The Best Face Oils By Skin Type

So you’ve heard about how amazing oils are for your skin…

How oils are naturally rich in vitamins and antioxidants necessary for healthy skin. How they provide unparalleled moisture. How they help keep skin clear.

But face oils are not one-size-fits-all — it’s important to use oils that are right for your unique skin needs!

Related Post: The Top 10 Essential Oils for Skincare

The Best Face Oils By Skin Type:

Blemish-Prone Skin

Pumpkin Seed Oil

Rich in skin-loving nutrients vitamin A, vitamin C, and zinc, this is one of my newest favorite face oils, and one that benefits all skin types. It is especially fantastic for blemish-prone skin since the antioxidant vitamins A and C help prevent the sebum oxidation behind many outbreaks. It is also high in linoleic acid, making it a great choice for blemish-prone skin, which has been shown to often be too high in oleic acid the linoleic acid in the blend helps to bring skin back to a state of balance.

Grapeseed Oil

A very light oil that absorbs into the skin quickly, grapeseed oil is filled with antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties. Like pumpkin seed oil, grapeseed oil is also high in linoleic acid. These benefits make it ideal for blemish-prone skin.

Hemp Seed Oil

Hemp seed oil is rich in the antioxidant vitamins A and E, as well as skin-loving zinc. It is also high in linoleic acid, helping to bring blemish-prone skin back into balance. A dry oil, hemp seed oil is best blended with a more moisturizing oil.

Tamanu Oil

Tamanu oil has been thoroughly researched and found to greatly heal damaged skin and prevent scarring. Antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, tamanu oil is great for blemish-prone skin. NOTE: If you have a tree nut allergy, you may need to avoid tamanu oil or check with your doctor before using it.

Oily Skin

Jojoba Oil

Actually a liquid wax, jojoba oil is very similar to the skin’s own sebum. For this reason, it helps balance oil production in those with oily skin by “tricking” the skin to produce less oil. It’s also packed with antioxidants and fatty acids to protect and moisturize skin.

Grapeseed oil

Since it is so light and absorbs so quickly, grapeseed oil great for those with oily skin. Again, it’s filled with antioxidants and has anti-onflammatory properties, brining added banefits to the skin.

Dry Skin

Almond Oil

This light oil absorbs quickly yet moisturizes deeply. If you’re sensitive to scent, almond oil is for you since it virtually odorless!

Apricot Kernel Oil

Like almond oil, apricot kernel oil absorbs quickly and is extremely moisturizing. It also has little to no, scent. (Really, I have yet to discover any big differences between almond and apricot kernel oils!)

Aging/Mature Skin

Argan Oil

This fast-absorbing “liquid gold” is known for increasing cell regeneration, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Argan oil is also rich in the phenols and carotenes, antioxidants that protect the skin from aging free-radical damage.

Rosehip Seed Oil

A dry oil that penetrates the skin quickly, rosehip seed oil is rich in the antioxidant vitamin C and has been linked to increased collagen production. Rosehip seed oil is also high in retinoic acid, which studies show reduces the appearance of wrinkles and scars, and generally brightens skin.

Seabuckthorn Oil

Rich in carotenes, tocopherols, and phytosterols, seabuckthorn oil is an antioxidant powderhouse that helps to combat aging inflammation and free-radicals.

Pomegranate Seed Oil

Rich in the antioxidants flavonoids, pomegranate prevents aging by neutralizing collagen-damaging free-radicals and reducing inflammation.

Sensitive/Irritated Skin

Borage Seed Oil

Borage seed oil contains gamma linolenic acid (GLA), which has been shown to significantly decrease inflammation in the skin when applied topically. Though borage oil is a popular dietary supplement to support skin health, topical application of borage oil has been shown to effectively preventing and treat inflammatory conditions like acne as well as eczema and dermatitis.

Avocado Oil

This rich, moisturizing oil is packed with B vitamins as well as the antioxidant vitamins A and C. It’s especially great for those with sensitive or easily irritated skin.

Hemp Seed Oil

Hemp seed oil is great for chapped, broken skin. For this reason, it is often used in skincare formulas that target eczema and psoriasis.

There are so many wonderful ways to use face oils!

You can…

  • Apply a single face oil on its own
  • Blend a few different face oils and add some essential oils to create a custom moisturizer
  • Follow the Oil Cleansing Method to cleanse and moisturize your skin

Do you have a favorite face oil?

Please share with us!

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  1. […] are so many AMAZING skincare oils out there, each with different benefits. Read The Best Carrier Oils Based on Skin Type to see which oils may be the best fit for your skin […]

    November 4, 2016 • 3:38 pm •
  2. Excellent!

    November 8, 2016 • 6:33 am •
  3. Robin B.

    I never used face Oils before becoming a consultant for Beautycounter…and I must say that I have fallen in LOVE!! I love the way they make my skin feel so smooth but not greasy. Definitely a ‘must try’!!!

    November 10, 2016 • 8:40 pm •
  4. Stacey

    I am so glad you wrote this article. I was so frustrated trying to find the right oil for my skin. My skin is not oily but blemish prone. I was always told to use jojoba which always made it worse. I had never heard of using pumpkin seed oil nor did I know it existed but I am so happy I do now. My skin has dramatically improved and feels so much better. Existing blemishes cleared and no new ones have appeared. My skin texture and color has improved, no more stinging or itching. I have only been using it for a week and am seriously impressed. I mix it with a drop of frankincense and tea tree and use before bed. Thank you!

    November 27, 2016 • 9:44 am •
  5. Kristal Acevedo

    Hi, if I have a 1ml carrier, how many drops of othe EOS can I add? Because I read that you explained that for every 1ml carrier you add 1 drop of your chosen EO. Would 3 drops of 3 diff. EOS make it too harsh or strong?

    December 2, 2016 • 1:03 pm •
  6. Miro M.

    I loved your post on the best oils for blemish prone and oily skin! It makes my skin so soft! My question was, how would you combine some of the new blemish oils such as grapeseed to make another great blend?

    December 3, 2016 • 12:40 am •
  7. Colette

    I would love to use an oil,but my problem is that I’ve got sensitive mature skin, which is also combination skin.
    Can you recommend an oil I can use.
    And I live in the Caribbean which is always hot.

    December 3, 2016 • 7:48 pm •
  8. Maria

    I have a combination and sensetive skin, which oil should I use as a moisturizer?

    December 7, 2016 • 10:42 am •
  9. Please, i really need your help! I have a combination and sensetive skin, i got some bumps on my forehead and also some pimples (not a lot), and i started to use almond oil, and i see that there’re some new bumps (3) and one little pimple on my nose, what that mean? that the oil is comedonic for my skin, or that it cleans him ? and which oil do you think is best for my skin? I also tried cocount oil, and i use it in the morning, and it’s feel like it’s what cause the bumps on my forehead. which oil is best for sensetive and combination skin?? I’ll really really appriciate if you will answer me! 🙂

    December 8, 2016 • 2:57 am •
  10. Nadia

    I do not recommend coconut oil. If blemishes are an issue for you, see those oils suggested for blemish-prone skin.

    December 8, 2016 • 2:48 pm •
  11. Nadia

    Hey, Kristal — yes, as mentioned in The Top 10 Essential Oils for Skincare (which provides dilution guidelines) for every 1 ml of carrier oil, you should add no more than 1 drop of EO (this is for a 5% dillution, which some people even believe is too strong). So yes, 9 drops of EO in 1 ml of carrier oil would totally be WAY too strong. That would basically be a 50% dillution.

    December 8, 2016 • 3:17 pm •
  12. […] in a carrier oil to a maximum of 5% (see these 5 Face Oils For Naturally Clear, Flawless Skin and The Best Face Oils By Skin Type). So since 1 ml is 20 drops, for every 1 ml of carrier oil, you would add 1 drop of EO. And since 1 […]

    December 8, 2016 • 3:22 pm •
  13. Lisa

    Where’s the best place to to buy oils? Ive been wanting to get more into them but everywhere i look they are sooooo expensive

    December 27, 2016 • 12:50 am •

    Can I please ask. I noticed that you don’t use cacay oil nor baobab oil. Can you please advised whether they benefits are not as good?
    Thank you. This is very confusing as it seems that all the oils are amazing but it is very difficult to use one that would work for me.

    January 4, 2017 • 5:56 pm •
  15. […] teaspoons jojoba oil or another facial oil of choice (check out The Best Face Oils By Skin Type for some […]

    January 5, 2017 • 6:48 pm •
  16. […] all about the face oils, baby (see The Best Face Oils by Skin Type). Whenever anyone compliments my skin (it still blows my mind when that happens!), I immediately […]

    January 5, 2017 • 6:52 pm •
  17. Anna

    I came across your site and love all the tips. I’ve read a lot about essential oils and have been wanting to try my own serum. Have you expiremented with manuka oil?

    January 16, 2017 • 1:57 am •
  18. Amanda

    I have been using both jojoba and rosehip oils, for years and swear by them. But, recently I’ve tried Cranberry oil as its very high in antioxidants – its a lovely oil that soaks in quickly…I plan to continue using all three.

    January 19, 2017 • 3:23 am •
  19. Neethu

    Hi.this s a very informative post.My face is oily acne prone with scars mostly on cheeks n my back .Which oil do you recommend.?How can I mix different essential oils ?Thanx in advance

    January 31, 2017 • 1:46 am •
  20. Lauren

    Oooh, so glad I found this. So many oils that seem to have similar healing properties and benefits, it’s really tough to decide which one I should get… Just wondering, do you have a list of oils and their properties somewhere on your website? Looking the a whole list so I can take it with me to the store and pick which ones best 🙂

    February 8, 2017 • 4:46 pm •
  21. Dineo

    hello Nadia I use ROSEHIP ON MY FACE and neck . Coconut oil on my body , my skin is well nourished and soft , also castor oil is good . loving the oils, love from South Africa

    February 9, 2017 • 3:58 am •
  22. Dineo

    Hi Nadia can I mix Castor oil, Coconut , Mongolia, Grapeseed and Rosehip for my body and face ? Will I not develop rash on my face?or should I stick to Rosehip for face

    February 9, 2017 • 4:04 am •
  23. Ayesha

    Dear Nadia,

    I have started using organ oil at night and Jojoba and reshape in the morning. I have dry skin. Can you suggest me what to use for my under-eye wrinkles. Will argan oil do or should I buy sweet almond oil?


    February 11, 2017 • 5:15 am •