What are the best oils for acne-prone skin? In my previous post on the oils to avoid if you have acne-prone skin, I explained the oils have very different profiles and comedogenic ability. I also listed the 5 oils to avoid if you have oily and acne-prone skin. Since I don’t want to be all doom and gloom, here is a list of 5 oils that are not only suitable for acne-prone skin, also help prevent and repair the damages caused by acne. This is to help counter the persistent myth that oils should be avoided at all costs.
Why your skin needs additional oils
Although the skin already produces oils to protect and lubricate itself, if you have acne or oily skin you are probably using products that strip or remove a significant amount of oil from your skin. This, in turn, causes it to overproduce oils leading to more acne and the cycle continues. Sebum (oil) produced by the body is an important part of the acid mantle which protects the skin from environmental attacks and needs to be replenished and you can read more about it here.
Why certain oils work for acne prone skin
The main cause of acne are excess oil production, bacteria, clogged pores and hormonal imbalances. Using the right type of oil on your skin will take care of 3 of the 4 causes. This illustrates the importance of oils in managing acne as some have anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. In addition some oils are regulate sebum production which keeps acne away.
Research also suggests that acne sufferers tend to have lower levels of linoleic acid which makes sebum thicker and more likely to clog pores hence more acne.so using oils high in linoleic acid will balance sebum production and control acne.
Which oils are best for acne prone skin?
The best oils for oily and acne prone skin are oils that to balance your skin’s oil production and are low on the comedogenic scale. The best oils in this category are oils between 0-2 on the comedogenic scale. It is important to note that acne-prone skin can be dry or oily which causes a divergence in the type of oils they need, despite both being acne prone.
So for oily skin acne prone skin oils high in linoleic and low in oleic acid work best. While for dry acne prone skin a more balanced oil with similar levels of linoleic and oleic acid work well.
Here is a list of the five best oils for acne-prone skin oily or dry.
This has a comedeogenic rating of 0 and contains unsaturated fatty acids which help soften the skin. It also regulates the sebum production, which causes acne so reduces breakouts which is important for oily and acne prone skin. Argan oil also has a high levels of linoleic acid which fights free radicals and improve elasticity and cell strength of facial skin.
Hemp Seed Oil
This is another non-comedogenic oil which works well for oily acne prone skin. It has a comedogenic rating of 0 and high linoleic acid content to prevent breakouts from clogged pores. One of the challenges with hemp seed oil is the fact it goes rancid easily and must store in a dark container and kept refrigerated.
Rose hip oil
Rosehip oil has a comedogenic rating of 1 making a great oil for acne prone skin. In addition its rich vitamin A and natural retinol content make it useful in regenerating skin, removing dead skin cells and regulating sebum production.
In addition to having a comedogenic rating of 1 Calendula oil is also antiseptic, antimicrobial with anti-inflammatory properties which work wonders on your skin .it has also been shown to speed up the healing process of blemishes and acne scars.
Sea Buckhorn oil
Is made from orange berries found on coastlines throughout Europe and Asia and has a comedogenic rating of 1. Like the others on this list, Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil regulates sebum production which is a major cause of acne. In addition to controlling sebum production, it has a large amount of Vitamin A which also contributes. It contains a perfect ratio of linoleic acid and alpha-linolenic acids which moisturize and regenerate cells.
Jojoba Oil is another oil that is actually more rich in oleic than linoleic acid but is still balanced enough to use on acne-prone skin. This is because, much like camellia seed oil, jojoba’s molecular composition is close to that of sebum making it readily absorbed into the skin. Jojoba oil also has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which work to keep acne at bay while also soothing any existing spots.
Tamanu oil is extracted from the seed of a fruit from the tamanu tree which is indigenous to Southeast Asia. This oil has a similar ratio of oleic and linoleic acid, antibacterial and antimicrobial making it a great balance for acne-prone skin. This provides regenerative properties making it perfect to treat for acne prone skin as well as reduce scars and pigmentation.
Baobab oil is processed from the seed of the Adansonia tree. it nourishes and improves skin elasticity and soothes dry skin. Baobab oil has exceptional quantities of Omega 6 and 9, and vitamins which help with moisture retention and rejuvenate the skin which makes it great for healing acne scar. Its high linoleic acid profile makes it a good choice for oily acne prone skin.
I hope this has shown that in spite of their bad reputation some oil beneficial to acne prone skin and help in controlling the underlying factors which lead to acne giving you blemish free skin.
Do you use any of these oils? what has been your best or worst experience and which is the clear winner for you