The Best Face Oils By Skin Type

the best face oils by skin type

Face oils are a wonderful addition to your natural skincare routine, but they’re not one-size-fits all! Let’s take a look at the best face oils for each different skin type: blemish-prone, oily, dry, aging or mature, and sensitive or irritated skin.

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

How face oils are naturally rich in the vitamins and antioxidants necessary for healthy skin.

How they provide unparalleled moisture.

How they help keep skin clear.

And it’s SO true!

It’s surprising at first given all of the skincare products out there that tout “oil-free” on their packaging, making us feel like any oil on our skin whatsoever will turn us into giant walking, talking blackheads… at least that’s what I once thought.

But oils were actually key in helping me clear my acne and continue to be a very important part of my all-natural skincare and beauty routine.

But oils are not one-size-fits-all — it’s important to choose the best face oil for your unique skin type and needs!

So which facial oil is best? What is the best oil for your face?

The answer will vary based on skin type and skincare goals.

Here you’ll find the best face oils by skin type so you can find the oil or oils that are right for you:

  • Blemish-prone skin
  • Oily skin
  • Aging / mature skin
  • Sensitive skin

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The Best Face Oils for Blemish-Prone Skin


Rich in skin-loving nutrients vitamin A, vitamin C, and zinc, pumpkin seed oil 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.

Pumpkin seed oil 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 (source).


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 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 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.

The Best Face Oils for Oily Skin


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.


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

Best Face Oils for Dry Skin


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


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!)

Best Face Oils for Aging / Mature Skin


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


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.


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


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

Best Face Oils for Sensitive Skin


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.


A richly moisturizing oil, avocado 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 is great for chapped, broken skin. For this reason, it is often used in skincare formulas that target eczema and psoriasis.

How To Use Face Oil

Now that you know which oils are right for your unique skin’s needs, you may be wondering…

How do you apply face oil?

When it comes to face oils, a little goes a long way. Dispense just 4-8 drops of oil onto the palm of your hand, rub your hands together to warm then oil, then gently pay the oil into your skin.

When should you apply face oil?

You can apply face oils in both the morning and evening.

However, if you tend an oily skin type, you may prefer to only apply them in the evening.

Do you put face oil on before or after moisturizer?

You want to apply your face oil as the last step in your routine, after applying any water-based serums or moisturizers.

How can I make a homemade DIY face oil blend?

If you’d like, you can blend one or a few different face oils with some essential oils to create a custom face oil blend.

See How to Make a Custom Face Oil Blend (perfect for YOUR skin!) for all the details!

How do I wash my face with you?

Follow the Oil Cleansing Method to cleanse learn how to “wash” your face with oils.

Do you have a favorite face oil?

Please share with us in the comments below!


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  1. 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’!!!

  2. 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!

  3. 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?

  4. 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?

  5. 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.

  6. 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! 🙂

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

  8. 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.

  9. Hi Nadia! I love this post and am excited to try the oil cleaning method but have a couple of questions. Is this method recommended for everyday use? Also, what brands of oils do you recommend for the hazelnut, pumpkin seed and rose hip seed oils? Thank you so much for sharing!

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. 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?

  13. 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.

  14. Hello Nadia,

    About Organic Apricot Kernel I read that this oil is well suited for skin care products because it is a mild, moisturizing oil, and is readily absorbed into the skin without leaving a residue behind.

    And about organic Sweet Almond I read the following: this oil is a fantastic carrier oil and also makes a superb addition to body care products. It contains fatty acids as well as vitamins A and E and penetrates easily into the skin. It is quite an effective emollient for moisturizing the skin and hair.

    And in this page you wrote that they are light oils, they absorb quickly and is extremely moisturizing.

    But you didn’t say anything about their daily use, or it’s just me who still haven’t found anything about it on your page. In your article of “5 face oils for naturally clear, flawless skin” you talk about their use, you say jojoba is a light oil but in the morning you prefer to combine it with a dry oil. Almond and apricot kernel oils are the same? Is it better to combine them with a dry oil, or another type of oil?

    Thank you for your reply in advance!

    Also, a big thanks for your help, your advices about face oils, they are amazing, thanks to you I don’t use any other thing on my face, just oils what you suggested, and the result is quite nice, no more red cheeks, my skin is far from being that dry like it was before, but it is not quite perfect yet. I discover this oils, I try to find my perfect fits, today I bought these two oils about what I have these questions. So I am looking forward to read your answer.


  15. Hi, Nadia-

    I have dry, acne prone skin and was looking for a moisturizer. I saw your combination of jojoba, lavender, Tamanu and frankincense. I have lavender and ordered Tamanu and jojoba. My concern is the Franko sense which is very expensive. Would this mixture be effective without it or can you recommend another?


  16. Great website and great article! I was surprised to see that you mentioned that rosehip seed oil is rich in vitamin C. I know that the plant is but I’m not so sure that the oil is, as vitamin c is water soluble. Can you explain the research/science behind your assesrtion?


  17. 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

  18. 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 🙂

  19. 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

  20. 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

  21. 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?


  22. Have you ever used Neem oil for blemished/oily skin? If so, how would you recommend using it? Thank you!

  23. I haven’t used neem oil before (though I’ve heard it’s very stinky!). I would assume you can use it as I discuss here – either as a moisturizer or with the Oil Cleansing Method.

  24. Frankincense is wonderful for all skin types and don’t forget that a little goes a long way! So I do suggest including it. But if you want to omit it, you can just replace it with an equal amount of the oils you do have. Have fun 🙂

  25. That really depends on your skin – if they are too oily, you may want to combine them with a drier oil.

  26. Hi! I’ve been switching my skincare routine to natural products over the last week. My skin is dry. I’ve been using the oil cleansing method, an oil serum made of argan and squalene, and a homemade moisturizer made of equal parts shea and mangobutter, coconut oil, and jojoba oil whipped until creamy. My skin feels oily but great at first. After an hour or so it still feels smooth on top but it’s tight underneath. What else do I need or need to change? Thank you

  27. Do I directly mix the oils and apply? I keep seeing that they need to be diluted, but don’t see how! Thank you! ☺

  28. ;’
    why are all the comments above blocked out with A FIGURE OF A SHADOWBO X person? would love to read allof them!!!!!

  29. I would like to make a custom face moisturizer oil for dry/combination t zone skin. I am 59 and have had some recent problems with excema and dryness. I was thinking about almond oil,avocado,argon, rosehip, and pomegranate carrier oils. But how much of each , or some do I use? Do you have a general recipe? Thank you!

  30. Hi Nadia! So I was wondering if I can mix rosehip oil and tee tree oil and lavender oil. Or would I be better off putting the carrier oil with each of the essential oils seperately. Thank you!!!

  31. Hey, Sarah! I’m not really sure what you’re asking… But you can certainly mix them all together. Just remember that rosehip is your carrier oil and tea tree and lavender are essential oils, and so you need to dilute the essential oils in the carrier oil properly. Have fun!

  32. I recently found your website and am learning a lot. I am working on figuring out my skin, I have very oily skin. I have been using about 4 drops jojoba oil plus 1 frankinscence, 1 geranium, and 1 myrhh in the am and then 4 jojoba and 1 lavender at night. My skin feels good but is so oily looking during the day, more so than normal. what am I doing wrong?

  33. i read from some articles that when put oil on face will make the skin even drier as the face thinks it has too much oil and stop producing moist itself.

    and we mix few oils together? if yes, what will be the best proportion. i have very dry and sensitive skin.


  34. Hello Nadia 🙂 I have combination skin (oily in T-zone, have whiteheads and blackheads in nose, and dry in cheek) which oil will be best for my combination skin? Thankyou ^^

  35. Thank you for sharing. Indeed your blog is very helpful. I have combination oily face and trying to get rid of my pigment and all those sign of aging. For time being i’m using frankincense and rose hip oil so far I don’t have any complaints but still I can see my pigment.. Any recommendations method I can use?

  36. Face oils are absolutely wonderful and I’m glad you’ve been enjoying them! But I think that for pigmentation, products vitamin C or vitamin B3 (niacinamide) (you don’t want them both in one since they can actually neutralize one another) are going to get you the results you want the fastest – they’re all natural and many studies have been done showing the efficacy. Mad Hippie’s serum is my favorite:

  37. I have mature skin and have found that the Trilogy Rosehip Oil is great! I use Trilogy’s Rosehip Oil + Antioxidants. I have found between the two that the product with the antioxidants works better. Other rosehip seed oil brands just don’t compare, I always go back to purchasing Trilogy. Amazon and Pharmaca have the best prices!

  38. Hi! I am interested in getting away from all the processed, chemical cleansers and moisturizers I use now and working toward a more natural, minimalist skincare routine. My skin leans toward being oily, and I do break out minimally but consistently around my T-zone. My mother-in-law bought me Almond Oil and Coconut Oil to use as carrier oils, but it seems as though they may be too oily for my skin? Can you help me figure out if using them as carrier oils will make my skin too oily. I hate to not use them, but perhaps they can be used for other uses besides facial skincare. What do you think?

  39. Hey, Lori! Almond oil is best for dry skin and I do NOT recommend coconut oil on the face – it can make you break out and most other options are far superior in terms of vitamins and antioxidants.

    If you choose other options on your face, use the coconut oil and almond oil on your body instead! That way they won’t go to waste.

  40. Hi! Nadia. Tnx So much for this post. So many information got me thinking. Have combination acne prone skin. I also feel v dry..could b connected to diabetes. Almond n coconut oil was causing me to break out. I use a sativa A 0.25 2to3 nights a week. Some serum to hydrate n Nevia with jojoba oil all the time. Cetaphil spf 50. Now I like to go oil cleansing . Bedtime Oil to reduce fine lines n laugh line to improve all the difficulties n needs of my skin. I’m from Bangladesh 35 yrs.can I also use oil to exfoliate? My body feel so dry,flaky. Can u help me?What should I do?oil? What or what combination?
    Tnx a lot for ur help.
    May b u can post on full skin care from cleansing to be time oil for different kinds of skin?❤

  41. Hi! I am a growing fan 🙂 Just wondering what is the shelf life of the oils? I recently purchased mine and the way we use it seems like the oil will not be used up until at least a year? Would it be ok to store them and use for a long period of time?

  42. YAY so happy you’re here 🙂

    It depends if it has vitamin E in it as a natural preservative to help the oil from oxidizing. And some oils are more delicate and so spoil more quickly than others. I say as soon as you start noticing a change in odor, get a new bottle. You can also use it on your neck and body!

  43. Hi Nadia! If I purchase grape seed oil shoul it be especially formulated for skin or can I get it in the oils section at my local grocer?

  44. Hi Nadia just came across your blog & love it! I live in area with high humidity. What are the dry oils suitable for different types of skin? I have combi-mature skin and have teen/young adult kids and want to pick oils to help our skins. Thanks!

  45. SO happy to have you as a new reader, Grace!! 🙂 Grapeseed is great for preventing blemishes and very light – good for teens (and anyone I’d say!). But if you’re at all looking for anti-aging, I’d go with rosehip seed – prized for anti-aging and very light/dry.

  46. This is a very helpful summary! I’ve just been through a round of prescription acne treatments that have worsened the problem, so I’m looking for ways to implement a gentler, natural routine.

    My face is currently irritated/sensitive, broken out with blemishes, and dry/flaky, though I usually tend toward normal/oily rather than dry. Do you find that it’s beneficial to mix oils helpful for each issue into a blend that hopefully addresses all problems, or to experiment with one at a time? If I try to correct the current dryness (which seems to be a reaction to acne products), is that likely to make my usual slight oiliness return with a vengeance?

  47. Well the good thing about face oils is that they moisturize AND regulate your skin’s own oil production! They kind of do it all 🙂 Based off what you’re saying, I would probably just try one single oil right now to see what works for your skin before you make the investment in a few different oils or try to get fancy with essential oils – though essential oils are fantastic and very helpful, they can also irritate your skin if it’s very sensitive (which is seems is the case right now).

  48. My adult daughter and I just made several of the skin care recipes in your book and so far love them. I’m placing an order on Mt Rose so we can make the kokum eye cream and a facial wash.
    I just read your Best Oils for mature skin. My skin is in good shape for my age, but I want to tackle the sagging that has started. I’m trying to choose between ordering Pomegranate or Seabucthorn–neither of which is in Glowing. Or should splurge on both?? Would you please help me decide? Thanks so much for your great website.

  49. In my hot and dry California home, I keep my cosmetic oils and concoctions in the fridge, assuming this will extend their shelf life. Is this correct?

  50. Hi,I have extremely sensitive skin which gets irritated by anything ,sometimes even by water .I have tried argan oil and is amaizing ,it makes my skin very soft and shiny and it calms my irritations.

  51. I have just started on using rosehip oil for a month now fir hyperpigmentation, the oil is amazing. I can see a great difference.

  52. That’s so great to hear! My bet’s on all the vitamin C – that’s one of the main benefits of vitamin C serum!

  53. Hi Nadia!

    I don’t see appleseed oil mentioned anywhere on your blog. Should it be avoided in skincare?

  54. Honestly… I’ve tried so many oils and I’ve never even heard of it! What about the natural cyanide contained in apple seeds?

  55. Dear Nadia

    I am very interested about the oils for the skin, my name is Nathenia and i have tried almost everything and spent so much money with different creams and doing peels cost me a fortune…I googled about what oils to use for blemishes and i can up with your website….i dont know what oils can i mix and use …i have blemishers on my upper lip which is so noticeable and i feel so embarrassed and i have on both sides of my cheeks and they quite dark i have to use concealers to hide the marks…i love to have a natural look but cant …i have very dry dehydrated skin…i am using Lamelle and i dont find it helping the marks…please can u advise or can i buy the oils from you…

  56. Would you suggest combining two or three carrier oils? I was considering Jojoba, Rosehip & Argan

  57. Jojoba or Grapeseed or Avocado oil for my face
    Argon oil breaks my face out in pimples
    I combine Organic Castor oil and Organic Olive Oil in a spritzer and spray it on my body. 2 part Olive Oil to 1 part Castor Oil

  58. Am I leaving oil on my skin as a moisturizer or are you suggesting to use it to wash my face with only? Is it only meant to be wiped away with a hot towel as suggested in the oil cleansing method?

  59. You can do either! You can do the oil cleansing method OR apply it last after any washing, toning, applying serum etc. as a moisturizer.