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OCM was perfect, until I broke out badly [Sep. 4th, 2011|01:56 pm]
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My skin wasn't that bad when I started OCM, I just want to remove blackheads here and there especially on my nose. The first two weeks I did it was perfect, it made my skin clearer and glowing, I felt hardened sebums come out as I massaged oil on my face. My mixture - 20% castor, 40% grapeseed oil and 40% sunflower oil. 

After those two weeks, I woke up with a painful skin. I felt bumps on the sides of my face (lots) and acne erupted on my forehead and chin. I got a lot of clogged pores and whiteheads on my cheeks and chin especially on the area near my ears going downwards (like a path starting from the sides of my eyes). Lots and lots of whiteheads, my fingers got busy pinching them out. :(

I went back to using medicated soaps and hope my skin clears up. I just wish I could go back to the first two weeks when doing OCM was the best thing I did on my face. I've heard about the 'purging stage'. Am I finally experiencing this? If I go back to doing OCM again, would the same thing happen again and just make my skin worse? I don't know what to do. 

Have anyone experienced this? I wonder if continuing this would fix my skin. I don't know anything about the purging stage. 

Please help! 

[User Picture]From: delorispea
2011-09-04 11:45 am (UTC)
My skin did not purge but from what I hear from others, it sounds exactly like a purging stage.

There is also a chance your skin doesn't like one of the oils. Mine can't stand EVOO!

Note: don't pinch your whiteheads!!!

Edited at 2011-09-04 11:45 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: bloodycoke
2011-09-05 02:41 pm (UTC)
I can't help it. They're just so tempting. :(
The worst thing that could happen is I get scars right? I don't want scars... :(

So it's either I'm allergic to sunflower oil or grapeseed oil? Or is castor included too?

I really want to do OCM because the initial results were amazing. Would it ever come back to that?
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[User Picture]From: delorispea
2011-09-16 06:49 pm (UTC)
Late reply is late, sorry!

And they really are believe me. I have been on occassion known to do it myself but I get red blotches on my skin when I do so when I don't my skin clears quicker. Once I learnt that, it was easier to stay away.

Castor can be too harsh on peoples skin. It's not so much an allergy than whether or not it works for me.

The really sucky thing about OCM is that when your skin changes or when you just start, even the slightly difference in your mix can change the whole results.

It also really sucks that you need to go through so much hassle to get a perfect mix, but believe me when you do, you will get those initial amazing results.

It's definitely all about experimenting. Lucky for me I got it pretty quick at the start and I'm only having to change it now due to coming into colder weather.

Edit: I didn't want to start an argument with the commented below but I do believe she is wrong. I believe that OCM does indeed work for everyone but not everyone is willing to try the different mixes and spend the time working out. Fair enough, if you don't do it and you are happy enough with other methods, but I don't think it is fair to say that it doesn't work for everyone when it does. (Even people highly allergic to some oils can get away with using one or two ones that won't set them off)

Personally I only use OCM in the Winter to combat my dry skin as in the Summer I have fairly easy skin to manage.

Edited at 2011-09-16 06:52 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: onelittlesleep
2011-09-04 02:50 pm (UTC)
I am sorry. :( I ended up getting really BADLY infected acne from using OCM. I had to go on antibiotic cream. I still have scars on my temples from it. I believe OCM DOES work for some people, but it also makes sense that using oil in a place where bacteria is trying to get a good handhold may exacerbate problem skin more than help. At least, this was my personal experience after using OCM for 6 months.
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[User Picture]From: bloodycoke
2011-09-05 02:43 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I went back to the acne gels I used. It's called Adapalene gel. My dermatologist prescribed it for me. I also went back to using my medicated soaps.

I just wanted to use something natural, I hate those damn chemicals. :(

So it means I got a lot of bacteria on my face and adding oil just empowered them?
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[User Picture]From: onelittlesleep
2011-09-05 07:30 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure it's scientifically sound to say that bacteria likes oil. I'm pretty sure some forms of oil would make skin unlivable for bacteria, because it could cut them off from oxygen. But I think my problem skin + extra moisture exacerbated the problem. I was breastfeeding at the time and was already experiencing hormonal skin issues. I just think the extra moisture made it much, much worse.

I loved OCM until I had this problem, so I'm not trying to negate its use, but I'm not convinced everyone will be successful using it.
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[User Picture]From: balljointedomi
2011-10-02 07:12 pm (UTC)
How about adding tea tree essential oil to your mix?
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