So there are already a lot of reviews out there on Tarte’s Maracuja Oil, but I just want to use this opportunity to gush about the fact that this face oil is ama~~~zing for acne-prone and sensitive skin! So if you’re like me and suffer from skin full of extremes (dryness, rosacea, oiliness and cystic acne) read on about how Tarte Maracuja Oil (aka Passionfruit Oil) is now a crucial part of my daily skincare regime and get yourself some asap!
Face oils have been very popular for several years now. In fact, my first introduction to Tarte’s Maracuja Oil was two years ago, browsing through Sephora’s website. Sephora was promoting the oil on their site, and I remember reading that this oil was good for acne-prone skin to help reduce blemishes. But the site didn’t explain why this particular oil was good for acne-prone skin, and I didn’t really research it. About a month later, when Sephora had .25 oz samples of this oil available in their points system, I just went ahead and splurged, getting about 4 of them. (My mom and I share the same Sephora Beauty Insider card, so I am blessed with having a lot of points to play with!) I was so excited, believing that I had found the miracle cure for my skin!
So, two years ago, I started applying Tarte’s Maracuja Oil to my skin in addition to my normal moisturizer… and then… (*drumroll*) I broke out. Horribly. Looking back I now realize that this was just a mere coincidence, but back then I was still a believer of the myth that “oily skin must stay away from oil” and I blamed the Maracuja Oil. I threw away the open bottle that I had, but thankfully I was smart/stubborn enough to keep the other sample bottles stored away in my drawer for a rainy day.
Fast forward a couple of years and I’ve become much, much smarter about nurturing a healthy moisture barrier and how important certain oils are for acne prone skin. So here’s a quick rundown on face oils, and why Maracuja Oil in particular is good for acne-prone skin:
Oils for oily skin?! YES!
In my previous post about how I learned to heal my acne-prone and ultra sensitive skin, I wrote a little bit about how important fatty acids are nurturing a healthy moisture barrier. Essential fatty acids for the skin can be found in plant oils, and can be applied topically to nurture the moisture barrier. But not all oils have the right balance of fatty acids for acne-prone skin. Research shows that people with acne-prone skin tend to be deficient in linoleic acid, and to compensate the skin creates more sebum (which is usually high in oleic acid.) Therefore, plant oils high in linoleic acid are great for keeping acne at bay, in addition to moisturizing the skin. However, plant oils high in oleic acid tend to cause more problems for those who are prone to acne.
So, for those with acne-prone skin, stick with plant oils that are high in linoleic acid to nurture your moisture barrier. Dawn Michelle from Minimalist Beauty has a great post on different types of plant oils, and the percentage of oleic vs. linoleic in each type. But for those with acne-prone skin, you may get positive results from these oils:
- Maracuja/Passionfruit Oil —Oleic–12% Linoleic–77%
- Black Seed Oil—Oleic–22.6% Linoleic–55.6%
- Hemp Seed Oil—Oleic–10.71% Linoleic–56.48%
- Evening Primrose Oil—Oleic–8.4% Linoleic–72.6%
- Pumpkin Seed Oil—Oleic–23.3% Linoleic–57.2%
- Rosehip Seed Oil—Oleic–13.9% Linoleic–44.1%
- Grape Seed Oil (Organic)—Oleic–16.2% Linoleic–70.6%
- Soybean Oil—Oleic–22.72% Linoleic–52.97%
All I have ever tried is Maracuja/Passionfruit Oil, and am in LOVE with it, so I don’t feel the need to experiment with any other type of oil. If you do use oil other than Tarte’s Maracuja Oil, please remember to find an oil that is pure, cold-pressed, unrefined, and preferably organic. There are a LOT of oils out there and you can find a great one with some research. One website that has a lot of quality oils at a great price is Garden of Wisdom.
Tarte’s Maracuja Oil:
So now back to my review of this amazing face oil. Two years ago, I didn’t really know what I was doing and wrongly assumed that the oil was causing me to break out. Today, however, I’ve stopped using the products that were just plain wrong for my skin, have totally changed my skincare approach and regime, and now I can truly appreciate how great Tarte’s oil is for my skin.
This face oil comes in a beautiful dark purple glass bottle, with a glass dropper. There are only 1.7 oz of oil in the bottle but you don’t use very much, so thankfully it lasts a while. But it’s definitely not cheap! $46 for the bottle is pretty steep in my book, so I try to buy it when it’s on sale, and I’m always hoping that there will be sample bottles that I can scoop up with my Sephora points.
The liquid is clear, with maybe a very slight tinge of yellow in it, and it’s odorless. It spreads really easy over the face, and I usually use about 2-3 drops for my entire face. Because I generally follow a Korean skincare regime now, I use this oil instead of an emulsion. So basically I use this oil after essences/ampoules, and if I have time I like to let it sit on my skin and absorb for a little while before I then follow it up with a cream. I’m sure there are people with oily skin out there that will find this oil moisturizing enough alone. But I’ve learned that the more moisture I lather on my face, the less oily my skin is, which is why I always use a moisturizer on top of this face oil.
Since I started using this oil with my new skincare regime, my acne breakouts are fewer and my skin is a little less sensitive. Thankfully, my rosacea has also definitely improved, which I believe is because of this amazing oil.
Sometimes I don’t realize how well a product works for me until I switch to something else. And this is definitely the case with this product! So about a month ago when I started running low on this oil, I ordered Passionfruit oil from Garden of Wisdom as a replacement. Garden of Wisdom sells three different types of Passionfruit oil, and after asking advice from someone at the company, I chose type #3, which is the cold-pressed, unrefined, but filtered to deodorize, thinking that this would be the closest match to Tarte’s oil. I was surprised to find that this Passionfruit Oil had a much stronger scent than Tarte’s oil, felt a little thicker, and more yellow in color. Unfortunately, after using it a couple weeks I started breaking out, so I switched back to Tarte’s oil and my skin started to clear up again. I wish I knew what the exact balance of linoleic/oleic acid is in the formulation of Tarte’s Maracuja Oil, but I was not able to find it at all online! Tarte’s oil is just better formulated for my skin, and unfortunately Garden of Wisdom’s was just a little too different.
LOVE this face oil for nurturing my moisture barrier. Not only did it help with my acne, but it provides much needed moisture, and has helped with my rosacea too! Just a great oil for people with super sensitive skin like me.
I am just bummed that it’s so expensive! $46 is pretty steep, even if you can get a 10-20% store discount.
Pros: Great for acne-prone skin, soothing for sensitive skin
Cons: The price
Total score: 9/10
Ingredients: 10/10 (Only one: pure Maracuja/Passionfruit Oil)
Quality: 10/10 (Amazing quality – did everything that it promises!)
Wear: 10/10 (Absorbs into the skin and feels great, but some people might be put off that it can leave the skin a little oily if you put too much on. I personally don’t care!)
Price: 7/10 (A little goes a long way with this oil, so thankfully a bottle lasts a while. BUT it is really expensive!)