If you’ve got acne (or bacne), using grapeseed oil is a no brainer. Just ask Real Simple contributor Nina Huang, who started using a bottle in 2019, and reported not having experienced an “acne or ingrown hair flare-up since.” Huang’s results are probably due to the fact that grapeseed oil contains linoleic acid. If you’re acne-prone, your skin is probably deficient in this nutrient, which helps maintain your skin’s moisture and blocks irritants (via Begins with Skin). This deficiency means your skin’s sebum (that oily substance that seals in your skin’s moisture, prevents against dryness, and defends against infections) becomes thick and sticky (via VeryWellHealth). Increase the linoleic acid in your skin, and you help unclog your pores.
What’s more, grapeseed oil also contains vitamin E. As Desiree Pais, beauty editor at Herbivore Botanicals, noted to Well+Good, vitamin E and linoleic acid together reduce inflammation. It may also reduce the marks left by acne scars, according to dermatologist Debra Jaliman (via Byrdie). Think of the duo like the Batman and Robin in the fight against red, sensitive skin. If you’ve got rosacea or eczema, the oil should be high on your list of skin treatments.