The Best Oils For Acne Prone Skin

If you suffer from acne and your skin is already very oily, the thought of putting oil on your skin might sound like a terrible idea, but once you find the right oils for your skin type it can be beneficial in helping you to reduce your breakouts.

JOJOBA OIL (pronounced ho-ho-ba)

Jojoba oil is similar to the oil (sebum) our skin naturally produces so it helps to level out the amount of oil the skin is producing. Due to its oil balancing, hydrating and anti-inflammatory effects it may help to unblock pores and reduce acne lesions.

Jojoba oil also contains high amounts of wax esters which help to repair the skins natural barrier which is often altered in people with acne.


Seabuckthorn oil is very high in essential fatty acids which help to reduce inflammation in the skin. One of them being gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) which helps to improve blood circulation to the skin, reduces inflammation and improves skin texture and tone. Seabuckthorn oil has also been found to help skin regeneration, promoting wound healing and reducing the appearance of scars. Seabuckthorn oil is extremely pigmented so be careful not to get it on your clothes or sheets!


Rosehip oil is naturally high in vitamin C, which is needed to produce collagen within the skin. Rosehip oil also contains vitamin E and lycopene which helps to brighten the skin, reduce hyperpigmentation and soften the appearance of scars. This makes it a great choice if your acne is starting to settle down but you are left with a lot of stubborn marks that just won’t fade.


This oil is native to Southeast Asia and traditionally used to heal burns, scars and dry, painful skin. Tamanu oil can reduce redness in the skin, even skin tone and encourage the growth of new skin cells, which makes it perfect to assist in reducing the appearance of scars. It also helps to build healthy skin cells, improving the elasticity and strengthening the skin. This oil could be a good choice if you find your skin is dry, cracked and painful from Accutane. Another benefit from this oil is that it contains beta-glucans and calophyllic acid that help to reduce inflammation in the skin and fight the growth of bacteria that can contribute to acne.


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By Emilia Papadopoullos
DipCNM, Nutritional Therapist

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