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Best oils for skin!

What are the best oils for your skin and keeping your pores clear? Words you might hear but not sure what they mean – comedogenic and noncomedogenic products, oils or ingredients.

Put simply these are skincare ingredients, or properties of an ingredient that block the pores (comedogenic) or those that do not block the pores (noncomedogenic).

Get familiar with ingredients lists, start off by having a look at what you have in your skincare stash, you will, over time notice some oils, and ingredients cropping up over and over.

Comedogenic ingredients and oils have a scale of 0-5, zero meaning the ingredient will not block the pores and 5 meaning they can block the pores.

See graphic below which shows the best oils for your skin and their comedogenic rating.

The Comedogenic Scale

A comedogenic rating of 1 signifies a slight chance that the oil will clog your pores.

A comedogenic rating of 2 tells you that the oil will not clog pores for MOST people, but some will begin to notice clogged pores or a “purge” in some cases.

A comedogenic rating of 3 is where a lot of people will break out using this oil, but a lot of people may not break out depending on their skin type.

A comedogenic rating of 4 suggests that MOST people will break out using this oil unless they have a good tolerance for it. This largely depends on a number of skin type factors.

A comedogenic rating of 5 is basically a guaranteed chance of breaking out. Very very few people can tolerate oils labeled as a 5, but they do exist!

Let’s have a look at some of my favourite and best oils for skin and ingredients from The Skincare Connection products and how they work on the scale – can you spot any newbies?!

Apricot Kernel Oil

Comedogenic Rating– 2

Apricot kernel oil is a favorite oil among those with combination to dry skin types. It absorbs into the skin well, is anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, anti-oxidant, and anti-bacterial which makes it a valuable ally against acne causing bacteria.

Features in The Universal Balm, Mother and Baby Balm, Facial Oil

Calendula Oil

Comedogenic Rating- 1

Calendula oil is a carrier oil that has been infused with calendula blossoms, and as such, it is difficult to determine its comedogenic rating. If you can find it infused in sunflower oil, you will have the added benefit of sunflower’s anti-bacterial properties which would make it an effective acne treatment.

Calendula itself is a very healing herb for the skin. It decreases redness, inflammation, and heals varicose veins, bruises, hyperpigmentation, and soothes dry, itchy, irritated skin.  Its my favoutite and you will see it in many, many skincare products.

Features in The Universal Balm, Mother and Baby Balm, Facial Oil

Fractionated Coconut Oil

Comedogenic Rating – 2-3

Fractionated coconut oil is often used when the solidifying properties of pure coconut oil are not desired. It stays liquid and is therefore useful in homemade massage oils, roll-ons, and other oil-like preparations.

It is more suitable for dry skin types but may clog the pores due to its high caprylic/capric acid content which itself has a comedogenic rating of 2.

It has a lower comedogenic rating that coconut oil because it has had its long-chain triglycerides removed which makes it less oily – check your ingredients lists – fractionated is cool!

Features in The Universal Balm, Mother and Baby Balm

Hemp Seed Oil (this is my hands down favourite for overnight repair)

Comedogenic Rating– 0

Hemp seed oil has amazing skin softening and moisturizing properties that are perfect for those with oily sensitive skin types. It also reduces redness and inflammation associated with acne breakouts and is a great treatment for eczema, psoriasis, and dry, itchy skin. This oil has really balanced my skin’s oil production, and that’s really saying something because I normally have VERY oily skin. Well tolerated by all skin types. This oil should be kept in the fridge.

Features in Facial Oil

Jojoba Oil

Comedogenic Rating– 2

Jojoba oil is a holy grail acne treatment for many because it mimics the consistency of our own sebum. It has a light moisturizing feel and absorbs well into the skin. Most skin types tolerate jojoba well but will often experience a “purge” of toxins when they begin using it. Normally, this purge will end in a few weeks, revealing clear pores and revitalized skin. This oil is more suitable for oily skin types as it helps balance the production of excess oil.

Rice Bran Oil

Comedogenic Rating– 2

Rice bran oil is a mild oil that is perfect for sensitive, mature, or delicate skin and has one of the best sources of tocotrienols. It also has some impressive UV hindering properties that help protect your skin from the sun and if often added to sun care products.

Safflower Oil

Comedogenic Rating– 0 (high linoleic only)

Safflower oil has a silky feel on the skin and is highly moisturizing. Its high linoleic acid content makes it a perfect oil for the OCM as it will help break up blackheads and other impurities in the skin. It absorbs easily and doesn’t leave a greasy residue.

Sunflower Seed Oil 

Comedogenic Rating– 0-2

This is a great oil to start out with if you’re unsure about where to begin. Most skin types respond well to sunflower oil as it helps keep your skin balanced and moisturized while fighting acne causing bacteria. It’s also great for fighting the signs of aging!

Sweet Almond Oil

Comedogenic Rating– 2

Sweet almond oil is a great oil to use for dry acne prone skin due to its emollient properties. It’s great for regenerating skin cells because it penetrates damaged cells and softens them allowing for better hydration. Sweet almond oil is suitable for sensitive skin types that are dry and irritated.


Whilst I don’t expect you to make notes on this blog or remember the percentages off by heart(!) I hope it explains the choices I have made for the ingredients in the products, why and how the products work, and how you can get results from plant based natural skincare, using the best oils for skin.  Not everything thing has to be filled with harsh chemicals.  

Ellen xXx

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