the oil cleansing method (OCM) is fantastic, but you have to play with it a bit to find what works best for you. what type of skin do you have? in general, i think less is always more. after much rial and error, ive found what works for me, but i get really easily bored and like to play so i switch it up, there is a ton of info on the interwebs about it, so definitely google and read. also, liz wolfe @ cave girl eats blogs quite a bit about OCM and "paleo beauty" and shes so much fun to read.
i have really dry skin and live in humidity in summer, super-dry climate in winter. im 36 and have some sun damage and discoloration from pregnancy. small pores, occasional break outs along my chin but rarely anywhere else. i rarely wear makeup, usually some mascara and eyeliner, sometimes cheek stain, rarely concealer. i really only cleanse once a day MAX. i rinse in the shower with cool water and if im particularly sweaty and gross ill use some african black soap in summer. never in dry winter.
i do OCM in the evenings with 100% olive oil, sometimes ill spike it with rosehip seed oil, and i add essential oils (EO) as needed. if im breaking out ill use lavender and tea tree and sweet orange, for example. normally i like rose, carrot seed, and vetiver EO in the carrier oil. massage in for two minutes, lay a hot-as-you-can-stand-it wet washcloth over your face to steam it a couple of times, then use the wet cloth to wipe the excess oil off. thats it. STOP THERE. just wipe it off and go to bed. dont worry.
a few times a week ill scrub my face BEFORE i use the oil with a mix of 50/50 buttermilk powder and baking soda. baking soda is the mechanical exfoliant, and buttermilk contains lactic acid which is a great chemical exfoliator.
last night i mashed up a big strawberry with some raw, unfiltered honey and slathered it on my face. i rinsed it off after about 15 minutes. it was so muggy and hot and sweaty that i didnt want to use the oil, but felt i had to do something to get the uck off my face. it was beautiful. felt great and woke up smooth as ever, clean and hydrated. and i didnt mind when it dripped into my mouth.
for moisturizing, i use a similar mixture as my OCM oil that im selling now through my site at great marsh artisan skincare. (i make things in small batches and when they sell out, they are gone. each season ill introduce three or four new items, but facial serums and oils are my baby, so im going to try and keep them around as i come up with new recipes. the testing on them takes a while, so this is the only one available right now.) its jojoba oil, rosehip seed oil, apricot kernel oil, vitamin e and a long list of EOs i made specifically for sun damage, discoloration, fine lines, hormonal skin. i love it. which is why i sell it. i massage a bit into my face, neck and chest after OCM (in winter) or just after exfoliating (in summer).
also, drink lots of water and take your fish oil.
i think if you play around with it, you will find something you like. i think there is an intellectual leap in moving from soap to oil on your face just like starting to eat a lot of saturated fat. you have to just trust that nothing bad is going to happen, and it just might make you feel better. cave girl eats has some before and after jaw-line acne pics on her site that are pretty dramatic. if you tell me more about your skin i might be able to recommend some more specific EOs and carrier oils for you to try.