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What You Should Know About Face Oils

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Supple, plump, healthy skin is the goal, but how do we get there? Oil in skincare has become the latest trend, but isn’t this counterintuitive to healthy glowing skin? The facts about skincare are becoming a bit blurry as influencers pump out more and more information. Every time a social influencer announces “many of you have been asking about my skincare routine”, a dermatologist grows another gray hair.

How Is Oil Used In Skincare And When Should It Be Applied?

Many MD Skincare brands don’t have an oil in their product lineup, and in fact many of their products are meant to remove excess oil. But we also know that there are naturally occurring oils on the surface of our skin and that in the right amount these are good things. But that’s where it ends. Using an oil product first on your skin before anything else blocks any of your other skincare products from doing what they should be doing. So if you’re going to incorporate oil into your skincare routine, then use it last.

What if your serum contains oils? Are there any exceptions? Any oil (even if its called a serum) should always go on last. Oils contain the largest molecules and they’ll block skin from receiving any of the benefits of other products. Oil is impermeable, water is repelled by it. Don’t believe mixed labelled products. Applying an oil based product like rose-hip oil before using a hyaluronic acid or water-based serum is like waterproofing your face. Any outside moisture will never get in. 

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What if I'm using oil as a skincare product and it seems to be working?

Some people use oil on their skin every day and they swear that it works for them. Over time our body changes, and our response to skincare does too. Using oil on your face and too early in your skincare routine isn’t the worst thing you can do to your face. But understanding how it limits the potential of a proper skincare routine can help get you back on track.  If you’re going to invest time and money into your skin, using a dermatologist recommended skincare plan is the best place to start.

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The final word

When it comes to oils by themselves they are not compatible with healthy skin when used too early in your routine. When used by themselves, in the wrong stage, or over prolonged periods they can act as a barrier and this is what leads to acne. Instead maintain humidity and moisture with recommended humectant products and protocols – and save the oil for your stir fry (or as a final step if you must). Also, don’t forget the sun care!

As always, the best place to have facts checked and questions answered is through your dermatologist.

When dealing with chronic or unknown skin concerns it’s always best to start your research with your primary physician or dermatologist. Ensure that you understand your skin type, and are screened for any skin diseases or conditions before attempting to resolve them on your own. If you’re interested in services provided by a skincare provider ask your doctor about their efficacy and understand the risks before proceeding.