A skincare expert pro clears up the myths surrounding beauty oils.
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If you’ve got oily or acne-prone skin, or even just suffer from the odd blockage, the idea of slathering oil onto your face can be a horrifying thought.
At home, you’ve got a bathroom shelf full of clarifying clay masks and mattifying make-up – why on earth would you want to add something greasy into the mix?
Are certain facial oils good for blemish-prone skin?
“Although some facial oils can be problematic for blemish-prone skin, there are some key ingredients that can really be of help.
“The key thing to consider is if the particular oil is light in weight. Oils such as avocado or coconut are quite heavy and should be avoided, due to the film they leave on the skin, which can clog the pores.
“Certain light, natural plant oils have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, mimicking the natural and positive effects of sebum.
“Oils such as hemp, jojoba and omega are great examples of these, and can also help protect cell membranes and alleviate sensitivity.”
Are oils the best long-term treatment for blemish-prone skin?
“Although oils may alleviate some common concerns for blemish-prone faces, they are definitely not a long-term solution. The key with blemish-prone skin is maintaining a regular skincare routine.
“I recommend including a cleanser, exfoliator and a hydrating product in your regime as a must, for those who suffer with acne.
“In some cases, however, the advice of a professional dermatologist may be essential for the long-term treatment of acne-prone skin.”
How and when should a facial oil be applied?
“A facial oil should always be the last step of your skincare routine. This is because water-based products are unable to penetrate the skin if they are layered over the top of an oil.
“So you must ensure that you have applied all water-based products before a facial oil.
“A lightweight facial oil can be used in the morning and at night for best results.”
Six of the best facial oils for acne-prone skin
1. Optimum Phyto Sleep Facial Oil
2. PHB Ethical Beauty Superfood Facial Oil
3. Dr Botanicals Moroccan Rose Superfood Facial Oil
4. Tropic Super Greens Nutrient Boost Oil
5. Elemis Superfood Facial Oil
6. Malin + Goetz Recovery Treatment Oil