Oils get a bad wrap. The word 'oil' in general seems to have a negative connotation, often associated with terms like grease, acne, and dirt. But an oil-based formula may be the product your skincare routine is missing, especially as cooler weather approaches. Not convinced? As Dendy Engelman, M.D., dermatologic surgeon, puts it, “Oils help make the skin supple and pliable. Since they are quickly absorbed, they help to reinforce the skin barrier, making it stronger and less vulnerable.”
And face oils aren't just desirable for dry skin types either. As counterintuitive as it sounds, using oil on oily skin can actually be beneficial. “For oily skin, if the skin is stripped of natural oils, it will go into overproduction mode and cause more sebum buildup,” Engelman explains. So using an oil can help replenish your skin's natural oils, which can keep oil levels balanced and breakouts at bay.
That said, not all oils should be used on oily skin. Some ingredients to look for are rose oil, tea tree oil, and magnesium. “Face oils with rose oil have anti-inflammatory properties, which are great for calming redness and sensitive skin,” Engelman explains. “It’s very emollient—meaning it’s good for locking in moisture and hydration.”
Then there’s tea tree oil, which is antibacterial to ward off zits, and magnesium, which reduces inflammation, she says. As for the trendy coconut oil, Engelman says anyone with acne-prone skin should steer clear of it as it’s comedogenic (i.e., it clogs pores).
Interested in upgrading to an oil? From drugstore picks to cult favorites, here are the eight best oils for people with oily skin.
We already know argan oil is a great option for those who suffer from breakouts, but this one is more than just a face treatment oil. It also primes your skin with a dewy base for makeup. The result? A subtle, iridescent glow that makes skin look highlighted, without any of the complicated contouring stuff.