If you read my Mama’s Body Image Series:Acne then you know that I’ve had a lifelong struggle with how to clean my face. I’ve done my best to have a carefree attitude about the whole experience with varying degrees of success. It’s truly hard not to care about one’s appearance. Because of this, I on occasion get it in my head to try a new way of washing my face because I hope (usually falsely) that it will be the trick I’ve been looking for. Well, you guys, after about thirteen years with acne, I think I may have found the answer to clear skin! For me. If this doesn’t work for you, I’m so terribly sorry, but don’t give up!
The Oil Cleansing Method (TOCM)!
While on Pinterest one day, I pinned something called ‘The Oil Cleansing Method’ because I was curious and wanted to learn more about something that seems so counter-intuitive. Wash my oily face with oil? I don’t think so. But, having already witnessed the healing properties from essential oils, I was game to try just about anything.
The Oil Cleansing Method (see original article and extra details here) goes something like this:
1.) Pick a carrier oil such as coconut oil or olive oil. Both are GREAT for the skin.
2.) Choose your essential oils. I’ve been using Lavender, Peppermint, & Frankincense. I may add Melaleuca (Tea Tree) if my husband decides to stop using the treatment. I did not add the Melaleuca previously because it is not good for men. Just add a drop or two of each to your carrier oils. My EO choices are because they are known to help treat and prevent acne.
3.) Combine oils from steps 1 & 2 in a glass jar. This will make it so much easier when you want to wash your face quickly instead of trying to make a one-time mixture in your hands.
4.) Once done with steps 1-3, you’re ready to use TOCM! Begin with dry hands and a dry face. Massage a bit of the oil into your face for 2-3 minutes.
5.) Take a wash cloth and soak it in warm-hot water, depending on your preference. Lay the wash cloth over your face for 10-15 seconds then gently wipe away the oil.
6.) Repeat step 5. You can do this one more time or two more times. I prefer to do it two more times if I’m in the shower washing my face, but only one more time if I’m just washing my face in the sink.
7.) After that you’re done! Simple.
Now a couple of housekeeping points. Firstly, this may take a week or two for your skin to get use to because, ironically enough, it can be a bit drying. Secondly, do NOT use a wash cloth from the previous day. Old wash cloths are a breeding ground for bacteria, which is definitely not want you want to use if you’re trying to CLEAR up your acne.
I’ve seen great results since switching to TOCM. My skin is brighter, my scars are fading, and my pimples heal much faster. Plus, I wake up in the mornings and I don’t feel like I have to thoroughly examine my face in the mirror before I go out in public.
Bonus, when I wake up, my skin is calm and clear. It’s wonderful.
Now, I’m not saying that my skin is perfect, and it might never be, but my skin has definitely IMPROVED.