Oily skin affects most of the human population, and it is not pleasant. There are three main factors that cause our skin to be oily (mine included): Genetics, hormone levels, and the weather. These factors cause our sebaceous glands to be overactive and produce more oil, yikes!
In recent years, the skincare industry has exploded with face oils that have been marketed to be good for ALL skin types. But are they really? We’ve all been told at one point that we need to steer clear from oil on our skin, opting us to buy face washes, face masks, scrubs, all that claim to leave our skin as matte as possible. So why should we use face oils….to combat oily skin? Believe it or not, its true.
But before you go and buy the first beauty oil you find, take into consideration which oils are best for oily skin types:
Some oils, particularly plant oils, are the best for oily, acne-prone skin. Our favorite is Jojoba oil. Actually a liquid wax, jojoba oil is very similar to the skin’s own sebum. For this reason, it helps balance oil production in those with oily skin by “tricking” the skin to produce less oil. It’s also packed with antioxidants and fatty acids to protect and moisturize skin.
Another smart choice is Grapeseed oil, because it is so light and absorbs so quickly, you won’t feel like a grease chicken after applying it. It is also filled with antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties, which can help with cystic acne.
Here are some tips for the oily people who want to start using a face oil
- Don’t apply too often (once a day, particularly at night is best.)
- Don’t forget to apply after exfoliation, when your skin is more absorbent to moisturizing products.
- Consider ingredients (Jojoba & Grapeseed are nice options for oily gals, while Coconut, Sesame, and Shea Butter oil are not.)
Bottom line: Don’t be afraid to add a face oil to your skin care regimen, it can actually work wonders, even to oily skin.
– Karina, RDmanagement