Hello again ladies and gentlemen! Today’s post will be more about the oil cleansing method, or OCM. So far, I’ve received some amazing feedback from colleagues who are trying the OCM for the first time!
I had said that I would write about different types of oil for different skin types and their benefits, but as I delve into the scarce yet somehow very overwhelming information about different oils…I realize that my first post was the easy part. Regardless, I will do my best! The task of telling you what kind of oil for your specific skin type is nearly impossible. What works for one person with oily skin may not work as well for another. So unfortunately, the oil cleansing method is a lot of trial and error.
What I can offer you is a list of oils that you may consider adding into your routine and some of their benefits. I have organized these based on their comedogenic rating. Comedogenic means the likelihood of the oil to cause blackheads or block pores. The rating is on a scale on 0-5, 0 being the very least comedogenic and 5 being the most. I definitely recommend staying around the lower end of the scale, obviously! So here we go!
Okay, maybe not quite yet. I do have to stress the importance of patch testing. To patch test, apply 1-2 drops of the oil blend to the inside of your elbow or behind your ear and cover with a band-aid. Avoid getting this area wet. if any irritation or reaction occurs, remove band-aid and was area immediately. If no irritation happens within 24 hours, you have the green light to use that oil! Keep in mind that even if an oil doesn’t irritate you, it could irritate someone else. Also, if you are allergic to a source which an oil is derived from, it is a good idea to avoid that certain oil!
Also, smell your oils before purchasing. It would be pretty awful to rub an oil on your face every day with a smell you just cannot stand.
Now, here we go!
0 Rating (will not clog pores)
Argan Oil– Nourishing oil rich with vitamin A and vitamin E, as well as antioxidants, Omega-6 fatty acids and is also known to ease inflammation
Hemp seed oil– Fantastic for acne prone skin! Helps with redness, itchiness, dry patches, blotchiness/skin tone, and inflammation.
Mineral Oil– Mineral oil is moisturizing and great for dry, rough and scaly skin. Baby oil is mineral oil, but with added fragrance. So I would avoid that if you are sensitive to fragrance additives.
Safflower Oil (carthamus tinctorious)– This oil is extremely popular among OCM users. This oil is full of linoleic acid which helps dissolve dirt and oil without drying out your skin, and prevent acne. It creates a barrier for your skin that prevents loss of moisture, and improve the texture and tone of the skin.
Sunflower Oil– Also a very popular oil for OCM users, and very similar to safflower oil in linoleic acid and as a moisture barrier for the skin. Studies have also shown that sunflower seed oil has anti-inflammatory properties.
1 Rating (low comedogenic)
Calendula– Calendula oil has antibacterial properties, helps produce collagen at wound sites, ease skin that may be sensitive or even painful, minimizes scarring, brightens tone and protects from blemishes.
Castor oil– Castor oil is very thick, very strong, and will dry out your face if used undiluted. We use this primarily as a base in oil blends though, because it has such healing and cleansing properties, and is a great anti-inflammatory. Remember a little bit goes a long way!
Emu oil– Okay, when I saw this one on the list I was skeptical, thinking it was going to be some exotic oil with some minimal benefits. Turns out it’s not hard to obtain at all and I was pretty blown away by everything this oil is used for, besides OCM. It is definitely worth looking up for other purposes, but for now, we’ll go over why it may be good for oil cleansing. It has anti-inflammatory properties, can reduce scarring and keloids, reduce redness due to acne, ease dry skin, dandruff (which you CAN get on your face), eczema, psoriasis, prevent wrinkles, age spots, and protect the skin from sun damage. Wow. Worth a try? It may be.
Neem oil– This oil prenetrates deeply, with high levels of antioxidants it can protect the skin from environmental damage (wind and sun), smooth wrinkles, stimulate collagen, ease dry skin and reduce redness and acne.
Pomegranate– Pomegranate oil helps reverse damage to the skin and rejuvenate, has anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties, protects the skin against sun damage, and is perfect for all skin types.
Rosehip oil– A great source of vitamin E, which is anti-inflammatory and and antioxidant rich, helps repair skin damage, brightens and improves the tone of your skin.
2 Rating (Moderately low comedogenic)
Almond oil– Another great barrier to prevent moisture loss in the skin, anti-inflammatory, very absorbent, aids in reducing dark circles and wrinkles, and can help prevent damage from the sun.
Apricot kernel oil– This oil is light and very similar to almond oil. It is moisturizing, anti-inflammatory, helps reduce wrinkles, anti-bacterial, and full of anti-oxidants. It is also anti-septic, so it reduces the risk of infection in open wounds.
Avocado oil– A little more expensive than olive oil and almond oil. Avocado oil helps smooth skin’s texture with plenty of vitamin E, soothes itchy skin, sunburned skin, has anti-aging effects, and can be effective against acne and even eczema.
Borage oil– Borage oil is known for its ability to soften skin, ease eczema, seborrheic dermatitis (dandruff), and neurodermatitis (an itchy inflammation of the skin).
Evening primrose oil– The essential fatty acids are really beneficial for inflammation, dry skin, psoriasis, dandruff, preventing wrinkles, and eczema.
Grapeseed oil– Grapeseed oil has astringent properties, which help tighten the skin…beneficial especially for oily skin types and to fight aging. It helps treat acne, is anti-inflammatory, and can also reduce dark circles under the eyes.
Hazelnut oil– This oil also contains astringent properties, to tighten skin tone, repair damage, reduce inflammation, keep the skin moisturized, and just like grapeseed oil…it is great for oily skin types. Hazelnut oil is rich in nutrients such as vitamin E and essential fatty acids, including linoleic acid.
Jojoba– Closely resembling the sebum our own glands produce, jojoba oil can act as a natural conditioner for the skin. It can also help control oiliness, treat acne and seborrheic dermatitis.
Peach kernel oil– Peach kernel oil contains high amounts of vitamins A and C. It absorbs into the skin very well, smoothing the skin’s tone, balances moisture and is optimal for all skin types.
Olive oil– Full of antioxidants and vitamin E, olive oil helps fight signs of aging, smoothes the texture of the skin, and can protect against sun damage.
Pumpkin seed oil– Pumpkin seed oil is high in linoleic acid, vitamins A, K, E, omega-6 fatty acids, iron and zinc. What more could you ask for? It hydrates, treats acne, prevents acne, soothes irritated skin, relieves eczema and rashes.
Sandalwood seed oil– This one acts as an anti-inflammatory, astringent properties help tighten skin, soothes and aids in healing skin faster.
Sesame seed oil– Anti-bacterial properties, helps repair damaged skin as well as prevents the effects of aging, and is a fantastic moisturizer.
Tamanu oil– This oil is antioxidant rich, is anti-inflammatory, and anti-bacterial. It is also known to be extremely beneficial for promoting the regeneration of healthy skin cells.
3 Rating (moderately comedogenic)
Cotton seed oil– Cotton seed oil is rich in vitamin E, has great anti-aging properties, helps smooth and soften rough skin, repairs and protects the outer layer of the skin.
Mink oil– This softening and conditioning oil contains essential fatty acids to rejuvenate the skin, promoting cell regeneration, protects from environmental damage, is anti-inflammatory and relieves itchy skin.
Soybean oil– Soybean oil is a rich source of linoleic acid, contains B vitamins, vitamins E and K. It also helps protect against sun damage and fights signs of aging.
4 Rating (fairly highly comedogenic)
Coconut oil– Coconut oil is definitely having a moment, wildly popular for everything from cooking to remedying diaper rashes. While it does have a high comedogenic rating, it is definitely a staple in my own personal routine. It has anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties, and is very hydrating. It helps me remove every trace of makeup on my face each evening!
Flax seed oil– For being fairly highly comedogenic, this oil seems to have minimal benefits. I wouldn’t completely write it off though…it is anti-inflammatory, very moisturizing and very high in Omega-3 content.
Red palm oil– This oil contains the highest content of vitamins A and E than any other plant based oil and has anti-inflammatory properties.
5 Rating (highly comedogenic)
Wheat germ oil– While it is great for dry skin, very rich in vitamin E, reduces wrinkles and damage, wheat germ oil is very thick and doesn’t absorb quickly. It can be used as a carrier oil if you wish, in place of castor oil. A word of caution is, besides being highly comedogenic, it does have a smell that may not be to everyone’s liking.
As long as this list is, there are even more oils out there that could be beneficial to your skin. As I said before, OCM is a lot of trial and error! If concocting your own recipe seems a little overwhelming, give our special blend of Dapper and Dame Inc Cleansing Oil a try first!
Happy experimenting and good luck, ladies and gentlemen!