Stop massaging your skin with these 3 oils even if it is dry and flaky

Published on: 1 March 2022, 09:00 am IST

If you have dry or flaky skin, it certainly needs moisturisation and hydration. But that doesn’t mean that cover your skin with oil.

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These three oils are a sin for a dry skin! Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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The very first thing that people with dry skin think of is oil. Yes, because what else can help with hydration but this substance? But dermats think otherwise, because according to them applying oil over dry skin is the worst decision you can ever make.

The thumb rule that applies to all skin types is to moisturize your skin in a way that your pores don’t get clogged. Because if they do, your skin won’t be able to breathe. Yes, oils will make it greasier, due to which dust will settle on it. Ultimately, you will have more problems than before. In short, the whole purpose of applying oil is defied.

But what are these oils that we are telling you to stay away from? Keep scrolling to know more.

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Dry skin needs care and protection. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

3 oils that are bad for dry skin

1. Coconut oil

Coconut oil which is solid at room temperature, and is composed of roughly 90 percent saturated fat — but some believe that not all saturated fats are equivalent. This isn’t the same as the saturated fat found in red meat that clogs your arteries.

“Coconut oil has a high amount of medium-chain fatty acids, which is harder for the body to convert into stored fat. While coconut oil can help to protect you against harmful UV rays, it can also make your skin dry. There are also potential negative side effects of using coconut oil. They include diarrhea, acne breakouts, intestinal distress and allergies,” shares Dr Nivedita Dadu, renowned dermatologist, founder & chairman of Dr Nivedita Dadu’s Dermatology Clinic with HealthShots.

2. Almond oil

This oil can work as a useful ingredient for skin hydration and moisturising. It contains a high level of fatty acids that can improve the barrier function of skin. It also contains vitamins D and E, which means it works as an anti-inflammatory, calming ingredient. But it has many side effects. It can clog the pores of the skin and make your dry skin worse. It can also lead to acne breakouts. Moreover, this oil can cause side effects such as itching and redness.

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Alomond isn’t all that good good for dry skin. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

3. Olive oil

“The fatty acids prevalent in olive oil and all plant oils and butter are the very food source for acne-causing bacteria and yeasts to grow. Which makes olive oil not ideal for acne-prone skin. Olive oil is not a good option for those with extremely dry skin too. Oleic acid present in olive oil is responsible for breaking the skin’s natural moisturising abilities in case of dry skin. It can cause acne and skin rashes, can show acute allergic reactions in those with sensitive skin, and break the skin’s natural moisturising abilities in case of dry skin, blackheads, and inflammation,” explains Dr Dadu.

So ladies, dry skin doesn’t always want oil massage. If you think you are unable to find a solution, feel free to check with your dermatologist and save your skin from all these experiments.

Nikita Bhardwaj Nikita Bhardwaj

Six-pack abs are all that Nikita needs, along with her daily dose of green tea. At Health Shots, she produces videos, podcasts, stories, and other kick-ass content.

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