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The Best Carrier Oils for Your Skin Type!

posted in Skin & Body
11/03/2016
  • Oily skin, characterized by the overproduction of sebum, can create a greasy feel + shine to the skin. People with oily skin usually have acne prone + sensitive skin.

The best oils to use for this skin type are light + contain a high amount of linoleic acid, a polyunsaturated fatty acid found in many light nourishing oils that can be used for oily skin types. Linoleic acid has been proven, when applied topically, to reduce clogged pores by over 25% in just a few weeks when used daily. 
    Oily skin, characterized by the overproduction of sebum, can create a greasy feel + shine to the skin. People with oily skin usually have acne prone + sensitive skin.

    The best oils to use for this skin type are light + contain a high amount of linoleic acid, a polyunsaturated fatty acid found in many light nourishing oils that can be used for oily skin types. Linoleic acid has been proven, when applied topically, to reduce clogged pores by over 25% in just a few weeks when used daily. 

  • Dry skin is characterized by tight, irritated, itchy, flaky skin. People with dry skin types are usually prone to acne due to "sticky" skin cells clogging pores.
The best oils to use for dry skin are those that contain high amounts of oleic acid, a monosaturated fatty acid found in heavier, more slow drying oils, that are well suited for thirsty skin + are absorbed more readily than oily skin types.

    Dry skin is characterized by tight, irritated, itchy, flaky skin. People with dry skin types are usually prone to acne due to "sticky" skin cells clogging pores.

    The best oils to use for dry skin are those that contain high amounts of oleic acid, a monosaturated fatty acid found in heavier, more slow drying oils, that are well suited for thirsty skin + are absorbed more readily than oily skin types.

  • Oleic acid is known to reduce inflammation when used topically + internally, so make sure to get good quality fats in your diet. Oily, dry, or acne prone skin needs to be treated from the inside as well as the outside!

  • Sometimes even these oils won’t work out for everyone. This is where coconut oil + plant butters come into play.

    There’s been a lot of hype about whether or not coconut oil will actually make acne worse, but I do know that it will moisturize even the most dry of the dry skin types. I’ve used it for weeks straight without any breakouts, but alas, everyone is different.


  • Shea Butter + Mango Butter + Cocoa Butter +  Kokoum Butter will give you super smooth skin due to their high amounts of palmitic acid, but watch out for possible clogged pores! 
 It’s all about experimentation.




    Shea Butter + Mango Butter + Cocoa Butter +  Kokoum Butter will give you super smooth skin due to their high amounts of palmitic acid, but watch out for possible clogged pores! 

     It’s all about experimentation.


  • So what about those with combination skin? You can get great results without having to buy 2 different oils. I put the percentages on the slides for each oil so that you can choose an oil that suits you best. Those of you with both dry + oily skin should choose oils that have a percentage closer to 50% such as almond oil, argan oil, apricot kernel oil, sesame oil, or rosehip oil. These oils are more balanced for combination skin types without being too far on either side of the spectrum.

  • ALL SKIN TYPES | Another oil I want to mention is jojoba oil. Even though jojoba oil contains fairly low amounts of oleic + linoleic acids, it is amazing for the skin because it most closely resembles our natural skin oils.

    Jojoba oil reduces inflammation, breaks up plugs in clogged pores (over a few weeks), + reduces the production of sebum. This oil is great for all skin types + especially beneficial for acne prone skin.

  • I recommend picking one oil + trying it out for at least 2 weeks. Play around with amounts to see what works best for you. A few drops of one oil may work for some people, but you may need more or less than that, so listen closely to what your skin is telling you. 


  • Also note that you can mix oils to meet your needs (jojoba oil works very well for this) + even add a few drops of your favorite essential oils for added benefits like:
    Also note that you can mix oils to meet your needs (jojoba oil works very well for this) + even add a few drops of your favorite essential oils for added benefits like:
  • You can even infuse herbs into your skin care oils to add healing properties such as:
    You can even infuse herbs into your skin care oils to add healing properties such as:

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