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These ingredients also help to form an occlusive barrier on the skin but they also support the skin structure, helping to repair the barrier function on a deeper level.
Most commonly lipids and oils, emollients create an occlusive barrier on the skin, protecting it from environmental triggers and preventing TEWL, as well as hydrating, soothing and nourishing the skin.
Despite their comedogenic (pore-clogging) reputation, plant oils can actually regulate and balance the skin, as well as being hydrating and nourishing. Each plant oil has its own specific benefits, but can be classified in two categories, depending on whether they contain oleic acid and linoleic acid.