I have been asked this question time and time again and my answer is always the same: I don't want you to just use any oil, I want you to use an oil that is fit for your skin. See all oils aren't made the same. Each one has a different molecular makeup and different properties and due to this, different oils affect different skin types in various ways. In this post, my goal is to educate you about the different types of oils you can use on your face and why I have chosen the ones that I have for the particular products I have made.
Now I know it might sound crazy that I want a person with oily skin to use more oil on their face, but hear me out. As I mentioned, in the beginning, each type of oil has different properties, so let's get into those different types of things found in oils.
Linoleic acid is found in higher concentrations in the types of oil that are particularly beneficial for oily skin. These oils are usually clear in color and extremely lightweight. Because people with oily skin tend to produce too much sebum (oil), linoleic acid is able to combat that. Linoleic acid basically tricks your skin into thinking that it's produced enough oil so your skin stops producing extra sebum. Crazy right! When I discovered this, I made it my mission to find some of the oils highest in linoleic acid so that I could combine them in a way that would be the most beneficial for those with oily and acne-prone skin. Combining oils such as hemp seed oil, meadowfoam seed oil, and rosehip seed oil I have made a powerful oil mixture that will free your face of excess oil!
Oleic acid is the opposite of linoleic acid and is found in higher concentrations in oils that are beneficial for dryer skin types. Oils high in oleic acid tend to be thicker and often higher on the comedogenic scale (this is the scale that basically tells you if something will clog your pores or not). If you have dryer skin and are looking to replenish hydration in your face then oils higher in oleic acid are the ones for you. Now, I am careful of which one I choose because as I said some can clog pores more than others. Some of my favorites for dry skin are squalane, camellia seed oil, sweet almond oil, and tamanu oil all of which are relatively low on the comedogenic scale, so they will nourish dry skin without clogging it.
So What If I Have Normal or Combination Skin?
If you have normal to combination skin, the best thing to do is use oils that are nearly balanced in both linoleic and oleic acid that also have a low comedogenic rating. The best oil for this is an oil like jojoba oil. Jojoba oil's chemical makeup is much like the makeup of our own skin, and as we learned way back when in chemistry class, like dissolves like, so this one is really good at just mellowing out your skin and dissolving any excess oils. Another one of my favorites is argan oil because it is the lowest as it can possibly be on the comedogenic scale and is amazing for your skin, hair, and nails! Shop our nourishing face oils coming soon!
Now that we have deciphered what kinds of oils are best for different skin types, leave a comment down below and let me know your skin type and if you are excited for new products!