Which oil are safe – and which are dangerous – for acne-prone skin

One thing I’ve learned the hard way is that oil is never going to rid you of acne. In fact, it will probably make it worse, and I’ve spoken with a number of dermatologists at this point to know that for a fact. So please don’t believe marketing claims or try the latest face oil trends just because they’re popular. When it comes to beauty, popularity isn’t everything… beauty is personal!

My go-to expert for all things skincare has been Dr. Dennis Gross. He saved me a few years ago when I was told by THREE dermatologists in New York City and in Tel Aviv that I should get on Accutane after antibiotics failed to help clear up my acne. I went to his office and he told me that I should simply look at the ingredients of anything I put on my skin and avoid any products with oil. My skin cleared up in about a week. Obviously this isn’t the case for everyone’s acne. Not all acne is the same, but I tell this story all the time because when it comes to so many health issues I find that doctors often want to give you a Bandaid – Dr. Gross actually looked for the cause..and what an easy fix it was!

Needless to say I am still very weary of letting anything with oil touch my skin, but because oil-based products are popular right now and people are always asking about them I wanted to get in touch with someone about which you can “safely” use if you’re acne-prone and which you should make a point to avoid.

To get the lowdown on this I spoke with the skincare advisor of organic beauty brand L:a Bruket, Teja Mulic.

Tea Tree Oil – “This oil has been used for centuries for its antibacterial properties. In addition, teat tree oil calms inflammation that can occur during acne breakouts.”

Jojoba Oil – “This oil is actually a molecule structure close to your own skin and helps to sooth and protect it. It also tricks the skin to not overproduce sebum, which can cause clogged pores and acne breakouts. It absorbs into the skin quickly making it great for those that tend to have dry skin as well.”

Aloe Vera Essential Oil – “This helps to soothe and calm inflamed acne prone skin. It also has antibacterial properties.”

Rosehip Seed Oil – “This is a great oil for cell renewal, which can rid the skin of dead skin cells and reduce the appearance of acne scars.”

What you want to avoid: 

“Certain oils may not be the best to use if you are prone to acne due to them being too oily and there is a higher risk of them clogging pores resulting in an acne breakout. These oils include macadamia nut oil, and avocado oil as they can be too rich in texture for acne-prone skin.”

Image: Vogue 

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