Hi, I have been using castor oil on my face for the past two weeks having read about how good it is as a moisturiser for dry skin (and anti-ageing etc!). I put only a small amount on the face and massage it in gently. I get very dry skin but not usually any flaky or sore areas. However since using the castor oil I have been getting red blotches of very dry skin around my mouth and the upper lip has been really dry. It is also getting very sore and the only thing that seems to soothe it, bizarrely, is applying more castor oil. Everything else makes it sting or more dry. I have noticed today also that my cheeks and forehead are unusually reddish. I wondered if anyone else uses castor oil as a moisturiser and if they had problems initially (as I know it is also a cleansing and anti-bacterial oil). I am also using it on other parts of my body with no problems at all. I was using maracuja oil on my face every night before I tried the castor oil but that seemed to dry out my skin. (I have read on this forum and also elsewhere on the internet of the use of castor oil in the oil cleansing method but when I tried this - with sunflower oil - it made things worse). Any ideas or suggestions gratefully appreciated! Many thanks!