• Kate Foster


These days, it seems like facial oils are everywhere, especially in the clean beauty space. But have you avoided them like the plague, afraid of their pore-clogging consequences?

We completely get it: Putting oil on an acneic complexion instinctively feels a little like adding fuel to a flame. But facial oils—like The Everything Oil—can actually be extremely helpful in combating the inflammation and bacteria associated with acne. Here's why.

1. Your skin could be breaking out because it's dry.

You know that tight feeling your skin takes on when you use a harsh cleanser or you've been out in the cold? That's your complexion becoming so dry, it's going into panic mode. Next up on your skin's to-do list: "produce as much oil as possible, as quickly as you can." When that excess oil mixes with the dirt and bacteria present on your skin, it's pretty much the ideal breeding ground for a breakout.

By adding a facial oil with moisturizing ingredients into the mix (The Everything Oil features rosehip oil, argan oil, and squalane), you're preventing your skin from ever going into panic mode in the first place. Facial oils also create a protective barrier on the skin that prevents moisture from escaping. Win, win.

2. Topical oil helps your skin regulate its own oil production.

This is somewhat related to the point above, but doesn't necessarily require your skin to be dry first. Let's say your skin is naturally on the oily side, and you've found that this causes you to break out. Many oil ingredients out there—including rosehip and argan oils—have a light consistency that makes them similar to your skin's own sebum, minus the acne-inducing properties.

When you apply them, they're basically giving your skin permission to slow down a little on its own oil production. And when your skin begins to produce a "normal" amount of oil, you'll break out less frequently.

3. Many oils have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.

We couldn't discuss anti-inflammatory and antibacterial oils without shouting out our fave: black cumin seed oil. This liquid gold was a favorite of Cleopatra and Nefertiti (for real!) for a reason: It helps reactive skin calm down and actively fights acne bacteria. It's also loaded with antioxidants, which protect your skin from environmental aggressors like UV rays and pollution, both of which can also intensify acne.

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