Perhaps it’s because acne is predominant in oily skin; We tend to blame oil for all our breakouts. If we have acne prone skin, we avoid applying oil or any products containing oil on our faces. But, is that really the answer? Or, are we doing more damage than help.
Ayurvedic practitioners recommend adding oil to fight acne (especially adult acne).
After years of suffering from adult acne, many have found a cure by taking a few breaths and slopping on a bit of oil on their faces. And voila, clear skin and happiness!
While using oil benefits teenage breakouts, it is especially good for adult acne. This is because it helps to treat many skin problems that occur as our skin matures, such as sun damage, pigmentation, fine lines and loss of tone. So many people over thirty are relieved when they learn they can address pimples while preventing wrinkles, ending the daunting dilemma between treating their acne or aging.
Conventional acne solutions involve harsh, drying acids, peels and astringents that lead to dehydrated, devitalized and sensitized skin. Using nourishing natural facial oils actually feeds, protects and supports our skin tissue, helping to restore its balance and ward off pimples while promoting moisture and hydration. Still don’t believe in the power of oil? Read on for the reasoning behind why oil is the ace-in-the-hole against adult breakouts.
Oil Unblocks Pores
Many think that adding oil to your skin will clog pores. In fact, it is dehydration of the skin that clogs the pores. When this occurs, our skin’s natural oil cannot secrete easily and lubricate its surface. Instead, it becomes thick and hardened and gets lodged in our pores, creating corks of dried out sebum.
So what kind of oil should you use? Plant derived oils, like olive oil, help to prevent dehydration and thus, keeps the pores clean and open.
Oil keeps out bacteria
Dry skin allows for tiny cracks in the tissue which creates a channel for acne-causing bacteria to get in. Therefore, adding oil will keep your skin hydrated and create a solid barrier from bacteria.
Oil Regulates Sebum Overproduction
We tend to try to reduce oil on our skin by over-washing and then using astringents to further dry up the skin. The result is quite simple. The more you dry out your skin, the more your skin tries to bounce back by producing more oil – in excess. This overproduction of oil will stimulate more acne production.
To balance out your skin and keep the sebum production at bay, don’t wash your skin more than twice daily and replenish your skin with oils such as jojoba, which are structurally similar to sebum.
Oil Calms Inflammatory Acne
Many acne sufferers know this acne quite well. Red, blistering breakouts need comforting, soothing ingredients to diminish swelling and heat.
Coconut oil is a great anti-inflammatory and antiseptic oil. This oil helps calm irritation, including that of blemish redness. Use coconut oil in conjunction with turmeric, chamomile and lavender to bump up the antiseptic and anti-inflammatory effect.
Read about all the benefits of Turmeric for your skin!
Oil Helps Prevent Scars
Just as important as overcoming acne is getting rid of the evidence. Dry, dehydrated skin scars more easily and also has more difficulty healing.
Oils such as seabuckthorn berry and rosehip oil replenish the skin as well as contain high amounts of vitamin C. This antioxidant is excellent for helping to fade pigmentation and scarring. However, rosehip oil can be too stimulating for acne-prone skin so it should only be used on alternating days to avoid triggering breakouts.
Try ReNude’s Turmeric Antioxidant Mask to supplement your skin with Vitamin C and Turmeric!
If you’re tired of having this adolescent menace follow you into adulthood and are feeling brave, maybe it’s time to give oil a shot. What have you got to lose?
Need more proof? Check out the evidence behind Turmeric and Coconut oil for Acne.