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Oils for acne sufferers

Feb 27, 2017 by Sora

Have you ever picked up a facial oil blend but put it back on the shelf because you thought an oil-based product would not benefit your skin type? Are you still looking for an oil-free facial serum due to your acne breakouts? Do you agree with the "oil dissolves oil" philosophy but are still concerned about whether or not oil clogs your pores?

I have oily and acne-prone skin, but I want to use a natural oil for skincare. Can you recommend which oils I should use?

I’m 35 and still have a tendency to breakout when the seasons change, during which time my skin feels dry. On my friends' recommendations, I tried Rosehip facial oil. But, whenever I tried the oil serum, I experienced huge breakouts. Should I go back to an oil-free serum? And what are the benefits of using facial oils?

 During the summer season, thanks to the hot weather, we don’t need to be concerned about the dryness of our skin. But, when the weather feels like autumn has suddenly come, it is often a different story. Today, let’s talk about oils - I mean carrier oils - in detail that are highly effective for your skincare even though you have an acne-prone skin type.

Why are oils so important for skincare?

You have probably heard about the skincare benefits of oils if you’re interested in organic skincare. Also, you might have noticed that there are more facial oil blends and/or oil serum products sitting on the cosmetic shelves these days. Why are oils becoming so popular in skincare? Because they are organic and don’t have any nasty ingredients such as toxic preservatives or PEG solubilisers?

 According to a dermatologist David Colbert, the founder of Colbert M.D. Skincare explains how they benefit the skin.

  • Free-Radical Protection: Many botanical oils are potent antioxidants. In the morning, massage a few drops onto clean skin, wait two minutes, and apply sunscreen or foundation as usual.
  • Improved Skin Tolerance: Oils can prevent the irritation caused by some anti-aging ingredients. Some of oils decrease inflammation. A few drops will be enough to cover your face and calm the skin.
  • Plumping Skin: In your late 30s, wrinkles suddenly look deeper because the skin's natural oils decrease, the moisture barrier breaks down, and the skin dries out. Most creams contain a little oil, but not enough to make a big difference in water loss. Because oils are lipophilic, or fat loving, they pass through the lipid layer of the skin faster, preventing water loss and plumping skin with moisture more effectively.
  • Better Absorption: If you apply an oil before your anti-aging cream, the oil molecules behave like tiny Trojan horses, tricking the skin into letting active ingredients - like retinol, glycolic acid, and vitamin C - deeper into the skin and closer to the collagen-producing fibroblasts, all without irritating the surface.

2 Non-comedogenicity (comedogenicity rate = 0 out of 5) carrier oils

 Despite all the benefits shown above, do you still hesitate to include oils in your skincare routine because of acne? If so, use ‘non-comedogenicity’ oils which don’t clog pores and feel light on your skin while still providing it with abundant benefits.

  • Argan oil: It absorbs rapidly and doesn’t leave excess oil. Argan oil has been proven to lessen sebum levels in people with oily skin. Where many oils and moisturizers can worsen skin conditions such as acne, argan oil actually soothes bothered skin and promotes healing. Since argan oil is non-greasy, it helps to balance skin by providing natural moisture. High linoleic acid content in argan oil helps reduce inflammation caused by acne while helping restore damaged skin cells. It’s particularly gentle on individuals with sensitive skin conditions like rosacea, psoriasis and eczema.
  • Hemp seed oil: Not only is hemp seed oil an excellent moisturiser for acne prone skin, but it can also be used to treat acne. It is very moisturising for your skin. It’s anti-inflammatory properties reduce redness, irritation, and promotes healing for your skin. It’s antioxidant properties help with protecting skin from free radical damage.

For further information of comedogenicity scales of cosmetic raw ingredients, please refer to the following link.


I hope you’ve been convinced to have carrier oils in your daily skincare routine while you’re reading this post as OIL WORKS! When you shop to buy a facial oil serum or blend, please check the tiny ingredient list rather than what the company advertises so loudly. Don’t be afraid to use oils and have fresh, glowing and dewy skin! :D 

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