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Oil cleansing method. How to do it properly and what should you remember about?

Have you ever heard about OCM? This English term - oil cleansing method – means cleaning your skin with oil. Properly matched to your skin, the oil mixes with sebum, goes into the pores and helps remove makeup – you should take it down with a cloth until your skin is completely clean. Keep on reading if you’d like to know how to choose the best oil for your skin and what to avoid!


Oil cleansing method promises a clean skin without pH changes and damages to its protective barrier. That is why, it is mostly recommended for oily and mixed skin – in hope that in result to OCM, it will not lose its natural hydrolipidic layer and won’t produce more sebum to make up for the loss of its protective barrier. But what exactly does it mean in real life? Skin becomes less accessible for bacteria, less oily and less irritated. Skin should be relaxed and moisturised, and not irritated or drawn.


It is important to start the oil makeup removal with the analysis of own skin. The OCM method always assumes presence of castor oil and base oil. Concentration of the first one, just as the choice of the second one depend on your skin type. Why castor oil then? Apart from its laxative qualities (ekhmm) and that it strengthens eyelashes and eyebrows, it also has cleansing qualities and is similar to our own sebum. But! Castor oil is quite heavy and if used solo, can dry the skin very much. That is why, you also need the base oil which will complement castor oil. Let’s look at our options!


Dry skin – 10% castor oil + 90% base oil

Normal and mixed skin – 20% castor oil + 80% base oil

Oily skin – 30% castor oil + 70% base oil

By now, you probably wonder what should your base oil be.


Oily skin will like:

JOJOBA OIL moisturises the skinand removes excessive sebum. It contains vitamin E, phytosterols and fatty acids.

HEMP SEED OIL has antiseptic qualities, helps with acne, relieves oily skin.

EVENING PRIMROSE SEED OIL has regenerating, antiaging and soothing qualities.

Your skin might also like linseed oil, walnut oil, cotton oil, sea buckthorn oil and rosehip oil.

Normal skin will like:

AVOCADO OIL regenerates the skin, is antiallergic, constains vitamin A, B, E, H, K, PP and F.

SWEET ALMOND OIL has moisturising and smoothing qualities.

Dry and mature skins will like:

ARGAN OIL moisturises the skin, strengthens the face epidermis.

BORAGE OIL regenerates and rejuvenates the skin.


You will need: selected oil mixture matched to your skin needs (you don’t have to mix every time you remove makeup, you can prepare the whole mixture and keep it in a dark glass bottle), a towel and a muslin cloth.

Important – you can’t wash your face with any cosmetics or face gloves before you start OCM. The hydrolipidic layer is supposed to stay intact, remember?

You put the oil mixture onto the face and massage it letting the oil mix with your sebum and makeup. The massage should last about 2 minutes.

Dip the towel or a muslin cloth in as hot water as you can handle. Put on your face and wait for it to cool down. This stage is about the pores – they will open and release the insides. After the cloth cools down, the pores will close. 

Repeat the whole ritual at least 2-3 times.

After the last time, remove the rest of the oil with a towel. Your face should be deeply cleaned, moisturised and soft.


Here’s where the problems begin. We know that a lot of girls love the OCM and washing the skin with oils. It’s a super important cosmetic trend and we just can’t skip it. Every skin is different and needs other kind of care – that’s obvious. However, we definitely do not recommend the OCM to girls with vascular skin. A hot towel placed on your face 3 times a day will cause even more vascular problems, which you don’t want! The truth is, most girls praise the effect of OCM in the first 6 months – but further on start noticing alarming changes. Alina Rose has wrote about the case on her blog:

But be careful – a lot of girls also write about unpleasant effects. Many little spots (reaction probably to harsh face-rubbing with the muslin cloth or an allergic reaction to e.g. castor oil) or pimples rash (can result from an improper oil mixture or being allergic to one of it). So, as you can see, things can turn out in different ways. But satisfied girls are in majority. And it’s also important to always be cautious and use everything in moderation. 

However, when we read all the expert opinions saying their offices burst at the seams with patients complaining about skin problems caused by oil cleansing or caring – we have to wonder, is it only allergies, or is it the oils? Some specialists say that oil getting inside the pores is not so easy to remove and that it will stay in the pores, together with other dirts. Another thing – what happens to dirts that dissolve only with water, not with oils? They will stay on the face because they will not mix with oil and you will need more that a hot towel to remove them. You will find more expert opinions in this article: (link do wpisu o oczyszczaniu olejem kokosowym). In the face of so many contradictory pieces of advice and theories we wonder if you’re sure you want to risk? There are many other makeup removal techniques and products and we think you should always pick one that will suit you skin the best.