The battle against acne is never ending. Getting a clear skin is any girl's dream, and I seem to have very little luck in getting it to be honest. I am forever envying girls with naturally clear skin. When they do nothing but simply wash their skin, I have to go through a whole lot of steps in order to make sure I would not have to face another breakout. So, I decided to find a solution to this battle, and this is when I finally come across to OCM or Oil Cleasing Method.
My face is a combination of oily and dry skin back when I was in Indonesia, but ever since I moved to Melbourne, it's just simply dry. D-R-Y. I hate it. My skin is flaking, I have redness around my nose, and I feel like someone is pulling my skin all the time. And not only that, I have blackheads and breakouts all the time. What a combo, right? I needed something to get rid of the breakouts and moisturize it at the same time.
First time I came across OCM, I thought.... "I'm trying to get rid of the oil and the acnes, why are these people telling me to put more oil to my skin?". But the thing is, the reason why our skin produces a lot of oil is because we've been using products and chemical that strips away oil from our skin, so it naturally thinks that our skin is 'dry' and therefore our skin try to repair itself and produces more oil to help cope with the dryness. So every time you wash your face with products that gets rid of oil, our skin will compensate the lack of the moisture by producing more oil. That's why it seems like 'those products' never worked.
Now with that knowledge in mind, now you know that our skin naturally produces oil to moisturize itself. When you use OCM, it balances the amount of oil your skin produces. Therefore, your face will no longer be too oily, greasy looking and/or dry and flaking, instead it will be normal. Putting oil in your skin may still be a very weird image for you right now, but imagine it like a relaxing spa treatment. Where you're getting a massage with warm oil. It's basically something like that :D
|Skin result after two weeks|
So... After going through a lot of blog posts and Youtube videos of people who have tried OCM, I decided to give it a try. The first mix I made was:
- Olive oil
- Coconut Oil
- Sweet Almond Oil
- Sunflower Oil
I did not use my milk cleanser anymore and switch to this oil mixture as my face cleanser. But I still use my other usual skin products: THEFACESHOP Clean Face Mild Lotion & THEFACESHOP Natural Sun Eco Sebum Control Moisture Sun.
After two weeks, I definitely felt the difference. My skin feels much more moisturized and it was much better. But I still had several breakouts and blackheads. So I did my research again, and that was when I found out that Olive Oil is actually highly comedogenic. So I decided to change Olive oil to another oil (and used my EVOO for cooking instead lol). I replaced EVOO with Jojoba Oil. Jojoba oil is the oil that is most similar with our skin natural oil. And it is non comedogenic. It is wayyy more expensive than EVOO, but if it's better for my skin, then why not, right?
My current mixture would be:
- 3 Tbsp Jojoba Oil
- 2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
- 2 Tbsp Sweet Almond Oil
- 2 Tbsp Sunflower oil
In other blog posts and Youtube videos, people normaly would suggest to use Castor Oil as base oil. And they would suggest to use this equation:
- Dry Skin: 10% base oil + 90% secondary oil
- Oily Skin: 30% base oil + 70% secondary oil
- Balance Skin: 20% base oil + 80% secondary oil
This is of course not compulsory to follow. I personally did not follow that common equation, simply because I couldn't find Castor oil and I also read that Castor oil boosts hair growth... I personally don't like facial hair (which is why I wax my eyebrow & upperlip hair), so I think it was better not to use Castor oil. Plus! OCM Mixture is all about personal references and it is different per case. You should know your skin condition best, so you would be the best person to decide which oil to use in your skin. And if it doesn't work well, you could just change around the oil mixture until you find the most suitable one for your skin.
|Oil Mixture is in bottle with yellow cap // Homemade moisturizer in the small container|
Other than using Oil as my facial cleanser, I have also use oatmeal as my facial wash. And I have also made my own skin moisturizer and have changed my toner. The moisturizer I made is also made from natural ingredients and I use Mamonde Rose Water Daily Skin Toner. I still use THEFACESHOP Natural Sun Eco Sebum Control Moisture Sun also. Daily, those are the only things i use in my skin. With brow pencil and THEFACESHOP My Lips Eat Cherry Aqua Tint as lip tint and blush on.
Now I am on my first month of using this Oil Cleansing Method, and I am very happy with it. It works. And it gives me great satisfaction that I am putting nothing but natural things to my skin. It's not as effective as it should be though, because uni projects has been really overwhelming and I barely sleep lately + I get way too tired at night after all my projects and I sometimes forgot to remove my makeup. (Disgusting, I know) Clear skin is a combination of not only the skin products you use, but also your diet, lifestyle, hormone, etc. So, even though I am putting all these goodness in my skin, I am not helping the process by sleeping late and not being discipline.
But I hope to be more diligent and pick myself up again. Being a model and simply a girl, I sometimes like to dress up and put on make up. And in order to have a flawless looking make up, you need a clear canvas, a.k.a a clear skin. So I will continue this battle and hopefully one day i will finally have a clear skin that I've been wanting to. I'll keep updates on my OCM journey in this blog, and if anyone is interested, I'll try to do a vlog on my cleansing steps. (Not sure, if anyone is interested though?)