I have acne prone skin so I breakout every now and then. Between the breakouts, my skin looks great mashallah. However, in December last year, I looked around on forums and on the internet about how to make my skin better and I then came across the Oil Cleansing Method. The idea behind this method is that oily and acne prone skin can become better when using particular oils to clean the skin. Castor oil which has cleansing and anti-inflammatory properties is the primary oil, then you can another oil such as olive oil in order to draw out dirt and grime from the pores and to moisturise the skin too. This castor and olive oil mixture is very simple; once you have that down, you can add other oils that are beneficial for acne and oily skin such as sweet almond, grapeseed and hazelnut oils. When I first read up on this and heard other people raving about this, I thought to myself ‘I HAVE to try this!’. Who wouldn’t want to try something that promises to get rid of your spots? Even though my skin wasn’t bad, I still tried it.
The first 2 weeks were amazing, my blackheads and whiteheads were gone, my face was smooth and radiant but that moment was short-lived. Randomly out of nowhere, I started getting spots erupting from places I wouldn’t usually get spots. I never got spots on my cheeks but they were all over my cheeks. My chin was covered in huge, sore spots that didn’t seem like they were going to leave any time soon. Almost everyone I knew asked me what happened to my face as it was totally alien for them to see me with so many spots. My doctor didn’t know what to do so I ended up going to a dermatologist in Harley Street. If you’re from the UK, you’ll know that doctors in Harley Street charge a lot of money as they have a great reputation so that’s how bad I wanted the acne to go. To be honest, the doctor didn’t help much as he seemed to want to throw all of these useless treatments down my throat but he did prescribe me a cream called Epiduo to treat the acne. He warned me that I wouldn’t get results very quickly and that I must be patient. Having acne is a big downer and I become extremely conscious of my appearance so being patient was extremely hard for me. I had no choice though so I waited and now, the acne is practically gone! I’ve been acne free for around 3 months now with the exception of the odd break out but alhamdulillah, the acne is pretty non-existent now. The Epiduo helped my face a lot but it wasn’t easy. The areas I would apply the cream would peel because it was drying the acne and it left a burning sensation on my skin too. As well as trying to treat acne, I’d be having to treat dry skin too. Now that the acne is gone, I do have some scarring and hyper-pigmentation on my skin. In my opinion, that’ll be harder to correct than the acne so insha’Allah it’ll be something that I can do!
Be careful about trying new things ladies, so many people including myself are quick to jump and try the latest thing when it may not be the best for them. Look into the Oil Cleansing Method very carefully before trying otherwise you might end up regretting it.
Has anyone tried the Oil Cleansing Method before or still uses it? How was/is it on your skin?