When we think acne, the first thing that comes to mind is not a face oil. Usually when you have very acne-prone skin, you also tend to have oily skin, so it might seem counterproductive to apply an oil to the skin. Nothing is further from the truth and today I’m going to tell you why.
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Why face oils?
First of all, why do a lot of products seem to make oily skin worse? In short, your skin contains glands called sebaceous glands, which produce sebum. Sebum is an oily substance that is present on your entire body. Our skin needs it to stay soft. However, too much sebum leads to oily skin and clogged pores, which lead to pimples and acne. A lot of over the counter skin care products aim to battle the oiliness and strip the skin of its oil (sebum). At first glance, it might give you relief to see that your face is less oily, however that doesn’t hold up long. Because your skin has been stripped of the necessary oils by these aggressive and drying ingredients, it starts to produce extra amount of sebum…This in turn makes your skin oilier, leading to more clogged pores and more breakouts.
How to choose oils
So what we definitely don’t want to do is dry out our skin. Instead oily skin, like all other skin types, need to properly moisturized. This is where face oils come in! Face oils are amazing, because they contain tons of benefits for your skin, ranging from a healthy glow, fewer wrinkles to decreasing acne (and that’s what we want!). So you should be adding a face oil to your skin care routine as soon as possible! Sebum contains linoleic acid and oleic acid and these two should stay in balance. People with acne-prone and oily skin mostly have a high amount of oleic acid and a low amount of linoleic acid, causing the breakouts and oily skin. Therefore, if you have oily skin, oils with a high amount of linoleic acid work the best for your skin and will bring back the balance. Lastly, do not use the oils in your cupboard, not all oils work well on the skin and acne-prone and oily skin is especially tricky ; )
How to use face oils
That’s enough technical talk! How do you use skin oils?
You can choose to add some drops of face oil to your moisturizer, or make a facial oils mix and use it instead of a moisturizer. Oils are also an effective and gentle way to cleanse your face of makeup and filth at the end of the day. Personally, I love the two step cleansing routine. I always start with an oil cleanser and then use a gentle ‘normal’ face wash to get rid of all impurities and makeup without drying my skin out.
Best face oils for acne-prone skin
Let’s move on to a list of the best oils for acne-prone and oily skin! Using oils from high quality sources are important and for each oil, I’ve added my recommendations for the best oils and oil containing serums and treatments.
Grape seed oil
A personal favourite of mine, grape seed oil has light texture and doesn’t leave an annoying oily film on the skin. It absorbs quickly into the skin and it minimizes large pores!
Ever since I started using this oil, I’ve been hooked. Rosehip oil is a light oil with a wide array of benefits. Not only does it reduce blemishes, it also helps with acne scarring and hyperpigmentation. Because it’s full of vitamins and antioxidants it also does a great job as an anti-aging treatment. Seriously, what’s not to love about this oil?! (Little heads up, the name suggests that it will smell of lovely roses…it doesn’t even come close, but now you’re at least prepared ; ) )
* The trilogy Rosehip oil contains extra antioxidants, which lengthen the shelf life : )
**Currently, I am trying out this Rosehip oil by the Ordinary that’s less than $10. Not sure if it’s on par with the above mentioned cult favourites yet, but you might want to check it out – it’s a lot cheaper.
Evening primrose oil
Evening primrose oil is a true powerhouse, just like rosehip oil. This oil has anti-inflammatory properties that help battle acne, scarring, but also eczema and a ton of other skin issues. If you’re skin is looking dull, this oil will revitalize it and leave you with soft and glowy skin. I love mixing evening primrose oil and rosehip oil together into a nice blend. It makes for a great base, if you’re looking to add other oils as well : )
My favourite cleansing oil! Jojoba oil is so great, because it’s similar to the sebum in our skin and therefore easily sinks into the skin and improves your pores. As a cleanser, I like to use pure jojoba oil. As a moisturizer, I like to mix it with other oils. Jojoba and evening primrose oil are a favourite ; )
Marula oil is an oil that comes from the marula tree in Africa. It’s packed with antioxidants, which make it one of the best anti-aging oils out there. It helps combat acne, but also eczema, dryness and psoriasis. It also helps with redness on the skin and keeps your skin soft and youthful. It’s a pricey oil, but (in my opinion) absolutely worth it. Bonus tip: Marula oil is also great if you are suffering from dandruff ; )
These were my favourite oils for acne-prone skin. These are obviously not all your options, but they’re definitely some of the oils out there. Let me know which one you’ve tried or you’re planning to try out now!
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