Which Oils Reduce Acne?

Oil-free moisturizers have become increasingly popular to use with acne.  However, by using them, you may be covering up the symptoms, instead of treating the cause.  This is because, if you are suffering from acne,  you have been shown to have inadequate levels of certain essential-fatty-acids (EFAs) in your sebum.  Sebum is the oil that your sweat glands secrete that is clogging your pores.  Using the right oil can replace those missing EFAs, resulting in less acne.

What are Essential-Fatty-Acids (EFAs)?

Fatty-acids are the building blocks of fats, and oils, in our body.  We can synthesize most fatty-acids from other components.  However, there are two that the body cannot produce on its own, which is why we call them “essential” fatty-acids.  We must get them through our diet.  Those two EFAs are linolenic acid, and linoleic acid.[1] The latter, linoleic acid, is the EFA that acne sufferers are deficient in.[2]

Linoleic vs. Oleic

oleic-linoleic-acid-selected-oilsSebum made with low levels of linoleic acid is more prone to clogging pores.[3]  This is thought to be caused by a higher concentration of oleic acid.[4]  The good news is that you don’t have to have to eat foods rich in linoleic acid to receive its benefits.  Topical application has been shown to decrease the size of acne lesions.[5]

The Bad Oils

Oils rich in oleic acid that you want to avoid are:

  • Almond Oil
  • Apricot Oil
  • Avocado Oil
  • Hazelnut Oil
  • Macadamia Oil
  • Olive Oil
  • Palm Fruit Oil
  • Shea Nut Oil
The Good Oils

Oils rich in linoleic acid that you should use instead are:

  • Black Cumin Seed Oil
  • Grape Seed Oil
  • Hempseed Oil
  • Poppyseed Oil
  • Rosehip Seed Oil
  • Safflower Oil
  • Sunflower Oil
  • Wheat Germ Oil

The Take Away

It is better to hydrate the skin, and balance the EFA profile of sebum, by supplementing it topically with oils rich in linoleic acid, than it is to cause the overproduction of sebum by aggressively drying the skin, or to use oil-free moisturizers that do not balance the EFA profile.[6]

Kaiya Naturals formulated the Seedlina Moisturizer, and the Higher Power After Shower Oil, with oils rich in linoleic acid: grape seed oil, hemp seed oil, and black cumin seed oil.  Make the switch today, and feel the Kaiya Natural difference.

If there is anything that you would like me to talk about feel free to reach out to me either here, via email: kedric@kaiya-naturals.com, on twitter @kaiyanaturals, or on Facebook @kaiyanaturals.  Also  please, please, please share or comment on this article.  Seriously, I’d love to hear your feedback in the comment section below.

Stay Natural,


These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  For educational purposes only.


[1] http://www.nutritionmd.org/nutrition_tips/nutrition_tips_understand_foods/fattyacids.html

[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2936775

[3] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2950180

[4] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6223652

[5] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9692305

[6] http://www.cosderm.com/view-pdf.html?file=fileadmin/qhi_archive/ArticlePDF/CD/021040211

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