The Dermal Journal

Understanding Facial Oils: What You Need To Know


Facial oils have become a massive skincare category and are no longer considered a moisturiser for those with dry skin. However, not all oils are created equal, so it’s important to understand the different types of facial oils and how they rank in terms of quality and effectiveness.

When choosing the right facial oil for your skin it’s important that you do your own research to understand its specific benefits and how it differs from other products on the market. I’ve broken facial oils down into three key categories. Some you should look out for and others you might like to avoid:

  1. Filler oils
  2. Low shelf-life oils
  3. Comedogenic oils
  4. Evidence-based ‘precious’ oils

Filler oils

What are they?

Filler oils are inexpensive oils that don’t offer any considerable key benefits to the skin. They generally aren’t harmful to the skin; however, they are cheap, dermally ineffective and are usually included within the formula to bulk up the product or just create a pleasant sensorial feel.

Examples of filler oils:

Common examples of filler oils include apricot, almond, safflower, and sunflower oils.

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