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Have you tried the 15-minute Tik Tok oil cleansing challenge to get acne-free skin? The good news is that it can work. But, the bad news is that using the wrong oils can do more harm than good.
However, there’s hope: adding Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil to your oil cleansing regime can increase your probability of attaining acne-free skin.
By all indications, acne is probably the most common skin condition in the United States. According to the AAD (American Academy of Dermatology Association), up to 50 million Americans struggle with acne annually. That’s about 1/6 of the population.
So, if you long for clear skin, you aren’t alone. In fact, acne is such a concern that Dr. Pimple Popper’s Youtube videos get anywhere from two to three million views each.
However, if you’ve ever struggled with oily skin or blocked pores, you’re probably a little wary of putting oil on your face. For this reason, you use skin cleansers regularly. After all, many commercial cleansers promise clean skin, free from any trace of oil. Even those with dry skin try to avoid putting oil on their face because they’re concerned about clogging their pores.
Still, not all oils are comedogenic or pore-clogging. Different oils affect the skin in very different ways. In fact, using the right oils to cleanse your skin may just be exactly what you need to attain hydrated, smooth, and glowing skin.
Below, we share how you can stop worrying about oil and harness its potential to purify and soothe your skin.
Oil Cleansing for Acne-Free Skin | Why You Should Oil Cleanse
One of the most important ways the skin protects itself is through its outermost layer, called the skin barrier. Also known as the acid mantle, this thin sheet is made up of a mix of protective substances, such as amino acids, natural oils, and the healthy bacteria that make up your skin biome.
This vital shield works to help the skin maintain proper pH levels, protects it from environmental damage, and keeps the moisture balance needed for healthy skin.
Unfortunately, it’s not too difficult to damage the skin barrier. Extremes in temperature, harsh chemicals, dry air, and other environmental assaults can break it down, leaving your skin vulnerable. If your skin sometimes feels raw, tight, and irritated, you know what it feels like when your skin barrier has been compromised. In the winter, biting cold and low humidity levels can further degrade the skin’s protective barrier.
Why You Shouldn't Use Soap on Your Face
When the skin barrier has been damaged, it leads to inflammation and irritation.
This compromised condition is not only uncomfortable but can also lead to a number of skin conditions. In fact, skin barrier dysfunction is generally considered the first step in the development of atopic dermatitis (eczema).
Clearly, it’s important to take good care of the skin barrier to keep the skin healthy and moisturized. However, one step that most people include in their beauty routines may instead weaken this protective layer.
Most people use a surfactant, such as soap, to cleanse their faces. Don’t get us wrong: thorough cleansing is necessary for healthy skin. It’s important to remove accumulated dirt, oils, and makeup at the end of the day. However, research has shown that washing with soap and water can disrupt the skin’s barrier function. Even worse, this damage may be cumulative, weakening the skin’s resistance progressively as time goes by.
What Is Oil Cleansing?
Oil cleansing is a way of gently removing impurities without disrupting the skin barrier. Instead of using surfactants such as soap to scrub away dirt, potentially breaking down the delicate skin barrier, this method uses nourishing oils to remove buildup without causing irritation.
It’s true that some commercial oil cleansers contain small amounts of surfactants. However, the oils in those cleansers have a buffering effect and can help protect the skin. There are also many commercial products that don’t contain any surfactants.
However, if you’d like to take the natural DIY route, you can easily make your own surfactant-free cleansing oil at home, tailoring the mix to your skin’s needs (more on that later).
The basic concept of oil cleansing centers on the fact that oil can bind to surface impurities. So, when you apply beneficial oils to your skin, they will gently dislodge and bind to impurities such as day-old makeup, sunscreen, and dirt. Then, you can simply wipe away the oil, leaving behind clean, glowing skin.
Historical records show that humans have been using oil to cleanse the skin as far back as 3100 B.C. Before soap came into common use, people relied on oil for cleansing.
Ancient peoples in Egypt would sometimes scrape the oil off the skin with a flat, dull bone blade. This had the effect of cleaning and exfoliating at the same time. Fortunately, oil cleansing is a much easier process in modern times.
How to Oil Cleanse
Simply pour about a tablespoon of cleansing oil into your hand and apply it to your dry skin. Gently smooth the oil all over your face. This not only feels wonderful but also helps lift sunscreen, makeup, and dirt from your face; it can even remove some waterproof mascara.
Take your time with this step, massaging the oil into your skin using small, circular motions. This motion helps dissolve impurities and targets pores that are clogged with sebum and dead skin cells.
After a minute or two, you can remove the oil, along with the dirt and pollutants that were on your skin. If you’re using a commercial oil cleanser with a surfactant, add water to your face and gently rub to emulsify.
Then, rinse off with warm water or wipe away with a soft, wet washcloth. You’ll know if your store-bought cleansing oil has a surfactant because the usage instructions will tell you to add water to remove the oil.
Rinsing After Your Oil Cleanse | Water Temperature Matters
If you’re using a homemade oil mix or store-bought oil without a surfactant, wet a soft washcloth with very warm water. You don’t want the water uncomfortably hot, which can irritate the skin. However, cool water is ineffective in removing the oil completely. So, make your rinse water quite warm.
Still, you should be able to hold your hand comfortably in the water without getting burned. Hold the wet, warm washcloth on your face for about 30 seconds, then rinse it again under the warm water.
Gently wipe the oil away, but avoid scrubbing your skin. If you still have oil residue on your face, rinse the washcloth and repeat the process.
Some people like to use an oil cleanse as a part of a double cleansing regime, a technique popular in Korean beauty routines. The oil cleanse is the first part of the process (to remove impurities), followed by washing with a traditional cleanser to remove every trace of oil. This is helpful if you find that your skin has little tolerance for oil.
However, if you have dry skin, you may find a little oil residue deeply hydrating and soothing.
Oil Cleansing Tips for Acne-Free Skin
Oil cleansing can be beneficial for all skin types. However, to get the best results, there are a few things to consider. First, everyone’s skin is different. While many people find oil cleansing to be the ticket to glowing skin, it may not work for everyone.
Give your skin a week or two to adjust to the new cleansing routine. If you experience breakouts or your skin feels dehydrated (some oils may actually dry the skin), adjust the oils you’re using. If that still doesn’t work, you may want to opt for other cleansing methods.
You’ll also need to figure out how often to use oils for facial cleansing. Dermatologists generally recommend oil cleansing no more than once a day.
Because oil cleansing is such a deeply hydrating way to cleanse the skin, it can be a soothing addition to your evening routine. However, if your skin is very oily, you may want to limit the oil cleansing to every other night or a few times a week. Experiment to see what your skin responds to best.
Finally, the oils you choose will make a big difference in your results. Different oils affect the skin in different ways. Tailoring the mix of oils you use to your skin’s needs can make all the difference in how well your skin takes to oil cleansing.
The Best Oils for Oil Cleansing | What Oil Is Best for All Skin Types?
Most recipes for oil cleansing are a simple mix of equal portions of two different oils. Some dermatologists recommend starting with one part castor oil, which is rich in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids. This oil has antibacterial and astringent properties, which makes it a very effective cleanser. It’s excellent for acne-prone skin, but be aware that it can be drying.
If you find that your skin feels tight or dry after oil cleansing, reduce the amount of castor oil in your oil blend.
Next, add one part of another oil. There are several options to choose from, depending on what your skin type is. For skin that needs extra moisture or anti-aging support, good choices are olive oil, avocado oil, apricot kernel oil, or rosehip seed oil.
If your skin tends to be oily or acne-prone, opt for grape seed oil, jojoba oil, or Hemp Seed Oil. Note that Hemp Seed Oil is different from Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil because it comes from the seed, not the leaves and flowers, of the hemp plant.
Add Essential Oils to Get Clear Skin Fast
Once you have your base oil blend, you can use it as-is or add a few drops of essential oil to boost the potency and soothing effects of oil cleansing. Lavender is a good choice for all skin types.
Roman Chamomile essential oil is particularly good for oily or acne-prone skin. Meanwhile, jasmine is soothing for sensitive or dry skin. Remember that essential oils are potent, and a little goes a long way. Start with just a drop or two. If you have very sensitive skin, it’s probably best to skip this ingredient altogether.
Be sure to use high-quality oils that are made for facial use. Look for organic, cold-pressed, and unrefined oils. And, once you’ve made your mix, store it in an amber glass bottle to protect the antioxidants, fatty acids, and vitamins in the oil. A dropper bottle is a good way to dispense oil into your hand without making a mess. Be sure to avoid touching the dropper to prevent contaminating the oil.
Boost Your Oil Mix With Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil
Another powerful way to boost the luxurious nature of oil cleansing is to add Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil. The CBD and other beneficial compounds found in hemp can help support skin health in surprising ways.
If you’d like to learn more about hemp’s topical benefits and how it can benefit skin, read our posts on hemp’s anti-aging and anti-acne properties.
In all, adding a few drops of Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil Tincture to your oil blend is a great way to apply balancing, nourishing compounds to the skin.
We recommend adding Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil to the oil mix in your hand, rather than adding the mix to a full bottle of Hemp Oil. This way you can easily adjust the dose to find what works best for you. Plus, if you find that your oil mixture needs to be calibrated, you can easily make changes without ruining an entire bottle of Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil.
Experience the Synchronicity Difference to Get Clear Skin Naturally at Home
Now that your cleansing oil has been super-charged with all the extraordinary properties of the hemp plant, use it as you would any cleansing oil. Take your time and massage the oil into your skin, so the phytonutrients, omega fatty acids, vitamins, and terpenes can soothe and nourish your skin.
At Synchronicity™ we are careful to preserve all the potent, synergistic compounds of the hemp plant. Our unique LipidTrans™Infusion Process gently draws out the powerful components of the hemp plant without damaging them. This enables us to create a bioavailable oil that provides a wide spectrum of cannabinoids, terpenes, vitamins, minerals, and other health-supporting substances.
We’ve been following the science of hemp and what it can do to support vibrant health for more than two decades, and we truly believe that our products deliver the very best that hemp has to offer.
Take a look at our Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil line of products and see what they can do for you. For more information, feel free to contact us. Have you tried a facial oil cleanse? If so, share your thoughts with us on Twitter or Facebook.