Hello everyone! This post is going out specially for those of you who suffer from acne and breakouts but still want to use an oil on your skin either for cleansing or moisturising . I wouldn’t say I’m “acne-prone” myself but sometimes facials oils break me out.
The reason many oils break you out is because they are “comedogenic” meaning pore clogging. In order to find a facial oil either for cleansing or moisturising it is important to understand Comedogenic Ratings. The list below is in no way comprehensive but it shows the comedogenic rating of some popular oils used in natural skin care today. Also there is a lot of different sources that quotes different comedogenic ratings but I looked at a lot of sources to compile my list. A lower score means that the oil is less pore clogging.
0 Hemp seed oil, Shea butter
1 Castor oil, Rosehip oil, Argan oil
2 Almond oil, Jojoba oil,
3 Avocado oil, Primrose oil
4 Coconut oil
5 Wheat germ oil
So from the above list we can see that those who suffer from breakouts should avoid the popular coconut oil and opt for a non-comedogenic oil like hemp oil. I decided to buy an organic, unrefined, fragrance-free, preservative-free Hemp Oil from Good Day Organics (100% Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil). Hemp seed oil has a comedogenic rating of 0 which means it is safe to use for sensitive and especially acne-prone skin and is especially good for psoriasis and eczema.
Now here’s the sciency bit. Skin sebum is made of fatty acids like linoleic and oleic acid (two of the many fatty acids). These fatty acids are required to build “healthy” sebum. If the skin produces sebum with a low level of linoleic acid then the sebum has a thicker consistency and can clog, irritate and inflame the pore causing the cyst (spot). Those who suffer from acne quite often have sebum with a low level of linoleic acid. Hemp oil on the other hand has a high level of linoleic acid in it. When hemp oil is applied topically it can almost mimic the good sebum to re-balance it and unclog the pore. It has very good anti-inflammatory, moisturising and acne reducing properties.
This oil has an olive colour and it feels distinctly like a dry-oil so it isn’t too greasy. A tiny bit of this oil goes a long way for me, I mainly apply it on my cheeks and neck area by warming it up between my palms and patting it into the skin as the last stage of my skincare routine. Hemp oil has its own natural fragrance, sort of like nuts which I quite like and the smell doesn’t linger on the skin for too long.
I have been testing this for a week and I love it especially for the winter time! In the mornings my skin looks plump, radiant and moisturised.
Overall I’m really enjoying using this oil, it has done the job of hydrating the dry patches on my combination skin without causing breakouts on the oilier T-zone. This will definitely be a product that makes it into my daily skin care routine.
What facial oils are you trying? Comment below and let me know.