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5 skin conditions when you should avoid using facial oils

Facial oils can be a great addition to your beauty routine. But according to an expert, with these 5 skin conditions, you should avoid them.
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Aayushi Gupta Updated: 8 Aug 2022, 15:52 pm IST
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Facial oils have become the go-to beauty trend nowadays, and believe it or not, they can do wonders to your skin. They could add a touch of radiance to your face and help your skin feel hydrated. If we are hoping to hop on to this skin care trend, you should be aware of a few facts about face oils.

Many oils can be applied straight to the skin and can help keep your skin balanced. However, if you have specific skin issues, including acne-prone skin, you should exercise caution while using facial oils directly on your face.

In order to avoid the side effects of facial oils, Health Shots spoke to Dr Amit Bangia, Associate Director, Dermatology, Asian Hospital. The experts tells us all about situations when facial oils are not good for your skin.

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facial oils are part of the moisturizing process! Image courtesy: Shutterstock

According to Dr Bangia, facial oils play a very important role in keeping your skin hydrated and protected, but using them with certain existing skin issues can worsen your skin condition. That’s why you should avoid them.

Here are 5 skin conditions when you should avoid facial oils:

1. Acne

Using face oils may not be effective on skin that is oily or acne-prone. They may potentially lead to additional breakouts. For anyone with oily skin or a propensity for acne, Dr Bangia advises, “One must entirely and absolutely avoid oils as they clog the already clogged pores, congest the skin, and create acne or flare-ups of acne.”

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If your face appears to be benefiting from facial oils, leaving out the acne issue, you should choose light oils. Light oils such as jojoba, hemp, rosehip, and pomegranate will work the best. Additionally, when it comes to acne and oily skin, applying less is more.

2. Rosacea

Excess sebum production, blackheads, whiteheads, and other congestion can all be removed with facial oils. However, people with skin conditions like eczema, rosacea, and cysts should avoid them because oil can irritate and dry out delicate skin in particular. In fact, using facial oils can exacerbate the signs of many skin conditions, such as redness, irritation, inflammation, and pimples on the face.

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Facial oil can your skin if you’re dealing with rosacea. Image Courtesy: Shutterstock

3. Seborrhoea

A common skin ailment that mostly affects the scalp is seborrheic dermatitis. However, it can also affect parts of your body that produce oil, such as your face, ears, eyebrows, nose, and chest. You may have scaly spots, red skin, peeling, dryness, flakiness, and persistent dandruff if you have this condition. Face oils should be avoided if you have this problem because they could exacerbate it and make the symptoms worse. By using over-the-counter treatments and basic skin care advice, you can get rid of this skin condition.

4. Allergic contact dermatitis

An allergic reaction to a substance or direct contact with it can result in the itchy rash condition known as contact dermatitis. According to Dr Bangia, “A variety of things, including facial oils, scents, and cosmetics, are the known causes of this reaction and can cause allergies on skin if used directly.” Thus, they should be used with care.

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Although the symptoms (redness, itching, peeling, and swelling) are not contagious, they can be extremely uncomfortable. If you already have symptoms of irritating contact dermatitis, heat, cold, friction (rubbing against the irritant), low humidity (dry air), and facial oils can exacerbate them. So please do not.

5. People with clogged pores

Clogged pores are a common skin condition caused by a buildup of dead skin cells, oil, or dirt. This condition can lead to acne or breakouts. However, according to experts, this condition is fairly easy to treat but can result in many other skin problems if you use facial oils. Oils with clogged pores can result in excessive sebum production, which can make your skin sensitive and oily. You should use non-comedogenic oils that moisturize and nourish without clogging pores, such as argan oil, sesame oil, pumpkin oil, evening primrose oil, and grape seed oil.

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Not all facial oils are good. Image courtesy: Shutterstock


A dermatologist should always be consulted before choosing a face oil according to your skin type and concern, and use it regularly for glowing skin. Remember, a good oil can greatly enhance your skin, whereas a bad oil might exacerbate existing skin woes or cause new ones.

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About the Author

Aayushi Gupta is a health writer with a special interest in trends related to diet, fitness, beauty and intimate health. With around 2 years of experience in the wellness industry, she is connected to leading experts and doctors to provide our readers with factually correct information. ...Read More

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