As someone who’s had on-and-off acne for a decade, there’s little that I haven’t tried in the hopes of clear skin. Although I have a career in the beauty industry, which gives me unrestricted access to the best skin products and industry experts, it has helped me understand my finicky skin. However, I still experience flare-ups as anyone else.
I am open to trying out new products. However, I have to admit that I was late to the face oils. Falsely! They made me feel like a greaseball, and that I would get worse breakouts. While not all face oils work the same, the right ones can help to soothe, balance and brighten your skin. This is what a former skeptic has to say about face oils.
Here are my top-rated face oils that have helped my sensitive skin.
Blume Meltdown Acne Oil $28
Beauty and personal care brand Blume has entered the chat with Meltdown, formulated with blue tansy, black cumin seed, rosehip, and tamanu oils to help address acne scars and tone irregularity. It can be mixed with moisturizer to apply all over, or used as a spot treatment.
True Botanicals Pure Radiance oil, $110
True Botanicals, a California-based company, has a wide selection of luxurious face oils. Clear is their top pick for those with breakouts. It is non-comedogenic, meaning it won’t clog pores, and contains a wide range of plant-based oils such as grapeseed, hemp, and pumpkin.
Lord Jones Pore Detox CBD Oil Face Oil, $68
You want CBD? Lord Jones’ blue tansy and tea tree oil blend is an excellent way to calm inflamed skin. It contains 300mg full-spectrum CBD per bottle, and 5mg CBD per dropper.
Sunday Riley U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Acne Oil Face Oil, $80
This salicylic acid-infused face oil targets active blemishes and keeps pores clean.
Pai Carbon Star, $59
Pai’s cleansing face oil is a British brand that contains trace amounts of charcoal powder. It will clean pores and remove excess sebum. Although it may seem counterintuitive, it works!
Herbivore Botanicals, Lapis Facial Oil $72
After using the oil, I notice a significant difference in my skin’s hydration and suppleness. It just eats the oil up. This claim is supported by science: Jojoba oil has been shown to be one of the most bioavailable oils. It is very similar to what your skin produces naturally. It is therefore more easily absorbed into the skin.