You've been slathering your skin with the oil for years now—but be careful if you fall into one of these categories.

By Mona Gohara, MD
January 06, 2017

Argan oil has been one of the most popular beauty oils for a few years now-and for good reason. It is loaded with antioxidants and fatty acids that keep your skin looking young and radiant. Plus, as far as oils go, it's light and absorbs easily, making it perfect for layering with other products. It's an ideal primer for sunscreen or makeup, and it doesn't clog pores. It's also well known for keeping hair soft and voluminous.

So what's the problem? Not everyone should be using it, and not every product that has 'argan oil' on the label is legit. Here's what you need to know.

Avoid if you have eczema

I know it's tempting to slather flaky skin in moisturizing oil, but a lot of oil blends feature fragrances, which can cause flare-ups, resulting in itchy, red, inflamed skin. The same goes for rosacea. Someone with rosacea should just be using mild non-soap cleansers and fragrance-free moisturizers. Essential oils and botanicals, though natural, can make the skin angrier and redder. (Related: Foods That Help With Common Skin Conditions)

Don't use if you have cystic acne

Even though argan oil doesn't clog pores, I still tell my patients who have suffered from cystic acne to avoid oils just in case. It can create compensatory dryness, which irritates and inflames skin even more.

Look for pure argan oil

Whenever an ingredient becomes super popular, you can be sure some companies will add the lingo to their labels, without adding a ton of it to their products. That's not always a bad thing, but don't be fooled if you have sensitive skin. Some products might be loaded with other chemicals that can actually dry out your hair and skin. Look for 100% argan oil on the label if you have sensitive skin.

Use in moderation

Whether you use argan oil on your hair or skin, the key is to use it in moderation. The difference between one drop and three can mean the difference between radiance and grease, so it's best to keep it simple.

Comments (1)

June 3, 2017
100% Pure Argan Oil is good for my skin!