DIY: Natural Oil Cleansing Method (OCM) for Acne/Blackheads/Whiteheads


I have recently discovered this hyped-up cleansing routine from many beauty bloggers and YouTube-rs. I read about a lot of women who suffered from severe acne and after using this routine their skin became completely clear.

My first thought was that if it has worked for everyone… it has to be some kind of miraculous-witchy-joo-joo-potion because I have never heard of something that works on everyone. 

So of course I had to try it out first and do a review about it. In this post I will tell you everything from what it is to my personal experience.

Don’t worry if you have oily skin because this method is for all skin types. I have read about people with dry, combination and oily skin and it worked out for all of them.
The only people who didn’t get positive results from this method were the ones who didn’t know their skin type in the first place and didn’t use the method properly.

Keep reading to find out THE routine which has made a huge difference in my skin and other’s…

What is OCM and What’s The Hype About?
It is basically a cleansing method using all natural plant oils. It is a known fact in chemistry that “like dissolves like.” So if we want to “dissolve” all the sebum and unwanted oils in our skin that causes acne, we have to combat them with other natural oils.

People also ask that “is it going to block my pores?”
Well the answer to that is a definite NO because most oils are non-comedogenic. Their molecules are bonded in a way that doesn’t clog our pores. Of course not all oils are non-comedogenic but most are and those are the ones we will be using in OCM.
Here is the list of oils that are clogging and non-clogging for our skin.

What Do I Need?

You need a minimum of 2 types of plant oils.
The main oil that has to be included in this oil-fusion is Castor Oil.
The other is called a carrier oil. You can use either Almond oil, Avocado Oil, Olive Oil, Sunflower Oil, Hazelnut Oil or Grape-seed oil. These are the common ones. I will list more later in the post.

Sometimes I also mix a few drops of Lavender Essential Oil because it is super soothing, calming and it smells so good.

Whichever oils you choose, please make sure they are all 100% natural or organic and they should be cold pressed because these labels make sure the oils are still packed with nutrients. When the oils are not cold-pressed that means they have lost many nutrients in the process of extracting them from the plants. This will only cause less effective results on your skin. So please make sure you read all the labels on each product.

I use:
Pukka Castor Oil  &  Atlantic Aromatics Avocado Oil

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How Do I Make This Work For Me?

First and most important you need to know your exact skin type.
What I did to find out my skin type was, I first washed my faced with some facial wash and warm water. Then I waited around for 15 mins without applying anything at all on my face. Now after 15 mins, ask yourself the following questions… not out loud obviously unless you want to act cray-cray 🙂

How does your skin feel?
Is it tight or plumpy?
Does it feel like it’s dehydrated or just normal?
Do you get oily on your whole face or just the T-Zone after a few hours?
Where do you feel dry and where do you feel it’s oily?

After asking all those questions you should be able to figure out your skin type.
Now onto the next step which is choosing your carrier oil for the skin type you have. Below is the list of carrier oils you can choose. You can pick 2 carrier oils if you have oily AND acne skin type or anything like that.

Rice bran, grapeseed, apricot kernel, jojoba, safflower, sunflower, sweet almond, calendula, sea buckthorn, emu oil, mineral oil (purest grade), camellia oil.
Extra virgin olive oil, macadamia, corn, avocado, sesame, sunflower, wheat germ, shea oil, sweet almond, emu oil, camellia oil.
Grape-seed, jojoba, hazelnut, safflower, peach kernel, rice bran.

Neem, jojoba, grape-seed, rice bran, apricot seed, hazelnut, peach kernel, sweet almond, sunflower, safflower, walnut, rose-hip.

Sunflower, canola, sweet almond, olive, safflower, avocado, extra virgin olive oil, camellia oil, mineral oil (purest grade).

Rosehip, borage, carrot, sweet almond, olive, avocado, extra virgin olive oil, emu oil, red raspberry, camellia oil.

You can add 1 drop of Lavender or Tea Tree Essential Oil.

Now lets get to the fun part which is blending our secret formula 🙂

Oily Skin: 30% Castor Oil to 70% Carrier Oil.
Normal/Combination Skin: 20% Castor Oil to 80% Carrier Oil.
Dry Skin: 10% Castor Oil to 90% Carrier Oil.
  1. After blending your unique formula in your palms, rub it together to warm it up.
  2. Massage it in your skin for 3-5 mins. If you have makeup on, don’t worry the oils will remove all your makeup even if it is waterproof. So it will act as a cleanser and make-up remover at the same time.
  3. As you are massaging, breathe in the sweet smell of the essential oils and close your eyes to let your mind drift away. This for me, kills the time and makes the routine worth it. I like to close my eyes and imagine myself waking up with perfectly flawless skin and being grateful for everything I have in my life. Check out How Visualization Helps to Manifest Anything You Want for more info. Let your mind drift away in the fairy and unicorn land if that’s your thing.
  4. After massaging it in, take a washcloth and run it under hot water. Wring it out and place it on your face covering all areas. We will use this to steam our face. Do this 3 times at least. This step pulls out all the dirt and oil from the pores that have been clogged in our skin. You will actually feel the pores getting unclogged if you pay very close attention.
  5. Gently wipe away the excess oil from your face with the washcloth. Do NOT wash your face with water or soap. Just use the washcloth to wipe away and don’t worry if you feel there is still some oil left behind. It should be like that anyway.
  6. If you have dry skin and your skin feels tight just use a little oil blend and pat it on your damp skin.

You should repeat the OCM twice a week if you have dry skin or combination skin. But if you have oily or normal skin you should repeat it every other day. On alternative days you can use the cleanser mentioned in one of my previous posts: DIY: 100% Natural Anti-bacterial Cleanser & Toner for Acne-prone Skin and Scars

Who Inspired You to Use The OCM?

The YouTube-rs I learnt OCM from is Vita and her channel is called VitaLivesFree. Just Type OCM in her search bar and all the videos will come up to help you understand it more.
I love her especially because she uses all natural and organic products for skin, hair, body etc… So definitely check out her channel because I have used a lot of her tips and tricks which I can guarantee has worked wonders.

I also love watching CloudyApples because she is an amazing beauty guru who gives really great tips on natural body care, health care, skin care and hair care. Here is her OCM Video: Oil Cleansing for Blackheads and Pimples.
After hearing a lot of other YouTube-rs raving about OCM I researched a lot into this to give you guys some tips and tricks 🙂

How Was Your Personal Experience With OCM?

I made a few mistakes which delayed the results to be noticed on my skin.
First mistake was that I thought I had oily skin because my skin used to produce a lot of oil. But that was only because my skin was actually dry and to make it up, my skin was producing a lot of oils. I figured it out when one day out of the blue… I started thinking that whenever I wash my face my skin feels really tight so that obviously means I have dry skin and the only reason my face gets shiny is because I need to hydrate it properly.
So after that moment-of-discovery (which I felt like why didn’t I think of this earlier) I used the oil blend for dry skin.

And then I started noticing results. My acne was gone but I wanted to improve the texture of my skin. Now I can confidently say that my skin is super smooth, hydrated, plump-y and radiant. I don’t hesitate to go out without makeup… like EVER!!!
Because my skin is normal now, I use the method every other day and my skin just gets better and better 🙂

The best things come from nature and the way you perceive yourself 🙂
I hope I have helped you find your way to flawless, radiant skin that doesn’t just exist in photoshoped images.

Take Care.