My acne story is one that I will keep on telling any time I have a chance to. I’m writing about oil cleansing method, hoping to help as many people as I can to get through it.
Some of you don’t know why your skin is still breaking out. It’s confusing to not know what to do. You feel hopeless, right? Well, a solution can be found in simple things like doing the oil cleansing method with argan oil, Jojoba oil or any oil you choose.
Let me acknowledge that you are an individual and bio-individuality applies here. What works for my skin may not work for yours. But I believe that if you choose the right ingredients that are good for your skin, it works.
What is the oil cleansing method?
- It is a way in which impurities are removed from your face using oil.
- The cause of acne on your face other than internal factors can also be due to fat build up in your pores.
- The unwanted dirt is removed as it is melted gently using a wet warm towel.
- Your pores are no longer clogged because the oil you apply on the face goes to take care of that for you. It means clear skin and no black heads, white heads or any other future break outs. check this article on different types of acne.
- It is great for both oily and dry skin because sebum production is balanced.
Now, the secret is in choosing the right oil for your skin.
In every beauty product including natural ones at times have makeup ingredients to avoid so that your skin can flourish naturally.
It’s such ingredients in a certain product that can irritate your skin when you use it. Since you will need to mix different oils for your skin cleansing, I will list some of the commonly used oils and their comedogenic rating.
This will help you to choose the oil that is gentle on your skin depending on your skin type.
Here is the comedogenic rating of each oil
Now, the rating starts from 0 as the lowest and 5 as the highest. This means that oils with a zero rating have no chance to clog, inflame or irritate your skin.
And the ones with a rating of 5 will for sure do the opposite. So, what about the ones in the middle? Let’s look at these groups.
- Shea butter
- Mango butter
- Argan oil
They are good for dry skin.
- Castor oil
- Rosehip seed oil
- Emu oil
- Neem oil
- Black cumin oil
- Sea buckthorn oil
- The chance to have your pores clogged is very minimal.
- Evening primrose
- Olive oil
- Grape seed
- Hazel nut
- Pumpkin seed oil
- Sandalwood oil
The chance that your skin will clog is from unlikely to moderate. Some may experience breakouts in the beginning but must improve thereafter.
Other comedogenic ratings
- Soybean oil
- Cotton seed oil
- Chia seed oil.
Depending on your skin, you may experience some break outs but it’s totally goes well for some. Keep that in mind when choosing these oils.
- Flaxseed oil
- Coconut oil
- Cocoa butter oil
- Red palm oil
If you have an acne prone skin, avoid these oils.
- Wheat germ oil
- Oils to avoid:
They should be avoided for those with acne prone skin.
The result of whatever you intend to achieve with these oils depends mainly on the oil choice you make and understanding your skin type.
For example, oils that fall under rating 4 to 5 are not recommended if you have an acne prone skin, and chances that your pores will get clogged are high. Therefore, it’s better to do away with them.
Here is how to do the oil cleansing method for acne prone skin;
- From the list above or any you may have, choose the oil that is good for your skin type. You can start with 2 to 3 different oils.
I would recommend argan or hemp oil for dry skin and Jojoba for oily and combination skin. It is also a good idea to add an essential oils like tea tree oil, lavender or frankincense for their healing properties.
- Mix the oils together. If you are mixing only carrier oils such as argan oil, jojoba , castor, or olive oil etc, measure with a teaspoon each.
So, it will be a teaspoon each of Jojoba oil, castor oil and olive oil.
If you are adding an essential oil, your measurement will look like this;
1 tspn Jojoba oil, 1 tspn castor oil and 2 drops tea tree oil.
- Keep it on your face for 2 to 10 minutes, staying with it up to 30 minutes is better if you have time.
- Dip a soft cloth or small towel in warm water. Make sure there is enough steam but not to where it can burn your face. Let it sit on your face for a minute and wipe the oil off.
- Ensure all the oil is out or else you will have too much oil on the skin which can lead to breakouts.
Tip: I like to tone with aloe vera water just to make sure that all the oil is out of my skin.
When you start the oil cleansing method, your skin may get worse if you have acne. Later, it gets better and heals itself. Make sure you remember to choose the right oils for your skin type.
With this process, the oil production will be balanced. It will also be beneficial to learn more about what essential oils for acne prone skin can do for you.
Let me know how it goes and if you have anything to share, please leave a comment below.