What Are the Pros and Cons of Using Oils for Oily Skin?

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  • Written By: Erin J. Hill
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  • Last Modified Date: 16 August 2019
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Although it may seem counterproductive, some studies have shown that using oils for oily skin treatment may be useful in certain situations. The pros of using oils is that they are generally inexpensive and sometimes effective at treating skin with an overproduction of oil. The downside is that not all oily skin responds well to oil-based treatments, thus making oil-related skin conditions like acne more severe.

In many cases, the use of oils for oily skin is not a good idea. Many individuals have a natural overproduction of skin oils and sebum, and using oil reducers is often the best method of relieving excess oil and related conditions. Oily skin is often related to acne pimples and blackheads, both of which can be caused by oil buildup inside the pores.

Despite this, there are a few situations where using oils for oily skin treatment may be beneficial. The first is when oily skin is actually caused by continuous washing or exfoliation. Washing the skin too often can remove oils in excessive amounts, and the pores begin secreting additional oil to compensate for the loss. Although reducing the number of times per day one washes the fact can help with this, adding a small amount of natural essential oils may speed this process. Once the skin has returned to normal, oils can generally be discontinued.


In some cases the use of oils for oily skin may also help with bacteria- and fungus-related oil production. Oil of sage, jojoba oil, and other natural oils can heal inflamed skin and prevent irritation. Some oils also even prevent oil production. This is due to additional healing properties within the oils, and not always the oil itself. These same effects can also be found in other substances, such as honey.

The downside of using oils for oily skin includes the fact that sometimes it makes the condition worse. Only certain underlying causes of excessive oil production respond well to these treatments. Others will become exacerbated by the additional application of oils, which can lead to further breakouts and a shiny appearance.

Excessively oily skin and breakouts should be checked by a dermatologist. This is especially important if pimples because very large or widespread. In some cases a bacterial infection or another skin condition similar to acne may be to blame.



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