When you have breakout prone skin, the last thing you want to do is put an oil on your skin that is going to clog your pores.
This is not to say that oils should be avoided, as they can be a good addition to acne skin care. Oils are a natural way to deliver fatty acids and nutrients to your skin, plus, people with acne have a low linoleic acid content in their skin - source.
I have provided you with a list of oils that will not clog your pores ( they are called non-comedogenic), along with a list of oils that you should avoid.
"Oils are a natural way to deliver fatty acids and nutrients to your skin" - The Best Organic Skin Care
Facial oils give a boost of hydration and even people with oily skin can benefit from using them. Oils are gentle and natural and they will not irritate your skin. Using oils on oily skin can help regulate sebum production - just make sure they are oils that will not clog your pores.
0 - Will Not Clog Pores
1 - Low
2 - Moderately Low
3 - Moderate
4 - Fairly High
5 - High
To be considered a non-comedogenic oil on my list, an oil must be rated 2 or lower.
Non-Comedogenic Facial Oils
Hemp seed oil
Evening Primrose oil
Peach Kernel oil
Pumpkin seed oil
Sandalwood seed oil
Comedogenic oils - These Should Be Avoided
These are oils that have a rating of 4 - 5 and should be avoided with people prone to breakouts:
- Cocoa Butter
- Coconut Butter
- Coconut Oil
- Flax Seed Oil
- Linseed Oil
- Palm Oil
- Wheat Germ Oil
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When looking for lip chaps and body butters, look for formulas that use shea butter instead of cocoa butter.
Linoleic Acid For Acne
Oils that are high in linoleic acid (an Omega-6 fatty acid) are best for those concerned with acne and breakout-prone skin. As I said above, individuals with acne have been shown to have low levels of linoleic acid in their skin surface lipids (source). Note that it is not an internal deficiency, as most people actually consume too much Omega-6, so topical application is best.
Linoleic acid is an Omega- 6 essential fatty acid that the body cannot produce on it's own, it must be taken in by outside sources.Topical application of oils high in linoleic acid
I have included a list of the oils that are highest in linoleic acid content and are also low on the comedogenic scale. Here are the oils and their percentage of Linoleic acid (I have linked to my favorite brands Amazon if you want to try these out):
My Favorite Non-Comedogenic/High Linoleic Oil For Acne
Sunflower oil has a zero comedogenic rating and it is very high in linoleic acid. This is the best oil that you can use for your skin care if you deal with acne.
I personally love Flora's organic sunflower oil. It is cold-pressed, unrefined and comes in a dark glass bottle. Note that this is NOT a high oleic sunflower seed oil (much of the sunflower seed oil you buy at the grocery store is from hybridized plants that produce oil with an 80% oleic acid content).
It is best to store this oil in the fridge, as it can go rancid quickly if left out.
How to Use:
- Apply 3-4 drops to your skin and gently rub it in
- Be sure not to use too much, your skin should not feel oily
Finding a facial oil that is a blend of non-comedogenic oils, or simply using a single oil on your face is going to keep your skin from breaking out. Do not use any blends that contain the oils on the avoid list.
The absolute best oils for people who get acne are: Argan oil, Hemp oil, and Sunflower seed oil. These oils are high in linoleic acid, an essential fatty acid that has been found to be lacking in the skin of people who suffer from acne.
I hope that this list helps you in your oil purchases, let me know if you have any questions 🙂
Yours In Beauty,