• Oils Specifically For Acne Prone Skin

    Posted on October 29, 2013 by in Skin

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    I’ve been consistently using natural ingredients for a simple skin care regimen for almost four years now.  Simple ingredients have been the best thing for my skin especially without all of the questionable ingredients in many cosmetic skin care lines.  While researching natural carrier oils,  I’ve been learning about the composition of carrier oils, and what make them different.

    One key factor that makes some oils work for some but not for others is the ratio of linoleic acid to oleic acid in the chemical composition in each oil.

    Oleic acid is a monounsaturated fatty acid also omega-9 fatty acid.  Linoleic acid is an unsaturated fatty acid also omega-6 fatty acid.  “Acne patients have also been shown to have low levels of linoleic acid in their skin surface lipids.” —Source

    When our skin is deficient in linoleic acid, our skin’s natural sebum becomes thick and sticky which clogs pores and creates acne.

    Usually oily congested and acne prone skin’s sebum is predominately composed of oleic acid.  We can create the linoleic acid versus oleic acid balance needed by applying oils high in linoleic acid directly to our skin.  When our skin’s natural sebum is predominately composed of lipids high in linoleic acid we have little to no break outs.

    I did my own personal experiment where I eliminated all natural carrier oils that were high in oleic acid in all of my products, and instead only used products or ingredients high in linoleic acid.  My experiment proved this theory correct.  My skin has become much clearer since using only products or ingredients high in linoleic acid.  There are many wonderful carrier oils in nature, yet if you are acne prone then being more specific about which oils that you use is important.  One of my favorite oils, tamanu oil, has incredible skin regenerative properties for scars and burns.  Once I found that tamanu oil is somewhat balanced between oleic and linoleic acid, yet still higher in oleic acid, I will only use it as a spot treatment for scars or as an under eye treatment versus all over my face and body.

    Oils Higher in Oleic Acid

    Avocado Oil—Oleic–63%  Linoleic–9.8%

    Apricot Kernel Oil—Oleic–64.2%  Linoleic–28.3%

    Hazelnut Oil—Oleic–79.2  Linoleic–12%

    Shea Nut Oil-–Oleic–73.15  Linoleic–13.71

    Macadamia Oil—Oleic–53.8%  Linoleic–1.8%

    Sea Buckthorn Oil—Oleic–28.4%  Linoleic–6.8%

    Olive Oil—Oleic–55.28%  Linoleic–17.84%

    Sweet Almond Oil (Organic)—Oleic–66.6%  Linoleic–24.8%

    Palm Fruit Oil—Oleic–41%  Linoleic–9.5%

    Somewhat Balanced Oils Higher in Oleic Acid

    Jojoba Oil-–Oleic–5-15%  Linoleic–5%

    Flaxseed Oil—Oleic–21%  Linoleic–16%

    Tamanu Oil—Oleic–41.4%  Linoleic–29.7%

    Argan Oil—Oleic–42-48%  Linoleic–30-38%

    Coconut Oil (Unrefined)—Oleic–5-10%  Linoleic–1-2.5%

    Coconut Oil (Refined)—Oleic–4.39%  Linoleic–0.95%

    Oils Higher in Linoleic Acid

    Safflower Oil (Organic)—Oleic–8-30%  Linoleic–68-85%

    Black Seed Oil—Oleic–22.6%  Linoleic–55.6%

    Hemp Seed Oil—Oleic–10.71%  Linoleic–56.48%

    Evening Primrose Oil—Oleic–8.4%  Linoleic–72.6%

    Pumpkin Seed Oil—Oleic–23.3%  Linoleic–57.2%

    Rosehip Seed Oil—Oleic–13.9%  Linoleic–44.1%

    Grape Seed Oil (Organic)—Oleic–16.2%  Linoleic–70.6%

    Soybean Oil—Oleic–22.72%  Linoleic–52.97%

    Wheat Germ Oil—Oleic–12.1%  Linoleic–58.4%
    (Please note that wheat germ oil is one of the highest ranking oils on the comedogenic list so results may vary using this oil.)

    Somewhat Balanced Oils Higher in Linoleic Acid

    Castor Oil—Oleic–3.93  Linoleic–4.32%
    (Please note that castor oil is a purging oil so definitely use with caution.  This may not be the best oil to begin with.)

    Kukui Nut Oil—Oleic–25.4%  Linoleic–39.8%

    Pomegranate Oil—Oleic–6.2  Linoleic–7.1

    Sesame Oil—Oleic–39.21%  Linoleic–45.69%

    What I’ve found in researching these oils is that some carrier and cooking oils can be genetically modified which is unhealthy and can alter the chemical composition, therefore it is important to purchase organic carrier oils.  For example I’ve found conflicting chemical composition percentages on both sunflower and safflower oil because these oils are sometimes genetically modified.  If you are buying oils from Mountain Rose Herbs, the percentages for most of the natural oils that they sell are provided which is extremely helpful and many of their oils are organic.  I also noticed that some oils percentages between oleic and linoleic acid varies slightly depending upon the where the oil is from.

    If you have very serious acne, I would avoid all carrier oils with chemical compositions higher in oleic acid and use carrier oils/products that have ingredients with natural oils high in linoleic acid. This includes all skin care and hair care.

    I personally don’t agree with avoiding all oils for those who are acne prone and looking for oil-free products.  I truly believe in using natural oils and essential oils to balance the skin.  Just like we learned in chemistry that like attracts like, cleansing with oils helps remove oils and dirt from the skin.  I think cleansing the skin with oils, and using them to moisturize the skin as needed helps the skin to find balance and heal.  My favorite way to oil cleanse is by gently removing the oil with a steamy wet microfiber cleansing cloth.

    I have found oil cleansing to be extremely helpful and healing to my skin, yet using the right oils has been very critical to enjoying oil cleansing.

    The general oils recommended for The Oil Cleansing Method, usually olive oil and castor oil, does not benefit those with serious acne or who are acne prone in the long run because of the chemical composition of olive oil.  After having tried oil cleansing that way over four years ago, I had ruled out oil cleansing all together.  The same is true for oil cleansing with jojoba oil.  Although jojoba oil is very close to our natural sebum, some jojoba oil can have a chemical composition that is a little bit higher in oleic acid depending upon where it is from.  It wasn’t until I started learning more about the differences with oils that I tried oil cleansing again successfully.

    You can read exactly how I’ve included high linoleic acid oils in my daily skin care regimen for consistent results here.  Also please note that healing acne is not only a topical solution and should be looked at from a whole body healing experience.

    Also if you are acne prone, and try using only high linoleic acid oils, please share your experience.  You can also see my extremely minimal beauty regimen here!

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349 Responses so far.

  1. Mia says:

    This is so interesting, thank you! I will have to keep this in mind.

  2. rachael says:

    Could these oils be used as moisturizers as well? I have bad acne and was thinking of trying jojoba oil as a moisturizer, but after reading this I will try one of the other options. Thanks for the info!

  3. Dawn Michelle says:

    You’re welcome Mia! Enjoy your day!

  4. Kerri says:

    Thank you so much for this article!

  5. Glory Shabouk says:

    i totally agree- i tried the oil cleansing metod in the past – bit it didnt really work- i was recently looking into ceramide oil for my hair and in the whole research process- found out about linolic acid- for acne and inflammation. I have some walnut oil ( 50% linolic acid) and tried it, as a cleanse- and in my HM cleanser- havent used it continuously- but have been noticing a positive change- and scars are fading. (I have had ongoing bouts with cysts for years- if no acne then there is inflammation /redness) of course will have to see how it goes long term.
    BTW- if you get a pimple- a great magic zap is onion! smash onion and dab juice ( overnight) and next few days watch it shrink : )

  6. Tsani says:

    I knew that grape seed oil is good for oily skin, but I didn`t know why. This was really helpful and interesting information. Thank you! I`m using shea butter like day cream, because of its SPF, at first I was happy with the results but then my skin started to break out, may be it`s because of this oleic acid. I will try pumpkin oil or grape seed oil, although I wasn`t really happy with the results when I try grape seed oil for first time.

    Thank YOU, for shearing your experience and knowledge with us!

  7. Mimi says:

    This is great info! Thanks 4 sharing & will pass on the wealth! BtW, love u’r site, fb… am a suscriber & long time fan!!!:)

  8. B says:

    WHat can we oil cleanse with? You dont use your lavender jojoba oil as a cleanser anymore?

    Thanks :)

  9. Dawn Michelle says:

    You’re welcome Kerri!

  10. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Glory,
    Thanks so much for sharing your experience and giving the beauty tip! It is good to hear that this concept is also working for another who is also acne prone. Hope you’re enjoying your day!

  11. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Tsani,
    If you know grapeseed oil isn’t the best match for your skin then definitely try another. If you do try pumpkin seed oil let me know what you think. Best wishes!

  12. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Mimi,
    Thanks so much! Have a beautiful day!

  13. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi B,
    You can use any of the oils suggested for acne prone skin as an oil cleanser. I am currently using a cleansing oil that will be apart of my product line. I will give more skin care tips in another article as well. Hope this helps some.

  14. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Rachael,
    Yes you could also use one of these oils as a moisturizer. I’ve noticed that with wonderful carrier oils, you only need a few drops for your entire face. They can last a pretty long time! Let me know how it works out for you <3

  15. cleocreek says:

    You are so cool. Thank you, thank you, thank you for this! It couldn’t have been more timely for me.

  16. gioia says:

    Hello Dawn, thanks for taking time to share your knowledge with us. I have a question regarding your hair collection, How do you plan to preserve the products. Since I guess parabens are out of question as well as Optiphen I was asking myself this over and over again. It’s not easy when one is looking out for natural products I experienced the hassle and hope you’ll be able to find something that will be good.

  17. Dawn Michelle says:

    I’m so glad this helped Cleocreek. Have a beautiful day!

  18. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Giola,
    I’m glad you enjoyed this article and I hope that it helps you. And no I won’t be using any toxic preservatives for my product line. Enjoy your day!

  19. C says:

    Hi, I just started visiting your blog and it is very helpful! I am washing my face with honey and red clay at night to remove my BurnOut Sensitive Sunscreen (I don’t wear makeup), but I have found that this does not remove it completely and I am concerned I am going to bed with sunscreen residue on my face. I also tried swiping my face with oil (jojoba, grapeseed) to remove it, but then I have trouble removing the “dirty” (for lack of a better word) oil from my face. I usually end up using the remaining bits of my Kahina Facial Cleanser although I am trying to wean off of it. Do you have any thoughts or tips on what I can do to completely remove my physical sunscreen off my face in the evenings? I have tried so many green, natural cleansers but find that they are either not strong enough or too stripping on my sensitive skin. It’s pretty frustrating at times. Thanks in advance and I look forward to your response :)

  20. C says:

    Hi! I recently started reading your blog and have a question regarding washing your face in the evenings. I’m cleansing with honey and red moroccan clay at night but I find it does not remove my sunscreen that well (I don’t use makeup, only Burnout Sensitive Sunscreen SPF 30). Sometimes, I’ve swiped a cotton round with some oil (jojoba, grapeseed) to cleanse but then find it difficult to remove the oil with the day’s dirt from my face. I have sensitive skin and do not like to use scratchy ingredients or cloths on my face because it leads to irritation and break-outs. Usually, I end up using my Kahina Facial Cleanser, but I would really like to use a cleanser at night without any surfactants. I’m concerned I’m going to bed with sunscreen residue on my face. Do you have any tips or suggestions? Thanks in advance!

  21. Malarie says:

    This is one of the most helpful things I’ve ever read! I looked at my serum at home and I was using a high Oleic acid oil blend from Acure. I can’t wait until your line comes out. In the mean time, I am looking into MRH oils to make my own face and eye serum.

  22. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi C,
    I prefer oil cleansing especially at night versus using raw honey to remove makeup etc. Raw honey actually won’t remove heavy makeup anyway. I also only use microfiber cloths when oil cleansing as that has been how I’ve received the best results. Hope this helps!

  23. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi C,
    I noticed that you don’t like using “scratchy ingredients or cloths” yet if you haven’t tried oil cleansing with removing gently with a soft microfiber cloth I’d definitely suggest that. It is possible that your skin is sensitive to the ingredients in your current products so definitely look into the ingredients in your current products as well especially if they have other natural oils that are not high in linoleic acid.
    Best wishes!

  24. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Malarie,
    I’m so glad that this was helpful to you!

  25. What a helpful post! I looked at the ingredients of the products/self-made blends that I use that work for me, and they are all high in linoleic acid. I also noticed a while ago that coconut oil or shea butter would not work on my skin despite the many efforts I made, and now it’s possible that I finally know why! I too tried OCM in the past, but the blends were high in oleic acid, whereas the OCM blend I am using now happens to be balanced/high in linoleic acid. This article helps me tremendously for future blends and purchases.

    Finally – Do you have any idea when your line will debut?

    Thank you so much! :D

  26. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi ScentualSoundtracks,
    I’m so glad that this has been so helpful! The more that I learn about specific ingredients that better I am able to care for my skin and hair. As for my product line, my schedule is just settling down a bit after working on a wonderful dance project that I just finished this past Wednesday. The rehearsal schedule really didn’t allow much else so my original launch date was pushed back even further. Once I get caught up again with everything I will have a better idea and will share it. Currently Minimalist Beauty, Azuha, and the product line are all “one woman shows” so juggling is a must, yet I am very excited to share the line when everything is ready.
    Best wishes!

  27. Darcia says:

    I eliminated the high oleic oils and my face is doing extremely well. Thank you!!!

  28. Carla says:

    Great article,

    Can I use rosehip seed oil if I have oily acne prone skin?

    I currently remove my makeup with jojoba oil and then add a bit of tanamu to help with acne and scars

  29. Dawn Michelle says:

    This is AWESOME to hear Darcia!!!

  30. Dawn Michelle says:

    Thanks Carla! Rosehip seed oil was one of the oils that I mentioned above that is higher in linoleic acid. Any oil high in linoleic acid is great for acne prone skin. Definitely check out the list above of the oils high in linoleic acid and their percentages again when you get a chance. Best wishes!

  31. Vicky Lyons says:

    This is really interesting, but a word of caution. Linoleic acid is a poly-unsaturated fat and will oxidise easily causing free radical damage (that’s why we use a lot of mono-unsaturated and saturated fats at Lyonsleaf)

    Rosehip oil is probably a good choice as it is high in antioxidants. Oils high in poly-unsaturates must be in date and stored in a cool dark place. Adding extra antioxidants like Vitamin E can’t do any harm and will reduce risk of oxidisation in the bottle and in your skin.

  32. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Vicky,

    I wouldn’t necessarily advise “caution” because some natural oils are more stable than others. Also these carrier oils mentioned in the article are not solely comprised of isolated linoleic acid. They still have oleic acid and other fatty acids as well. Yes some oils do have a longer shelf life than others and there are also some oils that need to be refrigerated. Knowing this is true for some oils, not all natural oils high in linoleic acid oxidize easily, nor would they cause free radical damage. Pumpkin seed oil, rosehip seed oil, grapeseed oil, and soybean oil are all extremely stable carrier oils with a long shelf life, will not oxidize easily, and yes are all high in linoleic acid.

    Hemp seed oil and evening primrose oil on the other hand for sure needs to be refrigerated, yet if mixed with a more stable carrier oil, or by adding an antioxidant like vitamin E which you mentioned, would improve the oils shelf life. Although hemp seed oil and evening primrose oil would need to be refrigerated or mixed with a more stable carrier oil/vitamin E, this does not make these oils any less healing to the skin in any way.

    Oils high in linoleic acid actually heal acne prone skin versus oils high in oleic acid which continue the cycle of breakouts and clogged pores. What I love about Mountain Rose Herbs is that they also give you the shelf life for the carrier oils that they sell along with other information about each carrier oil. It is important to read up on any natural ingredient that you are interested in trying so you know how to use it in the most effective way.

    Best wishes always!

  33. mangomadness says:

    Very informative post!

    Sunflower oil and safflower oil do not break out my oily, acne-prone skin. Coincidentally, these are oils high in linoleic acid.

    Jojoba oil also works for me. I’ve used the Now brand and the Desert Essence (non-organic).

    I will try grapeseed oil next for oil cleansing/make up removal.

  34. Dawn Michelle says:

    Glad you liked MangoMadness! Thanks for your comment too!

  35. madame oilslick says:

    Good day and thank you for such an informative post. Do you have data on some of the African oils, marula, marajuca,argan even date oil prized as the gold of oil? Ready to start oil cleansing without the ignorance… I was using coconut oil now I am filled with blackheads… Duh

  36. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Madame Oilslick,
    Argan oil was listed in the article, yet I don’t have information on marula or marajuca oil at this time. There are so many natural carrier oils that its very challenging to keep up with them all. A pretty common carrier oil high in linoleic acid is grapeseed oil. Best wishes to you!

  37. Anne says:

    Do u still use oatmeal cleanser as your daily skincare routine replacing chemical cleansers ? I read on makeup alley which says that oatmeal cleansing caused a commentor to have cold sores ?! Is it true !? Btw after oatmeal cleansing I apply Extra Vurgin Olive Oil to my skin…

  38. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Anne,

    I oil cleanse daily, yet use oatmeal as a treatment mask for my skin. It is possible that the person who commented on Makeup Alley has a gluten sensitivity. In general oatmeal as been used for years to calm and soften irritated skin.

    Everyone is so different. If you have had success using oatmeal as a facial cleanser then definitely keep using it. I just do what I can to provide my readers with different all natural options because we are all so unique.

    Have a beautiful day!

  39. Gabriyelle Israel says:

    Hey Dawn, could tell me about tea tree oil? Is it high in linoleic acid?

  40. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Gabriyelle.
    Tea tree oil is considered an essential oil. The oils mentioned in this article are all carrier oils. Carrier oils are much different than essential oils and not as concentrated. I honestly don’t know the biological composition of tea tree oil, yet I do know that it is best to add essential oils to carrier oils to use topically. You can learn a bit more about tea tree oil here though.
    Hope this helps!

  41. anne says:

    Ty for your reply ! I have sensitive and very dry skin do you have any recommendations ? What kind of oil should I use as a moisturiser (high in linoleic or oleic) ?

  42. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Anne,
    Rosehip seed oil is wonderful for dry and acne prone skin. It is high in linoleic acid too. If your skin is excessively dry you may want to consider a very gentle facial cleanser as well. I wrote about a few here.
    Best wishes!

  43. Hi! :) Great website! I used the oil cleansing method about 2 months ago with different oil combinations, yet my acne became a bit worse. I read somewhere that a steamy washcloth can’t remove all of the oil and dirt, because oil and water don’t mix and this makes sense actually. What’s your opinion on this? I’d love to try again the oil cleansing method, but I’m scared that it will make my acne worse. My skin is very sensitive, combination (I have very oily patches as well as very dry patches), dehydrated and with pimples.

    Thank you :) x

  44. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Stavroula,
    I have found oil cleansing with oils high in linoleic acid to be a much better experience than any other oils I had used in the past. I also use a microfiber cloth to remove the oil which I’ve found to be much better than a regular wash cloth. I speak more on both topics in this article.
    Let me know if you try it out!

  45. fannya says:

    hi! your website is amazing! Im a bit confused because I tried Grapeseed oil and it totally broke me out :( I have very dry skin, especially on my cheeks and this is exactly where i have the most acne. Hope you answer my question. thank you!

  46. Pooja says:

    Hello,

    I’ve been reading a lot of your articles on, great stuff! Based on your past experience and the information, is there one particular oil that you highly recommend for very very old scars? ( I have some on my legs). Thanks

  47. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Fannya,
    I’m so sorry that you had a bad experience with grapeseed oil! Did you use a microfiber cloth to remove the oil while oil cleansing? I personally had a hard time removing makeup and dirt filled oil with a regular wash cloth.

  48. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Pooja,
    I really like tamanu oil for skin regeneration. You can see the list of 10 natural ingredients for healing hyperpigmentation here. Best wishes!

  49. Pooja says:

    Hello,

    Thanks for your reply! :) but tamanu oil has Linoleic- 29.7% and grapeseed oil has Linoleic- 70.6% so then isn’t the latter one better for scars? I’m really confused.

  50. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Pooja,

    Acne and scarring are two seperate issues although acne can cause scars. Tamanu oil has been used to help heal burn victims and skin after surgery. You can read about it here. It’s a regenerating oil. Although tamanu oil may help with healing acne too it may not work for everyone because it is high in oleic acid.

    In this article above the focus is oils best for acne prone skin. The oils listed above that are high in linoleic acid help to heal acne prone skin versus contribute to the problem. What I’ve been learning is that there are many carrier oils that have unique chemical compositions. When it comes to those who are acne prone oils high in oleic acid should be avoided regardless.

  51. Pooja says:

    Hello,
    Thank you so much for the information and your help :)

  52. Andree says:

    I tried the OCM with olive oil and castor oil. Terrible results. I have cystic acne especially along my jawline. From what I gather from your article, maybe hempseed oil could work better for my acne prone skin? Do I need to mix a little castor oil in as well or can I just use the hempseed? Thanks so much!

  53. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Andree,
    Acne along the jawline is usually hormonal acne. I’ll have to address hormonal acne in another article really soon. Any oil that is high in linoleic acid will be good for acne prone skin. My current favorite is organic pumpkin seed oil. Definitely use a microfiber cleansing cloth. It removes all of the dirty oil after cleansing effortlessly. Best wishes and keep me posted on how thing work for you!

  54. Nina says:

    Hi! I really like your website and this article is the only one which has explicitly explained what oils are good for acne prone skin. I am trying to go the natural way to moisturize my face but with no success! I have tried Josie Maran argan oil, pomegranate seed oil, Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil, jojoba oil but they all broke me out :(. I have combination skin and I break out easily along my jawline, chin, neck and temples if I use something that my skin doesn’t like. I can use oil on my forehead and cheeks and I like how my skin looks and feels so I want an oil that I can use all over my face and neck. I can’t find most of the oils rich in linoleic acid of your list where I live but I can find evening primrose pills and black seed oil. Should I give one of them a try? Sorry for my English :). I would really appreciate your advice!

  55. Pooja says:

    Hello,

    Have you come across any oils that are good for/ prevent ingrown hairs?

  56. Pooja says:

    I’ve tried a few oils as moisturizers now for my face. Tamanu oil, jojoba, grapeseed oil and maracuja oil. My skin reacts better to tamanu,maracuja than grapeseed however i am concerned that any of these oils will increase my facial hair? I just had facial laser hair removal done on my face. any suggestions? Thanks

  57. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Nina,
    Use whatever oils that are high in linoleic acid that you can find. I hope that you can find an oil that works wonderfully for your skin. Also your English is great! Best wishes!

  58. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Pooja,
    Ingrown hairs are seriously tricky. I honestly haven’t found a solution for them at this point. Hope you are enjoying your day!

  59. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Pooja,
    I’ve never heard of these oils increasing facial hair before. I would simply continue using whatever oils that are working best for you.

  60. rachael says:

    Thank you so much Dawn! I started using evening primrose oil as a cleanser and moisturizer the week of Thanksgiving and I’ve gotten amazing results! Before that I was using rhassoul clay and honey and although it cleansed well without drying, it didn’t clear up my acne like I was hoping. But since switching to oil, my skin has cleared up so much. I added turmeric and tea tree oil to the oil I use for moisturizing. This has been the only thing that has worked well for me in the past 14 years.

  61. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Rachael,
    Thanks so much for sharing this and I’m so excited that this has been working so well for you! This is an amazing testimony! Have a great holiday!

  62. viv says:

    Hi, great info u hv here.. among all the oils high in linoleic acid, which oil do u recommend best for acne-prone skin, with an oily skin type? Thanks! Really hope it’ll work, hv acne for 10 years, hv been to dermatologist n tried all sorts but my acne keeps coming back n caused lots of scars too

  63. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Viv,

    From the research I’ve done and my own experience, if you eliminate oils hign in oleic acid and only use those high in linoleic acid you are feeding your skin the nutrients that will help unclog pores and help acne. I’ve been really loving pumpkin seed oil and also grapeseed oil now too! Those are the two that have been working well for me although one of my readers have commented on using evening primrose with great success as well.

    For oil cleansing I greatly suggest using a microfiber cloth gently with the cleansing process though. It has been the only thing that ensures that all of the oil during the cleansing process is removed properly. Best wishes and keep me posted!

  64. sade says:

    oh my goodness, this post has opened my eyes. i attempted OCM with olive oil earlier this year,

    i still get acne and suffer from clogged pores despite exfoliating and using deep cleansing masks (bentonite) on a regular basis. maybe i’ll stop the use of jojoba oil as a moisturizer and see if my skin improves.

    thank you so much for this post!

  65. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Sade, Keep me posted on how things work out with the changes you make. I wish you the best and thanks for your comment!

  66. Trish says:

    If one oil which is high in Oleic oil doesn’t give me spots or clog my pores, does this mean there’s a good chance that other oils high in Oleic oil won’t too?

    Although I get spots, acne and have oily skin, I think the cause is my diet – definitely dairy and possibly white sugar or other foods.

    I used to use loads of EVOO on my hair and it would give me a greasy face for 3 days, but my spots never got worse or better because of it.

    I’m hoping I can use EVOO for for oil cleansing in the future.

  67. Trish says:

    Hi Dawn

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE say your skin care range will be coming out in England! It’s so frustrating when I hear about products I’d like to try but find out I can’t get them in London!!!

    Another thing: I’ve noticed (and forgive me I’m wrong) is that you don’t seem to mention toners after cleansing or face masks? If so, what’s the reason behind not using them?

    TIA
    Trish

  68. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Trish,
    Although olive oil may not make your skin worse, if it isn’t improving it, then it is not helpful for you. The information on oils high in linoleic acid is to bring an awareness of the oils that are both helpful and hurtful to acne prone skin and why. When I was trying to clear my skin, I eliminated all oils high in oleic acid in all of my products. That was how I knew that my research was accurate. Hope this helps!

  69. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Trish,
    I sometimes use toners and other times don’t. One amazing natural toner for skin is aloe vera juice and even rose water or a simple one you can make like this one. I personally don’t feel dependent on them.

  70. Christa says:

    Such a helpful article, thank you! Have you tried Camellia Oil?

  71. Dawn Michelle says:

    You’re welcome Christa! Camellia oil is a beautiful oil for hair, yet my skin did not clear up when I was using it on my face. I didn’t know about the chemical composition of natural carrier oils at the time.

  72. Christa says:

    Thanks for the quick response! I did some search, and one site said their pure camillia oil is 82% Oleic acid so maybe that’s why it didn’t work for your skin?

    So if I don’t have much of an acne problem (maybe just one or two cystic pimple here and there every so often), do you think it matters as much about oleic vs linoleic?

  73. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Christa,
    I prefer not to even have one or two pimples so I avoid all oils high in oleic acid. Having consistent overall results is also important for me for my performance/industry work. It is really up to you.
    Best wishes!

  74. Sadia says:

    Your entire site is Very Helpful, Thank you for sharing ♥

  75. Dawn Michelle says:

    You are so welcome Sadia!!

  76. marybeth says:

    Unfortunately I am cursed with clogged pores and occasional acne, but also have to deal with fine lines and dull skin at the age of 42. It seems like all the oils touted as anti-aging seem to be high in oleic acid. Are the high linoleic oils also good for aging skin? I just started using maracuja and marula oils. Thanks!

  77. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi MaryBeth,

    You can heal your skin. I’ve found oil cleansing (of course with oils high in linoleic acid) and using a microfiber cleansing cloth to do miraculously at clearing up my complexion. I tried both organic pumpkin seed oil and grapeseed oil with very positive results.

    Rosehip seed oil is wonderful for mature skin and also high in linoleic acid. I wrote this article so those who are acne prone like myself can learn more about the chemical composition of carrier oils and no longer just keep trying different oils without knowledge or just swear off oils all together.

    Wishing you the very best and please keep me posted on how your skin does if you try this.

  78. Aya says:

    Hi! My sister suggested that I use rosehip seed oil for my pigmentation and acne scars. I didn’t think it would work much, but i tried it anyway. After a month use, I feel and SEE the difference. My skin is smoother, less oily and the scars are fading. It may not be as fast as I want it to be, but it is less pigmented than it was a month ago.

    I recently went out with no make up but only rosehip oil as moisturizer, add on Burts Bees lipbalm, and face powder. It was so refreshing being able to wear less makeup and I didnt look as bad as I thought I would.

    I came across your page when I was browsing through the review of the Evening Primrose Oil on Amazon and when I read most of your posts (I have more posts to go through, but am loving all that I’ve read so far!!!), everything just make sense. I am totally in love with my rosehip seed oil, and will definitely try raw honey, as you’ve written in your posts. I’m thinking of adding EPO to my routine now.

    Thank you for your website. It is a wealth of information!!

  79. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Aya,
    Rosehip seed oil is a wonderful oil. It is so great that you have noticed a big difference in your skin too. Clearing hyperpigmentation does take time yet you don’t need harsh products to do it. I’m so glad that you are enjoying the blog too. Best wishes with everything!

  80. Hazel says:

    Very useful. No one ever explained the differences in oils to me before. I had also tried oil cleansing with castor oil & jojoba & broke out massively so I stopped. I’m going to try with some other oils that you mentioned above. Thanks for the info!

  81. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Hazel, Please let me know how this works out for you and you are so welcome!

  82. Sadie says:

    Hello, I don’t usually comment but felt I had to on this post. Thank you so much for this info. I’ve been trying this method and had good results in the beginning using Living Libations Best Skin Ever, but then it just seemed to stop working. And my skin seemed to be getting worse. Since reading this I stopped all the oils with High OA and have been using Evening Primrose oil and the microfiber cloth and same for moisturizer at night. I noticed a difference right away. I also use raw honey in the morning. I ordered Pumpkin Seed oil to try as well. I’m really glad I stumbled across this!

  83. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Sadie,
    Thank you so much for sharing your experience with natural oils high in linoleic acid. It is kind of crazy how different oils high in oleic acid and others high in linoleic acid react with acne prone skin. What I also love most about this info is that you literally can just use one specific oil and a microfiber cloth to do all the work and get great results! Again thank you for your comment!
    Have a beautiful day <3

  84. Flora says:

    Thank you for the information. I am using honey then milk to wash my face.
    Toner I used 1/2 organic apple cider vinegar & 1/2 water 1 drop helichrysum
    4 drops tea tree eo,4 drops lavander, 3 drops chamomile, eo, 2 drops
    Peppermint Eo on a 4 oz. My moisturizer evening primrose
    Oil with 1 drop helichysum eo, 2 drops tea tree eo, 2 dops lavander el,
    1 drop chamomile eo, 1 drop peppermint. My skin is so
    Much better now. Since all my life I have problem w/ acne.

  85. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Flora, Thanks for sharing what is working well for you! Hope you had a wonderful weekend and are enjoying the week so far!

  86. Mitch says:

    Hi Dawn.
    Very informative article, thank you.
    I am just starting to use natural ingredients on my face, I just need to understand the steps you do in oil cleansing with micofiber cloth? Also, what do you recommend for a frequent cystic acne in the chin area with oily skin? Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. More success to you…

  87. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Mitch,
    I explain in detail how I oil cleanse with microfiber cloths in the article I wrote today. I get asked quite a lot so I’m glad I have this article to refer people to. Also cystic acne in the chin area is usually hormonal acne. I also always suggest treating skin care in a multifaceted way which I get into more detail here as well. I hope that these two articles will be helpful for you. Please keep me posted on your progress.
    Best wishes!

  88. Flora says:

    Thank you for the site i share this to my nieces.
    Your site is very helpful to me. Since i used
    Evening primrose oil w/c is on your info high
    In lenoic acid i don’t have any breakout now.
    My skin is never been better. Thank you

  89. Fia says:

    Thank you so much for this great info. I will order som rosehip oil right away. Do you know if there is a correlation between the skin type of face and body? I should clearly not use coconut or other oleic rich oils in my face, but does that mean that I should avoid using them on my body as well? Do you know a good oil against keratosis pilatis? Again thank you for a great site!

  90. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Fia,

    I’m just going to share an intuitive answer because although I’ve read about keratosis pilatis, it is still different than eczema which I have had bad flare ups with in the past. Since keratosis pilatis is a build up of skin cells that block hair follicles, you may want to try dry body brushing. It will help exfoliate the skin gently.

    Although keratosis pilatis is not acne, I would still use oils on your body that are high in linoleic acid and avoid oils like coconut oil for awhile so that you can see if the linoleic acid versus oleic acid affects your skin. Also I’d avoid body washes or soaps which can disrupt the natural pH of skin. When the pH of skin is imbalanced, it is easier to have skin issues because the acid mantle is out of wack and not able to protect itself. Instead of using soap try using rhassoul clay or oat flour/colloidal oatmeal. Create a thick liquid like mixture that you can easily pour onto a wash cloth/sponge and use just like soap. It obviously won’t suds up but it will cleanse the skin gently.

    I hope this is helpful to you and please keep me posted on your progress. Best wishes!

  91. Claire says:

    Aha!!! I am SO happy that I found this article! For the last year, I’ve been switching out the harsh chemicals, parabens, sulfates, etc., for natural ingredients, but still having a lot of trouble with my adult acne. I tried the OCM a few months ago using Castor, Almond, and Jojoba without much success (and a greasy hairline.) I already have the Organic Evening Primrose, Hemp, Kukui, and Rosehip, so I’ll definitely be trying it again. Thanks so much for such great information on the Linoleic Acid and it’s helpfulness with acne.

  92. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Claire,
    I’m happy you found this article too! Welcome! It’s great that you already have carrier oils high in linoleic acid. Keep me posted on how this switch works out for you.
    Have a beautiful day!

  93. Mariah says:

    Hi Dawn,
    Thanks so much for this article! I’m going to start experimenting with more oils high in linoleic acid. Do you happen to know where camellia oil falls in the oleic/linoleic acid ratio? Thanks in advance!

  94. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Mariah,
    I’m glad that this info is helpful for you. It was life changing for me. As for camellia oil it is high in oleic acid.
    Best wishes!

  95. Symone says:

    I randomly stumbled across your blog for the first time the other day and just wanted to say a big, fat THANK YOU for the article! I’d been using jojoba oil for the past 4 months because I’d read a lot about how ‘good’ it was for oily/acne prone skin. Well, it wasn’t doing anything to improve my skin and I think if anything, it actually made it look and feel more greasy and congested. After reading this I switched to evening primrose oil and 3 days later my skin is already improving! Thank you sooooo much! I didn’t know anything about oleic/linoleic acid before and I would never have figured this out myself. :D

  96. Anisah says:

    Hai Dawn,

    This article is very informative. I had hormonal acne breakout mostly at my jaw, chin and neck area. I came across with OCM and keen on trying. I first started with Extra Virgin Coconut oil and Extra Virgin Olive oil but it did not give me the good result.Well reading on this post it certainly due to the high content of oleic acid. I do love the effect of EVCO as my whole body moisturize as I had Eczema as well.I just bought grape seed oil and pumpkin oil plus microfiber cloth today and going to start this regime. My question is should I avoid using EVCO on my body because of the high oliec acid content while attempting to clear up my acne breakout on my face?

  97. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Symone,
    This is amazing news and welcome to the site! This was life changing info for me when I learned this too. I’m so glad this has also been helpful to you. Hope you are having a beautiful day!

  98. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Anisah,
    If you are experiencing acne then yes I would suggest eliminating all beauty products that contain oils high in oleic acid and only using oils high in linoleic acid. After my skin stabilized only using oils high in linoleic acid I tried using coconut oil on my hair and it broke me out. Coconut oil is a wonderful carrier oil yet it isn’t good for those who are acne prone.
    Best wishes and please keep me posted on your progress!

  99. Anisah says:

    Thanks for your feedback Dawn. Appreciate it a lots.

    I always had oily and acne prone skin but never had major breakout until I reached 30. Past 3-4 years now I’ve been having off and on major breakouts. I blame it on the hectic and stressful life as a working adult that giving me this hormonal imbalance thus as a result cystic acne. Really make me feels down and horrible.

    Switching form one cosmetic product to another just make matter worse. I also had very sensitive skin hence it cannot withstand all of this harsh chemicals. I gave up on this super expensive and complicated skin care range.

    Now I am exploring more on the natural and organic regimen. I only put something on my face which is edible. That’s my current obsession.

    I am so in love with your concept of minimal usage. One product can do wonders instead of using multiple product for cleansing, toning, moisturizing etc etc. The more variety of product you put the more irritating (at least in my case because of my super sensitive skin).

    What is you stand on oils consumption? Do you take any of this orally ( pills, cooking, dressing, mixing with drinks etc etc)?

    I am taking EPO and fish oil pill as I knew EPO can help to regulate hormonal imbalance and fish oil for my eczema.

    I also use coconut oil for cooking and mixing with my oats and porridge. Anyway I have to stop using it for now because of bad effect on my acne tho.

    I love using the microfiber cloth and yes must be 100% pure. I can feel my skin was smooth just by wiping with it. As for the topical usage of pumpkin oils no major changes noted yet but I only put it yesterday. I do hope for a better outcome this time.

    I am a major fan of most of the topic that you address in your articles. Mineral makeup suits acne prone skin, I couldn’t agree more. Thanks for sharing all this wonderful information, the best guru is our own experience.

  100. mark says:

    Hi,

    I have started OCM with pumpkin seed oil and I like that it doesn’t break me out. Before, I used grape seed along with EOs, but broke out with cysts. I have decided to use PSO only but only concern is that I still need to control bacteria and treat acne and PSO is not moisturizing enough.

    Aside OCM, do you do anything else for your face and do you have any tips on moisturizing oil blend? Thanks.

  101. Kasia says:

    Hi Dawn,
    Can’t wait to start OCM after reading your articles and advises about it. Was just wondering if the oils you are using are the same ones as I’d use in the kitchen? Can’t find any pumpkin seed oil near me, but found some grape seed oil and wanted to give it a ago. Over 30, still battling acne, however the skin has changed after the pregnancy. Waiting for your feedback, exploring ur blog!

  102. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Anisah,

    Thanks for your sweet comments. Just like you I also believe our own personal experience is the best guru. I think that it is easy to just listen to “experts” to the point we forget that we know ourselves best.

    As for oil consumption I still cook with organic coconut oil and even add it to smoothies. It is a wonderful oil for your diet but I don’t use it on my skin. I have personally not had problems consuming coconut oil, but it does break me out even if I only apply it to my hair. Please keep me posted on how the oil cleansing works out for you.

    Have a beautiful day!

  103. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Mark,

    I’m glad that oil cleansing with pumpkin seed oil is working for you. Also what is PSO? For extra hydration and moisture I LOVE using herbal facial steams. I do them every week and when I’m lucky twice a week. I wrote all about herbal facial steaming in this article. My skin holds moisture a long time when I added steaming into my weekly skin care regimen. You can see an example of a moisturizing facial oil blend here. For acne prone skin I would swap out the jojoba oil for another oil of your choice high in linoleic acid. Both rose hips seed and pomegranate oil are high in linoleic acid.

    Best wishes!

  104. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Kasia,
    Yes the oils that I use are also the edible kind that can be found for kitchen use. Best wishes with oil cleansing and please keep me posted how it works out for you!

  105. Erika says:

    Hey there Dawn Michelle! I love your blog! I’m also a minimalist and have found SO much great stuff on here to read. Going to try and use raw cocao as a bronzer/contourer now because of your post!(I have fair skin)

    I have a question though; I hope you read/reply!
    I have hormonal acne that is slowly diminishing after using coconut oil to clean and moisturize my face. (Yay! Both that it’s helping and nothing nasty is going on my face!) I’m going to try something new though soon, and it has the following ingredients: rosemary, lavender, avocado oil, almond oil, jojoba, and sesame oil. Sesame seems to be the only one with a pretty high amount of linoleic acids though.
    I was wondering what your thoughts are on this combination of oils? They’re very appreciated.

    Thanks,

    Erika

  106. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Erica,

    I’ve tried lots of different things to clear my skin and using products or ingredients that only use oils high in linoleic acid has been the only thing that has given me true consistent results. One of my favorite products has camellia oil which is high in oleic acid. I can’t use it daily without some irritation even though I love it.

    Coconut oil is an incredible carrier oil yet I personally have never had consistent results using it. We are all unique yet the oleic vs linoleic acid composition has proven itself for my skin which is why I shared this. One thing that you could do is only use products high in linoleic acid for a few months then test the theory for yourself just one day to see if you notice a difference. I tried using coconut oil in my hair recently after being completely free of all products high in oleic acid for months and it broke me out. Keep me posted on your progress and best wishes!

  107. mark says:

    Hi,

    Rosehip seed oil breaks me out. Though it includes vitamin E, could that be why? Also, it is discouraged for use on acne-prone skin. Do you know that? So far, the only oil that doesn’t give trouble is pumpkin seed oil. But it soils my MFCs, I try to get around that by first removing excess oil with cotton pads.

    Now, I only use rosehip seed oil for treating old scars and target treatment. As for grape seed oil, it shall be for frying in the kitchen. Rosewater is great toner. I’m thinking I should spot treat with lavender and tea tree EOs. Do you know which base oil is best to use?

    Lastly, I have licorice extract which I learnt inhibits hyperpigmentation and used to mix with honey as mask. Have you any experience with it?

    Kind regards

  108. Kasia says:

    Hi Dawn
    I have started using the hemp seed oil, but my skin got dry, specially on the forehead. Anything I can do to prevent it? Thank you

  109. mark says:

    Hi Kasia,

    I am not Dawn but maybe this could help. Apply the oil onto damp face to lock in moisture, or use honey as a conditioner/mask before applying it. I use only pumpkin seed oil with that procedure and it works wonders on my face.

    kind greetings

  110. Lindsey says:

    I am new into the OCM..I love your site, it is very helpful. I don’t have a lot of acne but when I do it turns into cysts so I am nervous. Would you still recommend the pumpkin seed? I was wondering what category Argan Oil fall into? Thank you!!

  111. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Mark,

    It could definitely be the vitamin e oil that broke you out that was added to the rosehip seed oil although it would be hard to know for sure unless you were to try rosehip seed oil by itself. I’m glad that pumpkin seed oil is working well for you so definitely stick with that as your skin heals itself. You could use a bit of baking soda and water to soak your microfiber cloths before washing them so they are not soiled.

    As for a base oil for your essential oils just use what is working well for your skin such as pumpkin seed oil. Also I have heard wonderful things about licorice extract although I have not tried it as of yet.

    Have a beautiful day!

  112. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Kasia,

    Are you using hemp seed oil for oil cleansing or just as a moisturizer? Are you using a microfiber cloth? Microfiber cloths are very good at removing the oil, dirt, makeup etc. You may want to splash your skin with fresh water after cleansing and before moisturizing to seal in the water for more hydration.

    Also drink lots of water and eat watery fruits to stay hydrated from the inside out. Minimizing dehydrating drinks like alcohol, coffee, and other caffeinated drinks can also help. You may also want to add some healthy fats into your diet such as coconut, flax, or fish oil. My skin always responds well when I do these three things on top of my skin care regimen.

    Hope this helps!

  113. Dawn Michelle says:

    Great tips Mark!

  114. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Lindsey,

    Using oils high in linoleic acid is what has kept me from not having breakouts consistently for over five months now. I would definitely recommend any of these oils high in linoleic acid. I have had great results with pumpkin seed oil and some of my other readers have mentioned evening primrose oil as what has worked well for the.

    As for argan oil it is high in oleic acid. I have the specifics above in the article. I did list a ton of carrier oils so it was most likely just easy to miss. I had to double check it myself to see if I had listed it. Wishing you the very best and thanks so much for the compliment!

  115. Kasia says:

    Hi Dawn, hi Mark,
    Thanks for Your advices. I apply the oil onto a dry skin to remove the makeup. I then use the microfiber 2-3 times to remove the oil and then let the skin get dry. Should I apply more oil afterwords to mositurize?
    Couldn’t find any raw honey near me though I’d like to try it out some day. Is it OK if I do OCM using hemp seed oil every morning and evening?
    As for the diet I drink only one coffee a day, but could have more water and veggies, working on that

  116. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Kasia,

    Definitely moisturize the skin with a few drops of oil after cleansing versus letting the skin get dry. Also the microfiber cloth removes everything pretty easily so just be gentle with it as well. If your skin likes oil cleansing twice a day then do that. What is most important is that you learn to listen to your intuition and your skin’s needs.

    Peace and Sunshine

  117. Kasia says:

    Thanks Dawn! I will continue with OCM and see how the skin reacts, also will mositurize when needed. I read Marks’ comment on using the EOs with carrier oil for spots/ scars. What is the best combination of these? Should I apply and just leave on the skin?
    Just love your blog! Thanks for sharing all your experience and research you are doing!
    No sunshine here, just heavy rain and stormy wind! Greetings from Ireland!

  118. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Kasia,
    I wrote about adding essential oils in this article. Obviously I didn’t know about linoleic oils at the time but you will get the idea.
    Best wishes!

  119. Jessica says:

    Hi i was wondering what sunscreen would be best for acne prone skin! My skin is very dry and sensitive in winter and oily in summer

  120. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Jessica,

    I really like the Badger’s sunscreen because it doesn’t irritate and has great ingredients. The only thing is that sunscreen’s formulation with zinc oxide creates a white film on my complexion. Instead it has become the perfect base for my DIY foundation. I honestly don’t wear sunscreen daily yet when I do my choice is Devita Solar Protective Moisturizer.

    Have a beautiful day!

  121. sarah says:

    What brand of microfiber cloth do you use?

  122. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Sarah,
    The microfiber cloths I’m using I picked up from Marshalls and honestly don’t remember the name on the tag. They are 100% polyester and soft. I don’t think the brand matters as much as the cloths feeling soft to the touch. Hope this helps!

  123. Kasia says:

    Hi Dawn,
    thanks for Your reply. Waiting for the helichrysum EO to arrive! Can’t wait to start using it! Hemp seed oil is great and since it has a short shelf life I use it wherever I can! My skin loves it! Waiting for the new series about body care :) Will have thousands questions about chemical free hair care soon! Love what you are doing!

  124. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Kasia,
    I love helichrysum essential oil. I’m glad you are enjoying your hemp oil too. I store mine in the fridge to help with the shelf life. It is a much more fragile carrier oil. Thanks for your kind words.
    Best wishes!

  125. Jes says:

    Hello Dawn, I have began researching OCM because I am interested in starting this routine although I am nervous. I have been reading that if I dont use Castor Oil it wont work because that is what purges your pores. What are your thoughts on that? Thank you!

  126. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Jes,

    I don’t believe that you need castor oil to create an effective skin cleansing oil. I’ve also noticed that using a microfiber cloth instead of a plain wash cloth really helps to remove the cleansing oil the best. You can see all the specifics on how I oil cleanse here. I hope that you enjoy oil cleansing when you try it.

    Have a beautiful day!

  127. Anisah says:

    Hi Dawn,

    Its been almost 3 weeks since I started using pumpkin and grape seed oil with microfibre as part of my routine. I love the effect of this oil especially healing the acne scars and marks but unfortunately I noticed that since using this oil I had a lot of white heads and small bumps appear especially on my forehead.

    I usually have hormonal acne especially at my neck and jawline. The appearance of the small bums on my forehead seems new effect.

    My question now…How long do I have to wait to see the real results? Do I have to change my carrier oil? Or could this cause by purging effect…skin get worse before it get better..I’ve read it somewhere especially those who used coconut oil, they claimed using OCM during 1-2 weeks, the oil draws the impurities to the surface of the skin hence skin get worse before it get better.

    Thanking you for any feedback on this.

  128. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Anisah,

    I’m glad you’ve seen improvement with this cleansing method and by using pumpkin seed oil. Yes give this healing process more time as your skin may be purging, and also check the ingredients in your makeup and hair care that they don’t contain oils high in oleic acid or other pore clogging ingredients.

    Best wishes!

  129. sarah says:

    How many times a day are you supposed to do the oil cleansing method?

  130. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Sarah,
    I usually oil cleanse twice daily. Some cleanse once in the evening and just rinse with water in the morning. I’m thinking of trying this myself. Do what’s best for your skin’s needs. <3

  131. ab says:

    Hey Dawn,

    I have a question. I’ve been doing OCM for a few months now. I’m 11 months pp. Since having the baby my skin has gone crazy. I started wtih Olive Oil (not good), then tried Jojaba and now am using Pumpkin oil based on your recs. I started pumpkin about a week ago and my skin is starting to break out again. So question, is there always a “purging” period when starting a new oil? Also how long do you think it should last? Lastly, what do you use for sunscreen? Thanks, love your blog!!

  132. ab says:

    Hey Dawn,

    I just ready the last few posts. Looks like you answered my questions. Thanks!

  133. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi ab,

    First congratulations on the new bundle of joy!!!! I’m also glad you are enjoying the blog. I’m not sure if your body is still undergoing hormonal shifts, yet that is something to keep in mind as well in regards to your skin.

    I’ve found that using a microfiber cloth really aids with oil cleansing as it removes all dirt, remaining cleansing oil left behind, and makeup like no other. Also using only oils on my skin and hair that are high in linoleic acid has been major. Once my skin cleared if I used anything on my hair with an oil high in oleic acid I’d experience a breakout on my face. I had to remove all products/ingredients high in oleic acid.

    As for sunscreen I don’t wear one daily. I mainly rely on my mineral makeup which has an SPF30 when I am wanting sun protection. I make my own mineral foundation with a sunscreen that has SPF30. The exact recipe is here. Lastly I think it’s really important to approach healthy and clear skin from multiple angles. I wrote this article most recently on this topic and also this one from awhile back.

    Hope this helps and best wishes!

  134. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi ab,
    Awesome! Please keep me posted on your progress and best wishes with everything!

  135. stacey says:

    Hi Dawn Michelle,

    Reading your post has literally changed my life!! :)

    I have never suffered with acne throughout my life apart from the odd spot here and there but about a year ago I started to get really bad cystic acne on my chin area. My first thought was that it was my contraceptive pill, I stopped taking it in the hope that my acne would clear up, to no avail. In desperation I visited my doctor who prescribed topical anti-biotics, which didn’t work. I then tried scrubbing with bicarb and lemon which completely stripped my skin of its moisture but still the spots were getting worse. Up to this point I’d tried everything. I was getting really, really miserable and literally started to avoid social gatherings because of the state of my face. (that probably sounds a bit over the top but it was how I was feeling.

    I started to do some research on oil’s and natural beauty products in general a while back, so I started to look into whether I could use natural products for my acne. I was willing to try anything at this point. Some websites/blogs suggested using Argan Oil for acne, which my sister also uses and has had success with (she has always suffered with acne) so I got some and started using it. It gave my face a lovely glow but the acne on my chin which wasn’t getting any better.

    I then came across your blog and I am so glad I did. So I got some organic pumpkin seed oil for the last 7 days I have been moisturising with it and I haven’t had one spot and my skin is appearing less congested on my chin area. I still have a few lumps where I have managed to catch these cysts in time but even they are seeming to get smaller everyday. I am now also using honey to cleanse again (after stopping it when the acne occurred) instead of tea tree and peppermint facewash.

    Only problem is that I am getting some dry skin on my forehead/brow area but reading the above posts I may try applying it to damp skin to see whether that helps, as usually my skin has a tendancy to be dry rather than oily. I have also just purchased some rosehip oil because I have some lines and wrinkles so I am hoping to use the pumpkin seed oil in the morning and rosehip in the evening. I also use jojoba/frankincense or jojoba/gerium around my eye/wrinkle area, so I am hoping that the rosehip complements this.

    Thank you so much for this blog it really is my skin care bible and its amazing that you are sharing your knowledge and experiences with everyone. I and I am sure everyone else really does appreciate it!

    Thanks again!

  136. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Stacey,
    Thanks so much for sharing your story and success with natural products and pumpkin seed oil. I’m so glad this was helpful to you. Your comment made my day! Best wishes always <3

  137. JMS says:

    Hello Dawn Michelle!

    Thank you so much for the helpful article! Very informative and well-organized!

    I am a herbalist of 25+ years and still learning!

    I changed my facial cleanser recipe from using a base of Dr. Bronner’s Baby Mild or Tea Tree Liquid Soaps, which contain primarily coconut oil, to a base made primarily from true organic castile paste, i.e., saponified olive oil, either alone, or mixed with 25% organic saponified coconut oil paste.

    What a disaster! It was difficult to figure out the problem for months. During the first two weeks of use, my skin glowed and looked fabulous. But, by the third week, it would break out horribly. I finally determined the problem: too much olive oil, too much oelic acid!

    Then I read your article, which cemented my understanding of this issue. Thank you so much for that!

    I also am wary of the OCM. To obtain just the proper balance, especially along with other skin care products, is like walking a tightrope.

    What I have found works best, and what I want to share, is that coconut/hemp/olive/citrus/jojoba oils, blended to balance sebum, does work. Discovering the blend can be the challenge. Once discovered, any imbalance can absolutely make the difference between breakouts and luscious, glowing skin. So we must choose wisely!

    I’m back to my original skin care formulas for the time being, using Dr. Bronner’s Baby Mild with added organic tea tree essential oil as my facial cleanser base, and my skin has already turned around. Once healed, I’d like to experiment more with soap pastes, even try black soap. But I’m happy to be more conscious of the critical balance of oils, and thrilled that your article helps make sense of that.

    Thank you again, and best wishes! Please keep writing informative articles!

  138. Jon Davis says:

    Hey dawn great website! Can you do the ocm with pumpkin seed oil in the morning and at night instead of my facial cleanser? Also I go to the gym in the morning, when is the best time to do the ocm before or after the gym or before or after my shower? Thanks again and keep up the great work.

  139. Jon Davis says:

    Also can you recommend a good hair gel or pomade for men with no chemicals and all organic ingredients. I have been using a coconut oil and cedar wood mixture from etsy but after reading your thread it seems coconut oil clogs pores. Please help!!! :)

  140. Bobby Sinclaire says:

    Hey Dawn!

    Do you know anything about oribe mens hair products and if they are safe? http://www.oribe.com/index.php/products/view/51 Will they clog pores or cause breakouts?

  141. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi JMS,
    I’m so glad that this has been helpful to you! You definitely want to find what works best for you. Each one of us is so unique. My experience with natural soaps has always been wonderful in the beginning yet because they are very alkaline they seem to disrupt the acid mantle of our skin. Definitely keep your eyes open if this becomes your experience as well. I wrote this article about the pH in beauty products that may be of interest to you.
    Best wishes always!

  142. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Jon Davis,
    Thanks so much for the compliment! Yes you can use the oil cleansing method twice a day. If you go to the gym in the morning you can simply splash your face with water before the gym, and oil cleanse after so you are ready for the day. Hope this helps and have a wonderful day!

  143. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Jon Davis,

    A natural hair gel that I enjoy is one that I make myself. It’s flax seed gel. It’s ridiculously inexpensive and so easy to make. You can find the exact recipe and process of making the gel here. I also wrote this article about natural hair gels.

    In that article I also mention my LOVE for shea butter, yet shea butter is also high in oleic acid. Once I cut bangs I noticed that it must be used very sparingly or not at all since I am acne prone. Oils tends to spread more easily than butters which is why I didn’t notice how my skin reacted with shea butter when I only used it in my hair before cutting bangs. I’ll have to get more into that a bit later on.

    Hope this helps!

  144. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Bobby Sinclaire,

    I quickly checked the link for the hair products you mentioned and couldn’t find the ingredients list. One thing that I noticed was that they said they contained “a novel conditioning polymer” which is not a natural or healthy ingredient for hair. A polymer is “a substance that has a molecular structure consisting chiefly or entirely of a large number of similar units bonded together, e.g., many synthetic organic materials used as plastics and resins.” You don’t want to put liquid plastics or resins in your hair. Many gels and styling products contain these types of ingredients which are not good for hair at all. That is a complete article in itself which I may write in the future.

    It is important to read the ingredient lists of all the products that you use for skin and hair. I tend to keep it really simple for hair and skin care myself because I like to know exactly what is in the products that I am using. If you are interested here is a series about all natural hair care that discusses simple chemical free ingredients that you can use for cleansing, conditioning, and styling hair. Also you can see a list of natural hair products on this page at the bottom. Just read the ingredient list of the products you may be interested in.

    Best wishes!

  145. Bobby Sinclaire says:

    Thanks so much Dawn! You’re awesome. People really need to be aware of your site!! Have another question referring to body washes. From the links you provided I checked out some products and all the body washes have coconut oil and jojoba oil. In previous articles you stated that those two cause acne and can clog pores and I have experienced that. Can you recommend a good body wash that won’t cause a breakout but will also cleanse. Thank you so much.

  146. Cathy says:

    WOW! Thank you so much for this article!!! I’ve been unsuccessfully trying to switch out my chemical laden moisturizer for a clean, natural oil or serum. I’ve recently tried Chia seed oil which gave me clogged pores. I’ve also tried YULI’s ME SkinFuel which everyone seems to rave about but it caused a rash as well as more clogged pores and breakouts in places I don’t typically break out! Reading your article shed some light as to why that may have happened!

    A few quick questions:
    1) How do you travel with evening primrose oil,grapeseed oil or any other oil that needs to be refridgerated?
    2)Although you list RoseHip oil as a good oil for acne prone skin, the mountain rose herbs site info that you provided a link to for this oil specifically states “Not recommended for use on acne”???

    Thanks again for this awesome information! I’ll now be spending the rest of the night reading through the rest of your site!!!!

  147. Kasia says:

    Hi Dawn,

    First of all I am happy you are back! Hope you and your family are feeling better! I have to thank you for your blog – I had a wonderful two weeks without the make up! Doing OCM with the hemp seed oil and helichrysum EO in the evening, love the feeling when I put the oil onto my face! I use the raw honey in the morning! I put some more oil after cleansing from time to time. I think my skin has improved so much! Still have some issues and have to tackle hyper pigmentation as I have rather pale, thin skin. Going back to work next week so will have to wear some make up, but got some mineral one and I hope this will be good on my skin. Anyway, so happy with the new routine!
    Still going through your blog and read more about skin regiment.
    Next thing I would like to start is no poo and natural hair care. I know you speak highly about the rhassoul clay but I got the bentonite instead.
    Was wondering if I could do some face mask with it or mix it with honey for cleansing? You did recommend the vegetable glycerine, but I cannot find it in the shops around.

    Thanks again for changing my life!

    Just to mention, I have tried the pumpkin seed oil but it left brown marks on my skin after OCM and helichrysum EO caused a migraine for 3 days ( used 10 drops and around 1 oz of oil first, but then added more oil and it is OK now).

    Do you think applying tamanu oil directly to the scars would help to heal the skin?

  148. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Bobby Sinclaire,
    I make my own body wash with rhassoul clay. I create a diluted mix with water and a few drops of essential oil and use it in an applicator bottle from the beauty supply store. I refrigerate the remainder until the next use and keep for no longer than one week. It’s usually finished before then though. I will take more on this when I continue the No More Chemical Skin Care series.
    Best wishes!

  149. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Cathy,

    I’m so glad that you found this article helpful. I don’t consider grapeseed oil a fragile oil that needs refrigeration because it is used for high heat cooking. I personally haven’t had any problems traveling with it. Also there are other oils that don’t need refrigeration such as kukui nut oil. As for rosehip seed oil I am finally trying it out now and LOVE it! I’ll most likely be writing about that as well in the future.

    To be honest I never heard of any company or product line that considers oleic vs linoleic acid content in oils affecting acne. When I learned about it myself and saw the scientific research which I linked above in this article I trusted that instead. There are so many products on the market that are said to be gentle for all skin types but would break me out consistently. It was not until I learned more about this balance in carrier oils and tried it for myself that I saw the difference.

    I’ve experienced hormonal acne on my chin and also consistent acne that is flared with beauty products. The hormonal acne I treated with Estroblock Pro which I talk about here and the other breakouts haven’t even happened for almost six months now since removing all oils high in oleic acid from my daily beauty regimen.

    Hope this helps and keep me posted on your progress!

  150. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Kasia,

    I’m so glad that your skin is improving so much on your new skin care regimen. If you are acne prone don’t use tamanu oil. I discovered tamanu oil long before understanding the oleic vs linoleic acid balance needed for acne prone skin. Yes it is a regenerative oil but should not be used especially on the face if you are acne prone.

    Now that you’ve found a skin care regimen that is working for you, I feel it is better to keep things simple. I personally wouldn’t add more masks or other topical additions to your regimen for a few more weeks. I don’t know what it is about skin care, but I’ve seen myself do way too much when I actually just needed to understand more about the ingredients that I was using and actually do much less. That’s why my skin care regimen is so simple now with oil cleansing and herbal steaming. I hardly ever do facial masks anymore and haven’t used toners or other treatments for a long long time. Your skin has the ability to heal itself and sometimes just needs a long break. When you do try a clay mask try mixing it with honey. It may be a bit messy but still gentle.

    As for hyperpigmentation I still have a few spots that I’d love for them to be completely cleared already yet I know that it takes time and I am patient with it. What is incredible is that I haven’t had a breakout in six months thanks to understanding the need for high linoleic oils so am not creating more hyperpigmentation in the meantime.

    It doesn’t help that we are constantly bombarded with airbrushed and perfectly lit models and actresses so we feel our skin needs to be absolutely flawless as if we could walk around daily with someone literally diffusing our skin with a special light. Our perception of what skin should look like is a bit tweaked. I’m in the industry and have seen the “magic” and can still attest to feeling this way.

    So after this long reply just allow your new regimen to do what it is doing and be patient. Also take note of other aspects that can affect your skin like what I wrote about here and also here. Helichrysum EO is amazing for skin pigmentation so again be patient. <3

  151. Kasia says:

    Thank you Dawn for your reply! You are so fast, it almost feels like chatting with you!

    I will stick to the OCM and honey and see how it works for me over the next few weeks. Until now I stayed at home but going back to work, which means spending more hours in the office with the a/c.

    Nevertheless, I like using oils in my skin care and the fact that I have now more space in my bathroom!

  152. Bobby Sinclaire says:

    Hey Dawn

    Thanks for all the good advice. I really appreciate that you take time out of your life to inform everyone who reads this blog how to get clearer skin naturally. So I have been doing the OCM with pumpkin seed oil like you said and my skin is amazing. Yeah old marks are still there but I have not gotten any breaks outs from it and the marks are fading. Should I add some Helichrysum EO to the pumpkin seed oil to help with the dark marks and fading scars or is that not necessary? Also after the OCM I moisturize with hemp seed oil which has great benefits for the skin! Should I use pumpkin seed oil in the morning and hemp seed at night? Or is pumpkin seed oil better and should scratch hemp seed oil? Just want to know what your thoughts are on hemp seed oil.

    ALso on the body wash, I really value your opinion and I am having trouble finding one from the links provided that won’t cause breakouts. My friends uncle is a dermatologist and said he heard about this new product from his patience that he has seen give great results. I was wondering if you had heard anything or know about it. In need of a body wash. Thanks again. Really thankful there is a blog like this. Here is the link

    http://us.frankbody.com/

  153. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Bobby Sinclaire,

    When using simple ingredients for skin or hair care, you kind of have to use your intuition as well as some trial and error for what will work best for you. You may want to alternate the oils that you use for cleansing/moisturizing or just what feels best for you. As for adding helichrysum essential oil to either carrier oil, it will enhance the healing benefits. Patience as you skin heals is best too.

    As for the body wash link, I honestly don’t have enough time anymore to research individual products but instead hope to empower my readers to learn how to read cosmetic labels instead so that we all can become conscious consumers. If you can’t understand what is on the cosmetic label, and it is not a botanical ingredient, you probably don’t want to be using it on your skin or hair. I find that clays make the best body washes and are a lot less expensive. You can add a few drops of essential oils to this mix for scent.

    Best wishes!

  154. Dirty Hippie Inc. says:

    I stumbled upon this blog post almost 3 weeks ago and I’m so thankful for your informative blog and also thankful I gave it a try. I’m almost at 3 weeks using only oils or raw honey for washing and only EPO or rosehip seed oil w/ essential oils for moisturizer. it is going great. thank you! I do want to say my skin (which I used to think was oily) actually feels tight and almost dry after I finish cleansing and moisturizing. I thought Rosehip seed oil might be to moisturizing for my skin but it almost seems like I could use a little more moisture in the mix. Any suggestions would be great! right now I’m using rosehip as the carrier and 2 drops lavender and 1 drop geranium essential oil mixed with the 9ml of rosehip seed oil. thanks again!

  155. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Dirty Hippie Inc.,
    I’m so glad this has been helpful and it is great that you are also noticing an improvement in your skin! For hydrating the skin I use herbal facial steams which I give details about here. Another reader steamed her skin with an herbal tea with benefits a well. Let me know if you try it.

  156. J mckay says:

    Hello Dawn. Do you have a recommendation for skin that has acne rosacea, flakey and dry? Do you think pumpkin might work for me?

  157. Bobby Sinclaire says:

    Hello Dawn,

    Just wanted to say I tried the rhassoul clay face wash in the morning and it has done wonders with my skin. I still do the OCM at night with pumpkin seed oil which is great as well. Was wondering from your experience if it is good to do the rhassoul clay face wash in the am and oil cleanse in the pm or is it better to do the oil cleanse twice a day and rhassoul clay face wash a few times a week? Also I live in the cold climate weather of Chicago and my skin gets dry if I don’t use a moisturizer. Would you recommend coconut oil was a body moisturizer or do you have a better alternative. Thanks so much again and have a great weekend!!

  158. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi J McKay,
    I think that pumpkin seed oil would be great. Another option is rosehip seed oil. I have combination skin and have recently been testing out rosehip seed oil and LOVE it. Another thing that has really helped me hydrate my skin is herbal facial steaming. Let me know if you try it out.
    Best wishes!

  159. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Bobby Sinclaire,
    I’m so glad that you are also liking rhassoul clay as a face wash! When developing your own natural skin care regimen it really is trial and error and figuring out what is best for you. There are many variations that will be successful. Just keep note of what your skin likes as you know it much better than I. My best recommendation is to keep things as simple as possible. As for a body moisturizer any of the high linoleic oils listed in this article will be perfect.
    Enjoy your day!

  160. AGAPE says:

    Hello Dawn!

    I’m really interested in rose hip oil but I every time I Googled it was not advisable to use it on oily and acne-prone skin. I am 32 years old with an oily and pimply skin. I also suffer from eczema. I tried mixing rose hip oil to my prescribed try itylotion and it worked great! Tried it in my face for 2 days already and it lessened my oiliness.

    Is it okay for me to continually use it on my face?

    Thanks.

  161. Sekar says:

    Thank You Very Much!!
    This article has helped a lot in deciding what kind off oil that is best for me..!!
    Thank You Again!! (cos once is not enough) ^^

  162. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi AGAPE,
    I honestly like rosehip seed oil myself and am also new to trying it. I also am aware that most info states to steer clear of this oil if you are acne prone, yet I am truly in awe with this information about high linoleic acid carrier oils. This information about high linoleic oils has been more valuable to me than anything else. Rosehip seed oil is potent so I’m finding that using a few drops in addition to another carrier oil that is also high in linoleic acid to be wonderful.
    Best wishes!

  163. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Sekar,
    You are so welcome! Best wishes with everything!

  164. AGAPE says:

    Everyone here is raving about the benefits of argan oil. True, it made my skin glow, hydrated and relieved the itchiness of my eczema but argan also made me breakout in face back and chest.
    Your article re: oils high in linoleic is very helpful. Thank you. I’m wishing that the rosehip seed oil will help me with my eczema.

    Again, Thank you so much.

  165. Tina says:

    Dawn,
    You are an absolute GENIUS! Everything I’ve been reading for the past 6 months says Olive oil is good for my face. The only problem is, I STILL break out. I started using Organic Hemp Seed oil, and in 2 days…2 DAYS my face is already clearing up! Thank You for this post! God Bless You!

  166. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi AGAPE,
    Thanks so much for sharing this! And yes I hope that rosehip seed oil is a winner for you too. Please keep us posted on your progress and best wishes!

  167. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Tina,
    Thanks so much for the compliment and for sharing this with us! Yes I know what you mean about the information about certain carrier oils like olive oil. It is great for your skin if you aren’t acne prone. There is no one size fits all with everything. I am so glad that you are also already seeing an improvement with your skin. Keep us posted on your progress! <3

  168. Deluxey Puvanasingam says:

    Hi Dawn,
    First of all I would like to take my time to wish you a very happy Women’s History Month!!
    This is an AMAZING post, just what I needed. I have been alternating between coconut oil and body butters with numerous butters and oils that something I had used past week gave my sensitive, combination, acne prone skin skin irritation I am still trying to get rid of. I had been trying to narrow down whether it was the coconut oil(although I had used that until about a month ago and started to give a try last week) or the shea or ccoa butter or other stuff in the body butter and had just stopped everything yesterday and letting my skin breathe to heal naturally. As I was stressed about what to use, I had stumbled upon your website and this post.
    As I said, I have sensitive, combination (more on the oily side in the summer), acne prone skin and would like some help choosing a carrier oil. I was immediately interested in the evening prime rose oil yet have not read many reviews of people trying it.
    I would like a carrier oil to help with oil production in the summer, hydrate in winter, help with hyperpigmentation as I am highly prone to it as well as acne, non greasy and help with clear, glowing complexion.
    Do you have any suggestions for me?
    I absolutely have no idea what to use on my face as I am scared to even try one of my other oils such as coconut or jojoba for getting more skin irritation (tiny little bumps all over face)

  169. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Deluxey Puvanasingam,

    Thanks so much for your comment/compliment and I hope you are enjoying your day so far. Since evening primrose oil is the oil that first caught your attention that is most likely the oil you should try first. Our intuition speaks to us in different ways and sometimes it is just that “thing” that catches our eye, or a feeling, or whatever way we will notice the message.

    Yes I completely understand being hesitant to trying an oil at all especially having had an issue with coconut and jojoba oil. All carrier oils are not created equal which is why when I learned about the balance of oleic vs linoleic acid in carrier oils I had to share this. Also please take note of what oils may be in your hair care which can also affect your skin on your face and body as well as your makeup.

    Besides evening primrose oil, some of my other readers have also found grapeseed oil, pumpkin seed oil, and rosehip seed oil helpful. No matter what oil you try if you are acne prone just go with a 100% pure carrier oil, preferably organic, that is high in linoleic acid. You can also try oil cleansing if you are looking to change your facial cleanser or any of these gentle options as well. Also try only one product/ingredient at a time so that you know what is working and what is not. Wishing you the very best as your skin heals!

  170. Deluxey Puvanasingam says:

    Hi Dawn,
    Thank you. You are absolutely right. As I was doing my research on pumpkin seed oil as that i the most prevalent choice here,I KNEW it did not sound right and my mind kept going back to evening primerose oil.As someone usually have right gut feeling, I should always honor that ans thank you for pointing that out to me.
    As I read more on evening primerose oil, some questions I have now are whether I can use it directly on the face or add to my moisturizer? and do I always have to refrigerate it?
    And Thank you so much for the help and the guidance. Highly appreciate it :)

  171. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Deluxey Puvanasingam,
    You can use evening primrose oil directly on your face. It is a sensitive carrier oil so refrigeration is advised. This may seem out of the box, but I’m also aware that evening primrose oil is also sold in large capsules so that would be an ideal way to travel with this oil and still use it without refrigeration. Just a thought. I think that some things not being as convenient as others is a big deterrent to some, but there are always ways around it.
    Best wishes and definitely trust your gut!

  172. Deluxey Puvanasingam says:

    Dawn,
    Yes, absolutely. It is also funny that my fortune cookie app for today JUST turned out to be “DO not cut what you can untie;” fits in PERFECTLY with this situation.
    Just for clarification, you did mean, cutting up the capsule to use on the face not take it orally right?

  173. Dawn Michelle says:

    Exactly Deluxey!

  174. Deluxey Puvanasingam says:

    Dawn,
    Thank you so much for the help, highly appreciate it. I will let you know how this works out.
    Hope you enjoy the rest of your week/weekend!!

  175. Hazel says:

    Hi Dawn,
    I’ve been trying out hemp oil doing the OCM. The hemp oil while cleaning my pores out is too drying for my skin. I’m peeling like crazy. I’m going to try grape seed oil next probably.

  176. Hazel says:

    I’ve been trying out hemp oil doing the OCM. The hemp oil while cleaning my pores out is too drying for my skin. I’m peeling like crazy. I’m going to try grape seed oil next probably.

  177. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Hazel,
    If your skin is so dry that it’s peeling you may be interested in herbal facial steaming for hydration as well as even trying rosehip seed oil. Rosehip seed oil is a very soothing and moisturizing carrier oil that is also high in linoleic acid. Also please make sure that you are hydrating your skin from the inside out by drinking more water and avoiding dehydrating beverages as much as possible like soda, coffee, and alcohol. I hope that you find the balance that you need to continue healing your skin. Please keep us posted.
    Best wishes!

  178. meghan says:

    I think you are on to something here. I have tried everything and just started using the oil cleaning about a year ago and my skin is so much better but i still get some breakouts. It is very difficult to choose the right oil especially since there are so many choices as with all other things in the market. I think if you combined this with the comedogenic ratings of the oils then that will really help narrow things down. Choose the ones with higher linoleic from your list then look to see which have a zero on the comedogenic scale. Then once that is chosen, the essential oils such as lavender and tea tree can be mixed in the appropriate amounts. Then after that the correct method of applying should be used such as using an exfoliate to rid the dead skin cells. And there you have the three causes of acne tackled: carrier oils to take care of the sticky sebum, essential oils to rid of bacteria, and exfoliation to rid of the dead skin cells stuck there clogging the pores. Thank you, you have really helped in my long research. I will definitely try this right away.

  179. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Meghan,
    I’m so glad that this article was helpful to you and please keep us posted on how things work out for you. There are so many oils to choose from and this info really changed things completely for me. I hope things work well for you too!

  180. Dawn Michelle says:

    Thanks for sharing Meghan!

  181. ann says:

    Hi, I wanted to suggest adding safflower oil to your list. It is the highest in linoleic acid I’ve seen yet. I read about it on acne.org, alternavista had best results using safflower on skin to unclog pores. :) here’s a site showing the percent http://www.news-medical.net/health/Oils-Rich-in-Linoleic-Acid.aspx

  182. Bobby Sinclaire says:

    So based on comedogenic ratings of the high linoleic oils, hemp would be the best. I can’t find the comedogenic ratings of pumpkinseed oil, evening primrose oil, and rosehip oil. Pumpkinseed oil has worked thus far but still am seeing some breakouts. Sunflower oil however has a 0 comedogenic rating and is high in linoleic acid. Does anyone have experience with this oil? Would love some feedback Dawn, THANKS!

  183. Linda says:

    I really want to try the kukui nut oil, its high in both oleic and linoleic oil, but a bit higher in linoleic. What do you think? sorry about my english, im from norway.

  184. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Ann,
    Thanks for the suggestion. I’ve added this oil as well. Just note that safflower oil is a highly genetically modified so it is very important to make sure that you are purchasing an organic high linoleic safflower oil.
    Best wishes!

  185. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Bobby Sinclaire,

    Sunflower oil is one of those oils that is often highly genetically modified. I found conflicting information about this oil in general. The organic sunflower oil on Mountain Rose states that their sunflower oil is high in oleic acid, yet because it is a high GMO carrier oil I would only want to purchase organic. On the other hand safflower oil is rated very high in linoleic acid and the organic safflower oil on Mountain Rose Herbs also carries a high linoleic and organic safflower oil. Genetically modified safflower oils are high in oleic acid. I have yet to try either oil though.

    I am also glad that you are seeing improvement in your skin using high linoleic oils. Just keep in mind that healing acne takes time and is not only a topical solution. Both this article and this one go into more detail about healing acne from different angles.

    Hope this helps!

  186. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Linda,
    I honestly feel that the oil that you are led to trying is a great place to start. We are all unique and following your intuition is the best navigator. I have yet to try kukui nut oil myself but it is on my list of oils to try in the future. If you are seriously acne prone your skin may also benefit from the oils that are much higher in linoleic acid as well.
    Best wishes!

  187. Kasia says:

    Hi Dawn,

    Was just reading some of the comments above about the hemp seed oil. I also have now problems with the dry skin. I use a mix of the hemp seed oil and the helichrysum EO and the microfiber cloth. Sometimes I moisturize with the hemp seed oil afterwords, but putting on make up is difficult. I have been doing OCM this way for the last 8 weeks. I drink at least 2l of water daily. Is there anything I should add to the routine to hydrate my skin? Or change the oil? Also, when moisturizing with the oil after cleansing, do you remove the excess with a paper towel?

  188. Michelle Dawn says:

    Hi Dawn;

    I just happened to stumble onto your article while I was researching carrier oils for homemade skin care recipes and I’m so glad I did! Now it makes so much sense to me why none of the products I use work for me! I am so excited to switch to different oils to see what a difference it will make.

    And interestingly enough, I noticed your name is the reverse of mine. I’m Michelle Dawn. What a coincidence!

    Thank you so much for sharing this information :-)

  189. Bobby Sinclaire says:

    has anyone tried passion fruit seed seed oil also known as maracuja oil? It has a linoleic rating of 62% but I can’t find the comedogenic rating. Everything I have read about this oil sounds great. Also using hemp seed oil for OCM which has been working well. Will try safflower oil and see how that goes with updates. CHeers!

  190. Bobby Sinclaire says:

    here is a good link for passion fruit seed oil

    http://www.skincare-amazonia.de/passionsfrucht-kernol/?lang=en

  191. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Michelle Dawn,
    I hope that this is helpful to you and please keep us posted on how this works for you. It’s also nice meeting a Michelle Dawn. That is a coincidence! Best wishes!

  192. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Bobby Sinclaire,
    I haven’t tried maracuja oil yet I wonder if anyone else will chime in if they have tried it. I think it is great that you are experimenting to find what works for you. Have a beautiful day!

  193. Dawn Michelle says:

    Thanks for sharing Bobby!

  194. Shil says:

    Hi Dawn Michelle,

    I had stumbled upon your website while google searching on oatmeal or was it somethingelse. I loved your blog and found it very informative. I wanted to ask you about the Rosehip seed oil. Is it suitable for oily skin or combination skin for all? You have mentioned yours skin is combination but Moutainroseherb website has quoted that oily skin should avoid this. I am from India and I am not able to get this offline. :-( So I am trying to buy it online and they are charging exorbitantly. Would like to be sure before I buy it.
    Thanks in advance.

  195. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Shil,
    I have combination skin and really enjoy rosehip seed oil. It is a high linoleic oil as well. When choosing a high linoleic oil I suggest using an oil that you are most drawn to and to use your intuition when making the decision. I have personally had success with grapeseed, pumpkin seed, and rosehip seed oil so far. Hope this helps!

  196. Hanna says:

    Hi Dawn Michelle,

    Thank you so much for your blog and for this post especially! I have had acne-prone oily skin since my early teens and in the 20 years that followed I have tried all kinds of chemicals to control it: antibiotics, different medical creams, the pill etc. When I was younger I never thought twice about putting these chemicals and pharmaceuticals in and on myself but for the last five years I have become more aware of all the chemicals we surround ourselves and also pollute the environment with. So I have been looking for a natural skin care regime that would suit my skin but haven’t been able to find one – until now!

    I found this post about a month ago and immediately made a skin oil concoction of my own using organic rosehip seed oil with thyme and tea tree essential oils. I also made a toner with organic green tea and organic apple cider vinegar with thyme and tea tree essential oils.

    I was very doubtful at first since I tried OCM a year ago with different mixes of olive oil, jojoba oil, castor oil and apricot kernel oil and it went horribly wrong! For the first week my skin felt and looked great but after that it started breaking out like crazy. I spent loads of time on the internet looking for answers why my skin reacted like this but never found any information about the linoleic-oleic acid balance and what a difference it makes to acne-prone skin like mine. I just found the usual “your skin is just breaking out because it’s cleansing itself” and I believed it and carried on with these oils. After about a month I had to stop because my skin was getting so bad and irritated that I thought that this couldn’t be just my skin’s cleansing process. After this I just thought that I simply couldn’t use oils on my skin and had to settle for products that had at least some chemicals in them (f.e. benzoyl peroxide).

    But with the information I found in this post and in other posts in your blog I have finally been able to kick my “benzoyl peroxide habit” ;) I dare to say this now because it has been four weeks and no signs of major break outs!

    So thank you so much for helping me make my skin (and my life) better!

    Love,
    Hanna

  197. Cathy says:

    Hi Dawn! This website has been by far the most helpful is trying to use face oils!
    I was wondering if you know anything about olive oil squalane? I can’t figure out if it is more linoleic or more oleic or if that even applies? Thanks again!!!!

  198. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Hanna,
    Thank you so much for sharing this. I am thrilled that this information has also been so helpful for you too! Wishing you only the very best of everything <3

  199. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Cathy,
    Olive oil is high in linoleic acid and olive oil squalane is hydrogenated (chemically altered) oil and also not recommended for acne prone skin. I hope this is helpful <3

  200. Kathryn says:

    Hello,

    I’ve been using pumpkin seed oil as my moisturizer in the mornings (washing with raw organic honey) and then in the evenings for an oil cleanse (with microfiber cloth) and about mid-way through the day, I keep getting this burning sensation on my skin. It is very similar to the sensation I will get from sunscreen. Do you have any suggestions of what I can do to help with this?

  201. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Kathryn,

    I’m not exactly sure what is causing the burning sensation. You may have to isolate each product/ingredient to see which one is helping and which one is not. When you change your entire skin care regimen at one time it can be difficult pin pointing what is working for you.

    Try using a cotton wash cloth for a day or so to see if the microfiber cloth is exfoliating your skin too much. You can also try only using raw honey to cleanse one day and only oil cleansing another day to see what is causing the irritation. If you can give your skin a break from all of it for a day or two while being makeup free that may calm your skin as well. I hope this helps some.

  202. Bobby Sinclaire says:

    Hey Dawn, hope you are well. Do you have any experience with african black soap (the organic brown one, not the chemical store black soap)? I know you said no to soaps but I keep reading good things about this soap. My overall skin has been great but I can’t seen to fully clear my forehead even after doing OCM for almost two months already! It is weird because every time I go on vacation to a tropical island or even to Florida my skin is perfect but as soon as I come home I break out again. ANyways looking forward to your feedback as always. Thanks again

  203. mark says:

    I would rather not use pumpkin seed oil for moisturizing my face, as it can be slightly hash/dry alone to leave on skin. So I usually add it to my cleanser for a deep cleansing effect. I think it is the enzymes in it that caused that burning sensation. If you must moisturize with it then mix with a compatible soothing product. Are you using pure/organic pumpkin seed oil? You want to be sure there are no additives, as it may include flavoring/essence. You may also want to check your pH that it is normal (4.5 – 5.5).

    If you have sensitive/dry skin, I recommend using high linoleic, orgnanic and GMO-free sunflower oil, and likewise, sheabutter oil. Mix with more parts of sunflower than sheabutter oil. I have oily to combination skin but I use this as my daily moisturizer and it works well for moisturizing my face. A little goes along way, so, warm on palm to lighten before applying on slightly damp (dry-patted) face.

    I personally don’t use a sunblock, and would rather use other means when possible, like using a hood, hat or face cap. The point is to protect againt hash weather/environmental conditions. But that’s just me. Moreover, the natural oils have some SPF in them.

    Best wishes!

  204. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Bobby Sinclaire,
    African black soap is very alkaline. I’ve used it in the past off and on for years, yet never had consistent results with it most likely due to its alkaline nature. If I do try it again I will definitely not be using it daily like I did in the past. I think that alternating body care with simple ingredients like the ones above allow the skin’s pH to stay balanced longer than using alkaline products daily. I’m so glad that you are seeing improvement in your skin too!
    Enjoy your day!

  205. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Mark,
    Thanks for sharing! Shea butter and Shea nut oil is high in oleic acid so just keep an eye on using that oil for your skin if you are acne prone. Have a great day!

  206. mark says:

    Hi Dawn,

    Thanks for the warning, but high oleic acidity does not always imply acne breakouts. Likewise, high linoleic acidity is not always a panacea against acne. Oils have other properties, and for acne treatment, a starting point would be to see the oil is non comedogenic. But it doesn’t suffice to only check that, as I got major breakouts with safflower (81% linoleic acid) which is rated to zero comedogenicity. Yet I have used shea butter oil with no breakouts. I have found that there are certain ratios of both acids that work well for my skin, one of which is one part of oleic to two parts of linoleic acid. It does the skin no good to rid one or the other. The key is finding a balance with both that works well for your skin. The reason I include shea butter oil is that softens and helps the skin to regenerate. It also protects the skin.

    Besides, oil is not always the cause of breakouts. If bacteria are trapped in your pores before you apply an oil to your face, it will of course make the bacteria to multiply. So it is important to keep a clean skin and control bacteria.

    Kind regards!

  207. Justine says:

    Hi Dawn,

    Can I use any of the higher ineolic acid oils as a moisturizer ? Can I see pumpkin or hemp to moisturize instead of using for cleansing?

  208. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Mark,
    I’m so glad that you have found what works for you. There are so many factors to consider for healing your skin and acne which is why I wrote this and this article. Even though safflower oil is one of the highest oils in linoleic acid, it is also hard to know exactly what you are getting since it is also an oil that is genetically modified. I mentioned that I was unable to find consistent information about safflower and sunflower oil because they are both genetically modified. Lastly you can always add an essential oil such as lavender essential oil to you carrier oil for antibacterial properties.
    Have a beautiful day!

  209. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Justine,
    I use high linoleic oils to cleanse and moisturize my skin. You can use them however you feel best for you. I hope this helps and have a beautiful day!

  210. mark says:

    Hi Dawn,

    Thanks for your reply. Safflower and sunflower oils are usually dry/high linoleic oils, so if you come across any that are high in oleic acid, then they must have altered.

    I personally don’t like lavender on my skin, as it irritates it. Same with tea tree, but I have used it on stubborn breakouts. Recently, I have diluted avocado oil with sunflower oil and added two drops of rosemary essential oil in a 5ml jar. This blend is regenerating and does not cause new breakouts. So for those whose are looking for alternative to rosehip oil, I would recommend it.

    Kind greetings!

  211. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Mark,
    Yes safflower and sunflower oils are usually high linoleic acid oils. When I was doing research about oleic and linoleic acid in carrier oils I found that these two oils can be made into high oleic acid oils when genetically modified. It’s crazy that nature is being altered but it is important to try to use organic whenever possible. Also thanks for sharing what is working for you!

  212. T says:

    This is a great post and sooooooo informative! Thank you for this information.

    I’m interested in making a sugar scrub for my little sister who has very acne prone skin. What types of oils do you suggest I use in the scrub?

  213. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi T,
    I’m so glad that this article is helpful for you. If you want to create a sugar scrub for acne prone skin you can use any of the oils listed above that are high in linoleic acid like grapeseed oil. I honestly prefer making sugar and salt scrubs with vegetable glycerin because the shower/tub isn’t slippery after using and it rinses well while still hydrating the skin.
    Best wishes!

  214. T says:

    Yes it does make the shower super slippery.

    Thank you so much!

  215. Dawn Michelle says:

    You are so welcome T! I stopped using oils in my DIY body scrubs once I discovered that vegetable glycerin was a better option for avoiding the slippery tub/shower.

  216. Nephthys says:

    Hi Dawn, i just noticed ur picture on this site and my god u have lovely glowing skin!! ;)

    i have a question cuz today i tried to do the oil cleanse method for the first time but only tried it on my cheek/nose area as a tester. i used few drops castor oil, coconut oil, and 1 drop jojoba to nourish my skin cuz i was afraid of drying. my skin feels really smooth & clean, but it got itchy and some mild redness. the redness went away but still kinda itchy.

    did i use too much castor oil? do u know if it irritates skin? which oils are the best for oily/sensitiuve skin based on ur experience??

    thanks in advance
    take care

  217. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Nephthys,

    I’m sorry that you are experiencing skin irritation. If you can give your skin a day or two off from everything that sometimes helps. You mentioned in a previous comment that you have oily/acne prone skin. I would avoid oils like coconut oil and jojoba oil for starters and try only one oil that is high in linoleic acid to see how your skin reacts to it.

    When you are beginning a new skin care regimen it is crucial to isolate your ingredients so that you know what is working for you and what is not. After you find a few ingredients that your skin loves you can then create your own unique blend especially for you. I have not personally tried every oil that is high in linoleic acid, yet I have tried pumpkin seed oil, grapeseed oil, pomegranate seed oil, and rosehip seed oil and had a wonderful experience using them. I always recommend that readers choose an oil that they are intuitively led to.
    Best wishes!

  218. Erica K. says:

    Hi Dawn,
    I used castor oil to clean my makeup off, and then steamed my face, massaged some organic pumpkin seed oil on, and did that for a few days, and than I broke out a little bit more, so I ended up switching to grapeseed oil(Napa Valley Naturals)and that created more cystic acne in one day. Also, my skin still remained oily all day. Should I just stop using OCM?

  219. Anonymous says:

    what about retinol oil?

  220. wk987 says:

    Citrus Clear’s Sensitive Face Wash is exactly what you need – I use it daily! I only use natural and organic products. This wash is not too strong nor too weak. Shrinks pores dramatically, gets rid of blackheads, even ones that seem to have been there forever, and no noticeable peeling or reddening. Just nice results! For reference I am 32, a redhead and have fair freckled skin.

  221. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Erica,

    Did you try using a microfiber cloth during the steaming process to remove all of the oil. I’ve found with oil cleansing that when leftover oil with dirt/makeup remains on the skin it can create clogged pores. Using a microfiber cloth helps to remove the cleansing oil very well and easily.

    Also castor oil is a purging oil so can pull toxins out of the skin very quickly leading to breakouts especially in the beginning. Please know too that healing acne is not only a topical solution. I wrote both this and this article to share that healing the skin is a whole body process.

    I’m not sure if you are a makeup wearer, yet definitely look at the ingredients in your makeup if you do wear it to see if it may be contributing to your skin’s condition. I’ve found that mineral makeup and also natural chemical-free brands that don’t contain high oleic acid oils to be better for the skin. I hope this helps and let me know if you have any other questions.

    Best wishes!

  222. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Anonymous,
    Retinol is one of the ingredients I suggest to avoid. I have it listed here in “Beauty No-No’s”. You can see its rating on the Environmental Working Group here. Have a beautiful day!

  223. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi wk987,
    Thanks for sharing what is working for you, yet this product isn’t 100% natural because it contains fragrance which has unknown toxic ingredients, as well as other lab created ingredients including surfactants which are the foaming components. Unlike many of the commercial products on the market this one is a bit better, yet I always thrive to offer truly natural solutions for beauty and health.
    Best wishes!

  224. Mel says:

    Hi There!
    I am so excited to try your method of using “Linoleic Oils & Cleanse Cloths”
    I suffer from acne-prone skin and have growing hair on my chin from being hormonal…
    I am looking for something to help!
    I just purchased natural lavender oil in hopes of that helping but I also own “Grape Seed Oil” and would really try your methods!
    I have found as well that less is more and the healthier the better for my skin!
    Please shoot me an email anytime or find me on Twitter MKC_Esthetician anytime!
    Thanks for your help!

  225. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Mel,
    Please keep us posted on how your new skin care regimen works out for you. I always suggest only trying one new product/ingredient at a time so that you can definitely pinpoint what is working and what is not. Wishing you only the very best!

  226. varsha says:

    dear Dawn Michelle,
    I was thinking of using black sesame seed oil on my severe acne prone skin .Would it work? I’ve got severe scarring also. Your advice would be very helpful. Your hair tips were invaluable. Thank you so much for those tips.

  227. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Varsha,
    Do you mean black seed oil or sesame oil? Black seed oil is higher in linoleic acid than sesame oil, yet I will be completely honest by saying that I tell all of my readers to try a high linoleic oil that they are drawn to. I feel that by doing this they are following their intuition versus just what I may suggest. I know that we’ve been dialoging often yet have I suggested the concepts in this article to you to assist healing your skin?

    Also healing hyperpigmentation takes time and patience. I offer suggestions for natural remedies for hyperpigmentation here. Here is another article that may interest you too.

    Most importantly it is creating a simple natural skin care regimen and healthy lifestyle which eliminates the breakouts in the first place. I recently had a breakout myself from my consistent use of shea butter in my hair which is high oleic acid. I had used way too much yet once I stopped using it the breakout seized. Sadly I had to give shea butter up completely. I have a few scars that are in the process of healing.

    Let me know if anything else comes up for you <3

  228. Erica K. says:

    Thank you Dawn Michelle! I am now using Alimapure mineral makeup, and noticed that doesn’t cause me to breakout farther. I am also exercising now and trying the apple cider vinegar diet. Hope this will help.

  229. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Erica K,
    You are so welcome and it is great that you are taking care of yourself from various angles for good health overall. I wish you the very best during this new journey!

  230. Amreena says:

    I just wanted to say a BIG thank you. I started using organic grape seed oil on my acne prone skin and within a month I noticed my skin was more even and no more acne. I have now switched to evening primrose oil and thinking about getting the rose hip oil. Your blog has really been so helpful, thanks for sharing such wonderful tips..Wish you all the best

  231. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Amreena,
    This is great news! Thanks so much for sharing and I wish you all the best too!

  232. Amreena says:

    Thanks Dawn! Can you suggest any essential oil which I can mix with the carrier oil to brighten up my skin? Thank you :-)

  233. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Amreena,
    Sandalwood essential oil, lavendar essential oil, and cedarwood essential oil are all wonderful for brightening the skin. You can find organic essential oils here if you’re interested. Hope this helps!

  234. Elysia says:

    Hi Dawn! How nice to find such an informed article AND a blogger who responds to questions! Woohoo!
    I have had acne for the past several years, ever since I got Lyme & underwent treatment (still struggling with it but haven’t been on the hardcore drug treatment in few yrs). My skin also became very sensitive – often becoming allergic to things after using for awhile. I recently developed a lovely allergic rash on my face from a combination of a cleanser that had a small amount of salicylic acid & a new natural moisturizer that had some irritating ingredients like Vit C, glycolic acid & others. It took me forever to heal it, & I tried everything! My ND finally recommended oatmeal so I did some research & I made my own colloidal oatmeal masks (ground up organic whole rolled oats, raw honey, chamomile & calendula tinctures) & holybananacakes my face got so much better!! And not just the rash – after a couple weeks of using it, ALL of my acne is gone! Except for 1 or 2 Aunt Flo brings with her, but they come & go fast. I’m seriously in shock.
    My ND had also recommended moisturizing with jojoba emulsified with warm water. I was afraid this would break me out but it didn’t. Maybe because, though it’s low in linoleic, it’s also low in oleic?? I do have some blackheads though, which my salicylic cleanser helped with before. I’m thinking I might try another oil for moisturizing but wanted to get your take on irritation potential. When my rash was still active, I tried cleansing with a castor, apricot kernel mix but it was super irritating (most likely the castor). Might’ve been some EVOO or EVCO in it – can’t remember. I have added EVCO to my masks & have been fine with it as long as I remove it – it did cause acne when I left it on. Any particular oil you’d recommend for very sensitive, acne-prone, dry-prone (occasionally oil t-zone), fairly young skin?
    And anything for the blackheads that won’t irritate? I can’t afford to get squooshed by an esthetician right now ;) I read that white willow bark is the natural form of salicylic acid & does not irritate like the synthetic, but still not sure if it’s too strong for me. I’ve also done bentonite masks which are wonderful but didn’t notice much help with the blackheads. But maybe I need to do more often? Thanks in advance, so very much!!

  235. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Elysia,

    Welcome! One of the best high linoleic oils that I enjoy for my skin is pumpkin seed oil. I also love grapeseed oil and rosehip seed oil. We are all unique so I would suggest choosing a high linoleic acid oil that you intuitively are led to try. Rosehip seed oil is the most moisturizing oil of the three.

    Because high linoleic oils help to soften the sebum in the skin, it naturally heals acne and smoothes the skin overall. I love oil cleansing with high linoleic oils using a microfiber cloth which I explain in this article. I also use an high linoleic oil to moisturize. I personally don’t use anything but oils for my skin care along with a weekly herbal steaming session.

    Best wishes!

  236. Anna says:

    Hi thank you so much for this I finally understand why I was breaking out with some oils but not with others!! But wondering if you can help me, I have recently bought grapeseed oil which claims to be organic and cold pressed, but I noticed its linolic acid percentage is 72% instead of 70.6%, and also it says on the bottle for external use only? I bought from a place selling massage oils instead of a food oil because I didn’t want anythin genetically modified, but now I’m wondering weather the fact that it’s not good enough to eat means it isn’t good enough for my face either! Do you think it’s still beneficial to my skin or not or am I just being way to paranoid about my oils haha? Thanks if you can help x

  237. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Anna,
    If the oil that you purchased is organic without extra ingredients it sounds perfectly fine. Carrier oils will have variable ratios of linoleic/oleic acid based on how they are made but will be approximately the same regardless unless genetically modified. Hope this helps!

  238. Rose says:

    What I love about you: even though my skin or hair type may be different from yours, you explain the science behind why certain techniques work or don’t work. So I may not end up doing things exactly the way that you do them, but I’ve learned the best way to modify it for me. :)

  239. Rachael says:

    Thank you for this informative article. About how long would you say someone should try a certain oil before switching (if they were still getting breakouts)? I have been using Pumpkin seed oil for about 1.5 weeks and I have noticed my skin go up and down. I get hormone related acne on my chin and jaw line and since this is a normal acne prone time during my cycle, I’m not sure if I should try another oil or stick it out and wait. How would you use tea tree oil on acne?

  240. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Rose,
    Thanks so much for your comment! I do my best to share as much as I can so that anyone can tweak the info to make it work for them. Definitely share what is working for you if you’d like as I know it is always helpful to others. Wishing you the best of everything!

  241. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Rachael,

    Glad you enjoyed this article, yet I hope that you can find a wonderful solution for your skin as well. Please read this article and this one too for more tips to healing your skin. You may also want to check the ingredients in your hair care and makeup to make sure that they are not irritating your skin and creating the breakouts as well. Chemical free is the best way to go.

    If you are a makeup wearer it is also helpful to keep your makeup brushes clean and the lids of mineral makeup if you use that clean as well. I wrote about that here. Also if pumpkin seed oil is not working for you definitely try a different one. I have had some readers comment that evening primrose oil worked wonders for them. You can see a ton of readers share info in the comment section of this article.

    Lastly tea tree oil is extremely potent and can possibly cause irritation to skin. If you have sensitive skin I would try alternative option first or try lavender essential oil instead. Also as an essential oil it would have to be diluted in a carrier oil. I would find the best carrier oil first and make sure that it is suitable for your skin before adding any essential oils to it. I share how to dilute essential oils for oil cleansing here. The article I just linked was also written before I learned about oleic vs linoleic acid in oils.

    Hope this helps!

  242. Mimi Johnson says:

    This is absolutely true and a good summary of the info out there on natural oils and acne. I am trying to heal my gut from the inside out. If you have adult acne, you have a gut imbalance. Grapeseed oil cleared my skin nearly 100%. It took 8 months tho because I can’t use other products. I just was with microfiber cloth, tone with cotton pad and spring water (no chorine to irritate the skin) and rub into my hands 3 drops grapeseed oil (NO added vitamin E) and press into skin 2 x per day. Finally clear skin. Pay attention if you have adult acne. Your body is trying to tell you you are at risk for auto-immune and other heatlh issues!!!!

  243. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Mimi Johnson,
    Thank you so much for sharing this info! Our skin is just telling us what is going on on the inside. I also appreciate you sharing how long it took for you to heal your skin. Many think they will have instant results, yet it does take time for the body and skin to detox.
    Best wishes always!

  244. Rachael says:

    Hi Dawn,
    Thank you for your reply. What types of shampoos and moisturizers (for body) do you recommend?

    Thank you!
    Rachael

  245. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Rachael,
    Here is a series on 100% natural hair care and here is the article on body care. Enjoy your day!

  246. Elysia says:

    Thanks for the reply! I wanted to find the best microfiber cloth for super sensitive skin (I read that the general ones can be irritating for some) and an e-Cloth rep recommended the glass & polishing cloth. It is not soft & fluffy, it’s more of a tightweave with a smoother feel. Well, I tried it and it made my rash worse :( Then I came across some pretty incredible sounding info on konjac sponges. Supposed to be great for people with sensitive skin. Have you tried them? I know there are different kinds.

  247. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Elysia,
    I found really nice microfiber cloths which are really soft at Marshall’s in the home section. I don’t remember the brand but they also have towels in the same soft fabric. They come in a variety of colors. It really helps when they are super soft. <3

  248. Jennifer says:

    Hi Dawn Michelle,
    I started researching cleansing with oils and came upon your site. I have had pretty bad acne-although not severe-for ~16yrs. Gone to 2 dermatologists and have had a difficult time overcoming it- I can’t take any oral medications cuz even the topical creams give me stomach issues.I realize I need to put better food in me and have been doing pretty good the last 5 months with plans to only get better. Two weeks ago I decided to try the Life-flo organic cold pressed grapeseed oil (ingr: vitis vinifera (grape) seed oil 99.5%, tocopherol (Vitamin E))since it was pretty high in the linoleic oils , the ratio with the oleic oil was pretty large and it was the right price. I also bought microfiber cloths. The first ten days were AMAZING. LIFE CHANGING. I didn’t wear makeup I felt confident (foreign for me) I was GLOWING, my face looked so freaking pretty- even though the acne didn’t entirely clear up I looked good. On the 11th day it was a 360. My face looked dull again and I noticed every spot I had on my face and it was no longer feeling soft and smooth. I’m wondering what went wrong. Morning and night I was washing with the oil, steaming for approximately 30 seconds and then wiped/sometimes scrubbed off the oil. My showers pretty much were like steaming hot so maybe I’m drying out my face? Or I’m wiping my face too hard? After washing I pat dry and then apply more oil -at night, I would apply a pretty good amount of the oil on my face and in the morning put a tiny amount on my dry areas. Do you pat your face dry or air dry? Maybe I’m using too much topically at night? Do you use the oil to moisturize? Would it maybe be better for me to apply a different oil after the washing? Should I only wash my face once a day? Do I really need to scrub with the cloth 2ce a day? I’ve also just been leaving the oil in my shower. It says store in a dry cool place? Should I not keep it in my bathroom? Would it be better in the fridge? Sorry, I know that I have a million questions but I feel like it was working better than anything I’ve ever tried plus I like the results on the rest of body. In advance, I really appreciate your input and the time you take on your site and in answering questions. You’re a beautiful woman and I love following you!
    Thanks, Jennifer

  249. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Jennifer,

    It takes time for your skin to adjust to a new skin care regimen. Also microfiber cloths are really wonderful at exfoliating the skin so using them gently works well as you don’t want to irritate your skin. You can cleanse and moisturize with the same oil, and I like to apply the oil to moisturize on damp skin.

    Store your oil in a dry cool place if possible. Grapeseed oil specifically does not need to be refrigerated though. As long as you are taking in consideration of the other factors that effect our skin’s appearance and eating a healthy organic diet you should continue to see improvement in your skin. Also thank you so much for the compliment <3

    Best wishes always!

  250. Hello Dawn! Wow I was looking up oil cleansing and ran across your site. By the way excellent site and great information. I just moved to DC and my skin has been going crazy!!! I’ve always had acne prone skin and was hoping that the climate change wouldn’t flare it up and it has. Well anyways I wish I would have found your site before I spent $70 on an organic everything all from a boutique. (Was trying to support small business) I was desperate to find something that would help my skin that I spent the money and the worst part is she doesn’t disclose her ingredients, so I don’t even no what the hell I’m putting on my face. But nevertheless I used the oil as a cleanser twice and each time it left my skin really dry afterwards. And I thought that was strange being that it is a blend of oils. So idk what do you think? Discounted use or keep trying? Is this a normal process of skin adjusting to oil cleansing? Thank again!!

  251. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Pamill,
    To be honest it is really hard to say why your skin may be dry since you are not clear what is in the products that you are using. I can say that I and many of my readers have truly benefited from using high linoleic oils for oil cleansing and moisturizing. You can call the boutique that you purchased your products from and see if they will give you the ingredients list. It is extremely important to know what is in the products that you are using. Also here are some tips for dry skin.
    Best wishes!

  252. Ke-Shaun says:

    Is oil face cleansing a bad idea for the summer? I love the results, but am concerned about it making my skin more susceptible and sensitive to sun damage.

  253. Bethany says:

    Hi Dawn,

    I am so, so glad I found this article! About 2 months ago I threw away all of my chemical-laden products (*ahem, face wash!) and ever since then have been trying to get my skin back under control. I used to only have random pimples here or there, but after I stopped using my face wash (which contained benzoyl peroxide) I broke out horribly on my forehead and chin, and still have not been able to clear it. :(

    I’ve been washing my face with raw organic honey ever since I got rid of my face wash, and while I love how it feels, it has done nothing to clear my acne. It does sooth my skin, but I continue to get new blemishes. Frustrating!

    I’ve tried OCM twice now (the 1st time for about 2 weeks, and the 2nd time for only a few days), and both times began getting lots of little hard bumps & whitehead on my chin (already have lots of hard bumps on my forehead), which is not something I’ve had before. I was using a blend of macadamia nut oil and castor oil, sometimes with a few drop of tea tree oil. After reading your article, I see why I may have had a problem! Macadamia nut oil is high in oleic acid.

    Anyway, I am greatly afraid to try something else because nothing seems to help and my skin keeps getting worse. But I desperately want to find a solution. (By the way, I have stopped wearing makeup completely since I started breaking out. Also eat extremely clean – Paleo, organic, etc.) I think I am going to order some evening primrose oil and try it.

    My question is this: how do you know if you’re temporarily purging or if your skin is breaking out due to the oil? I never know whether to keep going or stop immediately! I’m just scared to test the waters again…

    Thanks!

  254. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Ke-Shaun,

    Oil cleansing is amazing for skin especially if you are using the right oil for your skin type. You can always follow up with a sunscreen for skin protection especially during the summer months. One of my favorite sunscreens is Devita Solar Protective Moisturizer SPF 30. It is usually alpha/beta hydroxy acid peels that make your skin susceptible to sun sensitivity. Hope this helps!

  255. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Bethany,

    Breaking out is frustrating so I’m hoping that you find what works for you. For starters know that the appearance of our skin is also a reflection of what is going on inside the body. I wrote this article sharing more about that. Emotions can play a lot into our skin as well. It’s great that you are eating very healthy too!

    It takes time for our skin to completely heal and the length of time depends for everybody because there are so many different factors to consider and we are each so unique. I wouldn’t be afraid to try a high linoleic oil to oil cleanse. I would suggest using a microfiber cloth instead of a regular cotton wash cloth because it really helps clear out congested pores unlike nothing else I have tried.

    I would look for a super soft microfiber cloth. I found some great ones at Marshalls. No particular brand, yet they were in the kitchen towel etc. section. I share exactly how I oil cleanse here. Whatever high linoleic oil you are led to try go with that. That instinct is usually our intuition.

    Best wishes!

  256. Bethany says:

    Thank you for the swift reply! I’m going to order the evening primrose oil and look for some microfiber cloths. And try to keep the positive thoughts and energy flowing, lol! :) Thanks for the help!

  257. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Bethany,
    Glad to help! Let me know how things go. <3

  258. Grace says:

    A very interesting post! I’m confused whether or not I agree since my experience with some of the oils on your list vary. For me I think it just depends on whether my skin likes the oil or not. Even though they’re high in oleic acids, I’ve found Jojoba and Argan oil to work the best on my combo sensitive, acne-prone skin which reacts to many cosmetic ingredients. In contrast I broke out terribly from Grapeseed oil which is high in linoleic :( However I did break up from Avocado, Tamanu, coconut, and Apricot Kernel Oil which are high in oleic acids according to your list.

  259. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Grace,

    Thanks so much for sharing! I plan to make a note that wheat germ oil is high in linoleic acid yet also the highest on the carrier oil comedogenic list. Every carrier oil is very unique. This information completely changed how I view carrier oils and has provided me with consistent results of having clear skin once I omitted all oils high in oleic acid.

    Jojoba oil is somewhat balanced in oleic/linoleic acid which is why I feel results vary with that oil. I haven’t tried argan oil so can’t share any personal experience with it. It is most important that you find what works for you.

    Enjoy your weekend!

  260. Lisa says:

    Hi Dawn,
    Love this article and your whole site!
    I have a question about one of the oils.
    I picked up Organic Rosehip seed oil after reading your article yesterday, except I noticed the one I got is with Vitamin E Oil, they didn’t have it without.
    I do have acne prone skin and just got over severe cystic acne, I’ve been clear for about 4-5 months now. I do have some hyperpigmentation from my acne. I’m tired and my skin is tired of using these cleansers with mass amounts of chemicals on my skin so I decided to try OCM. My question is, will the Vitamin E in the rosehip oil I bought throw anything off to cause breakouts, etc? Should I use this oil along with anything else or by itself?
    Thanks!

  261. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Lisa,

    I still haven’t been able to find much information on the chemical composition of vitamin E oil. So I am honestly not sure how it will affect the balance of other high linoleic oils. I’ve only used pure carrier oils without vitamin E so am not sure what the effects with be.

    I’ve had a great experience with rosehip seed oil despite the claims of it not being good for acne prone skin. That has been my experience and using high linoleic oils in general. Also when I use high linoleic oils I’ve been using them individually to determine exactly how my skin feels about each one. Definitely use your intuition on which oils to try.

    I hope this helps!

  262. oyinda says:

    Hello Dawn,

    I just purchased carrot seed oil and grapeseed oil. I have got acne prone skin and I was wondering if I can I mix these oils together or use them separately?

    Oyinda

  263. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Oyinda,
    I would try grapeseed oil first alone to make sure that your skin loves it, then add the carrot seed oil to it and see how your skin likes the mix. You can make a small batch of the oil mix before creating a larger batch. You can add 5-10 drops of carrot seed oil to every 1 oz of grapeseed oil. It’s always better to start with less. I mentioned how to add essential oils to your carrier oils in this article.
    Best wishes!

  264. chantelle says:

    Hello Dawn,
    I stumbled on your website, I have combination skin and tend to break out on my cheeks, cystic acne. I haven’t tried the oil cleansing method but I do use oil to remove makeup. On makeup free-days I cleanse with raw honey, tone with alcohol free cucumber witch hazel and 1 drop of Jojoba Oil. I read your article and immediately ordered organic cold pressed grape seed oil( Life-Flo). I now use 1-2 drops as a moisturizer. I noticed I am breaking out more, but I like that the oil doesn’t not leave my skin greasy. I heard I should give a new oil some time on my skin, Should I keep using it or stop? Also-How should I store it? Whats the shelf life?

  265. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Chantelle,

    Welcome! Sometimes it will take time for your skin to adjust to a new skin care routine, yet I honestly prefer to see improvement using something new versus having an adverse reaction. It is possible that grapeseed oil may not be the best match for you. I have had other readers who preferred other high linoleic oils for their skin instead of grapeseed oil. We are all so unique so it is important to use your intuition when finding what will work for you. Grapeseed oil does not need to be refrigerated so can be stored in a cabinet.

    There are so many factors which play into maintaining clear skin outside of our topical treatments. Our skin also represents what is going on inside the body. Please check out this and this article for more information. Lastly sometimes when we are working hard to clear our skin we can overdue things. It is great that you have makeup free days to allow your skin to breath. Even having minimal skin care days is helpful to allow your skin to balance itself as well. Also if there is another high linoleic oil that you are intuitively led to try go for it. I hope that this is helpful to you.

    Best wishes!

  266. Emm says:

    I found this website months ago when I was searching for a natural moisturizer to use on my skin. Having found I was pregnant, and having super itchy dry legs from both the pregnancy and the extremely cold winter, I wanted to find something that was as easy to use and soothing on my legs as baby oil (but didn’t contain petroleum products) and that I could use on my belly and face, as well. In the past I’ve tried olive oil, jojoba oil and coconut oil. I didn’t get the best results with any of them. I had especially high hopes for the coconut oil since so many women seem to swear by it, and was equally disappointed with the way it made my skin break out. Since I found this site, I decided to try grape seed oil, and months later I had to find the site again to say thank you!!!! It’s so easy to use. I just smear it on my body after my shower and before drying off. I use it all over: my face, my legs, my growing baby bump. It makes my skin feel smooth, keeps me from feeling itchy, and it definitely doesn’t make me break out any more than I did without it. I’ll probably have to be more careful going out in the sun, but it’s absolutely the best moisturizer I ever found and I’ll never go back. And for only a few bucks, it lasts for half a year. Great value! Thanks so much for your research into this.

  267. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Emm,
    Thanks so much for sharing the success you’ve had with grapeseed oil! Also wishing you only the very best for you and your baby! <3

  268. Laurie says:

    Hi Dawn,
    I noticed that you do not mention Borage oil. I was told that Borage oil has the highest amount of GLA. I am currently using grape seed oil (my fourth try- I used jojoba, safflower (ended up being high in oleic acid), Evening primrose oil and now the grapeseed). It has been a long process, but am starting to clear up. Do you have any comments about using borage oil internally or topically?
    Thanks.

  269. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Laurie,
    I’ll have to look more into borage oil. I am glad that you are seeing positive results with evening primrose and grapeseed oil though. I hope you are having a beautiful day!

  270. Rose H says:

    I’m glad I found this post. I have never suffered from acne, but have had horrible eczema as a child/adult. My skin on my entire body has always been very sensitive and I would always break out into hives. So, I always cleaned my face with hot water followed by cold water. It worked for my son too, but not my daughter. It Wasn’t until I looked more into oils and how they worked that I tried a modified oil cleansing method for my daughter. Jojoba oil works great on every part of her face except her forehead, lol. Running into this post I think that castor oil will be a good choice for her. I’ll definitely let you know.

  271. Sunny says:

    I absolutely love this information that you’ve shared, and have passed along the link to others in order to spread the word about the benefits of oil cleansing.

    That said, I’ve been using grapeseed oil (Life Flo) for cleansing for almost one month now, along with the microfiber cloths. The first two weeks were glorious; my congested acne prone skin improved greatly. However, the last two weeks have been a struggle. My skin seems to have a layer of small (but persistent) whiteheads and comedones now, which the oil doesn’t seem to clear up. I’d hate to switch to a different oil at this point, because this could be an adjustment period for my skin. However, like others in similar situations, I’m a little disappointed and frustrated!

    I should also mention that while I am a vegan and do a decent job (most days) of eating healthy foods, I definitely don’t get enough sleep. I see that others in the comments have had similar issues with starting out with OCM, but I am really tempted to try another oil in case my face has reacted negatively to grapeseed oil. Any suggestions?

  272. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Rose H,
    I’m so glad that this has been helpful to you. Thanks so much for sharing and have a beautiful weekend!

  273. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Sunny,
    I just wrote this article on how I cleared my skin which may be of some help to you. Best wishes!

  274. karishma says:

    what do i do? i got deep acne scars plus my skin is oily..which oil to use..so that it does not cause acne?

  275. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Karishma,
    I wrote this article to give a very detailed description on how I healed my acne and acne scars. I hope that it is helpful to you so that you will know where to start. Best wishes!

  276. cynthia matherne says:

    Evening Primrose Oil—Oleic–8.4% Linoleic–72.6%
    Have you tried this oil for oil cleansing? I would think because it so high in linoleic and so low in oleic it would be best for oil cleansing acne prone skin. What is your thoughts? I love your blog:))))

  277. Beth says:

    I have acne now that I’m off the pill and in perimenopause. I never went through this before,it’s very distressing. After trying antibiotics, tretinoin, clobetasol, AHA, salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide I was at my wit’s end! My friend was using vitamin E for his psoriasis, I decided to try the closest thing I had to that, castor oil. I was astonished at my acne clearing up! I then found your oil article and tried Hemp oil. I had it handy as I make my own soap. In 2 days, well I could just cry! My peaches and cream complexion is returning. You have done those suffering this skin disease a great service! God bless you!

  278. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Cynthia Matherne,
    I haven’t tried evening primrose oil myself yet a few readers have commented that it worked really well for them. My favorites are pumpkin seed oil, hemp oil, and rosehip seed oil. Have a beautiful day!

  279. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Beth,
    Thank you so much for sharing this and I’m so excited that your skin is responding so well to high linoleic oils. This information was truly life changing for me so I couldn’t keep it to myself when I started seeing consistent results. Best wishes with everything!

  280. varsha says:

    Recently, I’ve started oil cleansing my face with black cumin seed oil, I can find a decrease in the size of the new breakouts and old existing zits, but I feel that my skin is too oily. After OCM, I tend to splash my face with water to remove the excess oils. Is this ok?

  281. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Varsha,
    Do what works for you. I’m glad that you’ve been noticing a vast improvement with your skin using black cumin seed oil. That’s what is most important. Thanks for sharing your progress!

  282. Dee says:

    I just read this article and I found it very informative. I’m wondering if you or anyone else know the oleic/linoleic balance of tea tree oil and neem oil!
    I’m currently using argan oil and coconut oil (both organic) and they work okay for me but I’m always looking for something better. I break out on my jaw/cheek area especially around that time of the month but during the summer they seem to last longer. I think I will try some of those oils from the list of oils high in linoleic acid.
    Thank you for sharing your knowledge!

  283. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Dee,
    Coconut, argan, and neem oil are all high in oleic acid. You can see the percentages of neem oil here. As for tea tree oil it is an essential oil and I honestly don’t know the biological composition of tea tree oil. Essential oils and carrier oils are very different. Hope this helps some.

  284. selina says:

    Hi Dawn,
    I am a little confused with your article. You state that acne flareups and clogging can be due to an overabundance of oleic acid, and not enough linoleic acid, however, you suggest jojoba oil as a carrier oil in your OCM blend, which has a balanced but higher amount of oleic acid to it than other carriers. Why wouldn’t you use an oil high in linoleic acid for acne prone skin, such as Hempseed oil which also ranks a 0-1 on the comedogenic scale?

    If you feel castor and hempseed is too drying, maybe add in 10% jojoba? I haven’t started any OCM yet, just doing lots of research, but based on what you state, it seems a blend of castor and hempseed is the best solution.

    One other point- jojoba is supposed to be closest to your skins natural sebum, but if you are acne and clogging proned, then isn’t that saying that your natural sebum is over producing waxy hard oil (clogging) therefore, it doesn’t make sense to “add” jojoba, since in theory – it would exacerbate the already waxy/hard clogged oil – right? Jojoba = skin natural sebum. When skin natural sebum is too much it causes clogging – why add more? Hope you can clarify. THANKS!

  285. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Selina,
    In the article titled Two Amazing Natural Solutions For Acne I noted at the bottom of the page that I had since learned about high linoleic oils and I linked to this article. Here you can see exactly how I cleared my acne and my current skin care regimen described in detail here. Hemp seed oil is amazing and one of my three favorite oils. I hope this info helps to answer your questions.
    Best wishes!

  286. Katerina says:

    Wow very impressed with this article.Thank you for posting.

  287. Mary Jo says:

    HI,
    I found this article very interesting. For my skin, I cleanse then moisturize with Marula oil, which is high in Oleic acid (66-78%) with only 4-7% linoleic. It’s cleared my skin and my teenage kids up within two weeks of using it as our facial wash. Could this just be the difference in our chemistry?
    Mary Jo

  288. Dawn Michelle says:

    Thanks Katerina for your comment! Hope this info helps you!

  289. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Mary Jo,

    I think in general oil cleansing is much more gentle on skin than traditional face washes. This is what I personally noticed when I first started oil cleansing with olive/castor oil mix four years ago. If you have consistent results with marula oil for months and months to come, you have found a winner.

    For me specifically using high linoleic oils has made a drastic difference in my skin with consistent results. Still I am aware that all carrier oils are unique with other properties aside from the oleic/linoleic balance. Do what works for you. <3

  290. selina says:

    How long does it take to remove the clogging and blackheads, I thought it was supposed to be immediate but my oils didn’t take anything out yet is been two washes. The clogging is hard sebum that comes out with a hard deep sqeeze, but I was trying to avoid that by starting the oil method. I use castor and hemp seed . All high linoleic. I am getting discourage and squeezing the plugs myself which is causing swelling, and a pimple from the pucking. I thought the effects of the oil was to pull out all the plugs immediately. Will I still have plugs? How long does it take for them all to go?

  291. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Selina,
    I feel it takes up to a month to see improvement in your skin when starting a new regimen. Also please know that when healing your skin applying topical treatments is only one aspect of the picture. Our skin is our largest organ and is literally trying to excrete toxins that are inside the body. I share how I cleared my acne and acne scars here. I also wrote this article and this article to help my readers understand that healing our skin in a multifaceted system. Also please do your very best to keep your hands off of your skin, as squeezing plugs and popping pimples can possibly cause scarring.
    Best wishes!

  292. La says:

    Hi,
    Is it okay to mix a few drops of lavender essential oil into any of the carrier oils mentioned above and then use this daily for oil cleansing? What ratio of essential oil to carrier oil should you use?

  293. Mirella says:

    Hey dear Dawn,
    thank you for your site! You are adorable!
    I think we have a lot in common in regards of hair (I have the same texture as you, just my hair is to the middle of my belly long) and in regards of skin ( I suffer from acne and am now healing thanks to the natural remedies). I found your blog to be SO HELPFUL.

    Next step I want to try is oil cleansing. I already tried hemp seed oil as conditioning oil and it broke me out badly. I am now using neem oil, which is amazing on my skin and heals my scars also. I want to try pumpkin seed oil, but I live in a small town in Germany and in the bio market there is only cold pressed pumpkin seed oil from ROASTED seeds, not raw seeds. I really dont understand if there is a difference if the oil is actually cold pressed and bio. What pumpkin seed oil do you use? I bought also safflower oil (it smells gross :D ). Would the effect be better if I mix them with castor oil?

  294. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi La,
    I share how to add essential oils to your carrier oils here. This article was written before I learned about high linoleic oils but the ratios of essential oil to carrier oil still relate. <3

  295. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Mirella,
    Thanks so much for the compliment! I use cold pressed organic pumpkin seed oil from raw seeds. Roasted oils are definitely different. And yes you can mix the oil that you like with castor oil, yet I prefer to keep my cleansing oil simple. Just make sure that your skin is happy with both oils before mixing them.
    Best wishes!

  296. Kam says:

    Hi Dawn Michelle,
    I am so happy to have found your website! It is such a wealth of information! I don’t wear makeup at all just physical sunblock, recently switched to Devita moisturizer/sunblock. Do you still recommend oil cleansing for those that don’t wear makeup?

  297. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Kam,
    Welcome! I haven’t worn much makeup at all this summer, mainly lip color. I oil cleanse at night and splash with water in the morning. Oil cleansing is great for refreshing the skin without disrupting the pH balance. Find what works best for you. <3

  298. Irene says:

    Thank you for this article. I am researching creating an acne serum for a friend’s son who is 14 and just getting pimples. The oleic vs. linoleic factor in carrier oils is just what I needed.

  299. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Irene,
    Wishing you the best and hope this helps!

  300. Karen says:

    Great post! what about Alpha-linoleic acids(omega-3)?

  301. Rita says:

    great article! thanks!

  302. Dawn Michelle says:

    Thanks Karen!
    Omega 3’s are important for good health so I incorporate them into my diet.

  303. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Rita,
    Thanks for your comment!

  304. Victoria says:

    This is amazing! I have used the OCM and cleansing oils for a few months, with good but not excellent results. My skin looks brighter and plumper with fewer break-outs, but the oils weren’t clearing out blackheads or preventing all break outs. Your post has resolved the mystery for me! Thank you, thank you! And VitaLivesFree’s youtube channel for talking about this post and sending me here. :D

  305. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Victoria,
    This info changed my thoughts on oil cleansing completely. I hope that it is helpful for you too. Please keep us posted and best wishes!

  306. Sarah says:

    Dear Dawn Michelle,
    Thank you for all your good advise and wonderful beauty recipes you are awesome!
    I have had acne for nine painful physical and emotional years, but about seven months ago I started the oil cleansing method using evening primrose oil.

    When I first stared doing it my skin brockout but then magic happen and my acne started to go away. I occasionally get acne breakout, but my zits are geting smaller and smaller!

    I have now started to use calendula essential oil in my evening primrose oil and chamomile Hydrolat as a face toner and it’s helping even more! And now I’m starting to get complements about my skin, that has not happen in a long time! I’m so happy about that!

    But I was wondering do you have suntan lotion recipe for acne prone skin that I can use for my face and body?

    THANK YOU SO MUCH! YOU ARE A BLESSING!

    Sarah.

  307. parker says:

    Is pumpkin seed oil suppose to tingle or anything of the sort of make your face feel dRy.

  308. sarah says:

    Do you have a suntan lotion recipe for acne prone skin That I could use for my face and body?

  309. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Sarah,
    Thanks so much for sharing this and I’m really happy that you found a simple skin care regimen that is working so well for you. Also I don’t have a suntan lotion recipe only a list of natural sunscreens here. Enjoy your day!

  310. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Parker,
    You skin may be dehydrated in general yet you don’t want anything to make your skin feel dry. I find it helpful to apply oils to wet skin so splashing the face with water before applying an oil can help a lot. Also make sure that you are hydrated from the inside out and possibly incorporate healthy fats high in rich omegas to soften your skin as well. Hope this helps!

  311. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Sarah,
    I don’t have a suntan lotion recipe. I do share a list of natural sunscreens though here. <3

  312. Sarah says:

    Thank you, keep up the good work!

  313. Nikkita Thimmaiah says:

    Hi Dawn.
    Should i oil cleanse my face twice a day ?
    What type of face makuep to us to avoid acne ?
    Can i use it just after oil cleansing ?
    After cleaning off the oil with the soft fiber cloth. Should i rinse with water ?
    But i loved ur article :)
    Thumbs up for it :)

  314. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Nikkita Thimmaiah,
    You can read all of the details on how I oil cleanse in this article along with a weekly treatment that I really enjoy. A year ago I would oil cleanse morning and night. Now I oil cleanse at night and wash my face with water in the morning then moisturize. Rinsing with water after oil cleansing gives your skin extra hydration before adding a few drops of oil to moisturize too. I also wrote some of my recent skin care updates in this article. I hope this helps!

  315. yg says:

    Are sunflower oil and safflower oil more suitable for dry skin or oily skin?

  316. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi YG,
    If you are looking for an oil best for acne prone skin just make sure that it is high in linoleic acid. Sunflower oil and safflower oil can be genetically modified and I’ve seen organic sunflower oil both high in oleic acid and high in linoleic acid so it depends on the maker of the oil. Is your skin dry or oily?

  317. Tyler says:

    Hi! I’m really unsure of what oil i should use, I have acne prone combination that sometimes gets flaky and sensitive. I’ve tried coconut oil and avocado oil but they break me out! I’ve heard good things about grapeseed oil but I’m worried in case it won’t moisturise my skin enough, or I’m thinking about sesame and hemp seed oil. I’m so confused about which one is best, what do you think?

  318. yg says:

    well, it’s actually combination, plus acne on the oily area too. i have tried jojoba, sweet almond before and realized the acne look redder after applying.

  319. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Tyler,
    Finding what is best for your skin is trial and error. Hemp seed oil, pumpkin seed oil, and rosehip seed oil are my favorites. Hemp seed oil is the lowest on the comedogenic rating for oils and it is high in linoleic acid so that may be a great one to try first. Best wishes!

  320. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi YG,
    Hemp seed oil is the lowest on the comedogenic rating for oils and it is high in linoleic acid so that may be a great one to try first. Jojoba oil and sweet almond oil are both not high in linoleic acid. It will take some trial and error as well as giving your skin some time to adjust to a new regimen. Keep your skin care simple and consistent. Trying a bunch if different things can cause irritation.
    Best wishes!

  321. Jess says:

    I’ve actually found that seabuckthorn seed and fruit oil has been amazing to clear up my skin and even out my skin tone. It’s got to be the best topical product I’ve ever tried. I use those oils together at night time. You can add a bit of the fruit oil to another carrier oil to use as a a daily moisturizer. I added about 5 drops to grape seed oil that I store in a little dropper bottle. Don’t add too much or it will be orange.

  322. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Jess,
    Thanks for sharing what is working so well for you!

  323. Sylvie Gubbels says:

    Hello, I’m so happy to hear about the Linoleic acid differences, makes so much sense and I can’t wait to try using the right types of oil now. I was wondering if you knew the percentage of Linoleic & Oleic acid in Sandalwood oil. I just bought it and its super expensive and can’t seem to find the answer. Thank you so much for sharing.
    Sylvie

  324. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Sylvie Gubbels,
    If you purchased an essential oil of sandalwood, these ratios of linoleic versus oleic will not apply the same way since essential oils are completely different than carrier oils. I hope this helps some.

  325. Sarah says:

    Hi! Is all your tips and advice for skin care applicable for all skin ethnicity types? Obviously hair care is different, but wasn’t sure on skin. I love what you’re saying here and want to give oil cleansing a try. My son wants to try it, too, as he is dealing with acne and is pretty tired of all the bleaching (clothes, towels, etc…have to be really careful) the benzoyl peroxide is doing.
    Thanks!

  326. Jessa says:

    Thank you so much for this article! I found it through a Pemberley Jones link-up and although it has only been about a month, I have seen shocking improvements in my skin. For years I’d been managing my painful adult acne with BHA and Benzoyl Peroxide, as I slowly leaned toward a healthier lifestyle. Almost a year ago, that stuff started giving me hives and I could no longer use it. Thankfully, that pushed me to search for more natural options, but nothing was working and my skin only continued to worsen. When I read this article I immediately discontinued using the higher oleic oils I’d been trying. I added in Pai’s rosehip oil and Osmia’s spot treatment (what led me to PemJo in the first place!) and have seen remarkable improvement. I was seriously starting to think I’d be stuck with bad skin forever! My pumpkin seed oil should arrive today so I’m excited to add that into my regimen and see how I fare. I’m loving the rest of your site as well :) Just wanted to chime in my thanks and encouragement!

  327. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Sarah,
    The research that I did on high linoleic oils is linked in the article for reference yet didn’t have any information about ethnicity or the amount of melanin in the skin. Oil cleansing is very popular in general, yet I’ve taken it further with high linoleic oils. Best wishes to you and your son!

  328. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Jessa,
    Yaa I’m so happy that you’ve found something that is working for you and that this article has been so helpful in general! Wishing you the best!

  329. Meg says:

    hi! I think this is some very neat info! I was wondering if you had any suggestions for slightly indented scars? I was thinking tamanu oil might help? Thanks!

  330. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Meg,
    Here’s an article for regenerative carrier oils and essential oils. I love rosehip seed oil which I wrote specifically about in this article. Hope this helps!

  331. Lydia says:

    Hi Dawn! One of the most informative articles I’ve ever read on natural skin care, thank you very much for sharing all of this!!! I steam my face w a damp microfiber cloth & use organic rosehip oil. Not only has it controlled the blemishes, but the over all appearance of my skin is better than it has ever been!!! Please continue to embrace your beautiful lifestyle & share with us the life changing tips you come across!!

  332. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Lydia,
    Thanks for your comment and I’m so glad that this is working so well for you. Best wishes!

  333. Puja says:

    This has become my ‘go to’ article since I came upon it. Thank you so much for posting it and putting the effort into making this summary. I thought I would add a new tid-bit I found that you may also find interesting:

    Linoleic acid is Omega -6
    Oleic acid is Omega -9.

    Funny how so many terms we learn are simply duplicates of others :o)

    Love your site

  334. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Puja,
    Thanks for sharing this info and I’m glad this article has been helpful to you. <3

  335. Anonymous says:

    Hi Dawn,

    You are a blessing- I used to wonder why coconut oil never worked on my skin as it broke out time and again. It looks shiny and dry in appearance- partly also contributed by diet i figured.

    I`d like to try soybean or sesame oil then after having cleansed with raw honey- see how it goes. I know it might take time but its good to still have options. My question is do I try with an essential oil or plain for a start.

  336. Cathy Ivey says:

    Hi Dawn!

    Thanks so much for posting this awesome info, it is so helpful.

    I am about to make a purchase on Mountain Rose Herbs for Pumpkin Seed Oil, Rosehip Seed Oil, Hemp Seed Oil, and Tamanu. I just started using African black soap (with Mango) for washing, but am curious how you would recommend I use the oils I’m purchasing.

    Should I use Hemp for day time, and then Pumpkin or Rosehip at night? I am thinking of using Tamanu for a spot treatment, but am curious about your thoughts.

    I do have acne prone combination skin that has been a bit oilier lately, so would love to hear what you think would work best with the oils I’m purchasing.

    I’ve seen you mention trying one oil at a time to make sure the skin likes it… Which would you recommend I try first? Or should I combine two?

    Thanks,
    Cathy

  337. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Anonymous,
    Oh wow thank you! I’d try to just use the oil first to make sure your skin agrees with it before adding the essential oil. Use no more than 10 drops of essential oil to 1 ounce carrier oil. If you are using a very potent oil like tea tree essential oil use around 3-5 drops. Lavender essential oil is my favorite, yet you can add any one that you feel is best for you. Best wishes!

  338. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Cathy,
    You can use the oils for cleansing and moisturizing. Soaps take the skin out of its natural pH balance which you can read more about here and here. Definitely try only one oil at a time so you are clear with how it works for you. Best wishes!

  339. Dhania says:

    Hi there, Dawn.

    Thank you so much for this greatly needed information. This explains why certain really popular oils tend to break people out more than its helping them (cough EVOO and coconut oil cough)

    I’ve just bought Castor Oil, since its high in Linoleic Acid, I’m pretty pumped on trying it. I was just wondering if I should use it alone or should I mix it with another oil to dilute it? Some websites say that Castor is drying and needs to be diluted with another oil. I have an oily and acne-prone T-zone. I have comedogenic acne on my forehead and chin. Which oil do you think is best for me? Thanks for your help! :(

  340. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Dhania,
    This info has been life changing for me so I hope that it will be extremely helpful to you too. Castor oil is a purging oil so I wouldn’t use it for cleansing until your skin has found its proper balance which could take a good amount of time depending upon where you are starting from. I love pumpkin seed oil, yet hemp oil is also amazing and is high in linoleic oil and a 0 on the comedogenic scale. Best wishes!

  341. priyanka says:

    hello mam
    your blog is so informative.your research and knowledge is great.i read at your blog that pumpkin seed oil is good for acne prone skin because of high in linoleic acid.i wanted to try this oil but is it good if i use it as only day and night moisturizer or i have to cleanse with it.
    regards,
    priyanka

  342. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Priyanka,
    You can use pumpkin seed oil as a moisturizer for day and night. Incorporating high linoleic oils into your skin care regimen while eliminating high oleic oils however you choose to do it will be helpful. I’m glad that this article has been helpful to you.
    Best wishes!

  343. Gina says:

    This is an awesome website! I have been oil cleansing with grapeseed oil and castor oil for a couple months now. In the beginning my face was AMAZING literally no breakouts. I never really stayed consistent with the ratios of the oils I was using however, and I am wondering if lately I am using too much castor oil because I have been breaking out consistently:( what are some ratios that you recommend?

  344. Dawn Michelle says:

    Thank you Gina!
    Castor oil can be a purging oil so I don’t use it on my face for oil cleansing. I like to use pumpkin seed oil alone. I don’t mix it with anything. I share how I oil cleanse in this article. Hope this helps!

  345. Raederle says:

    Coconut oil consistently makes my face breakout, but works for the rest of my body. Jojoba oil, however, seems to help particularly with my skin. I blend a little neem oil into my jojoba oil and get even better results.

    Of course, this is on top of eating no processed foods (refined sugars, refined flours, etc), drinking half a gallon of water each day and really doing my best not to fiddle with my skin!

  346. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Raederie,
    I’m so glad thst you found an oil combination that works for you. It is so true that diet is everything though!

  347. Meg says:

    I am thinking about trying to make my own cold cream. Do you have any suggestions for the best oils to use this for?

  348. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Meg,
    I’ve never made a cold cream before yet if you are acne prone a high linoleic oil would be best. Hemp seed oil is a great one to try since it is also rated a 0 on the comedogenic scale. Hope this helps!