I recently came across something called the Oil Cleansing Method that recommends using a combination or castor and sunflower seed oil on your face for daily cleansing: http://www.theoilcleansingmethod.com/
I have also occasionally heard of people using coconut oil on their faces as moisturizer.
I wanted to find out more information on whether people use these various oils as facial cleansers? and if so, information about their successes or failures with these methods, and the type of skin they have.
I would like to follow a more paleo skin care regimen - but suffer from acne (which has gotten better since going paleo, but isn't totally gone)...and am nervous about stopping my salicylic acid facial cleanser.
I use jojoba oil—which I've heard is the closest oil to natural skin oils—as a night moisturizer, and it's improved my skin immensely. I do still wash with gentle Cetaphil cleanser and use a day moisturizer with SPF, but as with my food, I'd always been afraid of putting oil on my face and have learned that it's nothing to be afraid of.
Also, edited because you mentioned salicylic acid—have you looked at trying spot-treating with benzoyl peroxide instead? When my acne was more serious, I never got any kind of results with salicylic, but BP, though drying, works brilliantly. Alpha hydroxy acid is also helpful—you should check out acne.org if you're interested in non-paleo solutions (they also have a great cheap jojoba oil, and I really like their AHA product, too).
I use nothing. I tried the oil-cleansing method once and once every couple of months if I get a "spot", I might try a bit of Castor Oil on it. But I experimented with just water and it works better than anything I have ever used. And I don't need any moisturizer (first time in my life).
I wash my face with honey. I just pour a little honey into my palm and let it warm then I smear it on. If I have time I let it sit awhile before rinsing off. this has eliminated any need for moisturizers. If I wear make up I use the oil cleaning method.
Coconut oil will clog pores so I use olive oil, which is cheap and easy.
I rely on the Crunchy Betty site for help figuring out non-toxic personal hygiene treatments. :)
I recently had some really bad acne, it just came on out of the blue during a period I was truly 100% paleo (no alcohol, no caffeine, nothing processed, no sugar plus all the usual stuff).
So I tried using coconut oil on my face, kind of like you'd use a moisturizer, I just rubbed it in and left it. At first it seemed to calm down the acne and it improved but then after a couple of days I break out worse than ever with lots of cystic acne on on jawline and chin (below my mouth). So I gave up on it, it took a couple of weeks for it to clear up.
I don't if I used too much, or if it wasn't a good idea to leave it on my face - I was just working from other peoples accounts who had had good results with it.
I may try the method that Paleo-ish mention above to see how that goes. I'm keen to hear any other feedback on how to use coconut oil for optimal results as I still get the occasional bit of acne.
I have annoying 'combination' skin on my face. Oily forehead and end of nose, drier and tends to flake if I do anything it doesn't like everywhere else. I had awful acne for years until I cured it with paleo - but mostly in the dry areas of my face. I will still get little blocked pores if I don't keep my face reasonably clean.
My facial skin doesn't like oils very much. I've tried the OCM several times (with castor/olive or castor/grapeseed for cleansing and coconut for moisturizing). I've tried just using EVOO and coconut oil as moisturizers. Either my skin looks dry and flaky (I think it's all the manual cleansing and/or hot water necessary with oil cleansing) or my forehead is dripping with oils by mid-day. No middle ground.
I'm having great results with my current routine:
Don't wear makeup. Cleanse at least every other day with water or a light 'oil based' cream cleanser. Moisturize if necessary (usually isn't) with a 'natural' lotion. My skin looks smooth, young, well-moisturized but not greasy.
I use the oil cleansing method about 3-4 times a week, and only in the evening. In the morning I just rinse with water. I've experienced a drastic decrease in my acne and other facial blemishes. I use a 25% castor/75% sunflower seed oil blend. I also moisturize with Jojoba oil, as it's the most similar to the sebum your skin naturally produces. :) If your skin becomes dry, it's a sign that you've been overdoing it with the cleansing and need to back off and let your skin balance itself.
at the moment i eat well, sweat lots & rinse only with cold water!
the only thing i moisturize is my hands with coconut oil once a day after shower, otherwise i find im just messing with my bodies natural oils
i also do a bentonite mask about once a month to help pull off dead/dry/flaky skin
the ultimate best skin assistance i've ever used is eating lots of fatty pork, internal treatment FAR outweighs topical
i've also found drinking green tea to calm my skin quite a bit & even used it topically until i found it dried me out a bit