to the dry patches and blackheads. I knew if I was going to claim to be a “skin care guru” I had to figure out my own skin. So, I gave oil cleansing a try and I haven’t looked back since. 

I whipped up a batch of coconut oil with a bit of castor oil and off I went. However, these days I like to nix the coconut oil and have acquired several different oil cleanser recipes that have anywhere from 2 ingredients to 7+ ingredients! 

Oil Cleanser Recipes:

I oil cleanse almost every night. If I have make up to remove, I for sure oil cleanse because I love how gentle it is with removing eye make up. Oil cleansing is definitely my makeup remover of choice. After oil cleansing my skin feels so soft, smooth and clean!

When I look back now, I realize that feeling overwhelmed about the process of cleansing with oil was so unnecessary. It’s a simple process that takes minutes to do. I can’t imagine my night time skincare routine without it!

Give the Oil Cleansing Method a go. I think you’ll love it as much as I do. I’m so glad I have found something to bring balance to my skin and address the unidentifiable bumps that were occurring daily. 

My skin has never been smoother or happier. If you search around the internet for testimonials for the oil cleansing method, get ready to be blown away by all the success stories!!

xx, Jenni

UPDATE: Check out THIS POST for more extra troubleshooting information on oil cleansing!


The Oil Cleansing Method

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Jennifer Phillips

Jennifer Phillips worked as a licensed aesthetician for over 8 years before creating the green beauty blog, Jenni Raincloud and her natural skin care line, J. Raincloud Organics. Jennifer has been blogging full time for 9 years and loves to gain and share knowledge on how to achieve beautiful skin the natural way.

92 thoughts on “Everything You Need to Know About The Oil Cleansing Method”

  1. I have been experimenting with OCM for about 2 weeks. So far I’m liking the results but am still having some dry flakiness around my nostril area. I have also been following up with your Anti Aging Serum, which may not be for me…yet. Maybe I’ll try the Rosehip Oil for a few days and see what happens.

    1. Rosehip oil is one of the best for this method. It’s more balanced relative to other oils:
      Rosehip – 44% linoleic, 13.9% oleic
      Evening primrose – 72% linoleic, 8.4% oleic
      Safflower – 68-85% linoleic, 8-30% oleic
      Hemp seed – 52% linoleic, 10% oleic

      This method is actually from a routine/method created by a woman named Jude Chao who goes by 50 Shades of Snail online. She has a ton of fantastic blog posts and is very popular on the Asian Beauty reddit community which discusses all things Asian skincare and may possibly be where Nayamka got this routine. She does a great job bringing it to video format!

      It’s actually called oil gritting. It’s a trend which started on reddit. The original method is –
      1. Cleanse with any oil ( massage it for a a moderate amount of time(
      2. Wash it once with a soap cleanser.
      3. Apply any clay mask ( a thick layer)
      4. After drying, wash it and massage with the oil or an oil cleanser again.
      5. Enjoy the black and white heads popping out if your skin

      You’ll be shocked how many of them are inside your skin.

  2. I have tried OCM before but it was so drying to my skin. My base was castor oil or a mix of oils, I didn’t have the right formula for my skin. I gave it up went back to my blue jar of white cream with the strong eucalyptus smell, you know what I’m talking about. It works for me it really does but I’m moving toward being the most toxic and chemically free I can in all aspects of my life. I never knew I’d embrace a holistic lifestyle. I will try again the OCM to see if I can heal and nurture my skin again. Great post. I use a hexane free castor oil I make sure it says that on the label. Apparently some companies submerge the castor beans in hexane to extract more of the oil, they do the same to soy beans as well. Hexane is like a gasoline by-product/component or something, anyway it’s yuckie and I don’t want that on my skin. I forget about MRH having oils I get other products I forget my oil, I’ll check them back out.

    1. TeaJae-Yes, try again and take the castor oil way down. I only have 1 tbsp. in mine. I can’t afford any drying. If you have to, take it out completely and see how that works. Thanks for sharing that about castor oil-you have to be careful what you get even in these diy recipes!!
      I don’t know much about MRH’s essential oils. I get mine from Spark Naturals because they are certified pure, pharmagrade. I really trust that I’m getting the best quality with them. If you check them out you can use my coupon code JENNIRAINCLOUD when you check out.

      1. Jennifer, Oil cleansing is wonderful. Regarding your temples and the texture you showed in your photo: Chemical exfoliators also successfully to eliminate them. I say this from personal experience.

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  5. Hi Jenni-
    Just wondering if I can use coconut oil alone or if you need the castor oil in there to get the best results? Also, how often do you do oil cleansing- once a week?


    1. Hi Tiffany-You can just use coconut oil, but I think for better cleansing you need a little bit of castor oil. I do believe the action of massaging and steaming with the towel will clean pores out pretty well though-I haven’t tried it with no castor oil to really be 100%. I oil cleanse almost every night-If I don’t do it, it’s only because I had a lazy night! It’s not hard on your skin so you can do it as often as you like. Thanks!

  6. Okay so this is based on 8 oz container.. I am confused.. do you add water too or what proportions of other oils do you use.. Dry skin recipe says ■Dry Skin 1 TBSP. of castor oil + olive oil, almond oil (find it HERE), coconut oil ** so do i mix the other oils to =8oz? or just one of the other oils with castor?

    Thanks ;0)

  7. Great post and pics! Lots of people tend to avoid oil rich cleansers, serums and moisturisers specifically if they struggle with combination, acne prone or oily skin types but using the right products rich in oils that mimic human sebum can actually help rebalance the skin quickly and effectively. It feels counterintuitive but by supporting rather than stripping the skin of its natural oils, balance is quickly restored and skin will look and feel happy and healthy.
    N x

  8. Hello jenny for your diy recipes! I think I will give it a try but I am thinking about using almon oil because it’s what I have what Im scared og clogging my pores.Thanks!

    1. May-Almond oil would be a great oil to use for oil cleansing-do you have castor oil to add to it? One of the biggest perks of oil cleansing is that it actually cleans out your pores. Don’t worry about clogging-you might break out as the dirt and grime first start to come out of your pores, but this period is totally worth the clearing you will experience. Thanks!

  9. Hi, Jenny.

    This sounds like a great plan that I’d like to try. I’m using your amazing Vitamin C serum, the Lash Lengthening Serum and the Brow Lengthening Serum. So far, so good.

    With this OCM, how do you address eye makeup and waterproof mascara? Do you use this same oil on your eyes or something different? I’ve heard the stories since I was young that you’re not supposed to use oils on your eye or they’ll coat your cornea and cause eye damage. Not sure if that’s an urban legend. In either case, please let me know your thoughts on removing eye makeup??

    Thanks very much!

    1. Kim-I don’t use waterproof mascara but I’ve heard from many sources that the oil mixture does effectively remove it. I have super sensitive eyes and I love using oil cleansing to remove my makeup-it doesn’t irritate at all-I can have my eyes open the whole time I’m removing my mascara! I have never heard of oils causing eye damage. Hopefully that’s an urban legend! Thanks!

  10. Hi jenny I love this method to wash my face usually I use straight olive oil. My face is so soft after I wash. I have a 12 year old daughter who is just starting to develop acne what formula would u recommend for her. I would say her skin is slightly on the oily side.

  11. I started oil cleansing in December, using straight olive oil. I didn’t use anything else with it b/c I didn’t have anything else at the time. Unfortunately, I developed a case of periorbital (around the eyes)/perioral (around the mouth) dermatitis. I didn’t make the connection until I did some research and found people with a history of perioral/periorbital dermatitis should not use olive oil for cleansing. I switched to coconut oil mixed with aloe vera and pure vitamin E oil (my own concoction 🙂 ) I have seen very little improvement. Once a flare up begins, it ‘s very difficult to stop it. 🙁
    Do you have any information on this condition? If so, I would greatly appreciate any information you could pass along! Thanks.

  12. I can’t wait to try this! I do have a question on your directions…on #3 you say “repeat 3 1-2 times. Did you mean to say repeat #2 1-2 times for using the hot towel on your face or repeat the whole process 1-2 times? Thanks in advance!

  13. I’m wondering about the various oils going down the drain in sinks & showers. They’re used in so many ways. Facial & Hair remedies, smoothies etc. Any suggestions or comments about that?

        1. Angela-I don’t have that problem for some reason but I just heard of a natural drain cleaner using baking soda then pouring vinegar after the baking soda. I’ve not tried it by I hear it’s obvious when it de-clogs. It’s worth a try!

  14. Hi Jenni…its because of your amazing posts and user-friendly recipes…I’m headed away from all the chemical-laden poop thats out there…THANK you so much! I’m struggling with a huge amount of peeling on and around my nose, and have been using coconut oil/essentials. I always thought I had oily skin, but I’m thinking it was my skin’s way of telling me moisture, please! 🙂 Exfoliants, masks, nothing seems to work. Have some blackheads and occasional outbreaks…I’m old enough that its time for skin that doesn’t resemble hormone-ballistic acne n stuff! lol I’m off to try this (think I’ll start with the dry skin recipe), I’ll let you know! Thanks again for all your hard is SO appreciated!

  15. Hi! I am going to start trying this method. I saw that you do it at night. I don’t have a great routine now, but my skin has leveled out a little. I usually wash my face in the morning and just remove my make up at night. I was wondering what you do in the morning to wash your face, or if you only oil cleanse at night. Thanks!

  16. i might be silly asking this question but castor oil is known to help hair growth i’m scared to use it to cleanse my face as you suggested in this blog post and having hair all over my face please can someone explain me ???

    1. Sarah, I get this question a lot! I have never heard of anyone experiencing hair growth from using castor oil on their face. Using it on the eyelashes and eyebrows is a little different because hair is intended to grow there. Plus, in the OCM, you aren’t using that much castor oil, nor are you keeping it on your skin for more than a few minutes.
      I’d love anyone’s input on this too!

  17. I was wondering what cleansing products you use when you aren’t oil cleansing. I am used to washing my face twice a day, morning and night. I am oil cleansing at night, but now don’t know what products to use in the morning!

      1. What about a gentle cleanser like cetaphil? I’ve heard that using such products after oil cleansing confuses your skin. However, I think cetaphil is gentle enough.

        1. Jessica-I hadn’t heard about confusing your skin-I will look into it though-it makes sense. Cetaphil is pretty bad with the harsh chemicals believe it or not. It is chucked full of fragrance as well. I stick with the brands I recognize the ingredients which is so far Eminence and Juice Beauty. Hopefully soon there will be a “grocery store” brand that we can trust!

  18. I did the oil cleansing method with olive oil and castor oil (both great quality ones). I did this for 6 months, but was never fully satisfied with it. Skin felt greasy and not clear, but was soft. At that time I only added tamanu oil after for added moisture. I gave up on it for a year. I then came across and website article ( Took me a month after reading it to get the nerve to try oil cleansing again. I’m so glad I’m doing it again. Changing the oil I used to just Pumpkin seed oil and switching the cloth to microfiber cloth is making all the difference for my skin. It’s soft, smooth, and clear! Give it a try 🙂

  19. I’ve been using the oil method for just a few days. I tend to get dry, flaky skin around my nose and dark spots on my cheeks. I’ve been using Garnier dark spot peel on those but lately I’ve wanted to embrace a more natural lifestyle. I haven’t noticed any change in the dark spots yet but my entire face looks brighter and dewy and it’s the softest it’s ever been. I’ve been using castor oil with avocado oil and a little bit of argan oil. I’ve never seen anyone mention using avocado oil. Will it work as well as olive oil?

  20. I just tried the castor/coconut oil cleansing method. Should I be wiping the oil off my face with the warm towel or just sort of pressing/setting it on my face until it cools. I’m just wondering if I should feel some of the oil still on my face when I’m done. Thanks!

    1. Hi! Your skin type will determine what to do with any excess oil-Dry skin, I would leave it on. Oily and/or acne prone, thoroughly wipe it off. I like to press it in and allow it to soak in in the winter because I get so dry, but in the summer, I feel like I need to remove it as best I can. Coconut oil is antibacterial and not super moisturizing though. Does this help?

  21. I have been using the OCM for 2 months and it is wonderful. I use the OCM at night and only use water in the morning. To moisturize, just put a little of your oil on your face after you have cleansed, while it is still a little wet. I started with olive oil and castor oil, but went to hemp seed oil. It was good, but I changed to jojoba and castor oil and it has been awesome. I am prone to acne and the jojoba has been the best and most moisturizing in the winter.

  22. I have a few questions about your OCM routine.

    When you don’t do it everyday, what do you do in place of OCM? Do you use the Eminence cleanser?

    What’s your morning routine before putting on makeup? I typically wear a full face of makeup – eye shadow, liner, foundation, bronzer, blush, mascara. I’m trying to figure out how to maintain that routine while using OCM at night.


    1. Tai-I am using the Eminence cleanser currently. With oil cleansing I like to use a cleanser in the morning and the method in the evening. In the morning I cleanse, tone then moisturize. I try to keep it somewhat simple. Sometimes if I’m dry I use my DIY setting spray to help smooth things out-I spray this after my makeup is done.
      I love ocm for taking of makeup. It’s so gentle and really gets it all without having tug on your eyes or face.

      1. Thank you! I tested OCM on my chin last night and so far am happy with results. Will see how it goes for another week and expand to the rest of my face hopefully.

  23. Lately I’ve been learning so much about my skin. I tried the ocm the regular way at first, but I had to stop using the castor oil. It didn’t agree with my skin. I also learned about different oils to use for certain skin types. I currently use hemp oil because of its high linoleic acid content. I want to try safflower or evening primrose, but for now I really like the hemp. I like this method since I know it doesn’t disrupt my acid mantle, and my skin has never looked and felt better.

  24. Hi. I’ve been trying the OCM for about two months. I’ve tried a few combinations. First almond oil, then added in castor oil to my almond oil. Now I’m trying Jojoba oil. My face is still constantly breaking out. I’m not sure where the problem lies. At first I thought it was just a detox, but it seemed to last a really long time. I’m currently cleansing twice a day, is that too much? After you cleanse, do you massage a bit more oil on for moisturizer for the day? Thanks for any help you can give.

    1. All the oils you have just mentioned are all high in oleic acid (almond) or balanced in oleic and linoleic acid (jojoba and castor)! When skin is acne prone, it means your sebum is high in oleic acid, aka thick and “sticky”, therefore clogging pores. This causes acne. To combat this, I recommend you use oils high in linoleic acid, like pumpkin seed oil, hemp seed oil, grapeseed oil, rosehip oil etc. A.k.a. your face craves some linoleic acid! I’m definitely no expert, but this is what I’ve learned from my research. I’ve tried the same thing you did with the same below average results. I recommend checking out and her other articles. She explains the types of oils well. I believe anyone and everyone can benefit from oil cleansing if they just find the right oils for their skin type! I’m planning on buying pumpkin oil, wish me luck!

      1. Ameera-You’re so right-Thank you for pointing this out and leaving this article. This is an old post and it’s just been recently that I’ve learned about acne prone skin and linoleic acid! I will probably update this post! Good luck on the pumpkin oil!

      2. I have dry skin and my perfect combination is castor, sunflower seed and almond oil. Since reading this article years back I made the change and have never looked back. My skin LOVES being cleaned and drenched at the same time and I notice a big difference when I pop back over to a skin cleanser. I know it’s not for everybody but my results with the oil cleaning method have been superb.

      3. Ameera,
        This is one of the best informative videos on this topic: “Esthetician Approved: Oil Cleansing Guide For All Skin Types | Acne, Oily, Dry, Combo”

        • oils high in linolenic acid (oily skin)
        Safflower oil
        Sunflower oil
        Hemp seed oil
        Evening primrose oil
        Sea buckthorn oil
        Grapeseed oil
        Rosenhip oil
        Black cumin seed oil

        • oils high in oleic acid (dry skin)
        Avocado oil
        Olive oil
        Sweet almond oil
        Argan oil
        Sesame seed oil
        Apricot oil

  25. So I just started doing the oil cleansing method and I’m not sure what I should cut out of my skin care routine. I’ve got the Biore charcoal cleanser that I like to use but it tends to dry out my skin I don’t know if I should just use it after my workouts or what to do with that because I sweat a lot when I work out and I need something to clean my face when I hop in the shower. Do I just use the oil cleanser? What do I use to moisturize my face, more oil? I’ve never been good with the whole skin care stuff there’s just so many products I never really know what to do. Thank you.

    1. Ceyda-Hi! Yes, you are right-Oil Cleansing can’t be done every single time you need to wash your face, especially if you go to the gym or do anything that involves sweating. I regular cleanser is fine for these times. In fact, I only oil cleanse at night and use my regular cleanser during the day. Honestly, it just takes too long to do in the a.m. for me. As far as moisturizing it all depends on what you prefer. A facial oil is the most pure, straight forward way to moisturize your skin. A lot of people just prefer a cream so if that’s what you like then I would go for that. I always make sure I keep my products natural and free from a lot of chemicals. Good luck!! If you need suggestions on a natural cleanser and/or moisturizer let me know!

      1. I bought the Tamanu Oil that you recommended and have added a little of it to a basic, simple moisturizer from the drugstore. I love the results. And the oil cleansing method is only for removing makeup at night. I feel like it’s not necessary for a quick wash during the day or in the morning.

  26. I started doing oil cleansing with 1 cup olive oil and 1 1/2 TBSP of caster oil. For the first couple days I my skin cleared up and then about the 5th day my skin just exploded with acne. I thought this was the detox period but it didn’t calm down…I switched to apricot oil and caster oil (same measurements) about a week and a half later since I thought the acne would subside since I thought I was detoxing. I’ve been using the apricot oil mixture for about 5 days now and my acne is kinda clearing but I still see new acne coming through. I treated my skin with tea tree oil last night and that cleared up some of the stubborn cysts but things still aren’t completely healed. I’ve been using OCM for a total of 3 weeks now. Am I still detoxing or am I doing something wrong?

    1. Megan-Have you read my post on troubleshooting the OCM? It might help. But, some people’s skin really respond to this method and some just don’t. 3 weeks is a long time to detox. Are you doing it morning and night? I only do it at night. I use a regular cleanser in the morning first thing. I also would invest in a few washcloths or whatever you are using to remove and steam. I don’t use on twice anymore. So much bacteria can hide in those when they set around. Hope this helps!!

    2. Megan, not too long ago 80% olive oil was fake. Especially when you made your post. Look up “The Olive Oil Scam: If 80% Is Fake, Why Do You Keep Buying It?” in Forbes. I suggest rosehip oil. Also, “oleic acid is often *enriched* in cooking oils to slow down food from going rancid (it’s a healthier option than saturated or trans fats), so some cooking oils aren’t the same for skincare. If you do buy cooking oil to use on your face, make sure you buy one that isn’t labelled “high oleic”.”
      Linoleic-rich sunflower oil was also more effective at increasing the resilience of premature infant skin than olive or soybean oils.”
      “Rosehip oil has one of the best ratios of linoleic to oleic acid’ of other oils.—labmuffin(dot)com

  27. I am wondering about using 3 parts hemp oil and one part castor oil to try the OCM. I have seen some websites saying coconut or olive or almond oil as a dillute for the castor, but not hemp. I currently have rosehip, hemp and castor oil. I would like to try it, do u think it will work out for me?
    3 parts hemp oil and 1 part castor oil?

  28. Hi Jenni,
    I love your blog, and about the oil cleansing method, i will give a try. hope it will works on my skin also. and i can’t wait !!

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  30. Hi ! I am a 50 year old Asian mom .Is it okay if i just use sunflower oil or olive oil ? i never suffer from acne or breakouts . My main concern is my aging skin ,a little wrinkle and dull skin. and my dark circles. I tried this method by applying a sunflower oil massaging for 2 minutes then after that i rinsed my face w/ warm water and pt it dry . I instantly felt my face dehydrated ,smooth & tightened. Still i applied a vitamin C serum and an argan oil ( both were gifts). Our climate here is hot in our country.I even plan on applying sunflower ol just before going to bed. I like to feel the oil on my skin. Can you advice me on this?

    1. Lanie-Yes, it’s totally Ok to use olive oil or sunflower oil especially if you don’t suffer from breakouts and have dry skin. Massaging is so good for your skin so keep that up! I haven’t used sunflower oil much but have heard nothing bad about it! Keep going on your routine-sounds great!

  31. Dear Jenni, A HUGE BIG FAT THANK YOU for your superb recipes.
    I’m about to try this oil cleansing method, but I need to be sure about the proportions of oils combos. Is it tablespoon of each oil: for dry skin for instance: 1 TBSP Castor+1 TBSP Olive+1 TBSP Almond+ 1 TBSP Coconut?
    Greatly appreciate your kind effort

    1. Hi Iman-Thank you! Ok, the bottom line with oil cleansers is that castor oil can be drying and so the oilier the skin type, the more castor oil you can use. I typically use one tbsp. to every 8 ounces for me personally. Hope this helps!

  32. After oil cleansing, will water based serums (hyaluronic acid, etc) still penetrate the skin? Oil based products typically created a barrier on the skin.

    1. Abby, a good esthetician will remind you that your skin is made of oil inherently already. The skincare industry’s terminology and explanations are not always quite accurate even if they are ubiquitous in media. Although there are general guides that work for most, every individual needs to find what works for them.

  33. I love your website, Jenni. So much great info and super recipes!
    Do you recommend the OCM morning and night? Night seems to be easier to fit in…it also feels strange putting makeup on in the morning after that wonderful cleaning. What do you recommend?

    1. Jessica-Thanks so much! I do both. I do it because my skin is pretty dry most of the time so this helps balance. You should do what feels right. When I first started I only did in the evening and I used a super gentle cleanser in the morning like micellar water. Either way works, it just depends on what your skin responds to. Hope this helps!!

  34. Hi! I’m interested In making a cleansing oil using 1oz castor oil 3oz hemp seed, 3oz avacado and 3oz olive oil. I have dry aging skin. 38. Im loving what each oil has to offer. Your thoughts on this mix worked be greatly appreciated! I dont want to break out. And I don’t like coconut oil.
    Thank you

    1. Patti-Oil Cleansing is perfect for you. I have very dry skin and it’s the only cleanser I can use, especially in the winter, to keep from getting too dry as well as dry patches. Oil cleansing really is the best of both worlds-we all need detox but most of us don’t need are skin stripped of oils. I highly recommend you try it.

      1. I’m 55 with dry skin and I’ve been doing the oil cleansing method for several years now. It’s one of the only things that keeps my skin hydrated in the cleansing process. Other cleansers for dry skin have either still left my skin tight and dry or left it feeling coated with a weird waxy feel. I had to experiment with the amount of castor oil, as I think Jenni suggests, since it can be too harsh if you use too much. I have a mixture of castor, almond oil, grapeseed oil and a few essential oils mixed in. My skin LOVES it and feels clean at the same time.

  35. Hi there! I’ve had mixed success with my first attempt at the oil cleansing method. But I’m excited to try again. I’ve been meaning to make up some more and kept putting off finding a good post with a recipe and explanation to get me started again. I’m so glad I came across this post today to get me fired back up! I plan to use some Niaouli and Geranium in my mixture. I might throw some Ylang Ylang in there too now that I know it’s good for skin also! Thanks for the great info.

  36. Hi Jenni,

    Thank you so much for such amazing information on oil cleansing. I am a big big fan of your blog!!!!!! Your sharing is always so helpful, genuine and authentic! I noted that you listed castor oil and hemp oil as “cleansing oil”, while you listed jojoba oil and almond oil as “nourishing oil”. May I know what properties make jojoba oil or almond oil a nourishing oil rather than a cleansing oil? I am very interested in learning about the properties/science behind different oils.

    Really appreciate your sharing as always!

    1. Rosie-Thank you so much!
      You’ve asked a very good question and I have no answer but I’m on the hunt to understand what makes these oils cleansing oils. I believe it’s their content of linoleic acid.

  37. I’ve been using ocm for about a month and am very pleased with the results. I use the oil at night and do an anti-aging massage at the same time. At 74 my skin has never been better. Thanks so much. My pores have cleared and my skin is much softer and smoother now. I also make my own hyaloronic serum and face oil. I love your website, Thanks

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