• Chris

7 of the Best Oils for Oily Skin

Updated: Mar 29, 2021

It may seem counterintuitive but the use of the right oil for someone prone to oily skin can actually help to regulate your natural sebum production and make the skin overall less oily.  It is however important to select oils which are non-comodogenic (don't clog pores).  Each oil is given a comedogenic rating as follows:

Comedogenic Rating for different oils
Comedogenic rating for oils are shown in brackets below

Cocoa butter for example is a great moisturiser high in Oleic acid. However, with a comedogenic rating of ~4 many people cannot tolerate it and we would not therefore recommend it as a primary ingredient in a facial skin care product other than on the lips which don't have sweat glands. It is therefore important to select the appropriate oils to suit your skin type based on their fatty acid composition.

Research has shown that people with oily or acne prone skin have low levels of Linoleic Acid in their skin’s surface lipids.  Adding these fatty acid-rich oils topically is the best way to address this problem.  Linoleic Acid is an omega-6 essential fatty acid not produced by body.  It has anti-aging, barrier protective, soothing, and balancing properties, and is most suitable for oily and acne prone skin.  Please see below seven of our favourite oils which are high in Linoleic Acid:

Borage/Starflower (2)

Borage (Starflower) Oil
Borage (Starflower) Oil

Borage seed oil is an amazing skin regenerator and is a great anti-inflammatory due to its high gamma linolenic acid (GLA) content.

It possesses exceptional protective properties and is rich in antioxidants to fight environmental damage. It’s known for its ability to revitalise, hydrate and restore elasticity of the skin and is particularly beneficial for dry, dull or tired skin.

Due to its ability to reduce inflammation it is often found in products associated with certain skin conditions such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis.

Due to its high linoleic acid content this oil is suitable for combination skin types that lean more on the oily side.

Its fatty acid composition is as follows:

  • Linoleic Acid % = ~40%

  • Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA) = ~20%

  • Oleic Acid - ~18%

Our favourite SKIND product championing Borage/Starflower Oil is:


Fragrance Free Skin Boost Serum

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Grapeseed (1)

Grapeseed Oil
Grapeseed Oil

Well suited for most skin types and has a low chance of clogging pores. Grapeseed oil is rich in Omega 6 and Vitamin E which helps tighten, moisturise and work as anti-oxidants to fight against harmful free radicals.

One of the highest percentages of Linoleic Acid of any oil - It reduces inflammation, redness, and accelerates the healing of acne. This is a very light oil that absorbs easily without a greasy residue.

Its fatty acid composition is as follows:

  • Linoleic Acid - 63% to 72%

  • Oleic Acid - ~21%

Our favourite SKIND product championing Grapeseed Oil is:


Fragrance Free Hand Treat

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Hemp Seed (0)

Hemp Seed Oil
Hemp Seed Oil

Hemp Seed Oil is rich is Omega-3 and 6 giving it amazing skin softening and moisturising properties that are perfect for those with oily sensitive skin types.

In addition It offers protective and regenerating properties thanks to these essential fatty acids that fight against free radical damage and stimulating the regeneration of skin tissue. It smoothes and firms the skin and restores elasticity by restructuring the cell membrane and working against dehydration.

Contains Gamma Linoleic Acid (GLA) which makes great for reducing redness and inflammation associated with acne breakouts and is a great treatment for eczema, psoriasis, and dry, itchy skin.

This oil is relatively light and has a profile similar to that of the skin. It can therefore help to balance the skin’s oil production even for those with very oily skin. It is usually well tolerated by all skin types.

Its fatty acid composition is as follows:

  • Linoleic Acid = ~54%

  • Linolenic Acid = ~19%

  • Oleic Acid - ~9%

  • Gamma Linoleic Acid (GLA) = ~3%

Our favourite SKIND product championing Hemp Seed Oil is:


Skin Salvation Balm and Intensive Lip Balm

Balmonds Skin Salvation Balm and Intensive Lip Balm