Serums VS Facial Oils for Acne-Prone Skin || Which Facial Oils or Serums to use for Acne-Prone Skin

Serums VS Facial Oils for Acne Prone Skin

With all the beauty bloggers and YouTubers sharing new face oils and serums to be included in their beauty regimen you are probably thinking which ones should you be using and how should you be using them. When and where to apply them? Or should you be using them at all? Which Facial Oils or Serums to use for Acne-Prone Skin? If your skin is sensitive to skin conditions like acne, facial oils for acne-prone skin and serums for acne-prone skin should be selected very carefully.  If all these are your concerns then worry not because I got your back. Today, I will be answering how, which, when and where to use a facial oil or serum specifically for acne-prone skin.


Facial Oil Vs. Serum

Facial oils mainly add hydration to your skin. Sometimes they also serve as a spot treatment.

A serum, on the other hand, has a water-like consistency. It is easily absorbed into your skin. Serums add glow and help in reducing wrinkles or fine lines. They also help in tightening up your pores.

There are various benefits to a facial oil and a serum. If you are wondering which facial oil or serum to use, I will highly recommend you educate yourself on the kind of problem you are facing.

If you are looking to add glow, remove scars and reduce fine lines on your face then you should go for a serum.

Facial oils target more of the upper layer of your skin.


Which Facial Oil or Serum to use for Acne Prone Skin?

Acne prone skin is a challenge when it comes to selecting beauty products that will be kind to your skin. Things that work for others can create huge drama on your skin and the other way around. If you already know which oils suit best for you then you are good to go but if you don’t then I suggest you go to a store like Sephora and ask for samples of different facial oils. Test them on your hands first and then use them on your face. This way you will not have to go and spend a lot of money on something that might not even work for your skin.


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Facial Oils

For treating acne-prone skin these three facial oils have worked tremendously well for me:


#1 Tea Tree Oil

Tea Tree Oil has antibacterial and antimicrobial compounds. It is also antiseptic and absorbs deep into the skin to unblock sebaceous glands, thus, unclogging the pores. It also helps in removing dust and grease and getting rid of acne.


#2 Jojoba Oil

You must have heard a great deal about this facial oil. It’s used in many great DIYs and skin care routines. It is anti-inflammatory which means it will help you get rid of the redness in your skin or the rashes that you get before getting a pimple. It is anti-bacterial, anti-aging and very moisturizing. You don’t need another moisturizer after using Jojoba oil.


#3 Rosehip Seed Oil

Rosehip seed oil is high in anti-oxidants. It’s very anti-inflammatory and can help in fading the acne scars that have appeared over time and won’t easily go.



When choosing a facial serum for acne prone skin, I highly recommend looking for the ingredient salicylic acid. This acid is very popular, specifically for highly acne prone skin. It penetrates deep into the pores and loosens the clogged ones by exfoliating and allowing the oil to move freely.

Salicylic Acid is also sometimes known as beta hydroxy acid (BHA). There are a lot of serums that are a blend of facial oils. For instance, there is this one by WB Hemani that I have been using for the past one year. It is fairly amazing. It gets absorbed by the skin very easily and is a blend of tea tree oil and many other natural oils that are great for acne-prone skin.

If you don’t know which serum you want to use then just one serum that is a blend of the facial oils that are good for your skin will do.


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When or How to use a Facial Serum?

A lot of people wonder when and how should a facial oil or serum be used. So, the number one tip that I am going to give you is to make sure your face and hands are freshly washed to avoid any dirt touching your skin.

Your skin should be damp. That way just a drop on the product will be able to cover up the whole face.

If you are wondering the order in which the products should be applied then just remember you have to go from thinnest to thickest.

The proper manner in which you should be applying our facial products would be:

#1 Toner

#2 Serum

#3 Moisturizer

#4 Facial Oil


To use a serum, on a damp face massage a little quantity of the product or, as I like to do it, gently tap it into your skin. Some people recommend applying it all over your skin and but I only use a face oil on the affected areas.

As to answer the question about when should you be applying a facial oil – first definitely check the label of your product.  Some products are not suitable to be worn during the daytime because if your skin is exposed to sun wearing it, it might harm or damage your skin adversely rather than helping it.

For facial oils, remember that our skin secretes the least amount of serum during the night and most during the day. So, the best time to apply a facial oil would be the night.


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Should you be using a Facial Oil or Serum Every Day?

The answer is straight and simple, NO! You should always listen to your skin first. During summer, I personally prefer serum on the days when my skin feels dull or before applying makeup and facial oils on the days when I get a rash.

In the end, I would say don’t just start using a product just because somebody told you to. Research yourself, get educated, experiment, ask an expert and just listen to your skin.

Watch the video to know more about the serums and face oils I use in my skin care regimen.

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Aimz Khalid is the entrepreneur behind AimzFolio. She enjoys Art in every form there is. When it comes to writing, Aimz likes to write about Beauty, Self-Development and Health related topics.

Aimz dreams to travel every inch of the globe and works hard to achieve it.
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