Bottom Line. Not all oils are necessarily bad for acne-prone skin, but you do need to watch out for heavy oils that are known to clog pores. The best oils for acne-prone skin will also depend on your Baumann Skin Type®, as some dry skin types might tolerate facial oils for acne better than oily skin types.
What oils are bad for acne?
The reason is its comedogenicity – or pore-clogging factor. Many oils have been tested and only a few have been found safe for acne-prone skin.
Here are the oils to avoid:
- Almond oil.
- Apricot kernel oil.
- Avocado oil.
- Beeswax (cera alba)
- Cocoa butter.
- Coconut oil.
- Corn oil.
- Cotton seed oil.
Can you use oil on acne-prone skin?
Many people with acne-prone skin or oily skin mistakenly believe that face oils will result in clogged pores and more blemishes. But the truth is, the right face oil can actually help to treat blemishes, soothe irritated skin, and brighten up acne scars.
Do oils make acne worse?
Products that clog pores are known as comedogenic; and, you guessed it, facial oils fit the description. “Many [topical] oils have the potential to clog pores and cause breakouts,” says Dr. Love. “So, using oils on acne-prone skin is akin to adding gas to a fire.”
Can oil cause pimples?
Using pore-clogging oil-based make up can worsen or cause acne. This can become worse if make up is not thoroughly removed! If you want to hide your acne with make up, just be sure to use brands that contain good ingredients (I talk a bit more about this below).
Will oils make me break out?
“Typically, applying too much oil on your skin may create an oil film that prevents the skin from breathing, and may even clog pores and result in breakouts.
Is oil bad for your face?
“Heavy oils can congest the skin and cause breakouts, which will definitely inflame and irritate existing acne conditions. “Oils such as coconut, olive and wheatgerm should be avoided, as they may block pores and cause increased blemishes.”