Oil Cleansing Method Fail

I have been battling acne ever since I was about 12 or 13. I will find something that works for a while, and then it will stop. You name it, I have tried it-seriously, I don’t believe at all in the “Miracle product” claims that any of these acne cures have. So, in my quest to care for myself more naturally, I decided to look into the products I was using and the science behind what care is best for my skin.

First, I took all of my skin care products, and looked at the ingredients. To know why my current routine isn’t working-I needed to know what is in the products I am using!

IMG_1429Here are a few of the different cleansers I have, and have been using recently. Lately, I had been sticking to the Simple cleansing water and exfoliating wipes.

When I looked at the ingredients for the store brands, I got what I expected-lots of ingredients I had never heard of. But what was weird, is that the Simple products had the same thing…

So if the “natural” and “simple” brands aren’t actually what they claim to be, and don’t help my skin the way I need them to-What the hell do I use?

“Oil-Cleansing Method”

Turns out, washing your face with oil actually gets rid of the oil, which in turn will reduce your acne. This is because our skin needs oil in order to function. When we use drying facial cleansers and lotions, our face is stripped of its natural oils. Then, our skin must compensate for this by producing more natural oils-which then clog our pores, and create that awesome zit on the tip of your nose that you so wanted to see this morning..

There are many reasons why our skin can benefit from oil-cleansing.
  1. Oil dissolves oil (even the oil that has hardened in your pores throughout the day)
  2. 100% Natural and it’s one ingredient!
  3. WAY cheaper than facial products
  4. Clean and moisturize with one product
The routine goes like this:
  1. Let your faucet run, so the water gets pretty hot.
  2. Gently rub a quarter size amount on your face for about a minute. Make sure to massage it in and not scrub it.
  3. Run a washcloth under the faucet. (This part is important, because it has to be hot enough to cause a steaming effect that helps to remove the dirt form your pores.) Leave the washcloth over your face until it’s cooled down, about a minute.
  4. Gently wipe off the oil using the washcloth.
  5. Your skin might be a little red from the steam-but don’t worry, it’ll go away.
What I Switched To:
For $17, I got 54 oz of pure, unrefined, cold pressed, 100% organic, extra virgin coconut oil.
Not only will this baby last me an ETERNITY-but I can store it in my bathroom since it doesn’t need to be refrigerated.
(Not to mention that it smells like paradise.)
I also bought 4, 100% cotton baby washcloths-an extra $8 for a set of 4.

Initially, I saw really good improvements! For the first week I tried the Oil Cleansing Method, this was the improvement that I saw!

BUT HOLD UP – it was about Wednesday of the following week I started getting HUGE zits everywhere on my face. I called my doctor, and she said to revert back to my old skincare routine, and see what happened.

Sure enough, I cleared right up. But just like with so many of my ‘pet projects’ from my past, now I had this enormous tub of Coconut Oil that I wasn’t going to be using for my face. One day, before getting in the shower, I thought I would try using it as a sub for shaving cream! I had tried baby oil in high school, and remembered it working really well, and hydrating your skin way better than shaving cream.

Turns out – it works fabulously. [and the skin on your legs isn’t nearly as sensitive as that on your face, so no worries about leg acne haha]

Moral of the story-Ditch the ‘Oil Cleansing Method’ and try using the Coconut Oil as a sub for shaving cream [rubbing it into your skin before getting into the shower]. A bonus, you don’t have to worry about the water washing it away 🙂

And of course, it always makes a fabulous hair treatment when you need an INTENSIVE hydrating for your ends 🙂



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