Which oils for oily skin
Updated: Sep 26, 2018
I’ve been using simple natural skincare for the best of 10 years now and I have always preferred oils above water based products as I find oils and oil based products to be far superior in making my skin feel comfortable, balanced & healthy looking.
The added benefit from using oils and oil based products is that they have a naturally relatively long shelf life and if stored correctly there is no need to add harsh preservatives to them.
But not all oils are the same and it’s important to choose the right ones to suit your skintype especially if you have a tendency towards oily skin or acne-prone skin.
The skin’s own natural oil called sebum (Latin for fat or tallow) is secreted by the sebaceous glands which are distributed over the entire body either under hair follicles or under pores with the exception of the palms of your hands and the soles of your feet.
Sebum is a complex mixture of naturally produced fats, oils, waxes, cholesterols and other molecules. It helps to keep the skin waterproof and protects it from drying out.
Yet another good thing about sebum is that it contains a lot of vitamin E, an antioxidant that protects the skin and helps keep it healthy looking.
However sebum composition varies from individual to individual and it has been shown that people with congested and acne prone skin usually have a sebum composition low in linoleic acid (an unsaturated omega-6 fatty acid) but high in oleic acid (a mono-unsaturated omega-9 fatty acid) causing the skin’ s sebum to become hard and sticky causing outbreaks and clogged pores.
So one of the main considerations in choosing an oil (an knowing which ones to avoid) for oily and acne prone skin is the linoleic acid vs oleic acid composition of the oil.
By applying oils high in linoleic acid directly to the skin you can improve the ratio between these two fatty acids and experience less breakouts.
Oils high in Oleic acid:
(the percentages are approximate)
OLIVE OIL - Oleic acid 72%, Linoleic acid 15%
AVOCADO OIL - Oleic acid 63% ,
Linoleic acid 14%
MACADAMIA OIL - Oleic acid 59%,
APRICOT KERNEL OIL - Oleic acid 64%, Linoleic acid 28%
ALMOND OIL - Oleic acid 71%,
Linoleic acid 25%
CAMELLIA SEED OIL - Oleic acid 79%, Linoleic acid 9%
HAZEL NUT OIL - Oleic acid 79%, Linoleic acid 12%
MARUALA OIL - Oleic acid 75%, Linoleic acid 6%
PALM FRUIT OIL - Oleic acid 39%, Linoleic acid 7%
TAMANU OIL - Oleic acid 41%, Linoleic acid 29%
BURITI OIL - Oleic acid 70%, Linoleic acid 7 %
Oils high in linoleic acid:
(the percentages are approximate)
SAFFLOWER SEED OIL - Oleic acid 29%, Linoleic acid 79%
BORAGE SEED OIL - Oleci acid 17%, Linoleic 39%
HEMP SEED OIL - Oleic acid 12%, Linoleic acid 65% :
EVENING PRIMROSE OIL - Oleic acid 8%, Linoleic acid 72%
GRAPE SEED OIL - Oleic acid 17%, Linoleic acid 71%
PUMPKIN SEED OIL - Oleic acid 25%, Linoleic acid 59%
BLACK CURRANT SEED OIL - Oleic acid 13%, Linoleic acid 54%
PASSION FRUIT SEED OIL - Oleic acid 16%, Linoleic acid 65%
ROSEHIP SEED OIL - Oleic acid 14%, Linoleic acid 44%
BLACK CUMIN SEED OIL - Oleic acid 24%, Linoleic acid 56%
KALAHARI MELON SEED OIL - Oleic acid 15%, Linoleic acid 61%
Some more balanced oils slightly higer in OLEIC ACID include : Jojoba oil, Baobab oil, Argan oil, Babassu oil, Flaxseed oil, Coconut oil.
Some balanced oils slightly higer in LINOLEIC ACID include: Castor oil, Pomegranate seed oil, Sesame oil.
Always buy the best quality oil you can afford and avoid GM oils.
Look for organic (or wildharvested), cold pressed, virgin & unrefined oils as they retain most of the desirable therapeutic properties.
…And as always - pay attention to your diet. Include lots of raw fruit and veg in your diet, minimise sugar intake and drink plenty of water.
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