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Facial oils for combination skin and impure skin: which one is suitable?

Posted by Lara Schimweg on
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Take a close look: Not every oil that is advertised for combination skin and impure skin is really suitable.

Do you sometimes wonder why so many people rave about facial oils ? But if you have oily or combination skin, you naturally have enough fat on your skin. And you're supposed to put a greasy oil on it now? Facial oils can actually cause pimples on oily or combination skin. However, if you choose the facial oil that suits your skin type, you can actually make your skin less greasy. The right facial oil reduces inflammation and helps prevent new pimples.

In this article you will learn when a facial oil makes sense for your skin. You will find out how important linoleic acid is for your skin, which vegetable oils are suitable and which ones you should rather avoid. At the end you will also get tips on how to integrate a facial oil into your routine.

Do facial oils cause impure skin?

It's true that if you have oily or combination skin, you'd probably get more breakouts if you randomly sprinkled face oil on your skin. Because too much unnecessary fat can cause pimples.

Do face oils clog pores?

Vegetable oils can clog your pores if they contain the wrong fatty acids for your skin. A very high proportion of oleic acid is not suitable for your skin type. Some oils are therefore considered comedogenic. And that's why you better avoid too much oleic acid in your face oil.

What does comedogenic mean?

When facial oils are labeled as comedogenic, it means that you could get breakouts and pimples from that oil. However, whether an oil is comedogenic is very individual. Lists from the Internet should therefore be treated with caution.

If you choose the right vegetable oil with the right fat spectrum for your skin, you can actually benefit from the balancing effect of facial oils.

When does a facial oil even make sense for impure skin?

If your skin doesn't have inflammation and major impurities, a moisturizer will do just fine. In this case, your skin does not need facial oil.

However, if your skin often itches, tightens or develops pimples and deposits, this is a sign that your skin lacks moisture. In order to keep the moisture in the skin, the skin becomes greasy in an uncontrolled manner. An oil-free moisturizer would not suffice now because the skin cannot retain moisture.

So that you get fewer pimples and the subsurface, redness and inflammation disappear, you can now give your skin a little support. Either with a very light cream or with a facial oil that suits your oily or combination skin. However, conventional vegetable oils are not suitable for acne. Then processed oils like squalane or neutral oil are better because they're even more like skin and don't contain ingredients that can feed acne bacteria.

Select the right facial oil for combination skin

Attention: Some oils are used as "Clearifying Oil" Applied. Sounds good at first, doesn't it? However, such marketing slogans often mean nothing. Especially when a product with an intensive effect is advertised - pimples magically gone overnight - you should be suspicious.

Tip: No well-tolerated skin care product transforms your skin overnight. A facial oil is not magic.

Oils with linoleic acid are particularly suitable for combination skin

Vegetable oils consist of different fatty acids. If you have impure skin, make sure that your facial oil high proportion linoleic acid contains. Linoleic acid is a natural component of the skin . And with impure skin and combination skin, there is usually too little linoleic acid in the skin.

oleic acid should be as little as possible Be included in your facial oil as it could clog your skin's pores.

A vegetable oil with linoleic acid and anti-inflammatory alpha and gamma linolenic acid will soothe your skin and help reduce inflammation and pimples.
Important: Use oils rich in linoleic acid only in the evening. Find out here why this is the case and what else needs to be considered with linoleic acid.

Which facial oils for impure skin?

Which oil contains a lot of linoleic acid?

hemp oil

In hemp oil you will find different linoleic acids . Gamma-linolenic acid, for example, works against inflammation and thus prevents pimples and redness.
However, if you are very prone to pimples or acne, you should be careful with any unprocessed vegetable oil.

In contrast to other vegetable oils, hemp oil contains very little oleic acid. In addition, hemp oil is rich in phytosterols, which keep the skin's lipid layer intact and strengthen the skin barrier. Your skin loses less moisture and becomes less greasy.

If you want to get the valuable vitamins and nutrients, always make sure that your hemp oil is cold-pressed and organic. Hemp oil is very sensitive to light. It should always be packed lightproof. Best in dark glass. This is the only way for your skin to benefit from the naturally occurring vitamins and nutrients.

Hemp oil is very light and absorbs quickly into the skin. It is therefore particularly suitable for combination skin.

By the way, hemp oil is also very good for your health in your diet.

Note for rosacea: If you have rosacea , your skin may also benefit from the anti-inflammatory effects of hemp oil. As it soothes the skin and acts against redness.
If you have not yet had any experience with vegetable oils, be particularly careful at the beginning. Because every rosacea is individual. Some do well with vegetable oils rich in linoleic acid, while others do not. In any case, listen to your skin and take a close look at what it reports back to you. More skin care tips for rosacea .

rosehip oil

Rosehip Oil (also Rosehip Oil or Wild Rose Oil) contains a little more linoleic acid as hemp oil. However, it does not contain gamma linolenic acid.

Notice: Make sure that your rosehip oil was extracted from the seeds. Rosehip oil, which is extracted from the pulp of the fruit, contains essential oils that can irritate the skin.

Organic CO2 pressed rosehip seed oil is of very high quality. There are significantly more nutrients and vitamins here than in cold-pressed oil. Rosehip seed oil should always be packaged in dark packaging so that your skin can benefit from the vitamins.

Note for rosacea: Many also use rosehip oil for Rsoazea. However, you should know that rosehip oil is one of the stimulating oils and can stimulate blood circulation. Decide for yourself whether wild rose oil works for your rosacea.

Vegetable oils that are only conditionally suitable for impure skin

The following vegetable oils are often advertised for impure skin, but are only suitable to a limited extent.

jojoba oil

jojoba oil is actually a vegetable wax. It is particularly similar to the fat on our skin and is therefore particularly well tolerated. Like hemp oil it contains very little oleic acid .

The natural vitamin E counteracts free radicals and skin stress. This strengthens the skin so that less inflammation can develop in the skin. Jojoba oil locks in moisture in the skin. Your skin no longer loses as much moisture and no longer becomes greasy as much.

Unfortunately, jojoba oil does not contain any balancing linoleic acids. It is therefore only conditionally recommended for impure and oily skin.

Tip: If your skin has a few dry spots, you can use jojoba oil selectively. However, if you have combination skin and especially oily skin, you should not apply jojoba oil to your face. You can then use an oil rich in linoleic acid that also balances your skin.

Facial oils that are not suitable for combination skin and impure skin

There are some other vegetable oils with a lot of linoleic acid. Unfortunately, the oleic acid content in many oils is almost as high. These oils are not suitable for your skin type.

argan oil

Argan oil has a very Balanced ratio between linoleic acid and oleic acid .

Oily, impure skin and combination skin should not use the oil due to the high oleic acid content. It could possibly produce pimples. Argan oil is well suited for dry skin.

tea tree oil

Tea tree oil is a Essential Oil . It is very irritating to the skin. Undiluted, tea tree oil can even cause severe skin burns.

Caution: Essential oils are not a good idea . Even if they can dry out pimples: In the long run, they attack your skin, making it easy for acne bacteria to multiply. In addition, essential oils break down when exposed to sunlight. This creates free radicals on your skin, which can cause inflammation.

Unfortunately, tea tree oil is still very often recommended for oily and impure skin. It is said that tea tree oil works well against blemishes and pimples. It is often advised to apply tea tree oil to the inflamed pimple. This is fatal: Because what actively works against the pimple is the alcohol contained in tea tree oil. And that's not good for your skin at all.

The alcohol draws moisture from the skin. The skin is out of balance and becomes greasy again in an uncontrolled manner in order to retain the remaining moisture. If your skin constantly becomes greasy, new pimples and inflammations will constantly appear. Tea tree oil does not belong on any skin. It's very irritating and it does more harm than good.

And what about oil blends?

If the blend is mostly linoleic acid and low in oleic acid and doesn't contain any irritating essential oils, you can try blends as well. With each additional unprocessed vegetable oil, the likelihood of an intolerance increases. Every vegetable oil consists of several components. With multiple vegetable oils in a blend, the ingredients that end up on your skin add up. That can be too much for the skin. Especially if you tend to have very sensitive or blemished inflamed skin.

Many facial oil blends are not well thought out and contain far too much oleic acid. Therefore, they are often not suitable for combination skin and impure skin.

Tip: Oil for people who cannot tolerate oil

We have developed an oil blend that consists entirely of pure processed oils, making it suitable for people who otherwise cannot tolerate facial oils. Human Glow contains pure linoleic acid, squalane and caprylic/capric triglycerides and is therefore very suitable for oily or combination skin - even with pimples and impurities.

human glow

Proper use of facial oils

Never simply replace your cream with a vegetable oil. Because a good cream moisturizes your skin, which an oil cannot.

Even if many face oils are advertised as particularly moisturizing. That's not entirely true: Oils only ensure that moisture cannot escape from the skin. Vegetable oil is therefore at most indirectly moisturizing.

Facial oils in the routine

Tip: you can use facial oil at night.

First you put a moisturizer on your skin. This can be a soothing gel, serum, toner, or light cream. Skin-friendly moisturizers are hyaluron, sodium PCA or glycerin.

Danger: rose water Incidentally, witch hazel water is not a suitable moisturizer. They contain drying alcohols and irritating essential oils. Unfortunately, Hammamelis water (witch hazel) and rose water are always recommended for sensitive or impure skin.

Always apply the oil to damp skin. Otherwise you would wash out fats. Lock in moisture with a few drops of vegetable oil.

At the beginning, see how many drops of facial oil your skin really needs. The great thing about pure oils is that you can adjust the amount depending on the season so that your skin is always ideally cared for.

If you haven't had any experience with facial oils, it's best to start with one or two drops. Always pay attention to how much oil is good for your skin. Because even if face oils rich in linoic acid are ideal for your skin type: a face oil is still a fat. And your skin will tell you back how much oil it needs.

Tip: You don't have to apply the same amount of oil to all areas of your face. If you take your skin's feedback seriously, you'll quickly find out how much oil your skin requires, so that your combination skin and impure skin can actually benefit from a facial oil.


Organic hemp oil can be used for combination skin and impure skin work well because it contains linolenic acids and very little oleic acid. Hemp oil brings the fat spectrum of your skin back into balance. The gamma-linolenic acid it contains has a mild effect on blemished skin, especially against pimples and inflammation, and prevents new blemishes. But with impurities, hemp oil can also be too much. Then maybe Human Glow could be something for you, as it was specially developed for people who do not tolerate oils well.

It is best to put one under the facial oil light cream use with high water content. Your cream should not contain high oleic oils such as avocado, olive, argan or marula oil included because they could possibly cause pimples. Oils rich in linoleic acid such as hemp oil or neutral fats such as squalanes or Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides ideal.

Have you already had experience with facial oils? How did your skin tolerate the oil?
Lara Schimweg

about the author

Lara Schimweg is the founder of Xeno . She studied sports science and health research and is a trained health worker. Lara has rosacea and very sensitive skin.

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