Natural oils are a great addition to most hair and skin care regimens when used correctly and matched to the right kind of problem (s).
How to Grow Hair Healthy and Long with Natural oils covered a great deal about using natural oils for hair care but what about the skin?
This article will delve into comedogenic and non-comedogenic oils, best non-comedogenic oils for oily skin, how to use these oils and the best brands of each non-comedogenic oil.
What is a Non-Comedogenic Oil?
A non-comedogenic oil is an oil that doesn’t clog the pores. Non-comedogenic oils promote suppleness in dry skin and control acne prone oily skin.
A non-comedogenic oil allows the skin to breathe while doing its job. This is very important because an oil that isn’t non-comedogenic can lead to clogged pores.
Clogged pores mean more breakouts and worsened skin problems. Non-comedogenic oils also have additional properties such as anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial, and vitamins.
Many skin care products include non-comedogenic oils in their product formulations. Whichever non-comedogenic oil you choose depends on what you’re trying to achieve.
Do Natural Oils Clog Oily Skin?
There is a misconception that applying oils to oily skin will make your skin even oilier or cause breakouts but this is just not true.
When it comes to choosing oils for oily skin, you need to stay with oils within the comedogenic rating of 1 – 2/3. Non-comedogenic oils can be used as a cleanser or as a moisturizer. They can also be used to create a skin serum.
What is Comedogenic Rating?
The comedogenic rating is the ability of an oil to clog pores. The rating is from 0 – 5. The higher the comedogenic rating is, the more likely the oil is to clog your pores.
A comedogenic rating of 0 – 2 is usually a safe range for most skin types including oily skin. When the comedogenic rating is 3 – 4, you may want to exercise caution before applying it to your skin.
A comedogenic rating of 5 means the oil will definitely clog your pores. It’s best to avoid this oil even if your skin is more resilient than the Great Wall of China.
Top 30 Non-Comedogenic Oils for Oily Skin
There are over 80 natural oils for hair and skin but I have narrowed this list down to the best 30 non-comedogenic oils to use on oily skin. The number beside each one refers to the comedogenic rating.
If these oils have already been featured on the website, I will link to the more comprehensive articles.
Non-Comedogenic Oils with Rating 0
1. Argan Oil
This is one of my favorite oils to use on hair. It prevents split ends and breakage. It’s very popular in hair and skin care. Argan oil has a high vitamin E and squalene content.
Squalene is an emollient and natural antioxidant. It also regulates the production of excess oil on the skin and heals chapped and cracked skin. Argan oil has similarities to jojoba oil.
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Hemp seed oil is an excellent moisturizer. It also softens the skin and could help treat skin conditions such as psoriasis. It is ideal for sensitive skin and is tolerated by all skin types.
Safflower oil leaves behind a silky feeling on the skin. It is high in linoleic acid making it suitable for the oil cleansing method. Ensure the safflower oil you’re purchasing is high in linoleic acid version like Eden Foods Organic Safflower Oil.
Non-Comedogenic Oils with Rating 0 – 1
Blackcurrant seed oil can address several skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. Though available as a topical oil, blackcurrant seed oil works best when consumed as a supplement.
5. Castor Oil
Castor oil for hair care has been covered extensively on the website. Its benefits are immense and it’s one of the best oils to use for the oil cleansing method.
Castor oil has a very high ricinoleic acid content, which makes it a drying oil. You should dilute it with a suitable carrier oil. My favorites for this is argan oil. Try Banyan Botanicals Castor Oil or Molivera Organics Pure Castor Oil.
Kiwifruit oil helps reduce age progression on the skin. It also moisturizes and helps keep the skin soft and supple.
Kiwifruit seed oil works best when mixed with a suitable oil as that will enhance its benefits. Read Fight Aging Skin with Kiwi Fruit Seed Oil (This One Ingredient Makes a Lot of Difference) for some recipes.
Though poppy seed oil is light, it doesn’t get absorbed into the skin quickly. However, it isn’t greasy. Poppy seed oil is suitable for matured and damaged skin. It forms a protective barrier on the skin. Try PÖDÖR Premium Poppy Seed Oil.
Watermelon seed oil can help remove excess sebum from the skin and promote elasticity. Ideal for anti-aging treatments. Should work well when combined with other oils with 0 rating but works well on its own. Try Shea Terra Organics Kalahari Ootanga Oil.
Non-Comedogenic Oils with Rating 1
Abyssinian oil is light and non-greasy. It contains omega-9, a powerful essential acid that adds luster and promotes a glowing complexion. Though similar to argan oil in structure, it has a richer and smoother consistency.
Like Abyssinian oil, broccoli seed oil contains omega-9. It also contains arachidonic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid that can help reduce inflammatory skin conditions such as dermatitis, rosacea, and psoriasis.
The smell takes some getting used to so if you don’t care for it, you can easily switch to Abyssinian oil. Read 6 Benefits of Broccoli Seed Oil for Your Hair & Beauty Regimen.
11. Camellia Oil
Camellia oil moisturizes the skin and contains cell rebuilding nutrients, collagen, and elastin, which improve skin texture, repairs sun damage and eliminates premature signs of aging.
You want to get camellia oil made from camellia oleifera like Oleo Botanicals Japanese Camellia Seed Oil.
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- The 3 Different Types of Camellia Oil and Which is Best for the Hair?
12. Emu Oil
Emu oil comes from the fat off the back or rump of the emu bird, which thrives in Australia.
Emu oil contains anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce tissue swelling and inflammation. It is hypoallergenic and suitable for all skin types. It can also help heal damaged skin.
Read Emu oil for Acne for my experience with using this oil as well as some recipes. A few drops of emu oil is all you need.
13. Hazelnut Oil
Hazelnut oil hydrates the skin and minimizes the appearance of pores. It rejuvenates the skin and gives a youthful and glowing appearance. Try Life Flo Pure Hazelnut Oil.
15. Pomegranate Oil
Pomegranate oil contains omega-5, a property that nourishes the skin. It also contains ellagic acid, a natural antioxidant, which alleviates skin wrinkling and inflammation. Pomegranate oil also promotes rejuvenation of the skin.
16. Rosehip Seed Oil
Rosehip seed oil contains retinoid acid, a form of vitamin A which promotes cell regeneration and refines the appearance of hyperpigmentation and scars. This is one of the best qualities of rosehip seed oil.
While there is some concern about skin purging when you start using it, I did not experience this. Read Rosehip Seed Oil for Hyperpigmentation and Acne Scars.
17. Sacha Inchi Oil
Sacha inchi oil reduces skin irritation and inflammation while softening and moisturizing the skin. It could also help improve the appearance of acne scars.
Non-Comedogenic Oils with Rating 1 – 2
18. Grapeseed Oil
Grapeseed oil is lightweight and high in antioxidants like oligomeric proanthocyanidin complexes, which destroys free radicals. Grapeseed oil is very good for acne prone skin. Try La Tourangelle Grapeseed Oil or Baja Precious Grapeseed Oil.
Maracuja oil is a light and luxurious oil. It is an excellent emollient and helps soothe dry and damaged skin. Maracuja oil contains vitamins A & C, calms inflamed skin and helps relax the muscles.
Read Maracuja (Passion Fruit) Oil for Dry and Damaged Skin Care for the full range of benefits. Try Tarte Maracuja Oil or Life-Flo Health Care Pure Maracuja Oil.
20. Neem Oil
Neem oil has potent anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. It is excellent for acne prone skin. However, it has a strong smell and works best when a few drops are mixed with a suitable carrier oil for oily skin.
21. Perilla Oil
Perilla oil helps refine the appearance of pores and regulates the production of sebum. It also contains potent antioxidants that can help prevent free radical damage.
22. Pine Nut Oil
A luxurious oil with a great nutty smell. Ideal for relieving the symptoms of skin conditions such as itching, eczema, and acne.
Mix with one of the oils with a comedogenic rating of 0 for a more effective treatment. Try Organic Life Extra Virgin Pine Nut Oil.
23. Walnut Oil
Non-Comedogenic Oils with Rating 2
Apricot kernel oil is a light and easily absorbed oil that’s ideal for sensitive as well as acne prone skin. Apricot kernel oil resembles the sebum produced by the human skin.
Black cumin seed oil is touted as a cure-all natural oil. Black cumin contains thymoquinone and thymohydroquinone, two powerful phytochemicals with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
It also contains thymol, an anti-fungal agent. Another natural oil that contains thymol is arnica oil. Black cumin seed oil facilitates the skin’s healing process and promotes cell renewal and regeneration.
26. Borage Seed Oil
Borage seed oil is one of three perfect oils for hair and skin. It contains one of the highest amounts of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) of seed oils. Helps balance out the hormones and reduce stress.
Borage seed oil for skin is most useful taken in supplement form but can also be applied topically if you prefer.
27. Jojoba Oil
Jojoba oil is another oil that closely resembles the sebum produced by the skin. It helps to eliminate the production of excess oil in the skin.
28. Pumpkin Seed Oil
Pumpkin seed oil boosts collagen production and brightens the skin. It also helps treat acne and smoothen out premature wrinkles while the zin content helps regulate oily skin.
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29. Tamanu Oil
Tamanu oil is an excellent treatment for damaged skin with anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antimicrobial, antibiotic and antioxidant properties. Additionally, research has shown the successful use of tamanu oil for healing severe skin conditions.
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Non-Comedogenic Oils with Rating 2 – 3
This is another oil that works best when taken internally. Internally, it balances out and regulates the production of hormone treating skin disorders such as acne, eczema, dermatitis, and psoriasis.
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Despite the recommendations above, everyone’s skin reacts differently so you may want to experiment with different non-comedogenic oils for oily skin before deciding on the one that’s best for your skin.
In addition to using these oils, you also want to drink a lot of water and eat the right kind of foods as this also matters a lot when it comes to healthy and glowing skin.