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Why Oils are Important for Sensitive Skin

Oils: A Sensitive Skin Girl's Best Friend

Is irritation, inflammation, or embarrassing redness a concern?

Then, chances are, you could be suffering from sensitive skin; but please don’t panic – you’re in good company, as this is one of the most common skin concerns we see in our clinic regularly.

Sensitive skin is often associated with pale, fair skin types; but don’t be fooled.

Those who have an oily or combination skin may be prone to suffering from sensitivity, especially if inflamed breakouts are a problem.

All of the Naked Chemist products are formulated with sensitive skin in mind. Why? Because everything we put in and on our skin must be nutritious and safe, and the really great thing, nature has provided us with gentle oils that are mild enough for the most sensitive of skin types.

So join us, as we find out why oils are a perfect choice for treating fragile, delicate skin.


These are natural components found in plants that have a real affinity with your skin.

They contain wonderful fatty acids, lipids, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory’s, and because they are fat-loving, they easily pass through the skin’s lipid layer, offering a massive moisture boost.

  • anti-irritant
  • repairs damaged skin
  • repairs the skin’s barrier function
  • regulates cellular turnover
  • helps with skin damage produced by scars, and keloids
  • phytosterols work like natural hydrocortisone; reducing redness and inflammation and soothing itchy, irritated skin

Plants are also rich in essential fatty acids including; omega 3, 6, and 9, strengthening your skin barrier function and stabilising your skin’s natural oil production.

Linoleic acid

This is truly one oil that you should include in your skincare routine if you have sensitive skin, if you need more convincing, check out the list of benefits below that linoleic brings to the skin.

  • moisture Retainer, hydrating
  • anti-inflammatory calms the skin
  • restores the barrier function, healing
  • reduces scaling on the skin, prevents flakiness
  • can significantly reduce inflamed acne pustules
  • reduces transepidermal water loss (TEWL)

Follow the link to read more about why linoleic acid is critical for your skin.

Palmitoleic acid

Naturally found in our skin’s fatty acid profile, palmitoleic acid is a building block of our skin, preventing burns and wounds. It is also a potent anti-microbial found in our skins oil (sebum).
  • healing and repairing
  • reduces the build-up of bacteria in the cell wall
  • naturally found in our own skin’s fatty acid profile
  • rejuvenating, the building blocks of the skin
  • repairs damaged skin, sunburn, open wounds, and scratches

Oleic acid

Oils containing oleic acid have some wonderful properties:

  • softens and soothes skin
  • regenerates skin cells
  • moisturising and conditioning
  • behaves like an anti-inflammatory, soothing and calming the skin

As you can see, the use of pure botanical oils is an important inclusion if you have sensitive skin an oil-like rosehip seed oil may be perfect or consider marula oil to repair an impaired barrier function. For treating sensitive skin.

For more information on selecting the right oils for sensitive skin, the article, “Plantascription for a sensitive skin”, is worth a read.

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