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The Best Oils for Your Skin Type

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Even though oils have been used for centuries as skincare, it’s only been in the last few years that oils have become super mainstream and widely available. If you’ve been hesitant to try oils in the past, or if you’ve tried an oil and been less than impressed with the results, this post is for you. As with any other skincare product, different facial oils suit different skin types and our guide below helps you to find the oils that are best suited for your specific skin type.

Acne-Prone
While acne-prone skin often is oily, this isn’t always the case. You may have sensitive or dry skin and still experience acne. Putting oil on a face suffering from breakouts may seem a bit scary, but there are oils available that will soothe and help reduce your breakouts. One of the determining factors in whether or not an oil will benefit acne-prone skin is the ratio of oleic acid and linoleic acid. Oleic acid is a monounsaturated fat, or omega-9 fatty acid while linoleic acid is unsaturated fat, or omega-6 fatty acid. An abstract for a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology states, “acne patients have also been shown to have low levels of linoleic acid in their skin surface lipids.” Sebum produced by your oil glands is largely oleic acid, so using an oil high in linoleic acid helps balance your skin. Oils that work best for acne-prone skin include hemp seed oil, rosehip seed oil, grape seed oil, evening primrose oil and safflower oil.

Hemp seed oil.

Oily Skin
Putting oil on oily skin seems like a bad idea, but as you learned above, the sebum from your pores is completely different than plant oils. When people have oily skin, the tendency is to use harsh products like exfoliators and toners with alcohol, because at first these seem to remove oil from the skin. The problem with using these types of products is that you are damaging your skin’s lipid barrier, which works to keep good things like moisture in and harmful pollutants out. When you damage the lipid barrier, your skin senses it is imbalanced and it needs more moisture, and it will attempt to moisturize itself by producing more sebum. So, the harsher products can actually not only be ineffective, but they do the exact opposite of what you’re looking for them to do. Pure plant oils help to repair and maintain the lipid barrier of your skin. Oils that tend to work well for oily skin are hemp oil, rosehip seed oil, evening primrose oil, jojoba oil and avocado oil.

Dry Skin
When it comes to dry skin you want an oil that will really penetrate and add moisture to your skin. Oils like rosehip seed and hemp seed oil are relatively dry oils and they may be a bit too drying for skin that is naturally dry. Dry skin needs oils that have a good blend of omega fatty acids including omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9 fatty acids. If you have dry skin you also need an oil that is going to hydrate your face for hours at a time and that will help your skin to retain moisture. Oils that benefit dry skin include aloe vera oil, argan oil, olive oil, grape seed oil and vitamin E oil.

Aloe vera oil.

Normal and Combination Skin
Combination skin commonly features an oily T-zone area and dry skin elsewhere on the face and oils are particularly great for combination skin because they help balance your skin. Normal skin is generally fairly balanced on its own, so your facial oil will be more for hydration than about making sure that everything is evened out on your skin. Oils that work really well for normal and combination skin are grape seed oil, tamanu oil, carrot seed oil and aloe vera oil.

The idea of oil on your face may still scare you, but if you find the right oil, you will never look back when it comes to moisturizing your skin. Oils are available at a wide variety of price points, but it is worth noting that sometimes you do get what you pay for. When choosing your facial oil, you want to be sure that it is as natural and organic as possible, which usually means looking for an oil that is unrefined and cold-pressed. Oils that are refined are less pure and are more likely to include undesirable additives. Next time you’re looking for a moisturizer, reference this guide to find the oil that will work best for you.

Top Ingredients for Your Skin Type

The major skin types that people have include normal, dry, oily and combination. Normal skin is the most rare while oily can be the most difficult to remedy through topically applied products. Using the proper skin care ingredients for your skin type helps give you the clear, beautiful skin you want.

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Normal
Normal skin is the exception rather than the rule, and many people who have normal skin deal with normal skin plus a concern or two. You most likely have normal skin if your skin is not oily or dry and if you do get small spots of oily or dry skin they are quick and easy to remedy. Normal skin has a fairly even skin tone with no major brown or red spots and your pores are neither invisible nor enlarged.

The best way to care for normal skin is to avoid products labeled for other skin types: oily skin care products will be too drying while dry skin care products will have too much moisture. Look for products with gentle, but effective ingredients. Antioxidants are important ingredients for all skin types, and normal skin benefits from vitamins A, C and E. Though normal skin is not oily, you still need to exfoliate normal skin regularly to remove any dead skin cells or other debris that may accumulate. The best exfoliant for normal skin is an alpha hydroxy acid, which is a gentle chemical exfoliant. An AHA exfoliant also reduces the appearance of wrinkles and increases collagen production.

Cosmetic cream and strawberries on a wooden table.

Dry
The common perception is that dry skin suffers from a lack of moisture, but this is not entirely true. Rather, dry skin has lost its ability to maintain normal levels of moisture as the skin’s barrier response has been weakened. To best take care of dry skin, it is important to look for ingredients that help the skin to retain a healthy water balance. Rid your skin care routine of anything that contains a rough scrub, use your fingers rather than a harsh cleansing brush and drying ingredients such as alcohol.

Dry skin requires some extra attention and delicate care. Many times those with dry skin can skip cleansing altogether as soaps, particularly in bar form, can be incredibly drying. Splash some warm water over your face and cleanse using a gentle AHA exfoliant. Look for moisturizers packed with antioxidants such as vitamin E and consider the use of intensive serums or plant oils. Plant oils such as jojoba and olive oils can be extremely helpful to dry skin.

Woman cleansing her face.

Oily
Oily skin is perhaps the hardest type of skin to deal with because it is caused by hormones which are genetically determined. The hormones responsible for oil production are androgens and while they are considered the “male hormone,” they are present in both males and females. You have oily skin if your face becomes shiny about two hours after cleansing and continues to become increasingly “greasy” throughout the day. Additionally, people with oily skin often have enlarged pores due to the increase in oil production.

While it may seem like a good idea to dry out oily skin, this can make your skin produce even more oil. Rather than using harsh ingredients like alcohol, look for gentle cleansers with ingredients such as salicylic acid. This helps combat oil, and any resulting acne, without being too drying on the skin. Use of a toner after cleansing can help oily skin and looking for one with antioxidants such as vitamin C (ascorbic acid) can provide great benefits. Be sure to exfoliate and again salicylic acid, or BHA exfoliant, is great for clearing away dead skin cells and unclogging pores.

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Combination
Combination skin is difficult for people to deal with and recognize. Combination skin occurs when you face two or more skin types at one time. Often, some part of the skin is dry and flaky while other parts of the skin are oily. Generally, this manifests as an oily T-zone, where the forehead, nose and chin are oilier than the rest of the face.

Use a gentle cleanser and avoid bar soaps for combination skin. Again, look for a toner but be sure that it does not include any irritating ingredients such as citrus oils, alcohols or witch hazel. Salicylic acid is a great ingredient and can be used as a regular exfoliant to keep the T-zone clean and clear. If your skin is particularly dry, then you may want to skip the BHA (salicylic acid) toner and switch to an AHA exfoliant. Use heavy moisturizers or anti-acne medications as spot treatments rather than applying to the entire face.

Treating your unique skin type with the ingredients that it needs ensures you have the healthiest skin possible. Remember to use sunscreen daily no matter what type of skin you have as it provides necessary protection against harmful UV rays. A regular routine of cleansing, exfoliating and moisturizing helps all skin types stay looking youthful and radiant.