This $8 Grapeseed Body Oil Saved My Dry, Acne-Prone Skin
I’ll be stocking up on this bottle before winter is here.
Body oils get a bad reputation when it comes to acne-prone skin. Many people steer clear while searching for a moisturizer, with the assumption that you shouldn't add more oil to already-oily skin. As a person who suffers with acne, ingrown hair on my legs, and dry skin over all my limbs, finding the right moisturizing product for my body has always been a pain. The body butters I tried led to bacne breakouts, and the lotions I bought were never moisturizing enough for New York’s dry winters.
I never thought to try body oils for fear that they would cause body acne or lead to more ingrown hairs. But after reading a 2018 study concluding that some oils, such as jojoba oil, can actually be good for eczema and acne, I trawled through the internet in search of one to solve my bodycare woes. I discovered that grapeseed oil has a low comedogenic rating (meaning that it won’t be the reason behind any possible acne flare-ups), and that it has an antibacterial as well as antioxidant effect.
I immediately went on Amazon and found a grapeseed oil from NOW Solutions with many happy reviews and a high rating. Thanks to Amazon Prime, I got my hands on the bottle within two days, and slathered on this fragrance-free moisturizer after showering. What I loved was that my skin did not react at all (it’s made for sensitive skin), and it didn’t have the greasy, almost film-like sheen that many oils typically leave on skin after application. I massaged the oil into places in need of extra hydration, such as my elbows and knees, and my skin absorbed it instantly.
Weeks after using this bottle, I found that my body felt much smoother and more hydrated, and that I hadn’t experienced an acne or ingrown hair flare-up since. With winter around the corner, I’m sure that my skin will once again start craving extra hydration, and so I’ll be needing this bottle of grapeseed oil more frequently than ever. I’m already putting a note in my calendar to stock up before the first cold front of the season hits.
To buy: $8; amazon.com.