Oil has long been a favourite ingredient when it comes to skin care. Traditional home remedies also call for oil massages for acne prone skin due to their many therapeutic benefits. However, some oils have pore-clogging properties which make them unsuitable for acne prone skin. This clogging quality or comedogenicity of oils is measured on a comedogenic scale, where 0 stands for the least pore-clogging and 5 stands for most. (0- will not clog, 1-low, 2-moderately low, 3-moderate, 4-fairly high, 5-high) Here are 12 best and worst oils according to their comedogenic index.
Argan oil has become the darling of the beauty industry in the recent years. Its rating on the comedogenic scale is 0, making it one of the best facial oils for acne prone skin.
Castor oil with its thick and sticky consistency may lead people to believe it could clog pores. But its rating on the index is 0, the lowest. This means castor oil can be used on breakout-prone skin safely. But its high ricinoleic acid content can have a drying impact on the skin. So dilute it with a carrier oil before applying.
Cocoa butter may be great for a lot of skin conditions, but acne isn’t one of them. With a rating of 4, cocoa butter will inevitably cause more breakouts if applied on the face. However, those without acne can reap its many benefits by making it a part of your beauty routine.
Coconut oil is praised for its many, many health benefits. But how will it fare as a massage oil for acne prone skin? Despite its antimicrobial qualities, coconut oil has a high rating on the comedogenic scale (4). This means, it can cause breakouts in people suffering from acne.
If you have acne, here is a good reason to keep flax seed away from your face. Scoring 4 on the comedogenic scale, flax seed oil can easily cause clogging and breakouts.
Good old neem oil is already known for its antimicrobial and acne-fighting qualities. Here is yet reason to celebrate this bitter-tasting oil, its comedogenic rating which is 1, making it a great acne remedy with low pore-clogging qualities.
There are numerous health benefits to sesame oil. Exponents of the martial art form Kalaripayattu have traditionally used sesame oil as a massage oil to relieve aches and clots and to improve blood circulation. The oil ranks moderately low on the comedogenic index with a rating of 2, which makes it OK to slather on the face for acne.
Palm oil is already in the bad books of the environmentalists. But here is another reason to dump it. With a rating of 4, palm oil is bad news for those with acne.
Cold pressed sunflower oil is has a rating of 0 on the comedogenic scale. Which means acne suffers can confidently apply the oil to their skins without worrying about breaking out. Be sure to use the cold pressed one and not the cooking variety on your skin.
Massaging with peanut oil has a lot of health benefits. With a moderately low comedogenic rating (2), peanut oil can be applied to breakout-prone skin in small amounts.
The almond oil has a rating of 2 and is full of therapeutic benefits for the skin and hair. Acne suffers can make this sweet-smelling oil a part of their daily beauty routine, because it small doses, the oil doesn’t clog the skin.
Many skincare cosmetics include wheat germ oil in their list of ingredients. But the comedogenic rating of this oil is notoriously high at 5. This is a nightmare for your pores.