If you have oily and acne-prone skin, you understand the frustration that comes with trying to find the almighty cure. You've probably tried every product on the market that claims it'll dry your oil right up, and are somehow still left with breakouts and that dreaded shine. The last thing those with oily skin would ever think of doing is putting even more oil on their face, but it turns out oil may actually be the magical solution.
Oil skin care products contain anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and soothing compounds that will help breakouts and acne-prone skin, according to Cosmopolitan. They are also jam packed with vitamins, amino acids and anti-oxidants that help heal, protect and hydrate skin without clogging pores or creating more oil.
"Many people try and combat congested skin by using harsh, stripping products that remove all oils from the skin," Sian Jones, co-founder of Balance Me, explained. "This causes the skin to over-compensate for the reduction of oils by producing even more, which in turn worsens the congestion."
Since oil-based facial products contain the fatty acids that your skin needs, but can't produce on its own, to stay hydrated, these products will help skin heal and repair itself much more quickly. These products are even more effective at hydrating skin than typical moisturizers and even absorb quicker, nourish the skin and add powerful vitamins and antioxidants.
"[Oils] nourish your skin, protect it from the sun and free radicals, and have antiseptic and firming," Los Angeles aesthetician Rita Csizmadia told Birchbox. "You'll see real results because oil gets below the surface and penetrates into two of the skin's five layers to give you that soothing and smoothing effect."
"Some oils are actually good for oily skin!" dermatologist Dr. Dhaval G. Bhanusali told Buzzfeed. "The mistake many people make is that they use harsh, drying cleansers and products that strip the 'good' oils on the skin surface causing irritated, raw skin."
Bhanusali even explained what types of oils are good for specific skin types. For example, if you have acne, tea tree oil is your best met. Or if you want softer skin, neem oil is the way to go.
Here are a few dermatologist recommended oil-based products for those with oily and acne-prone skin.
1. AmorePacific Treatment Cleansing Oil ($50) - "A cleansing oil to lift away impurities and makeup as it pampers and softens, leaving the skin moisturized without any oily residue."
2. Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil ($52) - "A precious blend of pure oils packed with nourishing omegas to preserve a youthful appearance."
3. AromaWorks Balance Face Serum Oil ($56) - "Rejuvenates. Reduces congested oily skin. Revitalizes and balances skin tone."
4. Meow Meow Tweet Oil Face Cleanser ($25) - "Our everyday cream cleanser is a gentle and effective recipe that will thoroughly cleanse your face without stripping the skin of it's vital moisture. This of this as an oil cleanser that rinses off."
5. BalanceMe Radiance Face Oil ($33) - "A 100% natural, multi-award winning face oil that gives skin instant radiance, plumps skin, reducing fine lines, protects against premature ageing, reduces scarring, redness and discoloration and deeply hydrates skin."