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Alternative to Castor Oil? [Dec. 30th, 2011|08:54 pm]
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I truly love the way OCM has cleared up my dry skin.  My skin feels wonderful.

It doesn't look so great tho.... and I am beginning to think my skin doesn't like Castor Oil -- even in small amounts.   I use a 20%CO : 80% Jojoba Oil ratio to cleanse my face.    I decided to NOT use anything for a week -- I just wiped with a warm cloth in the morning and if my skin felt tight/dry, I dabbed a bit of jojoba oil on those areas.   In other words, I stopped using the castor oil for a week but continued to use jojoba oil as needed.   Face cleared up -- and it wasn't acne but more like rash bumps on my face.   I washed my face 2 days ago with the CO:JO mix and poof, rash bumps re-appeared.

So... what can I use instead of CASTOR OIL?   I'm under the impression that the CO is the CLEANSING agent in the OCM.   What other oil would work as a cleansing agent?

Thanks for any advice/help.

[User Picture]From: poor_toms_acold
2011-12-31 02:13 am (UTC)


By 'cleansing' do you mean removing makeup, or cleaning the actual skin? For removing makeup try olive oil (virgin/extra virgin etc doesn't matter), for skin itself without removing makeup try coconut oil.
[User Picture]From: lyndaslp
2011-12-31 03:50 am (UTC)


I meant cleansing the actual skin. I don't wear makeup.

Thanks -- I'll try coconut oil.
[User Picture]From: clothmother
2011-12-31 12:57 pm (UTC)


I used to use castor oil to cleanse but I sort of think it doesn't matter for me. I have the same or better results using straight olive oil or grapeseed oil.
[User Picture]From: frost_solcom
2011-12-31 02:03 pm (UTC)


Actually, I've heard a lot that coconut oil clogs your pores and you shouldn't use it on your face. Castor oil didn't quite agree with me, either; similar to your story. I've been meaning to see what I could find out about using grapeseed oil, because I had a good feeling about it, but I just haven't got around to it ;_; I read once that grapeseed's beneficial for people with rosecea, and that's all I know about it so far ;) Try Crunchy Betty's site; she has a post on the OCM, and the comments people leave are often pretty useful. Good luck! <3
[User Picture]From: karmahappens
2012-01-01 03:13 pm (UTC)


If you're not putting anything on your face that you need to wash off (makeup, etc.), and warm water alone was working fine, why not just use that? Water alone should be sufficient to wash your face... if there's nothing else to wash away, you shouldn't really need anything more heavy-duty than that. And from what you're describing, when you just used water alone, it seemed to work fine.

I typically wear makeup and use OCM to wash the makeup off before bed, but other than that I only use water; I'll use a warm washcloth to wash my face in the morning when I get up, or if I didn't wear any makeup that day.