The Truth About Oils and Breakouts

We’ve all seen it: “Oil-free- won’t clog pores”. Sounds like a safe bet but there’s more to the story and we’ve got the skinny.

Not all oils are created equally. In fact, there can be fatty esters, fatty acids, oleic fatty acids, linoleic fatty acids, just to name a few. There are “dry” oils like Castor oil, and then hydrating oils like Coconut. While some can be healing and produce anti-inflammatory activity inside the body, they can cause immediate breakouts if applied topically (Coconuts, we’re talking about you).

For those of us with breakout-prone skin, using oils topically can be very tricky. It’s generally better to use a Hyaluronic Acid or Aloe based moisturizer. If you’re going through your products and wondering if the oils listed in the ingredient label are safe, here are the primary offenders that have no place on your face: Wheat Germ Oil, Coconut Oil, Soybean oil, Palm Oil, Sulfated Jojoba Oil, Shark Liver Oil (Squalene), Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Hydrogenated Castor Oil On the other hand, here are the good guys: Safflower Oil, Sunflower Oil (high Linoleic only), Macadamia Oil (high Linoleic only), Castor Oil

If you see Jojoba, or Argon, Grapeseed, or Rosehips oil, be sure to test the product first on a patch of your skin for a few days. Some manufacturers compound these ingredients to be compatible with our own human oils, and some do not. When in doubt, give your local acne clinic a call or swing by for a product consultation, we are here to help!

Tip: Ladies with over-plucked eyebrows can use Cold-Pressed Castor oil to regrow the hair quickly. It can be purchased at any grocery store and is acne-safe!

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