What Oils Should I Put on My Face?

“Oily skin” sounds bad, right? Have no fear. Oil is good for you! It is essential nourishment that makes our skin smooth, elastic, supple, and glowing.

Plant-based oils are among the best ingredients nature has given us.

Even if you have “problem skin,” an oil-free regimen may not be the best solution.

Sometimes the skin overreacts to drying treatments by doubling down and producing even more sebum. Using an appropriate oil might actually calm it – as the skin is no longer “worried” that you’re cleaning it dry, it becomes more balanced. This is the “fight fire with fire” strategy of treating oily skin.


Not all oils are appropriate for all skin types. There’s no need to be concerned if you have normal to dry skin: your face will thank you for the natural nourishment you’re giving it. 

If you experience acne and clogged pores, however, there are some oils to watch out for, as they can make the situation worse. And there are non-comedogenic oils which may help your skin improve.

On the more comedogenic end of the spectrum are coconut and cocoa oils.

They are both wonderfully nourishing, and you can certainly use them on your body. ‚Äč

If you’re not afraid of a rich, greasy treatment, you can apply raw coconut oil directly onto your skin after a shower – it smells delicious, too. 

Cocoa butter is thicker and harder at room temperature, so you may need to mix it with something else to use it on your body. But it’s certainly not a bad idea, and who doesn’t want to smell like chocolate?

If you have normal to dry skin, feel free to use the gorgeous Cocosolis lotion, which includes both coconut and cocoa oils, on your face. If you have acne, however, that may not be the best option for you.

Yes to coconut and cocoa on your body, no to those delicious ingredients for your face. At least for now. Wait a few years, and, when the issue clears up, you can treat yourself to that.

Avocado oil is a step below coconut and cocoa – not as comedogenic, but still best to avoid on skin with blackheads or pimples.

Which oils are better alternatives for problem skin? You have options! 

Jojoba oil is great and feels like you’re returning skin’s natural suppleness back to it. Almond and apricot kernel oil are also fine, as is olive oil.

One great, noncomedogenic skin superfood is shea butter. This miracle ingredient from Africa will bring you soft, nourished, glowing skin without causing any trouble.

Feel free to use L’Action and Korean Beauty’s gorgeous shea butter masks on your problem skin. This extra nourishment may be what it needs to recharge and regain its balance.

Remember, when it comes to blackheads and acne, the best strategy may be to “fight fire with fire.”

Your skin may be overproducing oil because it’s in “panic mode,” dried out by the weather or other treatments. Nourishing it with healthy oils is the oldest beauty trick in the game – and it works.

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