If you suffer from oily skin and frequent breakouts, the chances are you won’t be too keen on the idea of incorporating more oil into your skincare regime. Believe it or not, though, research suggests that certain oils may actually be of benefit to your skin.
It may seem counterproductive, but some oils do possess natural anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antibacterial properties, helping to soothe irritation, diminish inflammation and even balance your skin’s natural pH. However, this isn’t true of every oil and finding the right one can be tricky! That’s why I’m here today with my top recommendations of which oils you should be using if you suffer from oily skin.
1 - Tea tree oil
Antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory – is there anything tea tree oil isn’t good for? It’s chockfull of goodness and is even considered one of the best oils for acne sufferers! You can use it as a natural makeup remover, to treat yeast infections and to tackle oily skin. If you’re planning on using tea tree oil on your face, my personal recommendation would be Optima Australian Tea Tree Deep Cleansing Skin Wash.
Not only does this organic face wash encompass all of the benefits I’ve mentioned, it’s also infused with zesty lemongrass and aloe vera to help nourish and restore your skin. At just £6.49, it’s also one of our more affordable products and ideal for a full body treatment!
2 – Aloe vera oil
None of you are probably surprised to find aloe vera on this list – it’s definitely a great all-rounder product that’s enjoyed an enormous amount of popularity.
Today it’s the astringent qualities of aloe vera I want to talk about, which allow it to hydrate skin whilst absorbing excess oil and easing inflammation. We have a number of aloe vera products here at Jan de Vries, and while we’re proud of our range, my personal favourite would have to be Sukin’s Aloe Vera Gel.
Again this is a surprisingly affordable product, coming in at £7.95, proving that Sukin definitely live up to their mantra of ‘skincare that doesn’t cost the earth.’ Vegan-friendly and 100% cruelty-free, I even use this fantastic gel to cool any redness or irritation that appears after a bout of sunburn!
3 – Jojoba oil
Jojoba oil is one my favourite moisturisers to recommend for oily skin. It’s rich in vitamin E and actually quite clever, even fooling your skin into believing that it’s produced enough sebum oil. This is because the jojoba oil is very similar to sebum oil so it can help to re-balance your oil production. It’s also another product that I’d really recommend for acne sufferers as it’s very soothing for irritated, inflamed skin.
When it comes to choosing a form of jojoba oil, you have two choices. I sometimes suggest Absolute Aromas’ Essential Jojoba Oil, although you made need to dilute with another carrier oil before applying directly to your skin. This product is slightly pricier, ranking in at £16.00 but a little does go a long way!
However, if you’re after a moisturiser that contains this incredible ingredient, you could try Dr Hauschka’s Revitalising Day Cream which utilises a blend of nourishing oils, including jojoba seed oil, sweet almond oil and witch hazel. One of our more luxurious products, this gorgeously hydrating formula is ideal for balancing oil production and comes in at £21.00.
4 – Rosehip Oil
Incredibly popular, rosehip oil has definitely earned a name for itself when it comes to ageing skin but what about oily skin? Well, it turns out this oil is definitely multitalented and packed full of antioxidants, being naturally rich in vitamins A, C & E. However, its secret weapon against sebum oil is arguably its content of linoleic oil, which can help to balance your oil production and even prevent your pores from becoming clogged in the first place.
We have an amazing selection of rosehip oils here at Jan de Vries and plenty of products that incorporate that ingredient so there’s plenty of choice! Personally, I enjoy using Inika’s Organic Pure Rosehip Oil. It’s brilliant if you’re suffering from post-acne redness and can help to relieve inflammation. This is a very popular brand with our customers – Inika do offer an outstanding range of vegan-friendly makeup and beauty products! This rosehip oil is a moderate but affordable option, costing£16.00.
However, if you’re looking for a moisturiser instead of a face oil, you could try Kinvara’s Active Rosehip Day Cream, which is suffused with rosehip oil in addition to vitamin E, lavender oil and safflower seed oil. Ideal for hydrating your skin, this is definitely one of my favourites, with a price tag of £21.95.
5 – Lavender oil
Who doesn’t love lavender oil? It’s so soothing and calming, especially after a long, stressful day. I love nothing more than unwinding in a bath with a few drops of lavender oil and, as it turns out, not only is this oil therapeutic, it’s also very nourishing for oily skin. It’s a natural antibacterial agent and can help to reduce inflammation. Some of our customers even use lavender oil as a treatment for oily scalp and consequently, it’s a key ingredient in many of our haircare products.
If you do choose to use lavender oil, I would advise moisturising after to avoid drying out your skin. A little lavender oil goes a long way so it might be best diluting with another carrier oil. One of my favourite lavender oil products is Dr Hauschka’s Calming Body Oil. This nurturing and relaxing oil helps to tone skin and is perfect for massaging into your skin after bathing or showering. At £20.50, it’s one
of our more deluxe products; however, if you’re looking for a face product that incorporates lavender oil, I would try Avalon Organics Brilliant Balance Lavender & Probiotics Enzyme Scrub. Perfect for exfoliating if you have sensitive, oily skin, this formula combines lavender oil with aloe vera leaf juice, jojoba oil and probiotics for a smooth, even complexion! And for just £9.99, it’s one of our more affordable options!
6 – Grape seed oil
Last but not least I’ve included grape seed oil on this list. In my opinion, this oil doesn’t always get the credit it deserves, often being overshadowed by more popular alternatives such as rosehip oil or coconut oil. Nevertheless, grape seed oil is very useful when it comes to oily skin, helping to inhibit the production of excess sebum oil. It’s also good for dry skin too, helping to lock in moisture and hydrate areas of irritation.
Some people even choose to use grape seed oil as a natural cleanser. If you choose to do this, I would apply the oil to damp skin. If you want to use a product that already incorporates grape seed oil, you could try Antipodes’ Grapeseed Butter Cleanser. Infused with antioxidant-rich grape seed oil as well as cacao butter and soothing extracts of chamomile and lavender, this rich formula is ideal for nourishing your skin, removing any excess oil and impurities! At £24.99, it’s a luxury product that’s guaranteed to soothe and alleviate symptoms of oily skin.