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The Oil-Cleansing Method | From Oily & Acne-Prone to Dewy & Glowing!

Updated on January 10, 2016

Why use the oil cleansing method?

We've been conditioned to think of oil as bad for our skin and to keep it as far away from it as possible, especially if you have acne-prone skin. So the thought of slathering oil on your face, especially for cleansing purposes seems crazy, right? Think of it as fighting fire with fire. Debris and sebum becoming trapped in clogged pores is the main cause of acne. Oil dissolves oil, by using this method to cleanse your skin the plugs that would usually be in your pores, possibly causing acne, are able to be dissolved and lifted away, leaving you with clear pores and clean fresh skin.

Skin Type
Recommended oils
Acne-prone or oily
jojoba, grapeseed, watermelon, sunflower, safflower
emu, sunflower, macadamia, sesame
grapeseed, jojoba, calendula, emu, safflower
avocado, sunflower, safflower, canola
rosehip seed, sweet almond, avacado, emu
These are only suggestions, you just have to experiment a bit and see what works best for your skin. There are many more these are just a few popular examples

Recommended proportions

Skin Tyle
30% castor oil with 70% carrier oil(s) of your choice
20% castor oil with 80% carrier oil(s) of your choice
10% castor oil with 90% carrier oil(s) of your choice
This is just a suggestion, experiment and see what works best for your skin type.

Which oils to use

For this method it is best to use a combination of oils. Castor oil mixed with a "carrier" oil. Castor oil is used because of it's cleansing properties and it's ability to draw impurities form the skin, but can be drying if used alone. More than one carrier oil may be used if you find that's what works best for you.


1.) The first thing you need to do is have your oils ready and the water on so it can heat up. You can remove your makeup before you start, but you don't have to. Oil is great for breaking down and removing foundation, eye shadow, and even waterproof mascara.

2.) Pour your oil(s) into your hand, your oil mixture should be about the size of a quarter, this should be enough to cover your entire face. Rub your palms together to heat it up a little before smoothing onto skin.

3.) Work the oil into your skin using upward motions, giving extra focus to problem areas, or areas with large pores. This is safe to use around the eye area, and the oil is great for conditioning your lashes! Just be careful not to actually get it in your eye.

4.) After massaging the oil into your skin for about two minutes, take a clean washcloth and hold it under the water you've been letting heat up. Ring the water out, and drape the washcloth over your face until it cools, this is meant to steam your skin and allow the oil to penetrate deeper, thus removing more impurities from the pores. Repeat this about 2 or 3 times, or until you feel like you've removed enough of the oil.

5.) Voila! You have sqeaky clean and moisturized skin! You can take this opportunity to apply any serums or toners since your pores are all clean and open or you can just let your face air dry. It is not necessary to use a moisturizer unless you just want to.

**It's best not to rinse your face afterwards, as you want some of the oil to remain on the skin to hydrate it!

Allow your skin to adjust to this new routine for a few days before passing judgement. You can oil cleanse every other day, every night, or can replace your morning and evening cleanser with this method. If you get breakouts that last more than a few days after starting oil cleansing you may want to switch up your oils or use a different blend as you could be allergic to one or more of the oils. If you notice this is drying your skin out, decrease the amount of castor oil in your blend.


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