Oils for Oily Skin

Plant-based oils have been used by women around the world to keep their hair, skin, and nails healthy for centuries - dating back to Ancient Egyptian times. But if you are someone with combination or oily skin, chances are that you stay away from face oils at all costs. It is logical, these skin types are often prone to breakouts from excess sebum production so avoiding oil products is sensible. 

Contrary to the popular belief, face oils are actually all around amazing for any & all skin types - including oily skin. Since face oils are massively misunderstood and so beneficial for all skin types, let’s explore the benefits of face oil and how to navigate the world of these wondrous elixirs. 

A primer on oils and sebum production - oils are produced naturally by skin as a means of lubrication and protection. When skin has too little oil (yes, such thing exists), it will go into overproduction to compensate for the lack of sebum.

The Benefits of Facial Oil for Oily Skin

When cleansing oily and acne-prone skin, the most important is actually not to shy away from oil based products. But to keep away from detergent and soap cleansers - products with ingredients that strip the skin, leaving the skin vulnerable and disrupts skin's mantle. The temporary "clean" feeling of tightness in the skin imparted by these products lead to excess sebum production and eventually lead to acne and breakouts. 

Read more about the benefits of oil cleansing and how to choose the right oil cleanser here. 

If you’re using the correct oil for your skin, it can help replenish your natural facial oils, which can keep levels balanced and breakouts at bay. Some facial oils can even target excess oil, and help to slough away dead skin cells that might clog pores.

Using a facial oil for oily skin types creates an occlusive layer to seal in moisture, keeping it hydrated and plump. These ultra-luxe elixirs provide anti-inflammatory and antibacterial benefits, which can help reduce the redness and sensitivity of acne while diminishing post-breakout discoloration. Facial oils also provide an extra sealant of protection, and can transform skin from dull to dazzling.

As it turns out, there are benefits to moisturizing oily skin with a face oil as long as you're doing it right away and pairing it with other tips for managing excess sebum.

Choosing the right oils for your skin

As it is with choosing any skin care products, reading the labels and ingredients are is essential to finding the perfect ones for your skin. For oily, combination, or acne prone skin, look for formulas that do not contain comedogenic oils such as coconut, wheat germ, soybean, and cottonseed as they tend to clog pores.  

In Carrier Oils & Their Comedogenic Levels, we dive into the comedogenic levels of different oils to give you more insight when choosing the best oils for your skin. 

For those with dry skin, look for products with rich and nourishing oils like avocado, jojoba, and sunflower. For acne prone and oily skin that is irritated, opt for clarifying and balancing oils such as tea tree, lemongrass or calming oils such as rosemary and camellia seed. Oils rich in linoleic acid are also suitable for acne-prone skin, on the other hand, oils rich in oleic acid tend to be a bit comedogenic and are more suitable for dry skin. 

Now let’s take a look at the best oils for oily skin!

Jojoba Oil 

A lightweight & noncomedogenic this oil mimics skin's natural sebum to balance your oil production without leaving a greasy residue. It can also be beneficial for acne prone skin as its small molecular size makes it able to penetrate into deeper layer of the skin to aid in the absorption of active ingredients such as vitamin C and retinol to combat breakouts. 


A non-comedogenic, lightweight, non-greasy texture makes it perfect for replenishing skin's moisture barrier. Squalene absorbs well into the skin, leaving it plump and hydrated while simultaneously regulating sebum production. 

Argan Oil 

We have all heard great things about argan oil, whether its to repair hair and add shine or using it topically to improve skin conditions. Argan oil is rich in vitamin E and it is an anti-inflammatory for irritated skin. It is also known for its hydrating power regardless of skin type. If you have dry skin, it will help to lock in moisture. If you have oily skin, it helps to reduce oil production by keeping the skin hydrated and therefore preventing excess sebum production. 


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