Oil cleansing method? What does that mean? Is it a cleaning procedure for dealing with oil? Nope. The oil cleansing method (OCM) is a method of cleaning with oil.

Stay with me. Some of you who have never heard of the oil cleansing method may be confused. After all, haven’t we all been told that oil on our face is basically the root of all evil?

Oil Cleaning Method: A page out of my acne-prone history.

I’ve mentioned my skin woes before. But sometimes I get really frustrated when I think back to all the things my face endured in the name of “curing my acne.” I was put on birth control in high school (don’t even get me started on how angry this makes me now). I tried every cream known to man. Thankfully, I skipped the dreaded Accutane garbage, but only because my poor brother had such a horrific time with it.

But for the sake of this post, let’s just focus on the stuff I was told to put on my face. I tried many brands and types of chemical blemish removers (who knew I could even make my own). And every time I saw a dermatologist I was given a sermon on the importance of keeping my face clean:

Wash twice a day, thoroughly. Use this harsh cleanser. Then apply this harsh toner. Then put on this harsh medication. Then wonder why your skin gets dry, irritated, and won’t clear up. Then take a look at my bill and call me in a few months when you are fed up again.

–My dermatologist (perhaps slightly paraphrased.)

Needless to say, my skin never really healed. Every now and then my acne would appear slightly improved, but then my face was more red, dried out, and painful. It was like I had to choose between blemished skin and flaky skin. Ugh.

Why oil is your friend.

Oil is kind of a big deal for our body. You may remember my post on shampoo and how commercial shampoos strip our scalp of its natural oils which in turn makes our skin produce even more. The result? Greasy hair that needs to be washed every day. Sadness.

Our skin (including our face) needs oil. But once again, most commercial products are bent on scrubbing the oil away clean:

These products strip the oil out of our skin, leaving our largest organ trying to repair itself by replacing the oil stripped away. This leaves us in a cycle of being tight and dry followed by the inevitable oil slick. Each time we strip the oil away, our skin over-compensates for the lack of moisture by creating more oil. (source)

Of course this says nothing about the fragrances and other toxic stuff that is usually inside these products. Not only have some of these toxins been linked to cancer, but they are really rough on our skin.

Enter: The oil cleansing method

Oil cleaning method seems odd at first. I know it seems really counter intuitive to use oil to clean our face. I mean, most of us feel the need to wash our face before bed because we feel really greasy. But think back to your high school chemistry class. What did we learn? That’s right:

Like dissolves like.

In other wordsOil dissolves oil.

The oil cleansing method is such a simple idea. Use oil to get rid of the excess oil. It’s about balancing your skin, not scrubbing it to death. But you really need to try it to believe it.


Because your face will feel awesome.

The first time I tried to oil cleansing method I couldn’t believe how fresh, clean, and soft my skin felt. It was remarkable. Even my husband noticed a difference. Best of all, it’s a really easy process.

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If you rather buy something for a clean, happy face (that’s nontoxic and safe):

While the European Union has spent the past two decades banning or restricting more than 1,300 ingredients, the Unites States has banned only 11. Eleven, folks.

What does that mean? It means that there are more than 10,000 chemicals found in personal care and beauty products. Only 10% of those products even have safety data. And some ingredients that we KNOW are bad are still being used in the stuff you use every day.

And you can’t trust labeling. Things like “all natural” and “preservative free” don’t hold a lot of weight in the US. You’ve got to dig deep to really find out what’s in those products you are buying.

Still, I get that some people don’t want to make everything. In fact, this busy mom has had to put more research into finding quality products and companies I trust because time in precious. 

So, if you rather buy a cleanser, toner, or other facial products – and really know what’s going on in your body, I’d check out Beautycounter. You can find their awesome cleansers and toners here. Beautycounter is on a mission to get safer cosmetics and products into every home. I fully support their work and their products. Learn more about Beautycounter’s mission here. Seriously, they are superheroes in my book.


Have you done the oil cleansing method? What do you think of it?