It may seem counter-intuitive to add oil to an already oily face, but it may be the best thing for acen-prone skin (and believe me, I have acneic skin). When we have acne-prone skin, we tend to want to strip our face of oils. That way our skin is squeaky clean, which means it wont be shiny or pimple-central.
The problem is, this just doesn’t work.
The reason it doesn’t work is because when you strip your face of oils with harsh cleansers, your skin thinks there is an oil famine and, concerned about dried out skin, it begins to over-produce sebum (the natural oil produced by your skin). And the result is squeaky clean skin quickly transforms into where’s-my-oil-blotting-tissues skin. So by complimenting and even adding healthy and non-comedogenic oils to your skin, you are telling your skin; “Skin, you are hydrated. You don’t need to produce any extra sebum.”
So how do we apply this concept to our skincare routine? First. Be certain you are using a very, very gentle cleanser made without synthetic detergents. I’m currently using Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap (check Amazon or your local health store). A good bet is something that says, “soap” and not “cleanser”. If it’s a cleanser, just make sure the ingredients are gentle.
- First, I apply a hot and damp washcloth over my face for a few moments to help open my pores.
- Then, I mix a little bit of soap with a little bit of Jojoba Oil. I gently wash my face, neck, and upper chest, and rinse without scrubbing. (Acneic skin needs very gentle care. No scrubbing.)
- I spritz my skin with rose water/hydrosol (an excellent, gentle toner).
- Finally, I pat my still-damp skin with a few drops of a healthy, skin-loving oil blend that I have lightly rubbed into damp palms. Only a few drops. 3-4. Oil is very concentrated. If your skin feels oily afterward, you used too much oil or oil that is not easily absorbed by the skin.
I wash with Jojoba specifically because the chemical make-up of this wonderful oil is almost identical to human sebum. This makes it highly qualified to attach to the “dirty” skin oils already on your face and allow the soap to more effectively wash those oils away.
Great oils to include in your final step moisturizer could be:
- Avacado Oil
- Marula Oil
- Camellia Oil
- Vitamin E or Sunflower Oil
- Sesame Oil
- Babassu Oil
- Shea Butter
Great ESSENTIAL oils to consider:
- Tea Tree
- Ylang Ylang
- Black Pepper
- Carrot Seed
I personally, do NOT recommend Coconut Oil on acneic skin because it is comedogenic. It’s more likely to clog pores and create acne. But it is a very cleansing oil, high in lauric acid, so a good alternative to it is babassu oil – which has a very similar fatty acid profile but is non-comodogenic.
Verse of the Day:
“So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience;” (Colossians 3:12 NASB)