What should I use on my oily and acne prone skin?

What  should I use on my oily & acne prone skin?

What do you recommend for oily & acne prone skin? This is a frequently asked question by women of all age groups and nationalities at all of our events. As we all know, there are tons of natural and synthetic products on the market for oily skin and acne prone skin. If you have oily skin, your goal should be to balance the oily secretion of the sebaceous glands (sebum) to minimize acne breakouts. Acne occurs when there is an abundance of sebum which results in oily congested skin and clogged pores. Your Sebum is composed of oleic acid which is a monounsaturated fatty acid (omega-9 fatty acid) and is produced by your body tissue. Balancing out oily skin can be tricky if you are not using the right creams, moisturizers or carrier oils.

When it comes to taking care of oily skin, look for products that are high in linoleic acid and low in oleic acid. Unlike oleic acid, linoleic acid (omega-6 fatty acid) it is not produced by the body and is used to restore the natural balance of the sebum. As your peruse the beauty isle, look for products that are high linoleic acid when selecting products for oily and acne prone skin.

 High in Linoleic Acid

  • Grape Seed oil
  • Hemp Seed oil
  • Safflower oil
  • Rosehip Seed oil
  • Pumpkin Seed oil
  • Black Cumin
  • Sunflower oil
  • Maracuja oil

At Shea BODYWORKS, we love to keep it simple, so we suggest that you start with Jojoba oil because it  has equal amounts of oleic acid and linoleic acid and mimics your natural sebum. Remember simple is always best when it comes to skin care. Also, make sure to read the product ingredient list prior to purchasing skin care products. Purchase products where the top three ingredients are high in linoleic acid. If the oils listed are high in linoleic acid and appear at the bottom of the list of ingredients, put it back on the shelf and keep it moving.

Now, if you are a DIYer and love making your own products, we suggest you use cold pressed and organic oils for best results. Also, be sure to do a test patch to  ensure that your oil combination does not cause skin irritation. At Shea BODYWORKS, we believe in the power of oils, so please don’t buy into the hype that oils are bad for your skin.


Watch out for these oils in beauty products if you have oily and acne prone skin,  Avocado oil, Olive oil, Hazelnut oil, Camellia oil, Marula oil, Sea Buckthorn oil, Sesame oil and Sweet Almond oil because they are high in oleic acid.


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