Whilst I was brainstorming about what to write in my next post, I realised the internet is flooded with some of the most common topics on acne prone skin.
Regardless, I decided to go ahead and share with you guys about my take on the OILS that could prove to be beneficial for skin that is acne and blemish prone whether dry, combination or oily.
Firstly, it is important to understand what oils are and why it is crucial to implement a skincare routine that incoorporates oils as one of the primary steps.
Oils are viscous liquids comprised of fatty acids, lipids and trigylcerides.Different oils have individual composition and some also include antioxidants, UV protection benefits, vitamins and etc. They are hydrophobic in nature, that means oils cannot dissolve entirely when mixed with water.
The foremost function of any oil is to provide lubrication, moisture and protection. These functions are performed because of an oil’s occlusive nature. Unlike water, oils do not evaporate from the skin’s surface making it a great option for dry skin.
Let’s move on to the topic of the day. “Oils for oily, acne prone skin”.
When we read about the major functions and properties of oils mentioned above, it is scary to even think of using these on our facial skin. I agree..
There was a phase in my life when I was so cautious about not getting my skin oily, so much so, that I was reluctant to even use oil free lotions and completely devoid my lips of any sort of lip treatment. For eg. Lip balms.
Ultimately, I was not left with the best of the skin and it took me a while to regain the suppleness and smoothness that reflects youthful, healthy glow.
However, what oils can do for our skin is hard to achieve by other products including various other wonderful ingredients. So, lets talk about some of the infamous oils out there that are effective in treating acne.
Rosehip seed oil– Oil extracted from the seeds of the rosehip bushes cultivated in Chile. It has essential fatty acids, pro vitamin A, antioxidants all of which are win win for not only acne prone skin but all skin types. It is significantly helpful in post acne scars and sun spots as well.
Safflower oil–According to “Milady’s Skin Care and Cosmetic Ingredients Dictionary” by Natalia Michelin and M. Varinia Michalun, the oil consists primarily of omega-6 that is packed with essential vitamins. Safflower oil can be used as a key treatment for issues including eczema, psoriasis and acne. Its hydrating properties lend skin a healthy glow, promote elasticity and reduce the appearance of wrinkles without the greasiness of a heavy oil.
Evening primrose oil– This oil was first introduced to me in the form of capsules when I was suffering from dehydrated skin. It is also very high in Vitamin E. It is extremely beneficial for not only oilier population but also to treat thickened dry skin on knees, ankles and elbows.Studies published in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science have even shown that evening primrose oil can help with age-related structural and functional changes in skin tissues, such as redness, firmness, roughness, and fatigue resistance.
Grape-seed oil– Today, this oil is being used all over the world for its innumerable health and skin benefits. Whether used a salad dressing or applied topically, this oil is proven to reverse signs of ageing, lighten dark spots, balance sebum production and it also very light in texture. One of the major components is resveratrol that is known to help in preventing cancer.
Hempseed oil– This oil has good amounts of Vitamin A and E making it very useful in providing the skin and extra layer of sun protection. It is righ in antioxidants and is also known to help patients with psoriasis.
Poppyseed oil– Although, less known oil than the others in the cosmetic industry, this oil has considerably high amounts of Vitamin E. It is rich in fatty acids known to assist in treating acneic skin.
There are many oils in the market today that promise to be the one step cure for all things skin. But, it is important for us to understand the uses and suitability of different oils before adding them to our skincare routines.
The major factor in choosing the above mentioned oils for today’s post is their efficacy in helping people of all ages and gender who may have or are suffering from clogged, blemished skin with or without active acne. THESE OILS ARE CARRIER OILS AND CAN BE USED ON THEIR OWN, MIXED WITH AN ESSENTIAL OIL AND ALSO AS AN INGREDIENT IN OTHER FORMULATIONS.
All of these oils are suitable for every skin type, given the fact, that some may need an oil that has just a tad bit more rich consistency for excessively parched skin.
What oils do you use regularly and how have they helped improve your skin? Please do comment in the box down below and provide me with suggestions on my next post.
I will leave you guys on a friendly note and until next time..
GOOD LUCK.. XOXO