OCM // Oil Cleansing Method


Despite this lengthy overview of Oil Cleansing Method (OCM), this ancient method of removing the ick that happens to our face is actually quite SIMPLE. In the end, it takes all of 4 minutes and there is a good chance it will save you $ in the long run since most folks report not needing to apply much (or any!) type of moisturizer oil or blend after.

Ancient? Yes. Dating back thousands of years, there are historical references from ancient Rome with earlier references in literature. The first documented medicine is called Aryuvedic Medicine:

“Ayurveda was first recorded in the Veda, the world’s oldest existing literature. The three most important Veda texts containing the original and complete knowledge of Ayurveda, believed to be over 1200 years old, is still in use today. These Ayurvedic teachings were customarily passed on orally from teacher to student for over 1000 years…Ayurveda greatly influenced health care practices in the east and the west. By 400 AD Ayurvedic works were translated into Chinese; by 700 AD Chinese scholars were studying medicine in India at Nalanda University. Having passed the test of experience it remains essentially the same now as at its inception… numerous commentators over the centuries have added insight with their analyses.”


Anywho, most commercial soap is laden with toxins and rich with bulky ingredients that force lathering. The more bubbles that your fancy soap creates, the more it’s stripping your face of its natural lipids, fats, and proteins that your face needs. Yes, your skin needs these! From here on out, the more the lather, the worse for your skin.

As we have all been hearing that the use of antibacterial soap is actually harming us – making us more susceptible to the things we are trying to remove. The same goes for your $20-$30 (and more! barf) facial antibacterial soap that is actually killing everything on your face – the bad bacteria and the good bacteria.

Now I understand why this feels a bit counterintuitive. Many have oily skin and thus often have acne problems. And doesn’t all the oil gunk up your pores? Actually, no! Some simple science here folks, oil dissolves oil. Think about your salad dressing, oil and vinegar- no matter how much you shake that shit, it simply won’t fully mix. This is what’s happening on your face. Oil is literally “water fearing” or hydrophobic and the ideal way to remove the oil/sebum is by using a similar composition to dissolve it. Like dissolves like.

Wellness Mama says:

The best way to dissolve a non-polar solvent like sebum/oil, is by using another non-polar solvent similar in composition: Other oils. By using the right oils, you can cleanse your pores of dirt and bacteria naturally, gently and effectively, while replacing the dirty oil with beneficial ones extracted from natural botanicals, vegetables and fruit that heal, protect and nourish your skin. When done properly and consistently, the OCM can clear the skin from issues like oily skin, dry skin, sensitive skin, blackheads, whiteheads and other problems caused by mild to moderate acne–while leaving your skin healthy, balanced and properly moisturized.

Let’s discuss some oil. Many you will be familiar with and some perhaps not. These “carrier” oils are not the same as essential oils. E.O.s can be incorporated into your OCM and will add another level of benefit.

OCM is popular with all ages and skin types. Each face is different and you may need to tweak your ratios to fit your ever changing skin.

  • Oily skin: Try a blend of 30% castor oil to 70% sunflower seed oil.

  • Balanced Skin: Try a blend of 20% castor oil to 80% sunflower seed oil.

  • Dry Skin: Try a blend of 10% castor oil to 90% sunflower seed oil.

Skin will adjust to daily use especially if you begin with the right lineolic ratio. You can begin with introducing it 2-3 times a week for a couple of weeks, then two 3-4 times a week and maintain a balance that works for your skin. It adds a little time to the nightly regimen (RRR) but I often balance this out with my Small Batch Cleansing Wipes that mimic this method but is perfect for traveling or the bedside oops, I forgot to wash my face. Some even prefer these wipes as it leaves your skin equally supple and clear.

As with any new routine or habit, there may be a period of adjustment for your skin. The first week may result in a breakout (gasp!) as the impurities in your skin get ousted. Don’t give up so fast, young Padawan….we all have lived through a pimple or two before. The long-term benefits of spending less money, living chemical/toxin free and the supple fresh skin it leaves will outweigh a breakout.

METHOD: You are welcome to do this when it works with your schedule but most often this is done in the evening.

  1. Warm washcloth to open up your pores, don’t skip this. Open those harvesters of dirt up!

  2. Add about a quarter size amount or more in the beginning to your clean hands and massage in circular motion on your face for about 30-45 seconds.

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