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Oil Cleansing For Acne?

A month or so ago I received an email from a client, asking whether Hempseed oil could be used as a cleanser for acne-prone skin. So I’ve decided to dig deeper. It turned out that the oil cleansing method (not to be mistaken with oil pulling) is actually very popular – but how effective is it?

The Promises:

Oil cleansing is supposed to help you get rid of impurities, that are stuck into your pores and that your regular cleansing products can’t deal with. It also balances oil production (especially useful for people with oily skin that are always a bit reserved when it comes to oils). Last but not least, it nourishes the skin and forms a thin protective layer of oil on it, thus preserving the moisture locked in (great for people like me, that suffer from extremely dry skin).

How Does Oil Cleansing Work?

The explanation for the magical power of the oil cleansing is actually simple chemistry – like dissolves like. As clogged pores are filled with hardened sebum (the natural oil your skin produces) by applying oils to your skin and heating a bit, you are softening the impure oil stuck in your pores which facilitates its removing.

What Do You Need For Oil Cleansing?

-Approximately 1 tea spoon of oil (or mixture of oils, in certain proportions)

-Warm water soaked cloth

Gently massage the oil onto your face for about 2-3 minutes. Then you cover your face with a cloth soaked in very warm water for 30 seconds. After that, you wipe the excess oil away with the same cloth. You can rinse the cloth again and repeat the heating several times more if you feel like it. Some people prefer to do the cleansing after they have taken a bath, because the heat opens the pores, so the oils are absorbed better and they also dissolve the impurities more effectively.

The Verdict:

Of course, after reading about the oil cleansing I couldn’t resist the temptation of experimenting on myself. So far, for the past month, I have tried with 3 oils (
Argan oil, Castor oil and Sweet Almond Oil, in different proportions) and all worked pretty well – my skin is soft, nourished and clean, however, as I do not have a lot of blackheads and unfortunately I can’t give you an objective opinion on this particular aspect.

The proportion and the oils used depend on your skin type and my personal recommendation is – experiment!

For oily skin you can try with
Jojoba oil, Castor oil, Grapeseed oil or Hempseed oil and for dry/mature skin – Argan oil, Sweet almond oil, Avocado oil, Coconut oil or Tamanu oil. There is a lot of information on the web regarding the proportions, but sill I think it is a matter of personal preference, because we are all different and so are our needs .

Free to reach me at
lucy@lamav.com if you need guidance or you have questions. I’ll be happy to help! See you next week!