Acneic skin can be so much of a bother. You try every home remedy from lemon juice to rubbing tomatoes on your face yet nothing seems to be doing the magic. You invest in expensive creams that promise to clear your face within weeks and still see no changes. The worst is when some product promises results only to cause more breakouts. Really devastating, isn’t it?

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Coconut oil for skin

Here's the thing, one thing you should never do is to rush to every trending treatment that promises to clear your acne. Again, know that not everything will work for your skin type even though it worked on someone with normal or dry skin. For instance, some people swear by the ability of coconut oil to give them clear skin.

Coconut oil
Coconut oil

While coconut oil may do wonders on dry skin, it might trigger acne on someone with oily skin. This is because although most people will recommend using coconut oil for treating acne, it is highly comedogenic. This means it’s absorbed into the skin and easily clogs the pores. When placed on the comedogenic scale, coconut oil has a rating of 4 out of five.

Linoleic acid is paramount for acne treatment

However, all is not lost and if you are looking to giving your daily face cream a break and replacing with oil, there are still options for people with oily and acne-prone skin. These are not just oils that are just non-comedogenic but also ones with high amounts of linoleic acid. Linoleic acid is an essential acid which means that our bodies cannot make it. All the same, it’s important for the skin to have this acid yet people with acne have been found to have insufficient amounts of linoleic acid on the surface of their skin – hence the reason you should apply oils with this essential fatty acid.

Different kind of oils (Olivado)
Different kind of oils (Olivado)

Please have a look at the below simple guide to help you choose the best oils for your acne-prone skin.

Oils high in linoleic acid for acne

Pumpkin seed oil

Sunflower oil

Safflower oil

Argan oil

Hemp seed oil

Sesame oil

Poppyseed oil

Grape seed oil

argan oil
argan oil
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Non-comedogenic oils for acne - The comedogenic scale

If your skin is fussy and it breaks out easily, go for oils with a comedogenic score of two and below. Here are some of them with their comedogenic rating out of five:

Argan oil -0

Safflower oil – 0

Shea butter oil – 0-2

Shea butter
Shea butter
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Sunflower oil – 0-2

Hemp seed oil - 0

Amla oil – 1

Kiwi seed oil - 1

Castor oil – 1

Grapeseed oil – 1

Hazelnut oil – 1

Jojoba oil – 2