Since this month we are launching my new Acne Care line, I thought I would do a series all about acne! Acne Tips and insights from me as an esthetician and Ayurvedic Practitioner. Today we are going to talk about the role of oil.
For The Love of Oil
After a decade of battling breakouts and another helping clients battle adult acne, I’ve found that the best treatment of blemishes is oil. What many of us presume causes acne, actually prevents and clears it. Often, this recommendation is met with a gasp and a look of shock but after a few deep breaths my adult acne clients brace themselves and oil up. Fortunately, time and time again, I have seen them return with clearer skin and an even clearer smile. One client was so happy with her results that she brought me flowers at her follow-up appointment.
Conventional acne solutions involve harsh, drying acids, peels and astringents that lead to dehydrated, devitalized and sensitized skin. Using nourishing natural facial oils actually feeds, protects and supports our skin tissue, helping to restore its balance and ward off pimples while promoting moisture and hydration. Still don’t believe in the power of oil? Read on for the reasoning behind why oil is the ace-in-the-hole against adult breakouts.
Five Reasons Oil Clears Complexions
1. Oil Banishes Blocked Pores
Many think that surface oil leads to clogged pores when in fact, dehydration does. When this occurs, our skin’s natural oil cannot secrete easily and lubricate its surface. Instead, it becomes thick and hardened and gets lodged in our pores creating corks of dried out sebum. Using a plant-derived oil helps to restore moisture and prevent pore congestion.
2. Oil Regulates Rogue Sebum
Stripping increases sebum production as our skin attempts to maintain proper protection and moisture. This is why many acne sufferers actually incite their own excess oil secretion by using skincare that dries out and depletes the skin. Unfortunately, this has them running even faster for strong astringents and mattifying products that simply exacerbate this problem. Replenish with oil to stop this vicious cycle. This is why the Clarifying Black Cumin Oil is a key product in the new line.
3. Oil Packs Some Skin Protection
Dehydrated skin cell can give way to tiny microscopic cracks in the skin tissue leaving our complexions vulnerable to bacterial penetration that can lead to acne. Skin cells that are plump with hydration help create a taut, impermeable barrier function. Oils rich in fatty acids that nourish the skin and strengthen its immunity. The side effect of glowing rejuvenation ain’t bad either.
4. Oil Tempers Angry Breakouts
Inflammation is another major component in acne. Red, blistering breakouts need comforting, soothing ingredients to diminish swelling and heat. Natural oils that protect and calm irritation also soothe blemish redness. For extra anti-redness power, add plant essences such as turmeric, chamomile and lavender are excellent as they are all antiseptics and anti-inflammatories.
5. Oil Helps to Stop Scarring
Just as important as overcoming acne is getting rid of the evidence. Dry, dehydrated skin scars more easily and also has more difficulty healing. Many oils such as seabuckthorn berry oil replenish the skin. Seabuckthorn also contains high amounts of vitamin C, an antioxidant that is excellent for helping to fade pigmentation and scarring.
There are a plethora of face oils available at cosmetic counters, health food stores or even your local grocer. I recommend looking for oils that are organic, cold pressed and free of chemical preservatives such as parabens. With a nurturing approach, we can be acne-free and have a regime we can feel good about long-term.
BLACK CUMIN OIL: The Acne Care Oil
Black Cumin Seed Oil is an amazing oil. It is a powerful anti-septic and anti-inflammatory making it perfect for purifying pimples (without aggravating redness). I have not come across another base oil that is as strongly clarifying – and I have worked with A LOT of oils. In case you don’t know, a base oil is what you put essential oils into. It is usually quite neutral in comparison to essential oils (also known as volatile oils). But don’t let this comment fool you, it may not be as active as volatile oil but base oils serve a very important role in protecting and nourishing your skin. Black cumin oil is a very active base oil. It has been used in Ayurveda and the middle east since ancient times. The Prophet Mohammad was quoted as saying, “There is healing in Black Seed for all diseases except death.” – this is mostly due to its anti-bacterial punch. The oil is also slightly stimulating to blood flow, which promotes regeneration as well as oxygenating the skin: two actions that clarify and combats acne scarring.