How To Choose The Right Oil For Your Skin

Fatty acid compositions found in oils

Lately I have been getting a lot of questions about incorporating oils into your skincare regimen. Many are fearful that using oil will cause more breakouts and clog their pores.  Oils have a rating based on how likely they will clog your skin. This is known as a comedogenic rating. This scale ranges from zero to five, zero meaning the oil will not clog pore to five meaning that the oil will clog pores.  However, this isn’t the only way to determine whether an oil will work for you. . Oils are made up of fatty acids and it’s these fatty acids that are key in determining how they will affect our skin. So I decided to write a quick post and hopefully ease your mind a bit.

Oleic Acid

Oleic acid is a monounsaturated fatty acid. Oleic acid makes oils richer and heavier, so they are extra-occlusive and can seal in moisture really effectively. Therefore oils high in oleic acid work really well for those who have dry or mature skin, as they can deliver heavier moisture. Acne-prone, oily skin and sensitive skin types might find these oils may exaggerate their issues. The most common oils known and used typically are Coconut oil, Olive oil, Almond oil and Argan oil.   Listed below are some wonderful other choices perfect for dry skin types:

Carrot seed oil: Oleic-68.4%  Linoleic-10.8

Marula  oil: Oleic- 70-78%  Linoleic-4-7%

Avocado oil: Oleic-63%  Linoleic-9.8%

Buriti oil: Oleic-70.5%  Linoleic-7%

Moringa Seed oil: Oleic-65-73%  Linoleic-0.5%

Mango Butter: Oleic-40-46%  Linoleic-3-4%

Shea Butter: Oleic-40-45%  Linoleic-3-8%

Apricot Kernel oil: Oleic-64.2%  Linoleic-28.3

Linoleic Acid

One major factor that makes some oils work better for some and not for others is the ratios of linoleic to oleic acids in the compositions in the oils. Linoleic acid is one of the many fatty acids found in oils.  It’s unsaturated, which means it tends to stay liquid at lower temperatures. Oils higher in Linoleic acid are often referred to as “dry oils” and makes for a lighter oil with a thinner consistency. They don’t feel too heavy and absorbs quite quickly. These oils will nourish and protect your skin without being too heavy. Therefore these oils will work best for oily and acne prone skin. Linoleic acids is also great for reducing scarring and hyperpigmentation.  It is said that those who suffer from acne have been shown to have lower levels of linoleic acids in their skin surface lipids.  When our skin is deficient in linoleic acid, our skin’s natural sebum becomes thick and sticky that clogs our pores and causes acne.  Usually oily congested and acne prone skin’s sebum is predominately composed of oleic acid.  And we can help balance out our skin by incorporating this high linoleic oils into our daily skincare to help minimize our breakouts. Listed below are some wonderful other choices perfect for oily, acne skin types:

Rosehip Seed oil: Linoleic-44.1%  Oleic- 13.9%

Grape Seed oil: Linoleic-70.6  Oleic-16.2%

Prickly Pear Seed oil: Linoleic-60.5  Oleic-20.6%

Evening Primrose oil: Linoleic-72.6%  Oleic-8.4%

Papaya Seed oil: Linoleic-72-77%  Oleic-13%

Safflower oil: Linoleic-68-85%  Oleic-8-30%

Hemp Seed oil: Linoleic-56.48%  Oleic-10.71%

Kukui Nut oil: Linoleic-40%  Oleic-20%

Hopefully you find this a little helpful in clarify how and why it’s totally ok to use oil on your skin. For our oily, acne beauties we have a wonderful oil just for you! I highly recommend giving it a try, you won’t be disappointed. Til next time!

Marla Rene



  1. Pree says:

    I used organic buriti oil on my face today and it is now covered in bumps – think i had a reaction to it. It could have reacted with the sunscreen moisturizer I used on top of the oil too – I’m not sure. Is the oil high on the list of potential allergens? I dont have overly sensitive or acne prone skin. I was actually thinking of mixing the buriti with green coffee oil and tamanu oil too…not sure I should anymore! I have dry to normal skin. Thanks!

  2. Patricia Robinson says:

    Thank you Marla, for sharing this vital information! I often wonder about the different oils and definitely what is best for dry skin!
    My face is combination, however the rest of my body, the skin is very dry! I usually try to mix an oil with a Shea butter! Hopefully my skin will eventually become more moisturized!

    • Marla Rene Skincare says:

      You are very welcome!. Remember to drink plenty of water too. Use a good body scrub at least one to two times a week. Just as we need to exfoliate dead skin from our face, our body needs the same. As you drink more water and use quality moisturizers on your body, your skin will improve. Have you tried our Buff Bar?

    • Sophia V. says:

      I’ve made my own facial oil using sweet almond oil and soaking pure rosehips in it for 4 months. This has been the absolute best facial oil I’ve ever used and truly transformed the health and beauty of my skin in a totally noticable way! I look so young, firm and clear using this oil daily & nightly with my Marla Rene skincare products. I LOVE how facial oils nourish the skin in a very special way.

  3. Soliel Paden says:

    I go in between vitamin e and almond but I see neither on the list. 🙁 I’m normal to dry. Also, I heard a professional say that using oil on your skin isn’t the safest because of the rays from the sun. Is this true?

    • Marla Rene Luxe Skincare says:

      Hello there Beauty. There are definitely many amazings oils that could have made the list. I was just trying to feature some lesser known oils with higher concentrations of both oleic and linoleic acid as options. Almond oil is good for dry skin since it’s high in oleic acid. Vitamin E is actually high in linoleic acid and is typically ideal for those with oily skin. The concern with using oil and heading out in the sun is referencing oils that are heavy and sit on the skin. A properly formulated facial oil absorbs quickly and many, like ours, are high in antioxidants and designed to assist in fighting free radicals. There are also many carrier oils that have a natural SPF. Even still, NOTHING should replace a great sunblock/sunscreen. Loved your comment thanks for sharing it with us. ~Marla

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