Nope, not all oils are! Argan Nut Oil and Hazelnut Oil can actually benefit oily and acneic skin. In addition to these, there are numerous vegetable oils that actually have antibacterial and astringent-like qualities. A bogus beauty claim indeed, but the fear makes us run to non oily products.
Plant oils can help oxygenate, heal, rejuvenate, and nourish the skin! Some other plant derived oils besides Argan oil are essential oils:
- German Chamomile Essential Oil
- Lavender Essential Oil
- Tea Tree Oil
- Rosemary Oil
Argan Nut Oil
moisturizing fatty acids and high Vitamin E content can reduce scarring, inflammation and hydrate while also preventing bacterial growth.
German Chamomile is an anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal. It is extremely soothing to the skin and can be used for even very sensitive skin types. This oil is also used to help soothe sunburn. But it’s pricey so you don’t see this “good” chamomile too often in a formula!
Tea Tree Oil has a clean scent, and is a powerful antibacterial. It is often used in acne products to help treat problem areas. One of the few essential oils you can use by itself as a spot treatment. Make sure it is quality though, and not “cut” with other ingredients or solvents.
Technically, essential oils are not a real oil since it contains no fatty acids. It should not feel greasy or slimy like vegetable oil and the consistency is more water-like. If it feels oily on your finger when you touch it, it’s probably not a pure essential oil.
Always remember to test oils before applying them to your face, you don’t want any allergic reactions!
Watch out for these oils!
-Mineral oil, petroleum jelly, petrolatum: Derived from petroleum.
-Emu Oil: Derived from deceased birds. No!!! 🙁
-Castor Oil: From beans or from muskrats and beavers.
-Shark Squaline: A shark derivative?? No thanks! Cruel!
Overuse of drying products such as alcohol and astringent formulas sold as “acne products” may actually exacerbate acne by sending a message to the oil glands to protect the skin! Oils job is to lubricate and protect , so stripping the skin is not ideal.
Essential oils and vegetable oils offer incredible properties for acne and oily skin.
Not ALL oils are bad for the skin, so stop fearing and start treating your skin right! Oils have many benefits, particularly nature derived oils.