Oil Cleansing Method

OCM – Modified Steps Using the Cleansing Oil Method

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  • The most common modification is to reduce the number of times the steaming (with washcloth) and wiping cycle is done. Many will repeat the cycle only 1-2 times. *It is still important to make sure all oil residue is removed from the skin without stripping the skin.
  • Some use OCM in the shower to save time. Before going into the shower they apply an oil blend to their dry face. While showering they let the steam from the shower substitute for the traditional washcloth steaming method. Just before leaving the shower they rinse the oils from their face.
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OCM and Dry Skin

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  • Dry skin is usually perfectly suited for OCM. Most dry skin types are amazed at the softening, moisture retaining, and wrinkle softening effects OCM has on their skin.
  • You should thoroughly and gently massage the oils into your skin. This will help to soften and keep your skin moisturized.
  • Make sure the water or steam temperature you use is warm enough to help dissolve dirt and oil but not too hot.
  • It is important for dry skin types to make sure oil residue is removed from their skin. The reason is that while massaging your skin, you have just removed dirt, oil, and dead skin cells from your skin and pores. You want to make sure all that grime is not left on your skin. If not removed, the oil residue can cause clogged pores and blemishes that you would not have otherwise.
  • Select an oil(s) blend that contains oils that have been found to be moisturizing and emollient such as extra virgin olive oil, avocado, sunflower, squalane, emu oil, extra virgin coconut, shea oil, sweet almond, rosehip seed, safflower, and other heavy/medium oils.
  • It is good to select a blend of oils that contain a mix of heavy, medium and/or light oils. Depending on how dry your skin is the blend should contain a higher or lower percentage of heavy textured oils.
  • Start trying OCM 1-2 times (not on consecutive days) the first week and monitor your skins response closely. If problems do not occur, you can use OCM as frequently as you like.

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Cleansing Oils and Emulsifiers Comedogenic Levels

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The following provide general experiences people find with various oils and ingredients. Your individual experience with a given oil or ingredient can be different.

LOW CLOGGING LEVEL
Almond Oil (Sweet Almond)
Apricot Kernel Oil
Avocado Oil
Beeswax
Candelilla Wax
Castor Oil
Cetearyl Alcohol
Chamomile Extract
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Cleansing Oils by Skin Type

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Skin Type / Compatible Cleansing Oils

Sensitive
rice bran, grapeseed, apricot kernel, fractionated coconut oil (FCO), jojoba, safflower, sunflower, sweet almond, watermelon, calendula, sea buckthorn, emu oil, mineral oil (purest grade), camellia oil

Dry
extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), macadamia, corn, avocado, sesame, sunflower, wheat germ, coconut oil, shea oil, sweet almond, emu oil, camellia oil

Oily
grapeseed, jojoba, watermelon, hazelnut, safflower, hazelnut, peach kernel, rice bran

Acne
neem, jojoba, grapeseed, watermelon, rice bran, apricot seed, hazelnut, peach kernel, sweet almond, sunflower, safflower, walnut, rosehips seed (tolerance varies), tea tree eo, manuka eo
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OCM and Acne – Tips

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  • Many acne sufferers find OCM can significantly help their condition. For many, it has been effective against blackheads, whiteheads, clogged pores, cystic acne, and overall oil reduction
  • It is important to find the correct oil(s) blend. If using castor oil make sure it’s percentage level suites you skin.
  • Use high quality organic cold-pressed castor oil. This quality has the most potent therapeutic benefits for the skin. Castor oil found in the laxative section of drug stores are okay, if that’s all you can get, but it is not the prefered type.

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OCM and Sensitive Skin – Tips

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  • You must be careful to be very gentle when massaging and rinsing your skin.
  • Make sure the water temperature you use is comfortably warm – never too hot.
  • Some sensitive skin types (especially mild rosacea types) find that “steaming” over a bowl works better than using washcloth steaming. They find that they can better regulate the level of heat their skin receives by adjusting the distance they place their face to the steam source. Note: For those with fragile capillaries it is recommended to avoid the “over a bowl steaming” method and in some cases any kind of “steaming”. Instead try just rinsing gently and thoroughly with warm then cool water.

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Essential Oils and OCM

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    When using the oil cleansing method (OCM), the addition of essential oils can result in an enhanced customized and therapeutic skin treatment. Just like carrier oils, it is important to use the best quality essential oils available for both purity and botanical therapeutic activity.

    Most essential oils should not be used full strength and it is important to follow the indications on the bottle. As a general rule, the more sensitive your skin, the more diluted your essential oils should be. *We have only listed essential oils that tend to be less sensitizing to the skin.
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OCM Recipes – DIY For Beginners

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    The following recipes are provided to give a beginner to The Oil Cleansing Method an oil blend to prepare. The recipes consist of a “primary” (Castor oil) combined with “secondary” oils (vegetable, nut or fruit oils). Some will find using the exact percentages provided will work well for them, while others will eventually customize a blend by adjusting the percentage of castor oil and/or the “secondary” oil(s) used.
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OCM – Oil Cleansing Method – Common Mistakes

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  • Most common mistake – leaving too much oil residue on face. This results from from not wiping and rinsing face thoroughly
  • Not cleansing/rinsing thoroughly around the hairline, chin, and sides of face
    Water temperature is not warm/hot enough during “steaming” or rinsing step to soften and remove oils
  • Oils used are too heavy or too light for your skin type – find/create an oil blend better suited to your particular skin type

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OCM – Common Experiences

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  • Many notice results after the first cleanse, while others start to see results after up to 3 weeks.
  • You may feel tiny sand like particles on the surface of your skin during the cleansing process. The particles are the hardened sebum (oil) and dirt that had been trapped in your pores. With continued use, you will feel less and less particles as your pores clear out.
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