Friday, October 26, 2012

Oil Cleansing Method: 5 Week Follow-Up

Five weeks ago, I started using oil to clean my acne-prone skin. No, I'm not crazy. It's a real thing that lots of people have credited with miraculously improving the condition of their skin when other things didn't. Here's what I experienced:

The Good: My skin doesn't flip-flop from oily to dry like it used to when I used soap-based cleansing products. Once I do the oil cleansing method then apply a few drops of the oil as a leave on moisturizer and I'm good all day. This is excellent, especially as the weather gets cooler. Also, what's not to like about treating myself to a daily facial spa treatment?

The Bad: You truly need to have either a lot of washcloths or spare time to clean the same one everyday when you're done. I tried cleaning the single washcloth I own everyday. It became sort of a pain especially days I wanted to sleep in.

The Ugly: My zits, acne scars, and blackheads haven't gone anywhere.


After 5 weeks of Oil Cleansing Method; no better or worse.
Conclusion: I think I'll buy more washcloths so I can continue the oil cleansing method trial for a few more months without going insane. During this period, I plan to toy with different carrier oils and essential oils. My latest mix includes essential oil of lavender, which took the lux factor up a zillion knotches. I hope to acquire some tamanu oil, which is suppose to be amazing for treating acne and scars.

I honestly think my acne is due to my hormones. I had zero acne and scars when I was taking Ortho Tri-cyclen (regular and lo) and I barely washed my face every other day back then! In that case, it makes sense that external treatment wouldn't solve it. Perhaps this means taking herbs internally could correct my hormonal balance. My friend Goddess Mishel said Murad supplements really made a big difference for her skin. And my herbalist friend Liz suggested a bunch of herbs for me to take in an infusion every day. Guess I'll have another experiment to share soon!

Olivia Lane is a Blogger, Green Living Educator, and Health Coach trained at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She's also author of Baking Soda & Bliss: The Healthy & Happy Guide to Green Cleaning 

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  1. I loooove the oil cleanser method!

    It took me a bit of experimenting to get the equation right. Adjusting the amount of castor oil made a huge difference for me. And also, only washing at night with the oil. In the morning I just rinse with warm water and moisturize with a few drops of the same oil mixture I used to wash.

    Love it!

    1. I agree this requires a bit of experimentation since everyone's body is different. I continued it for a few more weeks but couldn't find the right balance (#zitcity) and gave up. I wish I had the patience because it was so moisturizing. Oh well!

      I started doing oil pulling with coconut oil less than a month ago as part of my review for a product ( and believe it or not, I'm getting way less new acne. It's crazy because I honestly thought there was no way that swishing oil around in my mouth could improve acne.

  2. I love Mineral clay for "almost" everything!

    1. We should have a spa day and you can show me how to do that Carolina!

  3. Olivia, I started the oil cleansing method when I had loads of acne, too. I still do it (when I remember) but mostly in the evenings. Like you, there is no way I can do the towel thing. I cut that out like on the second day...I've been doing it for almost a year now. If you are interested in how I go about it, see my entry:
    Okay, off to read your post on oil pulling. Sounds intriguing!

    1. Just read your post! Wow!!!! Thanks for sharing!



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