When you’re dealing with a shiny T-zone and giant pores, the mere mention of the word “oil” can be triggering. It’s understandable: oil is closely associated with painful breakouts and blackheads as dark as your inner demons. I’m no stranger to this kind of oil-induced fear! But that didn’t stop me from washing my face with castor oil this week.

Why? Well, let’s just say I’m a little impressionable. Honestly, a bunch of Youtube videos and casual Googling sales-talked me into this experiment. (The promise of smaller pores and less acne was too hard to resist!) Beyond that, though, I’ve been fascinated lately with the oil cleansing method, and this seemed to be a good place to start.
The oil cleansing method, often abbreviated as OCM, is exactly what it sounds like. The method is founded on the basic chemistry principle of “like dissolves like.” So if, say, your pores were stuffed full of dried-up oil, cleansing with oil would dissolve all that buildup. Interesting, right? My pores are definitely of the sort, so I figured that this was worth a try.

Which begs the next question: what oil should I be using? There are tons (gallons!) of oils out there, from botanical to vegetable and fruit. But based on my research, castor oil was a highly popular choice. A natural astringent, it can be used by oily or combination skin types and has the power to purge nasty impurities. Just make sure to use pure, cold-pressed castor oil like this one from Beryl Essentials.
I know, I know, the idea of OCM is still hard to wrap your head around. So keep scrolling to see what I did, what happened to my pores, and what my verdict is!

THE HOW-TO

STEP 1: Dispense a small amount of castor oil into the palm of your hand.
STEP 2: Massage the oil over dry skin, using small, circular motions. Do this for one to two minutes.
STEP 3: Place a clean washcloth under hot water until it’s completely soaked. Wring it out.
STEP 4: Place the hot washcloth over your face. This will push steam against your skin and help the castor oil remove any oils and any impurities stuck in there. Repeat if needed.

THE VERDICT

First, look at my pores!
Now, I’m going to be honest: OCM definitely takes some time getting used to. Cleansing with oil will not produce the foam of a traditional cleanser, which is always what I equate to squeaky-clean skin.

That said, as I massaged the oil into my skin, I could really feel some movement underneath my fingertips—small, unseen nodules coming out of their hiding places. This was very satisfying. The real treat was seeing my skin post-OCM. My face looked rosy and healthy, as if I was fresh from a facial, and my pores were actually smaller.

Even so, I don’t think I would do OCM every day. I realize it takes more time than I’m willing to give up, and also, I fear that too much of a good thing (in this case, oil) would break me out. I’ll probably do it once or twice a week, the same way I would a face mask. The jury’s still out on whether it will make my pores invisible (doubt it), but in all fairness, they are smaller!

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