You’d think that the act of washing your face is a simple thing, right? Well…yes and no. It depends on what you’re using to cleanse your skin, how much makeup you’re wearing, your water temperature, your skin type, etc.
When I worked in a department store and boutique cosmetics, one of the first questions I was supposed to ask customers was “what do you use to wash your face?” And if she said “soap and water,” I was supposed to act out having seen a ghost or something truly shocking and horrible complete with gasps, facial expressions, and sound effects. I kid you not. If the Academy ever walked through during one of my performances I’m sure I would have been nominated for an award.
In aesthetics school, we learned that soap and water is definitely not ideal, because it can strip the skin’s necessary natural oils, so gentle soap-free gel, milk, or lotion cleansers were recommended. As I learned more about ingredients, I learned that true soaps like castile and black soap are fine for some skin types–as long as you don’t over-cleanse–but I found that using the Oil Cleansing Method quickly became my new favorite way to wash my face.
Myth #1: The Oil Cleansing Method clogs pores and causes breakouts.
I started recommending this method to everyone because of its convenience, low cost, and efficacy–but then I got really discouraged when I began to see online skincare experts and dermatologists writing about how this method is actually terrible for the skin. They claim it clogs pores and causes breakouts. Of course, they subsequently talk about the benefits of their own product lines and why they’re so much better than simple cleansing oils.
Well if the oil cleansing method causes clogged pores and breakouts, why doesn’t that happen to me? I have very oily skin naturally, and if I stress too much, don’t get enough sleep, or don’t eat what my body needs, I still break out (and I’m in my forties). Yet my skin looks and feels great using the oil cleansing method.
The reason is that not all oils are appropriate for all skin types. Some–like coconut, avocado, or olive–will clog pores or cause breakouts for people who are prone to them. Others though, like jojoba, argan, or black cumin seed oil don’t do that. It has to do with the chemical constitution of the oils and their similarity–or lack thereof–to human sebum.
Like any other product or ingredient, just because it’s good for your skin type on paper, that doesn’t mean it will be ideal for you since you are an individual–so you might have to try more than one oil to find the best one for you.
Myth #2: The Oil Cleansing Method isn’t effective.
Instead of describing to you why I believe this method is effective, I decided to show you. Watch this video to learn more about Myth 1, and see my experiment to demonstrate the efficacy of the oil cleansing method.
I’d love to know your thoughts and experience with The Oil Cleansing Method now that you’ve seen it in action. Leave a reply in the comments below!