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8 of the Best Oils for Oily Skin

Updated: Sep 3

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 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 eight of our favourite oils which are high in Linoleic Acid:



Borage/Starflower (2)

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:


Myroo

Fragrance Free Skin Boost Serum

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Grapeseed (1)

Green Grapes

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:


Myroo

Fragrance Free Hand Treat

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Hemp Seed (0)

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:


Balmonds

Skin Salvation Balm and Intensive Lip Balm

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Red Raspberry Seed (0-1)

Red Raspberry Seed Oil

Not only does Raspberry Seed Oil have a low chance of clogging your pores, it also protects your skin from the sun with a natural spf of 28!


The sun is the leading cause of accelerated aging which makes this oil perfect for those who spend time outdoors.


It absorbs well, has a high anti-oxidant content, and moisturises the skin.


Its fatty acid composition is as follows:

  • Linoleic Acid = ~52%

  • Linolenic Acid = ~22%

  • Oleic Acid = ~12%

Our favourite SKIND product championing Raspberry Seed Oil is:


Myroo

Superfood Balm

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Rosehip (1)

Rosehip

Rosehip seed oil is one of our favourite oils to use for cleansing and moisturising oily and acne prone skin.


It’s works wonderfully for improving skin concerns such as; hyperpigmentation, the signs of ageing, sun damage, stretch marks, and scars.


Its high anti-oxidant content improves texture and revitalises the skin.


Its fatty acid composition is as follows:

  • Linoleic Acid = ~44%

  • Oleic Acid - ~14%

Our favourite SKIND product championing Rosehip Oil is:


Balmonds

Omega Rich Cleansing Oil

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Safflower (0)

Safflower Oil

Safflower oil has a silky feel on the skin and is highly moisturising.


It’s high linoleic acid content makes it a perfect oil for the oil cleansing method (OCM) as it will help break up blackheads and other impurities in the skin.


It absorbs easily and doesn’t leave a greasy residue whilst being highly nourishing, protective and helping to restore moisture to the skin.


Its fatty acid composition is as follows:

  • Linoleic Acid = 70% to 80% (High Linoleic Acid Version)

  • Oleic Acid = 10% to 20%

Our favourite SKIND product championing Safflower Oil is:


Myroo

Gentle Cleanser and Cloth

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Sunflower (1)


Sunflower Seed Oil

This is a great oil to start out with if you’re unsure about where to begin. Most skin types respond well to sunflower oil as it helps keep your skin balanced and moisturised while fighting acne causing bacteria.


It is very often the carrier oil for extracts such as calendula.


It’s also great at fighting the signs of aging!


Its fatty acid composition is as follows:

  • Linoleic Acid = ~59%

  • Oleic Acid = ~30%

Our favourite SKIND product championing Sunflower Oil is:


Lyonsleaf

Marshmallow Soften & Rejuvenate Facial Oil

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Blackberry Seed Oil (0-1)

Blackberry Seed Oil

Blackberry Seed Oil contains standout levels of Vitamin C, Omega 3 and Omega 6. This unique combination of essential fatty acids and anti-oxidants help combat the signs of ageing skin, blotchiness, large pores, and blemishes.


This oil is suitable for oilier skin types and does well mixed with other oils.


Its fatty acid composition is as follows:

  • Linoleic Acid = 60 to 65%

  • Linolenic Acid = ~15%

  • Oleic Acid = ~15%

Our favourite SKIND product championing Blackberry Seed Oil is:


Myroo

Super Boost Drops - 100% Cold Pressed Blackberry Seed Oil

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Should you want any further information about other oils not included in the list please contact us at info@skind.co.uk and we will be happy to help.


You can view our full range of cruelty free and fragrance free skin care products here.


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