Yes, Even Oily Skin Types Can Benefit From Face Oils—Here’s How

“Fighting oil with oil may seem counterintuitive,” begins Colorado-based dermatologist Maxine F. Warren, MD, FAAD, “but when you strip your face of its natural oils (sebum), your skin thinks it needs to compensate and can actually produce even more oil, exacerbating the problem.” Often, skincare products geared for oily, acne-prone skin (think foaming cleansers, acne spot treatments, and the like) actually dry out your complexion and compromise skin barrier function, creating a vicious cycle of imbalance.

At this point, face oils can come in handy. The benefits of using face oil include the potential to “reduce breakouts, boost elasticity, and temporarily improve the appearance of fine lines,” Dr. Warren shares. “In certain cases, [facial oils] may also help relieve symptoms associated with rosacea, eczema, and other conditions caused by an impaired skin barrier.”

However, in order for those with oily skin to reap these benefits, it’s important to find the best face oil that suits your specific concerns.