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The Transformative Power of Oils for Oily Skin

Amir Karam MD Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon Founder / Creator of KaramMD Skin

It's time to debunk one of the most pervasive myths in the world of skincare. For as long as we can remember, people with oily skin have been warned to avoid oils in their skincare regime. It's easy to understand the logic - oil on oil seems counterproductive. Why add oil to an already oily canvas? But as science and experience have shown us, the truth is somewhat different. Certain oils, properly incorporated into a skincare routine, can not only be beneficial but significantly transform oily skin. In this comprehensive guide, we're going to delve into the surprising benefits of various oils, such as jojoba seed oil, broccoli seed oil, macadamia seed oil, and squalane. Prepare to have your skincare beliefs shaken up!

The Chemistry Behind Oils and Oily Skin

To begin our exploration of the relationship between oils and oily skin, we need to touch on some basic chemistry. A key principle we should understand is 'like dissolves like.' This means substances with similar chemical structures can dissolve or break each other down. When we bring this concept into the realm of skincare, it implies that beneficial oils, with their lipid-loving properties, can effectively bind with sebum (the oily substance that our skin naturally produces), dirt, and oil-based makeup, thereby dissolving these impurities. What sets these oils apart from harsh cleansers is that they cleanse without stripping away the skin's natural oils, maintaining the skin's vital protective barrier. So instead of exacerbating oiliness, they can help regulate oil production, fight acne, nourish, and even protect the skin. Quite a far cry from the 'oils are bad' myth!

Jojoba Seed Oil: The Great Deceiver


Our first stop in this tour of skin-friendly oils is the remarkable jojoba seed oil. Technically, it's not an oil but a wax ester, but what makes it particularly intriguing is its structural similarity to human sebum. This likeness allows jojoba oil to 'trick' the skin, making it believe it has produced enough oil, thereby balancing oil production and reducing the likelihood of overproduction. Furthermore, jojoba seed oil is non-comedogenic, meaning it won't clog pores - a key factor in reducing the risk of acne breakouts. It's also rich in antioxidants and fatty acids, nutrients that nourish and protect your skin. In addition to promoting a healthy and vibrant glow, jojoba oil also soothes and calms the skin, making it an ideal choice for sensitive, oily skin types.

Broccoli Seed Oil: The Unsung Hero


Next, let's meet broccoli seed oil, the unsung hero of skincare oils. Despite its relative obscurity in the skincare market, broccoli seed oil is a game-changer for those with oily skin. It's incredibly lightweight and quickly absorbed, making it an excellent choice for those who dislike the 'greasy' feel that some oils can leave behind. What's more, broccoli seed oil is rich in fatty acids and vitamins A (a natural form of retinol) and C, nutrients that play a vital role in skin regeneration, controlling oil production, and overall skin health. As an added bonus, it imparts a natural, silicone-like finish to your skin, leaving it feeling primed and silky smooth - the perfect base for makeup.

Macadamia Seed Oil: The Balancer


Macadamia seed oil is next on our list, a stellar skin balancer that imitates your skin’s natural oils. Packed with palmitoleic acid, a monounsaturated fatty acid, it boasts potent anti-aging properties and has been associated with wound healing. Macadamia seed oil is a rejuvenating powerhouse that deeply hydrates the skin without leaving an oily residue, making it an exceptional addition to your skincare routine. Its rich, luxurious texture and subtle, nutty fragrance add a touch of indulgence to your daily skincare regimen, proving that effective skincare can also be a sensory pleasure.

Squalane: The Skin's Natural Best Friend


Last but not least, we have squalane, a compound naturally produced by our skin. Despite being an oil, it’s remarkably lightweight, non-greasy, and absorbs rapidly, making it an ideal choice for oily skin. Squalane is a potent moisturizer, sealing in essential moisture, and also boasts anti-inflammatory properties, which can help manage oily skin conditions. In addition, squalane has been shown to fight free radicals, protecting your skin from environmental damage. Its benefits extend beyond hydration and oil control, as it also promotes skin elasticity, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Finding Benefical Oils In Your Skincare Products

Illuminate All-In-One Anti-Aging cream is not your average skincare product—it's a testament to the transformative power of natural oils. Infused with an expertly curated selection of beneficial oils mentioned above, Illuminate stands at the forefront of innovative skincare solutions.


Jojoba seed oil in Illuminate 'tricks' the skin into thinking it has produced enough oil, helping regulate oil production and reducing the likelihood of overproduction and consequent acne breakouts. Meanwhile, the broccoli seed oil adds to the product's appeal with its excellent absorption rate and a natural, silicone-like finish.


Macadamia seed oil, a skin balancer, in Illuminate, complements your skin’s natural oils and offers potent anti-aging properties. Combined with the non-greasy, rapid-absorption characteristics of squalane, Illuminate delivers deep hydration while sealing in essential moisture. 


These ingredients work in harmony to enhance Illuminate’s potency, offering a broad spectrum of benefits from combating excess oil and acne to nourishing and protecting your skin. With consistent use, Illuminate can help achieve a balanced, healthy, and vibrant complexion, and address visible signs of aging.

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