Oil Cleansing for Oily Skin

wolfandmoroko oil cleansing for oily skin

The key to great skin is knowing your skin type and using products that are suitable for it.

When you have oily skin, your skin can feel greasy and you’re no stranger to breakouts. Your skincare products are devoid of creamy formulations and you stick to light gel and liquid formulas.

You may have also heard that the Oil Cleansing Method could help acne prone skin. I will let your skin be the judge of that. Instead, let’s look at the oils that could benefit your oily skin if you added oil cleansing to your routine.

The comedogenicity(ability to clog pores) and composition of the oils will play a major factor in determining which ones to include in your routine.


The comedogenicity of an oil is a rating of how potentially irritating it is, resulting in clogged pores. The rating runs from 0 -5.

0 – Will Not Clog Pores
1 – Low
2 – Moderately Low
3 – Moderate
4 – Fairly High
5 – High

When it comes to comedogenicity the lower, the better.


Oils are made up of several components, Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) being some of them.

  • Oleic acid, Omega -9 is a monounsaturated fatty acid
  • Linoleic acid, Omega – 6 is a polyunsaturated fatty acid

Oily, acne prone skin has been shown to have high oleic acid and low levels of linoleic acid. This deficiency in linoleic acid causes the skin’s sebum to thicken, clogging pores and causing acne. To create a balance in the skin which results in less breakouts, oils high in linoleic acid could be applied to the skin.

Oils Ideal for Oily Skin ( Higher in Linoleic Acid)

In the list below, the name of the oil will be followed by its comedogenicity, and the amount of oleic and linoleic acid it contains.

  • Safflower Oil (0), Oleic acid 8-30%, Linoleic acid 68-85%
  • Black Cumin Seed Oil, Oleic acid 22.6%, Linoleic acid 55.6%
  • Hemp Seed Oil (0), Oleic acid 10.71%, Linoleic acid 56.48%
  • Evening Primrose Oil (2), Oleic acid 8.4%, Linoleic acid 72.6%
  • Pumpkin Seed Oil (2), Oleic acid 23.3%, Linoleic acid 57.2%
  • Rosehip Seed Oil (1), Oleic acid 13.9%, Linoleic acid 44.1%
  • Grape Seed Oil (2), Oleic acid 16.2%, Linoleic acid 70.6%
  • Soybean Oil (3) Oleic acid 22.72%, Linoleic acid 52.97%
  • Wheat Germ Oil (5), Oleic acid 12.1%, Linoleic acid 58.4%
  • Castor Oil (1), Oleic acid 3.93%, Linoleic acid 4.32%
  • Kukui Nut Oil, Oleic acid 25.4%, Linoleic acid –39.8%
  • Pomegranate Oil (1) Oleic acid 6.2%, Linoleic acid 7.1%
  • Sesame Oil (2) Oleic acid 39.21%,  Linoleic acid 45.69%

Will you consider oil cleansing if you have oily skin or is it already a staple in your skin care routine? What are some of your favorite oil cleansers? Let me know in the comments.
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