Natural Oils That Won’t Clog Pores
Since I’ve started making skin care products, I’ve really done a lot of research on which natural oils will not clog pores. I’ve been pleased to find that many natural oils actually are noncomedogenic. This is great news since many of these oils can really be excellent moisturizers, and even those of us with acne still need to apply moisturizers to our skin in the delicate areas especially.
It’s interesting to note that the man-made oils so often used in skin care products today such as petroleum based ingredients like propylene glycol, and all the various iterations of mineral and petroleum oils, are actually the biggest pore cloggers of all.
Nature’s own oils are actually “smarter” than the man made stuff that way, which is great news since petroleum based oils are basically “dead”. By dead I mean that they contain no extra beneficial nutrients, fatty acids, minerals or vitamins like natural oils so often do. If I haven’t gotten my point across, naturally based moisturizers are ten time better than a moisturizer based in petroleum, hands down.
Many people think that oils all cause or aggravate acne, and while this may be true for some of them, it’s actually not true for the vast majority of the natural ones. Coconut oil is actually a very thick and rich oil (it’s actually solid at room temperature as you know).
However, this oil is actually not pore-coating. Instead of coating the skin like man made oils usually do, it actually penetrates the skin without coating it and clogging it. Coconut oil also contains natural fatty acids, which protect the skin and nourish it while helping to maintain moisture without depositing harmful toxins. I like to use only oils that are organic, this way you can be sure they’re pure.
Two of the best oils that are used in naturally based skin care are apricot kernel oil and sweet almond oil. These two oils are not only non pore-clogging, but they are also so light that they easily absorb into the skin without that heavy, greasy feeling that other oils may have.
I tried making a lotion with 1/3 olive oil for instance one time and it was so heavy and greasy that I doubted anyone would enjoy the sticky feeling even if it does have a myriad of skin benefits – who wants to look like they have an oil slick on their skin?
Both sweet almond and apricot kernel oils are very light, and they have a lower molecular weight (they are very viscous and light), so they absorb right into your skin without a problem or a greasy or sticky after feel. They also happen to be rich in vitamin E, vitamin A, and a variety or fatty acids such as linoleic acid and oleic acid.
In addition, apricot kernel and sweet almond oil both possess anti-inflammatory properties because of their nutrient dense quality, so they make excellent choices for those of us with acne show still want to keep our skin smooth and supple.