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Question:
Can I use face oil if I have acne-prone skin?

Answer: When you have oily, combination, or acne-prone skin, the idea of rubbing oil onto your face is downright terrifying. But fear not! With the amazing variety of face oils on the market now, there’s a product for every skin type — especially acne-prone skin. But it is important to make sure you’re using the right face oil.

 

So how do you choose? There are a few things you should know about face oils before you try one.

What is face oil?
Most face oils are moisturizing blends of natural oils that can help lock in hydration, keep blemishes from forming and prevent fine lines and wrinkles. Since most are made from natural plant extracts, they’re great for people trying to avoid harsh chemicals and synthetic ingredients. They’re also packed with naturally occurring antioxidants and vitamins which can improve the overall health of your skin and keep delicate skin plump.

The best part is, you can use face oils day and night. Most are absorbed surprisingly quickly, so no need to worry about heading out with a greasy face. A great tip is to mix a tiny bit of oil with your foundation for silky coverage that’s won’t weight you down. Or apply at night after cleansing and before hitting the sack.

How can face oil help acne?
Although it sounds counterintuitive, you can actually fight oil with oil! When your skin is dry, your body produces even more sebum — the oily stuff that clogs pores. By keeping your skin hydrated, you can actually balance out the oils your body is producing for a blemish-free, glowing complexion.

So, which oil is right for you?

Josie Maran 100 percent Pure Argan Oil Light is a a great choice for face oil first timers. Made in Morocco from nut of the argan tree, it’s a lightweight, quick-absorbing alternative to the original Pure Argan Oil formula that has become a cult favorite. And it’s free of parabens, sulfates and phthalates.

Users have reported more hydrated and supple skin, smoother and more balanced skin. It also promises to help reduce the body’s production of sebum to prevent acne from forming.

Another favorite is Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil. Its formula is a blend of rosewood, geranium, lotus and hazelnut extracts, which act as natural astringents while locking in moisture and plumping skin to prevent lines and wrinkles.

Like the Josie Maran formula, it’s free of parabens, sulfates, and phthalates — and it contains no preservatives. Users have reported less acne and more moisturized skin.

And, of course, there are dozens more great face oils for oily and acne-prone skin!

Have you tried face oil? Which is your favorite?