Thursday, February 14, 2013

OCM - End of Week One

Oil Cleansing Method (OCM) Week 1 - Daily Diary

Day 1 (Friday) - You can read about day 1 here.

Day 2 (Saturday) - Did my OCM in my morning shower. Skin felt a bit dry after the shower but was not nearly as dry as usual. With my Clinique 3-Step system my skin felt completely sapped and tight (like I couldn't wait to put moisturizer on), but this was tolerable. I debated putting a teeny bit of moisturizer on, but decided to use a little tiny bit of my oil blend instead. I rubbed it in my hands to warm it up and patted it on my face. Soaked right in, no oily feeling left :) Splashed my face with water before bed and dabbed on a little big of my oil blend for moisture. No pimples to report.

Day 3 (Sunday) - Felt a little dry when I woke up so I put half a pump of my Clinique Dramaticaly Different Moisturizing Gel (CDDG) onto my nose and cheeks. I'm thinking the dryness around these areas is because I am sicky sicky and blowing my nose like every 3 minutes. On the plus side, blackheads seem to be coming really easily (overshare?) Did my OCM this evening, again, a little dry in the cheek area. Patted a little bit of oil on my face and then splashed it with water and patted it dry. Seems to have done the trick. Not noticing any miracle changes.

Day 4 (Monday) - Splashed my face when I woke up and patted a little bit of my oil blend on for moisture. Melissa over at Pinked Polish has been doing OCM for awhile now and mentioned that he skin went crazy after the first week, but evened out again after the second one. She loves OCM so it seems like its worth sticking with. I don't know if its the placebo effect or what, but I noticed a pimple starting to come up on my cheek in the evening. Did my OCM in the shower and dabbed on a bit of acne cream on the zit, then patted face with oil blend for extra moisture.

Day 5 (Tuesday) - Felt a little dry this morning but my face looked fantastic! Dare I say today is a good skin day!? My skin tone was very even. I patted my face with oil blend for moisture. Note to self: I need to keep the oil blend moisturizer to the center of my face, the sides and jaw don't need any extra moisture LOL! My pimple from last night is just a red spot, not even raised...has it healed already? WTHell? Never thought a zit could puzzle me.

Day 6 (Wednesday) - Nooo another zit. Smaller than usual, but bigger than the tiny ones I'd been getting. This one is in a pretty normal place though, along my jaw where I hold the phone to my face. GRR. STILL, better than I expected. I definitely think that I need to add more olive oil to my mix because I am still getting a little bit of dryness.

Day 7 (Thursday) - I don't know if its just in my head or if its a legit benefit, but that pimple seems to have gotten smaller overnight. I dabbed a bit of Neutrogena On The Spot acne treatment on it and its nearly gone. If this method helps my skin faster then I am sold for life.

1 Week Assessment - I am relatively pleased with the OCM. I was totally expecting to have a face full of acne by now but so far my skin has reacted much the same as it did when I was using my Clinique system. Sooooo how about some comparison photos? I took the photos under the exact same lighting conditions - Closed doors in the light of the bathroom vanity. What do you think?

Day 1: (Right / Left)

End of Week 1: (Right/Left)

Left Comparison:

- Oil Cleansing Method - Decent. Worth a try. 
- Not oily at all!
- Will do another update at week 2


  1. I can see an improvement from after week one. I'd keep it up and see how each week compares. I love that you took before and after photos. BTW...I'm 53 and STILL dealing with oil issues on my face. I've some acne throughout my life, the most severe was on my upper back, some on my upper arms. My face is super oily in the "T" zone, but seems more under control in the winter time. Summer I have trouble with breakouts around my forehead because I always wear a super big sun visor to protect my face. I also have severe dark spots from natural hormones and sun only makes it worse.

    I'm very interested to see how this works out!

    1. Thanks Norma! The results aren't staggering but there are definite improvements. I just need to get the dryness under control, and I think I'm going to do it by adding some avocado oil (if I can find it). I used to have really awful acne on my back and chest but it stopped and never came back when I went on the pill in HS. I hope you give this a try sometime and see how it works for you :) I'm not saying I'm SOLD on the OCM yet, just positively optimistic LOL