Applying Olive Oil On Your Face Might Be Doing More Harm Than Good & Here's Why

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Ever since Jennifer Lopez claimed that the secret to her ever-youthful skin is applying olive oil and SPF daily, the skincare world has gone into a frenzy. In fact, the entire idea behind her JLo Beauty line is to use olive oil to help everyone get that *JLo Glow*.

While the Hollywood sensation can obviously share her beauty hacks with the world, many skincare experts have expressed their concern over using olive oil for the skin. This is especially true if your skin is acne or blemish-prone. Want to know more? Then keep on reading...

Here's Why You Should Stop Using Olive Oil On Your Skin

Sometimes beauty remedies can do more harm than good and using olive oil is one of them. Here's why:

It Can Clog Your Pores

Olive oil is thick AF. So there is a high chance that it can clog your pores and lead to breakouts. The fatty acids prevalent in olive oil are actually the food source for the acne-causing bacteria! So, instead of using olive oil to lighten the scars, use niacinamide instead and watch your scars fade away.


The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

INR 489 AT The Ordinary

It Can Cause Irritation

Just like any other skincare ingredient, olive oil can irritate your skin. It can also be really bad when used on infants' skin and can increase their chances of eczema.

Doesn't Have Cleansing Properties

While coconut oil is a great alternative for makeup remover, olive oil isn't. It doesn't have any anti-bacterial properties that other plant oils have. So instead of removing your makeup, it can worsen the situation on your skin and really clog pores, increasing chances of skin congestion and new breakouts.


And if you were using olive oil as an environment-friendly alternative for makeup remover wipes, using reusable products like microfiber towels and makeup gloves is a better option.


Makeup Eraser Original Pink - Makeup Remover

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It Can Actually Make Your Skin Oilier

If you have acne-prone skin, then your skin is already producing high levels of sebum. So, using olive oil is only going to make matters worse. However, if you do wish to use an oil to fight off acne, then there's no better choice than tree tea oil.

Skin Care

The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil- 20Ml

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So, We Can We Not Use Olive Oil In Any Form?

No actually, you can!

While olive oil does have some amazing skincare properties, it's often advisable to use olive oil-derived products or products that have olive oil as an ingredient in them rather than your cooking wala extra virgin olive oil.

So with that being said, here are some products that will be a great addition to your skincare cupboard...


Dr. Sheth's Pure Olive Squalane

INR 1,200 AT Dr. Sheth's


It's Skin The Fresh Mask Sheet - Olive

INR 100 AT It's Skin


Biobloom Olive Oil, Honey & Lemon Juice Face Pack

INR 499 AT Biobloom