Oil Cleansing Method for Clearer Skin


All we’ve ever done in our life to manage our skin and get it to be perfectly clear is to banish oil from the skin. We wash it, which strips the skin of oils, put on oil free lotions, and even use those oil absorbing sheets to reduce shine and oil while we’re out and away from a skin.

But what if I told you that adding oil to your skin can actually make it clearer? Yes, it’s true. It’s called the oil cleansing method, and it can make your skin clearer, smoother, and healthier.

Let’s talk about exactly how this oil cleansing method for clearer skin works to achieve that perfect acne-free and clear skin we’d all love to have.

Oil-Cleansing-Method-for-Clearer-SkinModern Society’s Method to Clearer Skin

Before we get into the oil cleansing method for clearer skin, let’s visit modern society’s method to clearer skin and why it can actually be doing more harm than good.

The skin industry has a ton of products in stores making claims that it’ll get rid of your pimples in less than 12 hours or it’ll alleviate your skin of wrinkles, blemishes, and acne. But truth is, a lot of these products sold in stores tend to aggravate our skin even more.

Delicate and Easily-inflamed Tissue

Many of these skincare products sold in store are full of harsh chemicals that destroy the delicate and easily-inflamed tissue of the skin on our face that can make the skin condition worse. Thinner and delicate skin is more prone to acne and blemishes to the skin since bacteria can easily seep into the surface.

Also, these products tend to dry out our skin when stripping away our face’s natural oils, which causes counterproductive effect. When your skin is too dry, the body overcompensates for the dryness and produces too much oil. Then, because your skin is so oily, you probably want to wash it or remove the oil, which creates a vicious cycle that seems to never end.

Lastly, modern solutions to clearer skin usually contain some type of fragrance. These scents can actually make the skin red or irritated causing less than perfect skin.

Oil-Cleansing-Method-for-Clearer-SkinOil Cleansing Method for Clearer Skin

So if modern society’s method to clearer skin isn’t working for you no matter how many washes and creams you buy that make unbelievable claims for your skin, then perhaps it’s time to try the oil cleansing method for clearer skin.

The oil cleansing method really goes against everything we’ve been taught by society to get clearer skin. You are physically adding more oil to the face in order to get rid of blackheads, whiteheads, acne, dead skin cells, zits, and pimples.

Here’s the wonderful catch. Rubbing oil onto your face to clean it won’t cause anymore blemishes than you have and will even help heal whatever blemishes you have and your skin in general.

The science behind

The science behind this is clear. “Like dissolves like” is an expression that chemists use in regards to solvents. It talks about “polar” and “non polar” solvents. For example, water is polar while oil is non polar so water cannot dissolve oil. However, since oil is non polar, the oil you put on your face will dissolve the oil in your pores.

In plain English, putting oil on your face will help dissolve the dirty, old, and hardened oil in your pores and replace it with a healthy, beneficial, and nourishing oil.

Your skin already produces oil because that’s exactly what your skin needs so working with your skin instead of fighting against it will be its ultimate savior. Imitate the body’s natural source to help the skin properly function and nurture itself.

What Oils You Need for the Oil Cleansing Method

You will need two oils for the oil cleansing method: castor oil, and any oil you find most suitable for your skin. The second oil should be organic, natural, and cold-pressed so you can get the maximum nutrients, vitamins, and fatty acids delivered into your skin that mineral and refined oils don’t have.

The second oil should vary from person to person because each person’s skin type is different. Here are some oils you can choose from:

  • Sensitive skin: rice bran, apricot kernel, sunflower, watermelon, calendula, jojoba
  • Dry skin: extra virgin olive oil, corn, avocado, sweet almond, coconut
  • Oily skin: grapeseed, jojoba, hazelnut, safflower, rice bran
  • Acne-prone skin: grapeseed, jojoba, neem, jojoba, sunflower, walnut

Castor oil is a great oil because it’s anti-inflammatory, cleansing, and healing, but because it is so thick and is drying to the skin, it needs the second oil to help thin it out.

How to Make Your Oil Blend

Now that you have the two oils, you’ll want to mix them together in a clean bottle. One that either has a dropper or can be easily squeezed out is preferable.

  • Dry skin – try a mix of 10% castor oil with avocado oil or one of the dry skin oils listed above.
  • Normal skin – try a mix of 20% castor oil with sunflower seed oil.
  • Oily skin – try a mix of 10% castor oil with jojoba oil or any of the oily skin oils listed above.

How to Use Your Oil Blend of the Oil Cleansing Method

Now that you have your oil blend customized to your own skin, you’re ready to start the oil cleansing method. Grab your oil blend and a washcloth, and head to the bathroom.

  • At nighttime, before going to bed, start the oil cleansing method by taking a generous amount of oil into the palm of your hand. It should be about the size of a quarter.
  • Rub the oil in your hands to warm up the oil and begin massaging your face. This will take care of makeup, lotions, sunscreen, and anything else you used on your face that day.
  • Rub your face in slow, firm motions like you are massaging out your pores. Focus on areas that are especially problematic.
  • Take your time and relax while you massage your face so you can really let the oil work into your pores and give yourself time to unwind. Stress can also aggravate skin issues so to relax during this time gives you an added bonus of decreasing a skin trigger.
  • Once you’re all set with the oil massage, grab your washcloth, and soak it in clean, warm water.
  • Hold the washcloth over your face, and let it stay there until it cools. This will soften your pores and clean out the oil.
  • Then wipe down gently with the washcloth and rinse it well. Repeat this process three times. Do not scrub when wiping down as it’s unnecessary! This process alone will take away dead skin cells and impurities.
  • Pat your face dry after the last process. If it feels dry, add a couple drops of oil onto the face to moisturize it. Otherwise, don’t worry that your face hasn’t cleaned properly because you used oil— it has! The warm washcloth and the castor oil has helped to take away everything you need off your face.


As a note before, the oil cleansing method is a deep cleansing wash that also balances and purifiers the skin. Since this method is so deep cleaning, it is normally done at night. There is no need to do it in the morning. All you need in the morning is a quick rinse and wipe with a warm washcloth.

Have any of you tried the oil cleansing method for clearer skin? What do you think? Share with us by commenting below!

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Dorin Anderson

Dorin Anderson

Dorin is a writer for InstaVivid. She is a freelance writer from the USA who loves to write on health and lifestyle topics.
You might read her publish restaurant reviews and cutting-edge articles about culinary culture.