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few years ago, oil-free moisturizers were all the rage. People thought that
oily skin would break out if more oil were topically applied. I remember seeing
lots of skin that was dehydrated with red inflamed breakouts from this method
of hydration. Certain oils can be your friends! It is just important that you
use the right oil for your skin, because the wrong one can absolutely lead to
more breakouts, while the right one can balance your sebum, making it less
hard, sticky and pore clogging.
makes oils different? It all comes down to oleic acid vs. linoleic acid. Oils
heavy in oleic acid have monounsaturated fatty acids and omega-9 fatty acids
while oils high in linoleic acid are comprised of unsaturated fatty acids and
more omega-6 fatty acids. There are many studies done with acne skin that
reveal lower than normal levels of linoleic acid in the surface skin lipids.
When linoleic acid levels are too low, it causes the skin's sebum to become stickier
and pore clogging. Linoleic acid added to your skin can change your sebum into
more fluid, hydrating, healthy sebum that doesn't get stuck inside of your
ultimately what is hydrating your skin, but oil is the means for trapping the
water in your skin.
which oils should you stick with?
start with coconut oil - I love coconut oil and it does have many antibacterial
and healthy properties to it. Some other
good oils for acne skin are safflower, evening primrose oil, tamanu oil,
pumpkin, rosehip and even grape seed oil. I am particularly partial to the
evening primrose and the rosehip. Evening primrose oil is particularly good for
women as it contains essential fatty acids.
Rosehip is amazing because of its high concentration of vitamin C (a
users, remember you can safely add oils to your daily skincare regimen – try it
and see if it makes a difference for you!
this season by keeping your skin hydrated with nourishing oils that are the
right kind for your skin, and watch how they can help your skin come into
balance. Yet again, PLEASE remember,
oils are not going to treat a skin issue like acne – they’ll only assist in
helping in the journey!
know someone who can benefit from this information, please of course share
it! And if you have any questions,
please feel free to ask right here. And
let me know if you try any of these oils or even use them in your daily
regimen. Would love to hear from you.