Hey Crush, I just posted this yesterday. I think it answers your question.
My 2 cents about the OCM: I had the worst congested pores ever. When I started the OCM, I got so much stuff out, and in such disgusting shapes, colors, and sizes, I can't even tell you.
Of course I had the mother of all purges too. There was always stuff that would come up but not OUT, so I got bunches of zits, esp. on the jawline/under chin area where the congestion was worst.
Well, instead of freaking out and stopping OCM, I kept at it and didn't use any super strong acne treatments that dry out my skin. I used mostly clay masks to try to keep my pores open and cleaned out, and applied the Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Serum 2x a day. (I found this late in the purge, unfortunately, because it really works, doesn't fry my skin, and bathes it in antioxidants and other calming/healing things. Love it!)
Well, now my skin is SO SOFT, my pores are almost GONE (I started the OCM because my pores looked like moon craters) and clear, pink, and glowy. It is, hands down, the best thing I've ever done for my skin. And I've spent a couple of small fortunes on all kinds of skincare through the years. I love to apply my creams and oils (!!! love the oils!!!) now as my face feels so different - I still can't get over it. My chin is soft and cushy now - I literally had so much congestion (and, again, I take OCD care of my skin, go figure), that it literally was 'stiff' with it.
It took my some weeks - I still only do the OCM every 4 days as I still do it for about 30 minutes to be sure I've cleared everything out - but it was SO WORTH IT!!!! I hadn't broken out like that in 30 years but I could tell that the OCM was addressing the problem, so I've definitely am one huge success story.
I use the Androcco cleansing oil, and on my off days, an organic cleanser from Wild Indigo called Zum Gentle Face Wash - it's coconut oil, olive oil, castor oil, and jojoba oil with some emulsifier to make it rinse clean - just like the Androcco cleansing oil!!! I also bought a face steamer (Target $22) instead of doing the hot wash cloth thing and I love the results with that. The strongest 'pull' mud mask ever is from ZamouriSpice.com, called Ghassoul (or Rhassoul) clay from Morocco. I mix it with Moroccan rose water and wow! hello new face!!!! Then I finish off with an argan/tamanu oil mix - yummy!
To help with the purge, for those of you who may get one, I used the REN Clear Calm 3 clay cleanser and clay mask - fabulous! and all natural! Now that I'm healed I'm also using the all natural REN Glycolic Peel and that after an OCM, and a steam, and I actually look like I just had a facial (I had one 2 weeks ago, so I can tell).
To sum up - there may be people for whom the OCM doesn't work, but just because you break out, it doesn't mean you should stop. You have to judge for yourself what the cause is: if you getting a lot of gunk out, continue. Also, once a week or so, go beyond 5 minutes and see if you don't get the stuff out. No matter what, you will be really glad you found the OCM. I am.
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