- Fact: Having Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) sucks.
- Hack: Washing your face with castor and grapeseed oil is good for PCOS skin.
I’ve found that a mix of castor oil and grapeseed oil helps exfoliate and pulls impurities from your skin, all while keeping your skin hydrated and moisturized.
Castor oil penetrates deeply and is VERY powerful. You don’t want to use it on your skin by itself. That’s where the grapeseed oil comes in; it’s an amazing carrier agent. It’s heavy in vitamin E, penetrates quickly and is excellent at reducing inflammation and healing acne (quick, grab the bottle from your kitchen cabinet and put it in the bathroom!)
*The only trick to using oil face wash is to use it in conjunction with other cleansing and moisturizing products. I tried using it by itself for 3 months to see if my skin would acclimate and it was a total shit show.
Castor Oil and grapeseed oil are not only non-comedogenic and amazing for your acne prone face but they are also insanely affordable. Budget around $15 for 32oz bottle of castor oil and $8.25 for 16oz bottle of grapeseed oil.
I use castor and grapeseed oil face wash at night to cleanse my face and to take my makeup off.
In the morning I wash my face with Clean and Clear Continuous Control Acne Facial Cleanser to stop acne flare ups, keep the melasma away and brighten my skin.
The combination of those two cleansers has helped make my PCOS skin become beautiful.
One additional hint.
You should, at some point, realize that your skin needs to be exfoliated.
Since I’ve started using my PCOS Skincare: Castor and Grapeseed Oil Face Wash and the Clean and Clear Cleanser, I’ve found that my skin needs to be exfoliated once a week. What’s the best way to exfoliate your skin?… you guessed it! By shaving your face. Read Shave Your Face if you don’t know what I’m talking about.
After trying almost everything under the sun for two decades, I finally figured out the secrets to PCOS skin and now I’ve created my guide, PCOS Skincare: 6 Hacks to a Radiant, Youthful, Acne Free and Hair Free Face to help you achieve your best PCOS skin. (This face wash is Hack #3!)
PCOS Skincare: Castor and Grapeseed Oil Face Wash
- 3/4 cup Grapeseed Oil Food or Cosmetic Grade
- 1/4 cup Castor Oil Cold Pressed
Put both oils into a glass measuring cup and stir with a glass, wood or plastic mixing stick. Once combined, simply pour into a glass bottle for daily use.
How To Use
Pour a quarter sized amount into your palm
Rub your hands together then rub the oil all over your face, neck and chest
Use small gentle circles. Massage for 30 seconds. This will cleanse your skin and remove your makeup.
Wet a washcloth with hot water and let that sit over your face for a good 30 seconds. The heat will help the castor oil penetrate your skin.
Wipe the oil off while continuing to rinse the wash cloth as you go over your face, neck and chest.
Re-apply a small amount of oil on your skin before finishing with your moisturizer.
Castor oil has VERY strong exfoliating powers. Do not put it your face without using a carrier oil. I've found that the best ratio of grapeseed to castor oil is 3:1. You may need to experiment with the ratio to see if your face likes slightly more or less castor oil.
If you’re looking for suggestions for moisturizers, I love DHC Astaxanthin Collagen All-in-One Gel and MyChelle Deep Repair Cream and MyChelle Sun Shield Liquid Tint SPF 50 in Nude.