Everyone's skin produces oil. Chemistry tells us that like dissolves like. So by massaging a quarter size amount of this oil on your face for 2 mins, what you are doing is dissolving away dirty oil & replenishing it with clean, nourishing oil. There are no harsh chemicals involved. No suds or alcohol. Nothing to actually strip your skin of its oil. Let it set for 5-10 mins then wipe off using a washcloth & hot water.