24 Best Essential Oils for Healthy Skin

by John Staughton (BASc, BFA) last updated -

There are many essential oils that have positive effects on your skin, including tea tree essential oil, rosemary essential oil, cedarwood essential oil, neroli essential oil, and fennel essential oil. Oils extracted from lavender, ylang ylang, juniper, chamomile, jojoba, frankincense, rosehip seed, and juniper berry also work wonders when it comes to keeping the skin soft, supple, and healthy.

Offering a huge range of antioxidant, anti-aging, astringent, moisturizing, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and rejuvenating properties, each of these oils has a different composition of active ingredients, giving them a unique set of benefits for your skin!

Essential Oils For Your Skin

Essential Oils for Blemishes

Essential Oils for Aging skin

Essential Oils for Oily Skin

  • Tea Tree Essential Oil
  • Rosemary Essential Oil
  • Neroli Essential Oil
  • Cedarwood Essential Oil
  • Fennel Essential Oil

Essential Oils for Dry skin

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Let’s have a look at the benefits of these wonderful oils in detail:

Tea Tree Oil

The antimicrobial and antibacterial nature of tea tree oil makes it an excellent essential oil for eliminating acne symptoms and improving the appearance of your skin. A great deal of research has been done on the subject, and it shows that patients using tea tree oil have much lower occurrences of acne breakouts and the existing lesions from past acne breakouts can be notably reduced by using this powerful oil. [1]

Rosemary Essential Oil

Rosemary oil helps balance the natural oils in the skin and refreshes it without causing excess dryness. It has antibacterial and antiseptic properties that keep acne, whiteheads, and blackheads away.

Neroli Essential Oil

Neroli oil, with its powerful antioxidant and circulation-stimulating properties, helps eliminate skin tags and prevents them from returning. The flow of blood to the top layers of the skin can eliminate toxins and result in the growth of new cells, which helps to even out lumps and tags.

Cedarwood Essential Oil

Cedarwood oil is used to clear oily skin and also reduces acne and its marks. It protects the skin pores from letting in the harmful microbes and dust into the body. Cedarwood essential oil also has anti-aging properties, which give you a youthful appearance and glow.

Fennel Essential Oil

Fennel oil, without drying the skin, balances the oils and keeps the skin supple and soft. It functions as a toner and stimulates circulation under the skin.


Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon essential oil has astringent qualities, making it great for removing excess sebum present on the skin. It tightens the skin pores and keeps it fresh and clean. The antibacterial properties of lemon oil, make it effective in treating blackheads and acne.

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

To stimulate the growth of new cells, applying ylang-ylang oil to the irritated or inflamed skin is a quick and effective remedy. This oil is also excellent for combating acne, given its antibacterial nature, which can eliminate the bacteria that causes overproduction of sebum.

Carrot Seed Essential Oil

Carrot seed oil is rich in vitamin E, which moisturizes the skin and vitamin C, which protects the skin from inflammation and harmful sun rays. It also rejuvenates the skin and removes the dullness, thereby giving it a firm and toned look.

Frankincense Essential Oil

This ancient essential oil has numerous antioxidants that can improve skin elasticity, while also reducing the appearance of scars, stretch marks, and blemishes. It can also stimulate the growth of new cells, speeding up the repair process for damaged or inflamed areas of skin.

Geranium Essential Oil

Geranium essential oil removes the toxins and nourishes the skin cells by keeping it hydrated and oil-free. It gives relief from inflammatory conditions like eczema and rosacea that often take away the glow of your skin. This essential oil also decreases the age spots, acne marks, and blemishes.

German Chamomile Essential Oil

Known for its soothing nature, chamomile essential oil is excellent for treating inflamed skin. It has healing properties that reduce the irritation on the skin. German chamomile oil is also potent enough in treating canker sores, cracked skin, burns, bruises, and rashes.

Helichrysum Essential Oil

Best recommended for sensitive skin, helichrysum essential oil has moisturizing properties that keep the skin hydrated. It also gives relief from the flaky skin. Helichrysum has anti-aging properties that keep the skin looking vibrant and youthful. It is so gentle in nature, that it is used for children too.

Lavender Essential Oil

This popular essential oil tackles the problem of acne in a few different ways. First of all, lavender oil is known to reduce stress, and there is a proven connection between stress levels and acne on the face. Furthermore, lavender essential oil is packed with antioxidants and antiseptic properties, so it can quickly neutralize the bacteria causing your acne symptoms, preventing the excess sebum production and addressing the problem at the root.

Jojoba Essential Oil

With high levels of vitamin E, vitamin B, copper, and zinc, jojoba essential oil is excellent for moisturizing the skin and stimulating healing. Vitamin E is a common ingredient in many different products, and functions as an antioxidant, removing signs of aging, such as wrinkles, blemishes, and age spots, while also forming a natural layer of oil that locks in moisture.

Myrrh Essential Oil

When the skin dries out, it can become cracked or chapped, which can cause painful irritation and open you up to infection. Not only can myrrh essential oil protect you from any infections or pathogens that could enter the body through the skin, but it also helps to lock in moisture and prevent dehydration. It can also help to heal sun damage quickly, which can make your skin even drier.

Orange Essential Oil

This essential oil is a natural moisturizing agent, meaning that it can prevent the body from losing excess moisture, while also delivering rejuvenating antioxidants and organic acids deep into the skin layers, protecting cell integrity, and making it harder for your flesh to dry out.

Grapeseed Essential Oil

High in antioxidants and capable of regulating the oil production of the skin, grapeseed essential oil is the perfect essential oil if you are constantly experiencing dry skin. By boosting the ability of the body to retain its moisture, while also providing a barrier to prevent excess moisture loss, this oil can keep your skin supple and soft, even as you age.

Oregano Essential Oil

Boasting strong antibacterial and antioxidant properties, oregano oil can help heal skin tags within a few weeks of use. It will stimulate blood flow and promote detoxification, which can often cause the flesh to even out, thus reducing the appearance of unsightly tags.

Sweet Basil Essential Oil

With antiseptic, antimicrobial and antioxidant properties, sweet basil oil has been directly linked to the reduction of skin tags. If you regularly apply this oil to the skin tags, they will eventually fall off, or flatten out and disappear.

Sandalwood Essential Oil

Sandalwood oil can stimulate the production of new cells, smoothen the surface of the skin and limit signs of aging. Our skin is exposed to the natural elements and pollutants more than any other organ in the body, so the repair of skin cells is a constant process. And sandalwood oil is considered one of the best oils when it comes to skin care.

Juniper Essential Oil

With an ability to detoxify the body and speed healing time for wounds and irritation, juniper oil is one of the best essential oils for your skin. Many people choose to apply juniper oil to bumps or uneven areas of their body, as well as patches of cellulite, as the active ingredients can clear out the toxins that cause those conditions.

Clary Sage Essential Oil

Acne may be caused by bacteria within the sebaceous glands, but it is also known as an inflammatory condition. As such, clary sage oil is an ideal remedy, given its high concentration of anti-inflammatory compounds, such as linalyl acetate. This essential oil can also control oil production, leaving your skin pH more balanced and giving a cleaner, healthier look.

Rosehip Seed Essential Oil

As a natural cleanser, few things are better than rosehip seed oil. Due to the high concentration of natural vitamin A, this oil can reduce the appearance of wrinkles, clear up blemishes and age spots, and stimulate collagen production and the growth of new cells. Furthermore, rosehip seed oil can tighten up the skin and improve elasticity, giving you a more youthful look.

Juniper Berry Essential Oil

Powerful antibacterial compounds found in this essential oil, namely alpha-pinene and beta-pinene, can quickly seek out and destroy the bacteria that is causing your acne symptoms. Known to eliminate skin infections very quickly, and reduce inflammation and redness, this oil should be on your shopping list if acne is a common issue you face.

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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, publisher and photographer with English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA). He co-founded the literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and now serves as the Content Director for Stain’d Arts, a non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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