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Olive Oil for Acne: 3 Amazing Benefits

If you’ve ever experienced chronic acne or oily skin, you likely know the difficulty of skincare. Acne causes more problems than just a few pesky blemishes: clogged pores impact your skin's tone and texture. Acne treatments can turn even the oiliest t-zones into a desert of dryness.

Finding clean skincare products designed for acne-prone skin is difficult — but, thankfully, not impossible. 

Plant-based skincare products are an option for healthy-looking skin. Sourced straight from the earth, olive oil is a natural skin moisturizer that can soothe and smooth the texture of even the most irritated skin. A popular ingredient in clean beauty brands, olive oil-inspired skincare is a natural and effective way to address your acne troubles. 

How Can Olive Oil Help Skin?

Though Mediterranean cuisine has a long history of celebrating olives, extra virgin olive oil is good for more than just cooking. Full of natural antioxidants and vitamins, olive oil harvests all the benefits of the small fruit – and then some. 

Extra virgin olive oil is a potent tincture that contains high concentrations of oleic acid, a powerful compound responsible for many modern skincare treatments. This omega-9 fatty acid occurs naturally in various plant and animal oils, including olives, and is known to support the skin’s natural barrier. While other popular skincare solutions like tea tree oil, argan oil, or castor oil contain trace amounts of oleic acid, nothing compares to its 83% abundance in olive oil. Even dermatologist-favorite coconut oil cannot compare to numbers like that. 

While the ingredient is good for all skin types, the benefits of olive oil for blemish-prone skin are plentiful. Nutrients like vitamin E and verbascoside target the side effects of acne, fading the appearance of blemishes and hyperpigmentation in the form of dark spots and acne scars. 

For glowing skin free from surface impurities, check out the three greatest benefits of olive oil for acne-prone skin. 

1. Olive Oil as a Cleanser 

The first (and arguably most important) step in any skincare routine is cleansing. Before you can begin to rejuvenate your skin, you first need to wash away any buildup blocking your skin. Like starting with a clean canvas, beginning your skincare with a fresh face is essential. 

But cleansing is more than just brushing away dead skin cells. The right face wash should draw impurities out of the skin, targeting pimples and problem areas at their roots. Oil cleansing methods are especially effective at removing buildup due to the chemical properties of olive oil. 

When you apply an olive oil-based cleanser, the oils in the product chemically bond to the excess oils on your skin. As you wipe away the face wash with warm water, the buildup washes away with it, leaving your skin free of impurities. Just as an artist primes her canvas, you are left with a face free of buildup. 

Cleansers for Blemish-Prone Skin

The goal of cleansing is to remove unwanted grime while protecting your skin’s natural hydration barrier. Cheap cleansers and exfoliants can strip your skin of its natural oils when removing buildup, which is a slippery slope for all skin types — especially those prone to acne flare-ups. 

To avoid stripping your skin of its natural nutrients, invest in an oil cleansing method. Our Micellar Cleansing Essence is made with hydrating olive leaf water, an often-forgotten byproduct of olives. With oleic acid and additional components like antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, and squalene, this cleanser will freshen your face without sacrificing skin safety. Test the power of olive oil yourself for a face wash unlike any other. 

2. Olive Oil as a Moisturizer

Beauty fads will try to push the narrative that oil is bad for your skin, but their hasty assumptions couldn’t be farther from the truth. Your skin needs oils to lubricate and illuminate its surface – otherwise, your skin wouldn’t bother to produce natural oils like sebum. Imagine if our skin never produced oil — it would be as dry and flaky as the dead skin cells you just washed away. 

Olive oil is a blemish-safe, non-comedogenic skin moisturizer. Made with hydrating acids and sterols, it can seep into your skin to provide lasting hydration all day long. Olive oil is more effective than a water-based lotion because it moisturizes your skin from the inside out — and it’s a proactive way to avoid future excess buildup. 

Oleic acid mimics the natural sebum in your skin, working to support your skin’s barrier against clogging and other follicle blockages. Like a second skin, olive oil can block buildup without contributing any excess oil or grime of its own. Olive oil is the way to go for visibly clear and hydrated skin. 

Moisturizers for Blemish-Prone Skin

The perfect skin moisturizer should balance hydration and oil levels and provide protection. It doesn’t have to be a one or the other situation — the right product for you should include both. 

To nourish acne-prone skin, choose a moisturizer that utilizes the power of olive oil. Our Olive Replenishing Balm harnessed the power of olive to refresh and rejuvenate tired skin. It strengthens depleted skin barrier to prevent bacterial growth and balances oil levels, so skin doesn’t produce excess sebum. Created for all skin types, colors, and ages, this product is designed for anyone with acne-prone skin. 

3. Olive Oil as a Sunscreen

Olive oil is not a sunscreen, but it can support your other SPFs. Olive oil contains fatty acids and antioxidants that help protect against sun damage during periods of high exposure. Oleic acid is known to support your skin barrier’s ability to defend against outside irritants, including UV harm. 

In addition to supporting defenses against UV penetration, olive oil can help soothe sunburns. As natural skin moisturizers, olive oil-based skincare products lock in hydration and can refresh your damaged skin. Plus, its high concentration of vitamin e can support healthy skin renewal and healing processes. 

Sun Protectants for Acne-Prone Skin

Though not a sunscreen on its own, don’t disregard the protective power of olive oil. 

Top off your skincare routine with a supportive face oil to strengthen your skin. Our Biphase Moisturizing Oil is made from botanically infused olive oil, delivering a double dose of hydration while nourishing your skin’s natural barrier. Support healthy-looking skin and defend against sun damage by supporting your sunscreen with olive oil. 

The Bottom Line

The most luxurious skincare solutions come straight from the earth. Whether you have oily or dry skin, nature has all the ingredients you need to refresh and protect your skin. 

While supporting your skin’s barrier is important for everyone, blocking the buildup that causes acne is especially important for those with certain skin conditions. To prevent breakouts and blackheads while soothing your skin, tailor your skincare routine by incorporating products made with olive oil. 


The Oleic/Linoleic Acid Ratio in Olive (Olea europaea L.) Fruit Mesocarp Is Mainly Controlled by OeFAD2-2 and OeFAD2-5 Genes Together With the Different Specificity of Extraplastidial Acyltransferase Enzymes | Frontiers 

Moisturizers for Acne | PMC

Essential Fatty Acid | BiON Research


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