There's a lot of talk about the oil cleansing method - especially among African Americans. Some ladies swear by it (usually those who just began using the technique). Others find that the side effects are just not worth it.

What Is Oil Cleansing?

Before getting into why you shouldn't bother with oil cleansing, here's a simple definition for what it is:
Oil cleansing is a skin care method using natural oils to cleanse and balance the oils in the skin. It's based on the idea that oil dissolves oil.

Common Oils Used & The Technique

A combination of castor oil and extra virgin olive oil is massaged into the skin with the hopes that the oil blend will absorb the excess oil on your skin. Sometimes other oils like Grapeseed or Jojoba are used in place of the extra virgin olive oil.

After applying the oil, the face is then steamed with a hot cloth. The process is then repeated, followed by a splash of cold water on the face.

Why It's A Waste of Time

• While the idea sounds viable, many women who have tried the oil cleansing method have experienced an increase in whiteheads and acne breakouts.

• In addition to the skin reacting, oil cleansing can be harsh on sensitive skin if it's not done correctly. Most people don't know how to do it properly because it's more of a trial and error procedure. What works for one doesn't work for another and often times different oils need to be tried. The process is very time consuming

• Most startling of all is information from skin care professionals. Experienced estheticians will tell you that the constituency of naturals oils is too thick and can clog the pores - hence, the whiteheads

• The various concerns mentioned makes oil cleansing not worth the time or effort.  There are a number of skin care products on the market formulated with natural oils. The difference is they also have emulsifiers to make the texture of the oils much lighter and gentler for all skin types.

Oil cleansing has been a source of debate for some time. Why bother with a procedure that isn't guaranteed and can cause your skin more woes? There are skin care products for your skin type that are just as effective.

Author's Bio: 

Michelle Howard helps brown beauties to maintain radiant skin by providing easy to comprehend ethnic skin care information like in her free report on black skin spots. You can get it at