Best non-comedogenic face oils to know about: Rosehip, grape seed, squalane, and more

Best non-comedogenic face oils to know about: Rosehip, grape seed, squalane, and more

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Text: Eunice Sng

Oily scalp, oily food, oily skin...we've been conditioned to think that anything with a greasy texture is the antithesis of a clean, healthy body. Especially for those with acne-prone skin — fearing horrific breakouts, you must be used to avoiding face oils like the plague. But hear us out: what if we told you that not all face oils are bad? In fact, many oils contain a plethora of nutrients that are beneficial to your skin. The key is to use non-comedogenic oils — oils that don't clog your pores — to unlock supple skin free of pimples.

So everything boils down to finding the right face oil for your skin type. For acne-sufferers, choose those that are high in linoleic acid. Linoleic-rich oils are non-comedogenic, which means that they are light, sink effortlessly into your skin and provide much-needed moisture. Avoid oleic-rich oils such as coconut oil and shea butter because those are likely to clog up your pores.  To help you out, we've gathered our top picks for non-comedogenic face oils that will leave you with glowing skin (and no acne, we promise!).

Rosehip seed oil

This scentless plant oil is extracted from rosehip fruit, and boy does it deliver. Rosehip seed oil offers your skin a wealth of benefits. Not only does it help to bring down inflammation as well as soothe rosacea and smoothen out wrinkles, it also feels weightless on your skin as it is considered a dry oil. Containing beta-carotene, vitamin E and phytosterols, rosehip seed oil is typically used to treat acne and ageing simultaneously. What's not to love?


Grape seed oil

Rich in vitamin E, grapeseed oil nourishes your skin and improves the appearance of hyperpigmentation and acne scars. This byproduct of wineries also contains 70% linoleic acid which makes it an ideal choice for all skin conditions.  One of the very best, indeed.


For those experiencing intense breakouts, we say play it safe by opting for squalane. You can rely this on this ultra-light oil to kill bacteria as well as regulate sebum production. It also softens your skin by trapping moisture. Plus, it'll protect skin surfaces against nasty free radicals by acting as an antioxidant.

Hemp seed oil

Choose hemp seed oil if you have dry skin. Hempseed oil is packed with vitamins C, E as well as essential fatty acids that will relieve symptoms of eczema. To incorporate this face oil into your skin routine, apply a few drops after cleansing when you wake up or before going to sleep. This will repair your skin barrier function and reduce signs of redness.

Sunflower oil

Sunflower oil absorbs quickly into your skin because of its thin and light texture. It's immensely gentle and what's more, rich in fatty acids, vitamin E and beta-carotene (essential for improving a compromised skin barrier!) You can even use this as a carrier oil for your essential oils.