Posted May 7, 2013 by The.Happy.Skin.Diary in KNOWLEDGE

Best Oils for the Oil Cleansing Method

The Oil Cleansing Method (OCM) is known to be among the best natural methods to avoid blackheads, reduce acne and treat the skin from various other conditions. The basic process of the Oil Cleansing Method is: mix several oils, massage the oil mixture into your face for a couple of minutes, warm a cloth with warm water and let it set on your face for some time to open up the pores, remove the oil residue by tapping your face with the warm cloth (read more). It is very important to remove ALL the oil.

This article discusses the most popular oils that can be used in oil cleansing in addition to Castor oil. These oils are also the ones who do not have the quickest rate of absorption, as we want them to collect dirt and stay on the surface for removal rather than further penetration. For the same reason, these recommended oils are the ones that have the best cleansing properties and not the ones that are most nourishing to a certain type of skin. The oils to be used afterwards for moisturizing and nourishing are completely different from the ones used for cleansing – for this, read more in our article How to Choose and Use Facial Oils.

  • Castor oil is the base oil in the oil cleansing method with the most well known ability to attract dirt to itself and remove it from the skin. You will want to have it in your mixture for sure. For normal skin, Castor oil should be mixed with other oil(s) at a ratio of 1:1. If you have oily skin, you should use more Castor oil – up to 2/3 of the mixture. If you have dry skin, you should use a little bit less of Castor oil – experiment at around 1/3 of the mixture.
  • Virgin olive oil is probably the most popular choice in the mixture due to its wide availability as well as the right properties required for dirt removal. It is particularly suitable for dry, chapped or irritated skin due to its moisturizing and calming properties. If you have very oily or large-pored skin, make sure to clean all the Olive oil as it might be pore clogging.
  • Sweet almond oil also has excellent cleansing properties and is less potentially clogging than Virgin olive oil. In addition, it is very softening and non-irritating and feels less oily than Olive oil. Suitable for all skin types.
  • Apricot kernel or Peach kernel oils are excellent choices for sensitive and dry skin as they are among the mildest oils that have cleansing properties.
  • Jojoba oil is an excellent addition for your cleansing oil at 10-20 % due to its sebum balancing properties. The composition of Jojoba oil is very similar to human sebum, which makes it possible for Jojoba oil to “trick” our skin and stop oil over-production. For this reason, Jojoba oil is considered to be a must for acne-prone skin. In addition, it is very effective at breaking down the sebum in clogged pores.
  • Hazelnut oil is an excellent addition for combination to oily skin. It is astringent and, despite relatively similar properties, feels drier than Sweet almond oil. Most importantly, however, it is known to have the potential of reducing the skin’s natural oil.

In addition to these oils, some people choose to add a few drops of essential oils to their cleansing oil. For example, Tea tree essential oil has been shown to be effective at fighting acne. However, it is better to avoid essential oils if you also use this method to remove your eye make-up.