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Newbie with a question about OCM. [Apr. 10th, 2012|03:53 pm]
Alternative Skin Care
First of all, my skin is somehow both oily and dry. Not combination skin, where one has dry skin on their cheeks but an oily t-zone. No, I can have a flaky patch that still, somehow, manages to be completely oily. I have tried pretty much everything, but the thing I had the most luck with was lightly exfoliating every day and using Clean and Clear moisturizer with acne medicine. Even then, though, I'd break out pretty badly once a month, and I still had the blackheads that I've had for nearly 20 years, now (I'm almost 30, the clogged pores hit before puberty did.). I was recently diagnosed hypothyroid and put on medication that, while clearing up the worst of my acne, also started severely thinning my hair. Around this time, I started going no 'poo in an effort to improve the look of my now much thinner and coarser hair. Along the way, I pretty much stopped using soap altogether, except to wash my hands after using the restroom. I exfoliate all over with BS once a week, and use water only the rest of the time. This works, except on my face. Due to the flaky-oily nature, WO only works for a day, maybe two if I scrub really well with the rag, before I've got bits of coarse, dead skin that won't come off any other way. Usually, this means that on a BS day I have to follow my ACV toner with the Clean and Clear. I recently started trying OCM in an attempt to get rid of the blackheads, but as I only have EVOO to hand I've been steaming my face, massaging it in and letting it sit for a few minutes before I shower. So far, I've gotten softer skin, a few of the lines around my mouth don't look as deep, but the post-medication lightened breakouts are the same and there seems to be no difference in the blackheads. Any advice?

[User Picture]From: disheveledbat
2012-06-14 05:32 am (UTC)
i have similar skin to yours, and i would absolutely recommend jojoba oil. i've found that since using jojoba oil, my dry patches are fewer and less dry, and i experience fewer blackheads and less oiliness. i don't even do the full-on OCM; i simply apply a moderate layer of jojoba oil all over my face within a couple minutes after getting out of the shower (it's best to apply oil when the pores are open, as you probably know). pay special attention to the dry/oily patches. it absorbs better than any oil or other moisturizer i've tried, and you can use it on the ends of your hair, too.
a couple notes:
-i, too, am WO on my face--baking soda would probably kill my face; i only exfoliate with the washcloth, usually daily
-i, too, am around 30 :)
-you should use only organic, 100% jojoba oil if possible

i hope this helps!
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[User Picture]From: nourish4life
2012-11-28 06:33 am (UTC)
We have an awesome skin care line! We have drinks that are infused with the most nutrient rich botanical on earth called "Moringa Oleifera." We soon found out our skin is just as important as our overall nutrition as it is the largest organ in the body! Nourish you skin :) www.nourish4life.myzija.com
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[User Picture]From: nourish4life
2012-11-28 06:34 am (UTC)
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