Oil Cleansing Instructions – Steps for Achieving Best Results. 


I have spoken to people who have tried OCM before but quit when they didn't get the results they had hoped for. I encourage you to try the approach outlined here as my experience and research indicates that these steps will provide the best long term results.  

And please reach out to me for any reason with questions, concerns or suggestions! 

The Oil Cleansing Method comprises the oil cleansing step, occasional exfoliating with oil based scrubs and using facials oils (applied to wet skin) in lieu of moisturizers.  

There is no book on The Oil Cleansing Method and you will come across instructions that differ then these if you are investigating the technique.

THE ALCHEMY OF OIL CLEANSING - If you have a day's worth of grime to remove then your cleansing oils need time to soak in. Otherwise, you are not really getting a deep cleanse, your just removing the surface stuff. If you let the oils soak in for 10-20 MINUTES they have time to completely dissolve debris.   


Return to a natural state

Maintain a healthy skin ph

Restore the lipid barrier

Nourish the skin microbiome

RETURN TO A NATURAL STATE: "Normalizing" is the process during which your skin is returning to it's natural state. A state where it is not in a constant state of stress trying to reestablish its natural rhythms. If you are willing to endure this period of time (about 1 month) and allow this process to unfold your skin will thank you for it in the long run! Not only will your skin issues diminish or resolve, but your skin's biome will be restored, further diminishing skin issues. 

MAINTAIN A HEALTHY SKIN PH: Soap and soapy cleansers work in large part because of it's pH. Too frequent use of these can alter the skin's ph which can lead to skin disorders, acne, rosacea, eczema, dry skin and other issues. This is why a slightly acidic toner is required when you wash with soap or a cleanser, to adjust the skin's ph back to a healthy, slightly acidic state. Oils have no pH, short of a discussion about the pH of oils, suffice it to say they have ZERO impact on the skin's ph. And this is a very good thing! This aspect of oil cleansing is not widely discussed, but in my opinion it is a very important aspect of oil cleansings benefits. Oils gently clean while nourishing the skin, helping it to be strong and resilient, better able to retain moisture, resist signs of aging associated with dry skin, and heal quickly from injury, UV exposure and long term sun damage.  

Good results =  skin which is nourished, strong and resilient, able to withstand sun exposure, environmental stress and pollution. Once your skin's biome is restored you will experience a reduction, or resolution, of outbreaks, bumps, clogged pores, itchiness, tight, flaky dry skin, redness, inflammation and skin sensitivities. 

RESTORING & NOURISHING YOUR SKIN'S MICROBIOME:  Your skin flora is a vital, and until recently, an unknown component of a healthy immune system. Our skin is literally teeming with a vast universe of microbial life that scientists are just beginning to understand!  The benefits of a healthy skin biome include preventing pathogenic organisms from colonizing the skin surface, either by competing for nutrients, secreting chemicals against them, or stimulating the skin's immune system.  Finding ways to nourish, maintain and replenish a healthy biome by supporting the host of microbes that abound on our skin will not only revolutionize the way we live, it may even positively impact our overall health.  LEARN MORE

REPAIRING THE SKIN'S LIPID BARRIER. Since it takes about 20-40 days on average for complete skin cell turnover, any change in a routine requires time to see results. This process is unique to each person. During this time you might find you develop bumps and outbreaks, especially if you have been working hard to keep eruptions from occurring. This is a crucial period during during which time sticking with your new OCM routine is encouraged. Regular, gentle exfoliation will speed this process along.

Avoid steaming your face and consider using Perfection Scrub as a leave on salt treatment to enhance healing. Read about salt for the skin

After about a month your skin's barrier against the outside world will have undergone quite a bit of healing and restored to a more healthy state. As a result you WILL find that you skin is softer and more supple and better able to retain internal moisture. I found that fine lines associated with dryness had diminished, redness on my cheeks and chin was gone, itchy outbreaks had ceased, and my comedones and clogged pores, while still an issue, were much softer and easier for the esthetician to extract during my very occassional facials. 


PLEASE RESIST USING VERY HOT WATER. The vast majority of OCM instructions recommend using very, very hot, steaming water - this is very bad advice. It can exacerbate sensitive skin issues which can lead to more skin problems. 

There really is no “one size fits all” approach to oil cleansing but the steps outlined below are the starting point on this journey. Over time you will learn to make adjustments to your routine which work for you to achieve good results.


Oils will only penetrate the hair follicles and pores when skin is DRY and allowed TIME to work. 

When cleansing at the end of the day, leaving the oils to soak deep into your skin for 10-20 minutes returns the best results as it allows enough of time for the oils to penetrate deep into pores and hair follicles so the alchemy can unfold.   

Remove eye makeup with your preferred product.

APPLY OILS TO DRY SKIN: Pour a generous amount, about a quarter size amount, of Cleansing Oil in the palm rub your hand, using your fingertip of your other hand, dip them into the oil and apply.

Using your fingertips, scrub your face just like you would if you were using any other cleanser being careful to avoid your eyes. Pressing your fingertips into the skin as well as moving them over the skin surface will help force the oils into pores. I do this in areas where I tend to develop comedones.  

TIME TO CHILL: After 10-20 minutes it is time to remove the oils.  

REMOVING OILS: With with a tissue, cotton pad, or paper towel (my favorite is VIVA!) gently wipe away the majority of the oils. I recommend highly the paper towel method to remove the oils and encourage you to try that! I use to use large cotton pads until one day I was out so I grabbed a paper towel and found it was the perfect tool for removing the oil.  Now I always use a paper towel, they are affordable, the perfect texture, and I can use it for this final rinse/wipe AND then I wipe out the sink with it when I am done. 


Those with sensitive skin take note! It is especially important that you are very gentle on your skin as it heals. In the long run (6 months - 1 year) your sensitivities should improve and may subside completely with OCM. Next, take care not over exfoliate.  If you don't have sunscreen or makeup on, consider scrubbing with just plain warm water.  Consider eliminating all foaming cleansers and soap, minimize emulsified preserved products to reduce synthetic chemical exposure, and try to minimize the use of makeup and concealer.  

After gently wiping away the surface oils, soak the paper towel in very warm NOT HOT water and gently wipe your face, then rinse a few times and you are done.

This step will remove most of the residue and leave your skin feeling dewy soft. You are not attempting to remove every last drop of oil. Rinsing and wiping gently is all that is required to achieve clean skin. 

EXFOLIATING: EXFOLIATING WITH PERFECTION SCRUB follow this link to learn how to use the Perfection Scrub a few times a week. It can also be used as a leave on overnight treatment. If you desire a foaming cleanser once or twice a week, please consider my Powdered Foaming Exfoliating Grains, these  can be mixed with water (aloe juice, hydrosol water), cleansing oils, or a combination of both! 


I sweat at night - it's that time of life for me!  So I feel like I need a cleanse in the morning to feel clean and fresh.  Since I have nothing on my skin (makeup, sunscreen) I don't really need to leave the oils on my face very long at all to freshen up.  I can simply apply my cleansing oils to dry skin, massage around and then and wipe immediately off. Of course, your skin will benefit from a longer soak so I suggest applying the oils as soon as you wake up (I love my Citrus & Pine - it is so fresh and bright! I let them work their magic while I sip coffee and check emails.  I follow the steps above to remove the oils, apply my facial oils to damp skin, I let my face dry and allow the oils to soak in for about 15-20 then apply sunscreen and/or makeup. 

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