So I have been riddled with blackheads of late; as well as the odd (hormonal related) breakout on my chin. It was driving me nuts. I also get irritation on my chest where I sweat when I work out (aggravated due to unemployment and tons of working out), and I have always had the same irritation on my upper arms (red, bumpy). My previous solution to all these problems is mild to medium sun exposure…its not really something I want to rely on for the rest of my life. I wanted to try something else.
I can’t remember how I heard about it, but I started washing my face/chest/arms with oil. It goes like this:
-Mix together castor oil and olive oil (or grapeseed). Both must be organic. And particularly the castor oil has to be organic and cold pressed and of the expensive variety, otherwise the process by which it is produced is nasty for your skin.
-Make a mix of 30 percent castor oil in olive oil (more castor if you’re oily, less if you’re dry…I now find that 20% castor oil is enough for me).
-Slather it on your skin; rub it in for a few minutes.
-Run a facecloth under the hottest water you can stand. Put the cloth on your face and let it cool. Wipe away excess. If you wipe away too much, you can use a little extra oil as moisturizer.
After researching this, I was tentative about trying it. Its worth gathering your own info. A lot of people seemed to have developed horrible reactions including follicular infections (ugh). Equal numbers love it. The castor oil is supposed to draw out hardened sebum from your pores and reduce their size ; the carrier oil (olive or grapeseed) moisturizes and prevents stripping.
I phased it in slowly, using it a few times a week and finally once a day. I still occasionally use my old cleanser, but I’m mostly on the oil just cleansing once a day and using warm water once a day. My skin is better, though not amazing. My arms are red but no longer bumpy. My chest is better some days, sometimes not (I think cause I have roseacea on my chest…bah). Most importantly: no scary fucking terrifying outbreaks. And none to come I hope. Also a reduction in my regular outbreaks and blackheads.
The most impressive part is this: I will never use anything else as makeup remover. It takes everything off and is super super gentle, acting as cleanser and moisturizer in one go.
It does not work well if you cleanse your face prior to makeup application. It pretty much repels makeup and manages to make it unstable and smeary.