Oils for acne prone skin? Are you serious? It sounds like candy for weight loss. You gotta be kiddin’ me!
Well, actually, I'm not. I am pretty serious about it. Strange though it may seem, oils may be your best ally in the fight against acne and excess sebum production (as you know, usually, both go hand-in-hand). If you use the best oil for your specific skin concerns and also learn how to use it in the right way, the magical potion from Mother Nature may be all you need!
La Mav Organic Skincare have 3 of the best types for acne-prone and oily skin:
Let’s start with the most common problem all acne sufferers share – overproduction of sebum. Excess oil makes your skin feel sticky, adds unwanted not-so-healthy-looking shine and attracts more dirt and impurities – the last thing you need, when you have acne. Not to mention you find it hard to keep the makeup you’ve applied in the morning on for more than 2-3 hours.
If you have any of the above mentioned concerns, I’d strongly recommend you try Jojoba oil. It is the only oil that is almost identical, in molecular structure, to the sebum your skin produces. This means that when you apply it, your skin is tricked into thinking it has already produced enough sebum, thus it starts secreting less than before.
You can add Jojoba oil to your daily moisturiser (if you use a lighter one) or apply it at night. It won’t clog pores and leaves a nice, silky soft touch to skin. It's a magical elixir, I am telling you, that can be used as both a moisturiser and cleanser.
According to some studies, acne-prone skin is characterised by low levels of lanoleic acid. Lanoleic acid deficiency can lead to the over-production of sebum able to clog pores and cause blackheads and pimples. The easiest way to restore the balance to such skin types is to pick an oil rich in lanoleic acid – Hemp Seed Oil contains approximately 60%! It is relatively light, which means it will soak into your skin fast, without leaving greasy residues. Hemp seed oil hydrates very well, reduces post-breakout redness, improves skin’s elasticity and has comedogenic rating of 0! As with jojoba, you can use it as both moisturiser and cleanser.
What bothers most people that suffer from acne are not the blemishes (because they come and go) but the scars and pigmentation they can leave on the skin once they are gone. When it comes to skin regeneration, there is one oil that I absolutely worship –Tamanu Oil! Apart from it anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, Tamanu oil promotes new tissue formation, accelerates wound healing and stimulates cell division (more new cells = healthier skin). You can use it as main ingredient in DIY face masks or as nightly restorative skin treatment since, being heavier than Jojoba oil and Hemp seed oil, it needs more time to be fully absorbed.
In conclusion I’d like to add a few things that are, in my opinion, very important when it comes to using oils:
Most importantly – learn to love your skin and take good care of it!
Guest post by Lucy Plachkova
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