15 Best Face Oils for Acne-Prone Skin Types 2023

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If you have oily, combination, or acne-prone skin, you might think that incorporating a face oil into your skin-care routine might be counterintuitive. These days, though, we know that not all oils are created equal, and while some might lead to breakouts for particularly blemish-prone skin, the best face oils for acne are basically a one-way ticket to a plump, zit-free complexion.

According to Michele Green, MD, a board-certified dermatologist based in New York City, those with acne-prone or oily skin should opt for lightweight formulas with ingredients that contain anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. “Jojoba oil is an example of a lightweight oil that closely resembles the skin’s natural sebum,” she says. “Tea tree oil is a popular ingredient used in acne products because it is a natural antibacterial and antifungal, as well as having anti-inflammatory effects.” As for ingredients these skin types should avoid, Dr. Green says denser additives like olive oil and coconut oil, although very moisturizing, are likely to clog pores and should be avoided when it comes to areas with acne flare-ups.

Acne-prone, oily, and combination skin types, rejoice. Below, we tapped a few dermatologists like Dr. Green to spill on their favorite oils that won’t cause breakouts. Take a look and prepare for your dewiest, smoothest skin yet.

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