Oil Cleansing for Acne? Does it work? Find out!
I know it sounds crazy, trust me, I thought it was too when I first heard about it some 7 years ago but it changed my skin and let me tell you how. So what is oil cleansing? Oil cleansing is a type of cleansing method that involves the use of oils to cleanse the skin instead of using a foaming or gel cleanser. The first time I oil cleansed I went to Whole Foods to buy a bottle of Pumpkin Seed Oil because it contained high amounts of Linoleic Acid, more on that later, I remember running home hoping it would work. I was a little scared well a lot to apply oils to my skin because I was taught that oils caused acne. I was going against everything I had learned but I was desperate so I did it. I remember applying the oils and leaving them on for about 20 minutes and then removing them with my newly bought microfiber cloth. I was surprised at how soft my skin felt and at how brighter and glowy it looked. I began to oil cleanse 2 to 3 times a day depending on how severe the breakout was and I saw how my acne slowly started to go away. This drastic change in my skin lead me to research everything on oil cleansing and that is when I came across the term Linoleic Acid. Linoleic acid is an essential building block for ceramides which is one of skin's main moisturizing elements. Since our bodies can't make them this essential fatty acids we need to get them through food and/ or what we put on our skin. Linoleic acid helps makes the skin's barrier stronger so it can effectively keep water in and irritants out. This is where it gets good, topical use of linoleic acid helps reduce acne breakouts. It made sense why my skin would feel soft and nourished after cleansing AKA the ceramides and also a reduction in breakouts AKA the Linoleic Acid. I cleansed with Pumpkin Seed Oil for a couple of months but I started to try other plant oils and that is where I fell in love with Hemp Seed Oil which would later become the main ingredient in our Perfect Skin Oil Cleanser. It's currently 2021 and it has been more than seven years since I've used a foaming cleanser and my skin has never looked better. I'm not saying I would never use a foaming cleanser because I plan on formulating one but this time it'll be a nourishing, effective but gentle cleanser compared to the Clean & Clear ones I used growing up. My acne is mostly gone except for the occasional hormonal or emotional related breakout and I can attribute that massive change to oil cleansing. It saved my skin! Have you oil cleansed?