Is it possible that you can use face oil on an oily skin?
Well, the short answer is yes.
Now, I agree this may sound counter-intuitive; after all, am I really suggesting that applying oil to an already-oily complexion is good for your skin?
But, wait – don’t panic! I’m not trying to push the boundaries here, there is a method in my madness.
Your skin is an INTELLIGENT ORGAN – it knows when it’s sufficiently PROTECTED; producing less oil when it is balanced and more of its own oil when it’s dry.
In the article, “The Soap and Water Debate“, I discuss why astringents and soap-based products are too drying for a delicate skin as they rob the skin of its natural oils and break down the acid mantle.
This stimulates the sebaceous glands to produce more oil, and then the skin’s barrier function gets out of whack, which creates a vicious cycle of events.
Whereas lovely plant oils are healing, balancing, and calming; perfect for repairing an impaired skin.
PLANT OILS ARE GAME CHANGERS
That is, when it comes to the health of your skin.
- They fight inflammation
- They kill bacteria
- They work as humectants, binding water to the skin
And, as discussed above, over-drying oily skin can cause oil glands to overcompensate; producing excessive amounts of sebum which can lead to breakouts.
Below, I point out some of the commonly recognised causes of acne, and how plant-based oils containing essential fatty acids can help.
For this reason, I created a number of formulae that harness the potent properties of these powerful botanicals.
My delicate face oils have been specifically designed to help to NORMALISE an OILY COMBINATION skin type. They balance the skin’s oil production, whilst providing a protective, breathable barrier.
Added into the mix is a blend of anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory oils that heal and soothe the skin; the perfect antidote for an oily, blemished skin.
A+ Retinoid Complex: Containing a unique blend of Vitamin A – the normalising vitamin which helps to combat bacteria in the pore – and healing botanicals, it works to naturally balance the oils in your skin.
Miracle Cleanse has been formulated with healing botanical oils to protect as it cleanses.
Bio Lipid Complex contains the perfect balance of phytosterols and ceramides to bring skin in a state of flux back into balance.
Nectar Treatment Balm has potent healing herbs, butters, and phytosterols, to facilitate healing on a deeper level.
Clean, green, botanical ingredients with no nasty astringents or chemicals – just pure, natural, and kind to your skin.
HOW BOTANICAL BEAUTIES HELP
The old school way of thinking was that oily skin didn’t require more oil, because it already has high levels from its sebum production.
It was considered that adding oil to an oily skin would exacerbate the skin more, clogging pores and creating breakouts.
Yet, many face oils have anti-inflammatory properties that calm and soothe.
Research has found that calendula works to stimulate cellular regeneration, which can also help to keep pores free from bacteria.
So, rather than battling oily skin blues by using harsh astringents – which cause oil glands to overcompensate – why not reach for a beautiful botanical blend instead? Calm inflammation and bacterial proliferation and bring your skin back into balance.
THE BEST FACE OILS FOR OILY SKIN
- Plum oil is a non-greasy oil that rebalances the skin’s oil production. It is extremely protective, strengthening the stratum corneum, your outer layer of skin.
- Neem oil has powerful anti-viral and anti-microbial properties. It is beneficial to those who suffer from a variety of oily skin conditions, including acne and skin infections such as boils. Used in very small amounts, it is also the best oil for skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.
- Sesame oil is wonderful for oily skin, due to its anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties. Fast absorbing and non-greasy, this is the perfect oil for balancing overactive sebaceous glands
- Jojoba oil is a light to medium liquid wax composed of liquid wax esters, and has a structure that closely resembles human sebum. If there is a build-up of natural oils in the skin, topical application of jojoba oil can dissolve and remove excess sebum.
- Macadamia oil is like jojoba in that it is also similar to human sebum; perfect for regulating an oily skin type.
- Hemp seed oil contains ceramides that are protective, anti-inflammatory, and rich in fatty acids. This oil is very similar to our own natural sebum. Sadly, the shelf life of hemp oil is very short, around 3 months.