For people who are acne-prone, oils have a bad reputation for making breakouts worse. But to set the record straight, adding one to your beauty routine can actually have great benefits. For one, face oils are amazing alternatives for treating acne scars, especially if you're not a fan of peels and strong exfoliants. To learn about the five oils we swear by, keep scrolling!
1. Rosehip Oil
Research shows that oily and congested acne-prone skin usually has more oleic acid in its sebum than linoleic acid, so we need more of the latter to balance it out and prevent breakouts. Rosehip oil is an antioxidant and omega fatty acid-rich oil that contains more linoleic acid than oleic acid. It helps calm redness, promote cell renewal, and improve the skin's elasticity. These properties can help fade acne scars and dark spots on the face and body.
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HUMAN NATURE Pure Rosehip Oil, P750, Beauty Bar
2. Grapeseed Oil
Grapeseed oil is a natural ingredient that aids tissue regeneration, hence making it effective for lightening scars on the face. It is also rich in linoleic acid, which reduces skin inflammation and risk of scarring. It boasts of vitamin E, as well, an ingredient that can effectively block free radicals and protect our skin barrier.
FRESH Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil, P3236, Sephora.ph
3. Lavender Oil
A natural antimicrobial ingredient and antioxidant, lavender oil can prevent further irritation, soothing your acne scars until they fade. It's also more gentle compared to other essential oils, and it doesn't need to be diluted too much to be safe. Lastly, its calming properties can help prevent stress- and anxiety-induced breakouts.
WILD PRODUCTS Essential Oil Lavender True, P670, Sephora.ph
4. Safflower Oil
For those with dry, acne-prone skin, safflower oil is your best bet. This oil is high in omega-6 and omega-3, two kinds of fatty acids that are essential for maintaining smooth and hydrated skin. Its linoleic acid content is also higher than that of oleic acid, which as mentioned above, can balance the kinds of sebum in acne-prone skin.
DERMA-E Vitamin E Skin Oil 14,000 IU, P595, Healthy Options
Squalane already occurs naturally in our bodies as a lipid in our sebum. However, it can also be found and extracted from olives and applied topically as skincare. Doing this will hydrate the skin without being too greasy, while improving the rate of cell turnover, which slows down as we age. Over time, it can help diminish the appearance of acne scars and even age spots.
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THE ORDINARY 100% Plant-Derived Squalane, P730, Beautymnl