The Oil Cleansing Method

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Let’s get over the myth that acne and oil don’t mix.

Oil Cleansing. Oily-skinned ladies might cringe at this phrase. Putting oil on top of oil? It seems counter intuitive, however it may actually reduce that excess sebum.

Think of it this way: one of the most basic principals of chemistry is that “like dissolves like.” The best way to dissolve a non-polar solvent like sebum/oil, is by using another non-polar solvent similar in composition-other oils.


How It Works

Cleanse your face as you normally would, but switch out your regular cleanser for a facial oil. Use the oil to massage the skin, helping to gently remove makeup and excess dirt and bacteria.

You can use a brand’s formulation, such as the Elizabeth Dehn (a.k.a. Beauty Bets) for One Love Organics Vitamin B Enzyme Cleansing Oil & Makeup Remover.

Or, you can use a single oil. I would recommend castor oil (which is naturally astringent), olive oil, or safflower oil as this are the most commonly used.


Why It Works

While it may seem completely illogical for those with more oil on their face than deep fried butter to try this, it actually helps to reduce that unpleasant grease.

It works with the Ayurvedic principle that “oil cuts oil“, basically meaning that the facial oil will dissolve the excess oil and sebum that has hardened with impurities and found itself stuck in your pores. Oil cleansing will help to balance your skin’s natural oils because of this.

And, facial oils have many other benefits including treating signs of aging, deeply nourishing the skin, and they are packed with good-for-you antioxidants which protect you from free radical damage.


Does It Work

For, those who are still skeptical, I have been cleansing my skin this way for about a month with great results, and will continue to do so.

In my experience, my skin has been much more supple, nourished, and has a pretty glow to it. Whenever I feel it, I am still shocked at how soft it is.

I recommend oil cleansing to everyone, as it has wonderful benefits for any and all skin types!

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