If you are one of the many people out there who have oily skin, you might assume that applying natural oils to your face will only enhance the sebum buildup and lead to breakouts. However, as counterintuitive as it sounds, using facial oil on already oily skin does exactly the opposite. Learn more about facial oils and how they can be used appropriately to benefit oily skin.

How Natural Oils May Benefit Oily Skin

The majority of those with oily skin make the same mistake: they use products that remove the natural oils from their skin. However, this is the worst thing you can do. When the natural oils are stripped away, the skin can become deprived of moisture, eventually drying out. This causes the skin to go into overdrive, producing more sebum than it needs, causing a never-ending cycle of oil buildup, clogged pores and acne breakouts. Using natural facial oils actually helps provide the skin with the nourishment it needs and keeps the moisture in, reducing inflammation and calming highly sensitive skin. 

With that said, not every facial oil product is going to be the right fit for an oily skin profile. Certain oils that are comedogenic can clog pores and aid in flare-ups. One such oil is coconut oil. It has large molecules so it’s absorbed slowly, sitting on the top layer of the skin causing clogs. There are better options for your skin than coconut oil, especially if you have acne-prone skin.

The Best Face Oils for Oily Skin

What oils should you choose to balance your already oily skin profile? Look for oils that are antibacterial and low or non-comedogenic. Oils with a smaller molecular size will also more easily penetrate through the top layer of the skin, reducing clogs. Here are four of our favourites that are a much better fit for oily skin:

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil has powerful antibacterial properties. It can actually kill bacteria-causing acne and reduce inflammation on contact. Plus, it’s known to heal infections and treat itchy, rashy skin.

Argan Oil

Argan oil is packed with omega fatty acids, linoleic acids and lots of other vitamins your skin loves. Best of all, it’s non-comedogenic so it won’t clog your pores. In fact, it has anti-sebum effects so it can help treat acne and soothe the skin. 

Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil is a miracle worker. It regulates sebum production, prevents clogged pores, and moisturizes the skin.  The ingredients can also kill acne-causing bacteria and remove dead skin cells, leaving your skin silky smooth.

Rosehip Oil

Rosehip oil is a great acne fighter. It also carries retinoids that fight acne-causing bacteria. And it quickly absorbs into the skin so it won’t clog pores. Rosehip oil also regenerates and heals blemishes and encourages collagen production, improving the overall elasticity of the skin.

What About Moisturizers?

Oils and moisturizers go hand in hand. To maintain healthy, hydrated skin, you need to apply the oil first and then a moisturizer on top.  The oil will keep the moisture in and the moisturizer will protect the skin from all the elements. There are even products that combine the benefits of both into one formula.

The Best Treatment Options for Oily Skin

It’s not easy finding the right balance of facial oils to apply. If your pores have become clogged

with excess oil, an acne treatment might be the solution you need to balance your skin and

control the breakouts. Here are the best acne treatment options for oily skin profiles:

Chemical Peels

Chemical peel treatments can help to reset the skin to healthy levels. By gently peeling away

old and dead skin, a new fresh layer is created. Healthier, smoother skin is brought to the

surface. Chemical peels can also target the sebaceous glands, reducing oil production and inflammation. 

AFT Acne Treatments

AFT is a form of pulsed light-based therapy that gently kills bacteria and decreases inflammation, preventing serious breakouts from occurring. This skin laser treatment is also efficient at improving the overall tone, texture and appearance of the skin in just a few sessions.

Micro-needling – Collagen Induction Therapy

Micro-needling, also known as collagen induction therapy, will help stimulate collagen growth, improve scarring from acne, and tighten the pores for healthier-looking skin.

Are you ready to reset your skin to a more balanced level? Contact us at The Ottawa Skin Clinic today and one of our skincare professionals will help you find the right treatment for you.