When you look in the mirror and see a shiny, oily face staring back, the last thing you probably want to use is more oil. Women are willing to spend countless dollars to rid themselves of oily skin with mattifying makeup and moisturizers, strong astringents, drying skincare, and blotting cloths. Can you blame them? Oily skin not only melts makeup and creates shine (women want their personalities to shine, not their noses), but it also raises the fear of clogged pores and breakouts.
Intuition may say that using a face oil would be a big no-no for those with oily skin, but science suggests otherwise. Though it seems counter-intuitive, using a face oil can actually regulate and balance your skin’s natural oils, and even help remove clogged pores.
It works like this: our skin needs oil to be healthy. To provide this oil, our skin has thousands of oil-producing sebaceous glands – most of which are found in the face. When those sebaceous glands are hyperactive, we get oily skin. But there’s a catch. Using harsh chemicals and skincare products to control that excessive oil can actually dry out the skin and strip it of natural oils. The sebaceous glands then go into overdrive and produce even more oil to combat the dryness. This means extra oiliness, the exact opposite of the desired outcome.
Remember that oil is not necessarily the enemy. The goal is to have healthy, well-balanced oil production. Using an appropriate, lightweight face oil to clean and/or hydrate the facial skin allows those sebaceous glands to calm down; they no longer need to produce lavish amounts of oil. As an added bonus, the use of a face oil can aid in the prevention and removal of black heads, a great benefit to those with acne-prone skin.
If you deal with oily skin and are interested in trying a face oil, remember these three important factors when choosing:
- Choose a non or low comedogenic oil - Some oils are lower on the comedogenic scale than others, meaning they are less likely to clog pores. Argan oil and Sea Buckthorn Seed oil are both good. Coconut oil is high, making it an oil to stay away from if you have oily or acne-prone skin.
Choose an oil high in linoleic acid - Linoleic acid is an Omega-6 fatty acid, and it’s great for those with oily skin. People with low amounts of linoleic acid tend to suffer from acne, so using it daily can help keep skin clear. Passion Fruit Seed oil is a great option.
Choose an all-natural 100% oil - Just as it is important to ensure the quality of ingredients going in your body, it is important to ensure the quality of ingredients going on your body. Make sure your face oil is 100% pure and not adulterated with other chemicals.
The misconception that oil is bad for oily skin is understandable, but luckily isn’t true. Skin with healthy, balanced oil-production is the skin you’ll be excited to look at in the mirror.