How Organic Oils Work to Control Acne

If I told you to treat your oily, acne-prone skin by using oil, would you believe me?

I’m serious when I say that this actually works, but unfortunately, the beauty industry has brain-washed everyone for several years now into believing that oil is bad.  But as the holistic beauty industry continues to grow, you’ll see this belief change, if you’re not already.

Believe it or not, the most effective way of treating acne (or almost any skin type and condition for that fact) is with oil.

Back in 2002 when I was in Aesthetics school, I was taught to get rid of excess oil in the skin by  stripping the skin with harsh, detergent cleansers and toners.

After graduating, skin care became a huge passion for me. I wanted to know exactly how the skin worked, and why, so I continuously took advanced courses. When I started learning about holistic skin care, I fell in love with the beauty of organic skin care.

See, in order to have healthy, balanced skin, we need to understand the skin at a deeper level than simply stripping the oils away from the skin.  Why is the skin over-producing oil?  Why is the skin producing breakouts?  Something is going on inside of the body to be creating these reactions, so it’s important that we stop masking those symptoms with harsh products and look at the skin with a whole body approach.

Why Conventional Beauty Has It All Wrong

The skin naturally produces oil because it needs oil in order to function. If we use conventional products that strip our skin of its vital oil, what do you think might happen? Excess oil production. If you strip away the oil that the skin needs to function, your skin will start over-producing oil in order to compensate. The more you strip the oils, the harder your skin will work to produce more oil, creating a vicious cycle.

The result? Skin addiction! If you stop using conventional products, your skin will take a few days or even a few weeks to realize that you’re no longer stripping away the essential oil that it needs. When you first switch away from conventional products, your skin will be extra oily and you may even experience a purge of breakouts, which is completely normal. The problem is, most people see this excess oil, assume they are having a bad reaction and then immediately jump back into using those nasty chemical-based products again. This cycle creates the skin addiction. The skin almost has to go through “withdrawal” like symptoms as it readjusts. If you stop using conventional products and simply let your skin take its course, it will begin to balance out within a few weeks and the over production of oil and purge of breakouts will decrease.

Our skin is an amazing organ.  Just like our heart knows how to beat on its own, our skin knows how to heal and function on its own.  But, just like all of the other organs in our body, it need specific vitamins, minerals and fatty acids in order to do this optimally.

How Does Using Organic Oil Benefit Oily Skin?

If you think back to high school science, you should remember the whole theory of how like dissolves like. You see, conventional beauty products are all made of mostly water (it’s always the first ingredient on the label). What happens to the oil in a frying pan if you just wash it with water and no soap? Nothing! That’s why the huge beauty companies all put cheap drying chemicals into their water-based products – because water alone won’t control oil.

Now if like dissolves like, what do you think would dissolve oil? When you start using oil-based skin care products, your skin will be fed a sufficient amount of oil, so it will no longer need to produce excess oil. In turn, your skin will stop producing excess oil.  How simple is that?

Which Oil is Best for Oily Skin?

It is important to keep in mind that not all oils are created equal in skin care. Coconut oil has been a huge trend over the past few years. While coconut oil is great for the body and for people with dry, mature skin, it’s not a good choice for oily skin because it is comedogenic, meaning it will clog your pores. However, there are many oils out there that do not clog pores and very closely mimic our skins natural oil. Oils that work best for oily skin are evening primrose oil, grape seed oil, and jojoba oil, to name a few.

The R Devine Skin Care products that work for oily skin are the products that took me the most time to create when I was working on developing the organic skin care line. I played around with several formulations to find the perfect mixture of oils that would work to detoxify, balance and heal acne-prone skin. Sacred Balance is the best facial serum for combination, oily, and acne-prime skin. It’s made up of high-linoleic acids, nourishing, healing, moisturizing and astringent oils that all work together to balance the skin.  I spent months perfecting this beautiful organic skin care serum.

And Remember…

While reading this information, it’s important to remember that not all acne is caused from using the wrong products. It would be wonderful if acne was that simple but sadly, it’s not. Acne and other skin conditions stem from the liver, and are a symptom of a specific bacteria inside of the body that needs to be treated through dietary changes.  Taking an external and internal approach to skin conditions is vital for healthy skin.  You can learn more about acne and recommended skin care routines here.


About Rachel Devine

Rachel Devine is a multi award-winning holistic aesthetician and the founder and skin care formulator of R Devine Organic Skin Care.