Six best essential oils for oily skin

The Six Best Essential Oils For Oily Skin

If your skin is always shiny, really thick, and has a dull color to it, chance are you have oily skin. Oily skin is often described as acne prone, though in rare cases, does not cause acne. In some cases, oily skin can be a temporary symptom of a health condition. Some causes of oily skin include:

  • Heredity
  • Diet
  • Hormone levels
  • Pregnancy
  • Birth control pills
  • Cosmetics
  • Humidity/Hot weather
  • And more!

No matter why you suffer from oily skin, there are ways to manage oily skin naturally, without spending tons of money on products that contain questionable chemicals.

Here are six essential oils that can help you manage your oily skin, and save you a lot of money and hassle.

  • Rosemary Essential Oil
  • Rosemary is often used in cooking, however, rosemary essential oil isn’t meant for consumption. The oil of rosemary has powerful healing benefits, ranging from soothing irritation and reducing redness, to boosting mental activity! Rosemary oil’s antimicrobial properties also make it ideal for oily skin, fighting acne and restoring balance. 


  • Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil
  • Ylang-ylang essential oil is mild, gentle, and has a beautiful, floral aroma that is said to be an aphrodisiac as well as a stress reliever. Ylang-ylang is great for oily skin because of its antiseptic and antimicrobial properties - it fights infections, boils, irritation, yet is gentle enough to not activate the sebacious glands of the skin (the glands in the skin that produce oil).


  • Lemon Essential Oil
  • Lemon essential oil has antiseptic properties AND dries out skin - making it ideal for oily skin and fighting acne. Talk about a double whammy! Compounds called polyphenols are present in lemon oil - these compounds are known to be an antiviral. Use caution when applying lemon oil to your skin, however, as too much can not only dry out your skin, but this oil is also phototoxic, meaning you should not go out into the sun for at least 18 hours after application. Still, the benefits can definitely outweigh ay risk associated with this oil!

    six best essential oils for oily skin

  • Juniper Berry Essential Oil
  • Juniper essential oil has been used to fight skin conditions caused by hormonal imbalance (acne is a prime example here). It is also good for reducing stretch marks, fighting irritation, and healing infections.

  • Geranium Essential Oil
  • In addition to it’s rampant anti-infection and antimicrobial properties, it is said that geranium essential oil can balance sebum production in the skin - making it great for oily, dry, and combination skin.  Geranium oil can also tighten your skin, so using it daily can help slow skin aging.

  • Palmarosa Essential Oil
  • Palmarosa essential oil is used to treat skin problems like eczema and psoriasis, as well as boils, abscesses, and acne. It is also very hydrating, so it balances oils in the skin without drying it out.

    Oily Skin Facial Serum:

    What you need:

    • Carrier oil (jojoba is a great choice!)
    • 10 drops geranium essential oil
    • 10 drops lemon essential oil
    • 5 drops palmarosa essential oil
    • 5 drops juniper essential oil

    Combine ingredients in a 10ml dark amber glass bottle, adding the oil drops in first, then filling with the carrier oil. Roll in your hands to mix the serum, and store in a cool, dark place. Use morning and night after washing your face, focusing on your most problem areas.

    Jillian Johnson
    Jillian Johnson