Is using oil on my skin a good idea?

Is using oil on my skin a good idea?

Is using oil on my skin a good idea? A question that many of our clients at The Portland Girl ask us is whether “using oil on my skin a good idea?” People either think that oil is the BEST moisturizer (not always the case), or that oil is BAD for their skin and will cause them to breakout (also not always the case!) The 411 on Oil Everyone is different, we all have different skin types; normal, dry, oily, or combination. And within that breakdown, there are some that are more sensitive, some that are more environmentally stressed and some that are hormonally imbalanced. Thus, there are certain oils that are likely to be better matched depending on your skin type. We will get into this more in a minute, for now, let’s talk for a moment about “sebum” since this is the oil that our very own skin produces. Sebum is a wax like substance excreted through our sebaceous glands. Sebum helps to protect and hydrate the face as well as lubricate hair follicles. When we have an overproduction of sebum, acne or congestion (i.e. whiteheads and blackheads) are likely to make themselves friendly on our faces 😉 The increased production of sebum is followed by a blockage that causes a comedo or whitehead. 3 myths about oil:  Oils on the face cause breakouts. Not all oils are bad. Oils can be comedogenic (meaning known to cause blackheads/whiteheads), like peanut oil for example. There are also non comedogenic oils like hemp seed which has a comedogenic rating of zero. Most skincare lines only use oils that are...