Oils are bad for an Oily Skin, right? ........WRONG!

First of all lets break it down to the bare basics:
There is natural oil produced by the skin, then there are plant oils and lastly synthetic and petroleum based/mineral oils. So now that we know what we are dealing with , lets unpack these oils individually.....

Oils produced by the skin ...
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The oil produces by the skin is known as ‘sebum’ it is produced in the ‘dermis’ of the skin below the surface by special glands known as ‘sebaceous glands’. Oil on the surface of the skin is what aids the skin in protecting and preventing bacterial invasion, as well as creating an environment with a slightly acidic pH (7.0).
This oil is very much a necessary component in helping to maintain the skins natural health, however as with most of our organs when the skin is not functioning properly it will either overproduce sebum resulting in pimples and/or Acne or alternatively produce too little which results in dry , irritated and often Eczema type irritated skin.

Plant oils for an Oily Skin …

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There is a huge abundance of plant oils that have been ‘discovered’ in the last years, although many have been in existence and used by our ancestors for centuries. Oils high in omega fatty acids , anti-oxidants and having great anti-inflammatory qualities whilst balancing the skin’s natural ecology , oils such as Goji Berry , Argan ,Prickly Pear Seed  and Chia seed to name but a few.

Plant oils such as these are of great value to the skin, they replace the natural oils we remove when bathing, they assisting in balancing the skin natural functions and they provide a source of nourishment that cannot be manufactured by the body on its own. They are a source of vitamins , essential fatty acids , amino acids and more.

These oils are used in cleansing preparations where an oil/balm cleanser will aid in comforting a dry/irritated and mature skin, the oil and balm cleansers are also a great means of cleansing an oily skin. How, you may ask? Well its simple really, the oil does not replace the oil helps in dissolving lipidic (oil loving particles) far more gently and effectively than a soapy cleanser. If you do not enjoy the feel of a residue on the skin, you can do a ‘double cleanse’ at least twice a week. This consists of first a balm/oil cleanser followed by a facial wash.
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Plant oils are also used in day and night preparations to feed, nourish and hydrate (depending on the oil, its properties and concentration) the skin. DO NOT strip or dry out the skin in an attempt to get rid of acne, this type of action will result in severe dehydration, which in turn will trigger more oil to be produced and create a vicious cycle. It is all about balance, oils are an oily skins friend!

** Examples of great preparations:
Balm Balms Frankincense Cleanser
Decleor’s Facial Balms

And lastly let’s look at Synthetic and Petroleum based oils ….
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Petroleum/Mineral based oils are not recommended in any way shape and/or form, they are usually colourless and transparent. Mineral oils do not penetrate the skin at all,  and therefore can only prevent evaporation of moisture through the skin. This action results in clogged pores and breakouts.

Synthetic oils are imposters that try to mimic the action of nature and have absolutely zero positive attributes – AVOID THESE!

** Examples of what to avoid:
Vaseline (Petroleum Jelly) this is a byproduct of extracting petrol!!
Baby Oil (This is a mineral oil and the same as above applies)

So there you have it , I hope you found this helpful.

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