The Oil Cleansing Method

Most synthetic skincare products have ingredients that can cause cancer treatment side effects to worsen. However, plant-based skincare can improve and protect your skin, and is a gentle option for use on damaged skin. 

Oil cleansing is a great way to start your new skincare routine. This method is perfect for all skin types even if you have oily skin! Surprisingly this technique is grease-feee, because oil dissolves oil. The oil clings to the excess oil on your skin, as well as make-up and dirt, washing away impurities gently.

In contrast, hot water and soap will strip away your skin's natural oils. When you do this continually and frequently, your skin doesn’t have as much time to produce oil to repair itself. This has the potential to disrupt skin and lead to dryness and irritation. When skin is too dry, it develops cracks which can make it easier for bacteria and infections to get in.

Basic oil cleanse

Oil cleansing is a simple process that doesn’t involve expensive products, numerous steps, or a lot of practice. 

Oil cleansing can be used to:

  • Unclog glands and address breakouts and blackheads
  • Remove dead skin, makeup, and dirt (even waterproof makeup)
  • Moisturise dry skin
  • Balance oily skin
  • Reduce inflammation in acne or other facial skin conditions

What oil should I use?

If you’ve decided that you want to give it a try, you need to select which oil(s) you will use for your cleanse. It is important to buy high quality oils and cleansers without added scents or dyes to avoid irritation. 

When possible, avoid food-grade oils, and choose cold-pressed, unrefined, virgin oils designed for use on the skin. There are many options to choose from, including:

Dry Skin  Olive oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, and avocado oil.
Acne-prone or oily skin

Castor oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, and sunflower oil.

(sunflower oil is lighter and allergy-friendly for those who can’t use coconut or almond.)

Sensitive Skin
Steer clear of castor oil. This oil, which has antibacterial properties, acts as an astringent cleaner and can cause skin drying. Try jojba oil or rosehip oil. 

How to do a Oil Cleanse:

A basic oil cleanse involves applying the oil, then removing it with warm water or a wet washcloth.

Put 1 to 2 teaspoons of oil in the palm of your hand.
Dry skin - 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil and 1/2 teaspoon of castor oil.
Acne-prone or oily skin - 1/2 teaspoon of jojoba and a 1/2 teaspoon of castor oil.
Apply the oil before wetting your face.
Use your fingertips to gently massage the oil into your skin for several seconds to a minute to remove impurities like makeup and dead skin cells and allow the oil to penetrate.
Use a damp, warm washcloth to gently wipe away the oil.

Be careful not to press too hard or scrub at your skin, as this can lead to irritation and breakouts.

For dry skin you may want to try leaving some oil on your face. Do this by rinsing with warm water instead of a cloth.

Your face should be hydrated when you finish, but not greasy or overly irritated from wiping it down.

Pat dry with a towel


You can apply moisturiser, if needed.


For more tips and tricks on how to look after your skin read - 'Skincare during Cancer Treatment'