Ok, this is something that people get real confused on. Why in the WORLD would you want to put oil on oily skin?? I am asked this question a lot because I encourage my clients who have oily skin to do this and oftentimes they will, with reluctance, take my advice. And then they fall in love.
Lets first explain the breakdown of how the skin works when it comes to sebum production (this is what your body's natural occurring oil is called):
Our skin is constantly trying to maintain a balanced pH and oftentimes, the products we buy for our skincare routine can be extremely disruptive to this balancing act and trigger your body to produce more oil to repair your stripped lipid barrier.
Healthy, beautiful skin has normal sebum production and an in tact lipid barrier (this is the layer of oil on top of the skoin that protects skin and keeps essential moisture in).
When you wash your face with harsh soaps or use AHA's (alpha hydroxy acids...I love them, but you've gotta use them sparingly), it strips all of the oils from your skin. Many people think this is a great idea! They like the squeaky feeling of freshly washed skin BUT when you strip your skin, your body goes into a bit of a panic to compensate for that loss of protection that it worked so hard to produce (again, your lipid barrier). This becomes a vicious cycle for your suffering skin and creates a lot of frustration and A LOT of oil and unwanted issues.
Now lets talk about what happens when you introduce an oil product into your skincare regimen. Putting a non-comodegenic oil on your face (one that won't clog your pores because the molecule makeup is very small) sends a signal to your body that your skin is healthy and protected. Your body recognizes jojoba, argan, avocado, evening primrose oil & sunflower oils as it's own and will decrease it's own sebum production based on their presence. Oils to avoid would be cocoa butter, coconut oil, coconut butter, linseed oil, flax seed oil & palm oil to name a few as these oils clog pores and become problematic.
You can introduce an oil cleanser into your skincare routine if you'd like. A few of my favorite oil cleansers are:
And here are a few of my favorite face oils:
Do your skin a favor and introduce oil into your routine! As always, I'm here to help you!