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Pure argan oil and oily skin


I was reading about pure argan oil and how well it seems to work for people with damaged hair, dry skin and acne scares. What I'd like to know is if anyone here that has oily skin has tried it and how their skin reacted to it?
I normally have oily skin, but when I use this acne medication called Retin-A gel that my Dr gave me, my skin dries out really bad and flakes off. When this happens it looks like I've had a sun burn and my skin is peeling. I've tried exfoliating and using all kind of different moisturizers, but nothing helps. When I read how well argan oil is helping people that have dry skin I was wondering if this could help, or if it would be a mistake to use both together.
If anyone knows, or has some suggestions for me I'd really appreciate the help.
May 22, 2013 @ 09:51 am

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Not good on oily skin

Argan Oil is a heavier oil so I wouldn't try it on oily skin...Its better for really dry skin.I think you would find it to heavy on your face..

For oily skin you could make a nice astringent out of distilled water and a few drops of tea tree oil...Or you could make a mask out of plain yogurt or honey or clay,ground oatmeal and a few drops of either tea tree oil or lavender oil...

If you would rather find a natural oil for your face go with something light like Almond Oil.

Good Luck!

May 22, 2013 @ 07:20 pm

Tea Tree Oil

I second the Tea Tree Oil, it works like a charm. Really inexpensive too!
May 22, 2013 @ 08:11 pm


Also, you're supposed to peel a bit with Retin-A because it exfoliates your skin and stimulates new cells to grow, so that's normal. When I started it was too much peeling for me (I felt gross and awkward) so I started staggering my application to once every 3 - 4 days, and the peeling went way down. You'll still peel a little bit at first, but as your skin gets used to it it will stop, and the results really are fantastic. Also look at what strength your Doctor prescribed you and ask if you can get a weaker %.
May 22, 2013 @ 08:14 pm


I'll try the tea tree oil and see if that helps keep the drying and peeling down some. The oatmeal, honey and tea tree oil sounds like a good idea too, thanks Bren.

I've used Retin-A before and couldn't handle using it everyday either. Then I just gradually stopped using it altogether. I just recently started using it again and forgot how drying it can be even on oily skin. I also started to just use it more as a spot treatment hoping to avoid so much dryness, but so far that hasn't worked out very well.

Any how thanks for all of your suggestions ladies, I'll be given them a try this weekend for sure.
May 23, 2013 @ 07:32 am


I think @laced is right about trying to go down in your usage or seeing if you can get a weaker percentage.

It could also be that you are overdrying your skin, causing it to produce even more oil. Maybe try a sensitive skin cream cleanser for a while and spot treatment? I was having really bad acne recently and I went to the doctor for it and I was prescribed an antibiotic, the birth control pill and a topical treatment- clindamycin. Then I use cream cleansers and I load up on the moisturizer. If I need to spot treat, I use tea tree oil or benzoyl peroxide. Also, I've found that washing my face only at night and in the morning, simply using a toner really helps. I've been using this one, with salt water: http://www.lush.ca/Breath-of-Fresh-Air/9999902359,en_CA,pd.html?start=4&q=breath of fresh air

I do find lots of oils on my skin are in fact too heavy. Have you tried sweet almond oil instead?
May 23, 2013 @ 10:15 am

Thanks Alex

The Retin-A that I'm using now is only 0.1% witch I thought was as mild as it gets. My skin is naturally oily and seems to be producing the same amount of oil where I haven't used this cream as it always has. Its just dried out and peeling where I have placed it on my face. I've tried only cleaning once a day and using a cream cleanser, but the peeling is still happening. I stopped using the Retin-A cream for three days now hoping my face would recover, but its still peeling where I placed it and oily every where else. I can't seem to win. I think I'm going to just stop using it for now and once I get the peeling to stop I'll give it another try, but only dabbing it on the bad places next time around.

I had my skin all cleared up for a few years then out of no where it started going crazy on me again. I haven't change any of the products I was using for the past two years, or started on any new medications, even my diet has stayed the same. The only thing I can think of that could be causing this is my nerves. Ever since 2013 hit we've had one bad thing after another happen and it just doesn't seem like its ever going to stop. Perhaps this is just my bodies way of telling me its effecting me more then I think it is. I just wish it would have picked a different way to tell me!!

Thanks for all the help ladies!
May 23, 2013 @ 01:26 pm

Peeling Skin

What about treating the peeling skin with a really emollient, moisturizing and thick cream? I would try cicaplast and maybe eucerin aquaphor:


May 23, 2013 @ 02:56 pm

Couple of suggestions...

Any improvements with the RetinA, Takoda?

In case you still need them here are a couple of suggestions:
1. Your skin acclimatizes to RetA - so either try to get a weaker dose or use is once a day instead of two, or once every second day to build tolerance.
2. Wait 10 - 20 minutes after washing your face before you apply your RetA. Dampness in the skin makes the product go deeper into the epidermal layers which causes more irritation and peeling in some people. Also, after 15-ish minutes (depends on the individual) your skin will reestablish it's acid mantle and be able to tolerate the med more.

I'd suggest these since they are attacking the cause of the problem rather than trying to mask the effects. Good luck... :)

PS Great news is that RetA is still one of the best things to keep the collagen and elastin levels optimal in your skin... so BONUS!... younger looking skin! Oh - and avoid the sun like the plague!
Aug 10, 2013 @ 11:56 pm

I use it :)

I use pure argan oil on my face, hair and hands. I love it, it is the best beauty product i have ever used, seriously. I had oily skin, acne, discolorations and fine lines. My skin is now beautiful, i have a fresh glow, Im 31 and look better than when i was in my 20's ;) The first brand I tried was Josie Maran which was lovely but very expensive from Sephora and the second brand i tried is BioSecrets bought online from biosecrets.ca.
Its my miracle in a bottle.
Nov 21, 2014 @ 03:37 pm


I forgot to mention both brands are cold pressed, nothing added or taken away, which is the key to good argan oil.
Nov 21, 2014 @ 03:39 pm

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