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The 3 Best Oils for Oily Skin

Debunking common myths about facial oils and choosing the best oil for skin that’s oily

Written by: 100% PURE ®

If shaving really makes the hair grow back thicker and darker, let’s just say most razor companies would be out of biz. While many common beauty myths have been dispelled, some continue to linger like a bad perfume that can ward anybody off. Take facial oils and claims that putting oil on your face will make it oilier and more prone to breakouts – is this myth or fact?

Contrary to many beliefs, facial oil is one of the best treatments for any skin type – including oily skin! Although it seems counterproductive, using an oil can replenish your skin’s natural oils, which can keep oil levels balanced and breakouts at bay.

We’re here to debunk some common myths about facial oils, the best oils for skin, and the benefits of using these wondrous beauty elixirs.

The Benefits of Facial Oil for Oily Skin

Just in case you were wondering: yes, even oily skin needs oil. We understand that using a facial oil on oily skin sounds paradoxical and well – frightening! Is it a slippery slope into an acne apocalypse, or are facial oils simply misunderstood and actually skin-friendly?

Turns out these magic elixirs can do wonders for oily skin.

If skin is deprived of natural oils, it will go into overproduction mode to make up for a lack of sebum. Drying out oily skin by skipping moisturization and using harsh, stripping ingredients will actually lead to breakouts, acne, and even more oil. 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.

Using a facial oil for oily 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 discolorations. Facial oils also provide an extra sealant of protection, and can transform skin from dull to dazzling.

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The 3 Best Oils for Oily Skin

Lucky for your skin, no two oils are alike – that means there’s plenty of hope for oily skin in search of treatment! If you want to reap all the potential benefits of using a facial oil, you’ll need to choose one that’s formulated specifically to your skin type.

If your BFF has combo skin and you have oily or acne-prone skin, you probably don’t want to share oils. “There are some facial oils that target oily skin and can actually help your skin produce less pore-clogging sebum,” says Dr. Debra Jaliman, a board-certified dermatologist in New York City. “These facial oils contain ingredients that can kill acne-causing bacteria and help slough off dead skin cells,” she adds.

So, what kind of facial oils should you choose and why? You’ll want to use lighter oils that can be absorbed quickly and easily into your skin, so there’s no pore-clogging residue left to torment your complexion. Look for oils with a smaller molecular size: argan, squalane, and jojoba oils do the trick. “If the molecular structure of an oil is too big, it can’t penetrate through the top layer of the skin," says Ling Chan, celebrity skin care expert and facialist.

Without further ado, here are the top 3 best oils for skin:

Jojoba Oil
Ultra lightweight jojoba oil can help balance your own oil production without leaving behind a greasy residue. In fact, it’s the top choice for mimicking your skin’s own sebum. "Jojoba oil looks, feels, and acts like our skins normal oils," says cosmetic surgeon and skincare specialist Ryan Neinstein of NYC Surgical Associates. "This can trick our bodies into producing less acne-producing oil,” he adds.

Jojoba oil can also be very beneficial for acne prone skin since it is non-comedogenic, meaning it won’t clog your pores. Thanks to jojoba oil’s small molecular size, it’s able to penetrate deeper layers of the skin. This can help carry along active ingredients like retinol and vitamin C to combat breakouts and acne.

To may help regulate sebum production, try adding jojoba oil after a lightweight moisturizer. You only need a few drops of this holy grail of facial oils to do the job.

Olive Squalane
This silly sounding oil is no joke when it comes to its plethora of skin-loving benefits. Olive squalane replenishes skin’s moisture barrier and leaves skin plump and hydrated. The texture is super-light, non-greasy, and absorbs well into the skin.

Squalane’s non-comedogenic quality is useful for balancing sebum production and regulating excess oil production in oily or acne-prone skin types. "Even oily skin types, which are often dehydrated from harsh, stripping products, can benefit from squalane since it won’t clog pores," explains Dr. Rachel Nazarian of Schweiger Dermatology Group in NYC.

As for using squalene oil, “Because of its gentle nature, it can be used daily,” Dr. Nazarian adds. Use a few drops of this beauty elixir, or add to a lightweight moisturizer.

Argan Oil
We’ve seen it, heard about it, but don’t really know what secret skin weapons lie in argan oil. Not only does the vitamin E in argan oil act as an anti-inflammatory for irritated or sensitive skin, “it also helps control your skin’s oil production by balancing out your sebum levels, so you’ll have fewer breakouts and less irritation than before,” says New York City dermatologist Patricia Wexler M.D.

Combine the skin-soothing benefits of vitamin E with the powerful antioxidants in argan oil, and you’ve got a “liquid gold” love potion for fighting acne and fading acne scars. “Argan oil is rich in oleic acid, which can improve skin permeability and assist with other ingredients penetrating the skin barrier,” says Susie Wang, expert skin care chemist and co-founder of 100% PURE™. Now we’re true believers!

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Honorable Mentions for Oily Skin

Although these facial oils may not have landed a spot in our top 3 best oils for skin, they’re still major players in the natural beauty scene with some amazing benefits. Let’s find out who these gems are and unlock their skin-loving benefits.

Tea Tree Oil
You can’t miss this oil: its crisp, herbal scent can reach the moon – and so can its benefits. This light, non-comedogenic oil is ideal for acne-prone skin due to its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It can kill bacteria that live in oily regions of pores on your face to help eliminate those pesky, painful acne bumps.

If you have sensitive skin, you’ll need to be mindful how you’re using tea tree oil. It’s a potent essential oil – hence its mighty acne skin-fighting properties – and will therefore need to be diluted in a carrier oil.

Marula Oil
Marula oil is a lightweight, fast-absorbing, and antioxidant-rich beauty elixir that may have well fallen from the hands of skin care gods. Marula oil is always a great choice for acne-prone skin since it's light in texture, kills acne-causing bacteria, and won’t clog pores.

Add a few drops of facial oil to your moisturizer, or apply the oil and layer a lightweight moisturizer over once it’s absorbed.

Green Tea Oil
If its skin and health benefits are as over-the-moon wonderful as drinking its liquid counterpart, green tea oil is invited to the party anytime! As we know, excess oil or stripping your skin of its natural oils can clog pores and lead to breakouts. The polyphenols and EGCG, a main catechin or polyphenol in green tea, are effective in controlling sebum production and breakouts.

Green tea oil’s antibacterial properties help tame bacteria that can live in oily pores, which causes painful acne bumps. EGCG is responsible for that antimicrobial activity – it’s a true multitasker and a prized skin care gem!

Hopefully, we’ve calmed your mind and cleansed it of any myths preventing you from using facial oils for your oily skin type. Simply adding a few drops can do major wonders for your skin. No myths, just facts, and the rest is for you to unlock the ultimate skin care secrets of facial oils.

We carefully hand-select products based on strict purity standards, and only recommend products we feel meet this criteria. 100% PURE™ may earn a small commission for products purchased through affiliate links.

The information in this article is for educational use, and not intended to substitute professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment and should not be used as such.

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