The Oil Cleansing Method for Blackheads
The sebaceous gland overproducing sebum is one of the main causes for blackheads. The oil cleansing method will pull out all this sebum produced by the gland, and with it the bacteria and dead skin cells it covers.
If you use OCM to get rid of blackheads on your nose, you will need to find a non-comodogenic oil that doesn't break you out (which is harder than you might think!). My personal favorite is .
I started off using the oil cleansing method daily to remove white- and blackheads on my face. After my skin cleared up and the pores reduced in size, thanks to chemical exfoliation, I only have to oil cleanse once or twice a week.
If you do decide to try out this method, make sure to be very gentle on your skin and never rub for more than 30 seconds. Rubbing your skin for too long can cause broken capillaries.
How to Oil Cleanse
- Do NOT wet face
- Apply the oil to your face
- Rub it in softly for about 30-60 seconds
- Gaze upon all the grit in your hands
- Wipe everything off with a washcloth and lukewarm water
Certain oils will take out blackheads for some people, while others will break out from them. The key to Oil Cleansing is to try out different oils until you find one that works, start with oils that are non comodogenic if you are uncertain.
Oils for Oil Cleansing
What do we need?
Almost any kind of natural oil will do as long as it is cosmetic or food grade and non comodogenic. (avoid laxative grade).
Here are some popular choices:
+ A decent, non comedogenic oil, to start with is , it is non comedogenic, inert and it is not very hard to find as it's the main ingredient in baby oil. Do be careful with the extra fragrances added in certain baby oils as they can be irritating to certain people.
+ A very efficient but also comedogenic lipid is coconut oil. It is not guaranteed to break you out, but has a higher chance.
+ Castor oil is a becoming increasingly popular because of its antibacterial properties which can help fight acne aswell. It is a very drying oil so it's advised to dilute it in a carrier oil.
+ Recently I have started diluting some extra in my other oils and have gotten great results so far.
Using the oil cleansing method to get rid of blackheads can be a bumpy road. If you start off with the wrong kind of oil, it's likely you will give up on OCM quite quickly. That's why I'm writing this short list to help you find the right oils. This list contains the most popular and easily accessible oils. Try to always buy these as food or cosmetic grade, laxative and other grade oils are less effective and can cause breakouts.
Mineral oil is in my opinion the best starters oil for beginners. It is a non comedogenic oil and inert oil which means it will not clog pores or cause acne. While plain mineral oil is not often found in your supermarkt, it is the main ingredient of baby oil. Baby oil can be found in almost any supermarket or pharmacy, if you do have troubles finding mineral oil you can always buy it from amazon.
While mineral oil itself is non comedogenic, baby oil often contains fragrances and multiple other ingredients that could be comedogenic. If a certain baby oil brand does break you out, go try to find a new one.
Other popular non comedogenic oils are argan oil, sunflower oil and hemp seed oil. I havn't tried all of them yet, but I've gotten great results with some these oils when getting rid of blackheads.
The comedogenic rating of these oils range from very low like olive oil, jojoba oil, to very high like coconut oil. While these oils are a godsend for some people, they can be hell for others and cause massive breakouts with whitehead, blackheads and acne. That's why I advise you to always patch test any oil before you apply it. While you might not be allergic to a certain natural oil, it can still cause more damage than do good.
The low chance comedogenic oils will feel moisturize better than the non comedogenic oils. Moderate chance will be usually be even more richer when moisturizing than the light oils. These are best for a dry or dehydrated skin.
The high comedogenic oils like coconut oil should always be patch tested. While they have a high chance of being comedogenic on your skin, it doesn't automatically mean that they will cause blackheads and outbreaks.
Tea tree oil is a great antibacterial that is mainly used to fight rosacea and acne. Always dilute tea tree oil as it is highly drying and will cause skin irritation without a carrier oil.
Neem Oil will also help fight acne without drying out your skin as much as tea tree oil. It doesn't have be diluted and can be used as spot treatment or oil cleansing.
Castor Oil has just like tea trea oil antibacterial properties. Similar to tea tree oil it should be diluted as it can be very drying otherwise.
Evening Primrose Oil is recommended to battle hormonal acne and is often said to help with eczema.