Hello beauty! If you love the idea of making your very own oil concoctions for skin but don't have a clue with where to start, you've come to the right place! Before you start getting complex with your blends, let's first look at the properties in each oil and how they interact with different skin types.
What is the comedogenic scale and why is it important?
The comedogenic scale rates oils on their likelihood of clogging pores. Non-comedogenic means it will not clog pores. It's imperative to use this scale when getting to know your carrier oils because the last thing you want is to end up clogging your pores further, am I right? The lower the number the less chance it will cause pore congestion. However, some oils have cleansing properties that can cause purging, expelling toxins and dirt from deep within the pores that may cause a breakout. Don't mistake this reaction for it clogging your pores, it's actually cleaning them! However, if breakouts persist (rare), discontinue use or visit your water intake and dietary habits.
How can oils be used to balance oil your skin?
Each oil has a different fatty acid composition that has the ability to inhibit or prohibit oil production and supplements the skin with omegas. For example, Oleic rich oils are usually used in dry & aging skin to enrich the epidermis by providing the hydration it lacks. High Linoleic oils are often used in oily skin types to suppress the overactive glands by tricking them into thinking they are already producing enough oil so it inhibits extra oil production.
Comedogenic rating: 2
Properties: High in Eicosenoic Acid - balancing oil production
Skin type: Suitable for all skin types
Key elements: This oil has the same consistency that of the natural oils of the skin that helps balance oil production. This means that it can easily break down and dissolve excess oil and debris and help to clear inflammation.
Rosehip Seed Oil:
Comedogenic rating: 1
Color: Golden Pink
Properties: High in Linoleic Acid - suppressing overactive sebaceous (oil) glands
Skin type: Suitable for all skin types.
Key elements: High in antioxidants, this oil aids in fighting free radical damage, acne, and aging. It's considered a dry oil, meaning it is absorbed quickly.
Hemp Seed Oil:
Color: Dark Green
Properties: High in Linoleic Acid - regulate oil production
Skin type: Suitable for Oily & Acne prone skin
Key elements: Anti-inflammatory, reduces redness, anti-bacterial, skin repairing.
Color: Pale Green
Properties: High Linoleic, Moderate Oleic
Skin type: Suitable for all skin types, especially acne prone.
Key elements: Antioxidant, cleansing, moisture retention, promotes wound healing
Color: Pale yellow
Properties: High in Oleic Acid
Skin type: Suitable for Dry & Mature skin
Key elements: Antioxidant, moisturizing, cleansing
I hope this overview gave you the insight you were looking for when choosing your skIngredients either to make on your own oil blends or when finding preformulated products!