• Prabhleen Kaur

A Closer Look at Oil Cleansing

With all this extra time on my hands, I often find myself falling down Tik Tok rabbit holes, that leave me with a whole lot of laughs and giggles, but not a lot of time spent productively.

But then, I found the skincare side of Tik Tok and it truly felt like a whole new world. With all the professionals who have gotten onto the app, the dermatologists are often providing super handy tips and tricks and always have something new to teach. So when I’m spending my time learning more about one of my passions, my routinely Tik Tok binges are justified….right?

Oil cleansing, an extremely polarizing but popular concept within the skincare and beauty community, has made a comeup on the app, and here's a closer look for all the details you need!


Oil cleansing is a deep cleansing method in which oil is massaged into the skin to remove dirt and excess sebum, while nourishing your skin with cleaner, healthier oils that will leave it soft and supple.

Oil cleansing is often given a bad reputation right off the bat; people fear the concept of cleaning with oil with concerns of the oil clogging their pores, causing acne and breakouts, and causing their skin to feel greasy, without realizing that it can be really beneficial, especially during the winter seasons. But how, exactly, does it work? Well, oils are a kind of solvent - a group of ingredients that is able to dissolve similar substances. Specifically, oils are lipophilic, which means they are naturally attracted to other oils. So when applied to your skin, they are able to draw out the sebum (the natural oil) that skin produces, and the oil residue left behind by makeup. In simpler terms, "like attracts like" - by applying oil to your skin, you’re attracting the oil from within, which allows for the removal of dirt, grime, makeup, sunscreen, and other pollutants that have entered your skin.


1. Applying oil to oily skin will make it even oilier (give yourself a pat on the back for every time I say “oily” :’)

  • Using harsh cleansers that are super foamy are big indicators of cleansers that will strip your skin of oil. To compensate for the loss of moisture, your skin will work overtime to produce even more oil.

  • Cleansing with oil allows for a more balanced cleansing routine

2. Grab any type of oil available and you’re ready to start cleansing!

  • Absolutely not. With so many different types of oils in the market, the different structures are suited to specific types of skin. There are certain oils that are recommended for each skin type:

  • Oily skin: grapeseed, pumpkin skin, sunflower

  • Acne prone: Jojoba, hemp, castor oil

  • Sensitive: Camellia

  • Dry: Avocado, extra virgin olive oil, almond

  • Additionally, it would be most beneficial to use organic, cold pressed and unrefined oils, as they contain more nutrients and antioxidants that will nourish your skin

3. Coconut Oil is your holy grail:

  • Coconut oil gained a certain popularity and became everyone's favourite kitchen and skin product at one point, mostly because of its antifungal and antibacterial properties. However, it can be drying as well. It’s very high on the comedogenic scale as well, meaning that this oil can clog your pores and lead to more problems if you have acne prone skin. It’s a polarizing ingredient: some people have a great experience with it, and some don’t. It simply depends on your skin type and knowing what works for you.


  1. Pick: the oil that suits your specific skin type

  2. Cleanse: start with lightly rinsing your face. Pour the oil into your palm and apply it gently all over your face. Use your fingers to massage it well into your skin, firmly but gently. Massage for 1-2 minutes, always moving in an upwards direction. After you’ve finished massaging, allow it to sit for 30 more seconds.

  3. Rinse: Take a washcloth and wet it with warm water. Ensure that it’s warm enough to soften the oil, but cool enough to apply to your skin. Soak the washcloth in the warm water and apply it to your face for 10-15 seconds. Very gently, use circular motions to wipe off the oil. Rinse the washcloth, and hold it to your face once more for 10-15 seconds, and then continue wiping until the oil is off of your skin.


  • The frequency of how often you use this method is up to you and the type of skin you have. Some claim that it’s good to oil cleanse every single day, but even too much of a good thing can be harmful. If you have more oily skin, it would be better to oil cleanse more often, maybe every few days. But if your skin is drier, then once or twice a week should be sufficient.

  • Moisturizing after the process also depends on your skin type, and this is where truly knowing your skin comes in handy. If you feel as though your skin is too dry, use a moisturizer, and if not, you’re ready to go!

I’d definitely recommend watching this video for more information and insight into this cleansing method.

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