Clean Your Skin with Oil, Yes... Oil!
Some of you may be hesitant to use oil to clean your skin. You might be thinking wouldn’t cleaning my skin with oil make me break out? But I can assure you it’s actually the best natural remedy for acne-prone, sensitive, dry, red and even oily skin.
The chemical cleaners you use can be harsh on your skin because they contain a property called surfactants which are found in foaming agents. Chemical cleaners could be the cause of your dry or irritated skin because they strip your skin of its natural oils, removing the protective layer of natural oils on your skin which makes it easier for dirt and fungus to enter your pores and cause breakouts and infections. CITE
Using natural oils to clean your skin is so much more beneficial because it hydrates while deeply cleaning your skin. Instead of making your skin feel oily, contrary to what you might think Dr. Joshua Zeichner, M.D., a New York City-based board-certified dermatologist and director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center, tells Self "Oil absorbs oil, which means that these products can effectively remove dirt from and leave the skin clean.” (see link 1 below for more) Essential oils also contain an antimicrobial agent which kills fungus and bacteria before it enters the skin and causes infections, irritations, and acne.
Actress Chloë Grace Moretz used to suffer from cystic acne she said in an interview with Allure, but she said that she started cleaning her face with olive oil and said: “I swear my skin is so much clearer because of it.” (see link 2 below for more) Gary Goldenberg, M.D., medical director of the Dermatology Facility Practice at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai told Self that he many of his patients use either olive oil or another natural oil to cleanse their face because “Olive oil is known to have anti-inflammatory properties,” he says “It's also a very good moisturizer.” (see link 3 below for more)
Using the right kind of oil is imperative to its success. If you have naturally oily skin, Dr.Zeichner recommends you consider using a lighter oil like lavender, and if you have naturally dry skin consider using avocado or sunflower oil, for sensitive skin use camellia seed oil or rosemary.
It’s no doubt going the natural route is better for protecting your skin and giving you that healthy radiant glow. Essential oils can help preserve the balance of natural oils that protect your skin, soothe irritated, dry or itchy skin and prove a deep moisturizing cleaner.
Written by Kesia Cameron, Contributor