What is the oil cleansing method and is the oil cleansing method good for acne prone skin? How does it work? Does adding oil to oily skin help or hinder? Here I answer many of the questions you may have about the oil cleansing method.
By the end of this post, hopefully I will have convinced you that the oil cleansing method is great for all skin types, even acne prone skin !
Suffering from oily skin?
If you are suffering from oily skin avoid the temptation to use a product that strips the oil from your skin, such as harsh facial washes. Although removing the oil may seem logical, it will only be effective for a short period of time.
Your skin will react to this oil stripping and will reproduce its lost oil, possibly producing even more oil as it tries to overcompensate.
If you’ve ever got that squeaky clean feeling after cleansing you’ll probably have noticed that your face becomes oil free. The soap has striped away the natural oils and to compensate you may well have needed to apply moisturiser to ease the tight feeling on your face.
Your skin has also has to counterbalance this loss of oil by producing it’s own moisturiser, this being in the form of sebum, commonly known as oil.
And you’re still left wondering why your skin is oily.
What does the Oil Cleansing Method do?
The oil cleansing method works on an entirely different principal. The heart of it being that oil dissolves oil.
Often shortened to OCM, the oil cleansing method uses a combination of oils that lift the dirt from the skin.
Is the Oil Cleansing Method good for acne prone skin?
Blackheads are caused by an accumulation of sebum (your skins natural oil) and dead skin cells. This sebum also serves a purpose too – it regulates the pH level of your skin. This pH level helps to prevent bacterial growth. By using strong alkaline soaps and getting that squeaky clean feeling you are altering the pH, leaving your skin a target for bacteria. Bacteria can then attack the skin causing infection.
Cleansers are used to remove dirt, make up and dead skin cells from the skin. If you want to know more about how to adopt a good skin care regime, I recommend reading this post 4 Common Skin Types and the Best Skin Care Routine for Your Skin Type or this post on Starting a Natural Skin Care Regime. Your cleanser should work with your skin, no matter what it’s skin type.
The Oil Cleansing Method
When to use the oil cleansing method?
This method of cleansing can be used on a daily basis. The best time to do it is at night to rid the skin of the days build up of dirt and make up. You shouldn’t necessarily need to perform any type of cleansing on the skin in the morning. A freshen up with clean water will do.
Carrying out this type of cleansing at night can also form part of your nightly wind down. Placing a hot cloth over your face for a couple of minutes will give you a time to start relaxing the mind and body.
Will the oil cleansing method cause more spots?
Although you are adding oil to the face the type of oil plays an important part too. Many cleansing balms and oils will contain some castor oil. Castor oil is a fantastic natural oil that attracts dirt from the pores rather than blocking the pores with oil.
Other oils that work well with acne prone skin include Chia Seed oil and Safflower Oil, both of which work well with oily and large pored skin. Jojoba Oil has anti-inflammatory properties and shares similar characteristics to the skin’s natural sebum helping to repair and protect the skin.
What to expect when you start using the oil cleansing method
Chopping and changing your skin care routine is not a good regime to follow. You need to give your skin time to adapt, which is probably a lot longer that you think.
The oil cleansing method may take some time to get use to. Not only does it go against the principal of using soap to cleanse with, it also takes slightly longer each time you cleanse.
You need to spend time massaging the oil onto your face and then allow the hot cloth to open up your pores.
However, once you have got used to spending a little more time on your skin and you start to see the benefits to your skin I think you’ll find this extra time worth it.
Give your skin time to readjust. You may not need any extra moisturiser but if you feel any tightness you can simply use a drop of your cleansing oil.
Cleansing balms work on the same principal as a facial oil with the exception that they are a firm balm rather than an oil. You still use a small amount which you massage onto the face for a couple of minutes. As you are massaging, the balm will turn slightly liquid in form as the heat from your fingers makes the balm melt.
The Hipsley Green Cleansing Balm is a vegan friendly skincare product formulated to cleanse, repair and nourish the skin. It is suitable for all skin types using 100% natural ingredients. All the active ingredients provide this balm with the ability to cleanse the skin, soothe sensitive and inflamed skin, remove makeup, act as an intensive moisturiser for dry skin and it also doubles up as a lip balm too.
It is a multipurpose balm that uses a winning combination of ingredients to leave skin perfectly cleansed.
Want to see exactly what natural goodness goes into this balm? This video just about covers it!