The Oil Cleansing Method – Before and After
I’ve written this post and haven’t had the balls to hit “post” for over a week. It’s so…so…embarrassing! What I won’t do for you guys….
In junior high and high school, I had gorgeous porcelain skin. Nary a blemish in sight. It was lovely. Then, I went off to college in Eastern Washington, and my face went batshit crazy. It wasn’t what we were eating, but rather the water I was using. My skin got better when I came back to this side of the state, and then we moved to California, and once again, I was a total pizza face. My skin doesn’t like hard water apparently!
Getting pregnant made me look like a 15-year-old. Ugh, it was so bad and so humiliating. I, however, didn’t care enough to put much makeup on since I was spending all my spare time puking in garbage cans and in the shampoo aisle at the West Hollywood Target. Whoopsie.
Over the years, I’ve tried everything – the pill, Retin-A, something that I can’t remember the name of, but it ends in “myosin”, Proactiv (yes, please charge me $30 for my skin to peel off and make it bleed!), and even Accutane.
About a year ago I started the oil cleansing method. Tried it for a few weeks, liked it. Then got lazy and stopped doing it. I started up again about six weeks ago, and am sticking with it this time; I’m loving the results!!!
What Oils Are Best For the Oil Cleansing Method? It differs for everyone, but generally, most people find success with a mix of jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, and castor oil.
I previously used a mix of castor oil and sweet almond oil, but have since switched to just using sweet almond oil. It is gentle, doesn’t clog pores, and moisturizes very well. Using a quarter-size squirt of sweet almond oil, massage it in your hands until warm. Then massage it all over your face and keep massaging it for about a minute or so.
Wet a washcloth with pretty hot water and apply it to your face for about 30 seconds. Rinse the rag, and do it a few more times. Then splash your face with cool water, dry off, and call it done. Well of course after you’ve blown your nose and all. I’ve already established that I’m a snotty person when water gets on my face! The whole process is done in under 5 minutes.
I know my skin care routine is now the exact opposite of everything that beauty companies tell us. I doubt you’ll find too many products that say “oil added”! But, hey, this works for me and it’s cheap and super gentle. And just because I love love love you guys, I’m showing you awful before and after pictures. Just a warning – if you don’t like the face of middle school kids, you’ll probably want to just click the little “x” right now and close the screen.
Even after all these years, I still suffer from hyper-pigmentation from previous acne episodes. I’m super lucky in that I’m VERY pale and my skin scars easily. Yay for me!
Oil Cleansing Method Before and After
Forehead, week 1
Chin, week 1
|That is a towel bar behind me. Not weird military should pad things.|
Forehead, week 2
Chin, week 2 (like George Constanza would say, “the sea was angry that day my friend”)
Forehead, week 3
Chin, week 3
Forehead, week 4 (photo by Jack, 4) (Also, for full disclosure, he took this photo at the end of the day. I was wearing a bit of makeup, I had applied it 13 hours before the photo, and I sweated most of it off playing superheroes).
Chin, week 4 (another photo by Jack) Oh sweet…a first thing in the morning photo with no makeup, dirty hair, and stank breath? You’re welcome readers!!!
You’ll notice per the photos, that the second week of this method made my skin rebel like the people of Alederaan (what Star Wars joke and acne? NERD!), but it eventually relaxed a bit and started correcting itself.
One thing I noticed after about two weeks of this is that my make up went on super smoothly. People started asking if I got a new brand of makeup, or if I was tanning (HA!!!!!) because my skin had a “glow”. My scars take forever to fade, but I’m pretty happy with my skin right now and don’t mind this routine at all. I think of it as my mini spa session each night.
I’m a sweaty sleeper (seriously, could I make myself sound LESS attractive during post?), so I have to wash my face in the shower each morning. I’m currently using Kiehl’s Blue Herbal Acne Cleanser.
Fun fact, in March 2017, I decided to stop using the Oil Cleansing Method and just switch to the Kiehl’s acne treatment. After a full month, I switched back to the Oil Cleansing Method. My skin had broken out under the acne treatment, and it was so dry. I had to use three times as many products to try to combat the dryness.
Oil Cleansing Method After Five Years:
Yes, I use oil on my face to treat my adult acne. Shhhhh, it’s our secret.
So the next time you think “geez, Sarah doesn’t seem to “get real” with us often”, please refer yourself back to the post where I showed you my grease ball face.
PS, the first person who comments “if you give up wheat and dairy your skin will clear up” gets a kick right in the clam. I gave up both while breastfeeding, and my skin didn’t clear up a bit. It was just as grumpy as I was!
I originally wrote this post on the Oil Cleansing Method back in May 2012. It was updated in May 2017 to reflect some changes I have made. The original photo files were from my previous blog platform, and therefore are extremely grainy. I apologize for their quality, but they cannot be updated at this point.
Sarah , you look lovely after 5 years of oil cleansing.
Thank you Kay! I did need to add an oral medication this year and Differin which is a topical cream but I still use oil cleansing every single night.
Oh I so wish I had found your post years ago.. i just came round to the joy of using oil after years of suffering from sensitive skin and acne !!. Jojoba oil is amazing. Question though after you use oil for cleansing, do you use a moisturiser on top ?
Adult acne is pretty much the stupidest thing ever. I’m sorry you’ve been dealing with it too!
Adding moisturizer depends on the season and day. During the winter when the air is a lot dryer and we’re running our wood stove a lot means I’ll definitely put some moisturizer on afterward. But if it’s normal weather and my skin is feeling good, I’ll just let it be.
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