Should You Use Face Oils if Your Skin is Acne-Prone?

Should You Use Face Oils if Your Skin is Acne-Prone?

A lot of skin problems including acne occur when the ratios of lipids and fatty acids in the skin are out of balance. One of the main reasons for acne is the deficiency of a certain fatty acid called linoleic acid.

 

‘Dry oils’ generally have a high concentration of ingredients, including linoleic acid or ethyl linoleate. The term ‘dry oils’ sounds a bit like an oxymoron, but it’s used to describe lightweight oils that are absorbed quickly into the skin without leaving a greasy residue. 

 

In contrast, ‘wet oils’ tend to leave more of a sheen and may be slower absorbing. They are preferred for dry, cracked skin instead. 

 

To help acne, one of the best things to do is to balance the levels of linoleic acid in the skin, and to do that you can use dry plant-based oils that are high in linoleic acid, such as evening primrose oil. 

 

You often hear about the miracles of using olive or coconut oil. For most people, these can be great for dry or dehydrated hair, or the skin on the body; however, these oils are highly comedogenic (pore-clogging) and should be avoided to be used on your face, especially if you have oily or acne-prone skin.

 

Our Dewy Day Glow face oil is packed with evening primrose oil, which is high in Gamma Linoleic Acid (GLA), and omega 6 & 9. It deeply nourishes and conditions the skin, and promotes an even skin tone.

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