Pizza Face

I had pretty perfect skin in high school.  Hate me all you want…but I just didn’t really break out.  However, in college, my acne started.  It was bound to happen at some point.  I really didn’t know what to do.  I tried what everyone does- Cetaphil, tons of Wal-Mart brand cleansers, masks, scrubs, special makeup…..the Clinique 3 step system, Proactive….and some of it would work for a bit, but then the zits would come back.
This issue recently became worse since I started teaching Zumba.  I would sweat working out and my face would be broken out before I even got home to wash it.  No bueno.  What to do?  I re-started Proactive, bought some fancy masks and scrubs…but my face was only more iritated.
I read online about the Oil Cleansing Method (or OCM).  The premise is simple: remember in chemistry class you learned that “like dissolves like?”  Well, the OCM is based on that.  Because the gunk clogging your pores is oil and dirt, you should use oil to wash it away.  What?  MORE oil?  No way.  I buy oil-free makeup, moisturizers and cleansers.  Isn’t oil the devil making me break out?
Well yes and no.  My skin breaks out because of oil and dirt in my pores. Then I use tons of stuff on it, and my skin becomes dry and irritated.  Then it breaks out because it is irritated….and because its dry, it overproduces oil and I break out more!  
So with OCM, you literally use oil to wash your face…which takes all the gunk away, and leaves it perfectly moisturized so it doesn’t overproduce oil.  And I’ve done it for several weeks and my skin is clearing up!!  
The key is to use oils that are non-comedogenic (meaning they don’t clog your pores.  List of those oils here.  I read lots of articles about the OCM, and after reading, I decided to try a mix of castor oil and olive oil with a bit of tea tree oil mixed in.  I use a mix of 2/3-3/4 castor with 1/3-1/4 olive and a few drops of tea tree oil.  I just mixed them up in a little bottle.
To cleanse at night, I take a quarter-sized amount of oil and just rub it in all over my face.  I rub it in until my hands start to feel warm from the motion.  The warmth from your hands helps dissolve the gunk (or so I’ve read).  Then I take a wash cloth and get the water as hot as it will go.  I make the wash cloth wet, then I wring it out…and put the warm cloth over my face and let it steam.  I usually just keep it there until it cools off…probably 30 seconds or so.  Then I rub the oil in a bit more.  Then I just take the warm wash cloth and remove the oil.  It even takes off my eye makeup!  
At first, I had a few little baby pimples (probably stuff it was drawing out) but since then, my skin has been clear.  I’m just healing a few lingering spots from before…but no new ones to speak of!  It is remarkable!
If you want to read more about the OCM, here are some websites I read to learn (here and here and here and here ).  I’m loving it and super happy with the results.  I have no new pimples, no flaky spots or dryness, don’t have to wear as much makeup, and washing my face feels like a little spa trip every night. 
Anyone else do this?  Try it.  Give it a month.  You might have to play around with your oil blend (heavy on the castor oil works for me…guess my skin is pretty oily).  You might have to supplement with other oils.  When I do have a little breakout (like the ones that OCM brought to the surface) I put a little straight tea tree oil on it, like a toner.  Has worked perfectly!


  1. ok at first when i read you title i thought you were going to talk about the skit they did on all that called, pizza face. lol kat and i loved that. lol random i know.

    i went to the dermatologist this morning actually. first time going and i really liked him. hoping what he gave me will clear my chin up! it’s gotten outta control

  2. I’ve heard of this before but was hesitant to try it. Since you’re the second success story for it, I might just do my research and try it out. 🙂 Thanks for posting.

  3. sweet! i’ve been having problems with my face since I got off my birth control pill. I will be trying this as soon as I get the chance to gather the oils! thanks for sharing!!! =)

  4. I’ll have to try this! Does it make your skin look “oily” though??

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