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The Surprising Oil That Could Clear Up a Break Out

August 31, 2013

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Take a walk down the skin care aisle at your local pharmacy and I bet you’ll notice that one thing is clear. No matter your skin ailment, there are dozens of products that promise to clear your skin and give you a flawless complexion. However, some products are harsh and contain so many chemicals they actually make your skin more irritated. Rest assured the beauty industry has yet another produce that will rid you of the problems created by the first. And the cycle continues as the quest for seemingly impossibly perfect skin lives on.

What if there was a natural product that could clear up breakouts and leave your skin oil free, moisturized, and baby soft? Even better – what if you already have this product in your medicine cabinet or pantry?

Using different types of oil for skin care is becoming increasingly popular as women being to shake the “oil free” notion that beauty companies have worked hard to ingrain in our minds. Oils like extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil are starting to replace expensive moisturizers and night creams, yielding the exact same if not better results.

One that hasn’t been quite as popular but could be the most effective is castor oil. You may be shaking your head now, thinking there is no chance you’re putting an oil best known for its laxative properties on your face. Before you close your browser window, hear me out. Castor oil has a very strong anti-bacterial property, which is part of why it is used to clear out your intestinal tract. In fact, Ayurvedic doctors, like John Douillard, recommend taking a small amount of castor oil daily to keep the digestive tract squeaky clean and running smoothly.

Castor oil has the same property when applied topically. It penetrates deep down in your pores, pulling out all of the dirt, sweat and oils that contribute to blackheads and acne. It’s so effective, in fact, that it can strip your skin of all of its natural oil. For this reason, people that clean their face with castor oil always mix it with olive oil or another light oil that will rehydrate the skin.

How exactly do you wash your face with castor oil? Good question. First, mix your oils. I usually go with a 1-part castor to 3-parts olive oil mixture. If your skin tends to be dry, then use a thicker oil like coconut to rehydrate. Castor oil does have a strong and mildly unpleasant odor, so you can also mix in an essential oil like lavender or peppermint.

Next, splash warm water on your face and massage the oil into your skin. Take a washcloth soaked in warm water and place it over your face about a minute. This creates steam and allows the castor oil time to clear out your pores. After a minute, use the washcloth to wipe the oil off of your face and rinse with warm water, then cold to close your pores.

After you wash your face, you may notice that you don’t need any moisturizer. Just remember to apply some SPF before you head out the door. If castor oil is part of your nightly routine, I recommend applying a bit more olive or coconut oil to your skin and neck before you go to bed. Great wrinkle prevention!

It might take your skin a few washes to get used to the castor oil, so if you notice a few breakouts or if your skin is slightly irritated, continue using the castor oil and your skin should clear up in about a week. With that said, it’s important to remember that everyone has different skin with different needs. If you continue to break out, castor oil may not be the right cleanser for you.

What about all of you? Have you tried using castor oil as a face wash? How does it work for you?