I'm an OCM victim

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Well, at this point I'm too scared to try anything
Originally Posted by Domino
It's a little pricey ($6-7), but try Purpose cleanser on your face. I love love love the way it feels.

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Last edited by mandyv; 06-17-2009 at 12:19 AM.
Yeah, as cleansers go, Purpose is good - it's what my dermatologist recommends. Even though my skin is quite oily, I prefer the Normal/Dry formula - the one shown above left my face feeling a little tight and stripped if I didn't immediately slap moisturizer on while still wet.

I still use it sometimes on days when I just can't be bothered with OCM, LOL. For me, it's one of the few things that removes every trace of makeup alone without having to follow up with toner - if I do use toner, the cotton ball is clean, and that's unusual on my skin.
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There is a company out there called Tria Beauty, and they make two wonderful products. One is their laser hair removal laser. I have owned it for a few months, and it is phenomenal-but I digress.

I take it you ladies would be much more interested in their new blue light device. It is a medical grade blue light that helps clear up skin by attacking the source of your acne. I have very little acne, but my sister (whose skin is pockmarked with pits and acne scars) has been using it for a week and has great results so far. The kit is $395 and comes with a cleanser, but you can use your own. While costly, it replaces all salicylic acid/benzoyl peroxide and other acne products.

It is definitely an investment. Oh, and I'm playing around with OCM, and sometimes use Desert Essence Thoroughly Clean Face Wash. Also do a scrub 1/2X week
Have you tried benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid product combination daily? This approach does work for a lot of people. If you haven't tried it yet, you should really give it a shot.
Originally Posted by wild~hair
I'm almost afraid to say these words out loud (so to speak), but my skin looks better than it has in forever! and I believe this is one of the reasons why.

After using retin-a successfully for about 9 months, I started to break out again. I had my ups and downs with it until about a year and a half ago when it was always "down." I was broken out constantly. I tried different formulations of retin-a, differin (worked ok), metrogel (also ok) - but nothing seemed to really clear me up.

A little over 2 months ago, I ditched all the rx's. I read and studied what I wanted to do with my skin and decided on a modified acne.org regime. Cutting out the rx's seemed to get my skin back in good, overall condition. It was no longer a combo of dry, peely scabs, oil slicks and pimples. I now cleanse w/PSF GCC (which I'd been unable to use because it dried me out so bad - now it's fine), use DY's 2% BHA, 2.5% BP from neutrogena, and AHA+ from acne.org. I do this routine at night. In the a.m., I skip the BP. I will often go to work w/no makeup on my face (I always put on eye makeup), save 1 pinhead sized dot of either concealer or foundation on a small broken capillary.

I hope you can find what works for you. Having skin issues really sucks.
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VTmom - I'm so glad you found something that works for you! I know you were having a rough time for awhile. And now you can go without makeup --- wooo hoooo!! Congrats!
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The smallest deed is greater than the grandest intention.

I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul. (Invictus - William Ernest Henley)

Just think I used to worry 'bout things like that,
Used to worry 'bout rich and skinny, 'til I wound up poor and fat,
Nowadays I kind of worry where my mind's been at,
Just think I used to worry 'bout things like that. (Delbert McClinton - I Used to Worry from Never Been Rocked Enough)
Hey, that's fantastic! It's basically what I use as well.

Of course nothing works for everyone, but for many, that combo is the answer.
Somebody out there is reading this because it's relevant to them, maybe not the person who started the post however... I have always had acne but it was maybe just a few on my chin and would clear up at times. The normal hormonal break out and under the skin white heads on my chin that bothered me but weren't too noticeable to others. I've used Proactiv for over 10 years I'd say and would still get those occasional breakouts and dry skin. About 4 months ago a very good friend of mine who I trust told my about the oil cleansing method. She had tiny acne bumps all over her cheeks while we were in high school (25 now) she has always dealt with really oily skin and acne. For her skin to become clear and pretty without any foundation on I really wanted to know what was up and try this OCM for myself. It was relatively new to her but her skin was glowing after just a short time. So begins my journey to get this "dewy, glowing, moisturized skin" ... yeah right! It did feel nice to have my skin so moisturized but after a few weeks I began to get breakouts. I wasn't sure if it was from stopping Proactiv all of a sudden or if my skin was "purging" so I stuck it out. I was getting all these breakouts on my cheeks, which I have never had before. Also I got tiny bumps on my forehead and temple area. I finally gave in after about a month and went back to good ole Proactiv. My skin must have gotten used to no strong chemicals because somehow I guess product got around my eyes and I woke up two mornings in a row with huge puffy eyes! That was enough to scare me into not using the Proactiv for a minute and use Neutrogena, dermalogica for acne and some other random stuff. Eventually I just started back on the Proactiv, well nothing was helping and my acne was getting so much worse. My skin has a mixture of every type of acne and it looks so terrible to me, even with make up there's no covering it up. I started feeling horrible about myself and finally broke down crying one day and decided to go to the dermatologist. That was about a month ago and in a week I will be starting Accutane... I know I know it's a scary drug to take but at this point, it's worth the risk to end this nightmare. In the meantime they gave me a sulfur soap bar with a buff puff, benzol peroxide cream, retina and salicylic acid spot treatment. I have gone a couple time's to get extractions at the dermatologist office and they do not use steam to loosen your skin, it's torture. My skin is clearing up slowly but I am so anxious to start this Accutane, I will love for this to be all over. My concern is that my skin is originally dry, so a product that stops oil production seems crazy but they're the experts I guess. I know someone on here said not to say that the OCM "ruined" their skin but it RUINED mine! It changed everything about my skin. I would never tell anyone to try this method just because of my experience but it's interesting how everyone's skin is so different that products can have such a yin yang effect. I have searched the web to see if anyone is going to take Accutane after trying OCM but it's a fail. Wish me luck and I am so sorry for anyone going through what I am, I know how you feel but it has to get better. God bless you all <3
Ocm messed with me big time too. I was fine and then I got excited and started using coconut oil. I'm still recovering.

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Thanks, Auntnett.

Domino, one other thing to keep in mind is that you look at the list then make decisions on what works for you. In my case, olive oil is fine; but safflower oil and mineral (both of which got zero) break me out.
Originally Posted by mrspoppers
Was the safflower oil you got the high oleic kind? The high linoleic kind is supposed to be non-comedogenic, while the other is not so kind to skin.

And mineral oil is not my friend either - unless everything I used that contained it had some other ingredient that broke me out.
Originally Posted by wild_sasparilla

Ladies, here is a link I found to be the most informative regarding which oils are best for particular skin types when deciding to use the OCM. (high oleic vs. high linoleic) a must read!

I have acne-prone skin and originally tried Castor with Jojoba; Castor with Sweet Almond; and then Castor with Olive......ALL WRONG, DISASTER, BREAKOUT CITY!!!! Little did I know.

I now use Castor with Grapeseed or Pumpkin Seed Oils.....Love it for night time cleansing. And I use Raw Honey for morning cleansing.

I wish I'd been more informed before trying the OCM method because I based my choice in oils based on what worked for OTHERS and not what would have been best for ME.

So, although several of you bad experiences with the OCM and have moved on, I just wanted to share.


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Last edited by CurvyCurly; 02-01-2014 at 01:04 PM.
Have you tried cleansing with honey? I'm trying that right now. I haven't had a new pimple in several days. Fingers crossed!

Thanks for all your replies

Wild hair, unfortunately OCM did ruin my skin by changing it's type and sensitivities, that's what my derm said. That's so sad because I could kill to get the skin I had a year ago.

Mrspoppers, I'm really picky about my cosmetics. I look up reviews, ingredients, colours and everything before going to the stores. My skin actually likes petroleum jelly/mineral oil in tiny amounts, however I'm not using it right now due to humid weather. I'm quite sure that my foundation, sunscreen and powder don't make my skin break-out, because I have done tests for each one(yes, I was obsessed).

I think my skin likes that neutrogena bar, it feels smoother and I didn't get a new pimple for 3 days...like I said, my skin doesn't like "gentle" cleansers
Originally Posted by Domino


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This thread is super old, but I'll chime in too. OCM worked great for me. I originally tried it with olive oil - HUGE mistake! Then switched to sunflower and castor, worked great. Then switched to 100% jojoba, worked even better. The oil you choose definitely matters. Coconut oil is extremely drying, and olive oil made me an oily break-out mess.

The reason you may have problems after OCM is because your skin is not used to cleansers that strip out all your oil. The skin has to readjust again. Just like if you stopped eating food, but only drank water for 2 months. You'd get fat in a heartbeat. Different concept, but same idea

And +1 for the honey! Greek yogurt is also great.
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