In the past weeks I have had several requests for more information on oils to use on the Oil Cleansing Method. The basics of the OCM are castor oil and either olive, almond, or jojoba oil but what if your skin needs a little boost because of dryness, severe acne, or even hyperpigmentation or scarring?
In this segment of Dear Detox Diva we will address the many other options you have when choosing your perfect blend for the OCM.
Dear Detox Diva,
HELP!! I have been using the OCM for the last 4 weeks and my skin is getting much worse, now red and raw like sandpaper and I am breaking out like crazy. I am using castor oil and coconut oil and am thinking of giving up and going back to my normal acne wash. Can you give me some suggestions on what I am doing wrong? Am I using the right oil? I know you said coconut oil isn’t good for winter so can you give me some suggestions on what I can use in the winter and then which oils I can use in the summer? ~B
The OCM does take some getting used to for some people, and it is very common for breakouts to occur even for even a few months after beginning. I don’t recommend using coconut oil for any skin type as a means to cleanse the skin. Coconut oil has a tendency to clog pores. Even if it were not comedogenic, coconut oil, ayurvedically speaking, is a cooling oil, therefore not an oil to use in the winter for anyone.
Below you will find my picks for the best oils to use for the OCM.
Castor Oil- Make sure you get the highest quality you can afford, preferably sustainably sourced. Castor oil has the greatest ability to cleanse the skin and is an anti-bacterial agent to boot. It can be drying for the skin so in the winter or if your skin is on the drier side you may have to use the bare minimum. Use it 1 part castor oil to 3 parts carrier oil for drier skins. You can use 2 parts castor to 1 part castor for oilier or acne prone skin.
Sweet Almond Oil- good for all types of skin. Light but warming and, even with the highest quality, cold pressed variety (a must for OCM) it is relatively inexpensive. High in Vitamin E sweet almond oil is great for treating scars and pigmentation from acne.
Jojoba Oil- very nourishing for the skin as it mimics the skin’s own natural sebum helping to easily dissolve “gunk” in pores. Jojoba oil is hydrating without being greasy so it can be used as a moisturizer for after cleansing even for the oiliest of skin.
Argan Oil: contains more antioxidant and cell regenerative properties than olive oil, grape seed oil and avocado oil combined. Argan oil increases cell regeneration and improves cell turnover. When applied to the skin, it absorbs quickly, and without an oily film, leaving behind a silky and satiny feel.
Tamanu Oil- is a remarkable natural product with anti-neuralgic, anti-inflamatory, antimicrobial and antioxidant properties, ,making it perfect for the treatment of acne. Tamanu oil encourages the formation of new skin tissue making it ideal for accelerated wound healing when it comes to stimulating the growth of healthy skin tissue. Tamanu oil is of the most versatile when it comes to natural healing and as an anti-aging treatment. It is a bit pricey but worth the expense.
Rice Bran Oil-incredibly healing for inflammation and skin irritation. It absorbs very quickly without leaving a film on the skin. This oil is antioxidant-rich, as it contains vitamin E and gamma oryzanol. Rice Bran Oil is a great, lightweight oil to give your skin a radiant glow.