Oil Cleansing Method

Oil cleansing may be something that you have seen floating around the internet here lately. I began using this method about a year ago when I was in search for a natural way to clean my skin. I was in the market for a natural method that would leave my skin both soft and acne free without having to turn to harsh chemicals. My personal interest stems from the fact that I am acne prone when stressed. This left me feeling very embarrassed and frustrated as I am sure you can all relate to. I first heard of oil cleansing through the wonderful world of blogs. I thought I might as well give it a shot. What did I have to lose?

Once I started using this method I began to see results pretty quickly. It might take a couple days depending on your skin to adjust, but I simply have not found a better solution than this, and bonus, this method is much less expensive and all natural! It does not get any better than that. When I paired this method with simple diet changes (gluten free, probiotics) I truly began to see healing from the inside out. Today I want to share just what oil cleansing does and how easy it is to do it.

Skin Deep

Did you know that our skin is the largest organ on our body? It also play many important roles. Some of those being:

  • protective barrier (keeps disease-causing pathogens and organisms out)
  • self-healing properties
  • balances moisture loss or gain
  • regulates temperature
  • nutrient storage and synthesis
  • detoxifier

Our skin also absorbs everything we put onto it. The skin is a gatekeeper which allows good substances to enter and nourish while trying to keep the bad out. Just think about the skin’s role in absorbing Vit D through the sun! It is important that we give the skin what it needs both inside and outside as it is a huge factor in our health.

Factors Causing Skin Problems

There are many factors that can cause skin problems and most of them are lifestyle factors that we can have control over. These include:

  • nutritional deficiencies
  • poor food choices
  • digestive issues
  • environment
  • products with harsh chemicals and irritants

Most blemishes occur due to inner imbalances. The great news is that these are things we can try to rebalance with lifestyle changes. Let’s discuss using oils that nourish the skin.

What is Oil Cleansing?

This website devoted to the oil cleansing method points out that oil dissolves oil. It goes on to say:

“The basic concept of this method is that the oil used to massage the skin will dissolve the oil that has hardened with impurities and found itself stuck in your pores. The steam will open up the pores, allowing the oil to be easily removed.”

This method is cheap, easy, and soothing.

What you Need

You need two oils. The first oil is Castor oil. Castor oil has potent anti-inflammatory properties as well as cleansing and healing properties. This oil will be used in smaller amounts than your other oil as it can leave your skin very dry. The second oil will be used to dilute the castor oil while offering its own healing properties. I personally use Extra Virgin Olive Oil as most experts would recommend. Extra virgin olive oil is loaded with antioxidants Vit A and Vit E. These vitamins help to repair and refresh the skin leaving it soft and smooth. In addition to these two basic oils, I now use tea tree oil, which is a 100% pure essential oil. Tea tree oil is a topical antiseptic and antifungal treatment that has been show to improve acne. You will mix 1 part castor oil to 5 parts olive oil. Only a few drops of tea tree oil are needed. After experimenting, if your skin is too dry you can add more olive oil to even out its moisture. It is easiest to store your mixture in a mason jar with a lid.

How To


  • Step One: Apply 1 TB of your oil mixture into the palm of your hand and rub the oil gently between your hands to warm it.
  • Step Two: Apply to face and massage the oil into your skin gently and patiently. Enjoy the little massage.
  • Step Three: Damp a washcloth with warm water (not soaking) and apply over face and allow it to warm the skin for a few moments. This is a nice pore opening exercise which I always treat as my “spa” time.
  • Step Four: Gently wipe the oil from the face with the washcloth until all the oil is removed.

That is all! If you want you can add a small amount of a nourishing oil as a final moisturizer. I often apply a small amount of coconut oil.

Additional Thoughts:

As I mentioned there may be an adjustment period in the beginning where toxins are being pulled out. Give it a few days and the skin will begin to even out. This method can be done daily, but is not necessary to do morning and night. It is best to wash only at night and simply throw some warm water on your face in the mornings as your face should be cleansed from the night before. You will also most likely need to experiment with your ratio of oils when beginning to find what works best for your skin type.

We are curious, have any of you adopted this routine yourself? If so, have you also seen good results?

24 thoughts on “Oil Cleansing Method

  1. Cassie says:

    I’ve been thinking about trying some oil cleansing methods because no product I’ve tried ever seems to resolve my flaky-dry (but acne and scarring-prone!) skin. Would you recommend less castor oil for someone with really dry skin? Thanks for these tips!

    1. Considering You says:

      You should give it a try and see! I (Mary) would recommend less castor oil and more olive oil if you have dry skin. You might need to play with the ratio some, but just watch what your skin does and adjust from there.

  2. kellylaine says:

    I’ve been oil cleansing for about 4 or 5 months and won’t ever go back. My skin has changed dramatically for the better. Love!

  3. Heather Burris says:

    I tried oil cleansing for a few days only using olive oil…and my skin broke out like crazy!!! Is the castor oil what makes the difference?

    1. Considering You says:

      YES! The Castor Oil works to inhibit viruses and bacteria and it penetrates the skin deeply. Add some castor oil and i believe you will see a difference!

  4. Crystal says:

    Just picked up some castor oil & am trying this tonight! Like you Mary I break out when stress & right now this girl is STRESSD!!! I’m excited to share my results.

    1. Considering You says:

      That’s awesome girl! I really hope you see great results. Add some tea tree oil in the mix for an added break out relief! Let us know =)

      1. Crystal says:

        UPDATE: I have been doing the oil cleansing method for about 2 weeks now and my skin has cleared up and is glowing! I have been using a half to half ratio and found my skin was a little to dry even after using coconut oil as a moisturizer. I have added in more olive oil to my mixture for the last week but find that has not helped with the dryness.

        Any suggestions on the dryness? Either way I am not going back to cold creme but I don’t really want to use a synthetic moisturizer either.

        P.S. I love the blog you ladies put together, not only is it so visually pleasing it is packed FULL of wonderful information. I have passed your blog on to many of my friends that are in the process of lifestyle changes. So thank you for sharing the knowledge!

        1. Considering You says:

          So GLAD to hear you are having success with it Crystal! Makes me (Mary) smile =) I have had similar dryness issues as well and I am still trying to figure that one out as well. Definitely make sure you are drinking enough water each day. As I find out more I will share it with you!

          Thank you also for the kind words, we totally appreciate that!

          1. Marie Mayhew says:

            Your skin can appear dry (flaky) if it has too much topical oils on it. I had heard that your brain is triggered if you have a heavy moisturizer on it saying ‘shut off the oils’, thus drier skin. I would think with the oil cleaner you wouldn’t need an additional moisturizer afterwards. Just a thought.

  5. AvriellaCarlecci says:

    This is such great information! So happy to have seen it. I have the same problem – stress making me break out, and then I am more stressed because I am breaking out (what a vicious cycle)… paired with giving in and eating chocolate. I’ve been looking for the perfect oil for skin, so I’ll be trying this. Do you know if the olive oil would be comparable to rosehip oil with preventing stretchmarks (since they both have vitamin A in them)?

    1. Considering You says:

      I (Mary) am not sure about the exact comparison, but I have heard good things about rosehip oil as well in skincare. Olive oil just tends to work well for most people. Let us know how it works out for you!

  6. April Stublefield says:

    Would you recommend particular types of these oils? For example, does it matter if I use Great Value olive oil or organic cold pressed extra virgin olive oil?

    1. Considering You says:

      Yes I would only recommend organic cold pressed versions as I believe we should only use oils on our skin that we feel are safe to eat.

  7. Staci says:

    Does this routine replace the use of face wash? I’m so used to using a Cetaphil shine control face wash each morning and night, but I still don’t find my skin clearing up. I do, however, like this face wash because it removes my makeup (I use Bare Minerals). Do the oils remove makeup as well?

    1. Considering You says:


      Yes! This can completely replace your face wash routine and it’s actually perfect for removing makeup (I use Bare Minerals too). It does it all at once! Give it a shot =)

    1. Considering You says:

      I do this once a day, at night to remove all makeup. When I wake up I just throw some water on my face. Give it a try and see!!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *