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The Oil Cleansing Method: Inspiring Skin Balance and Radiance

Jill Stacey

Our skin has many functions, including protecting our precious inner-terrain and acting as a powerful organ of elimination. Our skin also acts as a messenger of our overall health, providing us with clues about what may be going on inside the body. It is most certainly something to be treasured and taken care of. 

Healthy Skin

What if there was a simple method that could be used to balance and rejuvenate all skin types in all stages? A foundation to build and refine a customized skincare ritual from and something that could be equally beneficially to those with dry skin or oily skin? Or combination skin? And even sensitive or inflamed skin? Great news! You might be on the brink of discovering something big here, something that could fundamentally shift the way you skin has been behaving....into a state of perfect balance. 

You might have heard of the Oil Cleansing Method before. People who have tried it and stuck with it generally have good things to say about it, really good things, and want to share the information they've learned. I've been using this method for many years and it has revolutionized my skin. Today we're going to take a look at the Oil Cleansing Method to a healthy skincare routine, and maybe you will be inspired to give it a try!

Skin Structure and Function

Image by Daniel de Souza Telles

Let's start with the basics of skin structure, to help us understand just a little bit about what might be going on with our skin and how Oil Cleansing may be helpful. There are three main layers, the outermost being the one we are most familiar with. Here's a little breakdown:

Epidermis

This outermost layer is called the epidermis, and serves to protect us from the external environment. It not only keeps harmful substances out of our bodies, but also assists in the removal of them from inside our bodies as they are carried out through our pores. It is in this top layer that you will also find melanocytes, which are the cells that contain melanin (the pigments that determine our skin color).

Dermis of the Skin

The next layer is known as the dermis, which is where sweat glands, sebaceous glands, and hair follicles are found. This layer is made up of a variety of proteins, collagen, and elastin. This is an important layer in terms of nourishing and supporting for a beautiful glow, and also to consider when decongesting skin from harmful substances (which can play a part in breakouts and other imbalances). In the dermis you will also find an intricate network of capillaries carrying oxygen and nutrients to the cells.

Skin Deep 

The subcutis is the innermost layer of the skin. It serves to insulate, shield and protect.

Function of Skin

We have talked about skin's abilities to protect us from the outside world and allow a safe passage for the removal of toxins from our system. It is also responsible for overall moisture retention, regulating our temperature, and producing Vitamin D. In short, the skin is super important to our health on a lot of levels. Now that we have got the basics on skin structure and function down, let's get back to the Oil Cleansing Method and why it works so well....

The Oil Cleansing Method

Applying oil to the skin, particularly when it already seems over-oily, is counter-intuitive for a lot of people. What many people are not yet aware of is this simple truth: oil dissolves oil. When you use the oil cleansing method, all of the impurities that are clogging your pores will be softened and dissolved, and with the application of steam or a warm compress, will be removed altogether. Oil is healthy and necessary for the skin, which is why your body produces it. It lubricates pores so they can carry out toxins with ease, and also works to provide moisture and protection. The production and movement of oil within the skin is a beautiful process, and when it is in balance, the skin is radiant. Trouble arises when the process breaks down somewhere along the way, and suddenly things aren't flowing as easily as they should be. Oil cleansing is the method that can assist in bringing this back into balance, no matter if you skin is oily, dry, or somewhere in between.

The Oil Cleansing Method: How to Get Rid of Oily Skin and Acne

At this point, we have learned that oily skin needs oil just as much as dry skin does. It is healthy and healing, and will encourage and bring about oil balance in the skin. The Oil Cleansing Method will greatly assist in the removal of pore-clogging substances, and encourage balance and vitality in the skin, clearing acne and oily skin. If you have been stuck in the trap of using products that overly dry the skin (such as oil-absorbing products or medicated acne treatments), it is time to break free! When you use products that intentionally aim to dry the tissues, the skin will overcompensate and produce even more oil...leading to the continuation of the cycle of oily skin, clogged pores and acne. It's time for a change. . . invite oil into your life!

The Oil Cleansing Method: Bringing Moisture to Dry Skin

Dry skin benefits greatly from the Oil Cleansing Method as well. It will not only clear congested pores, but it will also invite healthy oils into the skin to work their magic. The oils that we will be using are miracle workers in the tissues, clearing inflammations, signs of aging, and restoring deep balance and beauty. Your skin will be thrilled with the results, and the simplicity of the practice makes it refreshingly easy to do.  

Oil Cleansing with Orange Sky Facial Cleansing Balm

I have just released Elaa's newest treasure, a sensuous beauty balm made for the best, most effective, and divinely enjoyable oil cleansing. With a special combination of herbs, oils, butters, and essential oils, Orange Sky Facial Cleansing Balm works to swiftly transform the upper two layers of the skin into harmonized balance. In addition to its skin balancing, nourishing, and rejuvenating effects, it also works to balance the spirit with its uplifting therapeutic essential oils. Orange Sky Facial Cleansing Balm is the foundation for a truly transformational skincare routine. 

How To - The Oil Cleansing Method

*1* Begin with a pearl sized amount of Orange Sky - Facial Cleansing Balm in your hand. 

*2* You may begin on the neck and gently stroke in upwards motions toward the forehead until you have covered your entire face. Begin to gently massage the cleansing balm in delicate circular motions, taking care to ensure that it has completely penetrated the skin. Allow the cleansing balm to work its magic on your tissues for at least 3 minutes, or up to ten minutes if desired. Take this time to soak in the experience, breathing deeply and opening to transformation. Invite in your own self healing power of your body, mind, and spirit in, and both feel in your heart and form a clear picture in your mind of radiant health and beauty.

*3* Use a warm damp cloth to remove, sweeping in upward motions. 

*4* If you have a lot of congestion in the skin, and/or you are in the initial clearing phase of the oil cleansing method, there is an extra step you might consider employing. (This will become unnecessary after your skin balances with continued use of the method). Position your face over a pot of gently steaming water, with towel draped over the back of your head to hold the steam in and allow it to work through your pores. Continue to steam for about 5 minutes. Follow with a cool splash of water.

*5* Finish the ritual with a toner, like Moonlight Mist. The toner will help remove any excess wax or oil from the cleansing balm. Finally, apply a serum & moisturizer, customized to your skin's desires and needs.

Detox Reactions from the Oil Cleansing Method

Sometimes there is a short period of skin detoxification that occurs with the Oil Cleansing Method. As pores that have not been functioning well suddenly begin working efficiently, they desire to push out all of the debris that has been holding the skin back from its innate brilliance. It might even seem that your skin is becoming a little more oily at first. This is your skin cleansing, purging, and rebalancing. Allow the process to happen if it comes. It will not last long, and as you move through it, your skin will be transformed beyond anything it has ever known before!

How to Get Rid of Acne

Jill Stacey

Just about everyone seems to struggle with skin challenges of one kind or another at some point in their life. It may come early, at an older age, or anywhere in between. It may last for just a short while or it may be a longer term challenge. One thing is for certain: no matter what you may have already been through, or whatever it is you are currently dealing with.....you are not alone! I myself struggling with acne, psoriasis, rashes, eczema, and other skin conditions most of my life and have studied very carefully how to heal this skin conditions. We all have these types of experiences, and there is plenty of support available as you navigate through figuring it all out. I'm here to be that support for you.

For this post, I'd like to look at the most common of all skin conditions, acne. I'll discuss it's causes, and how to treat acne naturally.

skin problems, including acne, are opportunities for improving overall health

Skin problems are tricky in that they almost always signify an inner imbalance, and two people with identical looking skin troubles can have completely different causative factors. But once you are armed with the right information and action plan, there is no skin challenge that can't be conquered! It will require commitment and perseverance from you, but if you stick with it, your whole body will benefit from your hard work and dedication, and ultimately your health will increase in ways you may have not previously imagined possible!

acne vulgaris

Acne, otherwise known as acne vulgaris, is a most common skin complaint.

Sometimes it takes a pronounced cry for help from our bodies to alert us to an inner imbalance. Skin conditions are one of the most effective ways that our bodies can get our attention fast. After all, its hard to ignore an other-than-pretty pimple glaring back at us in the mirror. Acne is a trouble that most of us are familiar with, whether it has been experienced in mild or severe form.

what causes acne

Acne has many potential causative factors, but there are a handful of really common ones that are most likely at play. Things to reflect upon in your own life in relation to your acne are diet and nutrition, digestion and assimilation, toxic load in the body and cleansing, hormonal balance, medications that you may be taking, and stress and stored emotions.

treating from the inside-out

acne and diet

The food that we choose to bring into our bodies is a very personal choice, and can have a huge impact on acne and the overall quality of our skin. If you have an interest in nutrition, you have probably encountered an overwhelming number of well-intentioned people claiming to have all the answers to your own body's needs. Most of the time, these people appear to be preaching their own gospel, that is, making recommendations based on what is currently working for them. The bottom line is, our bodies are all unique, and we all have varying requirements at different times in our lives.

The key piece to take away here is this: listen to your body! Whether you have clear skin or are dealing with acne or any other skin condition, choose an organic whole foods diet tailored to your own needs. With an open mind, try out different approaches and see what feels best for you. Over time, you will discover how to tune in to your body and make the best choices. If you haven't done so already, eliminate any and all processed foods from your diet and replace with simple health-promoting real foods.

Here are some general recommendations for foods to avoid if you are in the process of clearing acne and encouraging outstanding health:

acne diet

foods to avoid

  • processed and chemical "foods" of all types

  • refined grain products and gluten containing grains

  • all refined sugars, and even natural sugars in excess (try to stick with primarily low-glycemic treats)

  • alcohol and caffeinated beverages

  • refined cooking oils

  • pasteurized dairy products

And here are some ideas for foods and superfoods you can incorporate in to your diet for health promotion:

foods for acne

  • Raw organic vegetable juices and fresh colorful veggies, consumed raw or cooked depending on personal constitution, digestion, and preference.

  • Nutrient dense wild foods, such as seaweed, herbs, and berries.

  • Superfoods

  • Warm healing broths. Bone broth is amazing for health and digestion. If you are vegan, try broths and soups with lots of veggies, roots, herbs, and medicinal mushrooms. Earth by HealthForce makes the perfect vegan, nutrient-dense broth.

  • Health promoting algaes, such as E3Live, Marine Phytoplankton and Chlorella.

  • Omega-3 fatty acids from foods and supplemental oils. Krill Oil is wonderful. The best vegan sources are E3LiveGolden Algae oilSprouted FlaxChia Seed, and Marine Phytoplankton.

  • Raw fermented foods, like sauerkraut and coconut water kefir

  • Healthy fats such as cold-pressed unrefined oils, especially coconut oil, avocados, and sun dried olives.

  • Herbs for the skin, such as elaa's own Clear Skin Tea

  • Fresh organic fruits in moderation (berries are an antioxidant rich low-glycemic choice)

If you are in need of a deeper level of support in designing and implementing a personalized dietary approach, I offer private health consultations via phone or email. CONTACT ME to find out more about a personal consultation.

stress and acne

Make no mistake about it: stress has a tremendous impact on our overall health. One of the fastest places it shows up is on the surface of our skin. Acne breakouts are a common experience for those experiencing high levels of stress. Discover and practice ways that you can relax and rejuvenate your being while, first addressing why you are stressed. Feeling all the feelings that arise when you dive into why you're stressed. Letting yourself express all of those feelings fully. And then, once fully felt, caring for yourself in nourishing ways.

hormonal acne

Hormone Imbalances can and will cause acne. There are many possible scenarios here, and it is important to know that any hormonal imbalance can trigger blemishes and breakouts. One example of this is seen when the body releases too many androgenic hormones (a common result of increased insulin production in the body). What follows is a cascade of excess sebum production, congested follicles, and in turn, acne formation. Another situation to be aware of is a sudden change in hormonal balance, such as that created by pregnancy or even certain illnesses. Also, an imbalanced estrogen to progesterone ratio in the body will often lead to breakouts before, during, or after menstruation. Talk to your naturopath or a practitioner you trust to help test your hormones and get them back into balance.

acne medications

There are certain medications that can actually trigger acne due to the imbalances that they create in the body. It is wise to hold an awareness of this possibility if you are taking any medications, and consider whether or not you may have other treatment options available that may be more beneficial to your long-term health. Contraceptive pills are a commonly used medication that creates body imbalances and can bring on breakouts. You will also want to steer clear of prescription acne medications for the same reason, and opt for a holistic acne treatment instead.

antibiotics for acne

While antibiotics are clearly a very useful tool in cases of serious medical need, it really makes no sense to use them as a long-term treatment for acne. We know that there is a clear link between acne and challenged digestive health. We are also aware of the fact that antibiotic usage further challenges digestive health, as it impacts healthy gastro-intestinal flora balance. By using antibiotics over extended periods of time in hopes of improving acne, you are actually setting up a cycle of increasing stress on one of acne's root causes, an imbalanced digestive system. This creates more harm than good for acne sufferers.

home remedies for acne

We've talked about some of the causes of acne, and also the importance of diet in improving and preventing future outbreaks. Now we're going to go deeper into some of the other ways you can take a proactive acne healing path, and begin deeply healing your body and clearing your skin!

detox for acne

When your internal body is overloaded with toxins that aren't being eliminated efficiently, the toxins begin eliminating through the skin....and this is when the skin issues arise! Look at it as a blessing: you are being alerted to the fact that your body is feeling overloaded with substances that are harmful to your health, and it is asking for your assistance in removing these accumulations. What an amazing opportunity for improving your overall level of health and vitality (and achieving clear skin in the process)!

Detoxing is an important way to help clean out your system and help get rid of acne. Look into fasting and cleansing programs. Consider colon hydrotherapy to assist in the removal of accumulated toxins. Get out there and move your body with regular exercise, if you can. Rebounding (bouncing on a mini trampoline) is an excellent way to move the lymph through your body. Regularly working up a sweat is great for the body, be it through exercise or a sauna (check out far infrared saunas for their powerful detox abilities).

liver cleanse for acne

The health of the skin is often a reflection of the liver's health status. Acne Vulgaris can be triggered by poor fat metabolism in the body (the process of digesting and assimilating dietary fats), of which the liver is largely responsible for. There are many approaches to cleansing the liver, some of which are more gentle than others.

Start with your water intake: make sure you are drinking ample amounts of pure, properly structured water (preferably fresh spring water, but do the best you can). Eat a diet of clean whole foods, with plenty of fresh produce, personally tailored to your constitution and health status. Use liver supporting herbs regularly, such as Liver Rescue by Healthforce and elaa's Clear Skin Tea

Coffee enemas are a highly effective way to cleanse the liver/gallbladder as well. These can be done easily in the comfort of your own home. Please note that if you are highly sensitive to caffeine, this may not be the best option for you. I personally love the benefits of coffee enemas, but cannot tolerate them. Give them a try and see how you do! Castor Oil Packs over the liver are one of my favorite and are an easy treatment - I do them every night. Another powerful Liver detoxifer is Rectal Ozone Insufflation, or Enemas with Ozonated Water, if you have access to an Ozone Generator.

supplements for acne

There are some highly valuable supplements that you might consider incorporating into your routine as you heal your acne and your body. Think about enhancing your digestive system function, supporting your liver, assisting in the removal of stored and released toxins, and strengthening your nutritional intake with super foods.

  • probiotics and digestive enzymes to support the digestive system. Friendly Force and Digestion Enhancement Enzymes.

  • MSM, taken with high quality, food-based, Truly Natural Vitamin C (vitamin C increases absorption of MSM, in addition to being great for the skin and immunity)

  • a liver support supplement containing milk thistle seed extract, such as Liver Rescue

  • green superfood powders, like Vitamineral Green, also by Healthforce

  • clays like Zeolite and bentonite for absorbing toxins daily

  • herbs like nettles and horsetail (rich in silica: a beauty mineral)

  • tonic herbs such as schizandra, reishi mushroom, and pearl powder, traditionally used to beautify the skin and bring balance to the entire body

  • elaa's Clear Skin Tea

treating from the outside-in

acne skin care

Adopting a healthy skin care routine will make a significant difference in your skin and overall health. Start by immediately eliminating all chemical acne treatments, like benzoyl peroxide, or any other “medicated” products from your life. These not only have a drying effect on the skin that is damaging, but the chemicals themselves are placing a heavier load of your body's ability to detoxify. Seek out natural products that are antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antioxidant without the toxic load.

essential oils for acne

There are many beneficial essential oils that can be added to carrier oils, skin care products, or applied neat (essential oils are highly concentrated: use caution before applying neat, or dilute first). Explore oils such as lavender, rosewood, eucalyptus, lemongrass, turmeric, geranium, grapefruit, sandalwood, vetiver, rosemary, niaouli, immortelle/helichrysum, thyme linalool, carrot seed, bergamot, chamomile, palmarosa, basil, and cedarwood.

elaa's clarity - anti-acne skin rejuvenating elixir oil and clarity nectar - blemish spot treatment are specially formulated to tackle topical troubles in the form of acne!

tree tea oil for acne

What about tea tree oil? While tea tree oil for acne is a common treatment, it's not my favorite because it can be very drying and cause the skin to peel. There are many other more gentle treatment options that are powerfully effective, such as elaa's clarity - anti-acne skin rejuvenating elixir oil and clarity nectar - blemish spot treatment

the healing path

While skin challenges are never any fun to deal with, adopting a positive perspective and accepting the blessings of natural healing opportunities will take you beyond the bounds of what you have previously known to be possible. Natural acne home treatments will clear your skin and increase your health. Healing is a process and it takes patience, but as long as you stick with it and keep moving forward, your efforts will be rewarded with true and lasting health.  

Here are some carefully created items to help you heal acne and encourage radiant skin:

Clarity Nectar - Blemish Spot Treatment

Clarity Nectar is an organic natural acne spot treatment to create wonderfully balanced, crystal clear skin.

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Rhassoul Matcha Skin Clearing Detox Mask

This powerful detox mask will draw toxins and impurities from your pores, soothe, cleanse, and nutrify skin, creating a crystal clear complexion and the softest skin ever. 

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Clear Skin Tea

This Organic Clear Skin Tea Blend helps to create clear skin by supporting and detoxifying the liver and cleansing the blood. Enjoy this warming and healing Skin Detox Tea.

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After The Rain - Activated Oxygen Miracle Balm

Fully Ozonated Healing Treatment Balm for Face & Body

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