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Old 03-27-2011, 11:01 AM   #211
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Faith try more olive oil and less castor oil to find the right balance for your skin.
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Old 03-27-2011, 11:06 AM   #212
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I can't stand the smell of the olive oil though. I wonder if coconut oil would work just as well?
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Old 03-27-2011, 11:07 AM   #213
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you can use the oil of your choice. Try it
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After using a 50/50 mix of olive oil and castor oil to cleanse my face I have to stop. It dried my skin out horribly. I swear it aged my skin several years. How on earth can using oil do that?
You have to do the cleansing and then rub a couple of drops of your oil into the skin after the steam treatment. Otherwise you are pulling all of the oil out. Use something like jojoba if the oils you are using don't work well enough. We all have different skin types (and allergies!) but the add back is a key part of the technique.
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After using a 50/50 mix of olive oil and castor oil to cleanse my face I have to stop. It dried my skin out horribly. I swear it aged my skin several years. How on earth can using oil do that?
You need waaaay less castor oil, then.
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My personal fav is sunflower seed oil. Your fingers gliiiiiiiide over your skin with it...so silky.
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After using a 50/50 mix of olive oil and castor oil to cleanse my face I have to stop. It dried my skin out horribly. I swear it aged my skin several years. How on earth can using oil do that?
What is your skin type? Follow the instructions in the OP. Oily skin needs more Castor Oil. Dry skin needs more Olive Oil.

I have oily/combination skin & use 100% Castor Oil. But that is just because I never think to buy olive oil.
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My t-zone is oily and the rest is dry. I will have to try putting oil back on afterwards, but I really thought I was leaving enough on after I rinsed.
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Old 03-29-2011, 08:48 PM   #219
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I have to tell you... my dog goes crazy over the smell of the oil. He won't leave me alone and he is a big black lab! lol
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After using a 50/50 mix of olive oil and castor oil to cleanse my face I have to stop. It dried my skin out horribly. I swear it aged my skin several years. How on earth can using oil do that?
Castor oil is very drying to my skin. You might want to try cutting way back on that. 50/50 is really high.

I use dermalogica precleanse oil and I'm loving it. Yes, I could make my own but the commercial one has all kinds of nice additives. It must have some polysorbate in it because once you add water to your face, it turns into a creamy lotion. lovely.

I'm sure there are lots of companies that make dry oil if you are lazy like me and would prefer to buy it.
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Old 04-11-2011, 06:03 AM   #221
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My personal fav is sunflower seed oil. Your fingers gliiiiiiiide over your skin with it...so silky.
Hi JazzleBug,

For some reason, I keep hearing you say this in my mind, and every time I'm left with the question... Why?

Is it just how silky it is? Are the results better for you with sunflower seed oil i.e. is it more than just how it glides ver your skin???
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Old 05-04-2011, 08:45 PM   #222
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I stopped doing this. My skin couldnt handle it and I kept breaking out. I just switched back to soap and water, a glycolic acid cream and jojoba oil to finish. No more breakouts except right before my period.
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I read this last week and for some reason it interested me. I've had rosacea on my cheeks for 15+ years. I keep it pretty much in check with metro-gel and oral antibiotics but it's an ongoing fight. After I wash my face (with the most gentle products possible) my cheeks are very red and bumpy. On weekends I try to go withuot makeup and wash as little as possible. This keeps it down to a dull roar but it's still always there. I wear fairly heavy concealer which is an issue because I have a very oily T-zone. Keeping my skin looking halfway decent is an ongoing battle.

As I said, this interested me because my rosacea always feels tight and dry after washing. Any moisturizer irritates it so I usually just skip it. I made the jump Friday night with the EVOO I had on hand. It defeinitely felt better. Since we are in the middle of a remodel we had no plans for the long weekend so I just greased up and left off all makeup. I also did not use any rosacea medicine at all.

By Monday morning it was looking pretty rough but felt a little better. The big test was Tuesday when I had to put on makeup for work. It did OK and I was able to use only a few spots of concealer. Later that day I picked up some castor oil and made a 50 - 50 mix. It felt good and I noticed I had a lot less redness and bumps.

It's only been nearly a week now but I am amazed. I rub castor oil directly on my rosacea area and let it sit for a few moments. Then I go over it all with EVOO then heat and rinse. If I wipe too much off I rub in a few drops of EVOO and I'm done. My roosacea is still there but the redness is almost all gone and I can only feel a few small bumps.

My whoo-hoo moment came this morning. After my make-up was all on I was able to dust on a bronzer/blushing powder. I love the way it looks. It may not sound like much but if you have severe rosacea you don't want to put anything red on your face. Mine was positioned on my cheeks close to my nose. It I added blush I was liable to get big red clown cheeks before the day was out. I missed it terribly.

I hope the results continue to be as good as the first week. Thanks to the OP for this wonderful hint.
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Old 06-03-2011, 08:09 AM   #224
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Just found this thread & I'm going to give this cleansing a try. I have rosacea too. I dont have bumps but get very red sometimes on my face, neck & arms. If I were to wear green I would look like a Xmas tree. I have found that Eucerin moisturizer w/ sunscreen (it is untinted) covers the red pretty well. Still I would love to minimize the red as much as possible. I already take fish oil, primrose oil & coconut oil. Each of these has helped a little bit.
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Old 06-16-2011, 09:52 AM   #225
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But....do any of you start to see your sink drain get r...e..a....l...l..y slow ? I did the usual liquid plumber thing, just wondered if anyone had any problems with this.
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Old 06-16-2011, 11:57 AM   #226
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I haven't had a problem and I've been doing this at least 3 years. Maybe longer? I do a baking soda and vinegar flush of my drains once in a while, just to keep them cleaned out, but I've always done that.
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Old 06-16-2011, 12:31 PM   #227
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Castor Oil is a very potent thing good for lots of uses, especially as a scar reducer, you have a scar, rub on straight castor oil, wrap in saran wrap and then a piece of cotton and do that for several weeks and the scar will lighten, amazing stuff!!!!

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Dont have any slow drain problems.
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I don't know what I'm doing but I cannot find castor oil in my CVS, Walgreens, Target or grocery store... I've looked EVERYWHERE I could think of in the store...any idea where it is and why I'm not finding it?
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I don't know what I'm doing but I cannot find castor oil in my CVS, Walgreens, Target or grocery store... I've looked EVERYWHERE I could think of in the store...any idea where it is and why I'm not finding it?
I'm having the same trouble. I used to be able to find it in the medicine section of the store where they kept laxatives, but for the past year they have been constantly "out of stock". Finally I realized the space where it should be was filled in with other products. I'm seriously thinking of looking online to order castor oil. It used to be in every household as I grew up, now nobody knows what it is it seems.

Granted I really haven't tried other stores very hard cause I bought extra the first time, thankfully but I'm running out soon... I guess I check all the drug stores, and maybe ask the pharmacist.
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I think I bought mine at Walgreen's? Hmmmm, I'd better look next time and stock up if they still have it.
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Oh, We've got one of those. I'll check there. They just finished building it! I went there once for ketostix, but didnt think to look for castor oil.
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I have always found Castor Oil at WalMart. I don't think I ever looked anywhere else.

If you don't see it ask for it. I had to do that a few times at WM. I could not remember where I'd found it previously.
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I just ordered it online.
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I just bought a new bottle at Walmart. $1.68 for a 4 oz bottle.
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I just bought a new bottle at Walmart. $1.68 for a 4 oz bottle.


Did you have trouble finding it? I finally remember where they keep it so I expect them to move it before I need to buy some again.
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It was by the laxatives and tummy meds.
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I just found this thread, I'm two days in to trying the castor oil and loving it so far, and I'm just curious - are any of the posters who wrote about this originally still doing it? I noticed the thread started quite some time ago, and I was just wondering what everyone thought after trying it for longer periods of time.
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I've been using it I'd say 98% of the time since I started it. Once in a while I'll be tempted by some new product but I always come back to my olive oil/castor oil mix or my coconut oil. Lots of days I cleanse with the OO/CO mix and then moisturize with the coconut oil. I've also shared this method with a lot of my friends.
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I'm still using 1/4 part castor oil & 3/4 part olive oil several times a week, both as cleanser & moisturizer. I cant really tell the difference between the oil combo & expensive lotions. Still battle rosacea.
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