The Top 10 Essential Oils for Skincare

Are essential oils part of your skincare routine yet? Well they should be! Essential oils help keep skin clear, fight the signs of aging, increase skin elasticity, and so much more.

Let’s take a look at the best essential oils for skin and how to safely use them…


I just want to shout it from the rooftops: essential oils work wonders for the skin!

I’ve already blabbed on and on to you about my obsession with face oils and how they have helped me attain and maintain a clear, (as-close-to-)flawless(-as-I’ve-come-since-infancy) complexion. Well consider this part 2…

The following ten essential oils help remedy a number of skin conditions — from acne to aging, dryness to oiliness.

And when combined with the right carrier oils — see the best face oils by skin type — you’ll see absolutely amazing results!

best essential oils for skin || Are essential oils part of your skincare routine yet? Well they should be! Essential oils help keep skin clear, fight the signs of aging, increase skin elasticity, and so much more! Let's take a look at the best essential oils for skincare, how to safely use essential oils on your skin, and which essential oils are best for your specific skin needs.


The Top 10 Essential Oils for Skincare

Carrot Seed Essential Oil — aging skin, reducing scarring

Carrot seed essential oil — I use and recommend this one —is rich in antioxidants, helping to neutralize inflammation and wrinkle-causing free radicals (source).

It has a rejuvenating effect on the skin, helping to keep skin smooth skin and aid cell regeneration. For this reason, it’s prized as one of the best essential oils for aging skin.


Frankincense Essential Oil— acne and blemish-prone skin, aging skin, reducing scarring, dry skin

Ah, the go-to essential oil for all skin needs!

Frankincense essential oil — I use and recommend this one — works wonders for all skin types. It has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits to the skin, making it great for acne-prone skin. It is also a natural toner, decreasing the appearance of pores and evening skin-tone. It encourages new cell growth, helping to tighten skin and reduce wrinkles and the appearance of scars. It also helps soothe chapped, dry skin. (source)


Geranium Essential Oil — acne and blemish-prone skin, aging skin, reducing scarring, dry skin, dermatitis, eczema

This sweet-smelling essential oil — I use and recommend this one — is fantastic oil that also does it all.

Geranium essential oil is a powerful anti-inflammatory (source). It helps improve skin elasticity and smooth the skin. It also promotes blood circulation to the skin, helping to heal bruises, broken capillaries, burns, cuts, dermatitis, eczema, ringworm, and other skin conditions.

essential oils for skincare || Are essential oils part of your skincare routine yet? Well they should be! Essential oils help keep skin clear, fight the signs of aging, increase skin elasticity, and so much more! Let's take a look at the best essential oils for skincare, how to safely use essential oils on your skin, and which essential oils are best for your specific skin needs.

Lavender Essential Oil — acne and blemish-prone skin, aging skin, reducing scarring, dry skin

Lavender essential oil — I use and recommend this one — is one I suggest no one goes without! It smells amazing, helps you relax and your body adapt to stress, and (of course!) has great benefits for the skin.

Lavender essential oil is a powder anti-inflammatory (source), helps speed the healing of wounds, and increase collagen production (source). This is why it’s so is great for aging, mature skin, as well as blemish-prone skin.


Myrrh Essential Oil — acne and blemish-prone skin, aging skin, reducing scarring, dry skin

Myrrh essential oil — I use and recommend this one — greatly benefits aging and chapped, irritated skin.

It has strong antioxidant properties (source) that help improve skin tone, firmness, and skin elasticity, helping to reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Myrrh is also one of the best essential oils for healing skin irritations and chapped skin (source).


Neroli Essential Oil — acne and blemish-prone skin, aging skin, reducing scarring, dry skin

Neroli essential oil — I use and recommend this one — is great for oily, sensitive, and mature skin. Yes, another great essential oil for all skin types!

This antioxidant, anti-inflammatory essential oil contains a natural chemical called citral, which helps regenerate cells. For this reason, it’s said to be very good at preventing and healing stretch marks, as well as smoothing fine lines. Its antibacterial properties also aid blemish-prone skin. (source)


Patchouli Essential Oil — aging skin, reducing scarring, dermatitis, eczema

Patchouli essential oil — I use and recommend this one — is particularly great for aging skin. It promotes new cell growth and smooths the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Because it also has antiseptic, antifungal, and antibacterial properties, it can also benefit skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, and acne.


Rose Essential Oil — aging skin, reducing scarring, dermatitis, dry skin

Rose EO — I use and recommend this one — is one of the best essential oils for dry skin as well as aging, mature skin.

Researchers have found that it contains several therapeutic compounds known to promote healing, especially antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory compounds. As a result, rose essential oil helps refine skin texture and tone, and can be helpful with managing skin conditions such as psoriasis and dermatitis. Interestingly, one study even found that just inhaling rose essential oil inhibits water loss in the skin!

Studies also indicate that rose essential oil also helps alleviate stress and anxiety, which raise cortisol levels and so accelerate skin aging and can trigger breakouts! In this more holistic way, rose essential oil also benefits the skin.


Tea Tree Essential Oil — acne and blemish-prone skin

Tea tree essential oil — I use and recommend this one — is one of the more well-known essential oils for acne and blemish-prone skin.

Its antibacterial properties help ward off acne-causing bacteria and assist wound healing. It also helps to regulate oil production, helping fight breakouts before they even start. (source)


Ylang Ylang Essential Oil — acne and blemish-prone skin, aging skin, reducing scarring

Ylang ylang essential oil — I use and recommend this one — is one of my favorite essential oils because of its rich, floral fragrance. It smells amazing!

But ylang ylang is so much more than its scent: this essential oil helps control oil production and minimize breakouts. It also helps regenerate skin cells, smoothing fine lines and improving skin elasticity. (source) Another great essential oil for every skin type!


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Some important essential oil guidelines to remember when applying essential oils to your skin:

Essential oils should’t be applied to the skin “neat” or undiluted.

They should always be diluted in a carrier oil like argan oil, jojoba oil, pumpkin seed oil, grapeseed oil, etc.

You can find the best carrier option for your skin type here:

Opinions on proper dilution ratios vary, though most recommendations are between 1% and 2% of the final product.

Since there are 20 drops in 1 ml and 29 mL in 1 oz, for every 1 oz of carrier oil:

  • 2% dillution = no more than 12 drops of essential oils
  • 1% dillution = no more than 6 drops of essential oils

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Be sure to do a patch test.

This is to make sure your skin does not have an adverse reaction to the essential oils.

The inner forearm is a great place to do a test since the skin is delicate, similar to facial skin.

Do your homework!

Certain essential oils should be avoided by pregnant women, infants, and young children, so be sure to do your homework before including essential oils in your skincare routine.


Wondering how else to use essential oils in your skincare routine?

Essential oils play a big role in many natural skincare DIYs. Some of my personal favorites that I use regularly:


OK so what about you!?

I’ve had amazing results with essential oils and carrier oils — my skin is clearer and brighter than it has ever been, and my acne scars and sun spots are slowly but surely fading.

Do you already incorporate essential oils in your skincare routine? Which ones? If not and you decide to try one or two (or more!), please give us an update on how they are working for you!

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  1. I have started using tea tree oil and lavender oil in a base of witch hazel. I also use coconut oil on my face as a moisturizer. Great results for my oily acne prone skin. Black heads gone. Pop up pimples just disappear using this. Best stuff ever. Why didn’t I have this knowledge in my 20’s? Oh right no internet back then. Lol.

  2. i bought lemon oil. orange oil, coconut oil, i mixed to lighten my skin, it doesn work, what was wrong, did i use too much, how much is enough

  3. My husband suffers with sinus issues, which EO would u recommend? Also
    My daughter gets really bad menstrul cramps is there an EO to help her?

  4. I have very dry, sensitive, acne prone skin. I hate the feeling of my skin being tight. I’ve been using vain cream soap to wash my face and coconut oil but I think it has been making my skin worse. What do you suggest I use to moisturizer and clear up my skin?

  5. I don’t think any list is complete without helichrysum italicum. Would never go without it for my skin!

  6. Thank you for this! I recently started using the OCM, and like you I’m not sure I think the oils clean my skin. I started with 1/2 and 1/2 of Castor and Grapeseed, now Castor and Tamanu. I mixed up 2 serums for spot treatment-1 has Tea Tree, Lemongrass, Lavender and Ylang Ylang to 2Tbsp Jojoba and the other is Lemon, Ylang Ylang and Frankincense to 2 Tbsp Jojoba. I have the worst pre-menopausal acne and have tried just about everything. What do you recommend for a cleanser since you don’t prefer the OCM? Thanks again! Lisa

  7. At night what are your exact steps on cleaning your face with these oils I’m 27 and literally just started getting acne on my chin.

  8. Thanks, Linda! I’ll definitely edit the post to include a warning about lemon EO and sun protection.

  9. I don’t think I saw it mentioned that lemon essential oil is phototoxic and should not be used on the skin if one will be exposed to sunlight, as it can alter skin pigmentation. Most citrus oils as well as Bergamot, which ironically used to be added to sun screen products, are also phototoxic. Just as an aside, having been working with essential oils for 30 years now, my personal recommendation is to limit face oils to 3% (3 drops to every 100 drops of carrier oil, which is 1 tsp) which is a better ratio for more sensitive skins…and with essential oils, unlike how we are conditioned to think with mass market consumer goods, less is more! Can’t sat enough about buyingvquality oils, and organic where possible.

  10. I keep seeing more and more articles about the use of EO’s for acne but I must say I am very nervous. The idea of putting oil my face makes me think it will cause me to break out. What would be the best oil to start with?

  11. How do you use these oils? Do you wash your face with them like in an oil cleansing method or do you mositurizer after cleansing with them?

  12. Great post! How do you measure the 5%? What is your typical ratio of carrier oil to essential oil (i.e. – how many drops of EO). I started using rose hip oil after I read it on your blog. Could I add essential oils to that?

    Thanks.

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