By: Catrina Turner, Aug 21, 2014

Will massage oils cause me to break out on my back?

Worried that massage oil will cause a bad bout of “back-ne?”

Typically, massage oil should not make you have a break-out on your back. Most massage oils used should not cause a person to break-out. That said, however, some people are prone to break-outs and they may experience one after the application of massage oil.

One way to minimize a break-out is to shower after the massage using soap to rinse any excess oil. Never use alcohol on the area after (i.e. hand sanitizer, or alcohol wipes), because it will dry out your skin and stimulate your skin to produce more sebum, the natural oils of the skin and hair.

If you are worried about break-outs or you know you cannot get to a shower after your massage, talk to your massage therapist. Most usually have lotion that will absorb into your skin more easily.

Catrina Turner is a Registered Massage Therapist serving the GTA. She graduated from the Canadian Therapeutic College’s Advanced Standing Massage Therapy program and she has a Bachelor Degree in Therapeutic and Inclusive Recreation and Leisure from Brock University. She is registered with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario, and is a member of the Registered Massage Therapists' Association of Ontario. Catrina has devoted herself to the health and well-being of her clients. She believes that recreation, leisure and an active lifestyle is important for maintaining good health. Catrina loves to participate in sports, her favourites being soccer and hockey.