How to make your own grapeseed oil cleanser for acne prone skin

How to make your own grapeseed oil cleanser for acne prone skin

Oil cleansing is a method used by many women all over the globe to deep cleanse their facial skin. Several oil cleansers are available in the market and zillions of articles out there to help you make one for yourself. In this post, I’ll share how to make your own grapeseed oil cleanser that will benefit your acne breakouts and acne marks.

What is Oil Cleansing?

Oil cleansing is based on the principle “Like dissolves Like”. Water dissolves water; oil dissolves oil. By that governing principle, the oil collected on your face after a day of sweating, secreting, and unknowingly smearing food on your upper lip can be best dissolved by another oil.

How does an oil cleanser help acne-prone skin?

When the right oils are used in oil cleansing, it can bring a tremendous difference to your skin. First, let us see what makes our skin breakout. The main reasons are

  1. Stale (Oxidized) sebum buildup
  2. Sleeping with makeup
  3. Clogged pores
  4. Improper diet
  5. Hormonal change

The acne caused by the first 3 reasons mentioned above can easily be avoided with the oil cleansing method.

  1. Since like dissolves like, the oxidized sebum can easily be lifted above our skin cells.
  2. Even after using your expensive makeup wipes, there will be some traces of oil-soluble makeup. Oil cleansing helps in removes that oil-soluble makeup.
  3. Our skin is exposed to dirt and grime 24/7. If your skin is oily, then the chances of having clogged pores are high. Using an oil cleanser meant for oily skin helps to unclog the pores.
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Thus oil cleansing helps in reducing acne breakouts.

How to make a grapeseed oil cleanser?

Acne-prone skin needs to be extra cautious while choosing oil to include in the oil cleanser. Grapeseed oil is a great choice for someone with acne-prone skin. Here is my recipe for a grapeseed oil cleanser.

Things you will need

  • Castor oil – 1/3 cup [ BUY HERE]
  • Grapeseed oil – 1/2 cup [ BUY HERE]
  • Tamanu oil – 1/4 cup [ BUY HERE] ( Optional, substitute with rosehip oil or just increase the quantity of grapeseed oil)

Mix the oils and store them in a bottle. Our Grapeseed oil cleanser is ready.

How to make your own grapeseed oil cleanser for acne prone skin


How to use this Grapeseed oil cleanser?

Take the grapeseed oil cleanser in your palm and warm it up. Gently massage the oil all over your skin. Use a soft bamboo fiber makeup pad to remove the oil and makeup residue. If you don’t wear makeup, then use a cotton pad to gently remove oil-soluble dirt and waterproof sunscreen. Dip a washcloth in warm water. Use the washcloth to remove the grapeseed oil cleanser. Follow it with your regular face wash or cleansing grain.


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How many times should I oil cleanse in a week?

If you wear waterproof makeup and sunscreen daily, then you should oil cleanse every day. If you don’t wear makeup then oil cleansing on alternate days will be good.

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Castor oil is antibacterial and acts as an astringent cleaner. It helps in reducing inflammation on the skin and at the same time dries up acne due to its astringent nature. Our grapeseed oil gets its cleansing quality from castor oil. Castor oil in the grapeseed oil cleanser helps in reducing acne marks too. However, if your skin is dry and acne-prone, I would suggest using half the amount of castor oil in your recipe, since we don’t want to strip our skin.

castor oil


Grapeseed oil is a dream for oil cleansing. It contains high levels of fatty acids like linoleic and vitamin E which help moisturize your skin and may help with acne due to its possible anti-inflammation properties. Vitamin E also helps with anti-aging as it is an antioxidant. Grapeseed oil may also help to keep your skin soft and improve elasticity. This lightweight oil helps in unclogging the pores effectively. It gets washed off easily leaving our skin smooth and fresh.

Grapeseed oil


Though I have mentioned this oil as optional, I highly recommend using this oil in your grapeseed oil cleanser recipe since it greatly helps with reducing post-acne marks and also prevents ance breakouts efficiently. In a Viva test, this humble oil has shown incredible positive effects on acne-prone skin. It reduces both active acne and also fades acne marks. Since this grapeseed oil is targeted towards active acne, tamanu oil can be used depending upon the availability.

tamanu oil


I don’t have castor oil, shall I skip it?

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NO. As said above, castor oil gives our grapeseed oil cleanser that cleansing effect. So it is not wise to skip it in your recipe.

Does grapeseed oil reduce acne?

YES. When used with the right ingredients and in the right product, it helps in reducing acne breakouts.

Does grapeseed oil clog pores?

NO. Grapeseed oil is non-comedogenic and well-tolerated even by someone with extremely oily skin. Being rich in linoleic acid, it actually helps in unclogging the pores.

Can I use Rosehip oil instead of tamanu oil?

YES. You can use rosehip oil in the place of tamanu oil if you are targeting acne marks. If your main concern is acne breakouts then rosehip oil is not needed. You can easily get away with just grapeseed oil and castor oil.

Can I use any essential oil in this recipe?

You can add 5 drops of tea tree essential oil in this recipe if you want.

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