Facial oils that fight acne

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Facial oils for acneIt might sound contradictory (and maybe downright scary!), but one of the best things you can do for a bout of blemishes is to slick your skin with oils. Not with pore-clogging mineral oils, but with plant-based ones that can help balance and calm your adult skin.

"Treating oil with oil balances skin," says Vered Back, an herbalist, facialist, and beauty-product formulator. "Drying it out with harsh ingredients just engages it in a battle."

Back, who's the founder of Vered Organic Botanicals, says her top seller is an acne treatment oil blend. “There are so many people with problem skin, and nobody really dared to think about making an oil for them.” But now, they are. Here are six oil blends for acne-prone skin we love...
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Vered facial oilVered Therapeutic Balancing Face Oil

This handcrafted line is all about the love of oils. They're handmade by organic-obsessed master herbologist and facialist, Vered Beck, who uses anti-inflammatory and anti-viral herbs (including rare ones like niaouli, chickweed, and speedwell) that vary with the available crops and promote deep healing.

$68, veredbotanicals.com

MV organicsMarie Veronique Organics Treatment Oil

This is a perfectly balanced acne-fighting cocktail. Argan oil controls surface sebum, borage oil fights inflammation (thanks to its gamma-linolenic acid), and tea tree oil helps banish acne-causing bacteria. Use it alone or as part of the company’s Acne Relief Kit for even clearer skin.

$80, mvorganics.com

Susan Ciminelli OilSusan Ciminelli Oil Control Formula

This word-of-mouth wonder helps clear pimples and blackheads. It contains thyme, which you want because it was found to be more effective against acne than benzoyl peroxide (the controversial main ingredient in Proactiv). And a trio of anti-bacterial extracts—lemongrass, lavender, and cajeput bark—gives it a sinus-clearing scent. This simple blend of oils is actually super active, so it's probably not a fit for super sensitive, inflamed skin.

$105, susanciminelli.com

Infiore Pur Face OilIn Fiore Pur Face Oil Concentré

Sometimes the best solution comes from old-world practices. Like this apothecary-style blend of wild-crafted oils. It's a beautiful skin-balancer powered by neroli, nature's stress-buster. On breakout-prone skin it brings down redness, eases congestion, and slows the pimple-making process to a halt. And a dash of rosehip-seed oil helps give skin back it's healthy, even glow.

$30-$60, infiore.net

Delaterre SerumDe La Terre Herb Rich Oil for Blemished Skin

The super-skilled founder of this holistic beauty line gave this “expectorant qualities that expel impurities from skin.” The ingredients doing this dirty work sound like a wholesome tea from your acupuncturist: burdock, fennel, and ginger. Together they'll also help your skin better manage the amount of oil it's pumping out. And vitamin-C-rich blackberry helps restore saucer-size pores to something more demure.

$50, delaterreskincare.com

La Bella Figura Mediterranean BlendLa Bella Figura Tesoro Mediterranean Blend

An amazing all-in-one oil that helps curb the return of your teenage acne while treating your skin like an adult. It smooths fine lines and regenerates skin cells while providing lightweight hydration. You can thank the organic argan oil and grapefruit, neroli, and fennel oils for that.

$70, labellafigurabeauty.com