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Oil Cleanse Method


One of the most important things to remember when dealing with your skin is that your body creates oil to help keep your pores clean and free of debris. In order to dissolve this oil and get at the trapped dirt, you need to use oil to cleanse your face.

Now no one is allowed to freak out!  But – that will cause breakouts, right?

No, it won’t. Breakouts happen for several reasons.

  1. Hormonal: Fluctuations in hormones can cause breakout for a variety of reasons. The  underlying cause may even be an undiagnosed autoimmune disorder.
  2. Genetic: Some people are just predisposed to acne.
  3. Psychological: Being stressed out CAN cause acne. When stress is high, the likelihood of a breakout can increase.
  4. Infectious: Some types of bacteria are known to colonize in the pores of the skin. These bacteria can disrupt normal, healthy skin function and result in an acne outbreak.
  5. Diet: Many times eruptions on the skin are a direct result of a food sensitivity or allergy. Finding the root cause can greatly reduce the number of outbreaks.


Once you figure out WHY your face is breaking out, you can take the appropriate steps to remedy the situation. Now, back to using oil to clean your face. There are a few guidelines to follow when blending carrier oils to use as your OCM base. First, start with about 20% of the whole as castor oil. Castor oil is drawing and helps to clear the skin of deep dirt in the pores. The remaining 80% is up to you. At the end of this post, you’ll find a few links that can help you choose the carrier that’s right for you.

You’ll want to know what type of skin you have. Perhaps you already know, but if not here is a handy tool I found for you to use to discover your skin type: http://www.wikihow.com/Determine-Your-Skin-Type

Knowing your skin type is useful in choosing which carrier oils will make up your oil cleanse. Adding essential oils is like icing on the cake! You can seriously customize this concept to really fit the goals you have for your skin! Let me give you a few examples.


None of these ratios or recipes are set in stone. You may have to experiment a little in order to find what works well for your skin. Always make a small “batch” in order to see how it works, then you can scale up or change as needed. In order to learn more about carrier oils, check out this post: Carrier Oils – The Other Part of the Equation. This will guide you in choosing carrier oils that suit your needs. Other great posts like  DIY Facial Serum and Beauty Masks have helpful recipes that you may consider using to customize your carrier oil blend.


So once you’ve made your oil cleanse you’ll follow these step to use it:
  1. Massage a quarter sized amount into the skin
  2. Using hot water, wet a wash cloth and apply over the face to steam the skin (this allows the pores to open and the oils to get inside to help pull out the dirt)
  3. Wipe the skin with that wash cloth
  4. Rinse the wash cloth
  5. Repeat steps 1-4 at least one more time


I like to do this in the evening prior to bed. After cleansing with oil, you’ll find you don’t need any additional moisturizer. In the morning, I simply use water and a wash rag to wipe my face clean. I will apply a light serum in the morning!


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37 thoughts on “Oil Cleanse Method”

  • Hi, Thanks for the article. I have combination skin, but I also have sensitive skin with redness which can get worse with some products. I currently have been using a jojoba base with lavender, frankincense, and chamomile for a moisturizer. It has not made my oily skin worse. Should I use this as an oil cleanse? Or should I stop using it for my moisturizer and make a different cleanser and moisturizer?

  • I have acne prone skin, and just started the OCM using the cleanser for oily skin. I’m also using clear complex, and just purchased tea tree hydrosol to use as a toner (based on reviews and user suggestion). I’m a little confused regarding how to do the OCM as the instructions in this blog and on the bottle are very different. The cleanser also doesn’t have castor oil in it so not sure that makes a difference. Since starting the method I’ve had additional breakouts so I’m not even sure I’m doing it correctly. I’m also trying to get a good routine going. What’s best for nighttime, morning, how to use? I’m almost 40 and my skin looks like that of a hormonal teenager and that’s emotionally and mentally hard to deal with

    1. Melissa, healing adult acne can be a long and frustrating road for sure. I understand and battle it myself. I will give you a few suggestions, but also recommend reaching out to a dermatologist, or maybe your regular healthcare provider, to make sure this acne isn’t a result of something more serious. Acne can be a way for your body to alert you to something not being quite right in your body and professional help from a doctor should be a course of action if your skin is causing you ongoing emotional stress. And of course, adult acne is physically painful, too. The first step I would try in your routine is to limit what you’re putting on your face–your skin might be telling you that using both oily skin cleanser and clear complex is too much. Try one or the other, or try a single carrier oil instead, like Jojoba or Grapefruit (Jojoba is my personal favorite for acne). So, clean your face of makeup and all the day’s yuck (another recommendation I have here is Micellular water. We do not sell it, but you can find it online and at drugstores), use the Tea Tree Hydrosol as a toner (great choice!), then finish off with a thin layer of either clear complex or a carrier oil. It’s very simple, but give it a couple weeks and see if you notice a difference 🙂 Promoting healthy skin is a lot like trying on jeans; you may have to try on quite a few before you figure out what fits just right for your body 🙂 So please take my suggestion with a pinch of salt–figuratively–and make sure to reach out if you have any more concerns! You can reply back to this post or contact [email protected] 🙂

      1. I’ve been down the doctor, dermatologist, esthetician, medication, over the counter, MLM, and birth control routes for many years. Some work for a few months then stop, some do nothing, some make it worse. I wanted trying something different and more natural. Diet and stress are definitely factors, and I’m working on both. But having help would be nice! I’ll try your suggestions and see how it goes. Thank you!

        1. It is definitely a battle, and we really hope the natural road is where you find success! I hope my suggestions help 🙂 But if not, please reach out and we can offer more guidance!

  • I’m new to aromatherapy. I have dry skin and still figuring out which carrier is suitable for cleaning my face. Could you please help to give some suggestions?

  • Great info. I have been thinking of using oils to cleanse my face for awhile. Great to have some solid info to start with! I am so impressed with the blog information available on this site! One more reason to love Plant Therapy!

  • I love this! I’ve been doing OCM for a few years now, and have tried different carrier oils, but I haven’t tried any EOs except for lavender (and I think I only did a 0.25% dilution). So far I’m enjoying sweet almond oil, but might try to add something more moisturizing to try to survive our dry Texas winters…

  • I’m also curious about the length of time to leave the hot wash cloth on for. Is this something that can be done in a hurry or is this more of ‘weekend’ type cleanser?

    1. Kimberly, I prefer not to leave on too long. Too much heat can rupture tiny blood vessels..1-2 mins or just a steam before cleaning with a warm washcloth would be fine 🙂

      1. That works for me. Thank you. Oh, one more question that’s off topic. Is it advisable to use a variety of carrier oils at once? I came across a reputable company that sells blends of 12 carrier oils (equal proportions). I was thinking of getting it and using it for a base for serum/beauty cream/moisturizer and cleanser. They’re all the normal ones like on here, just all of them together

        1. It of course depends on the quality and how your skin reacts to them :). There’s nothing wrong with combining carrier oils, if they are of a high quality and beneficial to you.

    1. I wouldn’t leave on too long, just a minute or so, as too much heat for too long could rupture tiny blood vessels…

  • Do the same rules apply to OCM as serums? 9 drops of oil per ounce? Also, is serum considered a moisturizer? Or would I still apply lotion on top of the serum?
    I am very new to the use of oils and appreciate this blog and your help. Thank you.

    1. Hi Tamara! Yes the same rules apply for serums or any product you would use on your face. 9 drops per ounce should be the maximum you would use. You can use a serum with a moisturizer, but you would not want to add essential oils to both.

  • Question for those that use this – I did this a few years ago but had a longer term issue of the oils building up in my drain. The sink started draining very slowly and we realized it was all these oils building up in the drain. I ended up discontinuing this method because I couldn’t find a way to prevent this from happening. Anyone else have this problem?

    1. No problems with it. Just run the hot water a while when rinsing and finishing. Alternately, put baking soda and vinegar down the drain once a month, followed by a kettle/coffeepot full of hot water. HTH.

  • I have been using the OCM for about 3 weeks and I’m sold! My skin looks and feels great! The blend I use is : castor oil, EVOO, Argan oil, and pure emu oil. I store it in an Airless Pump Bottle Found on Amazon for $4 and that includes shipping. It keeps things mess free and is awesome! I use a 1 oz. size. I then follow with the anti-age roll on from PT, more emu oil and argan and that’s it! I haven’t used any commercial cleansers since starting this and don’t miss them! I just slap a little water over my face in the shower in the morning and then mositurize. Easy peasy 🙂 I’m so glad to see this on the blog. So many people are unaware of this method and I can’t boast enough about it. Way to go PT!

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