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I developed acne in my early teens, and I avoided using any oils on my face at all.
As my dermatologist carefully explained, my problem with acne was because my skin produced too much oil and prescribed medication to simply, shut my skin’s oil production down.
It worked. My acne vanished. But, I wasn’t allowed in the sun as the medication caused heightened sun sensitivity and I burned quickly. My lips and eyelids cracked painfully. Sensitive red patches flared up on my skin and couldn’t be tamed.
I had essentially swapped one painful, unsightly skin condition for another.
Now, I’m *cough* older, my skin has settled down.
I now use facial oil on my skin as part of my evening skin routine.
Some oils are gold when it comes to skincare!
But, not all oils are created equal. True, the wrong oil (however high quality it may be) applied to your face will do more harm than good. The important thing is to find the one that best suits your skin.
I spoke a little about dry oils when sharing my morning shower routine.
Dry oils aren’t referring to the oil itself. Instead, the name explains how quickly your skin and hair absorb the oil.
Non-drying, “oily” oils are best suited to body massage, as they create a barrier to the surface of the skin that minimises friction and makes for a good massage!
Noncomedogenic oils do not clog skin pores or create a barrier on the skin’s surface. So, noncomedogenic oils allow the skin to breathe and are of benefit all skin types, keeping dry skin moisturised and oily skin from breaking out.
Noncomedogenic oils are rated on a scale of 0-5. Zero means the oil
Below, I have a list of noncomedogenic oils that are easy to source (some you will find at the supermarket!) and are great oils to start experimenting with.
If you have a nut allergy, avoid the nut-based oils. If you open your oil to find it smells fishy or foul, return to where you purchased it for a refund as the oil is not fresh, and has turned rancid.
It a good idea to patch test any oil to the inside of your elbow before applying to your face. If you experience any reaction, redness or sensitivity, do not apply the oil to your face and discontinue use.
I like to keep my oil in the fridge, as it feels soothing to apply cold and it extends the life of the oil, preventing spoilage.
Hemp Seed Oil
Hemp seed oil is the hero of all noncomedogenic oils with a rating of zero! This oil will not clog pores, and it is particularly well suited to oily skin that is prone to acne.
Hemp oil’s benefits are well researched and documented. Application of hemp oil helps to regulate oil production, it is moisturising, is anti-inflammatory, has anti-aging properties and can even relieve atopic dermatitis.
Hemp seed oil does not contain significant amounts of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the psychoactive compound that gets you high, so don’t worry that using hemp seed oil on your skin will show up on a drug test!
Typically, argan oil is promoted for use on your hair, but with a noncomedogenic rating of zero, it is also beneficial for all skin types.
Argan oil has been extensively researched, and the oil extracted from the seeds of the Morrocan native argan tree has many benefits for the skin. Argan oil is moisturising, protects the skin against sun damage, and assists with skin healing with scar tissue and stretch marks.
Argan oils anti-inflammatory properties also assist with the treatment of psoriasis, rosacea and atopic dermatitis. This versatile oil helps to regulate oil production, and benefits aging skin by increasing skin elasticity.
Sunflower Seed Oil
You may have more experience cooking with sunflower seed oil than using it on your skin! With a noncomedogenic rating of 0-2, this oil is beneficial for normal to dry skin.
Sunflower seed oil high in beta-carotene, vitamin E, and fatty acids which are essential for skin-barrier repair. A study from 2002 demonstrated that the topical use of sunflower seed oil on newborns was effective for improving their skin-barrier function.
Grape seed oil is extracted from the seeds of wine grapes. It is my favourite oil to use on my body, but with a noncomedogenic rating of just 1, it is great to use on the face too.
Grapeseed oil’s benefits have been well documented. It’s anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, anti-oxidant properties, plus high amounts of omega chain fatty acids and vitamin E content make it an excellent choice for most skin types.
Rosehip oil is my favourite oil to use on my face. With a noncomedogenic rating of just 1, it moisturises and hydrates my skin without encouraging breakouts.
Anti-inflammatory, collagen boosting, mildly exfoliating and powerfully anti-oxidant, Rosehip oil is beneficial for mature skin, but also helps with scarring from acne.
Hazelnut oil can be a little tricky to source, but is worth it! With a noncomedogenic rating of just 1, this oil is hydrating and moisturising.
Hazelnut oil is especially well suited to those with sensitive skin. Hazelnut oil is rich in Vitamin E, which is reputed to help with healing and aging skin. Hazelnut oil is soothing to sunburned skin.
Jojoba oil is actually more like a liquid wax than an oil, and has a rating of 2 on the noncomedogenic scale.
Jojoba oil is an excellent all round oil, with many well-researched benefits for topical skin application.
It has antibacterial properties, is a powerful antioxidant and hyper-allergenic, making it a good choice for sensitive skins.
Sweet Almond Oil
Sweet almond oil has a noncomedongenic rating of 2 and is especially high in antioxidants. To me, sweet almond oil feels oily on my skin and is not my favourite! However, it is well suited to normal to dry skins.
Sweet almond oil is a favourite carrier oil for essential oils, as the oil lingers on the skin surface, and it is excellent for facial massage. Be sure to wipe off any excess.
Sweet almond oil has been studied in animal tests that indicate protection against UV and sun damage.
Applying Your Facial Oil
After cleansing, apply a few drops of oil to the palm of your hand, and using your clean fingertips, apply to your forehead, cheeks, nose, chin, neck and chest.
Then, using gentle, upward strokes, massage the oil into your skin, starting from your chest, up your neck, from your chin, up your jawline, towards your ears.
Be careful around your cheek and eye area, not to drag on your skin, as your stroke up your nose and your brow line. Gently sweep the oil over your temples, and upward from your brow, across your forehead into your hairline.
I do this right before I go to bed and it is very relaxing and soothing. In the morning, My skin feels moisturised and not dry or oily at all.
Do you have a favourite oil you like to use on your face? Or have you been reluctant to try it before? I would love to hear from you, please do not hesitate to leave a comment below.