Although it sounds counter-productive, certain oils can be extremely healthy for oily or acne prone skin. While most people think the cure to acne is stripping the skin of all oils to decongest clogged pores, oftentimes this causes the opposite effect. Our pores can respond to this lack of moisture by producing even more oil, causing more clogging and breakouts. The key is to find the right type of serum that will penetrate the congested pores, while healing and soothing the inflamed skin.
To make the best serum for your skin, start with one of these three oils, all ideal for acne prone skin:
Jojoba oil mimics our body’s natural oils and is a great multi-use oil for moisturizing skin. It’s non-greasy, anti-inflammatory, and a natural emollient.
Hemp seed oil is non-comedogenic, which means it won’t clog pores, and it has anti-inflammatory properties. It protects the skin from free radicals and helps maintain skin’s elasticity and softness.
Grapeseed oil has astringent properties as well as anti-inflammatory properties. It helps regulate skin’s natural oil production and brightens it with Vitamin C.
Acne-Fighting Chamomile Face Serum
Chamomile essential oil will calm irritated and inflamed skin, while aloe is anti-inflammatory and hydrating, boosting skin’s natural healing. Lavender, tea tree, and frankincense essential oils are all effective at diminishing acne and scarring and can be swapped in for the chamomile oil if you already have them on hand.
- Oil-choose one of the above oils (grapeseed, hemp or jojoba)
- Roman chamomile essential oil-2 drops per 1 ounce of carrier oil
- Aloe vera gel
Mix the Roman Chamomile essential oil into your chosen carrier oil using 2 essential oil drops per 1 ounce of carrier oil and store in a dark glass bottle. (In order to avoid using preservatives for this serum, you’ll add the aloe vera gel to create the serum before each use.)
To use, place a pea size amount of the oil in the palm of your hand and add a few drops of aloe vera gel, mix together and apply all over your face and neck.5