Don’t Clog Your Pores

What skin care you use does matter. The first thing I always check with a new clients skin care routine is if their products are clogging their pores.

Clogged pores are the beginning of acne. When sebum gets “sticky” and stuck in the pores, then it creates a blackhead or whitehead (comedonal acne). This comedonal acne will either eventually dislodge and come out on their own, or if it has trouble coming out then it’ll get inflamed and infected as our skin tries to push the clogged sebum plug out. This is when the pimple forms.

So as you can see, we want to prevent clogging as much as we can. Let’s look at what creates clogged pores.

  • Excess sebum production (from an internal imbalance). We’ll be talking about this in Love Your Liver and Balance Your Estrogen.
  • Dry skin cells getting stuck in the pores.
  • Products – cleansers, moisturizers, makeup etc. getting stuck in the pores.

Excess sebum production

Sebum is actually a really good thing. It’s part of our skins natural protection barrier and provides us with hydration when our skin is too dry. One of the reasons why as you age your skin gets thinner and dryer is because you begin to produce less sebum. So a healthy production of sebum is actually great for young healthy looking skin!

Oddly enough you can also have excessive sebum production and dry skin. If your skin is out of balance and/or not well nurtured by the right skin care products, then your skin can be producing an excess of sebum but your skin is drying externally from a harsh environment or the wrong skin care. OR if your sebum does not contain a good makeup of linoleic acid then it can be too dry and hard and therefore not hydrated at all and more likely to get stuck. So don’t think that just because your skin is dry you’re not necessarily producing a lot of sebum – that may not be the case.

We’ll be working with our liver and hormones to normalize our sebum production, but we can also help externally with the products we use.

Linoleic acid versus oleic acid

The science of the importance of linoleic acid in skin care for acne prone skin is quite basic. Acne prone skin is most often deficient in linoleic acid, so it is advantageous to use products that contain higher levels of it.

When linoleic acid is not available in the skin the sebaceous glands produce sebum with oleic acid, which is is drier and firmer than healthy sebum. This dry and firm sebum can then easily become stuck and form blackheads and whiteheads. The oils that I recommend on this page are high in linoleic acid and low in oleic acid, which will work at helping to clear your skin by providing the much needed linoleic acid if its lacking. This will help prevent future blackheads and whiteheads from forming.

Oil 1: Hemp Seed Oil

Linoleic–56.48% Oleic–10.71%
Comedogenic rating: 0

Bo's Own Hemp Seed OilHemp seed oil is one of the best cleansers and moisturisers for acne prone skin. Please don’t be afraid of it being an oil, as we will discuss soon, hemp seed oil is not pore clogging. It has a comedogenic rating of 0 which means it is safe to use on acne prone skin and will not clog your pores. In fact, it will actually help to balance out your excess sebum.

Hemp seed oil is a very light oil so on some skin types it may appear too drying. If you have very dry skin then I recommend using an additional moisturiser underneath the hemp seed oil to provide that extra protection and hydration.

Oil 2: Jojoba Oil

Linoleic–5% Oleic–5-15%
Comedogenic rating: 0-2

Jojoba oil is another great raw ingredient to use to help prevent clogging of the skin. Jojoba oil is technically not an oil, it’s a liquid wax, but has been given the name because of its oil like consistency.

Sebum is composed primarily of gycerides, free fatty acids, wax esters and squalenes. Jojoba oil is composed primarily of wax esters and fatty acids which is why many say that is the oil that most closely resembles human sebum.

Because of this similarity when used as a cleanser and moisturiser it can actually help to reduce sebum production. However, if you have a lot of clogged pores then it can begin the process of purging them out, which can be a bit of a difficult process for some. If you’re not ready for this purging process, then don’t use this oil.

Jojoba oil is naturally anti-bacterial so it can help to prevent new acne from forming. But remember, it is very unlikely for any external treatment to successfully work at curing our skin – it’s important to work internally too.

Get your High on Clear Skin recommended jojoba oil here.

Oil 3: Rosehip Oil

Rosehip OilLinoleic–44.1% Oleic–13.9%
Comedogenic rating: 1

Roseship oil is gaining in popularity with being the skin care oil of choice used by many celebrities. The high content of linoleic acid in rosehip oil makes it similar in feel to hemp seed oil – great for acne prone skin but a little too drying for some. So if you choose to use this oil and have dry skin, make sure to use an additional moisturiser underneath.

Get your High on Clear Skin recommended rosehip oil here.

Dry skin cells getting stuck in the pores

It’s a myth that dry skin is acne free skin. Skin that is too oily and skin that is too dry can suffer from acne. In fact, if you’re acne prone then excessively dry skin is one of the easiest ways to get acne – simply because dry skin can get stuck in your pores and begin the process of the formation of acne as we discussed above.

How do you prevent this? Make sure that your skin is not too dry. Do not use any products that are harsh or drying to the skin, and make sure to use a moisturiser if you need to. I have a lot of clients using the water only method to cleanse – I never recommend doing this. Water is drying to the skin so please use a cleansing oil with the water!

Do not use products that will clog your pores

I cannot stress this to you enough. If you are acne prone then it’s just something that you’re going to be a little more careful with than those who aren’t. I actually recommend using raw and natural ingredients (and not products) so it’s quite easy to avoid everything that clogs up your skin. All you need to do is learn which raw ingredients and oils can potentially clog the skin, and which ones do not.

How to know what will clog your pores

Lucky for us plenty of studies have been done on the comedogenicity of raw ingredients. “Comedogenicity” means how likely it is to clog our pores. Raw ingredients are given a rating from 0-5, with 0 being no chance at all that it will clog our pores and 5 being very likely.

For acne prone skin it’s better to stick with ingredients that have a rating of 0-2. The most common natural skin care mistakes I’ve seen with acne prone skin is the use of coconut oil which has a rating of 4 so has a good chance of clogging the pores and creating acne. I personally learned this one the hard way before I knew any better.

I don’t recommend the use of products in the initial stages of your healing, but if you absolutely must, then you can check each ingredient on the label. If there are many ingredients then you can check just the first eight.

Here are some list of comedogenic ingredients for you to check:

What I Recommend

I recommend using either hemp, jojoba or rosehip oils to both cleanse and moisturise the skin. All three raw oils help to balance out the skins natural oil production resulting in a normalisation of the skin – that is skin that is neither too oily or too dry. If you’ve ever felt that you have combination skin then you’re likely just using the wrong products. Switch back to being gentle on your skin and protecting your skins natural acid mantle and it’s likely that your skin will over time become “normal” (not oily and dry in patches).

All three oils are easy to use. Simply use them in place of your usual cleanser. If your skin is feeling tight or dry after you’ve washed and towel dried, then use a few drops as a moisturiser too.

This article explains in more detail how to cleanse and moisturise with hemp seed and jojoba oils: How To Use Hemp Seed or Jojoba Oil As a Cleanser & Moisturiser.

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  • Rosanna Lenus October 4, 2017, 11:45 am

    Hi Fran, could you please tell me exactly how to use the hemp oil? I’ve used castor and olive oil before. I would massage it in then put a warm wet towel on my face for 30 seconds then wipe off. Do I use it the same way? Thanks

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    • Fran October 4, 2017, 2:12 pm

      Hi Rosanna, I don’t recommend the oil cleansing method like how you described. Instead use the hemp seed oil as you would any usual, normal cleanser.

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  • Maki September 26, 2017, 8:09 pm

    Do you mean to use the oil in place of our usual foam cleanser? Can i use my usual cleanser and apply rosehip oil right after cleansing?

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    • Fran October 4, 2017, 12:35 am

      Yes and yes 🙂

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  • Lorraine August 19, 2017, 5:19 pm

    Hello! I’m 23 and have never had acne problems before, just get some pimples before my period that vanish on their own. My skin type is supposedly combination, since my T zone is a bit oily, with some blackheads on my chin, forehead, nose and also a few around my cheeks and around my cheeks it feels dry; my skin is also very sensitive (once used a BB cream and made my face very red and itchy). For some years I’ve been using just a cleanser and hydrating cream from brands that are indicated for very sensitive skin and never had any trouble, until some time ago. Ever since I started using a sunscreen all year round (Avene brand), I’ve felt my cheeks very dry and also from time to time it gets very red around my cheeks, something that had never happened before; that redness go away on its own eventually but it’s quite annoying (I noticed that by using jojoba oil, helps with redness). I’m into changing my sunscreen because I feel it’s too dry for me, like I put it on and it never really disappear, seems to peel off my skin too. I suspect maybe I haven’t removed my sunscreen well from my face, so that would be why it feels that way, but I’ve no idea. Do you think that could be the reason? Should I try to exfoliate or something? What should I do?? I’d so appreciate your help!!! Thank you!!

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    • Fran October 4, 2017, 12:58 am

      Hi Lorraine, sounds like you should trial stopping the sunblock and see how you go.

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  • Rina Darzi August 11, 2017, 4:34 am

    Truly enjoyed the informational post! I have been using grapeseed oil for the past 5 days and broke out with numerous acne on the cheeks. I read that jojoba oil does the same due to the purging process. Does grapeseed oil do the same or is my experience just a bad reaction? Should I continue the use of grapeseed and give it a try?

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  • jj July 15, 2017, 8:32 pm

    Can you explain why you find ocm to aggressive? Thank You!

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    • Fran July 15, 2017, 9:06 pm

      Hi JJ, for acne prone skin castor oil can be a bit too much, plus the amount of massaging and steaming.

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  • Lauren July 11, 2017, 6:11 pm

    Hi! So I’ve been using the OCM the past few months and I love it. My skin has cleared up a good bit but not completely. I’ve been using a mixture of jojoba, grape seed, castor, and some tamanu with a few drops of tea tree oils. I’m going to try using hemp seed oil, jojoba and rose hip now and see if that works better. Question- would it be okay to mix all of these together or would you recommend using only one or two oils to do the OCM? And is it okay to do essential oils with it (like tea tree) or would that be too harsh to the skin?

    Thank you!!

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    • Fran July 15, 2017, 7:42 pm

      Hi Lauren, I don’t actually recommend the OCM, I find it too aggressive. I recommend just one simple oil and using it as you would a normal cleanser.

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  • Jenn March 24, 2017, 1:30 pm

    Hi Fran,

    So I have been using jojoba and castor oil for 2 weeks now. I have noticed that my pores are larger than normal on my forehead and cheek. Do you know what may be causing this? I am using a natural moisturizer. I also have been on and off with other products: used coconut oil for moisturizer (I have been using it for more than a year now, it’s worked for me so far), sometimes I use sunscreen, and a non-natural serum. I don’t know if that might be it, but I have never had issues with enlarged pores until now. I got scared, so I went back to my normal face wash two days ago. If you have any recommendations or tips, please let me know. Thank you for what you do!

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    • Fran March 27, 2017, 3:58 pm

      Hi Jenn, I don’t recommend the use of castor oil personally as I find it too aggressive with the skin. Large pores usually mean either damage or products that are too heavy for you, so it could be anything that you’re using.

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  • Sarah January 5, 2017, 5:37 am

    Hi Fran!

    Do I have to keep my hemp refrigerated? I know it extends shelf life, but is it dangerous if I don’t? I’m not keeping it in the direct sun or anything.

    Thanks!

    Sarah

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    • Fran January 5, 2017, 2:56 pm

      Hi Sarah, it can go rancid in warm weather if not refrigerated.

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  • Katja Heine December 3, 2016, 9:21 am

    Hey Fran,
    First of all thank you for that great articla!! That really helped me out and you obviously have an incredible knowledge concerning skin care. Now I have a question, because I was wondering, wether beeswax clogs the pores in my skin or not, as it is a common ingredient in organic make up foundations… Now some say it is beneficial for the skin, some say it is not, that is kind of confusing! Do you know more about the effects of beeswax on the skin and if it was harmful, is there anything I could use instead? Thank you already in advance, kind regards!

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  • Sally Mass September 19, 2016, 3:34 pm

    Hello! What a nice article! I have a couple questions for you if you don’t mind, it would really help me solve my problem if you are able to help. So, my skin isn’t exactly acneic, but it’s highly sensitive to clogging. I threw out all my products in search of products that are 100% non-comedogenic. For a cleanser I use raw unfiltered honey, and for “moisturizer” I use a mixture of witch hazel, rosewater, glycerin, aloe and hyalauronic acid. It works ok, but I have dry skin still. So, I am interested in trying out a non-comedogenic oil. My top three picks are sunflower, safflower and hemp oil. I have normal to dry skin.I notice that safflower is the highest in linoleic and so I think that that is the best option. I have also read that hemp is kind of dry and must be refrigerated, and sunflower can actually be a rating of up to 2. So, I think my best bet is safflower oil. However.. .here is the issue. Safflower oil is supposed to be high in vitamin E (along with sunflower) and Vitamin E itself is comedogenic with a rating of 2/5. Can you please explain how it’s possible that Safflower oil can have a zero rating when it includes something that has a rating of 2? This would help me make my decision. I am afraid to just try it because I got over a torturous year of trying to heal my skin of a bad OCM mix of caster oil and hemp oil. It got cysts, and tons and TONS of clogs, that literally would not go away, areas around my mouth looked like braille. It took forever to clear, my skin has been a mess for over two years and it’s finally getting a lot clearer, and I am scared and traumatized to make another mistake with oils. Please if you could help research this answer…I cannot find any reason why safflower oil is a 0, but contains vitamin E (naturally) and that has a rating of 2. Thanks.

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    • Fran September 27, 2016, 7:56 pm

      Hi Sally, take a deep breath then patch test.

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  • Anti Aging Treatment by Revitol August 2, 2016, 8:29 am

    The best way of getting rid off pores is to provide steam to your face by pouring some rose petal in the water. Using steam to your face will help in opening pores of the face.

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  • Bianca August 1, 2016, 3:29 am

    Hi Fran,
    I found a really good recipe for facial cleanser using honey and I noticed that you mentioned manuka honey doesnt absorb into the skin due to its molecular structure (unless left on for at least 20 minutes). Obviously being a cleanser it wont be left on for that long so I was wondering what kind of honey you recommend to use? Would organic and raw honey be ok? Or is it more or less the same story for all honey? Just wanting to make sure that what I do put in the cleanser actually benefits my skin and doesnt just act as an expensive filler. Thankyou in advance, this page is so helpful!

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    • Fran August 2, 2016, 12:09 am

      Hi Bianca, yep! Raw honey is great, it is more or less the same story but as a cleanser it works great. There’s just no point with manuka honey because you won’t be getting the medicinal properties and it’s expensive. So regular honey for cleansing 🙂

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      • Bianca August 2, 2016, 3:15 am

        Thanks so much Fran!

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  • Autumn July 24, 2016, 4:56 pm

    Hi Fran,
    About two weeks ago I started using sesame seed oil on my skin after I shower to help with the acne on my cheeks and chin. While it seems to be clearing up the acne on my cheeks, I’ve noticed that I’m now getting more acne on my nose and forehead. After doing some research, I found that sesame seed oil has a comedogenic rating of 2. I was just wondering if I’m just going through a purging process or if I should stop using sesame seed oil and use a different oil. Thanks and I hope to hear from you soon!

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    • Fran July 25, 2016, 2:13 pm

      Hi Autumn, with sesame oil it’s more likely to be clogging your skin. Stick with the sesame for your body, and switch to jojoba or hemp seed for your face.

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  • Madison July 14, 2016, 9:34 am

    I ordered hemp seed oil as recommended and omg my skin was covered in clogged pores aka the flesh colors bumps that makeup makes worse all over my forehead way worse than I ever had them before. Will not be continuing this, but prefer my argan oil instead. I’ll probably use it on hair bc I do not want to put the money to waste, but just to let you know hemp seed oil is not for everyone!!

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    • Fran July 14, 2016, 7:20 pm

      Hi Madison, I’m sorry that you had that experience. And yes! we can have a reaction to any product.

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  • Christy July 1, 2016, 5:08 pm

    Hi Fran – I have been seeing some conflicting info on hemp seed oil and rosehip oil about how nourishing and moisturising they are for dry skin types. I find them a bit too drying when I apply them on my very dry and sensitive skin due to Eczema. I see it here that you recommend to use moisturiser underneath the oil. If the oil dries out the skin, why does this still make them good moisturisers? Is it because they are good for acne prone skin but not dry/sensitive skin? Would you recommend jojoba oil for dry/sensitive skin type? Thanks a lot in advance! Hope to receive your reply.

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    • Fran July 2, 2016, 10:45 pm

      Hi Christy, the best way is to try them yourself. Hemp seed oil is quite a light oil so for people like me with very dry skin, it’s not enough. However, I recommend it for two reasons – it has a comedogenic rating of 0, and it’s high in linoelic acid content.

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  • Sally May 30, 2016, 10:38 pm

    Hello, I had cystic acne when I was 18 and it left some indented scars on my cheeks which have shallowed out thanks to sugar scrubs over the years and a few microdermabrasion sessions but they still show when I am in sunlight. Do you think sweet almond oil is non clogging? Also could I use jojoba on my nose where I still have blackheads to purge them?

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  • Michelle May 2, 2016, 5:54 pm

    Hi Fran – I have a couple of questions. Firstly, I am loving the hemp seed oil but my face is still a tad dry. I don’t want to use the Welleda cream as it contains alcohol. I have seen a cold cream recipe on line that contains beeswax. Anything with the word wax in makes me slightly panicky – as I am sure it will result in a breakout. I checked the rating and it’s a 2 … does that mean I should stay away? Perhaps I can substitute the wax with Shea Butter?
    Do you know of another moisturiser I can use? I am getting exhausted looking at the ingredients lists of hundreds of creams and cross checking each one with the lists! Thank you!

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    • Fran May 2, 2016, 6:30 pm

      Hi Michelle, if it has a rating of 2 then it’s okay. Please check out makeupalley.com for production recommendations with others that have acne prone skin.

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  • Milda April 25, 2016, 9:26 pm

    Hello! I’d like to ask some questions about oils, as I’m thinking of starting to incorporate them into my skincare routine. My skin is going through ruff times and I’m not really sure, what kind of oil to use: it has a lot of blackheads, bumps, gets oily in the T zone in the middle of the day but is really dry and flaky at the same time! What kind of oil would help me clear my skin up, wouldn’t clog pores but would also moisturise? Maybe I should use more than one oil with my problematic skin? Thanks for yout answer, best wishes!

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    • Fran May 2, 2016, 6:05 pm

      Hi Milda, just using one oil as a cleanser and moisturiser and nothing else may just help get your problem skin back to being normal. Jojoba oil will be good for clearing your blackheads and whiteheads, but you will need to go through a purging stage.

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  • jenn April 19, 2016, 11:30 pm

    Hello! Ive had annoingly persistent acne on my right chin area and sometimes left cheek. I tried oil cleansing with Hemp, then Pumpkin, then jojoba, then another but cannot remember and during that time I’ve developed many, like 50 plus milia mostly on my left cheek. milia is all over but a huge deep cluster on my left cheek. Ive also been using bentonite clay masks, ACV toner, manuka honey etc… I’m assuming the milia is from the OCM PLEASE help me so I know what to stop doing so I don’t get anymore! Im currently cleansing with a mixture of manuka honey, ACV, and hemp oil with a probiotic capsule mixed in. Using manuka honey masks and bentonite clay masks. Whats causing milia?! Please help. Ive also been gluten, grain, dairy and sugar free for 3 1/2 months.

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    • Fran April 25, 2016, 5:10 pm

      Hi Jenn, Please book in a consultation so that I can best help you.

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    • Sally Mass September 19, 2016, 6:59 pm

      Jenn- you sound like me!! I don’t use manuka honey but i use another raw unfiltered honey. I don’t mix acv or anything else with it. I follow up with a mixture of rosewater, glycerin and aloe to remove extra makeup and hydrate (a little). But… it all doesn’t take of makeup as much as I want, and, it doesn’t hydrate all that much. For the first time ever, my skin is the least clogged its been though. I also switched my makeup for a 100% non-comedogenic makeup. I researched it myself. I use TruAir airbrush foundation, and blush, and Everday minerals semi-matte base and multitaking concealer, and their bronzer, and blush. Everything else is comedogenic ontheir sites. I use the airbrush for work and events, and use the everyday minerals for weekends lounging. Neither are a perfect product. The airbrush will show spots if it gets wet from rain or crying or antyhing. it’s not waterproof, and its not hydrating, but not drying either. The everyday mineral is a loose powder so if brings out dry skin, and doesn’t cover red pimples well, neither does their powder concealer, but,

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  • Kelly March 30, 2016, 4:56 am

    Hello
    my face is covers with blackheads and large porea pretty much entire of my face
    I’m having depression problems so I usually don’t wash my face nor moisturizing them. Now I’m about to put some effort on my skin..but I don’t know what do do
    Every time I look at my face I’m really sad of large pores and blackheads.
    I think I have oily skin but it feels really dry even after I use moisturizer
    Which oil should I use?

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    • Fran April 1, 2016, 3:21 pm

      Hi Kelly, Are you able to book in a consultation?

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  • Naina March 15, 2016, 4:41 pm

    Hi Fran.. i have been using argan oil since last two months. I apply it after washing my face and leave it overnight. I have read a lot about this oil. But evrytime i wake up in the morning, i see my pores look large. It makes my skin look dull. Please suggest what to do. Should i stop using it. Thanks.

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    • Fran March 18, 2016, 12:58 am

      Hi Naina, sounds like it’s not the oil for you! I recommend that you try with hemp seed oil.

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  • Delaney March 3, 2016, 3:40 am

    Hello Fran,
    I was wondering what you thought about AHA. I recently bought an organic brand AHA mask. My skin is breaking out like crazy on my chin. I’m wondering if I’m purging? I also use ACV toner on my face. Maybe it’s too much?
    Thank you!

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    • Fran March 7, 2016, 5:43 pm

      Hi Delaney, they are mostly chemical based and I do not recommend the use of chemicals on the skin.

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  • Lorena February 25, 2016, 7:34 pm

    Hi Fran!
    Is almond oil good for acne prone skin?Can I use it as a moisturiser?
    Thanks!

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    • Fran March 7, 2016, 5:38 pm

      Hi Lorena,

      Yes you can use almond oil.

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  • Debbie February 18, 2016, 3:34 pm

    What sunscreen do you recommend?

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    • Fran February 24, 2016, 4:57 pm

      Hi Debbie, I am yet to find a natural sunblock that works that also doesn’t break the skin out.

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  • Lori January 9, 2016, 6:10 am

    Hello! I was diagnosed with sticky sebum many years ago and have tried may things to purge the build up in my pores and nothing works. I am a clean eater and take supplements to support my skin and health. My question is would there be an oil that would flush the white/blackheads out? I use a natural mask and use non comedigenic cleansers and makeup. Besides popping each and every one which I know is not a good thing to do…I am disgusted with how it makes my skin appear!! Thank you in advance!

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    • Fran January 18, 2016, 3:36 pm

      Hi Lori, yes use jojoba oil and do NOT pop them.

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  • Sarra January 8, 2016, 11:39 am

    3 weeks ago I used hemp seed oil on my face and it destroyed my skin. Every pore on my face is clogged. I now have whiteheads, blackheads and cystic acne. My skin is dry, oily, irritated, sensitive and not happy! 3 weeks later and my face is still not recovering from the hemp seed!

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    • Fran January 18, 2016, 3:35 pm

      Hi Sarra, we can have an allergy or intolerance to anything (except water). I recommend always patch testing a new product before using it.

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  • Jane December 26, 2015, 6:28 am

    I’ve been using hemp seed oil for a few weeks now. Is there a purging stage with this oil as well? I feel like my face is purging from it. If, I decided to use jojoba oil afterwards, would it cause a new purge process?

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    • Fran December 26, 2015, 9:50 pm

      Hi Jane, hemp seed oil does not usually cause a purging process.

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      • Emily Johnson July 30, 2016, 5:25 am

        Are these people who are using hemp oil using hemp oil or hemp SEED oil? I heard there is a difference and hemp oil can break you out but not hemp seed oil. I didnt know there was a difference and broke out because I used hemp oil not hemp seed oil. Any proof on this??????

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        • Fran July 31, 2016, 10:45 pm

          Hi Emily, They are the same thing – they make the food oil with the seeds. The other type is medicinal.

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  • Vaishnavee December 21, 2015, 11:50 pm

    I have a dull, hyperpigmented skin with occasional blackheads and whiteheads. I have been relying on natural and homemade cleansers and scrubs with honey. But I kind of feel that sometimes my face look extremely dark and patchy (I have a dark skin).with rough bumps particularly under the sunlight. Also my skin gives the illusion of being oily but in fact it is dehydrated and dry. I cannot put a moisturizer without it being oily or causing whiteheads/blackheads and pimples.

    I have tried hemp oil. It worked fine for 3 days and then I had rough bumps under my skin. Also my skin looked extremely dark, oil. I also tried ghee. I applied small amounts of ghee. Left it overnight. It was absorbed extremely well by my skin because the next morning my skin feels balanced. However after showering and removimg the ghee, it becomes dry and dehydrated again. And also it started causing small bumps.

    So what oil is the best for my kind of finnicky skin.

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    • Fran December 22, 2015, 9:38 pm

      Hi Vaishnavee,

      Most often the skin care regime is not important – you need to work on your skin health from the inside out.

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  • blackheads on nose December 12, 2015, 7:09 pm

    Hi I was just wondering is okay to use toothpaste or glue to remove blackheads on my nose?

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    • Fran December 14, 2015, 3:47 pm

      Absolutely not!!!

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  • Katie December 7, 2015, 9:00 pm

    Hi Fran,

    What do you think of safflower oil? I have acne prone skin and clogged pores. I recently ordered the high linoleic version of safflower oil and I read it is a 0 on the comedogenic scale. I chose that over hemp as I read it is actually higher in linoleic acid than hemp. Would you say the higher the linoleic the better? I have yet to receive it since I just ordered yesterday. I have never tried either of these oils. I have used jojoba, rosehip, emu and argan and didn’t like any of them as I seemed to get more clogs. Willing to give oils another shot. Thanks!

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    • Fran December 14, 2015, 3:40 pm

      Hi Katie,

      If it has a 0 comedogenic rating, then go for it!! The linoleic quantity is dependant on what is causing your acne. Let us know how it goes 🙂

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  • Teni December 2, 2015, 5:46 pm

    I have been using a face moisturiser containing hemp wax and hemp seed oil. However, I have noticed that I’ve starting to get large under the skin bumps from this. I don’t know if it’s due to the wax or due to the oil? Also what over oil would you recommend?

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    • Fran December 3, 2015, 9:39 pm

      Hi Teni, hemp doesn’t actually form a wax so I have no idea what you are using!!

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  • Tay December 1, 2015, 6:53 pm

    Hi Fran,
    I’m 17, and whilst I don’t have acne, I do have combination skin that is succeptible to clogged pores. Sometimes I do get breakouts with whiteheads, and I was wondering how do I get rid of whiteheads without picking. I also use tea trea and a clean and clear moisturiser but I’m thinking of switching to hemp oil. Additionally, how can I get rid of clogged pores without extraction? I exfoliate twice a week but I still have quite clogged pores. Thanks

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    • Fran December 3, 2015, 9:38 pm

      Hi Tay, you need to work on the reason why you’re getting whiteheads in the first place, which 99% of the time is an internal issue.

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  • Tes November 27, 2015, 11:39 pm

    Hi Fran

    I’ve been following you blog for some time and find it really helpful. I switched to hemp oil as one of you suggestions to help with cystic/inflamed acne, and over the last few months it’s been working well as my cleanser. It’s the only product I use on my face aside from Rosehip oil as a moisturiser and/or Tamnu oil for scarring. However, I’ve noticed my pores appear much ‘larger’, is this normal? Is it necessary to do anything after cleansing to ‘close’ pores?

    Thanks for any advice

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    • Fran December 1, 2015, 1:51 pm

      Hi Tes, I recommend cutting out one oil at a time to see which one is causing the enlarged pores. It’s just not the right oil for you.

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  • K. Oliver November 19, 2015, 5:28 am

    I am much older than most ladies on this forum. Ive always had a problem with under the skin white bumps that never come to a head. I would like to know if emu oil could clog the pores? Ive read a lot good reviews concerning emu oil as it contains so many beneficial omegas and minerals for the face. What is your view on pure emu oil?

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    • Fran November 21, 2015, 6:16 pm

      Hi K, ahhh unfortunately I haven’t looked into it so much as I’m a strict vegetarian! If you give it a go, please let us know how it worked out for you 🙂

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  • Lucy November 16, 2015, 3:47 pm

    Hi Fran,
    I’m curious about sun protection. I live in Florida and am out and about alot during the day. I do wear a natural sunscreen when I’m at the beach/out for a while. Since I dont wear makeup, so what is your take on protecting my skin from sum on a daily basis after I cleanse with hemp oil?

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    • Fran November 21, 2015, 6:13 pm

      Hi Lucy, as I get older I’m using sunblock more 🙂 Yes, it is important but make sure to use a natural sunblock.

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  • Melissa November 9, 2015, 3:36 pm

    Hi Fran – what do you think about Pumpkin Seed Oil and Tamanu Oil? Thanks!

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    • Fran November 21, 2015, 5:56 pm

      Hi Melissa, both have a comedogenic rating of 2 so can clog the pores.

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  • DaisyFlower November 8, 2015, 1:31 am

    Hi
    I have noticed that when i use rosehip oil on my acne marks/pores they start to look alot more pink. Why is this? I heard rosehip oil clears marks from the face. Please let me know.

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    • Fran November 9, 2015, 2:57 pm

      Hi DaisyFlower, I have not heard this about roseship, I always recommend MSM for scarring.

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  • Elise November 1, 2015, 6:24 am

    Why do you recommend Jajoba so highly when Argan has a lower risk of clogging pores? Also reading through the rating chart supposedly mineral oil cannot clog pores, but I know for a fact it does. It makes me question how the ratings are done and I do not feel confident that I can trust them. Can you give me any assurance that that chart is accurate or do you know how the ratings are established?
    Thank you in advance, wonderful article, thanks for sharing!

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    • Fran November 3, 2015, 1:00 pm

      Hi Elise, it’s not about comedogenicity for jojoba oil, it’s about how the molecular structure is so similar to skin sebum so it is able to purge out white and blackheads. It’s quite magical that way actually!! Jojoba oil does have a rating of 2, so yes it is a little higher.

      Use your intuition and learn to trust!

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  • Justin October 16, 2015, 6:47 am

    What is your routine when using hempseed oil?

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  • jj October 12, 2015, 2:39 am

    Hello…I have oily skin with rosacea. I have been taking hempseed oil interally. It seems to me the oils on my face smell of hempseed. Is this possible and should I be doing this in the first place. I only take 1 tbsp a day. Maybe it’s to much oil in my system. Thanks!

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    • Fran October 12, 2015, 2:31 pm

      Hi jj, hemp seed oil is very healthy to take internally and you’re certainly not taking too much 🙂

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  • Michelle October 9, 2015, 7:25 pm

    Hello Fran!
    I have a question about whiteheads. I have a lots of little white bumps on my cheeks and basically nowhere else. I have a dry skin as well so jojoba oil kind of worked at the beginning but my skin got too dry after using it a week or so. I switched to hemp seed oil which works much better on my skin, but I can’t get rid of the whiteheads on my cheeks. Hemp seed oil kind of keeps it under control but doesn’t fully get rid of them, can you please tell me what should I do? People can’t probably see them all the time, but I can feel them and see them on the sunlight and I wish I could have smooth clear skin.

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    • Fran October 10, 2015, 12:44 am

      Hi Michelle, please book in a consultation and I’ll get you onto a plan to get rid of them.

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  • MJ October 9, 2015, 4:31 pm

    Hi Fran! I have never suffered from acne. Just a few pimples here and there. I have used the same three products since I was a teenager (21 now) and I use natural makeup removers, drink lots of water, and have a pretty healthy diet. Almost two months ago, I got a breakout on my forehead and temple area. (Never have I had this) Just little bumps under the skin that dont hurt, get irritated a tad after I shower, and are occassionally red or the normal color of my skin. My forehead and nose have always been a little oily and my chin & cheeks somewhat dry. I have always had bangs, but they have never been a problem. It is driving me insane! Im at a loss, trying to pin point the problem. Should I give hemp seed oil a try?

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    • Fran October 10, 2015, 12:42 am

      Hi MJ, usually acne like this is a sign of too many fruit sugars in your diet – cut all sugars including fruits out for 10 days.

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  • Lily-Rose October 5, 2015, 3:34 pm

    After a year of going to natural products and almost 6 months of the pill. I still get mild acne. Mostly whitehead and blackhead, around the mouth area and jawline. It feels like tiny bump under my skin. Sometime, it get inflamme and infected, but not like a big cyst. I have been taking vitex, vitamin B, something to support my estrogen metabolism, MG, probiotic and zinc, from my naturopath. I do not wash my face in the morning (only water). I use at night a natural soap made with floral water, essential oil and olive oil. I have tried jojoba oil, hemp seed oil and rosehip oil but nothing seems to make those thing go away. whitehead first appears when I started using jojoba oil. I also have dead skin, not to dry, but not at all oily…. So I don’t understand. Can it be hormonal? My cycle is excellent always on day 28. I don’t know what to do anymore…. Please give me an idea of where to go from here. I have spend so many dollars on products, supplement and naturapath fees.

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    • Lily-Rose October 5, 2015, 3:39 pm

      Will cleasing with honey would be better? I have manuka honey at home. How long should I try to confirm the result?

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      • Fran October 5, 2015, 4:13 pm

        Hi Lily-Rose, cleansing with manuka honey is a waste of your money. The molecular structure of manuka honey is too large to soak into our pores, so it needs to be on the skin for at least 20 minutes before our bodies natural oils rise to the surface, mix with the medicinal property of the honey, then sink back in again. Just cleanse with normal honey. BUT I do not feel that this will cure that last bit of your acne either. Book in an appointment, I’d love to be able to work with you properly.

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    • Fran October 5, 2015, 4:11 pm

      Hi Lily-Rose, it could be two things – first it could be a boost in androgens causing too much sebum production, OR the vitex is too stimulating for your body and it is producing too much hormones.

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      • Lily-Rose October 12, 2015, 12:06 am

        My skin if actually more on the dry side. I am flacking a lot and have some eczema on my forehead. Don’t know what to do anymore to wash my face. I might just stop everything I used. I am looking for your next deal to book an appointment. I have spent tso much money in my skin problem that it caused me some financial “problem”.

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  • Lucy October 5, 2015, 4:49 am

    Hi Fran,

    I’ve been following alot of your advice on skin and my skin looks 80% better!! I’m wondering if I just cleanse with hemp oil, and there is still some left on the skin, will any other treatment be able to absorb into the skin after cleansing? I’m curious specifically about msm lotion. I would like to apply it after cleansing but it seems it might not absorb unless there was less of an oil barrier on my face?
    Thank you for sharing you experience and information.

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    • Fran October 5, 2015, 4:09 pm

      Hi Lucy, Anything you apply to your skin, as long as it’s left there for at least 20 minutes, will absorb into the skin.

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  • Katie September 29, 2015, 4:19 pm

    Hi there! I have recently begun using jojoba oil, as my skin has been left extremely dehydrated with lots of bumpy clogged pores due to excessive topical acne treatments to combat a reaction I had around 4 months ago. I have been using the jojoba to pre-cleanse, and within my moisturizer for around 4 days now and am either experiencing mass purging or am breaking out further. Clogged pores have appeared all over my forehead and cheeks where there were none before. I am unsure whether it is the jojoba causing this or the moisturizer – I’m using Neutrogena oil-free moisturizer.

    Is this a normal reaction? I understand that jojoba can cause purging, but literally my entire face is now covered in bumpy clogged pores. Will these go away with continued use or does my skin just not like jojoba?

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    • Syarta October 1, 2015, 2:28 am

      OMG the exact same thing happened to me when I started around 2 months ago… they were coming up around my neck too, but I changed so much about my lifestyle that I couldn’t pinpoint it to one thing however I had my eye on the jojoba oil and have read so many similar stories. I used it for about 3 weeks and I just stopped. I didn’t want to risk it if I was only making myself worse. Lots of people say they get better later but I figured 2 or 3 weeks was enough time. It’s just a risk you have to decide on taking but tbh if I were you I would stop with jojoba because my skin still has those bumps and it’s been about a month and a half since I stopped using it.

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    • Fran October 2, 2015, 8:37 pm

      Hi Katie, I usually recommend honey, not jojoba oil after using medicated topicals.

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  • Jj September 27, 2015, 1:02 am

    Hi…I also went out and bought colloidal silver. Ended up confused. I bought 150 ppm. There was 10 ppm 50 ppm. Which would you recommend Thanks for all your help?

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    • Fran September 28, 2015, 11:14 pm

      Hi Jj,

      ppm doesn’t matter so much. What you want to look for is a low micron value. But to be honest, anything you will buy at a health store will be fine!

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  • Abby September 21, 2015, 3:09 am

    Hi Fran,

    I started using jojoba oil to clear out my clogged pores as I have lots of them. Right now, it feels like all the clogged pores are coming out as pimples. I believe this is a positive thing as my skin is pushing out the sebum that has been stuck underneath. Should I be worried or is this normal? Thanks for putting an amazing article together, you are awesome 🙂

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    • Fran September 22, 2015, 8:52 pm

      Hi Abby, this is normal. You can also use colloidal silver sprayed over your face twice daily to help prevent the acne bacteria from feeding on the sebum coming out.

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      • Abby September 22, 2015, 10:46 pm

        Thank you for your reply Fran. Where can I get colloidal silver from?

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        • Fran September 24, 2015, 5:36 pm

          Any good health store 🙂

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          • Abby September 27, 2015, 12:43 am

            Hi Fran,

            Thanks again for your comment. I just got colloidal silver & I have some questions on how to use it. Do I mix it with water before spraying it on my face? Is it okay to use jojoba oil on it after spraying it on my face or before spraying it on my face? Thank you..

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            • Fran September 28, 2015, 11:02 pm

              Hi Abby,

              No you use it directly. You can use jojoba oil on your skin either before or after, both are okay.

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  • Olivia September 15, 2015, 12:57 pm

    Hi Fran,

    Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge with us through your website and blog! I love reading and learning everything you write.

    I have fairly mild skin issues, mostly whiteheads and blackheads, although for a few years I struggled with hormonal acne which I’ve managed to reduce greatly with diet and lifestyle adjustments.

    I have been using hemp oil for about a month now, and I’m really happy I’ve discovered it. I have been having a couple of issues that I am hoping you might have some insights into! Up until about a week ago, I have been using hemp oil as part of the traditional oil cleansing method – steaming hot towels and all. I found that although massaging my skin for several minutes and then steaming it felt great – and helped loosen many many clogs – ultimately it left my skin looking more red and irritated.

    About a week ago, I stumbled across your videos and then articles recommending against the traditional OCM, and instead just using hemp as you would a regular cleanser and moisturizer. Well, I’ve been doing this for a week and it’s really working great – with the exception of on my forehead. The rest of my face is clearing and my scars are fading much more quickly, but my forehead just seems to be getting more and more little closed comedones surfacing. Just curious what you think this may be from? Is it likely a purge now that I’ve stopped steaming, or am I doing something wrong? Until I started using OCM (first with avocado and hazelnut oils, then switching to hemp seed oil), I have never had issues with acne on my forehead. But now, like I said, while everything else is clearing up nicely, my forehead is getting increasingly congested with little whiteheads. It’s really strange! Should I just continue as I am with the gentle hemp oil face wash and moisturizer and wait for it to get better with time? Is there something I’m doing wrong?

    Any thoughts you have about this would be amazing and very much appreciated! Thank you again for all of your work!

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    • Fran September 22, 2015, 8:35 pm

      Hi Olivia,

      Forehead acne is often due to a sugar imbalance – look into the amount of fructose (fruit sugars) in your diet.

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  • Someone August 30, 2015, 10:51 pm

    Hi Fran, just wanted to ask if I can use an extra virgin olive oil as a moisturiser? Will the oil close the pores in my skin?

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    • Fran August 31, 2015, 7:50 am

      Hi there, Olive oil has a medium comedogenic rating so it MAY clog the pores.

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  • Anna August 24, 2015, 2:08 pm

    Hi Fran, this is a great article! Btw, have you heard about tsubaki oil? Alternative name would be camellia japonica oil. My skin really loves it! Makes my skin so supple and pump. However, perhaps due to its high oleic acid content as you have mentioned in this article, my acne got worse. I’m not sure if it’s really the oil’s fault (just me trying to convincing myself that it’s a good oil). Do you think I should continue with it? Or perhaps is there anyway to continue reaping its benefit without all the pore clogging?

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    • Fran August 24, 2015, 6:16 pm

      Hi Anna, I have not heard of it. Have you looked up its comedogenic rating?

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  • Betty August 21, 2015, 9:08 am

    Hi fran,

    I have little cysts under the eyes – dermotologist said it was syringoma and that laser was required to ‘erase’ them with scarring as a high possibility; not to mention that they will more than likely return. I’d like to know if there is anything natural that u can recommend so perhaps lessen the look of the. They have like a whitehead on them but have never attempted to touch.

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    • Fran August 24, 2015, 6:10 pm

      Hi Betty, my specialty is acne!

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  • Angela August 11, 2015, 5:18 pm

    Hi Fran!
    You have really helped me with my acne problems, thank you!
    Hemp Seed oil have made miracles to my skin, but I have one problem: My boyfriend hates the smell… Do you have any tips on how I can cover the smell? I use lavender essential oil in it and he still does’nt think that it covers enough. Thank you for your help!

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    • Fran August 14, 2015, 7:54 pm

      Hah! That I have not heard yet 🙂 Hmmm perhaps finding an essential oil mix that’s a little stronger smelling that your boyfriend adores the smell of.

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    • Melody August 19, 2015, 11:31 pm

      Hi your artical was wonderful i do have a question I’m a little confused about. The0 oils your would use as the hemp would be the same you would use for cooking? Just a high grade oil?

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      • Fran August 20, 2015, 8:47 pm

        Hi Melody, Yes the same 🙂

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  • Tess August 6, 2015, 12:35 am

    Approximately, how long does the purging process with Jojoba oil cleansing last?

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    • Fran August 14, 2015, 7:53 pm

      Hi Tess, it’s usually a few weeks. Personally it was five weeks in total for me.

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  • Tiffany July 27, 2015, 8:26 pm

    Could I leave the hemp seed oil in my face as a moisturizer?

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    • Fran July 28, 2015, 11:00 am

      Yes absolutely, that is what I recommend on this page!

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  • Jessenia July 24, 2015, 8:23 pm

    Hi,

    My name is Jessenia, and I dont have huge zits or anything but i have s many white heads and black heads and tiny little pimples that are white and I thik it can be that I dont clean my pillow cases weekly as i shold and i also think im using the wrong products I use a cleanser, serum and moisturizer and they all see natural but i feel like my pores has been cloged even more after using then i dont know which one it is, but i also use makeup so its hard for me to keep track.

    I want a natural primer, concealer, cleanser, moisturizer and ect.
    I just do so much research thhat it just got overwhemling for me.

    PLease help me, thank yu.

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  • Syarta July 21, 2015, 8:48 am

    Hello!

    So it’s been a month now since I’ve started this whole natural organic skin care and I love it! Not because of the results, but just simply the fact that I know I’m being good to my skin by avoiding harsh chemicals. I typically have dry skin with an oil T zone. I started using Jojoba oil as of 3 weeks ago and I’m sad it hasn’t given me the results I was wanting.. in fact my forehead and cheeks have gotten a lot more whiteheads (which I’m attributing as being clogged pores). I keep thinking I should wait it out since I’ve read some people recommending that, but I fear getting worse.. is 2/3 weeks enough time to know if your skin likes an oil? Also I am taking care of my skin internally as well. I’ve been taking probiotics, liver supplements, and even started with estroblock. I have been dairy free since day 1 also. So this leads me to believe the jojoba oil is clogging my pores.. my question is, should I wait more and continue use? Could it be the brand? I mean I thought I got an organic reliable brand.. I think I might end up trying hemp seed oil. I HATE WHY EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT AHHH!! LOL

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  • ada July 19, 2015, 11:47 pm

    Hi Fran,
    I have a lot of hyper pigmentation and I was wondering if you recommend using your mixture of msm powder or if the hemp oil you recommend has a substantial amount of msm that could help with fading scars.

    Thanks!

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  • Lucy McKee July 15, 2015, 11:42 pm

    Hi Fran,
    I’ve been using hemp seed oil as my cleanser for a few months now and love it! Thank you for sharing your knowledge and experiences. My question is, my acne is pretty much gone but red marks and hyperpigmentation remain on my fair skin. I just began taking msm, and would like to use it externally. Is it possible I can make a cucumber face mask with msm? How much would could I use each time? Thanks!

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    • Fran July 19, 2015, 6:17 pm

      Hi Lucy, I’m happy that the hemp seed oil is working well for you 🙂 Sure go for it! You can make a cucumber mask no problem. Add 1/4-1 teaspoon of MSM powder depending on the amount of liquid you have. Make sure to let the MSM dissolve fully, which does take about 1/2 hour.

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  • Jazmine June 30, 2015, 7:38 pm

    Hi there,

    I was wondering what your thoughts on Black Cumin Seed oil are? I have been using jojoba oil as a moisturizer and it has been working out great for me! Thanks! Also, for the oil cleansing method, what are your thoughts on using jojoba oil with tea tree, or jojoba oil black cumin and tea tree all together then following with a hydrosol and moisturizing with jojoba oil? Thank you for your helpful advice!

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    • Fran June 30, 2015, 11:00 pm

      Hi Jazmine, I haven’t worked with black cumin seed oil so I don’t know! Give it a go and let us all know 🙂

      Those mixes sound great to me! Go for it.

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  • Annie June 19, 2015, 7:34 am

    im sorry if you have answered this before, but i use oil for my face, and nothing is wrong with that and i want to using it for bodyoil, is it okay to mix jojoba, argan and hemp all in one? my skin is veryveryvery dryyy, if it possible to mix them all, can you tell me the ratio? or do you suggest any oil for my skin conditoin? thanks before:)

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    • Fran June 23, 2015, 2:17 am

      Hi Annie, yes it’s okay to mix them all in one, as little or as much as you like 🙂

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  • Jenn June 16, 2015, 11:15 am

    I noticed that Argan oil is not listed above. Have you tried it at all? Just wondering your thoughts on it. Thank you and thanks for all the great info!

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    • Fran June 18, 2015, 3:03 pm

      Hi Jenn, yes I need to add argan oil on, it also has a comedogenic rating of 0 and is great for acne prone skin 🙂

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  • Lily-Rose June 9, 2015, 7:18 pm

    I have tried every oils recommanded since last october. Now I am stock with clogged pores everywhere in my face especially on my chin. I think I will go back to my products at least I was ‘t getting all those little bumpy thing. I don’t know how to get rid of it now. I feel stuck with it. I will still take the supplement though. See what it will look like in a month or so…… I am angry to not find a way to get my skin clear !!

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    • Fran June 9, 2015, 11:18 pm

      Hi Lily-Rose, 95% of the time clogged pores and caused by an internal issue, keep working on it!! And remember I’m always here to help in a consultation.

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  • Rosanna June 8, 2015, 1:25 pm

    I’m so confused with the comedogenic oils. One site says use it another says don’t. I have stayed clear of any oils higher than a 2…but I haven’t used jojoba oil only because I’m afraid of making my acne worse. I do a blend of grape seed and hemp seed. But I want to try jojoba because of the benefits of unclogging my pores. Also I want to try Argan and Kukui as well as passion fruit. Can you please give me some input. I would greatly appreciate it. My next step will be the dermatologist… And I can’t go through the agonizing cream and pills shots and accurate again. I slowly feel myself falling into deep depression because of my skin.

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    • Fran June 9, 2015, 11:15 pm

      Hi Rosanna, My suggestion is that you trial one oil at a time on a small part of your skin to see how your skin responds. But I also encourage you to work with your acne from the inside out. We do not need to to go a dermatologist to treat our acne (in fact I recommend AGAINST doing that), but you will likely need to work from the inside out. Whilst external natural treatments help, they are often not the complete answer.

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      • Rosanna June 13, 2015, 7:52 pm

        Hi Fran! I did what you said to do. I liked the Hemp seed oil but I felt it wasn’t giving me the moisture I needed. I’ve settled for Tamanu oil. It has given me moisture without feeling oily. My skin seems plump and my acne seems to be improving. Bumps have diminished in size and not so many new ones. I also started an internal cleansing and trying to cut down on my stress levels. Thank you for your time and advice.

        Rosanna

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  • Katie June 3, 2015, 1:42 pm

    Hi, I dont have acne prone skin, but do have heaps of clogged pores, ( little black holes) on nose, chin and cheeks…. will the jojoba oil work for my skin or only acne prone skin.
    Oh, I don’t use hardly anything on face, and clogged pores seem to get worse.. 🙁

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    • Fran June 3, 2015, 4:11 pm

      Hi Katie, the jojoba will help to pull our your clogged up skin. However, it is also important to work on the internal reason WHY you’re getting so many blackheads in the first place.

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  • Iris June 2, 2015, 6:27 am

    Hi! What are your thoughts on Moroccan Argan oil? I started using coconut oil and it’s made me break out pretty bad….and I do have acne prone skin. I just purchased moraccon argan oil, do you have any thoughts on if that one is good or not?

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    • Fran June 2, 2015, 6:18 pm

      Hi Iris, argan oil breaks some people out. Go for rosehip, jojoba or hemp seed oils instead.

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  • Hazel June 1, 2015, 6:20 pm

    Hey, I had tried almond oil earlier which resulted in clogged pores and it took me forever to get rid of them , lately I tried lavender and jojoba oil and I seem to be having them again all across my forehead, cheeks and jawline. Im just wondering if oils just suit certain skin types since Im indian and the climate is pretty hot and humid at the moment. I ve always had clear skin apart from just a few whiteheads and blackheads on the t zone.I wish so much that any of these oils could work for me but I just keep ending up with those white flesh coloured bumps that are hiding beneath my skin and just dont respond to any home remedies whatsoever.I just use 2 drops of oil or add it to some aloe gel before I go to bed at night because I’m too scared to try the OCM. I don’t think I’ve seen hemp seed oil anywhere around.

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    • Mara July 9, 2015, 2:22 am

      Try kalahari melon seed oil or baobab. Both are high in linoleic oils and absorb in seconds. Kalahari melon oil is also really great for blemishes because it dries them out but keeps the rest of your face well hydrated. Also, putting oil on an unclean face can lead to clogged pores. So it’s important to gently cleanse the skin before using any oil that you aren’t going to wash off immediately.

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  • Lucy May 29, 2015, 10:06 pm

    Hi does hemp oil make you purge? It’s made my skin worse and I’ve only been on it for a week

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    • Fran May 30, 2015, 10:54 pm

      Hi Lucy, it usually does not make skin purge. You could have an intolerance to it or it could be the switch from what you were previously using.

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  • Angela May 29, 2015, 7:58 am

    Hi
    Just curious how often I should use the oil, what I should use as a moisturizer, and what you would recommend I exfoliate with.

    Thanks!

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    • Fran May 29, 2015, 6:29 pm

      Hi Angela, Go to the blog section of this site – there is an article on how to use hemp seed and jojoba oils to cleanse and moisturise. If you can’t find the article then there’s a search box on the right hand side of the screen.

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  • Madelyn May 26, 2015, 7:12 pm

    Hello,
    I would like to buy the hemp oil but it is too expensive to buy offline. Do they sell it in any stores? Is there another brand that you would recommend? Thank you!

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    • Fran May 26, 2015, 9:24 pm

      Hi Madelyn, go for any brand that’s organic.

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  • meredith May 24, 2015, 10:04 pm

    Hi I’ve been using all natural ingredients on my face like green tea with vitamin c powder for a toner and I have all these oils that I read that u are to use on u r face but I think they are clogging my pores, I have coconut oil, olive oil, argon oil, rose hip oil and vitamin e oil, do u know which one to use or not to use or which one if not all is clogging my pores? Help
    mer

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    • Fran May 24, 2015, 11:07 pm

      Hi Meredith, coconut oil and argan oil can be pore clogging. It also depends what they add into the Vitamin E oil as a carrier.

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      • Dev June 16, 2015, 1:23 pm

        In the ‘Comedogenic Ratings’ link, it says that argan oil is rated 0 – Will Not Clog Pores.
        I was thinking about buying argan oil, but since it is pretty expensive I don’t want to buy it if it will make blackheads/pores worse. Now I’m unsure, should I try it?

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        • Fran June 18, 2015, 3:04 pm

          Hi Dev, argan oil has a comedogenic rating of 0 so it is a great option.

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  • Gen May 22, 2015, 12:39 am

    Hi Fran, I tried out a new liquid foundation and it clogged some pores on my cheeks. It looks like little bumps under the skin and they are hard, maybe a black head inside? How do I unclog these? Will they go away eventually ?

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    • Fran May 22, 2015, 7:10 pm

      Hi Glen, please follow the recommendations on this page, and do a search in the blog section for a few articles on what you can do.

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  • Lisa May 21, 2015, 1:08 am

    Hi, I’m currently on Accutane because I suffer with cystic acne. So topicals unfortunately don’t do much for me if a cyst forms. I always use non comedogenic products, and have been trying to give my skin a break from any cosmetics for the time being so that it can heal. However, if I get a bad enough breakout I want to cover it up. If a product has *sebum control*, but no label stating *non comedogenic*, is it still ok for acne prone skin?

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    • Fran May 22, 2015, 7:07 pm

      Hi Lisa, I recommend that you switch to natural products and find a go to the above listed websites that list the comedogenic rating of natural ingredients in cosmetics. I do not promote the use of non-natural skin care products.

      Reply
  • Arvinder bansal May 20, 2015, 4:39 pm

    Dear mam my name is arvinder and I am 43 years old.as a teenager I had the odd spits nothing major and my skin was beautiful. At age of 20 I went into severe depression and when I went to university I believe my immune system was so low I caught glandular fever and after that my skin went mad I had to take anti biopics for 3 years but not really helped my go said that glandular fever caused my underlying skin to go hay wire I have been so so depressed abt it esp that how can I be so unlucky to get a disease to ruin my skin i have read other people getting this but not having skin issues I am so unhappy don’t know how to get my skin back please can u help me

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    • Fran May 22, 2015, 7:06 pm

      Hi Arvinder, I’m sorry to hear that you’ve had such a difficult time with your skin. Please book in a consultation and I will help you to get onto the best treatment plan.

      Reply
  • Rhea May 11, 2015, 6:18 pm

    Hi I was just wondering which oil is best out of jojoba and hemp?! I have a lot of blackheads on the t-zone of my face and then spots on my forehead and whiteheads around my nose and chin (because I have combination skin) which oil is best to use?

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    • Fran May 12, 2015, 4:42 pm

      Hi Rhea, it depends on your skin type. Jojoba oil will extract your clog pores, but you will need to be okay with a purging period. Hemp seed oil will be more gentle.

      Reply
  • Karolyn April 27, 2015, 3:00 pm

    Hi, I have dry, acne prone skin since I turned 20 or so. My thyriod is regulated by taking synthriod daily. I just began to clean my face with coconut oiil, then exfoliate with a vegetarian salicylic scrub, followed by rose hip oil for moisture and to rid old hyper pigmentation. Any recommendations?

    Reply
    • Fran April 28, 2015, 2:58 pm

      Hi Karolyn, It’s impossible to recommend a treatment plan without getting a full history and current treatment plan from you. I’d love to help you out but you will need to book in a consultation first.

      Reply
  • Tas April 19, 2015, 10:19 pm

    Hi, I’ve just started using jojoba oil and I’ve noticed I’ve been getting dry patches on my forehead and on my cheeks. Is this normal? (I’ve only been using for a week) am I supposed to use the oil for a few weeks until I see results? Also, at night how should I apply the oil? Thank you very much

    Reply
    • Fran April 22, 2015, 7:37 pm

      Hi Tas, this can happen as your skin is rebalancing its natural oil. Make sure you are also using enough of the oil.

      Reply
  • jj April 19, 2015, 6:26 pm

    Hi just want to hear your opinion…..I have acne prone skin with rosacea. I have been using grapeseed oil but just purchased hempseed. I would like to use up my grapeseed so I was wondering which one would benefit me more for my nighttime moisturizer being that all kinds of things go on with our skin during the night. Thanks so much for all the help you have already given me!!

    Reply
    • Fran April 22, 2015, 7:36 pm

      Hi jj, try both and see which one fits best. For acne rosacea I recommend you get a copper toxicity and heavy metals test.

      Reply
  • Nami April 18, 2015, 10:53 pm

    I have skin that is usually ok, though I have never been comfortable going outside without makeup. I had a mix of whiteheads and the occasional red inflamed acne. I started using Jojoba oil as a moisturizer last week and just started breaking out in small bumps, like what I usually get but more prolific. Previously, the Jojoba oil seemed to make my skin look much better–less inflamed acne, more of a glow to my skin. Would you recommend I go for hemp oil instead or wait and see for another week? I may be using too much because the bottle of Jojoba I have squeezes out a nickle or dime sized amount each time, no drops. Or it may be that it is suddenly warm out. Last summer I broke out, but it went away once the weather started to cool. Any insights? Thank you for your time, I really appreciate it.

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    • Fran April 18, 2015, 11:03 pm

      Hi Nami, the jojoba oil is purging out your clogged pores, this is what it’s good at. This purging stage will likely last a few weeks and then pass. When I first used jojoba oil I personally had this for 5 weeks.

      If you can handle it, stick with it because it will be good for your skin. You can also use lavender essential oil over the entirety of your skin to help prevent the unclogging of the pores from turning into inflammations.

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      • Nami April 18, 2015, 11:07 pm

        Thank you very much.

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  • Shelby April 13, 2015, 9:39 pm

    Hi, Fran!
    I eat a vegan diet, high raw, high carb and low fat but I do have fats on occasion. I use an all natural foam cleanser from 100% pure, tone with an all natural non alcoholic toner, exfoliate twice a week and use Rosehip oil as a moisturizer. My skin seems to be clearing up, but I still have fine bumps on my forehead, temples and some hyper-pigmentation. Some of it could be stress, but do you suggest I switch oils? I tried desert essence jojoba oil for 2 weeks and didn’t notice any pores becoming unclogged.
    Thanks for reading!
    Shelby

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    • Fran April 15, 2015, 12:44 am

      Hi Shelby,

      You have to be super careful on a high raw diet that you’re not consuming too many natural sugars. I usually see forehead acne when there is a sugar imbalance. Also it’s super important if you’re vegan to consume saturated fats – we need saturated fats for a healthy hormonal system. You can easily get them from coconut and peanut – the two most accessible vegan sources.

      Reply
  • Janelle April 13, 2015, 10:33 am

    Hello. What are your thoughts on Apple cider vinegar used diluted and as a toner followed by jojoba oil as a moisturiser?

    Reply
    • Fran April 13, 2015, 2:29 pm

      Hi Janelle, it’s not a necessary step but if you like how it feels and/or you have seen improvement then stick with it.

      Reply
  • Claire March 24, 2015, 5:10 am

    Hi Fran! I really am breaking out really really bad and I would like to go more natural and hope that will help. Could you please tell me everything that you use on your face ( Night and Day) I would really appreciate it because right now I am so frustrated and stress and I know I should not be but it hard when the acne is everywhere on my face and neck and chest.

    Reply
    • Fran March 29, 2015, 3:11 pm

      Hi Claire,

      External skin care is very unlikely to be the answer. In 99% of my clients it’s an internal issue. I highly recommend that you work with your acne form the inside out.

      Reply
  • jj March 21, 2015, 2:43 am

    Hi…forgot to ask…is hemp seed oil the same oil you buy at the health food store in the refrigeration section. You take by mouth. Also does this oil remove mak-up. Thanks!!

    Reply
    • Fran March 23, 2015, 4:55 pm

      Yes that’s correct.

      Reply
  • jj March 20, 2015, 11:51 pm

    Great site….just wondering if you have a diy cleanser that you use while in the shower. Or do you just use your oil.

    Reply
    • Fran March 23, 2015, 4:54 pm

      Hi JJ, I just use the oil. But I will be reviewing a new product over the next couple of weeks that I really love.

      Reply
  • kate March 19, 2015, 8:07 pm

    hi fran
    about 2 months ago i put a dab of manuka honey on a red hyperpigmentation spot on my cheek- left it on for about 2 hours, washed it off and saw i had 2 huge clogged pores right next to the red spot that were not there before 🙁 so far the pores haven’t budged, they’re still there… i don’t want to squeeze because my skin would just get irritated, and i’m pretty sure nothing would come out of them even if i did. what do you suggest? exfoliation? benzoyl peroxide…? will they just go away on their own? ugh

    Reply
    • Arina May 9, 2015, 9:05 pm

      Maybe get a bha if you have more clogged pores or you can extract them using a blackhead extractor.

      Reply
      • Fran May 12, 2015, 4:40 pm

        Hi Arina, I do not recommend extracting blackheads, that can cause inflammation and the acne bacteria to get into the pores. There are also natural alternatives to BHA.

        Reply
        • Arina May 13, 2015, 6:03 am

          Ive never had a problem extracting blackheads. I steam my face beforehand and use gentle pressure and a commodone extractor. And natural doesn’t always mean good. If you get an alcohol free bha there is no problem at all.

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          • Fran May 15, 2015, 3:18 am

            Hi Arina, natural is always good – but not necessarily effective unless you have the correct treatment plan. If you are needing to extract blackheads then perhaps you need to look into why you are getting blackheads in the first place, then heal the internal issue. A healthy body does not need to extract or use BHA.

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            • Arina June 9, 2015, 5:37 am

              Natural products often contain essential oils which are very irritating. And the reason I’m getting blackheads is mostly genetics oily acne prone skin is in my family.

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              • Fran June 9, 2015, 11:16 pm

                Hi Arina, oily skin causes oil in the pores, not blackheads. Blackheads are caused by sticky sebum and excess sebum production which is a completely different thing.

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  • anam March 18, 2015, 9:31 pm

    Hi i want to ask that clogged pores do they look like lines on your face? Please answer.

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    • Fran March 19, 2015, 2:14 am

      Hi Anam, they will either be a pin point of a raised white lump, or a black point. If it’s grey then it’s not a clogged pore, it’s simply oil in the pore.

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      • Anna April 25, 2015, 7:01 am

        Your comment has me very curious. I have always thought I had “clogged pores” because when I look closely at the skin around my nose and chin, I can see the pores are filled with little grey plugs. My husband has the same thing and just squeezes them out. If this is not a “clogged pore” and is just oil in the pore, how do I get rid of it without squeezing? I already use hemp seed oil as a moisturizer and a blend of castor and jojoba as my cleanser but nothing seems to get rid of the little grey things!

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        • Fran April 27, 2015, 1:25 am

          Hi Anna, I say learn to live with it, it’s a normal part of being human, imperfection, and nobody will be able to see them except you, and possibly your husband if he looks close enough.

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  • Mary March 16, 2015, 5:15 pm

    What do you think about the use of 100% raw argan oil for cleansing skin?

    Reply
    • Fran March 19, 2015, 2:13 am

      Hi Mary, some women have adverse reactions to argan oil, but if it works for you then go for it.

      Reply
  • Shimra March 11, 2015, 10:49 pm

    I’ve had comedonal acne since I was 8 years old. I’m now 23 and I have seen an increase over the years. When I was little it was just a few black heads on my nose and a chin covered with them. Now it has spread to my forehead and the sides of my face. I went through hormonal acne as a teenager but that cleared up and was then followed by a breakout that slowly increased in severity over 5 years. I only recently realized that was due to preventative antibiotics I had been on for that amount of time and currently have been on a candida cleanse for 4 months now. I have noticed major improvement in my acne, however the comedones are still there. This type of acne is also on my chest and back and often when the pores overfill with sebum they rupture and cause pimples. I’ve attempted taking vitamins and supplements that are supposed to regulate sebum production and have always tried very hard to be kind to my liver but have seen no effect on the comedones. Is it still possible that the cause is my liver? I don’t use topical acne treatments and never have been one for makeup so I don’t imagine the cause is external. I’m just at a loss here because I am trying so hard to keep myself healthy and to clear my skin and there seems to be a major piece of the puzzle missing.

    Reply
    • Fran March 19, 2015, 2:07 am

      Hi Shimra,

      I’d love to work with you to have a proper look into what your root cause of your acne is, and then get you on a proper treatment plan.

      Reply
  • Ashley February 25, 2015, 4:18 am

    Hello,

    I have closed comedones (i’m pretty sure that’s the correct term) all over my face. In certain lighting you can see them under my skin and it gives my skin an uneven texture. I did a 30 day cleanse of clean eating about 6 months ago and it purged a lot of my acne. I’ve kept with the healthy eating and using all natural skin care. It’s helped maintain my clear skin, however, I still have these closed comedones that won’t move. How do I get rid of these??

    Thank you,
    Ashley

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    • Fran March 2, 2015, 2:06 pm

      Hi Ashley,

      Usually if you have a lot of them then more are being produced so looking into internal imbalances is necessary. Externally you can exfoliate regularly, and use a mask of fresh aloe vera gel every night. Look up the blog article on exfoliation on this site (search box is in the right hand side bar).

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      • ashley March 4, 2015, 7:45 pm

        thankyou. I’m going to try the aloe vera gel mix that you have on this site. I’m a little worried though to try something new on my face. will this cause all the closed comedones to purge and make my face look bad for awhile??

        Reply
        • Fran March 4, 2015, 8:09 pm

          No, aloe vera doesn’t work in that way.

          Reply
          • ashley March 4, 2015, 8:19 pm

            okay awesome. thankyou for your help!

            Reply
          • ashley March 4, 2015, 11:25 pm

            Do I store the aloe gel mix in the fridge or can it be in my bathroom?

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            • Fran March 5, 2015, 7:18 pm

              It will last longer in the fridge.

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  • Belle February 21, 2015, 3:07 am

    Thank you 🙂

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  • Belle February 20, 2015, 2:12 am

    Hey Fran,
    So what exactly is the difference between OCM and classic cleansing? I assumed both meant you wet your face, rub on the oil, and rinse?!

    Reply
    • Fran February 21, 2015, 12:29 am

      Hi Belle,

      The OCM requires massaging the oil into the skin for some time along with facial steaming. Classic cleansing is just applying the oil to the skin and rinsing it off (very simple!).

      Reply
  • Selena February 7, 2015, 9:56 pm

    Hi Fran,

    I recently tried the OCM for the first time as I was so inspired by all your wisdom and success with it. I have super dry skin that recently has been experiencing cystic acne as well as breakouts on my cheeks. I used the Hemp oil for one week topically as well as internally and today my skin feels dryer than EVER. My skin is flaking off every hour and feels super super crusty and dry. 🙁 Can you please recommend an alternative oil that works well for my skin type. Very dry acne prone.

    Thanks a Million!!

    Reply
    • Fran February 7, 2015, 9:59 pm

      Hi Selena, I don’t advise the OCM at all, I recommend using the oils in the exact same way as you would any normal cleanser. This is likely the issue, but also switch to jojoba oil which is more hydrating.

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      • Selena February 7, 2015, 10:29 pm

        Thanks so much for responding!!!
        I didn’t realize there was a difference between classic cleansing and OCM. I’ve simply been wetting my face and then massaging in a few drop of hemp oil. I let it sit for 2 minutes then rinse. I will switch over and try the Jojoba oil. A lot of sites note mixing oils. Shall I just try straight Jojoba?
        PS. Planning to set up a skype session in the next month and really looking forward to working with you. 🙂

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        • Fran February 7, 2015, 10:52 pm

          Yep the massing can be a little harsh on the skin so skin that bit! Try using straight jojoba and see how you go. Also look into rosehip and brazil nut. I’ve been using brazil nut oil on my dry skin and it has been excellent.

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  • Lily-Rose February 6, 2015, 2:09 am

    I have been experiencing a lot with oils since last october trying jojoba, hemp seed, rosehip and argan. At first I thought the oil I used were just not the match for my skin. I want to stop all harsh chemical and stop the pill. Lately, I have started to have more little bump under my skin, like my pores are clogged. I thought the oil was causing this since it started after. However, with cold winter I started to get dry and dry. I have dry skin patch in my face and still large pores. My hands are very dry too and starting to have more and more eczema on my hands and my forehead. Then, I was thinking, maybe I need to exfoliate gently at night to remove this dead skin on the surface and avoid cloggeg pores. But how to gently exfoliate? Without using harsh chemical… Is the organic hemp and cotton face towel is a good way to exfoliate? Thank you Fran!! Hope to get an appointment soon and see my face on your Web site as good results with natural methods.

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  • Steph January 29, 2015, 7:37 pm

    Hi there,

    I stopped using products/washing my face, wearing make up approx 2 years ago. I have a lot of congestion (blackheads) in my tzone. Initially I tried jojoba oil, this made me breakout badly and didn’t clear up the congestion, although it was a good moisturizer for my dry skin. Now I’m using hempseed oil and this has really dried out my skin and made it flaky, and has not helped the congestion at all. I’m at a loss at what to do next, nothing is helping the congestion, I’m not using any harsh products at all.

    Reply
    • Fran February 2, 2015, 7:50 pm

      Hi Steph,

      Try any oil that has a comedogenic rating of 0 and a low irritability. Rosehip oil is a good example.

      Reply
    • Claire March 24, 2015, 5:07 am

      Hem seed oil does dry up my skin pretty bad too, like every night I put it on and every morning my skin doesn’t look nice and dewy but really rough and dehydrated. Pumpkin seed oil is really good for congested skin.

      Reply
  • Jennifer January 23, 2015, 1:48 am

    I have normal to oily skin. I get the occasional pimples, almost always on my cheekbones (like the height of the bottom of my nose). I don’t wear much makeup at all (pressed powder, lipstick) and don’t have a regular skin care routine. I’m looking for both a natural facial cleanser suggestion and anything else you’d recommend for maintenance/ acne prevention. Also, something to spot treat when I do get pimples. The products I currently have are jojoba and argan oils, Thayer’s witch hazel, and several essential oils. Thank you!

    Reply
    • Fran January 23, 2015, 10:02 pm

      Hi Jennifer,

      I don’t work with products, I work only with raw, natural ingredients such as oils. So to me it sounds like with what you’re using you’re already onto a good thing. An excellent spot treatment is organic lavender essential oil.

      Reply
  • emily wiseman January 22, 2015, 9:33 pm

    Hi,

    I was just wondering if there were any skin care products that you would personally recommend. I am looking for a cleanser, toner and moisturizer, after reading the back of my bottles i understand why I am getting black heads a little pimples all my products are full of pore clogging ingredients

    thank you,

    emm

    Reply
    • Fran January 22, 2015, 10:00 pm

      Hi Emm, I don’t work with products, only raw/natural ingredients. If you want to learn more about a particular product that you have your eye on, check out makeupalley.com

      Reply
  • Lily-Rose January 18, 2015, 1:25 am

    Hi Fran,
    I have try hemp seed oil, but was hoping to find an alternative for when I travel since hemp seed need to be kept in the fridge. I have tried jojoba oil, but it seems to cause more blackhead. So I have decid to try Argan oil. I started yesterday (friday) and when I woke up this morning I have some tiny tiny little bump on my face (cheeks and forehead). I was suprised since argan oil have a comedogenic level of 0! So I thought it may be the witch hazel toner that I started to use lately? Or even that massage I got on Thursday, she remove the excess of oil from her hand when she massaged my face, but I don’t know which kind of oil she used. However, since I have started the argan oil (or maybe it is the witch hazel), my skin is so soft, no more oily skin in my forehead and dry cheeks, my face seems balance and I love the fact that it is no more oily on the T zone. What do you think? Should I give another try to Argan oil? Should I stop witch hazel?

    Really love your site and I cannot wait to book a consultation to experience better result. Thanks a lot for doing this!!

    Reply
  • Williard January 17, 2015, 1:09 pm

    Hi fran! recently i noticed white pores all around my jaw,forehead and cheek around the same time i started using an acne cream called ‘Nature secrete’ the white pores is really disgusting . Between am a guy and 21

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  • Williard January 17, 2015, 1:01 pm

    Hi fran! About a week ago i started seeing some kinda white pores all around jaw, cheek and forehead, about the same time i started using ‘nature secrète à l’huile d’ARGAN crème de visage Anti Phare’ Could this be the cause? Btwn i’m a guy and 21

    Reply
  • Rachel Turner January 16, 2015, 11:04 pm

    I loved this article and especially the part about cleansing and moisturizing with oils instead of stripping with harsh cleansers. I was reading this because I wanted to find out more about jojoba oil as a moisturizer but now I want to try it as a cleanser as well. Thank you!

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  • amy January 15, 2015, 7:31 am

    I appreciate the good information on here. I have dry patches with little red bumps on my forehead and chin with a little redness on my cheeks. I purchased a unscented bar of goats milk soap with only 3 ingredients a while back and use vitamin e after. Cleared up pretty good. We’ll everyone raves about the microfiber clothes and not using soap at all. I tried it and broke out by the 3rd week. My question is I want to know if my original plan was fairly healthy? Also I feel like the microfiber clothes may be incredibly drying. Or is this just a detox I’m going through?

    Reply
    • Fran January 16, 2015, 10:43 pm

      Hi Amy,

      If your original plan worked better for you, then go back to it 🙂

      Reply
  • Hazel January 9, 2015, 7:39 am

    Hi Fran,

    I tried using sweet almond oil as a moisturizer but was left with non itchy fleshy white bumps on my entire face which look like clogged pores due to the oil that do not respond to anything- like jojoba oil,bp gel, aloe vera, honey etc.Any recommendations on this please as they are just sitting there under the skin and are not getting to a head.I’ve also tried exfoliation,steam and everything possible but they wont just go away or aren’t even getting inflammed. I have no idea how to get rid of them and am tired of going to 3 derms already.Any treatment suggested by you would be highly appreciated as I had clear clean skin earlier until I tried the oil on my face.

    Reply
    • Fran January 9, 2015, 3:48 pm

      Hi Hazel,

      You may have had an allergic reaction to the sweet almond oil. Apply fresh aloe vera directly from the leaf mixed with lavender essential oil every night and keep exfoliating with a face wash cloth 3 times a week.

      Reply
  • marcelina January 9, 2015, 7:27 am

    Hi Fran! I am a long time follower, and a huge organics product junky… I am currently going to school for aesthetics and one day hope to start a natural line, I have learned so much from your site and really appreciate the wealth of information you provide to people my school provides us with products, I prefer a more natural route, I am very wary of the ingredients input into and onto my body, anyway… What are your thoughts on argan oil? I recently began using a really fantastic one and for the first few moths my skin responded very well but recently I’ve been battering several small comedones on my Forhead and cheeks… I never usually have anything on my cheeks… Also, my pores never unplug… I have exfoliated, tried not picking… They are so small and stubborn, manual extraction is literally the only success I’ve had in clear these pesky clogged pores!

    Reply
    • Fran January 9, 2015, 3:46 pm

      Hi Marcelina,

      Thank you for following 🙂 Argan oil has a comedogenic rating and irritability rating both of 0, so it should not have caused comedonals. Perhaps it’s another product that you’ve been using?

      Reply
  • Charlotte Perry January 8, 2015, 3:30 pm

    Hi,

    I have suffered with acne since I was 12, I’m 22 now! My skin still has its ups and downs, but has recently cleared since I went back on dianette medication a couple of months ago.

    Since the acne and pimples have somewhat cleared more than before, I am wanting to wear less makeup. Although my skin feels really soft and smooth, I have some acne scars, but my attention has really been drawn to the appearance of my pores. The pores on my nose, cheeks and forehead as really visible, but they are not like blackheads that can be squeezed out, they seem to be more deeply clogged. I’m guessing this is from the use of so many treatments and attempts to cover the acne over the years.

    It seems to be one problem and another! Could you recommend a way of clearing this, without triggering a breakout?

    Thank you,

    Charlotte

    Reply
    • Fran January 9, 2015, 3:44 pm

      Hi Charlotte,

      It really depends what it is. Sometimes our pores can become permanently enlarged with the damage of a big inflammation or an inflammation or blackhead that was squeezed. If it’s this type of pore scarring then there is nothing natural that you can do about it. If it’s a clogged pore then regular exfoliation and clay mud masks will help.

      Reply
  • Myrddin January 8, 2015, 4:03 am

    been drinking about a gallon a day of rooibos/pomegranate tea with some green tea mixed in for a while now, don’t have horrific diet… mostly eat stir fried vegetables, sometimes a bit of homemade fried chicken, usually some kinda vegetable and chicken soup, or boiled up rice.

    also using a desert essence tea tree oil cleanser that i added extra tea tree oil to, and also using grapeseed oil with jojoba oil, and a smidgeon of tea tree oil as a moisturizer… but i still seem to have quite a few breakouts, though i don’t think their on the same level as they used to be.

    err any suggestions?

    Reply
    • Fran January 9, 2015, 3:39 pm

      Hi Myrddin,

      I won’t know what’s causing your breakouts without having a proper chat with you. If you can please book in a consultation. Then we’ll be able to work out what the root cause and then best treatment plan is for your acne.

      Reply
  • zay January 6, 2015, 9:43 am

    I have stuck comedones all over my face. And i guessed its the cause of cetaphil mosturizer. I went to the derm and she actually did chemical peel. First few days was great but i the stucked comedones appeared again. What should i do.

    Reply
    • Fran January 8, 2015, 1:30 am

      Hi Zay,

      I recommend you work out why you are getting the comedonals in the first place. If it was the moisturiser then switch to something non-comedogenic. If it was an internal issue then you need to work that out.

      Reply
  • Sarah December 30, 2014, 10:35 pm

    Hi Fran,
    My skin was doing relatively okay, but I switched to a new cleanser that contained coconut oil in it. I used it for about a week and a half, and now I have tiny red and flesh-colored bumps all over my forehead, temples, and down my cheeks. It’s never looked like this before! Obviously I freaked out and got online and it turns out coconut oil is highly comedogenic. I’ve now switched to cleansing with raw honey morning and night, but I’m a little confused how these bumps (are they clogged pores?) will go away. How can I get rid of them? I’m so worried that I’ve done something irreversible.

    Reply
    • Fran December 31, 2014, 1:23 am

      Hi Sarah,

      Yes they are very likely clogged pores so make sure to exfoliate! That will be the best way to get rid of them, and not to worry, it’s definitely reversible 🙂

      Reply
  • manor December 29, 2014, 11:51 pm

    Hi i want to ask that clogged pores do they look like lines on your face at places like under you eyes and cheeks and foreheaf also can you eyelids ski also become congested because i might think mines is

    Reply
    • Fran December 31, 2014, 1:21 am

      I’m sorry I don’t understand the question!

      Reply
  • Luke December 28, 2014, 5:01 pm

    HELP ASAP!!!!
    I could use some advice please :). I live a clean lifestyle but always had acne problems. For the past 5 weeks I have been using Jojoba Oil. My skin is improving and smooth but even after 5 weeks I am still purging? More blackheads are coming out and I am breaking out in my neck area. Am I just still purging? Can you help?

    Reply
    • Fran December 28, 2014, 11:50 pm

      Hi Luke, that’s great that the jojoba oil is helping but you also do need to work at an internal level. I recommend that you work out why you were getting acne in the first place and also work on treating it there.

      Reply
  • mayuri December 15, 2014, 2:41 pm

    i do not want to use any face wash or anything chemical. wat shall i do ? i have adry skin

    Reply
    • Fran December 16, 2014, 12:11 am

      Hi Mayuri, have you read through the suggestions on this page?

      Reply
  • Laura December 14, 2014, 5:02 pm

    My chest and upper back often have a “rough” feeling to them and whatever the “bumps” are I can scratch off with me fingernail and they look like teeny tiny grains of rice. It’s not KP. And they aren’t blackheads. They can’t be seen unless up really close. Any ideas? It’s probably the least of my skin worries but still distressing. I exfoliate with a Salux or dry brush and moisturize regularly. If tried doing absolutely nothing to them and it seems worse.

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  • Jennifer December 12, 2014, 5:24 pm

    I’m recently into essential oils and was wondering about making a natural acne spot-treat cream or gel and also maybe something mild enough to use daily as a preventative (like a toner or facial cleanser of some sort). I get the occasional pimples, especially on cheeks. My 11-yr old daughter is at that age where she’s having little mild breakouts around forehead and nose. I have a small bottle of jojoba oil and have lavender and tea tree oils. I think I’d read those are good for acne. I believe lavender is more mild.

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    • Fran December 14, 2014, 2:17 pm

      Hi Jennifer, both are excellent for acne! Lavender oil on its own is actually really great because it can be used undiluted. Tea tree oil will need to be diluted down with that jojoba oil. Let me know how your spot treatment recipe goes!

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  • marie December 9, 2014, 5:44 pm

    Hi Fran,
    I wanted to ask how much jojoba oil is ok to use. my skin is really dehydrated and dry, more now that its winter. i have been using jojoba for a long time and i always thought i used plenty. now i am really loading it on….is that ok? i am putting it on like a mask, and leaving it on in the evening. if i feel that one part of the face is too oily i will dab it off before going to bed or so. is that ok or will it clog my skin? unfortunately i recently found out that i have a honey allergy so i cant do a mask. i was thinking about doing a avocado/ goat yoghurt mask for more hydration- do you think that will be ok? i am really drinking a lot so i am also hydrating from the inside out. any more tips? Thank you!
    Marie

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    • Fran December 11, 2014, 1:48 pm

      Hi Marie,

      As much as you like! I actually use quite a lot, but it will depend on your skin type and how dry or humid it is where you live. How you’re using the jojoba oil is great.

      And the avocado/goat yogurt mask sounds really awesome.

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      • Marie January 8, 2015, 11:09 am

        Hi again, i feel like nothing works. my skin is still so dry! it doesnt feel dry but when i am applying foundation it shows 🙁 its like my skin is peeling there are those fine fine skin layers not extra dry patches……do you have any idea what i can do? Thank you.

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        • Fran January 9, 2015, 3:40 pm

          Hi Marie,

          I can’t tell what’s causing your dry skin and why nothing is working without having a proper chat with you. Are you able to book in a consultation?

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  • Amanda December 9, 2014, 5:56 am

    Hi Fran

    Wow, what a discovery! I love your videos and posts. You are truly making a difference to peoples lives including mine x

    It’s been months of trial and error with different oils and I have finally found a love in Hemp seed oil as my cleanser and moisturizer

    I have used used Rose Hip Oil in the past and would love to incorporate its anti aging qualities into my new regime. Would you suggest mixing the two as a moisturizer? What ratios are a good start?

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    • Fran December 9, 2014, 3:02 pm

      Hi Amanda, mixing the two sounds great! Use your institution on this one, mix them together as much as you feel to!

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  • Angie December 8, 2014, 1:03 pm

    Is Rosehip oil is better than jojoba regarding the comedogenicity rating? I tend to have more black heads with jojoba. I love hemp seed oil but I am looking for something that i can travel with. Thank you

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    • Fran December 9, 2014, 12:29 am

      Hi Angie, yes, rosehip oil has a lower comedogenic rating of 1 (and low irritability too)

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      • Angie December 9, 2014, 12:18 pm

        Perfect and thanks a lot. I verify on your link above and couldn’t find rosehip oil in the list. It will be perfect for my eczema as well I guess? I tend to have eczema on my forhead and close to my hair line.

        I saw at my natural food store Rosehip oil with extra lycopene (that is also twice the price), but I imagine that I can achieve more results with more lycopene? For a regular 30ML bottle, it is 15$CAN and for Rosehip oil with extra lycopene it is 30$CAN. It says that lycopene is anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant, and it can be very helpful in assisting the repairs of the skin tissue. As I have lot of scars, I guess it would be helpful in repairing my damaged skin tissue?

        My only concern is when I read about Rosehip oil, it says that it quench DRY skin. My skin is very sensitive (it gets red very easily), and is a kind of combination of oily and dry. Although, I read that it is easily absorbed by skin and doesn’t leave behind any oil residue, I just want to make sure that it will not make my skin more oily. My skin didn’t get more oily with Jojoba oil, actually it makes it less oily, but with more blackheads.

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        • Fran December 9, 2014, 3:05 pm

          Hi Angie,

          For your eczema please look into stress, liver toxicity and potential food allergies, which you may already know.

          Give the rose hip a go an see how you feel. An oil that fits your skin well will get rid of that combination oily/dryness and bring your skin tone back to normal.

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  • Laura December 8, 2014, 12:11 am

    My sebum texture is soooo thick and sticky and firm(ew) which I have tried several things for like bha and massage with jojoba. Also moisturizing with hemp for its linolec acid properties I heard this is supposed to help thin sebum texture. This is the most frustrating detail of my breakouts. Is this suggestive of a common nutrient deficiency or say anything specific to you??? My acne did not appear to have this issue in my teen years

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    • Fran December 9, 2014, 12:25 am

      Hi Laura, it can be a hormonal issue, I recommend that you check for an internal balance.

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  • Christina December 7, 2014, 5:08 pm

    Can Castor oil cause clogged pores? I’ve been using it on my brows, lashes, and on acne scars for the last week and it already seems to be helping fade my red acne marks.

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    • Fran December 7, 2014, 11:40 pm

      Hi Christina,

      Castor oil has a comedogenic rating of 1 which means that it’s unlikely to clog your pores.

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  • Danna November 29, 2014, 12:41 pm

    Hello Fran! First of all I want to thank you for making this amazing posts that have literally saved my skin little by little. I kinda cleared up my whole face, I never get those big red pimples besides besides when I’m on my period, but there’s something that won’t let me have totally clear skin. You see, my skin produces oil like CRAZY, you have no idea. I wash my face with a mild cleanser that won’t strip away oils, and just after 10 minutes my skin is already oily. I don’t get why, I moisturize and use a good cleanser that won’t make my skin produce more oil, and I still have the oiliest face on earth. I’ve tried changing up my diet, I doubled my water intake, I exercise I tried everything and while those things greatly helped my skin, it didn’t reduce my oil production. The reason why I’m so concerned with oil production is because intend to have a bunch of clogged pores all over my face and the reason, again is my oil production. 3 years ago I wouldn’t moisturize my skin neither day or night because I thought that I was goig to produce more oil. Silly me. Now I know better but do you think that’s the reason my skin is now extremely oily? I am now looking forward to moisturize my skin with jojoba oil in hopes of controlling my oil production. I can’t use hemp oil cause they don’t sellout where I live. Anyways, I’d love your opinion on this and also how bad and how log do you think the purging will last? Thank you!!!

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    • Fran November 29, 2014, 11:24 pm

      Hi Danna, it’s likely a hormonal issue, in particular an educated guess would be a high androgen.

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  • Lina November 24, 2014, 8:49 pm

    Hi Fran, I have a question regarding the jojoba oil. I want to use it instead of hemp seed oil because I cannot get it in my country, but I have some doubts about it regarding the purging period. I have slightly oily T-zone and I have pimples, but not too much, 2-3, not anymore, unless I’m on my period, but even then – nothing special. The problem is that I have a lot of blackheads on my nose and cheeks, and a few on my chin, plus some little bumps on my forehead that resemble a pimple, but again they aren’t very much. Do you think they could cause problems? I really want to avoid the purging, but a lot of the good oils such as rosehip or in this case hemp seed are either really hard to find where I live or are rather expensive. I know that it is pretty hard to determine whether or not something works until I actually try it, but I would love to see your opinion. And if the jojoba oil isn’t recommendable, is there something else I could try? Something like sunflower oil maybe?

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    • Fran November 28, 2014, 11:56 pm

      Hi Lina,

      It’s okay for you to use the jojoba oil but please work on treating your excess production of sebum from the inside out – find out why your body is making so many blackheads and whiteheads!

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      • Lina November 29, 2014, 9:53 am

        Thank you for the reply! As to the excess oil production…I’m 17 so I guess it’s the puberty’s fault but I’m still going to work towards healthier diet and lifestyle. And will definitely buy the jojoba oil.

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        • indhu February 24, 2016, 2:27 pm

          Hii.i have blackheads because i was washing my face with honey for some days before.i quitted washing with honey now but still the blackheads are not going. Can i know which oil to use ? Iam getting breakouts continually because of this.i have normal skin.not oily much.

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          • Fran February 24, 2016, 4:51 pm

            Hi indhu, it’s extremely unlikely, actually impossible for the honey to cause blackheads. It’s more likely that the blackheads are being caused by an internal issue.

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  • Laura November 19, 2014, 1:21 pm

    Hi Fran,

    A couple things….

    I keep getting blemishes that are like giant comedones that hurt to the touch. No matter what the only way these things go away is if I keep squeezing out the stringy, sticky sebum that is trapped in them. It comes out in several areas of the spot. If I don’t touch them ABSOLUTELY nothing is effective at dissolving or bringing them to the surface …. I’ve used BHA, heaps of aloe, clay masks. I feel like the sebum in them is too hard and sticky to ever come to a head anyways. They are impossible! They will last for years and years unless I squeeze them out and I absolutely hate doing this. What else can I do to kill these spots? Seems impossible that one day they will just dissolve or become inactive. In my 13 years of acne I have never seen this happen…. Some of these comedone type spots are 10 years old. So gross, I am scared to know what it would be like if I squeezed some of these old spots…all of that old build up and bacteria, oh my goodness my face scares me.

    Next….

    Acne has been damaging my skin and pores for 13 years. That is a LONG time and lots of damage…. I would imagine I have had a pimple Form in every single pore on my face at one time. Because of how severely damaged my pores are- I feel like not matter what I do internally or externally – this will make it IMPOSSIBLE to ever achieve acne free skin, correct??

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    • Fran November 19, 2014, 9:34 pm

      Hi Laura, It is possible for everyone to achieve clear skin, absolutely, even you.

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  • Katrina November 17, 2014, 1:50 pm

    my 12 year old son has a 2x comadone under his armpit seems aggravated lately with a sports and sweating- any help to “draw” it out???

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    • Fran November 18, 2014, 4:25 pm

      Hi Katrina, my suggestion is to put on a mix of bentonite clay with colloidal silver with a very sealed bandaid or tape overnight (and also during the day if possible) for as long as it’s needed for it to come out.

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  • maura November 14, 2014, 6:08 pm

    How about almond oil as a cleanser? I have rosacea which plays up on and off. Can control using tetraclycline, but don’t want to use pills all the time. Help!…

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    • Fran November 15, 2014, 5:25 pm

      Hi Maura, yes almond oil is also okay to use.

      I recommend that you get a hair mineral analysis, rosacea is often a copper imbalance. Also avoid food allergens and processed foods, and of course minimise stress.

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  • Abbi November 14, 2014, 2:09 pm

    I found this comment when i was doing research on help oil: “Oils of any kind do not actually clog pores, but they do make your skin feel greasy. That adds to the excess oil your skin already produces, thus exacerbating the conditions that lead to more blemishes” I am completely confused on what to do. i feel like the hemp oil is making my face break out more. not sure what to do now.

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    • Kat November 27, 2014, 12:12 am

      Same here.. I’ve been using hemp oil in the morning and at night and so far i would just wake up with my face not oily but not moisturized either.. somewhat kinda dry(and I have naturally oily skin) I think maybe the hemp oil is keeping my natural sebum from coming through. And the worst part is I’m breaking out really bad now, I am not sure if this is a purging phase or just my face telling me to quit hemp seed oil. I use the Nutiva Hemp Seed.

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      • Fran November 29, 2014, 12:01 am

        Hi Kat,

        When we switch to super natural raw ingredients our skin can go through a phase of readjustment which can last some weeks. It’s often just your skin rebalancing its natural oil production.

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  • Abbie November 14, 2014, 1:01 pm

    I have been using the hemp oil for about 2 1/2 three weeks but seem to be breaking out more. how long is the purging period supposed to last? Also i do not keep the hemp oil in the fridge because its a pain to walk downstairs every morning to wash my face and when i used to i always left it out by mistake. is that a problem? is the hemp oil not any good anymore?

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    • Fran November 15, 2014, 5:23 pm

      Hi Abbie, there is not usually a purging period with hemp seed oil unless you have stopped using medicated topicals at the same time. If you don’t leave the hemp seed oil in the fridge after opening then there is a chance that it will go rancid.

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  • Alita November 14, 2014, 12:14 am

    Hi Fran
    I have been cleansing at night with Hemp Oil, with 20% castor and a couple of drops of tea tree. And moisturising with Argon oil (all 100% virgin) for 2 months. In the morning I cleanse with unpasteurized natural honey from a bee keeper, and apply my usual moisturiser. I don’t normally have acne, I wash my washers on super hot, keep the oils refrigerated. But I have started getting one or two pimples at a time, they are different and are definitely purging and lasting a long time, they don’t have a sore or itchy feel to them. Do you have any recommendation? Thank you Alita

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    • Fran November 14, 2014, 1:47 am

      Hi Alita,

      It all depends on when the acne started in relation to your skin care routine, and what else is potentially happening internally. I’m sorry that I don’t have a better answer for you without having a proper chat first!

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      • Alita November 17, 2014, 7:33 am

        Hi Fran
        The pimples started not long after I started oil cleansing, which I have been doing for about 2 months now. I eat healthy and don’t have any medical problems that I know about. If that information helps.
        Thanks Alita

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        • Fran November 18, 2014, 2:24 pm

          Hi Alita, it sounds like your skin care routine has caused the comedonals. Switch what you’re using, regularly exfoliate, use clay masks a couple of times a week and the comedonals will come out on their own.

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  • Lacy November 11, 2014, 1:46 am

    Hi Fran,

    This might be a silly question, but I just want to make sure I’m doing everything correctly. How do you cleanse with hemp seed oil? With a cloth and water? I’m assuming you want to get all the dirt and oil off your face, right?

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  • Tenny November 8, 2014, 5:02 pm

    Is hemp oil that has not been refrigerated bad to use?

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    • Fran November 14, 2014, 1:36 am

      It depends – if it’s in a cold environment it’s okay.. if it has been in heat then it’s likely rancid.

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  • Ashleigh November 8, 2014, 7:14 am

    Hi Fran,

    Thank you for all of your wonderful posts! I have had a similar experience to you.

    I started moisturizing the skin on my body with organic cold pressed virgin coconut oil and for about 2 weeks it was going great so I figured I should try putting it on my face…BIG MISTAKE! Within one day I had completely broken out all over my face! As a teenager I suffered from acne and had to eventually go to a dermatoligist who put me on Roaccutane which did help clear my acne for good. My skin has been great until now, and even when I had acne before it was NEVER like this!! I have read a lot about the coconut oil pulling toxins from your face but I feel like It’s more of a reaction than purging. They are little tiny red bumps that are all over my face, some have whiteheads but by the next day they are gone.

    I have tried all natural serums and face masks and vitamin B moisturizers, and at the start it felt like it was working but within the last week it seemed like it had stopped working and my face wasn’t getting better. I felt like I was putting too much on skin (which is naturally oily) so have stopped. It has been 3 weeks now and I’m feeling at my wits end about it!

    I go swimming in the ocean at least once a day if not more which I feel naturally cleanses my skin but by the end of the day my skin is so dry! Its almost like all the oil has been sucked from my skin and now all that is left is tiny red dry bumps. It has creeped down to my neck which has never been a problem in the past and feels insanely itchy! (Almost like a rash)

    Last night I decided to give organic cold pressed balck sesame oil a go after lots and lots of online research and all the praise that it does for acne/breakouts. However I do realise that it has a Comedogenic rating of 2! So this morning I switched to Hemp seed Oil after my face felt like it was burning because it is so dry and it immediately felt better.

    My question is which out of these 2 oils would you recommend for me?

    I feel as though the hemp seed would be very beneficial in moisturizing my skin keeping it hydrating and I’m HOPING that it will clear up any redness that remains?

    However I have read that it will not stop any impurities in the future or will 100% clear up any acne?

    Sorry for the long post but I am falling on the desperate side!

    Ash 🙂

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    • Fran November 14, 2014, 1:34 am

      Hi Ashleigh, I recommend that you begin with hemp seed oil because it is so extremely gentle on the skin. After some time then you can try the jojoba oil – it has the awesome ability at helping to purge out clogged pores but you need to be prepared for that.

      Hemp seed or jojoba oil will not clear your skin completely on their own UNLESS your acne is purely cosmetic.

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      • Ashleigh November 15, 2014, 7:21 am

        Hi Fran,

        I have been cleansing with the hemp seed oil for almost a week now and my skin has improved slowly but surely however the hemp oil was a little drying for my skin so about 3 days ago I added a little Jojoba oil in the mixture and my skin is feeling much more nourished than before which is great, my pores are purging a little bit but I feel like its for the better!

        My skin is still quite ‘inflamed’ and gets hot really easily??

        Also it has started spreading down my neck now and down onto my collar bone…it feels more like a rash (although they look like pimples) is quite itchy and I’m not sure when it will stop?? When I initially used the coconut oil on my face that first time I never put it on my neck and yet now it seems to be continuing down there…did u experience anything like this? I’ve been using Vitamin E oil on there as well as a little hemp and jojobo too. I tried an aloe vera plant on my neck, it soothed it for about 5 minutes then was itchy again so I have stopped using that and now just Vitamin E oil.

        I have also cut coconut oil out of my diet (which I am devo about because I love it)

        Any suggestions?

        Ashleigh 🙂

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  • ash November 5, 2014, 4:13 pm

    What about Lavender oil? What is the comedogenic rating for that?

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    • Fran November 6, 2014, 5:01 pm

      Hi Ash,

      I have never been able to find comedogenic rating for essential oils. But what I can tell you is that my skin is highly sensitive to clogging and I have put a lot of lavender essential oil on my skin over the years and it has never caused clogging.

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  • Abbie November 3, 2014, 7:06 pm

    Hello, I started using the hemp oil two weeks ago with thayers witch hazel as an toner after because it felt like i was washing my face with grease. I get bad white heads, black heads and under the skin cysts. I noticed that my black heads are getting better but not much and i feel like my white heads are getting worse. I tried applying tea tree oil to my oncoming zits to stop them from coming out but 1. i hate the smell of it and 2. im not really sure if its helping. I really want these white heads and under the skin zits to go away… i also have some acne scaring. should i give it more time? quit using the witch hazel? i am not sure what to do.

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    • Fran November 3, 2014, 10:50 pm

      Hi Abbie,

      It sounds to me like your acne is an internal issue. Unfortunately anything we use topically if the acne is not caused by products is not going to help much. Please explore the possibility of an internal root cause of excess sebum production.

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  • laura October 30, 2014, 11:11 am

    Hi I was just wondering is okay to mix aloe vera gel with hemp oil and jojoba exfoliant for a deep cleanse?

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    • Fran October 30, 2014, 11:54 am

      Absolutely! And that sounds like a great mix 🙂

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  • Aphinda October 28, 2014, 9:58 pm

    thanx this article is very helpful im gona try to use jojoba as well as it as already worked for others

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  • Laura October 28, 2014, 3:57 pm

    No matter what I use to wash my make up off at night my skin just seemed so irritated… Even with OCM. So I decided to just use warm water and I wash cloth then follow with a diluted ACV toner. My face seems so much more calm post cleansing this way—- but do you think this with worsen my clogged pores?

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    • Fran October 30, 2014, 11:54 am

      Hi Laura, no it won’t worsen your clogged pores. However, if your skin feels at all dry or tight in this process (water is drying to the skin), then I recommend cleansing with raw honey.

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      • Laura October 30, 2014, 12:17 pm

        Would raw honey used as a mask be hydrating? I’ve tried it to cleanse but don’t love it.

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        • Fran October 31, 2014, 11:59 pm

          Yes it’s very hydrating, but you need to leave it on for a minimum of 20 minutes.

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  • Valerie October 26, 2014, 6:21 pm

    Hi Fran,
    I just started using jojoba oil at night instead of harsh chemical product. I always have a acne prone skin but since I am on birth control, my acne is farly mild. My next step is to come off of the birth control pill but I am very affraid as last time it ends up with severe cystic acne. I starded different supplement to help out my liver and hormons and I anticipate going off the pill around february. All this to say that my skin is pretty much clear, but I wanted to switch my product and use a more natural approach.

    It is my second day using jojoba oil and I can see some tiny little pimple, barely noticeable and barely red and wonder if it is not the “purge” you taleked about in your post. You said “However, if you have a lot of clogged pores then it can begin the process of purging them out, which can be a bit of a difficult process for some”. I don’t know if my pores were clogged before, so this is why I decided to use jojoba oil and did not find hemp seed oil yet. My question: are those tiny small pimple only a process of my skin purging all impurities and it will go back to normal after a while? I counted 5 of them (1 on my left cheek, 2 on my right cheek, 1 on my chin and one close to my upper lip area). I wounder I much time should I wait before considering that jojoba oil clog my pore and change to hemp seed oil?

    It might be as well the supplement I have started 2 weeks ago, milk thisle (liver), zinc and vitamin B. I know that when I have started the milk thisle, I sometime had little pimples that was there one day and gone the other.

    thanks a lot

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    • Fran October 26, 2014, 10:38 pm

      Hi Valerie,

      Even though you broke out with severe acne last time you came off the pill, it doesn’t mean you will experience this again. I personally know of women that have had no acne the second or third time they have come off the pill.

      It could be your skin purging and it could be a detox reaction from the milk thistle and/or zinc. Either way, both will be temporary.

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      • Valerie October 26, 2014, 11:52 pm

        Thanks a lot Fran for reassuring me!
        I’ll keep going with that routine then with my internal supplement and jojoba oil. For now I am using jojoba at night, do you have any gentle cleanser to suggest in the morning? I have realized afterward that I have hemp seeds oil in my fridge, but do you put it cold on you face or what? I have been told that it is a very fragile oil and that it needs to stay in a cool place. I will certainly finish my jojoba oil but I would like to know if it will be better to switch to hemp seeds after or continue with jojiba? For now I am using my hemp seeds oil internally in my food like salads.

        I’ll keep it mind that going off the pill this time doesn’t mean that I will breakout. I have tried twice before and it has always ended up with a big catastrophe in my face, but I have always heard that third time is the charmed 🙂

        I am new to your web site, so I’ll keep reading for the next days and educate myself on this natural approach. Ans sorry about all those misspell in my post before, I did not review it :-/

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      • Valerie October 27, 2014, 6:39 pm

        I forgot to ask… Since I have hemp seeds oil in the fridge, is it ok to use hemps seeds oil in the morning and jojoba oil at night, or vice-versa? Or should I use only one at the time. I prefer jojoba as it doesn’t smell like the hemp seeds oil does, but I like the face that hemp seeds oil has a comedogenic rate of 0!!

        Thanks 🙂

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  • Laura October 26, 2014, 3:24 pm

    My skin is feeling dehydrated but still oily coming in to cool weather. What can I use on dehydrated skin (not dry skin) that will not clog pores. Hemp seed oil isn’t quite enough I’m thinking.

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    • Fran October 26, 2014, 10:35 pm

      Hi Laura, jojoba oil should do the trick!

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      • Laura November 11, 2014, 2:47 pm

        Jojoba oil is not helping – what do you think about Shea butter??

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        • Fran November 14, 2014, 1:56 am

          Hi Laura, try hydrating your skin from the inside out too – drink plenty of water and make sure there are adequate good fats in your diet. Also don’t have showers or wash your face with water that is too hot.

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  • Tyler October 22, 2014, 2:29 am

    Hello,
    I’m 27 and have been on Proactive for 5 yrs, and the results were good. My face was 99% comfortable and clear except every month or two I would get a large cyst (up to a nickel size random across the face). This June, wanting to rid myself of these monster cysts and beginning a new “all natural” emphasis I quit Proactive and ceased applying everything to my face. For a month I was clean afterwards, then smaller whiteheads started to appear again, slowly turning into deeper cysts come late August. It was then that I started researching essential oils and natural remedies, and have been trying multiple different solutions, all of them failing miserably. Now I don’t get whiteheads, only large cysts and my skin is terribly uncomfortable all the time.

    I’ve read your advice to look internally, which I have been since I started this journey in June. I’ve focused on all natural foods, lots of antioxidants, less meat, less dairy, less gluten at times, currently week two of caffeine-free. I’d guess my sugar intake is way up as I squander up things to eat, but its usually in the form of honey added to granola, or fresh fruit. I don’t think there is any doubt I’m eating “better” than when I was on proactive, but my acne has not reflected that. Perhaps my acne liked the processed proteins and fats. I confess to knowing little of hormones.

    So my guess is my skin is sensitive and all the products I’ve been applying are overly harsh and pore clogging. I’m tempted to go back to Proactive, but still am resolute in my “all natural” approach to life.

    Any advice? I sure could use some.
    Much appreciated,
    Tyler

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    • Fran October 22, 2014, 3:28 pm

      Hi Tyler,

      You can keep up the proactive while you work on your potential internal imbalance. However, now that you’ve weaned yourself off it then it may be better to stick off it.

      Deep cysts are rarely caused by cosmetic products so it will be good to look at all potential possibilities for an internal root cause of your acne. Unfortunately I don’t know what path I can advise you to take without knowing much about you. Reducing sugars for example (including high sugar fruits) is helpful IF you are too high in a type of androgen, but if you’re not, then you do not need to be so disciplined with this.

      Reply
  • mitch October 21, 2014, 3:26 pm

    Fran
    In your opinion/experience/data how long does it take for dry flaky skins lipid.barrier heal once natural means are applied I.e hemp seed oil. I ask because after 5 months of applying oil like hemp seed oil to my.face several times a day I still have dry flaky acne skin. Why is this?

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    • Fran October 21, 2014, 3:38 pm

      Hi Mitch,

      It may be that the hemp seed oil is not hydrating enough for your skin type. I recommend that you switch to using jojoba oil.

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  • Stasha October 17, 2014, 7:00 am

    Hello Fran,

    I’m a little confused on how a pimple forms. I know its from a build up of dead skin cells, sebum and bacteria, but is the immune system responsible, does the immune system fight the bacteria in the clogged pore, so is that how pimples come about? Thanks, I hope you can answer my question.

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    • Fran October 20, 2014, 6:45 pm

      Hi Stasha,

      There are different ways, but typically when the pores gets clogged (usually from an over production of sebum), the sebum plug is the food for the acne bacteria. When this connection occurs, an inflammation forms.

      Acne can also be simply toxins leaving the body which is why it’s common to have a breakout during a fast or cleanse.

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  • Rae October 17, 2014, 3:52 am

    Hi, I’ve been suffering with cystic acne on my right face and right chin for over a month now. I know it’s hormonal since I went off BCP in June and it’s only on my chin and cheeks. No pimples at all on my forehead and just a few stubborn blackheads on the right side of my nose/upper lip. I was prescribed spironolactone but given the side effects, BCP sounded better. I went through a low FODMAP elimination diet and although I FELT better than ever and finally stopped feeling bloated due to IBS issues, my skin became oilier and oilier. The foods that are encouraged on the low FODMAP diet I found out may be contributing to acne (heavy on white potatoes, tomatoes but anti-broccoli due to its gas-causing properties). So I started taking PM phytogen complex (folic acid, vitamin B12, thai kudzu, etc.) which stopped the hot flashes at night and seemed to slow facial hair growth, which is good, but cystic acne on right chin and cheeks has been stubborn. I am taking supplements such as saw palmetto, zinc, pumpkin seed oil, pygeum, nettle leaf, and milk thistle, and just added Vitamin A today. I’m still feeling physically good and full of energy so no side effects fortunately from all of these supplements. I was also prescribed Aczone but I don’t think it’s helping except to make my skin so dry that it looks burnt in certain light as if the whole area is going to flake off my cheek.

    And any large Biotin supplements I’ve taken have been the absolute worst for me. Immediate cystic acne since I’ve been off BCP. I’m actually wondering as I write this if the comparatively small amount of Biotin I’m seeing in the PM Phytogen complex (25 mcg) might be preventing the 2 stubborn cystic bumps on my chin and cheek from healing!

    I got blood work done on Monday (full hormonal panel) so I’ll get results next week. Both my dermatologist and OB/GYN are pushing spironolactone but I simply don’t want to take it and deal with all of the possible side effects. I feel great and sleep great and my stomach is calm – I really don’t want to upset that!

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    • Fran October 20, 2014, 6:43 pm

      Hi Rae,

      Good intuition not wanting to take the spiro. You can absolutely get your hormones back into alignment without it. If you need help once the test results come in book in a consultation. I will be a pleasure to be able to work with you.

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      • Rachel October 21, 2014, 5:39 am

        Found out today that I’m very low in testosterone and Vitamin D and although my thyroid levels are within normal range, they are on the very low side of the range so my doctor prescribed a thyroid pill. He also prescribed Vitamin D but I was already taking it as of yesterday via DIM-D. Given my very oily skin and slightly faster facial hair growth, I thought my testosterone was dominant. Isn’t spironolactone an androgen-blocker? Wouldn’t that make things worse anyway for someone who is low in T already? Now I just have to figure out if my supplements are making my problem worse. Can’t really tell! I definitely would like to book a consult! I already purchased your ebook and am reading now!

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  • Laura October 14, 2014, 1:29 am

    What is the absolute best product or regimen for comedonal acne?

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    • Fran October 14, 2014, 7:51 pm

      Hi Laura,

      If comedonal acne is not coming from pore clogging products, then it will be coming form an internal issue. Specifically when we are too high in a type of androgen (such as testosterone, DHT or DHEAS) or our liver is toxic, then our body will be producing too much sebum. The most common reason is the elevated androgens.

      So I encourage you to look internally.

      For external healing of comedonal acne, I recommend using jojoba oil mixed with essential lavender oil as both a cleanser and moisturiser. And to apply pure aloe vera gel direct from the leaf on the skin overnight. Aloe vera contains a natural salicylic acid so it will help to very gentle purge your comedonals.

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      • Laura October 14, 2014, 8:46 pm

        Yep- doing everything I can do internally. I’ve done some glycolic peels and I’ve simplified my skin care routine so much. Feel like less is more right now. ALWAYS struggled with comedones. But they have gotten really bad lately. I feel like I need to add a product to help them but don’t know what to purchase….. AHA, BHA, glycolic. Or if there is something natural I can use. I’ve been using a diluted ACV for a toner. I cleanse with plain water and a microfiber cloth at night and jojoba with essential oils in AM. Moisturize with hemp oil and a few drops of rosemary oil or whatever essentisl oil I’m feeling that day. I also start using a mineral spring water to tone or using throughout day to keep my skin comfortable. With the addition of this I have noticed a lot of healing happening why would this be? It’s something so simple.

        Also- I have pure aloe vera juice- does this have any benefits topically that the gel would?

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        • Fran October 15, 2014, 3:26 pm

          Hi Laura, if you’re doing everything that you can do internally, then either it’s the wrong thing or you need to give it more time if you’re still getting comedonals.

          Aloe vera juice is not the same as the gel. Also it’s much more effective to use the gel directly from the leaf.

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          • Laura October 16, 2014, 7:10 pm

            I once had a naturopath say the little bumps were from yeast…. How would I know of this is more of a yeast or just plain clogged pores?? I took herbal antifungal a for a bit but that’s all she had me do … Did not help the skin

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            • Fran October 20, 2014, 6:35 pm

              Hi Laura, I won’t know the answer for that without having a proper chat in a consultation with you.

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  • Helene October 10, 2014, 12:12 pm

    Hi Fran,

    Have been using the hemp seed oil for about a week, but my skin still hasn’t gotten any better (I mostly have comedonal acne, but sometimes my pores get infected). For how long would you recommend trying the hemp seed oil out?

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    • Fran October 13, 2014, 9:33 pm

      Hi Helene,

      Hemp seed oil will unlikely be the answer to your acne – it just allows your skin to heal on its own better whilst we work on the internal issues. It will still be very important to work on the root internal cause of your acne.

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  • Chelsie October 9, 2014, 5:32 pm

    I was one of the dumb people to use Coconut oil for my face and now a week later I have little bumps all over my face(clogged pores) what did you do when this happened? Its gross and embarassing and I want them to go away.
    Thanks

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    • Fran October 13, 2014, 9:30 pm

      I’m sorry to hear that Chelsie! But you’re not dumb at all, for some people with acne coconut oil actually works really well.

      I recommend switching to using jojoba oil because it will help to purge out the clogging in your pores. You can also use a mix of fresh aloe vera gel from the leaf with lavender oil and apply it to your skin every night (leave overnight). Aloe vera contains a natural salicylic acid so it will also help to purge out your pores.

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  • Larissa October 5, 2014, 10:23 pm

    Which oil would you recommend for cystic acne?

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    • Fran October 5, 2014, 11:33 pm

      Hi Larissa, the oils are best matched to your skin type, not the type of acne. If you have dry skin then use jojoba oil, and if you have oily or normal type skin, then use hemp oil.

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  • Laura October 2, 2014, 6:12 pm

    Do you have any safe makeup recommendations with good coverage?

    I am using Aveda Mineral Dual Foundation and have been for many years, I am confused if maybe this could be causing my acne or perpetuating it. I felt like I carefully researched and chose what to use for my skin type and it covers really well and I felt it improved my skin when I began using it- maybe they’ve changed an ingredient since I’ve used it? I try to go without makeup when I can but my skin is so horrifying I prefer to keep it covered especially in public. I’m scared to try another foundation that could make it worse!! So I just don’t know what to do…. I feel like since my makeup foundation is the only thing I haven’t changed.. What if it’s what’s been causing my acne all along. But then again…. My skin was completely clear at a few points and I was still using this foundation. So confused….

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    • Fran October 2, 2014, 7:33 pm

      Hi Laura, Yes, Bella Pierre is excellent – it’s a US based brand but is sold in other parts of the world.

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  • Laura September 28, 2014, 8:52 pm

    I’ve been trying to get my skin care right and when I have a large blemish it seems the only respond to tea tree and sulfur- both which dry out and cause my skin to flake- but I don’t know what else to do. Even if I exfoliate not all the flakiness goes away and then I’m afraid of this clogging my pores but I don’t want to scrub and scratch at it! What should I do? Is drying out blemish prone areas really that bad? I have oily skin that requires a difficult and delicate balance between drying and hydrating.

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    • Fran September 30, 2014, 6:17 pm

      Hi Laura, dry, flaky skin can cause acne when the dead skin cells get clogged in the pores. I recommend that you don’t attempt at drying out your skin or your acne.

      The best and simplest spot treatment is lavender essential oil. It won’t dry out your skin and is safe to use neet (100%).

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  • Kat September 26, 2014, 11:00 pm

    Hello Fran,
    Firstly, thank you for your service it’s greatly appreciated!

    I am lucky to have very clear skin, I suffer from allergic reactions to more foods then I know what to do with, and the occasional break out from my period.
    I stopped taking birth controls of any kind, and cut wheat and yeast from my diet- these being two of many things I’m allergic to that caused skin problems.

    However; just recently I have noticed I’ve had ridiculously clogged pores on my cheeks. Just my cheeks. I had the worst breakout of my life just last month (convieniently after My fiance and I parted ways) after I healed, I figured the rest of my face would heal to. But unfortunately, it hasn’t been so! I used a very mild cleanser, and very mild toner. Due to my usually healthy skin, I never had to use anything more!

    I should note, they are not black heads, but white heads. And as stated before, only attack my cheeks and have ventured only slightly to under my chin and a bit on my neck. Now, I did have a terrible uti, that had ascended to my kidneys, ovary and parts of my intestine. I read In one of your comments that kidney problems can lead to blocked pores.
    Should I wait out my predicament and see if it clears? Or do you have another suggestion?
    Thank you and forgive me for my rambling!

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    • Fran September 28, 2014, 6:40 pm

      Hi Kat,

      Liver problems, not kidney specifically can lead to clogged pores. However, they are (as all of our internal system is) related.

      I am not able to give you a definitely reason why you are getting clogged pores or a suggested treatment plan without getting more information from you. I’m happy to help to get you on the best treatment plan.. you can book in here: http://highonclearskin.com/book-now/

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  • Merry September 26, 2014, 7:19 pm

    Hey Fran
    Could you help me with this? I have very dry/flaky/acne prone skin. I always tend to over wash my face/over exfoliate my skin leading to more acne. So I came a crossed your website recently. So a week in a half ago I started cleansing with Hemp Seed oil and taking it internally. However, my face is still pretty dry/flaky. I can’t anywhere on the internet where it talks about how long does it take to restore dry flaky skin? I am getting discouraged. I use a lot of hemp seed oil on my face and it still seems dry. How long if every until my face starts feeling softer and the flakes go away?

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    • Fran September 28, 2014, 6:36 pm

      Hi Merry, I recommend that you try using jojoba oil instead, it’s much more hydrating. Also consider doing a mask of a mix of avocado and honey 3 times a week.

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  • Laura September 21, 2014, 9:10 pm

    Hi Fran-

    I’ve had acne since I was 12 and for the last 16 years I have done my fair share of picking and scratching at my face. It has come and gone in severity throughout the years and am very concious of the fact that it is a problem I needed to quit being embarrassed about and admit it to my self as a problem I can learn to control. Anyways- I’ve read and heard from dermatologists that basically have said because of picking at your skin you have damaged your pores and because of that your skin will suffer from acne forever – what do you think of this? I can understand why but seems so hopeless. Definetly can’t take back where I went wrong. Thanks!

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    • Fran September 22, 2014, 1:27 am

      Hi Laura,

      It really depends. I was a BAD skin picker and I have very minimal scarring.. in fact you have to look extremely closely to see the 2 or 3 tiny indents that I do have. I have a bigger facial scar from a chicken pox.

      Any bacterial infection in the skin can lead to scarring depending on our skin type. It is better to not pick at it or to pick at nothing and cause an infection. The less infection there is in the skin the less likely you will develop scarring.

      Read through the stoppickingonme.com website and go on a no skin picking challenge. You can definitely do it!!

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      • Laura September 22, 2014, 1:02 pm

        Yes- I have actually read stop picking on me a few times! It also dos mention in there about the damaging of pores. I have quite the scarring…. Many many ice pick scars and some quite large. So what do you think about the fact that the result of the picking and pore damaging that acne is something I will just always deal with because of the damage I caused?

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        • Fran September 22, 2014, 5:02 pm

          Hi Laura.. unfortunately there aren’t many natural remedies, if any, that help with this type of scarring. There is the option to look into cosmetic treatments – there is a range of options available now and most of them are not invasive.

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  • Maddie September 16, 2014, 9:14 pm

    Hi Fran,
    I’ve had acne since I was probably 12 (I’m almost 20 now) and I’ve done antibiotics, topical treatment and I’m on the pill but nothing has ever really worked. Recently I ran out of CeraVe (the cleanser I was using) and decided to see what else I could do for my skin. Someone told me about the OCM and I started doing it with Hemp Seed Oil. I started using the hemp seed oil as a cleanser and a moisturizer and then used tea tree oil as a spot treatment. In the last two weeks I have broken out worse then ever before and I’m not sure what’s going on here. I am also still on the pill and hoping being more regular with it will help some of the jawline stuff but I’m totally broken out all over my forehead and chin and jawline. I went back to CeraVe just yesterday but decided maybe to just use hemp oil as a moisturizer but it doesn’t seem to really sink into my skin at all and I’m left feeling extremely oily all day. What would you recommend I do? Really nothing has ever left me acne free to any extent and I’m getting pretty hopeless 🙁
    Thanks,
    Maddie

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    • Fran September 16, 2014, 9:38 pm

      Hi Maddie, if you’re going to be on the pill then I recommend being on one that helps for acne. If the “acne” bcp doesn’t clear your skin, then it will likely be digestion and/or liver related. It’s important to work on the inside out with chronic acne.

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      • Maddie September 16, 2014, 9:54 pm

        Well I went on the pill for acne so I’m assuming it’s safe for acne.. Would you have any recommendations about the hemp oil though?

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        • Fran September 16, 2014, 11:06 pm

          Hemp seed oil is not what clears the skin – it allows our skin to heal on its own because of its non-comedogenic and gentle nature. To clear your skin you really need to work internally.

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  • Renee September 14, 2014, 11:57 pm

    Hi Fran,
    Thanks for your wonderful website!!!
    I’ve been washing with water, toning with diluted lemon juice and moisturizing with evening primrose oil for about a year and although my skin was better, i was still breaking out. I switched to hemp oil as a cleanser and moisturiser about a week ago and although it seemed to clear my pores a little it was very drying , I started using much much more but still finding it irritated leaving my skin quite red. I read that sunflower oil is also non comedogenic and bit more moisturising, have you had any experience with it for acne?

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    • Fran September 15, 2014, 6:08 pm

      Hi Renee,

      I have not had direct experience with sunflower oil. I recommend that you go back to the skin care routine that you liked, and work with internal issues that are causing your acne.

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  • LUKE September 12, 2014, 5:47 pm

    Fran. In July I started to use Hemp Seed OIl as a cleanser for 2 weeks. It seemed like it was doing pretty good. I wasn’t exfoliating. Then I learned about the konjac sponge and started to used that everyday as a cleanser. I would put hemp seed oil on my face and then use the sponge, at first it seemed to be working well. But now my skin is dry red and im breaking out. Should I even use this sponge and how many days a week should I exfoliate? Please Help!!!!

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    • Fran September 13, 2014, 11:44 pm

      Hi Luke, I don’t promote use of the konjac sponge, I promote a much more gentle approach! My suggestion is to stop using it and see if your skin returns to its normal health.

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  • Laura September 11, 2014, 3:12 pm

    Hi Fran – I started working with an herbalist that also specializes in muscle response testing. She taught me something that I have never heard in my 16 year struggle with acne- to look at kidney function! She has me started on a supplemental regimen… We’ll see how it goes! I’m hopeful- because I’m running out of ideas and keep going back to Accutane being my only option and I’m scared!

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    • Fran September 11, 2014, 3:16 pm

      Hopefully one day you’ll let me work with you Laura! I bet I will have some answers for you.

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  • Mariam September 10, 2014, 5:35 pm

    Hello:) so lately I’ve noticed small tiny scar like lines appearing on my face. They would always appear after I wash my face in the evening and I don’t use any chemicals or lotions on my face anymore (I just use coconut oil) but before I started using coconut oil I still had these scars appearing on my face. I only get these scar like lines on my cheeks (mostly on my left cheek) and I really don’t know why because my skin is actually pretty good and healthy. I take really good care of it and I wash my skin 2 times in one day and also exfoliate once a week. Why am I getting these scars? And do you by any chance know how to stop them from appearing?

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    • Fran September 11, 2014, 2:49 pm

      Hi Mariam, I specialise in acne!

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      • Mariam September 12, 2014, 7:54 pm

        Oh… Sorry for wasting your time… 🙁

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  • Lucy September 3, 2014, 11:58 am

    Hi Fran
    I have been cleansing with hemp oil for a few months now and has really helped my skin. However I still have alot of clogged pores and BLACKHEADS on my temple areas and neck. What do you recommend I do to get rid of them and make them.stop there? Thanks 🙂

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    • Fran September 3, 2014, 3:49 pm

      Hi Lucy, if blackheads and whiteheads are not caused by your skin care (which yours are not), then it is an internal issue. You either have a hormonal imbalance or your liver needs work. It’s important to do the internal work also.

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  • Ashlee August 30, 2014, 11:18 pm

    Hi,
    I just started using hemp seed oil as a cleanser on my skin in hopes that it will clear all these tiny clogged pores I have. They are all over my face and I don’t want to go back to the esthetician to get them extracted, it’s too painful and too expensive. I’m just wondering how long it may take to see results and what i can be doing to heal the post acne marks in the mean time? I have red marks all over my face from acne and the extractions I had done. Do I exfoliate even though I have these clogged pores everywhere? And will these clogged pores disappear or do i need to push them out??

    Thankyou!!

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    • Fran August 31, 2014, 1:56 pm

      Hi Ashlee,

      Hemp seed oil is not going to purge out your clogged pores – jojoba oil is more likely to help. BUT you also need to address the cause of the issue. Externally it can be pore clogging skin care, but most of the time it’s an internal imbalance that is causing an excess of sebum production.

      I do not recommend getting extractions, squeezing or pushing out clogged pores.

      Yes I highly recommend exfoliation. Go to the blog section of this website and do a search (search box is in then right hand side bar) for an article on the best way to exfoliate acne prone or acne inflamed skin.

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      • Ashlee August 31, 2014, 10:35 pm

        How do I balance out my sebum production then? Will they just go away eventually? These bumps have been on my face for a long time and they don’t seem to be going away. What steps can I be taking to get rid of them??

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        • Fran September 1, 2014, 12:36 am

          Hi Ashlee, you need to find the root cause – the reason why you’re getting excess sebum production. Health that then the problem will be solved.

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  • Matilda August 29, 2014, 7:13 am

    Hi again Fran!
    I have a wonder about the cleansing..
    How do I do? I massage the oil into my face and then lay a warm Washington cloth in org cotton, a could of Times before I wipe the oil of with the washing cloth.. But after Reading the comments here I see that this is not how you recommended it.
    So how do I do? Because if I don’t use the washing cloth/towel the oil can’t be washed of? Then the dirt and make up (if I use that) will stay om the face?

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  • Matilda August 25, 2014, 8:03 pm

    Hi!
    You tell to use hemp oil or jojoba, and to exfoliate. How do I exfoliate?

    Warm regards
    Matilda

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  • Sarah August 20, 2014, 9:20 pm

    hey Fran
    i drank a lot of green tea and water and two days ago i stopped drinking green tea and a lot of water in addition i had a upper lip and eyebrow wax now i have pimples and what i think are nodules would cinnamon help or should i keep drinking green tea because it did wonders i really need your help i am 15 years old

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    • Fran August 23, 2014, 12:03 am

      Hi Sarah,

      Facial waxing often causes acne with tiny pimples – it happens to me too! It will pass.

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  • Gina August 19, 2014, 7:55 pm

    Hi Fran,

    So I’ve been using hemp seed oil by Nutiva on the problem areas of mine–my cheeks and jawline. And I am breaking out like crazy.. with a ton of white heads and some red bumps. Im curious if this is a purging period?

    Reply
    • Fran August 23, 2014, 12:02 am

      Hi Gina,

      There is not usually a purging period for hemp seed oil as its comedogenic rating is 0. It may be a coincidence with another treatment you are doing, or it may be an allergic reaction. Another reason could be if you were previously using very harsh or medicated skin care treatments, coming off it could be causing the breakouts.

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  • Peter August 7, 2014, 6:42 am

    Can we use both oils at the same time? one as a face wash and one as a moisturizer? btw i have a lot of clogged pores. thank you

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    • Fran August 23, 2014, 12:01 am

      Yes absolutely!

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  • Heather August 6, 2014, 7:25 pm

    Hello,

    I have closed comedones on my forehead and I’m extremely self conscious about it. My skin looks bumpy and dull. 🙁 I was hoping that you could tell me exactly what I should use and how to use it. Should I use both oils? Should I use one as a cleanser and one as a moisterizer? Please help!!

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    • Madison August 11, 2014, 2:29 pm

      Fran, I have the same thing as Heather and would love to hear some recommendations!!

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      • Fran August 12, 2014, 7:12 pm

        Hi Heather & Madison,

        If the clogged pores are caused by an internal imbalance, you will need to correct that issue before you get complete healing of the skin. Please book in an appointment so I can look into what’s causing it.

        If it is caused by an external issue, then you will need change your current skin care routine. Try using only jojoba oil as both a cleanser and moisturiser, and exfoliating with a face wash cloth 3 times a week (avoiding inflammations). Jojoba oil is the best for unclogging comedonals.

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  • Michelle August 1, 2014, 5:28 am

    Hi. I’ve been struggling with acne ever since I had kids at age 24. I’m 30 now and depressed because my skin is a mess! Besides acne I have hyperpigmentation from the acne from picking on them. I have tried literally everything except accutane which I refuse to go on. I also tried the natural route but that gave me false hope. I was using Argan oil which felt amazing on my skin & made it feel soft until I developed tiny comedones from it. I mean hundreds of tiny ones all over my face. I tried jojoba oil in the past but that caused me deep cystic acne. I’m wondering if I should try hemp seed oil…? I figure why not if I’ve tried everything else out there. I don’t know if I should though. What do you think? Thanks. Also, I workout a lot and eat healthy and got my hormones checked but they seem to be normal even though I get severe PMS and my cycle is never on time now. Please help because I feel so devastated about my skin that I dont even wish to go outside anymore. 🙁

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    • Fran August 1, 2014, 6:41 pm

      Hi Michelle,

      If you get severe PMS and your cycle is irregular then I don’t believe that your hormones are fine. My suggestion to you is to get a saliva hormone test done and book in a consultation with me after the results are in. I’ll help you to finally get clear!

      In the meantime, what you use externally is not going to make much difference. The hemp seed oil is great but it won’t cure your acne until we work out that root cause.

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  • Denia July 25, 2014, 4:06 am

    I was wondering if all organic hemp seed oils work the same/are generally the same thing. Do they all contain the same goodness that the one you link to provides? (I live in canada and cannot buy the one from au)

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    • Fran July 28, 2014, 7:24 pm

      Hi Denia, a top quality organic hemp seed oil from your local health store will be fine.

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  • Jennifer July 23, 2014, 6:46 pm

    Hi Fran! I love your blog! I am about 4 weeks off of birth control pills now … so far (knock on wood) no crazy breakouts. However I am sooooooooo oily. Beyond oily. Needing to blot my skin every hour oily. I started the Estroblock and Cell Stab about 3 wks ago. Use gentle products. Still nervous to use the hemp/jojoba oils .. but maybe I should try. Is there any other recs for calming the oily skin down. It’s actually uncomfortable. I feel wet all the time. Thanks!

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    • Fran July 23, 2014, 7:54 pm

      Hi Jennifer, this is normal when coming off birth control and it will pass. It’s your hormones rebalancing themselves.

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  • Gina July 21, 2014, 2:37 am

    Hello,

    I’ve got a case of a ton of clogged pores on my cheeks and on my jaw line… how can I get rid of these?

    Reply
    • Fran July 21, 2014, 2:34 pm

      Hi Gina, please book in a consultation.

      Reply
  • Luke July 20, 2014, 2:22 am

    Help Please!!!!
    So fran, I have very flaky and dry skin. I started using Raw Organic Hemp Seed Oil last month, but only as a moisturizer and not as a cleanser until 3 days ago. I also take 2 tablespoons a day internally. But my skin still feels dry and damaged sort of? My question is, does it take a long time to get your skin back to normal? My skin has been dry and flaky for years now. How long will this process take? I just cleanser with Hemp Seed Oil once a day like you outline. I am getting a little frustrated, like this isn’t working, how long does it process take? Again I started taking it June 13th internally and as a moisturizer and started to cleanse with it 3 days ago, any advice?

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    • Fran July 20, 2014, 6:28 pm

      Hi Luke, yes it does take some time for our skin to return back to its natural oil balance. Also consider using more of the oil – you can use quite a lot of it!

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  • Nina July 17, 2014, 10:43 am

    Dear Fran!

    I have quit using all skin products i normally use, and started using hempseed oil as a cleanser and moisturiser the same way you explain. My skin was so dried out when i started, but now i feel like the moisterbalance are much better and the skin is in general more better/healty looking. Only one problem though, my acne is so much worse around the mouth. I have a lot more acne around my mouth, more than ever before. I though maby it Could be purging, but Its now been about seven weeks
    And Its still looking like this. I am 26 years old. What do you think about this, should i quit or continue trying evendoug i have more acne now?

    I am a little hasitant to try the estro-block, but at the same time curious. I quit birth control pills 7 months ago, gestagen dominante pills that i only Tried for 1,5 months but started breaking out more so quit, and aften that my acne around mouth got worse and still havent balansed, so Thats why i started using the hempseed oil to see if it helped but Its as i said worse now evendoug my overall skin contidion is better.

    Please help, my acne drives me crazy.

    Great blog

    Best regards
    Nina

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    • Fran July 17, 2014, 3:44 pm

      Hi Nina, 99% of the time acne is caused by an internal balance so what you put on your skin does not matter. Please look into healing your acne from the inside out. EstroBlock is highly recommended if you’ve been on the birth control pill so please do consider taking it. What is the hesitation? But there are a bunch of things I recommend after coming off the BCP, including remineralising and cleaning out the liver.

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    • Erin August 16, 2014, 5:14 am

      Evendoug? What in the world…? That’s not even a word.

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  • Raeshel July 17, 2014, 1:13 am

    Hi Fran,

    I started the oil cleansing method a little over two weeks ago using Castor oil and Hemp oil and recently my face has broke out in tiny white bumps mainly along my jaw line and neck (but a few in other areas of my face) that aren’t clearing up very well. I normally don’t get this kind of acne only large cysts, so I’m confused as to what is happening with my skin. Ever since I started this method my oily skin problem has literally gone away, I went from patting my face several times a day, soaking through napkins, to not having to pat at all. I felt like the quality of my skin was improving in the beginning, but now I’m concerned about these breakouts. Should I continue this cleansing method or is this a sign that it’s not working? Should I tweak it or just push through until the breakouts clear up?

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    • Fran July 17, 2014, 1:52 am

      Hi Raeshel, I don’t recommend the oil cleansing method or the use of castor oil because both can be quite harsh on the skin, so unfortunately I’m not able to answer your questions.

      My methods use oils to cleanse and moisturise, but in the same way as any “normal” cleanser and moisturiser.

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      • Raeshel July 22, 2014, 8:37 pm

        Oh that’s interesting, thank you. So then you recommend just using the hemp oil as I would a regular cleanser then?

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        • Stefano August 29, 2014, 4:54 pm

          Hi Fran,I have an oily skin and my pores have enlarged quite a lot recently,probably due to some mismanagement on my part.I would like to know few things from you : 1) Using castor oil and and leaving it overnight (which I have done many times)does clog and enlarge skin pores? 2)Recently my ex-girlfriend advised me to use Elizabeth Arden 8 hours cream (skin protectant)and leave it overnight.After a month I noticed that my pores increased tremendously on my nose,so I did some research and found out that petrolatum,the main ingredient of this elizabeth arden product,is a very controvertial substance,so I have stopped using it.Any comments on the above?Is there any way,even by going to a dermatologist(I heard about photofacial treatment),to get back my skin pores at a normal level? Thank you. Stefano.

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          • Fran August 29, 2014, 5:30 pm

            Hi Stefano,

            I don’t work with castor oil because I find it too aggressive on the skin, so I don’t know about leaving it on overnight 🙂

            If the Elizabeth Arden product caused an increase in pores, then it probably contains a comedogenic ingredient OR was too oily for your skin type.

            I am looking into working with men soon if you would like to volunteer to help my research. What I ask for you first though is to get a saliva hormone test. If you are able to get that done then please send me an email and we’ll look into working together to heal your skin.

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  • Myrddin July 16, 2014, 7:03 am

    Hey my first time doing this… i feel awkward.

    Be prepared for slight rambling as i err can be a bit of a talker on these things sorta… maybe.

    i have like moderate acne i would say, plus some mildish scarring. I am now on Doxycycline for it, and it has helped quite a bit for the inflammation i’ve been having i think, not sure about the rest.

    I use Trader Joe’s spa face wash with tea tree oil, as my cleanser. i love it, does not dry out my skin nearly as much as salicylic acid did, though i still found it a tad drying so i added a bit of grape seed oil, and a bit of jojoba oil as well… plus like a milliliter or so more tea tree oil just to be sure.

    and i would say its… probably moderately successful i guess. i still get a few zits here and there, but not nearly as much as i use to.

    now i’m primarily just concerned with my scars.

    as a moisturizer (And hopefully a relief from the scars) i am using aveeno daily moisturizing lotion, with colloidal oatmeal and stuff in it… and i added a couple mililiters of jojoba and grape seed oil just to cover all my basis or whatever.

    i think its working out reasonably for me, though i really am not used to having moisturizers on my face, normally i just cleanse and be done with it, and err well i’m not sure how your skin is supposed to feel when moisturized but… eh i don’t like whatever this feeling is when i put hardly any moisturizers on my skin. i don’t put a lot on just like barely a dime sized about on my fingers rub my hands together a bit and then i pat it on my cheeks and forehead maybe a bit on my nose.

    whenever i get low on this current moisturizer of mine, i am thinking about getting Kiss My Face Coconut Moisturizer, given all the good things i hear about coconut oil, and of how it already has grapeseed oil and other good stuff in it… and possibly adding about 2 milliliters of jojoba oil to it as well.

    eh i’m… eh i dunno what i’m asking for here… hmm something along the lines of… does this sound okay? do you think this stuff will maybe take care of some of the scars at least? or something… err please lemme know if you’re not too busy or anything.

    err by now, have a nice day or night or whenever you read this a nice… existence yes. ummm… eh i suck at talking.

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    • Fran July 16, 2014, 6:26 pm

      Hi Myrddin,

      Lovely to hear from you, rambling is fine! My advice to you is to stop trying to treat your acne and scarring with your skin care because it’s it will unlikely work in the long term. It’s better to consider what’s going on internally.

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  • Mariah July 12, 2014, 4:52 pm

    Hi Fran, I’m 18 years old and I didn’t have much acne until my dermatologist prescribed me harsh medicine to clear up about 4 pimples on my cheek. Then I blew up and ever since then I have had horrible breakouts. I used yes to tomatoes which is natural and cleared up my acne quickly but it stopped working after a while. My skin gets oily and it gets dry depending on what I’m using and the weather. I have small bumps over my face which are mostly seen only in the light but there are medium sized bumps that taunt me in normal lighting as well. My skin is pretty sensitive as I have always had eczema on my legs and arms- the eczema however has started getting a bit better I no longer get it on my arms or behind my knees. I’m not sure what type of moisturizer to use since it usually makes my skin extremely oily and red. I’m scared to switch what I’m using for a skin care routine so I’ve continued use of yes to tomatoes although it does not do much to clear up my existing bumps. I also use a little bit of castor oil in the shower and I try to keep a very clean and healthy diet. I used grape seed oil with my castor oil for a bit, but again it gave my face a very strange oily look and it didn’t do anything to get rid of the existing acne. At this point I have no idea what to do and I’m scared to try new things because of the way that I’ve reacted to other things. My skin right now is a little bit dry an I think it’s because I’ve been using the clay mask as well as castor oil as well as yes to tomatoes. Please any advice you can give is helpful!

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    • Fran July 12, 2014, 9:53 pm

      Hi Mariah, my advice to you is to stop trying to treat your skin externally with different products and take a look and what could be going on internally to cause the problem.

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    • Galina July 14, 2014, 6:37 pm

      My skin gets VERY oily and I have lots of bumps. I have found that the ONLY two things that do not cause my skin to get oilier is jojoba oil (100% pure from dessert essence) and aloe vera oil (cold pressed, organic from dr. adorable on amazon). Maybe you can try those for your face, and for my body on which I have eczema as well, I bought aloe vera gel by earth’s daughter off of amazon and it helps with the itching and redness. There are some additives in it but unless you have the means to raise your own aloe vera plant or can actually find aloe vera leaves in your grocery store it’s really hard to find aloe vera gel without anything at all added to it. Hope this helps!

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      • Mariah July 15, 2014, 4:13 am

        Thank you so much for your advice!!! I am definitely going to work on getting what you’ve suggested. Thank you again, I truly appreciate it.

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        • Galina July 15, 2014, 4:37 am

          Also, I just wanted to add Fran is right about treating your skin from the inside. I don’t know how good your diet is but anytime I eat wheat, sugar or dairy that is when my eczema flares up. When I stick to raw fruits and veggies, lightly steamed veggies, healthy fats (oils and avocado), healthy meats and fish, sprouted grain breads, brown rice and beans, my skin gets better.

          Also, your eczema might be caused from candida. I started taking a good probiotic and it really helped my eczema as well. You might just have a ton of bad bacteria in your body and not enough good bacteria to combat it. The kind I take is from a company called Ascended Health. There is a detox one you can take at night, and also one for the day. They are a bit pricy but they last for a while.

          Anyway, that’s all the advice I can think of! Hope it helps 🙂 (Also, maybe just a good multivitamin would help if you feel you aren’t getting enough vitamins and minerals in your diet.)

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          • Mariah July 16, 2014, 11:19 am

            Again, thank you SOOOO much for all your advice! It means so much that you would take the time to send me such great advice. I’m going to definitely try everything you said. It is nice to meet someone who understands my eczema problem. Thank you so much for all the help, I’m understanding more how I can get to the root of the problem and I’m going to take all of the advice you’ve given me!

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  • Galina Tulovsky July 11, 2014, 4:44 am

    Also, what is the best type of face scrub I should use? Do you know of a good one or maybe one that I can make at home with ingredients that are best for my skin type? The one I have right now contains coconut oil and you mentioned how that can clog pores, so should I toss it?
    Thanks so much once again!

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    • Fran July 12, 2014, 2:50 pm

      Hi again, I recommend exfoliating with a natural fibre face wash cloth. Get a bunch of them so that you can just throw them in the wash after use!

      I highly recommend NOT to use coconut oil in your skin care routine – it’s very pore clogging.

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  • Galina Tulovsky July 11, 2014, 3:40 am

    Hello! Does eating coconut oil and anything with algae in it cause clogged pores or is it only when it’s applied to the skin?

    Also, I have very clogged pores and very bumpy, uneven skin. Lots of whiteheads and stuff all over, and my forehead gets very oily but my whole face also gets very tight and flaky from just water alone. What do you recommend I use? Maybe just hemp or jojoba oil? And what is the proper way to cleanse and moisturize with hemp oil or whatever you suggest I use.

    Thank you so so much!

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    • Fran July 12, 2014, 2:49 pm

      Hi Galina, no coconut oil and algae’s consumed internally do not cause clogged pores.

      Clogged pores result from one (or more) of the following things: using highly pore clogging skin care, a toxic liver, high progesterone and/or high androgens.

      It’s important to look internally to heal from your clogged skin.

      For dry clogged skin I recommend jojoba oil – but it will likely have a purging effect for a few weeks. Just use it like any normal cleanser and moisturiser. Read the information on this page and also do a search in the blog section for extra info 🙂

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      • Galina July 12, 2014, 3:46 pm

        Thanks so much for the reply! Can I also use hemp oil though? Since it’s a 0 and jajoba oil is a 2? Maybe that would be better for clogged pores? Also, what about aloe vera oil? Is that a 0 just like aloe vera gel is?

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      • sandy July 13, 2014, 3:44 pm

        I started to eat coconut oil few weeks ago a lot, i put it everywhere! And my glogged pores on my chin got even worse, more glogged than ever. I was so surprised, i cut down with coconut oil and just use it with frying..it may had some influence on my hormones..as they are still unbalanced

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  • Laura July 8, 2014, 8:52 pm

    I really don’t like to pick at my skin. But I’ve lived with it for 26 years and kind of know it better than anyone else. Why do I have bunps and red marks that NEVER go away/heal or come to a head unless I manually extract what is in the pore. This does not seem normal and is incredibly frustrating. I once had a red spot on my face for a year and after I pushed out what was under it it flattened and healed. Any advice appreciated. Dermatologists don’t believe me when I try to explain my problem.

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    • Fran July 8, 2014, 11:44 pm

      Hi Laura, have you tried using fresh aloe vera gel daily and clay masks a couple of times a week?

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      • Laura July 9, 2014, 12:18 am

        I tried fresh aloe plant and kept one in my bathroom but I never felt it did anything for me. I tried to use as a nighttime moisturizer. I’ve also tried aloe juice as a toner. I worry about overusing clay masks and over drying my skin- which will make me breakout more and is also harder to wear makeup and cover up. I always feel the better hydrated my skin- the less I see breakouts. I have Aztec healing clay, would you reccomend something else?

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        • Fran July 9, 2014, 6:56 pm

          Aloe vera is a natural salicylic acid but it’s verrrryyyy gentle so you need to use it daily over a long period of time. Using the thick gel and leaving it on overnight is what you need to do.

          A clay mask used twice a week should not be drying to the skin. Make sure to moisturiser afterwards. If it’s too drowning then mix in a white clay with it.

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          • Laura August 30, 2014, 4:51 pm

            So I have discovered I am suffering from something called “Eruptive vellus hair cysts” This would describe these awful itchy painful non-healing spots I get. Any insight on this condition Fran? Seems what I’ve come up with is it is basically a very troubling condition that has no cure.

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            • Fran August 31, 2014, 2:01 pm

              Hi Laura, I have never heard of this. Did you get a test done?

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              • Laura August 31, 2014, 2:07 pm

                No test. I have been to 7 different doctors but none of them can help me besides recommend Accutane. I’ve spent months of searching and came across forums that describe exactly what these spots on my face are doing and that’s what the diagnosis was for these people. I’ve felt this whole time I am the only one in the world that is dealing with this type of sores on my face. They last for months to years no matter what I do. It’s just not normal and frustrating that nobody can help me. I can’t afford an 8th opinion….

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                • Fran August 31, 2014, 2:10 pm

                  Careful of excessive research and self diagnosis – it often leads you down completely the wrong path and believing you have something that you likely do not have. From your postings it looks like you’ve only been working externally wit your skin. I suggest that you look internally – most doctors and natural therapists do not understand acne so you can work with them for years with no improvement.

                  I’m sorry that you are too fed up before you were able to get me to give you a root cause and treatment plan. Maybe in the future 🙂 Good luck!

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                  • Laura August 31, 2014, 2:15 pm

                    I have been working internally to the best of my ability… Paleo eating since April, adding supplements, treating candida, stress management, doing a cleanse by doTerra. Do you have any special rates you work with? What if we work together and I don’t get results?

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                    • Laura August 31, 2014, 2:15 pm

                      Also addressing my hormone imbalance…..

                    • Fran September 1, 2014, 12:38 am

                      Check your hormones – if you still have acne the solution is likely there. I offer discounts only for those in a difficult financial situation, such as single mothers and the unemployed.

                      If you are unsure about booking in with me, then you should be able to get all the information in the hormones section of this website.

                  • Laura September 2, 2014, 7:27 pm

                    What are the chances my water quality where I live and it being hard water is the root cause of my acne?

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                    • Fran September 3, 2014, 3:50 pm

                      Extremely unlikley. Stop researching Laura, it is just making you come up with odd reasons as to why you are getting acne.

                      You HAVE to do the internal work, otherwise you are going to be dealing with acne for a lot longer.

                    • Laura September 3, 2014, 4:23 pm

                      I know, it’s hard… I guess everything I’m doing to remedy this internally is just a very long road of healing.

                      I am enjoying lavendar I’m my cleansing/moisturizing with hemp seed oil. Adding a drop or so to the routine as well as spot treating. I have an organic Spike Lavendar…. Is there any specific type of lavendar that works better for skin healing/acne?

            • Amanda December 1, 2014, 5:33 am

              I have been diagnosed with Eruptive Vellus Hair Cysts about 15 years ago via biopsy. Mine are not painful or itchy. It’s basically a raging case of milia on my temples, neck, and upper back. It’s genetic but no one in my family has it. It’s awful and getting worse each year. Nothing has worked. I’ve had every cream known to man, lasers, microderm abrasion, etc. I drew the line at Soriatane because of the terrible side effects. I tried Young Living essential oils to no avail. It’s really disheartening. It showed up out of no where and there seems to be absolutely no effective treatment. I’ve seen several dermatologists and they are all stumped.

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  • Michelle July 4, 2014, 6:01 pm

    Hi Fran,
    I have a lot of whiteheads and I’ve had them for a long time. I can’t see them all the time but I can feel them and definitely see them on the sunlight. There’s small bumps all over my cheeks and I don’t know how to get rid of them. I have a very dry skin also. Can you help me please?

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    • Fran July 7, 2014, 5:01 pm

      Hi Michelle, there are many things that you can do. Here are some – use jojoba oil as a cleanser, use fresh aloe vera gel + lavender essential oil nightly as an overnight mask, and exfoliate with a face wash cloth and warm water 3 times a week.

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  • Diane July 3, 2014, 6:10 pm

    I’m 64, have mild hormonal acne, and I’m intolerant to most products, (only a nickel allergy was found on skin testing). I get dermatitis, clogged pores, sometimes mild acne, or severe dry skin from everything out there. Vitamin E irritates too. My diet is the one you suggest, but I can’t use the supplements since they aren’t good for my thyroid disease. I tried the hemp oil anyway, and in 3 days I had 5 angry pimples. I know from experience 4 months will not change a thing. My mom had my skin, and she recently revealed to me what she uses. I’m now using the only 2 products she could ever use, a drop of Ivory soap, and vaseline only on the days when skin feels too dry. My hemp oil pimples reduced 50% by morning. Even my last dermatologist said to wash with water and keep trying new products when they come out. I’ll stick with my 95 year old mother’s advice.

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    • Fran July 4, 2014, 2:14 am

      Hi Diane, I’m sorry that you had such a bad experience with hemp seed oil – it has a 0 comedogenic rating but it sounds like you have extremely sensitive skin so it may have irritated you. I don’t recommend vaseline on this website because it’s petroleum jelly and it can clog the pores. Also bar soaps and water only tend to make the skin dry. But if it works, stick with it!

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  • Tikvah July 3, 2014, 4:18 am

    Hi Fran!

    I applied bottled aloe vera gel to my spots this evening. Shortly thereafter, I felt a stinging sensation, and upon glancing in a mirror, noticed redness on the application sites. The label says the product contains over 99% aloe vera gel with two additives: carageenan and citric acid. Is this abnormal for aloe vera gel? Do you think I ought to discontinue use?

    Thanks

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    • Fran July 4, 2014, 2:11 am

      Hi Tikvah, I always recommend getting an aloe vera plant or buying a leaf if available. This is not normal for pure aloe vera gel so I’d suggest either buying a plant or trying an alternative brand.

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  • Laura July 2, 2014, 2:59 pm

    Fran-

    I am having a terrible time with tiny-medium sized comodones. The are widespread along my cheeks and chin mostly and do not happen at any specific time of the month. I have struggled with them all my life. They never surface or form a whitehead and they will stay under my skin for months or even years unless I extract them. They will immediately flatten but generally come back. I’ve tried hard to just let them be because you can’t see them unless up lose they give my face a bumpy appearance. What is up with these?! I once read that if you’ve had acne and/or picked and popped blemishes the pore becomes damaged and is prone to breakouts more. Does this mean I am doomed for the rest of my life no matter what I do to treat this internally and externally?! These things are so frustrating…..even when my larger blemishes clear these clogged spots still haunt me.

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    • Fran July 2, 2014, 4:15 pm

      Hi Laura, I recommend that you try cleansing with just jojoba oil, and even moisturising with it alone as well. Jojoba oil is excellent at clearing out clogged up skin. Also consider applying fresh aloe vera gel from the leaf on the clogged areas every night and leaving it on as you sleep.

      Please make sure you’re exfoliating 3 times a week, and consider using a clay mud mask twice a week.

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      • Laura July 3, 2014, 10:50 pm

        If I start using the jojoba will all of these bumps purge or is it possible the will just dissolve and go away? I’m afraid of them!!

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  • Alexis June 26, 2014, 1:19 pm

    Hi Fran 🙂
    I just started washing my face with hemp oil last night. It was great before my shower, and I did it how you said to. But I’m not sure how I feel about doing it in the morning? My face just doesn’t feel fresh today! Do you think my skin would get confused if I did the thorough oil cleanse at night, then used a gentle cleanser like Cetaphil in the am followed by some hemp oil as a moisturizer?
    By the way, I want to thank you for this website and your dedication to all of us suffering with adult acne. It’s not fun :-/

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    • Fran June 26, 2014, 7:23 pm

      Hi Alexis, it’s up to you – do whatever you feel the most comfortable with. However, it is good to get over that feeling that we need to have super scrubbed clean – this is not true.

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      • Alexis July 2, 2014, 4:22 pm

        Thanks for your reply 🙂 I have decided it’s hemp oil all the way! So far so good. Thanks again.

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  • Ingelise June 26, 2014, 1:08 am

    Hi Fran!
    Do you happen to know if organic Ghee is comedogenic ? I cant find anything about it.. was hoping you would know.

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    • Fran June 26, 2014, 2:01 am

      I can’t seem to find it either, perhaps that test has not been done yet because it’s not usual to put on the skin!!??

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      • Ingelise June 26, 2014, 2:55 am

        Yah Ok, good idea… haha
        Thanks for looking 🙂

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  • laura June 24, 2014, 9:40 am

    hi everyone!
    i just wanted to say that i’ve been using hemp oil for 8 weeks now and it’s working beautifully! I went through the purging stage at week 6 and it was awful, I looked like the surface of the moon for about 10 days. Now I’m not breaking out as much but if I do the pimples dry up faster. My skin is softer. I use the oil in the shower as my pores are already open, massage for about 2 minutes then rinse with water and only at the end use a microfibre cloth to remove the rest of the oil. After my shower I moisturise with a few drops. I do this every second day. I have a question… when I moisturise; my skin turns red upon application, and I’ve noticed my forehead is very dry after this process and then calms down the morning after. Do you think I’m sensitive to it? Could my hemp oil be going off? Is the hot water from shower too much? I’m not really worried as it’s clearing my skin anyway but maybe down the track I should introduce a gentler oil to the mix? Thanks

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    • Fran June 24, 2014, 11:51 pm

      Hi Laura, your skin may just be too dry – try using more! I actually use quite a lot as a moisturiser, certainly more than a few drops.

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      • laura July 16, 2014, 1:25 pm

        hi fran,
        just a little update on the hemp oil….I applied more hemp oil on my face to moisturize but I found it dried my skin even more unfortunately it gave me eczema on my eyelids! ( I will never apply anything around this sensitive area again..yikes) Needless to say I stopped using the hemp oil for about a week to give my skin a break and I put 20+ manuka honey on it and it healed in about a week but I still have darker skin on that area which will probably go away in time, my skin’s natural moisture came back but with that a couple of lovely painful cystic pimples. Alas! I’m not giving up on hemp oil just yet….I’m going to apply only a few drops and only on acne prone skin which is everything under my eyes except my nose. I also find the hot shower water is way too drying for my skin. Hopefully this will still give my skin the benefits of hemp oil without drying it out so much. Do you have any insight on why this oil can be so drying for some people and so moisturizing for others? thanks

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        • Fran July 16, 2014, 6:17 pm

          Hi Laura, If hemp oil is giving you eczema then there’s a good chance you’re allergic or have an intolerance to it, or that particular brand. I recommend you discontinue its use.

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  • Deluxey Puvanasingam June 18, 2014, 10:34 pm

    Great post and thank you!!! I have a question/story to share hoping for suggestion.. 🙂
    So I had been on antibiotics and benzoyl peroxide and clindamycin creams the past 2 years starting the summer of 2011. I did not have that much acne to begin with, just some on the cheeks and the usual ones at the time of every month. It had cleared up everything and for the firt time I was able to walk out with not wearing anything on my face while still feeling beautiful and confident.
    It was all perfect for 2 years until the end of last summer around August 2013, I started seeing some deep bumps under my cheek and I told the derm when I went to my usual check up and he simply told me to double it on the bezoyl peroxide but it continued to be so all the way through the end of the year giving me break outs, not major but enough for me to having to cover up and use make up during the day for the first time (I usually don’t use any while I was on the anibiotics and the creams) I kinda understood what was happening. I had a very difficult break up last summer and as someone who believes In mind body connection and also as someone who bottles up emotions and not let them out, I understood the toll the emotional baggage took on me and my skin. The following year, I went to an internal transformative period and the purging showed up on my skin as usual but the derm did not buy It of course when I went to see him last December. He shcheduled another appominment January and suggested I go on Accutane. As someone who already doesn’t like to take many pills, and even try to cure anything and everything with natural remedies, and after researching Accutane and its side effects, I definetly said a big old good bye to the derm altogether and took the matter in my own hands and started cleaning myself internally and externally. That is when I started using coconut oil to moisturize my face every night and jojoba oil every morning.
    Although I saw some bumps here and there it was working overall but about 2 months in, I stopped coconut oil and just continued with jojoba oil and this neem soap I got from JUSTNEEM.COM and the combination seemed amazing for my skin. Then I started experimenting a little too much and tried this body butter with shea, cocoa butter, coconut oil and bunch of other stuff and gave up jojoba oil and used the butter in the morning and coconut oil again at night (after giving it up for a month) then I saw these bumps again and then I went a little too courageous and tried this natural exfoliator with shea, cocoa, conot oil and such and the very next day I had bumps all over my skin. This was in the middle of March. I stopped all that I ws doing and just was using the neem soap and jojoba oil and the bumps were calming. That is when I started researching about the oleic and linoleic acid content and such and decided to give oils another try with evening primerose oil. I would wash my face with neem soap and rub evening primerose oil for several minutes and wash off with cold water and pat dry and repeat at night. When I started seeing bumps again, I diluted it with jooba oil and would further dilute as bumps were seen. I remember my skin would feel better if I didn’t wash it at night compared to washing it twice a day, it would feel bumpy. I liked the results 2 weeks in but after about 3 weeeks, my skin strated reacting as I got more bumps and turning into acne. By the 2nd week of May, my skin was COVERED with big bumps and little ones ALL OVER MY FACE. I stopped everything, that is when I returned home from college and been just using neem soap and letting my skin be. Even in these last 5 weeks, I once tried justneem cure oil with tea tre, jojoba, neem oil, lavender and lemingrass and my skin started getting bumpy again after having been calmed down and I stopped. I bought aveeno baby lotion and tried for like couple of times and even scared to put it on aagain, but I didn’t cause anything. I have just been putting diluted apple cider vinegar with cotton ball, then washing with neem soap and just using lily of the desert aloe vera gel if needed. Otherwise I have been just steaming my face and using natural homemade masks such as turmeric, oat, aloe vera, rose petal, lemon and such.
    I can honestly say this is the WORST breakout or reaction or whatever it is of my lifetime and I have been strapped in my house this past 5 weeks and stepped out for the first time last week. I have even cried myself to bed at times as my face has never been this bad.
    I am soon to be 22 years old, next month, and have combination, acne prone skin which is prone to comedonal acne, just whiteheads. I am noticing that some of these bumps are turning into whiteheads.
    Face has gotten better from before but these bumps are still here as I have no idea what these are or what has caused them. I do not even understand how jojoba and evening primeose combination has caused this as evening primerose is very high in linoleic acid, even more than hemp oil I believe. As I start to think, I do question whether it was the jojoba, primerose oil combination that was causing the reaction or if they were simply purging out the clogged pores that were there as a result of using coconut oil for over 2 months…. But whatever It is I am on the edge of calling my derm again but I do know he will most likely put my back on antibiotics and the creams, as much as I don’t wanna go back there, I am just desperate as I am going back to school for my job most likely at the end of next week.
    But as I have been hemp oil everywhere lately as it has 0 comedogenic rate (compared to jojoba and evening primerose being 2, and coconut oil being 4) and good for skin prone to comedonal acne, I cant help but to wonder if it is worth giving it a try before I turn to my derm and the chemicals… Or I do not know if I should first wait for my skin to clear up completely or use hemp oil to help me clear up….
    I am also not worried as much about clogged pores being purged out as much as that was my initial diagnose of the evening prime rose and jojoba combination as I have been steaming my face every week or twice a week and using all these homemade masks and apple cider vinegar and such… I just want my skin back and don’t really wanna go back to derm and his chemicals and antibiotics and wanna find a natural way that works for me..
    Any suggestions…? Thank you initially by the way 🙂

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    • Fran June 22, 2014, 11:00 pm

      Hi, your skin is likely a little confused because all of the different things that you’ve been trying. I recommend that you cut back to an extremely simple routine while you heal your skin. Just just local ethical honey or hemp seed oil as a cleanser, and hemp seed oil as a moisturiser. Make a gel of fresh aloe vera gel from the leaf mixed with lavender oil and use that as an all night face mask every evening. This will help clear out your clogged pores. Use lavender essential oil as a spot treatment and don’t use anything else.

      At the same time work out why you’re getting acne in the first place then work on healing that.

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      • Deluxey Puvanasingam June 23, 2014, 10:01 pm

        Hi Fran,
        Thank you so much for getting back to me, highly appreciate it. I went to the immunologist/allergist this past Friday and he said because of all that I had been using, I had gotten comedones, acne, rash and some kind of contact dermatitis and suggested I go see my dermatologist. I am seeing him tomorrow especially for the dermatitis but knowing all this, would the regime you suggested still work?
        Also, does lavender oil have a tendency to irritate skin or clog pores? I cannot seem to find the comedogenic rating of lavender oil?
        And thank you so much Fran!!

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        • Fran June 24, 2014, 11:48 pm

          Hi, I don’t fully know without seeing your skin and getting a history from you. But if it’s just damaged skin then yes, my routine should work. Lavender oil does not have a tendency to clog pores.

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      • Deluxey Puvanasingam June 23, 2014, 10:16 pm

        Fran,
        Also, as I have been reading, it is advised not to use essential oil such as Lavender directly onto skin and always dilute with carrier oil. So does the lavender oil you suggested need to be diluted first or is that why you suggested mixing with aloe vera gel?

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        • Fran June 24, 2014, 11:50 pm

          Lavender oil is the only oil that you can use neet (100%) on the skin.

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          • Deluxey Puvanasingam June 26, 2014, 5:32 pm

            Fran,
            Thank you so much, I highly appreciate the help. I have been following your routines the past couple of days and will update you on the results. I put some lavender oil on these 3 pimples near each other and was very much surprised by how much they shrinked the very next morning. I had never known the healing abilities of lavender on acne before, had just thought of it as an oil that just adds the scent, but I was surprised by the results.

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          • Deluxey Puvanasingam June 27, 2014, 9:42 pm

            Fran,
            So as I have been following the regime, I have been using hemp seed oil as a cleanser and a moisturizer, I was wondering if hemp seed oil can be used both in the morning and at night? Also, although hemp seed oil does not have that off setting smell, I still feel like I am smelling like an egg after I use it and my little brother takes his time to point that out every single time haha I like the initial smell of it, it is grassy and smells like sunflower seeds to me but it smells kind of like an egg once I apply to my skin, anyway to mask the smell?

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  • Huds June 18, 2014, 4:23 pm

    Hey !
    It was great to come across your blog.

    I’ve just started using a bit of castor oil (rating is 0) and olive oil ( rating is 2), I’m quite sure you already know this and you’re super knowledgeable about this stuff 🙂
    I’ve noticed my dry skin feels refreshed in the morning if I use a tiny bit of both these things at night. I’m not sure what to do in the mornings, because when I use any other moisturizer, it doesn’t relieve my dry flaky skin at all. And makes it look and feel weird and bumpy in certain areas :/

    Should I use some of it in the daytime as well since I’m home all day anyway and super religious about sunblock and all. Could you guide me a little, thanks.

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    • Fran June 22, 2014, 11:09 pm

      Hi Huds, yes definitely !! Use it in the day as well.

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  • Ariane Clay June 17, 2014, 11:24 pm

    Hi, you’ve recommended using hemp seed or jojoba oil as a cleanser. I’ve tried using olive oil then sunflower (and I can’t use castor oil) and they both broke me out, really badly… Do you still think that jojoba and hemp could work for me or should I stay clear of oils?

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    • Fran June 22, 2014, 10:27 pm

      Hi Ariane, olive oil has a medium comedogenic rating so it can clog the pores which may have happened for you. The sunflower oil has a comedogenic rating of 0 but a medium irritant level – but I’m guessing your skin was still recovering from the olive oil.

      I recommend either using local ethical honey or a hemp seed oil Jojoba oil may be too strong.

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  • Tikvah June 8, 2014, 10:49 pm

    Hi Fran,
    My skin usually has comedones (closed and open) and occasionally several infected pimples, esp. near my cycle, but my acne would be considered minor. I’ve been using benzoyl for years, but stopped about 3 weeks ago and switched to Jojoba Oil as my cleanser/moisturizer. Suddenly my entire face broke out in hundreds of blackheads, whiteheads, and pimples. I’ve also been reducing (almost eliminating) sugar and processed foods from my diet, but haven’t made any major changes yet. Is this reaction typical by your experience, and what do you recommend if the rash doesn’t improve soon? (Not sure if it’s important, but I also used coconut oil a couple of times, and it was in the days following that my acne problem exploded.) Sad, sad day 🙁

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    • Fran June 9, 2014, 1:31 am

      Hi Tikvah, yes this is normal. The BP kills the acne bacteria but does nothing for the prevention or removal of comedonals. So what is happening is the jojoba is helping to extract your clogged up skin and in the process some of those are turning into inflammations, and the others are just looking more obvious.

      Using coconut oil just a couple of times is okay, but don’t use it on your face or neck anymore!

      I recommend that you add lavender essential oil to your jojoba oil to help kill any bacteria as the comedonals are making their way out. And also look into internal issues that may be causing these comedonals to happen in the first place.

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  • charlene May 28, 2014, 8:44 am

    Hi Fran
    I have lots of clogged pores on my forehead my skin is very uneven with bumps on my forehead. The rest of my skin is perfect. I have been on dianette contraceptive pill for years for acne and my skin has been clear the whole time except for 6 months ago when i broke out on my forehead in hundreds of bumps. My forehead just is so oily compared to the rest of my skin. I was using cliniqye products but stopped as thought it was too harsh and am now using dermaquest have seen an improvement but still got loads of clogged pores sometimes they go away for a week but then they always come back all at the same time and in the exact same places 🙁 really dont know what to do

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    • Fran May 28, 2014, 5:58 pm

      Hi Charlene, this type of acne could be an indication of a minor candida overgrowth. Take out all sugars (includes fruits, honey, etc) for 10 days and see if it makes a difference.

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  • mollie May 18, 2014, 12:54 pm

    hi fran i am only 16, but i have had what feels like hundreds of clogged pores on my forehead, next to my nose on my cheeks and on my chin for about 2 1/2 years. I went to the doctor to get some treatment for my acne and i am currently taking a doxylin 50 tablet everyday however i dont think its working because i dont have the big pimples, they are just heaps of clogged pores and blackheads and whiteheads. i do not know what is causing them and i feel like they will never go away because they have been there for so long. sometimes a clogged pore will turn into the occasional pimple but that’s it. i hate the way my face looks in harsh light because you can see all the little skin coloured bumps and i just want smooth, soft, clear skin. i am starting to feel like i will have this skin forever. on top of that i just read an article where it says its almost impossible to get ridded of clogged pores once you have them. please help me, right now i use cetaphil oily skin cleanser and cetaphil daily moisturizer, along with a benzoyl peroxide cream a few times a week. is hemp seed oil better for me? thanks and sorry for this overload of information. x

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    • Fran May 18, 2014, 1:40 pm

      Hi Mollie, first it is not impossible to get rid of clogged pores, that’s just ridiculous that the article said that.

      Second, you are a teenager and this sort of thing is completely normal. The reason why I only work with women 18 and over is because most often teenagers just grow out of their acne problem. You don’t actually have acne, you have clogged pores and once your hormones sort themselves out soon, they will likely just go away.

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  • Ingrid May 16, 2014, 5:28 pm

    Hi, I was wondering if you can add jojoba oil to your current cleanser? If so how much?

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    • Fran May 18, 2014, 1:55 am

      Hi Ingrid, I promote using jojoba on its own or with a mix of hemp seed oil.

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  • Ingrid May 16, 2014, 4:02 pm

    Hi, I have been using jojoba oil for about a week and have been experiencing a purge. I was wondering if there is anything you recommend to treat the acne that is coming out?
    I have heard of tea tree oil helping …. How much is safe to use?

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    • Fran May 16, 2014, 5:04 pm

      Hi Ingrid, if you use tea tree oil make sure to dilute it down to about 20% with a carrier oil. I prefer lavender essential oil because it’s more gentle and you can use it meet (100%).

      Also check out this recipe which I think will help: http://highonclearskin.com/the-best-way-to-exfoliate-acne-inflamed-or-acne-prone-skin/

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      • Ingrid May 16, 2014, 5:40 pm

        Thank you very much !!! I have been struggling to find a natural method to treat my acne for some time and your blog has been a great resource. I’m really hoping that the jojoba oil works!!:)

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  • Samantha May 7, 2014, 1:03 am

    I’m a redhead and I’m super healthy eater, but I have always struggled to find a face wash that doesn’t damage my skin. I have very dry flaky sensitive skin. Over the years I’ve tried every gentle face wash and sensitive skin moisturizer out there. Every cosmetic ever made breaks me out and irritates my skin. Thank you so much for turning me on to hemp seed oil and dedicating yourself to helping people get happy and healthy!

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    • Fran May 7, 2014, 1:27 am

      Yep you have typical skin for a redhead! 🙂 Great that the hemp seed oil is working for you!

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  • Isabelle May 5, 2014, 9:45 am

    Hi Fran, what a beautiful blog you have and thank you for sharing with us your beauty secrets. I have taken your advice and tried to use hemp seed oil. I massaged (about a teaspoon) it into my cleansed face during shower and wash the excess off. However, i’m not too sure if i am using it right? Also, how do i use it as a cleanser?

    Thank you <3

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    • Fran May 5, 2014, 10:14 pm

      You did it exactly right 🙂 Just use it as any “usual” cleanser.

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  • CJ May 2, 2014, 3:54 pm

    Hello! Thanks so much for this website. IT ROCKS.

    I do have a question though… I’m currently using MSM Herbal Bar as a cleanser. It contains the following ingredients: Aloe vera gel, pure MSM, Chammomile Extract, Vitamin A,C & E and the essiential oils of orange.

    I see that most of these ingredients aren’t too harsh on the first link you added but the third one says that sulfer is harsh and an irritant.

    I’ve been using it a month and I have to admit that I have had some new breakouts but I was assuming its just purging.

    Can you please advise me on this?

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    • Fran May 2, 2014, 5:59 pm

      Sulfur as in natural/organic MSM sulfer is not harsh on the skin, in fact it’s great! That website I’m guessing is talking more about the medicated synthetic sulphurs used in acne treatment.

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      • CJ May 2, 2014, 8:07 pm

        Thanks for your quick response. You da bomb!!!

        One more question, if you don’t mind.. is it necessary to moisturize while using this soap? I was using ACURE 100% certified organic argon oil but I started to get a little hesitant using an oil on my combination skin.

        I appreciate your response!

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        • Fran May 2, 2014, 8:24 pm

          If your skin is dry or tight after cleansing, always use a moisturiser. As you’ll know from reading this page, I’m a bit promoter of oils for moisturising.

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  • Sarah April 21, 2014, 6:18 pm

    Hi Fran! I was just wondering if hemp seed oil could be used as a body moisturizer also? I tend to have back acne as well as chest acne but my skin is so dry at the same time! I dont get it, but anyways I was wondering if hemp seed oil would make it worse or actually help clear it up? Thanks!

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    • Fran April 23, 2014, 10:39 pm

      Hi Sarah, sure it can 🙂

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  • Summer April 18, 2014, 5:13 am

    Hey Fran,

    I am so pleased that I stumbled upon this site! I recently began washing my face with jojoba oil. During the first two weeks my skin cleared up beautifully but now I believe that I may be experiencing the “purge” process. I had a lot of clogged pores prior to using oil. The left side of my face is currently covered in small red dots, and some white heads – I was wondering how long this process may take to clear up? And If I should stop using jojoba oil or continue letting it purge?

    Thank you so much!

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    • Fran April 20, 2014, 11:35 pm

      Hi Summer, it’s different for everyone. For me personally it was about 5 weeks. Just make sure you’re treating from the inside out also.

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  • Marie April 6, 2014, 10:04 am

    hi Fran!
    Whats your opinion on rosehip oil?
    Thank you!
    Greetings from Vienna

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    • Fran April 9, 2014, 4:08 pm

      Hi Marie, rosehip has a low comedogenic rating (1) so it’s fine to use on acne prone skin. I haven’t personally done a trial with it so I can’t offer more than that 🙂

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  • Ingelise April 3, 2014, 3:11 am

    Hi Fran!
    I have been using the OCM method for about 4 days now. I have very dry and sensitive skin (acne prone with comedones and acne scars) and thought I would give the OCM a chance to do its thing. But recently I’ve noticed some comedones that have turned into inflamed pimples and am not sure why? but perhaps the method is cleaning out the “bad stuff”?…or the EVOO could potentially be clogging my pores and making it worse. Other than the few inflamed pimples, My skin loves the moisture and seems to be glowing! I was just on some of the websites you listed for possible pore clogging ingredients and oils and come to find that EVOO is a possible clogger. SO I just purchased some unrefined Hemp oil (green tint?) and replaced it with the EVOO (going to continue with the 1 tbps. Castor oil, and a few drops of tea tree oil). Any thoughts or suggestions??

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    • Fran April 3, 2014, 12:50 pm

      Hi Ingelise, I don’t promote the OCM or using olive oil on the skin. Personally I feel on sensitive and/or acne prone skin, the methods of the OCM can be too harsh. Also olive oil has a medium comedogenic rating so has a higher chance of clogging the skin.

      In addition, castor oil and tea tree oil can be too harsh on the skin but this is up to you also and how your skin responds.

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      • Ingelise April 3, 2014, 6:40 pm

        Hey thanks Fran!
        I am going to just STICK with only hemp as a cleanser and a moisturizer. Its super dry where I live so I will definitely need to use it as a moisturizer as well. I was wondering about a good spot treatment that you might think would be good for my skin? I have been using some tea tree oil but that doesn’t seem to be doing any good.
        Thanks again.. you’re VERY beautiful and inspiring. Been working on going o’natural:)

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        • Fran April 5, 2014, 1:37 pm

          Hi Ingelise, essential lavender oil as a spot treatment is the best.. x

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          • Ingelise April 6, 2014, 5:25 pm

            I used the hemp oil as a carrier, or do you suggest just putting the lavender directly on the pimples? thanks!
            ~ing

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  • Ruby March 23, 2014, 6:32 am

    Hi fran – I know coconut oil is not a good idea for use all over the face, but about a month ago I switched to using it as an eye makeup remover (And hemp seed oil for the face) but my skin is definitely still getting fairly clogged and I was wondering if potentially the coconut oil was contributing after it’s been absorbed? I’m on a journey to clearing toxins internally as well, so it might just be a temporary thing as I heal? Thanks x

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    • Fran March 24, 2014, 12:43 pm

      Hi Ruby, if coconut oil used externally is going to clog your skin, it will only do it on the areas that you apply the coconut oil, nowhere else.

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  • Riina March 7, 2014, 12:40 pm

    If hemp seed oil helps, but still i have a bit dry skin and also oily, what can i use for moisturizing?..the weather where i live, is windy and quite cold..only summer is okei. Maybe shea butter?

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    • Fran March 8, 2014, 1:09 pm

      Hi Riina, I actually use a lot of hemp seed oil as a moisturiser because it’s very dry where I live. So you could just try using more. Otherwise jojoba oil is a little thicker so you could try that too. I usually don’t recommend shea butter because it breaks some women out, but you could patch test it and give it a go.

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  • Marie March 4, 2014, 4:29 pm

    Hi Fran!
    I have been using manuka honey and jojoba oil for about a week now.
    Now i read that you recommend hemp seed oil for those with more of the comedogenic acne.
    I noticed that my forehead and my temples are starting to purge a little and i was wondering if you would say that it is ok to switch to hemp oil ?
    or should i wait now because i have just started with the jojoba? i know its not good to switch in short periods. or could i just try hemp oil in some small area to see how i react?
    My skin was little oily and dry now there is no oiliness but it is still medium dry. but i think its already got a little better with the jojoba oil.
    Would be thankful for your thoughts!
    Take care, Marie

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    • Marie March 4, 2014, 6:00 pm

      i forgot to add that my forehead isnt usually my break out area and that i am using Chlorella algae tabs for a week now due to a amalgam diversion ( hope thats the right word) which as i have been told should mostly detox over digestion.

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      • Fran March 8, 2014, 1:08 pm

        Hi Marie, if your skin is getting better with the jojoba oil then definitely stick with it! It sounds like your comedonals are getting unclogged and your skin is returned back to a better oil balance. Jojoba oil is definitely good at doing its job with this.

        And that’s great about the chlorella supplementation 🙂

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  • Emily February 28, 2014, 9:03 pm

    Hi Fran! I have trying cleansing my face with different oils, but thus far none have worked. I have not tried Hemp Seed oil or Jojoba oil, so I might try one of these with Lavender essential oil like you recommend and see what happens. My question is, how can an oil be a cleanser AND a moisturizer at the same time?? Also, I have battled acne pretty constantly since I was around 14 and I am now 25. Which oil would you recommend?

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    • Fran March 1, 2014, 12:54 am

      Hi Emily, please remember that oils alone are unlikely to clear up your acne. They are just one piece of the puzzle and designed to help your skin restore back to its natural health, in order for it to better heal while it’s being supported by the healing work we’re doing from the inside out.

      Oils are great gentle cleansers. My philosophy is not to be too aggressive on the skin, so yeh, it works beautifully with water as a cleanser. I’ve been using oils as both cleansers and moisturisers for years now and haven’t looked back.

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  • Steph February 28, 2014, 2:59 am

    Hi Fran,

    I was using hempseed oil as a moisturizer and got tons of clogged pores (small little bumps), so I stopped using it and it took a long time to clear up, in fact it still has not completely cleared. I use a face cloth with warm water and manuka honey to wash my face. How can i clear up this congestion that just does not seem to go away :(.

    Thanks

    Steph

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    • Fran March 1, 2014, 12:58 am

      Hi Steph,

      If your congestion is not going away then it’s likely being caused by an internal issue. If you’re using non-comedogetnic skin care (which you are), then comedonals are most often caused by high testosterone, high progesterone and/or a toxic liver. It will be important for you to explore this internal issue to get the healing of your skin.

      Also you don’t need to use a medicinal honey to cleanse. Honey is not able to penetrate into the pores so your skin will not be getting the medicinal properties of the honey unless it sits on the skin for at least 20 minutes or so (enough time for the moisturise of the skin to raise to the surface and mix with the properties to pull back into the skin.

      If you would like to cleanse with honey, then you could just get a cheaper honey. Just make sure to buy an ethical brand!

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  • Marie February 27, 2014, 5:57 pm

    Hi!
    Is organic hemp oil from the food section ok?
    Thank you so much.
    Marie

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    • Fran March 1, 2014, 12:59 am

      Hi Marie, yep that’s fine 🙂 x

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  • Anteya February 20, 2014, 12:55 am

    Hi Fran,

    I wanted to hear your thoughs on glycolic acid (10%) for acne.

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    • Fran February 20, 2014, 2:24 am

      Hi Anteya, I don’t promote anything that is synthetic to be used on the skin, including glycolic acid. We can actually get a more gentle form of these acids in their natural form. Aloe vera for example is a natural salicylic acid, and sugar can citrus fruits contain glycolic acid. You just have to be okay with them being a lot more gentle than the synthetic forms, but to be honest it is much better being gentle on the skin.

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      • Anteya February 20, 2014, 2:48 am

        Okay, thank you Fran!
        I use baking soda as an exfoliant, and haven’t used msm as per your recommendation on your blog, are you able to tell me if you find them comparable or is the msm powder more beneficial as an exfoliant?

        Thank you!

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        • Fran February 20, 2014, 3:14 am

          They are very different and used in very different ways. MSM isn’t actually an exfoliant. It’s beneficial to the health of the skin and scar treatment if taken internally daily (it will take about 2 moths to show results), and used externally as a lotion on the skin.

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  • Echo January 15, 2014, 2:20 am

    Hi Fran, I just had a few questions for you. I never had acne as a teen, but after my second baby it came on hard. That was 7 years ago, about the same time I developed hyperthyroidism,
    Somewhere during the last 7 years my thyroid became hypo and I was prescribed Synthroid, which I currently take. As far as acne prescriptions I’ve been on the following: erythromycin, monodox, spironolactone, acanya, clindamycin, minocycline, oracea, tazorac, and tretinoin, haha…I may have missed a few too! Needless to say, about 3 months ago I had had enough! I dropped everything and began my search for something more natural. I started taking Saw Palmetto because it was my understanding that this was the closest thing to spironolactone, which I think helped the most of all my prescriptions. I coupled that with Zinc. Then I saw the love vitamin post on estroblock and liv-tox. Anxious to find something that would work, I stopped taking the saw palmetto (which I regret) and the zinc. I’ve been on estroblock for two months, liv-tox for a month, and about three months of burdock root. I’m paranoid about taking too much, so when I picked up liv-tox I stopped taking as much burdock root (another thing I regret). I think the burdock root was keeping a majority of my cystic acne away. I think my face is the worst its ever been! Easily 15+ cystic acne, three or four the size of a dime and deep in the skin and where I don’t have huge deep bumps I’m covered in tiny bumps, some very painful as well. I wash with Burt’s Bees Radiant cleanser, sometimes do a Manuka Honey mask, which seemed to help with the healing, I felt like I was getting black heads. And have recently discovered the Moroccan Red Clay mask, which is inexpensive and seems dissolve the black heads. Estroblock has helped a lot when it comes to my cycle. No more painful breast or terrible cramping, but it hasn’t seemed to do much for my face.

    As far as physical health and eating, I run 6-9 miles a week, fruit is typically in my breakfast, and I try really, really hard (not always succeeding) at getting my vegetables in. Green smoothies were made daily during the summer, but not so much any more. I should pick that back up.

    I’m married, so I know this shouldn’t be as big of a deal. But I don’t think a woman should be embarrassed to walk around her own house without makeup, even in front of her own husband. Worst yet, I don’t remember the last time my husband even touched my face! 🙁 And he sucks feeling more beautiful in the dark that you do in the light!

    Anyway, I think I’ll finish what I have left of Estroblock and Liv-Tox and then go full force with Saw Palmetto, Burdock Root and Zinc. Keeping to a simple face regimen of light washing, honey, and clay. What do you think? Do you have any more suggestions? I was considering Maca, but found your link and decided I better not. Any suggestions would be so very helpful. Thanks ahead of time!

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    • Fran January 15, 2014, 3:26 am

      Hi Echo, I’m sorry that you’re having such a difficult time with your acne. The supplements you’re taking may be good but they may or may not be the right ones for you. I’d love you to book in an appointment with me but I’d also love you to get a hormone test done first to see where everything is at. It’s easier for me to help via Skype voice because my intuition seems to kick in the best that way.

      I’d love to get you clear.. x

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      • Sally July 20, 2014, 11:20 pm

        Hi Echo
        This is just a message of empathy. I know exactly how you feel. I’m married with children and feel I have been doing everything I can to help my skin internally and externally and I still look terrible. I have had mild to moderate acne since I was 12yrs old. I’m now 35! I have pimples (not cystic) and enormous clogged pores. Add to that aging skin. I don’t know if maybe some of what I’m dealing with might be damage caused from years of harsh treatments. I’m just plain confused these days. I kind of avoid social situations where possible, wear hats pulled down low, HATE having my photo taken and am generally just very self conscious. Always comparing my skin to others who all seems so smooth and clear. Even the fine lines that are starting with my friends are becoming.
        I certainly understand your feelings.
        Fingers crossed we can beat this thing before it beats us XX

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  • Amara January 9, 2014, 4:20 pm

    Hi
    Im in highschool now and i started to get acne around 6th grade. It started to get worst and worst, and recently I got more and more acne around my cheeks and t-zone. I tried things from Biore, Neutrogena, Noxzema, Proactive and a ton more… I recently found out about the OCM and i really want to start. The thing is i dont know what ratios and oils to use. I really do want to use hemp oil for a cleanser but i dont know what type of oil to use as a moisturizer. I have very oily skin and am not sure what to use.

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    • Fran January 9, 2014, 4:54 pm

      Hi Amara, I’m sorry that you’re dealing with acne. I personally do not promote the OCM because I feel that it’s too harsh on sensitive, acne prone skin. Instead I feel that it’s much better to use hemp seed oil just in the same way as you would a normal cleanser and moisturiser. Use as much or as little as your body needs.

      I hope this helps!

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  • tara January 5, 2014, 8:57 am

    Hi,
    About 6 months ago i used to have very clear skin, but i was also exercising a lot because i was a professional figure skater. Sadly i had to quit skating due to many injuries. I have done absolutely no form of exercise since as i was trying to give body a complete rest and time to heal. I’ve noticed since stopping exercising over the months my skin has gotten progressively worse and worse. I used to only wash my face once a day as my skin can get quite dry and flaky but now i am washing my face twice a day with the brand Nimue which is supposed to be very gentle and effective. i haven’t noticed a difference at all since using this brand , my skin still feels very tight after washing and i still have very bad acne around my lower cheeks and chin. i have been told i have very sensitive skin and my skin often looks very red and blotchy. Would you say my acne is hormonal or something else ? Do you think hemp seed oil or jojoba oil would work for me ? My acne around my cheeks and chin aren’t really whiteheads or blackheads, it’s more these like sore red bumps, i occasionally get a whitehead somewhere on my forehead. If i use hemp seed oil or jojoba oil how often should i use it to wash my face ? and if using would i need to apply a moisturizer afterwards ? and i’m also really lost on what kind of exfoliater to use. I’m currently using an enzyme exfoliater by Nimue.
    Thank you so much for your time

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    • Fran January 5, 2014, 2:51 pm

      Hi Tara, I’m sorry that you had to stop professional skating.

      I don’t work with brands so I don’t know anything about your product. My suggestion is for you to look online for reviews.

      Your red and blotchy skin could be coming from an internal issue. It could be diet or hormonal related. I can’t tell you what the root cause of your acne is however without having a discussion with you.

      For a detailed description on how to use jojoba and hemp seed oils, go to the blog section in this site. There is an article on exactly how to use them. There is also an article on exfoliation and the best ways to do that.

      If you can, book in an appointment and we can formulate the best treatment plan for you and I can answer all of your questions in the call.

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  • sandy January 4, 2014, 11:02 pm

    I have an comedonal acne, what is slowly healing, soon i start with the liver flushing. I also use hemp seed oil and it has helped a lot. But is it necessary to visit the cosmetologists and do an mechanical cleaning(squeezing(?!)the blackheads and whiteheads) once in a month or so? Do i need it?

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    • Fran January 5, 2014, 1:29 am

      Hi Sandy, it’s much better NOT to get extractions. I personally feel that this kind of therapy makes the skin worse.

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  • ESani January 3, 2014, 8:04 pm

    Dear Fran,
    Thank you for the great information on your site. I want to start using hempseed oil, as I have severe cystic acne (hormonal..i strongly feel due to the fact that I have Mirena IUD). I wanted to ask you if this oil was ok for body massage as well. Also, i have big open pores on my cheek and scars, will this oil help those as well? How can I get hormones tested? Is this something I can buy OTC or have to have my doc do it. Few years back my dermatologist had done a test and said my testostorone levels are fine. But nothing about estrogens, etc.

    Thank you for your advice.

    Regards,
    Esha.

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    • Fran January 5, 2014, 1:24 am

      Hi ESani, yes hemp seed oil is great for body massage as well – as is jojoba oil. For the scars work with exfoliation and MSM.

      There is a link to a hormone test that you can order online from the “Balance Your Hormones” page. They will ship it out to you. It will be good to get your testosterone levels checked again with saliva.

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  • Angi December 14, 2013, 4:22 pm

    Hi Fran,

    I am pregnant right now and understand that a few breakouts are normal, I am mainly concerned with highdrating my skin and I am super excited to use the hemp seed, because I am very acne prone but with proper highdrating I am clear. Before I got pregnant I was really focused on cleaning my body and getting it healthy, so I know that these break outs can be because of stress and hormones.
    My question is not related to me, but to my mom. She is about 47 years old and grew up in Cancun Mexico where she was in the sun for ours a day with no sunblock, my point for this is that know she has big brown spots on her face that no matter what she uses they do not go away for good. I was wondering if she can also use the hemp seed oil as a cleanser??? and is she exfoliates with MSM crystals can that help reduce these spots? I know this is not really your subject on skin care but I though I would take a risk and ask. Also Does hemp seed oil help with wrinkle prevention/reduction? Can I use it under my eyes?

    Thank you so much and I am so exited to have found your web site!!!!!

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    • Fran December 14, 2013, 4:51 pm

      Hi Angi, first.. I released an acne and pregnancy ebook just yesterday!! Take a look: http://www.highonhealthstore.com/how-to-heal-from-acne-naturally-for-pregnant-nursing-mothers/

      I’m not entirely sure about the brown spots that your mom has – I grew up with a lot of sunblock in Australia and my skin is very freckly with all sorts of coloured dots and marks! For me it’s the melanin in my skin that can’t really figure out the correct pigment dosage in my skin from sun exposure. Brown spots on the skin can also be liver spots, and yes, liver spots can appear on the face too.

      If it’s a skin pigment from melanin then I don’t know of anything natural that will work. At the same time it doesn’t hurt to try MSM, it’s the “beauty mineral” so get her onto building up to taking it twice a day and after three months see what happens!!

      I use hemp seed oil under my eyes.. just make sure you don’t drag your skin in that area when applying it. Natural anti-aging comes mainly from feeling happy and loved, stress free, good nutrition and minimal direct sun exposure on the face… but using natural raw ingredients like hemp seed oil which are packed full of nutrients helps too.

      x

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    • lynsey creed March 18, 2014, 5:33 pm

      Hi, what your mom has is called melasma.. i have it also.

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  • Sara December 13, 2013, 1:09 am

    Hi Fran! Does Hemp Seed Oil need to be refrigerated?

    Thanks,
    Sara

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    • Fran December 13, 2013, 1:35 am

      Hi Sarah, it depends where you live. Here for me in the Andes it’s cold most of the time so I don’t worry about it and it hasn’t gone rancid. But if you live in a warm or hot climate definitely refrigerate it because it goes rancid very quickly. One way to get around the hassle of this if you really don’t want to get the oil from the fridge every time you cleanse, is to cleanse with jojoba oil which you can keep in any climate in your bathroom, then moisturize with the hemp seed oil. A quick trip to the kitchen after a shower is not big deal 🙂

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  • Ariana December 11, 2013, 7:02 am

    Hi Fran..I looked on your contact information and there wasn’t a direct email, which i assume is because you get so many every day, but I just need someone to tell all this to because I need help. Around four months ago I stopped using antibiotics for my acne, and around two months ago I started cleansing with jojoba oil and my skin has basically declined ever since. I have a bad habit of picking and touching my face, which contributes, and stress contributes, but honestly, I can’t eliminate all stress from my life, that’s impossible. I don’t know what to do, my parents want me to go back on antibiotics so I stop being stressed about it, but I was always having stomach aches on them. Do you have any ideas? It’s gotten really bad. Thank you so much

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    • Fran December 11, 2013, 2:17 pm

      Hi Ariana 🙂

      Your acne could a result of just your stress and skin picking, but it could be internal as well. Antibiotics put stress on the liver so that may actually have contributed.

      I know what you mean about the stress. I had a minor freak out last night about a changing visa situation in Peru and I woke up this morning thinking… wow I do have a strong flight or fight reaction don’t I!! And some of us are just like that 🙂

      Taking daily probiotics (top shelf) will help with the stomach problems on the antibiotics, but it is better if you fix the actual reason why you’re getting the acne – the antibiotics are just a bandaid solution.

      It would be great if you could book in an appointment with me, and remember I don’t turn anyone away if you can’t afford it x

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      • Ariana December 11, 2013, 8:42 pm

        I don’t have a working webcam right now, although an appointment would be wonderful. I just don’t know what to do, because antibiotics and a certain skincare regimen have been the only things that ever worked in the past..I got tired of my stomach being messed up, and I want to be patient with an all natural regiment, it’s just really hard not be freaked out when i’m not seeing a lot of improvement at all.

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        • Fran December 11, 2013, 10:51 pm

          Oh don’t worry about a webcam Ariana, I only ever turn it on if the other person wants to.. the connection is actually a lot better without it so I prefer voice only.

          Freaking out is completely normal, I haven’t met a woman that isn’t at least a little bit freaked out and stressed about their skin.

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  • Santerra HOller November 24, 2013, 7:48 am

    Love your site, Fran! I have been using the OCM for close to a month now and have had mediocre success. My skin reacted pretty poorly at first, but it’s reasonably mellowed out since. It’s still not great though. In fact, it’s worse than when I was using products. But I have so much faith in the natural way and I really want it to work for me! Currently I use the OCM each night comprised of about 60% castor oil and about 40% avocado oil. I then follow that up with a ACV/water toner and then I put some hemp seed oil on as a night moisturizer. Would you suggest replacing the avocado oil with hemp seed oil (I have very sensitive skin, so I don’t know that jojoba oil would be best for me)? See this routine out for awhile longer? Or something totally different? Thank you so much for your help and your great website and vlogs!

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    • Fran November 24, 2013, 3:31 pm

      Hi Santerra, I’m glad you love the site, that made my day today, thank you!

      For me the OCM is too aggressive for my skin which is why I don’t do it. Perhaps you could try for a while being more gentle with your skin and using my methods – which is skipping the castor oil and just using one oil as a simple cleanser. Give that a week and see how your skin responds to it. Avocado and jojoba oils are good, they both have a comedogenic rating of 2. But I prefer hemp seed oil because of it’s 0 rating.

      I hope this helps!

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      • Santerra Holler November 24, 2013, 6:49 pm

        Thank you so much for your response! Is it the steaming that makes it too aggressive? Would you suggest using the hemp oil in the same way I use the OCM (minus the castor oil), i.e rub it in and steam it off? I’m a fairly new user of hemp oil, but I’m hooked. I put it in my smoothies everyday and use it at night as a moisturizer. I’m not sure if it’s the hemp oil or the OCM or a combination of both, but even though my acne isn’t any better, I’m far less oily, which I totally love.

        I’m so impressed with your site. I’ve already told two friends about it and they love it too!

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        • Fran November 25, 2013, 7:58 pm

          For me personally it’s the whole thing, the excessive massaging, the steaming.. Play around with doing different things to find out what feels best for your skin. I’d skin the castor oil and then see how you go with trying your routine without it.

          Thank you so much for passing on the URL, I appreciate that a lot!! x

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          • Santerra Holler November 27, 2013, 1:40 am

            Thank you again! I’ve been reading so much about this and it all seems to say that castor oil is a must (with some substitutions like grapeseed oil). I was thinking of using hemp oil in place of the avocado oil, but continuing with the castor. Straight hemp oil is foreign to me, but I’ll give it a try! This is all so overwhelming 🙁 I use Dr. Bronner’s in the shower though. Hopefully that won’t counteract anything? I’ll be scheduling a consultation with you during my winter break. Can’t wait!

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  • Bonnie November 10, 2013, 10:48 pm

    I have been having a problem with the wash cloths that I use when using with hemp oil not coming clean in the laundry. Anything I clean them with also smells of oil. I have tried using bleach and extra soap do you or anyone else have suggestions?

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    • Fran November 24, 2013, 3:26 pm

      Hi Bonnie, you just made me go and smell mine to check! haha!! Actually I don’t know because mine don’t smell of oil. I just machine wash mine in cold water (my machine doesn’t do hot water) with natural detergent and sometimes a little tea tree oil, then I hang it out in the sun….

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  • Kelly October 11, 2013, 12:30 am

    Hi Fran! I keep getting cystic-like bumps on my forehead and I can’t get them to stop coming back! I use natural products with neem oil in them, so I don’t think it is my products. I just recently started taking vitex, burdock, and estroblock and still haven’t noticed any improvements. Would you recommend the hemp seed oil or jojoba oil for deep forehead acne? I know it says on here that the hemp seed oil is good for white and blackheads, but what about the deep acne?

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    • Fran October 11, 2013, 12:40 am

      Hi Kelly, gentle products like hemp seed and jojoba oils are really just allowing our skin to heal without making the problem worse. To heal your actual acne you will need to work from the inside out – you want to stop those whiteheads and blackheads from forming. Book in a consultation and we can have a chat about exactly what’s going on – I don’t know until I’ve had a good chat with you.

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  • Maria October 5, 2013, 11:30 am

    Thank you so much for all your great advice – I absolutely love your new website! I have been using african black soap as a cleanser for some time now, but it dries out my skin a bit, so I have been looking for a moisturizer that won’t break me out. I am terrified of using oils, but today I tried the hemp seed oil for the first time – really hope it works for me! I used the african black soap first and then the hemp seed oil as a second cleanser. My skin feels really soft and hydrated. Do you think it is okay to use both of them as a cleanser at the same time? I don’t want to use the oil without washing it off like a cleanser, if you know what I mean.

    Looking forward to hear from you! You are absolutely beautiful!

    P.s: When can we see the new recording from your webinar? (Sorry about my English, it’s not my first language)

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    • Fran October 5, 2013, 2:22 pm

      Hi Maria, I don’t know much about African Black Soap apart from that many people with acne love it. If your skin is feeling good using both, then keep doing that 🙂

      I haven’t made the new recording of the webinar yet.. hopefully very, very soon. Thank you for the reminder!

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      • Maria October 7, 2013, 1:07 pm

        Thank you for responding so quickly! I’ll try to use both of them twice a day and see what happens. Are you using the hemp seed oil twice a day? I was also wondering about your opinion about dermatologists/aestheticians popping pimples professionally for you? Would you say that it is best to just leave the skin all alone, or is it okay to pop pimples professionally during spa facials? I read the “stop picking on me” a while back ago, and I must say it kinda freaked me out a bit.

        Thanks you once again for all your help! <3

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        • Fran October 7, 2013, 3:10 pm

          Hi Maria, where I’m living now the climate is extremely dry and cold a lot so if I shower too much my skin gets excessively dry. So I only shower and therefore only wash my face with hemp seed oil once every 4 days or so.

          I don’t believe at all in the practice of popping pimples, I feel that it’s just “seeding the blood” and spreading the bacteria, and therefore potentially making the problem worse.

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          • Maria October 10, 2013, 7:45 pm

            I see! I sorry for asking so many questions, but what do you do the other 3 days? Caveman? After using the hemp seed oil for 6 days I have not developed any new acne which is really good, but I am experiencing that all my clogged pores comes to a head. I guess this is a normal reaction? Small clogged pores looks better than these pus-filled ones, but it’s probably best to just get it all out.

            I’ll probably book in an appointment soon 🙂 Thank you for taking time to answer all of my questions!

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          • Fran October 10, 2013, 10:29 pm

            Hi Maria, I can’t reply any more times to your thread so I’m replying to my own now. I don’t believe in the caveman method, unless that means not washing at all!! I just don’t wash in between – keep in mind though that it’s a cold and VERY dry climate here.

            That’s great about the hemp seed oil, it seems as though it is working beautifully for you 🙂 Once all of those clogged pores are out and you fix your internal problem (why so much sebum was producing in the first place) then your skin will be clear and will likely remain that way.

            I look forward to finally meeting you in a consultation!

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  • David Travis October 4, 2013, 5:16 am

    Fran,

    I am a guy and it seems that your website is pretty much geared toward woman but guys have just as much skin problems as woman. I have purchased your hempseed oil, I did not know you could ingest it. It comes in the mail and it takes a couple of weeks to get to the US does this make it go rancid as it says to always refrigerate it on the bottle? If you are to take it internally what is the recommended does, I do not see that on the bottle. One last question. You mention you should exfoliate 2-3 times a week but I cannot find in your blog where you mention how you do this. I like the hempseed oil and think it is going to turn things around for me but I need to know how you recommend exfoliating.

    Thanks- David Travis

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    • Fran October 4, 2013, 3:41 pm

      Hi David, yes it is a site for women 🙂 Men’s and women’s hormonal systems are very different which is why I wanted to create something specifically for women, later down the track I’ll also be creating a site specifically for men! (let me know if you have any ideas on what to call it 😉 ..). Having said that, of course you and other men are welcome here, the only place you can’t “join” is the women’s support group.

      The shipment of the hemp seed oil won’t make it go rancid, it’s fine. Just use as much internally as you like! I just put a tablespoon or so in my smoothie or dribble it over my salads.

      I’m going to write a blog post about how to best cleanse and exfoliate because this question comes up a lot. Keep an eye out for that blog post coming very soon!

      Fran x

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      • David Travis October 5, 2013, 6:33 am

        Fran,

        Thank you for responding. I love you website and it has really opened my eyes on how to deal with my acne. I am 59 and still getting blackheads, pimples etc I thought by the time I reached this age I would not have to deal with this problem. I never had teenage acne but have been dealing with adult acne since I was in my twenties. I have tried everything and your approach has given me new hope. I will be trying the liver cleanse soon and I will let you know from a man’s perspective how it works. I do believe you are what you eat and God knows we do not always eat healthy. The Liver cleanse just makes perfect sense and I am hoping it is the thing that takes me to the next step in clearing my acne.

        Yes you definitely need to approach the men’s side of acne as it effects men in the same way it effects woman. I am so happy that you are one of those type of people that likes to help others and I am so happy I stumbled on to your website. I will think about what you could call the website for men and send you my ideas. Men need to know there is a natural approach to curing their acne as well.

        Thanks for being you, giving is the best gift there is!!! David Travis

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  • Bonnie October 1, 2013, 11:24 pm

    Hi! I was using honey as a cleanser I gave it over a month but my skin broke out in small acne in areas that I normally am clear like my forehead so recently I switched to using bentonite clay some of the small acne has cleared but still am not convinced it’s the right cleanser for me. I recently found your site and have started to experiment with hemp oil in small areas of my face and it seemed like it just sat on top of my skin and didn’t sink in. I had read somewhere that the oil should sink in well if it’s right for your skin type. But I have very broken out skin so it seems like hemp oil would be better for it. Do you think I should try jojoba oil instead? I have been working on my diet, liver and using a dim supplement for a while already and it seems like I am doing everything right but still have very angry acne. Would love to hear what you think thanks for your help!

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    • Fran October 2, 2013, 3:12 pm

      Hi Bonnie, give it some time, it won’t sink in “immediately”. Perhaps try using a bit less.

      I can’t say what is going on with your skin without getting a complete history from you. If you’d like us to chat book in an appointment and we’ll have a skype call 🙂 x

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      • Bonnie October 2, 2013, 7:09 pm

        Hi,
        Thanks for the reply. I am hardly using any oil like less than a drop and it still doesn’t seem to sink in even after a few hours. That’s why I was wondering if jojoba oil would be better to try. I guess I could just try it huh…Not having to have the jojoba oil in the fridge is a huge plus! Anyways, I will think about a skype call I am currently seeing a naturopath doctor and we are trying to figure things out but I think I may need one of those hormone tests! I have only been taking the dim supplement for about 3 weeks and I increased the dose to twice a day about 2 weeks ago so I still need to give that time too. Thanks again for all your help with this website I love it!

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        • Bonnie November 5, 2013, 2:09 am

          So I started using the hemp oil more using it to cleanse and moisture everyday. Besides the hemp oil all I have been using on my skin is Lily Lolo mineral makeup. I have been using the hemp oil for over a month now and my skin is covered in clogged pores since starting using it. I’ve never had much clogged pores before starting with honey which made my forehead have clogged pores and then when I switched to the hemp oil that has helped the forehead clogged pores but now I have tons of clogged pores everywhere else on my face and neck. Should I stick with the hemp oil or try the jojoba oil?

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          • Fran November 5, 2013, 2:13 am

            Hi Bonnie, please look into internal issues, it would be extremely difficult to get clogged pores from hemp oil and impossible to get clogged pores from honey. Book in a consultation and we can talk about the internal issues as to why you’re getting that clogged skin.

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  • Veronica October 1, 2013, 8:52 pm

    Hello Fran, love your site.
    I don’t have acne such as white heads and black heads, I have pimples that usually lie deep underneath my skin. My skin usually looks clear but sometimes it purges those pimples like right now as I have just started taking MSM. I also wear makeup every day. Which oil would be best for me? Hemp or jojoba? Also would my makeup get removed if I don’t use a wash cloth while using an oil?

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    • Fran October 2, 2013, 3:10 pm

      Hi Veronica, if you’re getting a breakout from MSM try taking a smaller dose and then building up, it may be detoxing you too quickly.

      If you have a lot of clogged pores then hemp seed oil is definitely the best one to use for now. Try washing with it twice to remove your makeup. If that doesn’t work then consider getting your hands on a wash cloth.

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  • Lynn September 28, 2013, 12:31 pm

    Oh my gosh!!!! Thank you for your information regarding hemp oil !!!! My face is finally clearing!!! I cannot thank you enough! Now that my skin is healthy and healthy looking again, any advice on what to do about acne scars/discoloration ? There are parts of my face that seem to not match the new healthy skin, due to the scars from acne and yes, my picking…grrrr! Any advice would be great! I am so grateful to you and your honest, yet simple information!

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    • Fran September 28, 2013, 3:20 pm

      Hi Lynn, good news is, those discolouration scars will go away with time. You can speed up the process by exfoliating regularly, and consider taking msm as a supplement. Also use a little natural mineral makeup foundation as a concealer over your discoloured scars. If you don’t see them then you won’t stress about them then you’re less likely to pick!

      Thank you so much for your compliments, it makes me so happy today to hear that I was able to help you, AND that you were able to get that solution naturally!! 🙂 !!

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  • Emma September 27, 2013, 11:48 pm

    Hi Fran. I just started using hemp seed oil and I was wondering do you wet your face before you use it or do you just wash with it on dry skin? Also, I normally would use Thayers witch hazel rose water toner with some tea tree oil added to it and I’m wondering if toning is even necessary as you’ve never mentioned using a toner.

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    • Fran September 28, 2013, 3:24 pm

      Hi Emma, yes I always wet my face first – I use it in exactly the same way as any other “normal” cleanser. Toning has always been a mystery to me, I’m sure there is some reason for it but I’ve never found any use for it or any great improvement in my skin when I’m done it. My theory has always been the more simple the routine, the better!

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  • Indygirl September 21, 2013, 3:07 pm

    Do you recommend sunscreen?

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    • Fran September 23, 2013, 7:41 pm

      Hi Indygirl, no I don’t. I’m a red head from Australia so I know a lot about the sun and sun burn!! I am yet to find a sunscreen that does not contain toxins or comedogenic ingredients so I wear a hat 🙂 And I’ve trained my skin to tan more and burn less (yes this does work!). I do have some emergency sunscreen just in case I’m going to be out in the direct sun for the entire day, but I use it probably once or twice a year.

      Funnily, there is a growing problem with Vitamin D deficiency.. the sun is actually great for us.

      At the same time, try not to get burnt, sunburn does dry the skin out big time which can contribute to skin that looks better in the short term but then has a break out a couple of days later. Also if you find any suspicious looking moles or skin spots, please go and get it checked.

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      • dragonfly November 7, 2014, 1:18 pm

        Hi, I would love an article on training your skin to tan not burn. I’ve kind of done this by default, I think, but I’d love a little more information. I am of mixed ethnicity and live in the tropics but my mother is a redhead and I’ve got lightish skin, light eyes and tons of freckles. Whenever I go to get my eyebrows waxed, the esthetician is constantly harassing me to get regular facials with extractions and use a cream mosturiser with sunscreen. Although I haven’t used a regular cream mosturiser for years, as I get older I wonder if I should be using sunscreen. What do you think of the argument that having oil on the skin amplifies the impact of the suns rays on the skin essentially ‘frying’ the cells? I actually caved in a month ago and got a facial – which was hell – and started using an expensive all natural, eco-friendly cream and my skin is now worse than ever so I’m kicking myself and floating around the internet looking for a little back up to return to my old ways with some improvements. Thank you for your site, first place I’ve seen talk about using hemp oil which is really interesting and for the links to the saliva panels, I had done loads of research on the John Lee site years ago but had a bad reaction to IC3 so scaled back to a gentler more general approach to hormones but it would be great to get tested as things are certainly not completely under control. I also like the detail with which you explain why extractions are always, always a bad idea… this has certainly been my experience (kicks self again!). Look forward to hearing more about your approach to sun protection in hot, tropical climates 🙂

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  • Vicky September 18, 2013, 10:09 pm

    What do you think of using a combination of jojoba oil and manuka honey. The love vitamin recommend that mixture. With also a couple drops of tea tree oil.

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    • Fran September 20, 2013, 3:14 pm

      Hi Vicky, great routine! 🙂 The manuka honey is not necessary unless you have broken skin that needs healing. Honey is non-occlusive meaning that it forms a beautiful protective barrier on the skin but doesn’t actually penetrate into the skin. Therefore medicinal honeys are awesome at healing wounds (like popped or broken acne), but you won’t notice much difference in using it in a cleanser. Manuka honey can be super expensive too so my suggestion to you if you still want to use honey is to get your hands on a cheaper one. Buy it from a health store or a farmers market because usually they source ethical honeys.

      Tea tree oil is great too, it’s naturally anti-bacterial. If you find that it’s too harsh on your skin, then you can switch to something lighter like lavender oil.

      I hope this helps!

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  • Louisa September 17, 2013, 2:22 pm

    Hi Fran,

    Is it ok to use oil to cleanse skin everyday for dehydrated skin as opposed to dry skin? Also, I have started not washing my face in the morning but getting some zits. Do you recommend using washcloth with water every morning to cleanse my face?

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    • Fran September 17, 2013, 11:37 pm

      Hi Louisa,

      Absolutely! And if your skin is dehydrated, drink plenty of water and eat plenty of good fats. I only wash my skin once every four days, and my skin loves it (it’s very dry and mostly cold here in the Andes in Peru so washing more dries out my skin too aggressively). How much you wash your face does not have anything to do with your acne, so you don’t need to wash in the morning. In fact, I recommend AGAINST using just water because it’s very drying to the skin.

      I hope this helps…. Fran x

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      • Louisa September 18, 2013, 1:07 am

        Dear Fran,

        Thanks for your reply. Just two more questions:
        (1) do you recommend wiping the oil off with a washcloth?
        (2) Do you recommend using honey mask every night to combat my dehydrated skin?

        Thanks,
        Louisa

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        • Fran September 18, 2013, 1:17 am

          Hi Louisa, I just rinse with water, I like it that some of the oil stays on my skin! I only use a wash cloth if I’m exfoliating, and then I usually apply a little hemp seed oil again after (as if to cleanse again) to keep my skin moisturised.

          If you want to do that mask, go for it, it’ll only be great for your skin. Just please use ethical honey only because you’ll be going through a lot of honey.

          Most importantly, there are no rules in this! Do whatever makes your skin feel great.

          Fran x

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  • Kristen September 12, 2013, 4:29 pm

    Hi Fran. I love your new site! Its layout and the way you explain things is very easy to understand and so helpful. I haven’t tried hemp oil on my skin yet. At the health food store, it is kept in the refrigerator. Is this the kind I want to use on my skin, and if so, should I let it sit out first so it is not too cold? Or is there a difference between hemp seed oil and hemp oil? Also, do you recommend ingesting it as well? I did watch your video on the subject. Thank you for all the information! x

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    • Fran September 12, 2013, 4:33 pm

      Hi Kristen, the best hemp seed oils are kept in the refrigerator like that to prevent them from going rancid. If it’s too cold for you, sure, leave it out to room temperature.

      “Hemp Oil” is usually “Cannabis Oil” which is the illegal one in most countries because it contains the component that gets you high.

      I absolutely recommend ingesting hemp seed oil, it’s very healthy for you.

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  • Ashlynn September 9, 2013, 8:16 pm

    Hi! What do you think of cleansing with honey and using it as a mask? I have just been using honey and aloe vera on my face for a couple weeks now. I am a bit nervous to add in more to my skin care or to change it what do you think?

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    • Fran September 9, 2013, 8:53 pm

      Hi Ashlynn, I used to use honey as a cleanser! It’s awesome if you have badly damaged skin that needs to be healed. It’s the most gentle cleanser you can use.

      Using it as a mask is good too, although keep in mind that honey is non-occlusive, meaning it cannot penetrate into your pores. So while it will make your skin feel better on the outside, those lovely nutrients in honey are not able to actually get into the deeper layers of your skin.

      Aloe Vera, especially fresh from the leaf is super awesome too 🙂

      If this is all you want to use in your skin care routine, I think that’s perfect. The more simple and the more gentle we are with the skin, the better! (although water only is not great – it’s actually very drying to the skin)

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      • Ashlynn September 10, 2013, 1:17 am

        Thanks for the reply. I would eventually like to try the hemp oil. Thanks for your help with your website, I love the idea of using natural things on my skin and healing acne naturally! I hope to eventually have clear skin!

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  • Michaela September 9, 2013, 6:21 pm

    Or Tamanu oil (calophyllum inophyllum); I’ve heard it’s an amazing oil, but I don’t know if it’s pore clogging. . .

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    • Fran September 9, 2013, 6:27 pm

      Tamanu oil has a comedogenic rating of 2 which puts it in the safe range! However, I still prefer hemp seed because its rating is 0.

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      • Michaela September 9, 2013, 11:46 pm

        Thanks bunches:)

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  • Michaela September 9, 2013, 6:17 pm

    What about lavender oil? What’s the comedogenic rating for that?

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    • Fran September 9, 2013, 6:26 pm

      I don’t know about essential oils Michaela, I’ve only ever used such a small amount that it hasn’t seemed worth worrying about it! Having said that, I use neet lavender oil a whole bunch now to get rid of the itch from mosquito bites and I have never broken out from it.

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      • Kelly June 17, 2014, 7:57 pm

        Hello Fran. Thank you for this amazing post. I first found your post on natural news website regarding hemp oil. As of today I have stopped using coconut oil. I was using it for a month and my skin has tiny small clogged pores. I have just ordered hemp oil today and I will be starting the cleansing method once I received it. My question is about exfoliation – can you recommend what I can exfoliating with. Can you use oils or does it have to be a certain type. I have had this mild acne issue since 20 now (29) I got pregnant last year and all through my pregnancy up until April this year my skin was so clear more than it has ever been . Now I’m back to sq one and I don’t feel confident – esp in the day light. Thanks in advance. God bless x

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        • maura November 7, 2014, 2:00 pm

          How about almond oil as a cleanser? I have rosacea which plays up on and off. Can control using tetraclycline, but don’t want to use pills all the time. Help!…

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