Putting oil on acneic skin doesn’t seem to make sense, and in most cases you would be correct. However, there are a few oils that are very similar to human sebum which can help heal your skin.
Try not to think of it as oiling your skin. The oil is just the vehicle. The ingredients it contains are what’s driving the bus. Your goal with acne is to get your skin back to a normal condition, and these oils are close to your skin’s own natural moisturizers — and they contain antioxidants as well.
Using these oils should help calm down acne breakouts and inflammation.
Squalene. Your natural sebum contains about 10 percent squalene. Squalene is good for all skin types and easily penetrates the skin. It does not clog pores, leave an oily residue, or cause allergic reactions. Because it helps your skin retain moisture, your oil glands should stop over producing.
Rosehip Seed Oil. This oil is high in antioxidants, Vitamin A, and essential fatty acids. It helps to regenerate tissue, heal burns (sunburn too), improves acne scars, and reduces wrinkles.
Neem Oil. I’ve talked about this one before. Neem has so many great qualities it’s being used for everything from skin care to bug spray. Acneic skin can benefit from it as well since it has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory qualities.
If you’re really averse to putting oil on your face, you can easily find a serum or cream which contains these ingredients. Stick with it and you should see your skin begin to calm down.