How to Oil Cleanse a Face

by Melissa Howard

As strange as it sounds, cleaning your face with oil can actually minimize blackheads and breakouts rather than making your complexion worse. You may wonder how it works. The principle is simple. Oil attracts oil. If you have ever poured mixed oil and water and shaken it up, you will begin to see how this works. The oil separates because of the shaking action, but as soon as the water is calm, a blob of oil attaches itself to a nearby blob of oil and the process continues until the oil is all together in one big blob. This happens in oil and vinegar salad dressings too, which is why you must always shake your vinaigrette dressings before using them. Using oil to cleanse your face is a much more wholesome way to remove the oil that causes blackheads and pimples than using harsh cleansers. While harsh cleansers break up the oil and allow you to wash it away, they also dry out your sensitive skin and cause your glands to produce more oil to compensate. This creates a vicious cycle. The oil cleansing method actually offsets this reaction while cleansing your skin at the deepest level.

Items you will need

  • Castor oil
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Small container
  • Washcloth
Step 1

First, create a blend of oil suited to your complexion. Castor oil is the component which draws out the impurities and oils from your skin and so the greasier your skin the higher the percentage of castor oil you will want in the blend. The highest ratio of castor oil you probably want to go with is around thirty percent castor oil; the lowest ratio is around ten percent. If your skin is drying out too much when you cleanse it, reduce the amount of castor oil. The second oil (such as olive oil) is used as a carrier for the castor oil and to dilute the castor oil so that it isn’t so heavy.

Step 2

Pour a liberal quantity of your custom blend into the palm of your hand. Rub the oil between your hands. And apply to your face. Use your fingertips to massage it deep into your skin. Concentrate your efforts on the greasiest parts of your face. Do not rush through the massage step; it is essential that the oil be worked deep into your pores, where it will bond with your natural oils and any impurities that have worked into your skin.

Step 3

Wet your washcloth in warm water. Make sure that the water is warm enough to steam but not so hot that it burns. Cold water will be ineffective. Wring the excess water from the cloth and drape it over your face. Leave the cloth on your face until it is cool. The steam and heat will open up your pores and draw the oil out along with any impurities that have bonded to the oil. Use the cloth to gently wipe away the oil, and then rinse the cloth in warm water and repeat several times.

About the Author

Melissa Howard is a writer and a photographer. Before leaving the business world, she worked as a technical writer. She now writes for a variety of online journals and businesses. Her photography can be found at Pbase. Her freelance work includes children, weddings. and teaching seminars.