A List of Non-Comedogenic Facial Oils

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complete non-comedogenic facial oil list

When you have breakout prone skin, the last thing you want to do is put oil on your skin that is going to clog your pores. With this complete list of non-comedogenic facial oils, you will know what oils to avoid and what oils are safe to use.

The right oils are a great addition to oily and acne-prone skin care. Oils are a natural way to deliver fatty acids and nutrients to your skin. People with acne tend to have a deficiency of the fatty acid, linoleic acid in their skin – source.

In this article you will learn:

  • What a comedogenic rating is.
  • Fatty acids and their role in skin care and comedogenicy
  • How the fatty acid; linoliec acid, can help acne. 
  • A comprehensive list of non-comedogenic oils and their skin helping properties. 
  • What oils to avoid, comedogenic oils that can clog your pores. 

What is a Comedogenic Rating?

A comedogenic rating tells us how likely it is that an ingredient or oil will clog pores. People who are prone to breakouts should avoid comedogenic oils as they will exacerbate pimple formation.

[See: How to Treat Acne with Oil Ebook]

Ingredients are rated with the following numbers:

  • 0 – Will does not clog pores
  • 1 – Low likelihood of clogging pores
  • 2 – Moderately low
  • 3 – Moderate
  • 4 – Fairly high
  • 5 – High likelihood of clogging pores

To be considered a non-comedogenic oil on my list, an oil must be rated 2 or lower.

a list of non-comedogenic oils for the skin

Fatty Acids and Their Role in Comedogenicy

There are many fatty acids usually found in vegetable/seed oils. The two that are most common are Linoleic acid and Oleic acid.

Generally, oils higher in oleic acid are better for dry skin types; they are heavier and richer than oils high in linoleic acid. Oils high in oleic acid can clog the pores of those susceptible to acne.

Non-comedogenic oils tend to be the ones that have high-linoleic acid contents.

  • Oleic acid is more occlusive and seals in moisture, creating a film on the skin. It tends to clog pores.
  • Linoleic acid is lighter and absorbs into the skin, without clogging pores. 

Linoleic Acid Benefits for the Skin

  • Oils high in linoleic acid are lighter and thinner in consistency. They nourish and protect the skin without being too heavy.
  • Linoleic acid can restore the skins barrier function and reduce scaling on your skin.
  • People with acne have been shown to have low levels of this acid in their skin.
  • Oils high in linoleic acid have a short shelf life unless the oil also contains an abundance of antioxidants.
  • These oils work well on those with oily skin.

Oleic Acid Benefits for the Skin

  • Oils high in oleic acid are richer and heavier in consistency. They are extra-occlusive and seal in moisture well.
  • Oleic acid is absorbed well by the skin, has anti-inflammatory and skin softening properties.
  • Oils high in oleic acid have a longer shelf life than oils high in linoleic acid.
  • These oils are especially suitable for people with dry skin.

As you can see, topical application of oils can have wonderful effects on the skin. 

the best non-comedogenic facial oils

Linoleic Acid for Acne

Oils that are high in linoleic acid (an Omega-6 fatty acid) are best for those concerned with acne and breakout-prone skin.

As I said above, individuals with acne have been shown to have low levels of linoleic acid in their skin surface lipids (source). Topical application is the most efficient way to deliver this deficient fatty acid.

Linoleic acid is an Omega- 6 essential fatty acid that the body cannot produce on its own, it must be taken in by outside sources.

Topical application of oils high in linoleic acid can help sebum from becoming sticky and hard. When our sebum is sticky, we end up with clogged pores and pimples.

[See: How to Treat Acne with Oil Ebook]

Abyssinian oil (also known as Crambe Seed oil) 

  • Scientific Name: Crambe Abyssinica 
  • Comedogenic rating: 1
  • Shelf Life: 2 years
  • Scent:  almost odorless, slightly sweet odor.
  • Color / Consistency:  pale yellow to yellow liquid /  slightly viscous
  • Absorption: Rapid, absorbs quickly into the skin, leaving very little oily feeling.
  • Best for Skin Types: normal to oily skin types
  • Best for Skin conditions: dry scalp, oily skin, and acne. 
  • Notable Compounds: Omega 9 Erucic Acid

Abyssinian oil is a highly stable, highly versatile natural seed oil with an ultra-light, non-greasy skin feel. It is similar to argan oil in its skin benefit properties. Provides moisturization and protection from water, without clogging the skin’s pores.

This oil is very resistant to oxidation, giving it a long shelf life. A high Omega 9- Erucic Acid content means Abyssinian oil acts as a natural lubricant by offering excellent slip and spread-ability without drag, making it useful for massage, skin and hair care applications.

Fatty Acid Composition (source)

  • Palmitic 1.0-4.0% 
  • Stearic 0.5-2.0% 
  • Oleic 10.0-25.0% 
  • Linoleic 7.0-15.0% 
  • Linolenic 2.0-5.0% 
  • Arachidic 0.5-2.0% 
  • Eicosenoic 2.0-6.0% 
  • Behenic 1.0-3.0% 
  • Erucic 50.0-65.0% 

Acai Berry Oil

  • Scientific Name: Euterpe Oleracea 
  • Comedogenic rating: 2
  • Shelf Life: 1 – 2 years
  • Scent: Natur
    al Characteristic Aroma
  • Color / Consistency:  Dark Green Hue / Medium Viscosity
  • Absorption: quick absorption
  • Best for Skin Types: mature, dry, damaged or problem skin
  • Best for Skin conditions: aging, fine lines and wrinkles. 
  • Notable Compounds: Ferulic acid

Acai berry oil is effective at restoring the skin’s elasticity levels, it is a powerful emollient that can instantly relieve dry cracked skin. Acai oil is very easily absorbed by the skin and is especially beneficial when used for anti-aging because it is high in antioxidants, namely ferulic acid.

Fatty Acid Composition (source)

  • Palmitic22.0%
  • Stearic2.0%
  • Arachidic2.5%
  • Palmitoleic2.0%
  • Oleic60.0%
  • Linoleic12.0%

Almond (sweet) Oil

  • Scientific Name: Prunus dulcis
  • Comedogenic rating: 2
  • Shelf Life: 2 years
  • Scent: characteristic nutty aroma
  • Color / Consistency:  Pale yellow to golden yellow liquid / Consistency is Typical and Characteristic of Carrier Oils
  • Absorption: Absorbs into skin at average speed, slightly oily feeling left on the skin.
  • Best for Skin Types: Dry skin, oily skin, sensitive skin, combination skin
  • Best for Skin conditions: itchy and severely dry skin
  • Notable Compounds: Vitamin E, Phytosterols, Squalane, Potassium, and Zinc

Sweet Almond oil contains vitamin E, proteins, antioxidants, magnesium, and calcium. It is lightweight and has a calming effect on the skin. Almond oil can rejuvenate and soften the skin, as well as even out skin tone and improve your complexion.  

Sweet almond oil is rich in proteins, Olein Glyceride Linoleic Acid, and Vitamin D, and is extremely nourishing to the skin through moisturization – particularly when used regularly.

Fatty Acid Composition (source)

  • Oleic acid 62.0 – 86.0 %
  • Linoleic acid  7.0 – 30.0 %
  • Palmitic acid 4.0 – 9.0 %
  • Stearic acid Max. 3 %

Amaranth Oil

  • Scientific Name: Amaranthus caudatus
  • Comedogenic rating: 2
  • Shelf Life: 1 year
  • Scent: mild and slightly bitter with a faint earthy aroma
  • Color / Consistency:  brilliant yellow in color with greenish tones / medium viscosity at room temperature
  • Absorption:  very light and absorbs quickly
  • Best for Skin Types: all skin types
  • Best for Skin conditions: Maturing skin
  • Notable Compounds: Squalene, Vitamin D, Vitamin A

Amaranth oil is non-irritating and contains the highest concentration of Squalene, one of the most common lipids produced by our own skin and is a natural moisturizer.

Amaranth oil slows down the effects of skin aging and wrinkle formation by helping oxygenate your skin cells which in turn stimulates collagen production.

Fatty Acid Composition (source)

  • Palmitic acid (C16:0) 15-25 %
  • Oleic acid (C18:1n9) 15-30 %
  • Linoleic acid (C18:2n6) 40-50 %
  • Stearic acid (C18:1) 2-5 %
  • Other fatty acids 3-6 %
  • Squalene 5-8 %

Amla (Indian gooseberry) Oil

  • Scientific Name: Emblica officinalis
  • Comedogenic rating: 2
  • Shelf Life: 2 years
  • Scent: Characteristic Light, Sweet, Nutty Aroma
  • Color / Consistency:  Golden Yellow to Light Brown Hue / Medium Viscosity
  • Absorption: Medium Absorption
  • Best for Skin Types: All skin types
  • Best for Skin conditions: Red or irritated skin
  • Notable Compounds: vitamin C, polyphenols, flavonoids, ellagitannins (tannins), ellagic acid

Amla Oil has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine for its wide range of beneficial applications. Amla oil has a substantial reputation for nourishing the scalp and hair. It conditions dry, brittle hair and promotes the growth of sting, healthy, shiny hair.

Fatty Acid Composition (source)

  • Myristic (C14:0) 3.6 
  • Palmitic (C16:0) 2.3
  • Stearic (C18:0) 3.1
  • Oleic (C18:1) 26.4
  • Linoleic (C18:2) 51.0
  • Linolenic(C18:3) 11.8

Andiroba Oil

  • Scientific Name: Carapa Guaianensis
  • Comedogenic rating: 2
  • Shelf Life: 1 year
  • Scent: mild fruity scent
  • Color / Consistency:  golden in color / Light, Penetrative Consistency
  • Absorption: Quick Absorption
  • Best for Skin Types: dry, irritated, acne prone skin types
  • Best for Skin conditions: Dry, cracked skin
  • Notable Compounds: Alpha-hydroxy acids

Andiroba oil promotes the growth of new skin cells. It has been used in Brazil for generations to plump and smooth the skin. Andiroba oil is a natural anti-aging oil that contains a group of alpha-hydroxy acids that strengthen collagen and improve firmness of the skin. Andiroba oil is anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antibacterial.

Fatty Acid Composition (source)

  • Palmitic: 10.0-20.0%
  • Palmitoleic: 0.5-2.0%
  • Stearic: 5.0-10.0%
  • Oleic: 45.0-55.0%
  • Linoleic: 25.0-30.0%
  • Arachidic: 0.5-2.0%

Apricot Kernel Oil

  • Scientific Name: Prunus armeniaca
  • Comedogenic rating: 2
  • Shelf Life: 2 years
  • Scent: Mild, Characteristic, Pleasant Aroma
  • Color / Consistency:  Pale to Medium Yellow Hue / Medium Viscosity, light in texture
  • Absorption: rapid absorption
  • Best for Skin Types: all skin types, namely combination, sensitive.
  • Best for Skin conditions: inflamed and dry skin
  • Notable Compounds: Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E

A light yet highly emollient oil that absorbs rapidly into the skin. Apricot Kernel oil contains high amounts of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E. These Vitamins are great at re-hydrating the skin and fighting free radicals that damage the skin leading to wrinkles and fine lines.

Apricot oil is used to soften, soothe and protect the skin and leaves it feeling nourished and hydrated.

Fatty acid composition (source)

  • Palmitic Acid: 3.0-8.0%
  • Palmitoleic Acid: Trace-1.5%
  • Stearic Acid: Trace-3.5%
  • Oleic Acid: 58.0-74.0%
  • Linoleic Acid: 20.0-34.0%
  • Linolenic Acid:Trace-2.0%

[Read: Apricot Kernel – The Best Oil for Eyes]

Argan Oil 

  • Scientific Name: Argania spinosa
  • Comedogenic rating: 0
  • Shelf Life: 2 years
  • Scent: strong earthy scent
  • Color / Consistency:  Light to Medium Golden Brown / Moderate Viscosity
  • Absorption: quick absorption
  • Best for Skin Types: all skin types
  • Best for Skin conditions: Swollen, damaged skin. Eczema, psoriasis, sunburn.
  • Notable Compounds: Vitamin E, sterolins, polyphenols, ferulic acid, squalene, and sterols

Argan oil is an excellent skin oil due to its high vitamin E content, it helps protect and repair oxidative damage. Sterolins present in Argan oil reduce inflammation, improve skin metabolism, and promote exceptional moisture retention.

Rare plant sterols in argan oil also reduce inflammation and can have anti-cancer properties. 

Fatty Acid Composition (source):

  • Oleic Acid       43-49.1%
  • Linoleic Acid  29.3-36%
  • Stearic Acid    4.3-7.2%
  • Palmitic Acid 11.5-15%

[Read: Argan Oil vs Jojoba Oil for Acne]

Avocado Oil

  • Scientific Name: Persea Gratissima
  • Comedogenic rating: 2 – 3
  • Shelf Life: 12 to 18 months
  • Scent: medium to heavy scent
  • Color / Consistency:  Dark, Green, Rich Thick Oil
  • Absorption: absorbs slowly and leaves a sheen on the skin
  • Best for Skin Types: dry, dehydrated, damaged and mature skin
  • Best for Skin conditions: prematurely aged, eczema, fine lines and wrinkles
  • Notable Compounds: high in Vitamin E, lecithin and phytosterols

Research has revealed that avocado oil is rich in fatty acids and vitamin E, which helps in smoothing and moisturizing your skin. Avocado Oil contains Vitamins A, B1, B2, D, E, and Beta-carotene. The antioxidants present in avocado oil are also used in treating sunburns, inflammations, and itchiness.

Fatty Acid Composition (source)

  • Palmitic Acid: 9 – 18 % 
  •  Palmitoleic Acid: 3 – 9 % 
  • Stearic Acid: 0.4 – 2 % 
  • Oleic Acid: 56 – 74 %
  • Linoleic Acid: 10 – 17 % 
  • α – Linolenic Acid: < 2 % 

[Read: Avocado Oil for Dry Skin]

Babassu Oil

  • Scientific Name: Attalea Speciosa
  • Comedogenic rating: 1 – 2
  • Shelf Life: 2 years
  • Scent: Light, Pleasant Characteristic Aroma
  • Color / Consistency:  white, to off-white opaque solid at room temperature
  • Absorption: Melts upon contact with the skin. Absorbs into skin at average speed, leaving a very slight oily feeling on the skin
  • Best for Skin Types: mature, severely dry, damaged and problem skin
  • Best for Skin conditions: eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, and acne.
  • Notable Compounds: high lauric acid content

Babassu oil is similar in properties to coconut oil, but it doesn’t clog pores. It is a superior emollient for dry and oily skins. It gently moisturizes without leaving an oily sheen. Babassu oil is non-greasy, melts upon contact with the skin and penetrates quickly. It is exceptionally soothing, protective and emollient.

Fatty Acid Composition (source)  

  • Lauric Acid C12:0 40-48%
  • Myristic Acid C14:0 15-20%
  • Palmitic Acid C16:0 7-11%
  • Oleic Acid C18:1 10-15%

[Read: Babassu Oil Benefits : Because Coconut Oil Can Clog Pores]

Baobab Oil

  • Scientific Name: Adansonia digitata
  • Comedogenic rating: 2
  • Shelf Life: 2 years
  • Scent: light, nutty scent.
  • Color / Consistency:  Golden Yellow Hue / slightly viscous oil, with a rich, silky feel.
  • Absorption: Rapid absorption, non-greasy
  • Best for Skin Types: all skin types, especially combination skin
  • Best for Skin conditions: wrinkles and fine lines, dry chapped skin. Treats and smooths rough skin.
  • Notable Compounds: rich in Vitamin E, Vitamin A, and sterols

Baobab oil offers a rich source of plant sterols, Vitamin A and Vitamin E. It is highly emollient and helps maintain supple skin. Baobab oil supports skin elasticity and minimizes the appearance of fine lines, it can also even out skin tone and pigmentation. Reduces inflammation and redness, and prevents moisture loss.  

Fatty acid Composition (source)

  • Oleic- 30-40%
  • Palmitic- 18-30%
  • Linoleic- 24-34%
  • Linolenic- less than 1-3%
  • Stearic- 2-8%

Black Cumin Seed Oil (aka Kalonji oil, Caraway Oil, Nigella sativa Oil, and Black Seed Oil)

  • Scientific Name: Nigella sativa
  • Comedogenic rating: 2
  • Shelf Life: 2 years
  • Scent: Peppery Aroma
  • Color / Consistency:  Pale amber to dark amber liquid with slightly greenish hue / Moderate viscosity
  • Absorption: Absorbs into the skin at an average speed, leaving a slight oily residue on the skin.
  • Best for Skin Types: All skin types, especially acne prone
  • Best for Skin conditions: acne, dry and irritated skin
  • Notable Compounds: thymoquinone, minerals including Zinc, Calcium, Potassium, Iron, Magnesium, Selenium, Copper, and Phosphorus

Black cumin seed oil is one of the best oils for acne-prone skin; this is because black cumin seed oil is effective at killing not just one, but various strains of acne-causing bacteria. Many anti-bacterial oils (such as tea tree) are only useful against one type of P. Acnes, whereas black cumin seed is effective against multiple strains.

Black cumin seeds contain a compound called thymoquinone (TQ). TQ is an anti-
inflammatory that helps eliminate the inflammation of pimples.This oil is anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal and it helps support wound healing.

Fatty Acid Composition (source)

  • Palmitic Acid  11.31%
  • Palmitoleic Acid  2.3%
  • Stearic Acid  3.02%
  • Oleic Acid (Omega 9) 21.7%
  • Linoleic Acid (Omega 6)  53.08%
  • Eicosadienoic Acid   2.28% 

[Read: Black Cumin Seed Oil Skin Benefits]

Blackcurrant Seed Oil

  • Scientific Name: Ribes nigrum
  • Comedogenic rating: 0 – 1
  • Shelf Life: 6 months to 1 year
  • Scent: strong, heavy, oily scent
  • Color / Consistency:  Clear pale yellow to golden yellow liquid
  • Absorption: typical of carrier oils
  • Best for Skin Types: all skin types
  • Best for Skin conditions: dermatitis and eczema, premature aging, skin damaged by the sun.
  • Notable Compounds: Gamma Linolenic Acid

Black Current seed oil is very rich in antioxidants and GLA, making it effective at increasing the elasticity of the skin, conditioning rough skin and preventing dermatitis and eczema. Anti-aging properties make this oil rejuvenating for mature skin.

Fatty Acid Composition (source)

  • α-Linolenic Acid: 12.0  – 15.0 %
  • γ-Linolenic Acid: ≥ 15.0 %
  • Linoleic Acid: 43.0  – 49.0 %
  • Oleic Acid: 8.0  – 16.0 %
  • Stearic Acid: 1.0  – 3.0 %
  • Palmitic Acid: 6.0 –  8.0 %

Blackberry Seed Oil

  • Scientific Name: Rubus Fruticosus
  • Comedogenic rating: 0 – 1
  • Shelf Life: 6 months
  • Scent: mild aroma
  • Color / Consistency: Dark green oil with a medium viscosity
  • Absorption: rapid absorption
  • Best for Skin Types: All skin types, especially oily
  • Best for Skin conditions: aging skin, large pores, blemishes
  • Notable Compounds: tocopherols, tocotrienols, lutein (carotenoid), anthocyanins, vitamin C.

Blackberry seed oil is high in anthocyanins, which promote collagen synthesis. It is also one of the richest sources of vitamins C and E, these act as antioxidants, regenerating skin cells, healing damaged skin, repairing scar tissue and improving skin elasticity. Carotenoids reduce free radical damage.

Fatty Acid Composition (source)

  • C14:0 Myristic Acid: 0.11 – 0.2%
  • C15:0 Pentadecanoic Acid: 0.03 – 0.09%
  • C16:0 Palmitic Acid: 3.0 – 8.0%
  • C16:1 Palmitoleic Acid (n-7): 0.04 – 0.09%
  • C17:0 Heptadecanoic Acid: 0.05 – 0.13%
  • C18:0 Stearic Acid: 1.5 – 2.8%
  • C18:1 Cis-11-vaccenic Acid (n-7): 0.30 – 1.0%
  • C18:1 Oleic Acid (n-9): 7.0 – 14.0%
  • C18:2 Linoleic Acid (n-6): 53.0 – 60.0%
  • C18:3 Alpha Linolenic Acid (n-3): 22.0 – 28.0%
  • C20:0 Arachidic Acid: 0.1 – 0.6%

Black Raspberry Seed Oil

  • Scientific Name: Rubus Occidentalis
  • Comedogenic rating: 1 – 2
  • Shelf Life: 1 year
  • Scent: Mild, Characteristic, Sweet Nutty Aroma
  • Color / Consistency:  Light Golden to Greenish Hue / Medium Viscosity
  • Absorption: Rapid Absorption
  • Best for Skin Types: Dry or combination acne prone skin. Maturing and sensitive skin types.
  • Best for Skin conditions: mature, damaged, acne
  • Notable Compounds: antioxidants 

Black Raspberry seed oil absorbs quickly without leaving a greasy feel. It helps maintain skin elasticity and leaves the skin looking and feeling hydrated. A strong protectant from free radical damage due to high levels of antioxidants.

Fatty Acid Composition (source)

  • Stearic      0.8
  • Palmitic     2.2
  • Oleic acid (Omega 9)    10.4
  • Linoleic acid (Omega 6)    48.2
  • Linolenic acid (Omega 3)   28.2

Blueberry Seed Oil

  • Scientific Name: Vaccinium Corymbosum
  • Comedogenic rating: 0 – 1
  • Shelf Life: 1 year
  • Scent: pleasant, fresh, sweet, subtle fruity aroma
  • Color / Consistency:  Light to Rich green color / light in viscosity
  • Absorption: rapid absorption
  • Best for Skin Types: mature, acne-prone, sensitive skin, oily skin.
  • Best for Skin conditions: aging, fine lines, and wrinkles, environmental damage. large pores as well as all kinds of skin infections, such as acne, pimples, and boils.
  • Notable Compounds: tocotrienols, alpha-linolenic acid, phytosterols, squalene, carotenoids, anthocyanins.

Blueberry seed oil is a non-greasy oil that is high in a certain type of Vitamin E called, “tocotrienols”. Tocotrienols have been found to be more potent than vitamin E itself at protecting against environmental stressors. Fatty acids in Blueberry seed oil nourish and moisturize the skin.

Fatty Acid Composition (source)

  • Stearic      2.8%
  • Palmitic     5.7%
  • Oleic acid (Omega 9)    22.9%
  • Linoleic acid (Omega 6)    43.5%
  • Linolenic acid (Omega 3)   25.1%

Borage Seed Oil

  • Scientific Name: Borago officinalis
  • Comedogenic rating: 2
  • Shelf Life: 6 months
  • Scent: Mild, Characteristic Aroma
  • Color / Consistency:  Pale yellow to golden yellow liquid / Medium Viscosity
  • Absorption: Leaves an oily feeling on the skin.
  • Best for Skin Types: dry, sensitive, irritated, prematurely aged.
  • Best for Skin conditions: psoriasis, eczema, neuro-dermatitis, seborrheic dermatitis, and atopic dermatitis
  • Notable Compounds: gamma-linolenic acid (GLA)

Borage seed oil is one of the highest sources of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) known. GLA is converted to precursors of a variety of prostaglandins and leukotrienes, it may have potential as a potent anti-inflammatory for the skin.

Borage oil is highly emollient and soothes irritated and damaged skin, it has regenerative properties that help psoriasis and eczema. The oil can be used on its own, but because it is costly and leaves an oily residue, it is often diluted with other oils. 

Borage seed oil
should not be used when you are pregnant.

Fatty Acid Composition: (source

  • C16:0 Palmitic Acid: 9.0-12.0%
  • C18:0 Stearic Acid: 3.0-5.5%
  • C18:1 Oleic Acid: 15.0-20.0%
  • C18:2 Linoleic Acid (Omega-6 EFA): 35.0-39.0%
  • C18:3 Gamma Linolenic Acid – GLA (Omega-6): 20.0% Minimum
  • C20:1 Eicosenoic Acid: 3.9-4.3%
  • C22:1 Docosenoic Acid: 2.4-2.7%
  • C24:1 Tetracosenoic Acid: 1.4-1.7%

[Read: Borage Oil Skin Benefits]

Brazil Nut Oil 

  • Scientific Name: Bertholletia excelsa
  • Comedogenic rating: 2
  • Shelf Life: 6 – 12 months
  • Scent: Sweet, Nutty Aroma
  • Color / Consistency:  Pale Yellow Hue / Light Texture
  • Absorption: Quick Absorption
  • Best for Skin Types: dry, problem, damaged or mature skin.
  • Best for Skin conditions: aging skin, fine lines and wrinkles. 
  • Notable Compounds: Selenium, High in Vitamins A, B, C and E

Brazil nut oil is highly nourishing and soothing. It contains a high amount of selenium, which is a mineral that is responsible for tissue elasticity and also acts as an antioxidant against free radical damage.

Fatty Acid Composition (source)

  • Oleic Acid: 35.0 – 50.5%
  • Linoleic Acid: 25.0 – 40.0%
  • Palmitic Acid: 15.0 – 28.0%
  • Stearic Acid: 6.0 – 9.0%
  • Arachidic Acid: 1.0 – 1.5%
  • Palmitoleic Acid: 0.5 – 1.0%
  • Myristic Acid: 0.2 – 0.6%
  • Linolenic Acid: 0.1 – 0.3%

Broccoli Seed Oil

  • Scientific Name: Brassica Oleracea Italica
  • Comedogenic rating: 1
  • Shelf Life: 1 – 2 years
  • Scent: Distinctive, Herbaceous Aroma
  • Color / Consistency:  golden yellow to brown to dark green / slightly viscous liquid oil
  • Absorption: Absorbs quickly, non-greasy feel
  • Best for Skin Types: best used in the hair
  • Best for Skin conditions: dandruff, dry scalp, brittle hair. 
  • Notable Compounds: erucic acid (omega 9)

Broccoli seed oil is composed of approximately 50% Erucic Acid. It makes an excellent substitute for silicones ( and is referred to as a ‘natural’ dimethicone) as it performs in similar ways. Broccoli seed oil creates a sheen and luster on the skin and hair. It is light, non-greasy and easy to absorb.

Fatty Acid Composition (source)

  • Palmitic 3.25%
  • Oleic acid 13.5%
  • Linoleic acid 11.4%​
  • Linolenic acid (alpha) 9%
  • Eicosenoic 6%
  • Erucic acid 49%

Buruti Fruit Oil

  • Scientific Name: Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil
  • Comedogenic rating: 2
  • Shelf Life: 2 years
  • Scent: Little to no scent
  • Color / Consistency: Yellow to reddish transparent liquid with a medium viscosity
  • Absorption: absorbed by skin smoothly and quickly, leaving very little oily feeling
  • Best for Skin Types: all skins, especially prematurely aged, sensitive, inflamed and dry
  • Best for Skin conditions: dry, cracked, mature and problem skin
  • Notable Compounds: high levels of beta-carotene and vitamin A

Buruti fruit oil is extremely rich in fatty acids and carotenoids. The oil is considered one of the richest sources of beta-carotene, with levels higher than carrot seed oil.

Buruti oil is effective at nourishing, moisturizing, soothing and supporting dry and cracked skin. It is an excellent oil for after-sun care.  

Fatty Acid Composition: (source

  • C16:0 Palmitic Acid: 8.0-15.0
  • C18:0 Stearic Acid: 1.0-5.0%
  • C18:1 Oleic Acid (Omega-9): 45.0-65.0%
  • C18:2 Linoleic Acid (Omega-6): 10.0-25.0%
  • C18:3 Linolenic Acid (Omega-3): 0.5-2.0%

Cacay Oil

  • Scientific Name: Caryodendron Orinocense
  • Comedogenic rating: 1 – 2
  • Shelf Life: 2 years
  • Scent: mild, pleasant odor
  • Color / Consistency:  Light to Medium Orange /  
  • Absorption: dry oil that is absorbed quickly without leaving a greasy feel.
  • Best for Skin Types: All skin types
  • Best for Skin conditions: irritated, aging, acne
  • Notable Compounds: Vitamin A ( three times more than rosehip), Vitamin E and F (higher levels than argan oil)

A nutrient-rich plant oil that has more vitamins than rosehip and argan oils. Cacay oil is the new “anti-aging” oil, it is packed with antioxidants and essential fatty acids. Being a light, dry oil, it absorbs quickly and is an excellent choice for those with oily skin.

Fatty acid Composition (source)

  • C14:0 Myristic 0.1
  • C16:0 Palmitic  9.10
  • C16:1 Palmitoleic  0.1
  • C18:0 Stearic 3.00
  • C18:1 Oleic 12.65
  • C18:2 Linoleic  68.05
  • C20:0 Arachidic  0.5

Castor Oil

  • Scientific Name: Ricinus communis
  • Comedogenic rating: 1
  • Shelf Life: 2 – 5 years
  • Scent: Odorless to a light oily scent.
  • Color / Consistency:  Clear, colourless to pale liquid / slightly viscous
  • Absorption: penetrates deeply into the epidermis.
  • Best for Skin Types: dry skin
  • Best for Skin conditions: use for oil cleansing for acne-prone skin. Swelling, irritation.
  • Notable Compounds: ricinoleic acid

Castor oil is great for dry skin because it is super conditioning, it is high in ricinoleic acid, a humectant that pulls moisture from the air and traps it in the skin. Castor oil is good for soothing inflamed skin and has anti-fungal and antibacterial properties.

Fatty acids Composition (source)

  • Oleic- 3.93%
  • Stearic 1.0%
  • Palmitic- 1.0%
  • Linoleic- 4.32%
  • Linolenic- 0.3%
  • Ricinoleic- 87.74%

[Read: Benefits of Castor Oil for the Skin to learn more]

Chardonnay Grapeseed Oil

  • Scientific Name: Vitis Vinifera
  • Comedogenic rat
    ing:
    1 – 2
  • Shelf Life: 1 year
  • Scent: little to no odor
  • Color / Consistency:  medium green
  • Absorption: absorbs quickly
  • Best for Skin Types: Oily, sensitive, and mature
  • Best for Skin conditions: acne and eczema
  • Notable Compounds: flavonoids named proanthocyanidins

Chardonnay grape seed oil is very lightweight and helps prevent excess oil, making it perfect for those with oily skin. Packed full of antioxidants, it will protect your skin from free radical damage. Chardonnay grape seed oil is one of the few truly cold-pressed grapeseed oils.

It smooths and firms the skin, slows the look of aging, and protects against environmental damage. Chardonnay grapeseed oil is astringent and antiseptic and offers anti-histamine, anti-inflammatory, and anti-allergenic properties. 

Fatty Acid Composition (source)

  • Palmitic acid    9.7%
  • Stearic acid   6.8%
  • Oleic acid   20.5%
  • Linoleic acid    63%-72%

Cherry Kernel Oil 

  • Scientific Name: Prunus avium
  • Comedogenic rating: 2
  • Shelf Life: 1 – 3 years
  • Scent: very little scent
  • Color / Consistency: Pale yellow to golden yellow liquid with a consistency typical of carrier oils. 
  • Absorption: Absorbs into skin at average speed, slightly oily feeling left on the skin.
  • Best for Skin Types:  sensitive, mature, dry, damaged skin,
  • Best for Skin conditions: dehydrated skin, fine lines and wrinkles. 
  • Notable Compounds: Eleostearic acid; alpha, delta, and gamma tocopherols. 

Cherry kernel oil has similar properties to sweet almond and peach kernel oils and can be used in the same way. A coagulated linolenic acid called eleostearic acid prevents the absorption of unwanted elements by forming a barrier on the surface of the skin.

Cherry kernel oil contains natural antioxidants including a wide range of vitamin E as well as vitamin A.

Fatty acid Composition (source)

  • Palmitic Acid: 6.8 – 9.4%
  • Stearic: 1.6 – 2.6%
  • Oleic: 23.9 – 37.5%
  • Linoleic: 40 – 48.9 %
  • Linolenic:  less than 1 %
  • Eleostearic: 9.9 – 13.2%

Chokeberry Seed Oil

  • Scientific Name: Aronia Melanocarpa 
  • Comedogenic rating: 1 – 2
  • Shelf Life: 6 months
  • Scent: Characteristic Mild, Sweet, Nutty Aroma
  • Color / Consistency: Amber Hue / medium viscosity
  • Absorption: rapid absorption
  • Best for Skin Types: Oily, sensitive skin types that may also suffer from dehydration.
  • Best for Skin conditions: parched, itchy, acne.
  • Notable Compounds: fatty acids, antioxidants. 

A versatile, nutritive oil that softens, soothes and protects the skin and hair, Chokeberry seed oil will leave the skin feeling nourished and hydrated.

Fatty acid Composition (source

  • C16:0 Palmitic: 6.0 – 12.0%
  • C18:1 Oleic (n-9): 22.0 – 30.0%
  • C18:2 Linoleic (n-6): 57.0 – 64.0%
  • C20:0 Arachidic: 0.3 – 1.5%

Cloudberry Seed Oil

  • Scientific Name: Rubus Chamaemorus
  • Comedogenic rating: 1
  • Shelf Life: 1 year
  • Scent: can’t find information on this
  • Color / Consistency: Yellow to Red Liquid with a light texture
  • Absorption: rapid absorption
  • Best for Skin Types: all skin types
  • Best for Skin conditions: fine lines and wrinkles, sun damage, dry and irritated skin.
  • Notable Compounds: carotenoids, ellagitannins, benzoic acid.

The arctic cloudberry is related to raspberries and grows in the northern hemisphere. The plant can withstand temperatures as cold as -40 degrees Celsius.

Cloudberry Seed Oil contains abundant amounts of Omega 6, Omega 3, Vitamin E, Vitamin A, and plant sterols. These components strengthen and protect the skin, as well as reduce signs of aging. Ellagitannins help preserves skin’s collagen.

Cloudberry Seed Oil has detoxification properties to help make the skin look brighter, fresher and more radiant. High levels of benzoic acid act as a natural preservative.

Fatty acid Composition (source)

  • 14:0 Myristic Acid 0.1%
  • 16:0 Palmitic Acid 2.6%
  • 16:1 Palmitoleic Acid 0.2%
  • 18:0 Stearic Acid 1.4%
  • 18:1 Oleic Acid 16.3%
  • 18:2 Linoleic Acid 43.1%
  • 18:3 Linolenic Acid 33.7%
  • 20:0 Arachidic Acid 0.9%
  • 20:1 Gadoleic Acid 0.9%
  • 20:2 Eicosadienoic Acid 0.4%
  • 22:0 Behemic Acid 0.3%
  • 24:0 Lingoceric Acid 0.1%

Cranberry Seed Oil

  • Scientific Name: Vaccinium macrocarpon
  • Comedogenic rating: 2
  • Shelf Life: 2 years
  • Scent: slightly resinous odor
  • Color / Consistency: Deep orange, red, and/or green / Non-Viscous Liquid
  • Absorption: rapid absorption
  • Best for Skin Types: all skin types, especially blemish-prone or oily
  • Best for Skin conditions: acne, eczema, psoriasis, and scarring.
  • Notable Compounds: highest quantity of tocotrienols of any vegetable oil.

High levels of tocotrienols and tocopherols (Vitamin E) and other antioxidants make cranberry seed oil an excellent oil for repairing damaged skin. Cranberry seed oil is light and non-greasy and offers protection from sun damage.

Fatty Acid Composition  (source)

  • Palmitic      5.0 to 8.0%
  • Stearic acid       1.0 to 2.0%
  • Oleic acid     20.0 to 25.0%
  • Linoleic acid     35.0 to 45.0%
  • Linolenic acid (alpha)  22.0 to 35.0%
  • Eicosenoic      0.2 to 1.0%

[Read: How Cranberry Seed Oil Benefits the Skin]

Cucumber Seed Oil

  • Scientific Name: Cucumis Sativus
  • Comedogenic rating: 1
  • Shelf Life: 12-18 months
  • Scent: mild cucumber scent
  • Color / Consistency: Yellow to Light Green Hue with a  light to medium viscosity
    .
  • Absorption: absorbs quickly .
  • Best for Skin Types: all skins, especially prematurely aged, sensitive, inflamed and dry
  • Best for Skin conditions: stretch marks, sunburn, brittle nails, acne, psoriasis, eczema
  • Notable Compounds: phytosterols, tocopherols and tocotrienols, the amino acid phenylalanine.

Cucumber seed oil contains a high amount of phytosterols that help support normal skin elasticity and moisture. Cucumber seed oil helps reduce inflammation and soothe the skin.

The seeds also contain Phenylalanine, an amino acid that slows down melanin transfer. This oil has refreshing, healing, and astringent properties. 

Fatty Acid Composition (source)

  • Palmitic Acid: 9-13%
  • Stearic Acid: 6-9%
  • Oleic Acid: 14-20%
  • Linoleic Acid: 60-68%

Elderberry Seed Oil

  • Scientific Name: Sambucus nigra
  • Comedogenic rating: 1 – 2
  • Shelf Life: 3 – 6 months
  • Scent: Slightly fruity
  • Color / Consistency: greenish-yellow liquid oil
  • Absorption: rich, silky skin feeling, whilst being readily absorbed.
  • Best for Skin Types: oily, mature, sensitive, and dry.
  • Best for Skin conditions: atopic and seborrheic skin, scaly or cracked skin, blackheads, fine lines, and wrinkles.
  • Notable Compounds: flavonoids including anthocyanins (5 times more than blueberries).

Elderberry seed oil is packed with antioxidants that protect the skin against cell damage. Elderberries have significant levels of vitamin A, making it excellent for fading age spots and preventing or lessening wrinkles. Elderberry seed oil helps to strengthen the barrier functions of the skin, making the skin soft and supple.

Fatty acid Composition (source)

  • Palmitic – 7.2%
  • Oleic acid – 13.7 %
  • Linoleic acid – 41.3%
  • Linolenic acid – 34.5%
  • Stearic acid – 1.6%

Emu Oil

  • Scientific Name: Dromaius novaehollandiae
  • Comedogenic rating: 1
  • Shelf Life: 1 year
  • Scent: no scent
  • Color / Consistency: varies from an off-white creamy texture to a very thin yellow liquid.
  • Absorption: extremely easy to absorb
  • Best for Skin Types: all skin types
  • Best for Skin conditions: rosacea, psoriasis, eczema, seborrheic dermatitis.
  • Notable Compounds: Antioxidants, essential fatty acids.

Emu oil has anti-inflammatory properties and is rich in moisturizing fatty acids. Emu oil is almost 100% triglyceride, making it a complete neutral lipid. Because it lacks phospholipids and the human skin is phospholipid deficient, the transdermal properties are phenomenal.

Fatty Acid Composition (source)

  • Linolenic Acid  0.8%
  • Linoleic  11.0%
  • Oleic Acid  50.8%
  • Palmitic Acid   22.5%
  • Other Acids 14.9%

[Read: Emu Oil Skin Care Benefits]

Evening Primrose Oil

  • Scientific Name: Oenothera biennis
  • Comedogenic rating: 2 – 3
  • Shelf Life: 6 – 12 months
  • Scent: Light, Characteristic Aroma
  • Color / Consistency: pale yellow hue / thin – medium viscosity
  • Absorption: Leaves an oily feeling on the skin
  • Best for Skin Types: mature, dry, or irritated skin.
  • Best for Skin conditions: inflammatory conditions, eczema, psoriasis.
  • Notable Compounds: gamma-linolenic acid

Evening primrose seeds are a rich source of Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA), an essential omega 6 fatty acid that our body can’t make on its own.

Evening primrose oil acts as a barrier on the skin, keeping moisture in. It is naturally astringent, so it will tighten pores and keep oil production balanced.

Fatty Acid Composition: (source

  • C16:0 Palmitic Acid: 5.0-7.0%
  • C18:0 Stearic Acid: 1.0-3.0%
  • C18:1 Oleic Acid: 5.0-10.0%
  • C18:2 Linoleic Acid (Omega-6 EFA): 68.0-76.0%
  • C18:3 gamma-Linolenic Acid – GLA (Omega-6): 9.0% Minimum

Grapeseed Oil 

  • Scientific Name: Vitis Vinifera
  • Comedogenic rating: 2
  • Shelf Life: 1 – 2 years
  • Scent: sweet balsamic aromatic scent reminiscent of aged wine
  • Color / Consistency: Dark yellow green liquid / one of the lightest carrier oils available
  • Absorption: Absorbs easily into the skin
  • Best for Skin Types: Oily, combination, reactive skin
  • Best for Skin conditions: acne, allergenic skin,
  • Notable Compounds: antioxidants, omega 6 fatty acids, campesterol, beta-sitosterol, and stigmasterol

Grapeseed oil is light and dry and absorbs very well into the skin. It can be mixed with oils that have a greasy feel to make them easier to absorb. It contains campesterol, beta-sitosterol, and stigmasterol, all of which helps protect the skin’s moisture barrier and relieves itching due to dry skin.

Fatty Acid Composition (source)

  • Palmitic acid .6.7%
  • Palmitoleic acid  0.2%
  • Stearic acid  4.1%
  • Oleic acid  20.9%
  • Linoleic acid  66.8%
  • Linolenic acid  0.4%
  • Arachidic acid  0.1%

[Read: Grape Seed Oil Benefits]

Goji Berry Seed Oil

  • Scientific Name: Lycium barbarum
  • Comedogenic rating: 0 – 1
  • Shelf Life: 1 year
  • Scent: couldn’t find info
  • Color / Consistency: Light Orange
  • Absorption: rapid absorption
  • Best for Skin Types: all skin types
  • Best for Skin conditions: milia seeds, wrinkles, uneven skin tone.
  • Notable Compounds: vitamins, trace minerals, antioxidants

Goji berry seed oil is loaded with trace minerals such as selenium, phosphorus, calcium, zinc, iron, and copper that helps firm, tighten, and plump the appearance of your skin.

Antioxidants in Goji berry seed oil guard the skin against free radical damage, and amino acids improve the color and tone of the skin. 

Fatty acid Composition (source)

  • Palmitic Acid – 8.31- 13.2 %
  • Stearic acid – 2.87 – 4.12%
  • Oleic acid – 12.7 – 18.1%
  • Gamma-linolenic acid – 0.04 – 3.35%
  • Linoleic acid – 59.2 – 70.5 %

Green Coffee Oil

  • Scientific Name: Coffea Arabica
  • Comedogenic rating: 2
  • Shelf Life: 1 year
  • Scent: Herbaceous Aroma
  • Color / Consistency: Medium Brown Greenish with a crispy herbal scent
  • Absorption: readily absorbed by the skin and has an extremely light and silky feel
  • Best for Skin Types: Oily, acne-prone, combination, irritated.
  • Best for Skin conditions: cellulite, eczema, psoriasis, sunburn, acne.
  • Notable Compounds: caffeine, fatty acids, flavonoids.

Green coffee oil protects the skin from environmental damage, it is high in antioxidants, flavonoids, sterols, and vitamin E. Green coffee oil contains enzymes that stimulate detoxification and aid in cleansing the skin. These enzymes also help break down fat and smooth puffy areas.

Green coffee oil has the same PH level as human skin, it is anti-inflammatory, skin-softening, and has excellent moisture retention properties. 

Fatty Acid Composition (source)

  • Palmitic Acid:40.0%
  • Linoleic Acid: 38.0%
  • Estearic Acid: 8.0%
  • Oleic Acid: 8.0%
  • Linolenic Acid: 2.0%
  • Behenic Acid: 1.0%
  • Palmitoleic Acid: 0.4%

Guava Seed Oil

  • Scientific Name: Psidium guajava
  • Comedogenic rating: 1 – 2
  • Shelf Life: 1 – 2  years
  • Scent: strong enzyme Fruit Smell
  • Color / Consistency: Very Orange / Typical and characteristic of carrier oils
  • Absorption: absorbed slowly, leaving skin feeling smooth.
  • Best for Skin Types: all skin types, especially sensitive
  • Best for Skin conditions: acne, aging, scars, stretch marks.
  • Notable Compounds: Vitamins A and C, sulfur and potassium

Guava seed oil’s high Vitamin Z and C content means it helps with premature aging and wrinkles by maintaining skin elasticity and fighting free radicals. The oil has astringent properties, shrinking tissues, reducing pores size and tightening the skin.

Guava seed oil has amazing emollient properties and helps minimize the appearance of scars. Sulfur present in Guava seed oil plays an essential role in collagen synthesis. 

Fatty Acid Composition (source)

  • Palmitic (C16:0) 7.0%
  • Stearic (C18:0) 5.1%
  • Oleic (C18:1) 10.7%
  • Linoleic (C18:2) 76.5%
  • Linolenic (C18:3) 0.7%

Hazelnut Oil 

  • Scientific Name: Corylus avellana
  • Comedogenic rating: 1
  • Shelf Life: 1 year
  • Scent: very little scent
  • Color / Consistency: Light yellow with a consistency typical of carrier oils. 
  • Absorption: Absorbs quickly, and leaves a non-greasy feeling.
  • Best for Skin Types: All skin types, especially oily and combination skin
  • Best for Skin conditions: baby skin, acne. 
  • Notable Compounds: fatty acids, antioxidants. 

Hazelnut oil is similar to Sweet Almond oil, with superior absorption. Hazelnut Oil is a light, penetrating oil that is known for its astringent properties. It helps to tone and tighten the skin and maintain elasticity.

Hazelnut oil strengthens capillaries and stimulates the circulation of blood, reviving dull skin. Because it absorbs into the skin so well and has astringent action, Hazelnut oil is wonderful for use on oily or acne-prone skin. 

Fatty Acid Composition (source)

  • Palmitic- 4.0-10.0%
  • Palmitoleic- 0.1-0.6%
  • Stearic- 0.8-4.0%
  • Oleic- 63.0-83.0%
  • Linoleic- 8.0-29.0%

[Read: Hazelnut Oil Skin Benefits to learn more]

Hemp Seed Oil 

  • Scientific Name: Cannabis sativa
  • Comedogenic rating: 0
  • Shelf Life: 1 year
  • Scent: Mild, Pleasant, Characteristic Nutty Aroma
  • Color / Consistency: Rich green
  • Absorption: easily absorbed into the skin.
  • Best for Skin Types: all skin types
  • Best for Skin conditions: acne, damaged skin, eczema, psoriasis, sores, lesions.
  • Notable Compounds: ideal 3:1 ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 essential fatty acids.

Hemp seed oil has an ideal ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 fatty acids and contains gamma-linolenic acid and is considered to be nature’s perfect oil. Hemp seed oil is known for its anti-inflammatory activity and its ability to heal skin ailments.

It helps reduce skin discomfort by soothing and restoring dry and damaged skin. Hemp seed oil is penetrating and light, yet emollient and leaves skin feeling soft and moisturized. 

Fatty Acid Composition: (source

  • C16:0 Palmitic Acid: 4.0-8.0%
  • C18:0 Stearic Acid: 1.0-4.0%
  • C18:1 Oleic Acid: 5.0-20.0%
  • C18:1 Vaccenic Acid (CIS): 1.0 Max
  • C18:2 Linoleic Acid: 46.0-65.0%
  • C18:3 Alpha Linoleic Acid: 14.0-28.0%
  • C18:3 Gamma Linoleic Acid: 5.0 Max

[Read about The Many Skin Benefits of Hemp Seed Oil]

Jojoba Oil

  • Scientific Name: Simmondsia chinensis
  • Comedogenic rating: 2
  • Shelf Life: 5 years
  • Scent: pleasant, soft odor.
  • Color / Consistency: Golden Slightly Viscous Liquid
  • Absorption: creates a barrier but will leave a satiny finish.
  • Best for Skin Types: all skin types, especially oily
  • Best for Skin conditions: acne, dry skin. 
  • Notable Compounds: Gondoic Acid

Jojoba oil is a wax rather than an oil and therefore has a very long shelf life. Jojoba oil is not greasy and absorbs readily into the skin. It is very beneficial to oily skin because it dissolves sebum and limits oil production.

Jojoba oil protects the skin while allowing it to breathe. Jojoba oil closely resembles human sebum and provides non-occlusive, non-greasy moisture control. 

Fatty Acid Composition (source)

  • Oleic acid – 9.3%
  • 11-Eicosenoic acid (also called gondoic acid) – 76.7%
  • Erucic acid – 12.1%

[Read: Marvelous Jojoba Oil Skin Benefits]

Karanja Oil

  • Scientific Name: Pongamia glabra
  • Comedogenic rating: 2
  • Shelf Life: 2 years
  • Scent: mild nutty scent
  • Color / Consistency: pale yellow in color and viscous
  • Absorption: quick absorption
  • Best for Skin Types: dry skin, mature aging skin.
  • Best for Skin conditions: eczema, psoriasis, skin ulcers, dandruff, wounds, acne, scabies.
  • Notable Compounds: High content of triglycerides, Karanjin

Karanja oil is considered a cousin to Neem oil and offers similar benefits. Karanja oil is naturally antiseptic, anti-parasitic and cleansing. Karajin is the main active ingredient in Karanja oil and acts as an insecticide.

Fatty Acid Composition (source)

  • Palmitic 3.7% – 7.9%
  • Stearic 2.4% – 8.9%
  • Oleic44.5% – 71.3%
  • Linoleic 10.8% – 18.3%
  • Linolenic 2.6%
  • Arachidic 2.2% – 4.7%
  • Eicosenoic 9.5% – 12.4%
  • Behenic 4.2% – 5.3%
  • Lignoceric 1.1% – 3.5%

Kiwi Seed Oil

  • Scientific Name: Actinidia chinensis
  • Comedogenic rating: 1
  • Shelf Life: 1 year
  • Scent: Light, Pleasant Aroma
  • Color / Consistency: Very light yellow / consistency typical of carrier oils
  • Absorption: Absorbs into skin at average speed, slightly oily feeling left on the skin.
  • Best for Skin Types: all skin types
  • Best for Skin conditions: aging, damaged, acne.
  • Notable Compounds: omega 3 alpha-linolenic acid, Rich in Vitamin E and Phytonutrients

Kiwi seed oil is highly nourishing and moisturizing. It can help improve skin elasticity and reduce wrinkles and fine lines.

Fatty Acid Composition (source)

  • Palmitic Acid 6.2%
  • Stearic Acid 2.3%
  • Oleic Acid 15.6%
  • Linoleic Acid 15.8%
  • α-Linolenic Acid 59.8%

Kukui Nut Oil

  • C16:0 Palmitic Acid: 2.0-10.0%
  • C18:0 Stearic Acid: 1.0-8.0%
  • C18:1 Oleic Acid (Omega-9): 17.0-34.0%
  • C18:2 Linoleic Acid (Omega-6): 27.0-52.0%
  • C18:3 Linolenic Acid (Omega-3): 17.0-34.0%

Macadamia Nut Oil

  • Scientific Name: Macadamia ternifolia
  • Comedogenic rating: 2 – 3
  • Shelf Life: 2 years
  • Scent: very little scent
  • Color / Consistency: Pale yellow to golden yellow liquid  / Slightly thicker than typical Carrier Oils
  • Absorption: will leave an oily feeling on the skin.
  • Best for Skin Types: baby skin, mature, dry, oily
  • Best for Skin conditions: aging skin, menopausal skin
  • Notable Compounds: palmitoleic acid

Macadamia nut oil is extremely nourishing and emollient. It contains the highest source of palmitoleic acid found in vegetable oils. Palmitoleic acid helps delay skin and cell aging.

Macadamia nut oil is similar in structure to human sebum and is a good choice for oily skin. 

Fatty Acid Composition (source

  • C16:0 Palmitic Acid: 7.0-10.0%
  • C16:1 Palmitoleic Acid: 14.0-25.0%
  • C18:0 Stearic Acid: 2.0-4.5%
  • C18:1: Oleic Acid (Omega-9): 50.0-67.0%
  • C18:2 Linoleic Acid (Omega-6 EFA): 1.0-5.0%
  • C20:0 Arachidic Acid: 1.0-3.0%
  • C20:1 Eicosanoic/Gadoleic Acid (Omega-9): 1.0-3.0%
  • C22:0 Behenic Acid: 1.0 Max

Maracuja (Passionfruit Seed) Oil

  • Scientific Name: Passiflora edulis
  • Comedogenic rating: 1 – 2
  • Shelf Life: 1 year
  • Scent: a faint smell of the Passion Fruit.
  • Color / Consistency: yellow to vibrant yellow / vicious  
  • Absorption: dry, absorbs quickly without leaving a greasy film
  • Best for Skin Types: aging, oily, or mature skin.
  • Best for Skin conditions: eye area, puffiness, dryness, itchiness, acne.
  • Notable Compounds: vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium

Maracuja oil is derived from the seeds of passionfruits. It is known for its light, non-greasy texture and rapid absorption. Maracuja oil is high in Vitamin A and C keep skin looking firm and youthful. This oil reduces sebum secretion and makes oily skin feel drier.

Fatty acid Composition (source

  • C14 Lauric Acid: 0.2% Max
  • C16 Palmitic Acid: 7.0-10.0%
  • C16:1 Palmitoleic Acid: 0.5% Max
  • C18:0 Stearic Acid: 1.0-5.0%
  • C18:1 Oleic Acid (Omega-9): 20.0-30.0%
  • C18:2 Linoleic Acid (Omega-6): 55.0-65.0%
  • C18:3 Linolenic Acid (Omega-3): 1.0% Max
  • C20:0 Arachidic Acid: 1.0% Max
  • C20:1 Eicosenoic Acid: 0.5% Max
  • C22:0 Behenic Acid: 0.5% Max

Meadowfoam Seed Oil

  • Scientific Name: Limnanthes alba
  • Comedogenic rating: 1
  • Shelf Life: 5 years
  • Scent: slight oily scent
  • Color / Consistency: Light Golden, Slightly-Viscous Liquid
  • Absorption: Absorbs easily into the skin leaving a silky smooth feel.
  • Best for Skin Types: all skin types
  • Best for Skin conditions: cracked lips, dry skin
  • Notable Compounds: Vitamin E, docosadienoic acid, docosenoic acid, and eicosenoic acid.

Meadowfoam seed oil is extremely shelf stable and resists rancidity due to its long-chain fatty acids and high vitamin E content. It is one of the best oils to help prevent moisture loss in the skin, as it forms a protective barrier. Meadowfoam seed oil has a slightly waxy texture, similar to jojoba oil.

Fatty Acid Composition (source)

  • cis-5-eicosenoic acid (C20:1, d5): 60 – 65%
  • cis-5- and cis-13- docosenoic acid (C22:1, d5 and d13): 13-20%
  • cis-5- and cis-13- docosadienoic acid (C22:2; d5 and d13): 14-21%

[Read: Meadowfoam Seed Oil Skin Benefits to learn more]

Milk Thistle Seed Oil

  • Scientific Name: Silybum marianum
  • Comedogenic rating: 1
  • Shelf Life: 6 months
  • Scent: can’t find info
  • Color / Consi
    stency:
    clear, light yellow oil
  • Absorption: can’t find info
  • Best for Skin Types: all skin types
  • Best for Skin conditions: eczema, psoriasis, erythema resulting from acne, wounds, decubitus ulcers, ulceration, burns, hyperpigmentation, broken veins, rashes.
  • Notable Compounds: Silymarin and silybin

Milk Thistle seed oil is the only skincare oil to contain silymarin, a potent anti-aging biochemical. This substance protects the skin from glycation and wrinkles. Anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activity helps treat rashes and other inflammatory dermatitis conditions.

Silymarin and silybin strengthen cell walls and may protect the body from toxins a free radical damage.  Milk Thistle Seed Oil’s properties are similar to sunflower oil and is a good choice for most skin types.

Fatty Acid Composition (source)

  • Linoleic acid: 57 – 60.3%
  • Oleic acid: 15.5 – 22.4%

Neem Seed Oil 

  • Scientific Name: Azadirachta Indica
  • Comedogenic rating: 1 – 2
  • Shelf Life: 2 years
  • Scent: herbaceous, bitter, and extremely tenacious aroma
  • Color / Consistency: Dark, rich green/brown / very viscous, and it gets solid in the cold.
  • Absorption: Does not absorb easily into the skin.
  • Best for Skin Types: All skin types
  • Best for Skin conditions: Acne, scars, stretch marks, eczema, psoriasis, dandruff, cold sores.
  • Notable Compounds: Triterpenes, more specifically, limonoids such as azadirachtin, salannin, meliantriol, nimbin, nimbidin, meliantriol, deacetylazadirachtinol, salannin, salannol, 3-deacetylsalannin etc.

Neem seed oil is antiseptic, anti-fungal, and anti-microbial. It helps to regenerate damaged cells and helps keep the skin smooth and healthy.

Neem oil is highly protective and can be used on many skin conditions. Neem oil is an anti-inflammatory that reduces redness and soreness. If used regularly, Neem seed oil will help reduce scarring.

Fatty acid Composition (source)

  • Linoleic acid 6-16%
  • Oleic acid25-54%
  • Palmitic acid16-33%
  • Stearic acid9-24%

[Read: Neem Oil for Acne? A Topical Acne Treatment]

Oat Oil

  • Scientific Name: Avena Sativa
  • Comedogenic rating: 1 – 2  
  • Shelf Life: 2 years
  • Scent: Light to medium scent of oatmeal.
  • Color / Consistency: Clear, golden / medium consistency
  • Absorption: Absorbs slowly, but has a very rich feel, like liquid silk.
  • Best for Skin Types: mature, dry, sensitive, flaky, and damaged skin.
  • Best for Skin conditions: Eczema, dermatitis, itchy skin.
  • Notable Compounds: Rich in vitamins A, E, and B, minerals such as calcium, zinc, iron, and manganese.

Oat oil offers exceptional emollience and is a good source of antioxidants. Oat oil is a natural emulsifier and it can help minimize the need for other emulsifiers in water/oil based skincare formulations.

This oil is very effective at killing bad bacteria, making it an excellent cut and wound healer. 

Fatty acid Composition (source)

  • Palmitic Acid: 14.2 – 15.2 %
  • Oleic Acid: 39.7 – 42.9 %
  • Linoleic Acid: 36.0 – 39.8 %
  • Stearic Acid: 1.5 – 1.9 %
  • α-Linolenic Acid: 1.0 – 1.5 % 

Olive Oil 

  • Scientific Name: Olea europaea
  • Comedogenic rating: 2
  • Shelf Life: 2 years
  • Scent: Appealing odor
  • Color / Consistency: Golden liquid with green tones with a consistency typical of carrier oils
  • Absorption: Absorbs into skin at an average speed, and leaves a slightly oily feeling on the skin.
  • Best for Skin Types: dry.
  • Best for Skin conditions: cradle cap, perioral dermatitis, psoriasis,
  • Notable Compounds: squalene 

Olive oil can be used to nourish and soften the skin. Squalene present in olive oil gives it antioxidant properties. Olive oil can be used to soothe inflamed and itchy skin.

Fatty acid Composition (source)

  • Oleic acid55 to 83%
  • Linoleic acid3.5 to 21%
  • Palmitic acid7.5 to 20%
  • Stearic acid0.5 to 5%
  • α-Linolenic acid 0 to 1.5%

Papaya Seed Oil

  • Scientific Name: Carica Papaya
  • Comedogenic rating: 2 – 3
  • Shelf Life: 1 year
  • Scent: Light and sweet
  • Color / Consistency: light yellow to orange / somewhat thick consistency
  • Absorption: light, non-greasy and easily absorbed by the skin
  • Best for Skin Types: dehydrated skin, dry-acne-prone, aging.
  • Best for Skin conditions: hyperpigmentation, scars, psoriasis, eczema.
  • Notable Compounds: Papain (a fruit enzyme), Vitamins A, C, and E.

Papaya seed oil is light and penetrates easily into the skin, it helps with redness, itchiness, and dry skin inflammation. A natural fruit enzyme, papain, contained in Papaya seed oil gently removes dead skin cells and unclogs pores to improve the texture and tone of the skin.

Papain has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Papaya seed oil can tighten the skin and reduce puffiness, scarring, pore size, and wrinkles. 

Fatty Acid Composition (source)

  • Myristic Acid 0.1%
  • Palmitic Acid 8.5 – 10%
  • Palmitoleic Acid 0.3%
  • Stearic Acid 1.5 – 2.5%
  • Oleic Acid 12.5 – 14%
  • Linoleic Acid 72 – 77%
  • Linolenic Acid 0.5%

Peach Kernel Oil 

  • Scientific Name: Prunus persica
  • Comedogenic rating: 2
  • Shelf Life: 1 – 2 years
  • Scent: delicate aromatic smell
  • Color / Consistency: Pale yellow to yellow liquid with a consistency typical of carrier oils.
  • Absorption: Absorbs into skin at average speed, slightly oily feeling left on the skin.
  • Best for Skin Types: dry and mature.
  • Best for Skin conditions: inflamed and dry skin.
  • Notable Compounds: Vitamins A, C, and E.

Peach kernel oil is similar to Apricot kernel oil. It is nourishing, regenerative, and moisturizing. Excellent as a massage oil, particularly for facial massages.

Fatty Acid Com
position (source)

  • Palmitic 6.5%
  • Palmitoleic .1%
  • Stearic 2.3%
  • Oleic 64.1%
  • Linoleic 25.2%
  • Linolenic .4%

Perilla Seed Oil 

  • Scientific Name: Perilla ocymoides
  • Comedogenic rating: 1 – 2
  • Shelf Life: 2 years
  • Scent: could not find info
  • Color / Consistency: Pale yellow to golden yellow liquid.
  • Absorption: readily absorbed by the skin.
  • Best for Skin Types: mature, acne-prone, oily, dry.
  • Best for Skin conditions: acne, itching skin. 
  • Notable Compounds: omega 3 fatty acids, rich in polyphenols (particularly rosmarinic acid) and triterpenoids (particularly ursolic acid).

Perilla seed oil is a “dry” oil that sinks well into the skin. The cleansing and anti-bacterial properties of Perilla seed oil make it excellent for treating acne. Perilla oil is anti-inflammatory and helps reduce swelling and itching.

This oil contains a compound that acts as a natural precursor for ceramides, which play a role in maintaining the skin barrier and preventing water loss. 

Fatty Acid Composition (source)

  • Palmitic acid  5 – 7%
  • Stearic acid 1 – 3%
  • Oleic acid 12 – 22%
  • Linoleic acid 13 – 20%
  • Gamma-linolenic acid 0 – 1%
  • Alpha-linolenic acid 54 – 64%
  • Arachidic acid 0 – 1%

[Read: Best Natural Oils for Acne]

Plum Kernel Oil

  • Scientific Name: Prunus Domestica
  • Comedogenic rating: 1 – 2
  • Shelf Life: 1 year
  • Scent: Mild Aroma Similar to Bitter Almond
  • Color / Consistency: Golden Yellow, Clear Liquid Oil / Light – Moderate Viscosity
  • Absorption: absorbs well without leaving a greasy residue
  • Best for Skin Types: all skin types
  • Best for Skin conditions: fine lines and wrinkles, dry skin, baby skin, irritated skin.
  • Notable Compounds: rich in Vitamins A and E, polyphenols.

Plum kernel oil is very rich but penetrates the skin well without leaving a greasy residue. It is high in essential fatty acids and antioxidants that nourish and protect the skin. Plum kernel oil helps prevent skin aging and keeps the skin looking youthful and radiant.

Fatty Acid Composition: (source)

  • C16:0 Palmitic Acid: 4.0-9.0%
  • C16:1 Palmitoleic Acid (Omega-7): <2.0%
  • C18:0 Stearic Acid: 0.7-2.6%
  • C18:1 Oleic Acid (Omega-9): 60.0-80.0%
  • C18:2 Linoleic Acid (Omega-6): 15.0-25.0%

Pomegranate Seed Oil

  • Scientific Name: Punica granatum
  • Comedogenic rating: 1
  • Shelf Life: 1 year
  • Scent: strong, natural scent
  • Color / Consistency: clear to yellow/orange with a consistency typical of carrier oils
  • Absorption: absorbed by skin at an average speed and leaves slightly oily feel on the skin.
  • Best for Skin Types: all skin types
  • Best for Skin conditions: chapping, roughness, itching, aging.
  • Notable Compounds: omega 5 Punicic Acid

Pomegranate seed oil is one of the only plant sources of Punicic acid, a conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) with anti-inflammatory properties.

Pomegranate seed oil is both exotic and rich, it is loaded with antioxidants and fatty acids that protect and repair the skin. It is a great anti-aging oil that restores skin pH. 

Fatty Acid Composition (source)

  • Stearic     1.7%
  • Palmitic    2.47%
  • Oleic acid (Omega 9)   4.63%
  • Linoleic acid (Omega 6)   9.78%
  • Linolenic acid (Omega 3)  < 1.0%
  • Punicic acid (Omega 5)  66.7-80.0%

[Read: 8 Remarkable Pomegranate Seed Oil Skin Benefits]

Poppy Seed Oil

  • Scientific Name: Papaver Somniferum
  • Comedogenic rating: 0 – 1
  • Shelf Life: 1 year
  • Scent: little odor
  • Color / Consistency: light yellow oil with a consistency typical of carrier oils. 
  • Absorption: average absorption, leaves a silky feeling on the skin.
  • Best for Skin Types: all skin types
  • Best for Skin conditions: dandruff, eczema, dull skin.  
  • Notable Compounds: Linoleic (Omega-6), Oleic (Omega-9) and Palmitic acids, rich in tocopherols and B vitamins, minerals including potassium, copper, calcium, iron, and zinc.

Poppy seed oil improves the skin penetration of other oils, it sinks in deeply and creates a protective barrier. Antioxidants reduce free radicals damage and fatty acids smooth and nourish the skin. Improves skin elasticity and revitalizes tired and dull-looking skin without clogging pores.

Fatty Acid Composition (source)

  • linoleic acid 65.52% – 74.97%
  • oleic acid 13.26% – 21.43%
  • palmitic acid 8.65% – 10.06%

Prickly Pear Seed Oil – (also known as Barbary fig oil)

  • Scientific Name: Opuntia ficus indica
  • Comedogenic rating: 1 – 2
  • Shelf Life: 2 years
  • Scent: slight nutty scent
  • Color / Consistency: Pale yellow to yellow with greenish hue / slightly viscous consistency
  • Absorption: light oil that is completely absorbed by the skin with no oily residue
  • Best for Skin Types: all skin types
  • Best for Skin conditions: aging, acne.
  • Notable Compounds: Vitamin E (150% more than argan oil), Carotenoids, Flavenoids, Vitamin C.

Prickly pear oil is an exceptional anti-aging oil, containing many anti-aging compounds including Vitamins E and C, as well as carotenoids and flavonoids.

Prickly pear seed oil absorbs into the skin without leaving an oily film, restoring hydration and elasticity, and slowing the signs of aging. This oil tightens the skin and shrinks the look of pores. Skin is left feeling soft and velvety. 

Fatty Acid Composition (source)

  • C18:2 Linoleic: 55.0-65.0%
  • C18:1 Oleic: 20.0-30.0%
  • C16:0 Palmitic: 10.0-14.0%
  • C18:0 Stearic: 2.5-5.5%
  • C16:1 Palmitoleic: Maximum 1.0%
  • C18:3 Linolenic: Maximum 1.0%

[Read: 9 Remarkable Prickly Pear Seed Oil Skin Benefits]

Pumpkin Seed Oil 

  • Scientific Name: Cucurbita Pepo
  • Comedogenic rating: 2
  • Shelf Life: 1 – 2 years
  • Scent: typical of carrier oils
  • Color / Consistency: Clear, light yellow liquid / consistency is typical of carrier oils.
  • Absorption: readily absorbed by the skin
  • Best for Skin Types: all skin types
  • Best for Skin conditions: oily skin, aging skin.
  • Notable Compounds: Rich in zinc, selenium, vitamin E, vitamin A, omega 3 and omega 6 essential fatty acids.

Pumpkin seed oil helps heal the skin due to its zinc and selenium content. Pumpkin seed oil contains vitamin A which activates cell turnover and exfoliation.

This oil is very conditioning and helps keep moisture in the skin while maintaining collagen levels. 

Fatty Acid Composition: (source)

  • C16:0 Palmitic Acid: 10.0-16.0%
  • C18:0 Stearic Acid: 3.0-7.0%
  • C18:1 Oleic Acid: 18.0-38.0%
  • C18:2 Linoleic Acid (Omega-6 EFA): 40.0-62.0%
  • C18:3 Alpha-Linoleic Acid (Omega-3 EFA): Trace-3.0%

[Read: The Year Round Benefits of Pumpkin]

Red Raspberry Seed Oil 

  • Scientific Name: Rubus Idaeus
  • Comedogenic rating: 0 – 1
  • Shelf Life: 6 months to 1 year
  • Scent: Characteristic Sweet, Mild, Nutty, Berry-Like Aroma
  • Color / Consistency: Deeper, slightly rosy yellow color, with a hint of green / Medium viscosity
  • Absorption: Absorbs into the skin at an average speed, leaving a slightly oily feeling on the skin.
  • Best for Skin Types: all skin types
  • Best for Skin conditions: rash, eczema, skin lesions, acne.
  • Notable Compounds: Rich in Ellagic Acid and Tocopherols

Raspberry seed oil is an excellent free radical scavenger and antioxidant. It is a superior anti-inflammatory and may have the potential to act as a broad-spectrum sunscreen.

According to the Oomah study, raspberry seed oil has a protection factor equal to titanium dioxide and a potential SPF between 28 – 50 for UVB and 6.5 – 7.5 for UVA.

Fatty Acid Composition  (source)

  • Stearic      0.9%
  • Palmitic     2.0%
  • Oleic acid (Omega 9)    11.7%
  • Linoleic acid (Omega 6)    52.1%
  • Linolenic acid (Omega 3)   22.2%

[Read: 7 fantastic Raspberry Seed Oil Benefits]

Rice Bran Oil 

  • Scientific Name: Oryza sativa
  • Comedogenic rating: 2
  • Shelf Life: 1 year
  • Scent: very little scent
  • Color / Consistency: light amber color
  • Absorption: Absorbs into skin at average speed, slightly oily feeling left on the skin.
  • Best for Skin Types: dry, flaky, sensitive, mature, and delicate (baby) skin
  • Best for Skin conditions: skin rashes, sunburn, psoriasis, dermatitis, rosacea, and eczema.
  • Notable Compounds: oryzanol, rich in phytic/ferulic acids

Rice bran oil is rich in a substance known as oryzanol, an antioxidant more powerful than Vitamin E, and found only in this oil. This oil is conditioning for dry skin and softens roughness without leaving a greasy feel. Rice bran oil helps heal and repair skin damage. Rice bran oil is a vegan alternative to lanolin.

Fatty acid Composition (source)

  • C14:0 Myristic acid0.6%
  • C16:0 Palmitic acid21.5%
  • C18:0 Stearic acid2.9%
  • C18:1 Oleic acid38.4%
  • C18:2 Linoleic acid34.4%
  • C18:3 α-Linolenic acid  2.2%

Rosehip Seed Oil 

  • Scientific Name: Rosa Canina, Rosa Rubiginosa, Rosa Eglanteria, Rosa Moschata
  • Comedogenic rating: 1
  • Shelf Life: 6 months to 1 year
  • Scent: Sweet, Pleasant, Floral Aroma
  • Color / Consistency: Light amber to reddish liquid with a consistency typical of carrier oils
  • Absorption: quickly absorbed by the skin and does not leave an oily feeling
  • Best for Skin Types: all skin types, but may be too rich for acne or young skin.
  • Best for Skin conditions: hyperpigmentation, scars, stretch marks, age spots.
  • Notable Compounds: High in beta-carotene

Rosehip seed oil is considered a “dry” oil that soaks into the skin easily. This oil is known for improving the appearance of scars and wrinkles, and evening the skin tone. It helps to heal and regenerate skin cells and boost cellular growth.

This oil is extremely rich and may aggravate acne at high concentrations. 

Fatty Acid Composition (source)

  • Stearic 2.15%
  • Oleic- 13.9%
  • Palmitic- 3.5%
  • Linoleic- 44.1%
  • Linolenic- 33.9%

[Read: Skin and Hair Benefits of Rosehip Seed Oil]

Sacha Inchi Seed Oil 

  • Scientific Name: Plukenetia Volubilis
  • Comedogenic rating: 0 – 1
  • Shelf Life: 12 – 18 months
  • Scent: Mild, Distinct, Nutty Aroma
  • Color / Consistency: Clear, light yellow liquid with a consistency typical of carrier oils
  • Absorption: light and absorbs quickly into the skin without leaving an oily residue.
  • Best for Skin Types: all skin types
  • Best for Skin conditions: acne, oily skin, chronically dry skin, inflamed or irritated skin.
  • Notable Compounds: omega 3 fatty acids

Sacha Inchi seed oil is considered one of the most concentrated sources of plant-based omega 3 fatty acids. It offers a rich source of antioxidants, as well as Vitamin A and E. It is highly moisturizing and penetrates the skin easily.

Fatty Acid Composition: (source

  • C16:0 Palmitic Acid: 3.0-5.5%
  • C18:0 Stearic Acid: 2.0-4.0%
  • C18:1 Oleic Acid (Omega-9): 8.0-11.0%
  • C18:2 Linoleic Acid (Omega-6): 32.0-37.0%
  • C18:3 Linolenic Acid (Omega-3): 44.0-51.0%

[Read: How Sacha Inchi can Benefit Aging and Acne-Prone Skin]

Safflower Seed Oil – (high linoleic only)

  • Scientific Name: Carthamus tinctorius
  • Comedogenic rating: 0 (high linoleic variety only)
  • Shelf Life: 2 years
  • Scent: typical of carrier oils
  • Color / Consistency: pale yellow to yellow liquid with a consistency typical of carrier oils.
  • Absorption: easily absorbed
  • Best for Skin Types: all skin types
  • Best for Skin conditions: acne, oily and conjested skin. 
  • Notable Compounds: very high omega 6 linoleic acid content

Safflower oil is highly moisturizing and contains a very high percentage of linoleic acid. It makes an excellent oil for massage and for carrying essential oils. Safflower oil helps break up congestion in the skin and is useful for the Oil Cleansing Method.

Fatty Acid Composition (source)

  • Oleic- 8-30%
  • Palmitic- 4-10%
  • Linoleic- 68-85%
  • Linolenic- less than 0.5%
  • Stearic- 1-5%

Sea Buckthorn Berry and Seed Oil 

  • Scientific Name: Hippophae rhamnoides
  • Comedogenic rating: 1
  • Shelf Life: 1 – 2 years
  • Scent: strong musky smell that is characteristic of Sea Buckthorn
  • Color / Consistency: translucent yellow-orange to red hue with medium viscosity
  • Absorption: rapid absorption
  • Best for Skin Types: all skin types
  • Best for Skin conditions: itchy and severely dry skin, wrinkles.
  • Notable Compounds: Vitamin C, rich in vitamins B1, B2, K and P

Seabuckthorn seeds are a natural source of Vitamins A, E, carotenes, lycopene, and flavonoids. Sea buckthorn seeds are second only to Rosehips and Acerola in Vitamin C content.

Sea Buckthorn oil improves skin metabolism and slows skin aging.

Fatty Acid Composition (source)

  • Lycopene- less than 1%
  • Linoleic- less than 6%
  • Oleic- less than 28%
  • Palmitic- less than 31%
  • Palmitoleic- less than 29%
  • Stearic- less than 1%

[Read: Benefits of Sea Buckthorn for the Skin]

Shea Nut Oil 

  • Scientific Name: Butyrospermum parkii
  • Comedogenic rating: 0 – 2
  • Shelf Life: 1 year
  • Scent: mild earthy, nutty scent characteristic of shea butter
  • Color / Consistency: Creamy White/Yellow Hue / Medium – Thick Viscosity
  • Absorption: Medium Absorption
  • Best for Skin Types: all skin types
  • Best for Skin conditions: dry, damaged skin, stretch marks, oily skin.
  • Notable Compounds: fatty acids, antioxidants.

Shea nut oil is a versatile oil that can be used in many ways. It has similar properties to shea butter in formulations but you won’t have to worry about graininess. 

Shea oil lacks the stearic acid that makes shea butter thick at room temperature. Naturally anti-inflammatory and nourishing, this oil will soothe dry, damaged skin. Even though it has a high oleic acid content, this oil is often tolerated by oily skin types.

Fatty Acid Composition (source)

  • Oleic- 73.15%
  • Palmitic- 4.0%
  • Linoleic- 13.7%
  • Alpha-Linolenic- 0.33%
  • Stearic- 8.5%

Squalene and Squalane

  • Scientific Name: squalene
  • Comedogenic rating: 0 – 1
  • Shelf Life: 2 years
  • Scent: Slight Oily Aroma
  • Color / Consistency: Light Yellow Color with a light consistency
  • Absorption: Rapid Transdermal Absorption
  • Best for Skin Types: all skin types
  • Best for Skin conditions: oily and acne-prone
  • Notable Compounds: squalene

Squalane oil is naturally produced by our skin but some people are deficient in it. Squalene oil absorbs exceptionally well without leaving an oily residue. It forms a protective barrier on the skin, keeping pollutants out.

Squalane oil has natural anti-bacterial properties and helps boost cellular regeneration. Squalene is a precursor to the production of important lipids in the skin and is a key component in the maintenance of youthful skin.

Strawberry Seed Oil 

  • Scientific Name: Fragaria Ananassa
  • Comedogenic rating: 1
  • Shelf Life: 6 months – 1 year
  • Scent: Mild, Sweet, Nutty Aroma
  • Color / Consistency: Dark Green, Transparent Hue with Medium Viscosity
  • Absorption: rapid absorption
  • Best for Skin Types: all skin types
  • Best for Skin conditions: oily skin, acne, aging skin, reactive skin.
  • Notable Compounds: tocopherols, antioxidants, and polyphenols

Strawberry seed oil protects the skin while helping it maintain its elasticity. It is a gentle and nourishing oil that won’t clog pores. Strawberry seed oil soothes and hydrated problem and damaged skin.

Fatty Acid Composition: (source)

  • C12:0 Lauric Acid: 0.055 – 0.065%
  • C14:0 Myristic Acid: 0.08 – 0.15%
  • C15:0 Pentadecanoic Acid: 0.01 – 0.03%
  • C16:0 Palmitic Acid: 4.0 – 6.0%
  • C16:1 Palmitoleic Acid (n-7): 0.015 – 0.03%
  • C17:0 Heptadecanoic Acid: 0.01 – 0.03%
  • C18:0 Stearic Acid: 1.0 – 2.5%
  • C18:1 Cis-11-vaccenic Acid (n-7): 0.50 – 0.70%
  • C18:1 Oleic Acid (n-9): 16.0 – 19.0%
  • C18:2 Linoleic Acid (n-6): 45.0 – 48.0%
  • C18:3 Alpha Linolenic Acid (n-3): 28.0 – 31.0%
  • C20:0 Arachidic Acid: 0.2 – 0.5%

Sunflower Seed Oil (high-linoleic version only)

  • Scientific Name: Helianthus annuus
  • Comedogenic rating: 0 – 2
  • Shelf Life: 1 year
  • Scent: typical of carrier oils
  • Color / Consistency: pale yellow to yellow liquid with a consistency typical of carrier oils.
  • Absorption: readily absorbed by the skin
  • Best for Skin Types: all skin types
  • Best for Skin conditions: dry and damaged skin, dermatitis, eczema, and psoriasis
  • Notable Compounds: high amounts of Vitamins A, B, D, and E.

Sunflower seed oil is a great oil for all skin types. It helps to moisturize soothe and nourish the skin. Fights the signs of aging with its high vitamin content and helps keep your skin balanced.

Fatty acid Composition (source)

  • Palmitic acid (saturated): 5%
  • Stearic acid (saturated): 6%
  • Oleic acid (monounsaturated omega-9): 30%
  • Linoleic acid (polyunsaturated omega-6): 59%

Tamanu Oil (also known as Foraha, Kamanu, Domba, Alexandrian Laurel)

  • Scientific Name: Calophyllum inophyllum
  • Comedogenic rating: 2
  • Shelf Life: 1 – 2 years
  • Scent: rich, nutty, and slightly “green” scent.
  • Color / Consistency: Yellow to dark Green. This oil is a clear liquid at room temperature and may solidify in temperatures below 20 °C.
  • Absorption: penetrates the skin at an average speed, leaving a slightly oily residue.
  • Best for Skin Types: all skin types
  • Best for Skin conditions: scars, acne, psoriasis, cold sores, eczema, rosacea.
  • Notable Compounds: calophyllolide (a substance known to possess anti-inflammatory properties) and delta-tocotrienol (a form of vitamin E)

Tamanu oil helps prevent dehydration of the skin, it can help soften rough skin as well as repair and regenerate cells and damaged skin. Tamanu oil is a natural analgesic, meaning it helps relieve pain. 

Fatty acids in Tamanu oil nourish the skin and help it maintain elasticity and firmness, it has powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.

Fatty Acid Composition (source)

  • Oleic- 41.4%
  • Palmitic- 14.5%
  • Linoleic- 29.7%
  • Linolenic- 0.2%
  • Stearic- 12.9%

[Learn: How Tamanu Oil Benefits the Skin Like to Other Oil]

Tomato Seed Oil 

  • Scientific Name: Solanum Lycopersicum
  • Comedogenic rating: 0 – 2
  • Shelf Life: 1 year – 1.5 years
  • Scent: Earthy scent
  • Color / Consistency: Translucent orange hue with a light viscosity
  • Absorption: Absorbs quickly into the skin
  • Best for Skin Types: all skin types
  • Best for Skin conditions: skin aging, scars, eczema, psoriasis, sun damage, age spots, stretch marks, cellulite
  • Notable Compounds: carotenoid antioxidants like lycopene, lutein, zeaxanthin, phytosterols, flavonoids, copper

Tomato seed oil is loaded with antioxidants in the form of carotenoids, phytosterols, and flavonoids that help protect and repair the skin from free radical damage. 

Tomato seed oil is nice and light absorbs into the skin without clogging pores or leaving an oily residue. Tomato seed oil is great for keeping the skin looking and feeling young, it can brighten the skin, giving it a lovely glow.

Fatty Acid Composition (source

  • C16:0 Palmitoleic Acid: 11.62%
  • C18:0 Stearic Acid: 5.4%
  • C18:1 Oleic Acid: 23.53%
  • C18:2 Linoleic Acid (Omega-6 EFA): 56.26%
  • C18:3 Linolenic Acid (Omega-3 EFA): 1.97%
  • C20:0 Arachidic Acid: 0.32%

Walnut Oil

  • Scientific Name: Juglans regia
  • Comedogenic rating: 1 – 2
  • Shelf Life: 6 months – 1 year
  • Scent: Very little scent
  • Color / Consistency: Pale yellow to yellow liquid with a consistency typical of carrier oils.
  • Absorption: Absorbs into skin at average speed, slightly oily feeling left on the skin.
  • Best for Skin Types: dry, aged, irritated skin.
  • Best for Skin conditions: wrinkles, fungal infections, eye wrinkles.
  • Notable Compounds: fatty acids

Walnut oil is exceptionally emollient and will help the skin retain moisture. Regenerative and anti-aging properties keep the skin firm and bright. 

Walnut oil is great for eye wrinkles and antioxidants protect the skin from free radical damage. This oil is good at relieving fungal infections such as ringworm, athletes foot, and candidiasis.

Fatty acid Composition (source)

  • Linoleic (range 46.9-68.6%)
  • Oleic (10.0-25.1%)
  • Linolenic (6.9-17.6%)
  • Palmitic (3.9-11.4%)
  • Stearic (1.1-5.2%)

Watermelon Seed Oil (also known as Ootanga Oil and Kalahari Oil)

  • Scientific Name: Citrullus vulgaris   
  • Comedogenic rating: 0 – 1
  • Shelf Life: 2 years
  • Scent: bland, slight scent
  • Color / Consistency: pale yellow, light oil, having a consistency thinner than olive oil.
  • Absorption: quick absorption.
  • Best for Skin Types: All skin types.
  • Best for Skin conditions: acne, oily skin, signs of aging, puffy eyes and dark circles. Baby skin.
  • Notable Compounds: balanced oleic and linoliec ratio, antioxidants. 

Watermelon seed oil has a light texture with a stable shelf life. It offers excellent moisturization properties that help soothe dry, itchy, or damaged skin.

This oil is slightly drying as well, making it excellent for use on oily skin. Watermelon seed oil is an excellent substitute for mineral oil.

Fatty Acid Composition (source)

  • C16:0 Palmitic Acid 8-13%
  • C16:1 Palmitoleic Acid (Omega-7) 1% Max
  • C18:0 Stearic Acid 1.5-5.5%
  • C18:1 Oleic Acid 21-32%
  • C18:2 Linoleic Acid (Omega-6) 55-65%
  • C18:3 alpha-Linolenic Acid (Omega-3) 1% Max

Oils to Avoid – Comedogenic Oils

 Avoid these oils (they are rated as a 3 or higher).

  • Cocoa Butter
  • Coconut Butter
  • Coconut Oil
  • Flax Seed Oil
  • Linseed Oil
  • Palm Oil
  • Wheat Germ Oil
  • Camelina Oil (false flax) 
  • Carrot seed oil (infused)
  • Chia seed oil  
  • Cotton seed oil
  • cupauacu butter
  • Date seed oil
  • Mink oil
  • Pequi oil
  • Red Palm Oil
  • Soybean oil
  • pracaxi oil
  • cupuaca oil
  • Marula oil
  • Pequi oil
  • Pracaxi
  • Moringa
  • Sesame seed oil

Conclusion

The absolute best oils for people who get acne are those that are high i
n linoleic acid, and low on the comedogenic scale.

Finding a facial oil that is a blend of non-comedogenic oils, or simply using a single oil on your face is going to help keep your skin from breaking out.

[See: How to Treat Acne with Oil Ebook

Do not use any blends that contain the oils on the avoid list.

I hope that this list helps you in your oil purchases, let us know in the comments below if you have any questions, we always answer.  

190 COMMENTS

    • I don’t know anything about palm oil for the skin. I do know that palm oil is an industry that is wreaking havoc in the countries it is grown because they are cutting down massive amounts of forest to grow it. It is an oil I try not to use or buy. I avoid products containing it if I can. You would be better off using hemp oil, argan oil, shea butter, or sunflower seed oil 🙂
      I looked it up and palm oil has a rating of 4, so it is not good for acne – it will clog your pores.

    • This article was so helpful explains why my skin is always clogged
      I know I can’t put coconut oil on my skin but is it alright to use on my hair etc.

    • I don’t know anything about palm oil for the skin. I do know that palm oil is an industry that is wreaking havoc in the countries it is grown because they are cutting down massive amounts of forest to grow it. It is an oil I try not to use or buy. I avoid products containing it if I can. You would be better off using hemp oil, argan oil, shea butter, or sunflower seed oil 🙂
      I looked it up and palm oil has a rating of 4, so it is not good for acne – it will clog your pores.

    • This article was so helpful explains why my skin is always clogged
      I know I can’t put coconut oil on my skin but is it alright to use on my hair etc.

  1. Thank you for so much great info! My skin has gone off the deep end since I got pregnant and all of my traditional acne washes and creams were making it even worse. I read up on the oil cleansing method and started using olive oil because it’s what I had at home. Within a week my skin looked 100% better and felt better too. Now I want to invest in some better and even more effective oils to get the most of my routine and this article has helped so much!

  2. Thank you for so much great info! My skin has gone off the deep end since I got pregnant and all of my traditional acne washes and creams were making it even worse. I read up on the oil cleansing method and started using olive oil because it’s what I had at home. Within a week my skin looked 100% better and felt better too. Now I want to invest in some better and even more effective oils to get the most of my routine and this article has helped so much!

  3. Hi Andrea!
    The sweet almond oil is not listed on the list. What is the rating for sweet almond oil?
    Which oils are suitable for combination skin type?

    • Hi Emily and thanks for your comment 🙂 I don’t know how I forgot to put almond oil on the list! Almond oil has a rating of 2, which is moderately low.
      As for oils for combo skin, you would want an oil that doesn’t clog pores, but is moisturizing enough for dry spots. I would recommend Argan or Jojoba oil 🙂

      • This is a case by case basis regular argan (not lighf) caused blackhead city….coconut did not clog my pores,at least forehead, I avoid t zone with oil. Olive great for whole eye area but clogs face. Some of the others, I haven’t tried. People please test your self first. Jajoba is the best non comogenic, Josie Maran light did not clog pores??

  4. Hi Andrea!
    The sweet almond oil is not listed on the list. What is the rating for sweet almond oil?
    Which oils are suitable for combination skin type?

    • Hi Emily and thanks for your comment 🙂 I don’t know how I forgot to put almond oil on the list! Almond oil has a rating of 2, which is moderately low.
      As for oils for combo skin, you would want an oil that doesn’t clog pores, but is moisturizing enough for dry spots. I would recommend Argan or Jojoba oil 🙂

      • This is a case by case basis regular argan (not lighf) caused blackhead city….coconut did not clog my pores,at least forehead, I avoid t zone with oil. Olive great for whole eye area but clogs face. Some of the others, I haven’t tried. People please test your self first. Jajoba is the best non comogenic, Josie Maran light did not clog pores??

  5. Nice article but you seem to give a bit of wrong information. ANY oil has the potential to clog your skin, even those on the 0 list. Shea butter CAN clog your pores, as can argan oil, hemp, sunflower, etc., if left in a thick layer or if not wiped off.

    • Thanks for letting us know 🙂 Do you have more information that you can share? I have wondered why some oils are considered comedogenic and why some are not. I have wanted to learn more about how oils get tested and classified as being pore-clogging or not.
      Everyone’s skin is different and everyone reacts differently, I have read that coconut oil doesn’t clog everyone’s pores, even though it is high on the comedogenic scale. I agree that putting a thick layer of any oil on your skin could be pore-clogging.

  6. Nice article but you seem to give a bit of wrong information. ANY oil has the potential to clog your skin, even those on the 0 list. Shea butter CAN clog your pores, as can argan oil, hemp, sunflower, etc., if left in a thick layer or if not wiped off.

    • Thanks for letting us know 🙂 Do you have more information that you can share? I have wondered why some oils are considered comedogenic and why some are not. I have wanted to learn more about how oils get tested and classified as being pore-clogging or not.
      Everyone’s skin is different and everyone reacts differently, I have read that coconut oil doesn’t clog everyone’s pores, even though it is high on the comedogenic scale. I agree that putting a thick layer of any oil on your skin could be pore-clogging.

  7. Hi Andrea, thanks for this info!
    I have acne prone skin and I break out using grapeseed oil. I’ve heard and read a lot about its acne fighting properties but seems like not working for me. I’m using it for 2 weeks now. Do you think purging is true? I am thinking if I should continue or stop using it.

    • I too have not seen results on my acne with oils alone. I saw an improvement in my acne when I cleaned up my diet, but it never totally went away. The best thing I found for treating my acne has been benzoyl peroxide (which I know is not natural, and I wish that I could find a natural way, but I just got tired of having acne for 20+ years). You can read about my journey with acne here. Some people have had success with using oils to clear up their acne, so it is always worth a shot to try it out. The purging thing could be true, but I just don’t see how your skin could hold on to so many toxins that it would need to purge for weeks. I guess maybe your face takes awhile to get used to a new routine, so you could give it another week or two, but if you don’t see results after that, I say move on to something different 😀 Let me know if you have any other questions!

  8. Hi Andrea, thanks for this info!
    I have acne prone skin and I break out using grapeseed oil. I’ve heard and read a lot about its acne fighting properties but seems like not working for me. I’m using it for 2 weeks now. Do you think purging is true? I am thinking if I should continue or stop using it.

    • I too have not seen results on my acne with oils alone. I saw an improvement in my acne when I cleaned up my diet, but it never totally went away. The best thing I found for treating my acne has been benzoyl peroxide (which I know is not natural, and I wish that I could find a natural way, but I just got tired of having acne for 20+ years). You can read about my journey with acne here. Some people have had success with using oils to clear up their acne, so it is always worth a shot to try it out. The purging thing could be true, but I just don’t see how your skin could hold on to so many toxins that it would need to purge for weeks. I guess maybe your face takes awhile to get used to a new routine, so you could give it another week or two, but if you don’t see results after that, I say move on to something different 😀 Let me know if you have any other questions!

  9. Hi Andrea! Thanks for this list.
    I have read everywhere that olive oil is great for acne, so i was surprised to see it on the rating 2 list.
    My question is, Is a concoction of argan, grapeseed, jojoba, lavender, rosemary, vitamin e, juniper, and lime oil, all mixed together in one bottle and definately an organic substance, okay to use on my face? Are any of these oils going to break me out?
    Thank you 🙂
    I want to start using the non toxic lifestyle, must be great.

    • Thanks for your question Faaria. All of those oils will be good for your skin and shouldn’t break you out, they are all high in linoleic acid, which is good for breakout prone skin. Lavender and rosemary will kill acne bacteria and Vitamin E will heal the skin.
      Be aware though, that lime oil will cause your skin to become very sensitive to the sun (it is phototoxic) and will cause you to sunburn. Only use lime oil at night. Also, make sure to pre-mix your concoction and then only use a few drops on your face. You don’t want your face to feel oily from the oil, you only need to use a little bit. Too much oil will clog your pores.

      • On Beautipedia they always decry lavender essential oil as being a terrible skin irritant and aggravating acne-prone skin. I see this ingredient so much in “natural” acne skin care. Sure it smells good, but I’d take clear skin over smelling good any day.
        It really makes me angry. Companies are selling skincare that is suppose to help, while loading up their products with ingredients that harm. We are the most educated consumers in history, and we should expect more from these greedy and lazy corporations.

        • Hi Ems. I have heard this before, that essential oils such as lavender are actually harmful to the skin. There seems to be conflicting information out there. I am not sure who is right about it, and it may be that different people’s skin react differently to various compounds. Maybe we as a society overuse essential oils, I can definitely see that. They are super strong, powerful, volatile oils and should be used with care. Even though lavender is said to be gentle enough to use without a carrier, I never put full strength essential oils on my skin.

          • I would say that the essential oils are glutting the marketplace. I tried several brands before I found the purest oil. You need to use an essential oil that has a high purity and efficacy. So many out there have junk in them even if they say therapeutic grade. I personally spent a lot of money on crap and even had to throw away a diffuser because the supposed therapeutic grade product was not pure and gunked up my diffuser. If they did that to my diffuser because they weren’t pure, just imagine what they would do to your face. I don’t know if you allow brand name s on here but I recommend and will ONLY EVER use Young Living Essential Oils. They have changed my life. My facial skin has never been healthier since I started using jojoba oil with frankincense, lavender, and geranium essential oils from Young Living.

          • Hi Victoria, thanks for your comments. You are correct about there being a lot of essential oils out there that are not high quality. They are sometimes synthetic versions of real scents, or they are mixed with other oils. I have heard wonderful things about Young Living oils, but I find them to be too pricey and I am not a fan of Multi-Level Marketing companies. I recommend and use Rocky Mountain Oils. You can learn more about why I consider them to be the best essential oil brand here.

  10. Hi Andrea! Thanks for this list.
    I have read everywhere that olive oil is great for acne, so i was surprised to see it on the rating 2 list.
    My question is, Is a concoction of argan, grapeseed, jojoba, lavender, rosemary, vitamin e, juniper, and lime oil, all mixed together in one bottle and definately an organic substance, okay to use on my face? Are any of these oils going to break me out?
    Thank you 🙂
    I want to start using the non toxic lifestyle, must be great.

    • Thanks for your question Faaria. All of those oils will be good for your skin and shouldn’t break you out, they are all high in linoleic acid, which is good for breakout prone skin. Lavender and rosemary will kill acne bacteria and Vitamin E will heal the skin.
      Be aware though, that lime oil will cause your skin to become very sensitive to the sun (it is phototoxic) and will cause you to sunburn. Only use lime oil at night. Also, make sure to pre-mix your concoction and then only use a few drops on your face. You don’t want your face to feel oily from the oil, you only need to use a little bit. Too much oil will clog your pores.

      • On Beautipedia they always decry lavender essential oil as being a terrible skin irritant and aggravating acne-prone skin. I see this ingredient so much in “natural” acne skin care. Sure it smells good, but I’d take clear skin over smelling good any day.
        It really makes me angry. Companies are selling skincare that is suppose to help, while loading up their products with ingredients that harm. We are the most educated consumers in history, and we should expect more from these greedy and lazy corporations.

        • Hi Ems. I have heard this before, that essential oils such as lavender are actually harmful to the skin. There seems to be conflicting information out there. I am not sure who is right about it, and it may be that different people’s skin react differently to various compounds. Maybe we as a society overuse essential oils, I can definitely see that. They are super strong, powerful, volatile oils and should be used with care. Even though lavender is said to be gentle enough to use without a carrier, I never put full strength essential oils on my skin.

          • I would say that the essential oils are glutting the marketplace. I tried several brands before I found the purest oil. You need to use an essential oil that has a high purity and efficacy. So many out there have junk in them even if they say therapeutic grade. I personally spent a lot of money on crap and even had to throw away a diffuser because the supposed therapeutic grade product was not pure and gunked up my diffuser. If they did that to my diffuser because they weren’t pure, just imagine what they would do to your face. I don’t know if you allow brand name s on here but I recommend and will ONLY EVER use Young Living Essential Oils. They have changed my life. My facial skin has never been healthier since I started using jojoba oil with frankincense, lavender, and geranium essential oils from Young Living.

          • Hi Victoria, thanks for your comments. You are correct about there being a lot of essential oils out there that are not high quality. They are sometimes synthetic versions of real scents, or they are mixed with other oils. I have heard wonderful things about Young Living oils, but I find them to be too pricey and I am not a fan of Multi-Level Marketing companies. I recommend and use Rocky Mountain Oils. You can learn more about why I consider them to be the best essential oil brand here.

  11. Hi I have extremely dry and sensitive combination skin – I am allergic to preservatives which are often added to moisturisers/ cleansers. I was worried that oils high in LINOLEIC ACID as you have listed here might dry out my skin, as they are better suited for acne-prone skin. Would you have a suggestion as to which oil is likely to be best for dry sensitive skin?
    Cheers

    • Thanks for your question Imogen 🙂 You are right that dry skin needs something more robust than a high linoleic acid oil. Dry skin needs an oil that is higher in oleic acid. Oleic acid is much more hydrating. The only problem is that oleic acid can also irritate sensitive skin problems such as rosacea and seborrheic dermatitis.
      Dry and sensitive skin needs an oil or an oil blend that is higher in linoleic acid but still has oleic acid for extra hydration. Have you tried rosehip seed oil? Rosehip oil contains 13% oleic acid, 43% linoleic acid and 36% alpha linolenic acid. It is really good for all skin types including dry and sensitive skin types. I really like Pai’s rosehip oil. It is a mixture of the fruit and the seed oil and it is really high quality.
      Kukui nut oil is really balanced in its oleic/linloeic acid amounts, and still has a slightly higher amount of linoleic acid. Kukui nut oil has 25% oleic and 39% linoleic. It also contains 25% Alpha-Linolenic acid (an omega 3). This one is cold-pressed and comes in a glass bottle.

  12. Hi I have extremely dry and sensitive combination skin – I am allergic to preservatives which are often added to moisturisers/ cleansers. I was worried that oils high in LINOLEIC ACID as you have listed here might dry out my skin, as they are better suited for acne-prone skin. Would you have a suggestion as to which oil is likely to be best for dry sensitive skin?
    Cheers

    • Thanks for your question Imogen 🙂 You are right that dry skin needs something more robust than a high linoleic acid oil. Dry skin needs an oil that is higher in oleic acid. Oleic acid is much more hydrating. The only problem is that oleic acid can also irritate sensitive skin problems such as rosacea and seborrheic dermatitis.
      Dry and sensitive skin needs an oil or an oil blend that is higher in linoleic acid but still has oleic acid for extra hydration. Have you tried rosehip seed oil? Rosehip oil contains 13% oleic acid, 43% linoleic acid and 36% alpha linolenic acid. It is really good for all skin types including dry and sensitive skin types. I really like Pai’s rosehip oil. It is a mixture of the fruit and the seed oil and it is really high quality.
      Kukui nut oil is really balanced in its oleic/linloeic acid amounts, and still has a slightly higher amount of linoleic acid. Kukui nut oil has 25% oleic and 39% linoleic. It also contains 25% Alpha-Linolenic acid (an omega 3). This one is cold-pressed and comes in a glass bottle.

  13. Is goats milk,honey,willlow bark,sweet birch oil,thyme,oregano,lemon grass,black pepper oil,carrot seed oil, nano zinc and sulfur non clogging ?

    • I can’t answer whether all of those ingredients are comedogenic or not. I have researched them and I can’t find any information on whether they clog pores. I do know that many of those ingredients are used to treat acne naturally.
      -Goats milk makes a wonderful soap base.
      -Honey draws moisture to the skin and is used as a facial mask.
      -Willow bark is a natural source of salicylic acid and helps break up comedones.
      -Sweet birch oil kills bacteria.
      -thyme, oregano, lemon grass and black pepper oil are also anti-bacterial.
      -carrot seed oil helps regenerate skin cells
      -nano zinc can be pore clogging but it offers good sun protection, i is also anti-inflammatory.
      -sulfur reduces skin oiliness and helps shed off dead skin cells, so it is a useful ingredient for acne.
      Hope that helps 🙂

  14. Is goats milk,honey,willlow bark,sweet birch oil,thyme,oregano,lemon grass,black pepper oil,carrot seed oil, nano zinc and sulfur non clogging ?

    • I can’t answer whether all of those ingredients are comedogenic or not. I have researched them and I can’t find any information on whether they clog pores. I do know that many of those ingredients are used to treat acne naturally.
      -Goats milk makes a wonderful soap base.
      -Honey draws moisture to the skin and is used as a facial mask.
      -Willow bark is a natural source of salicylic acid and helps break up comedones.
      -Sweet birch oil kills bacteria.
      -thyme, oregano, lemon grass and black pepper oil are also anti-bacterial.
      -carrot seed oil helps regenerate skin cells
      -nano zinc can be pore clogging but it offers good sun protection, i is also anti-inflammatory.
      -sulfur reduces skin oiliness and helps shed off dead skin cells, so it is a useful ingredient for acne.
      Hope that helps 🙂

  15. Hello,
    I enjoyed the article but have a comment and a question. I noticed you did not add safflower oil which is rated as a 0 on the comedgenic scale. This brings me to my next question…both safflower and sunflower oil contains high levels of vitamin E. Vitamin E is actually rated a 2 on the comedogenic scale. Can you help explain why and how sun/safflower oil can be rated 0, when it contains vitamin E?
    Thanks!

    • That is a good question Selina. I am not sure why pure vitamin E has a comedogenic rating of 2, while oils high in vitamin E could have a lower comedogenic rating. It must be due to the composition of pure vitamin E oil versus the composition of the seed oils. Vitamin E oil has been extracted from other oils (usually soy) and is a mixture of tocopherols (different vitamin E’s). Safflower and sunflower oils contain essential fatty acids, which I assume are not present in pure vitamin E oil.
      Pure vitamin E oil is highly concentrated in a particular Vitamin compound, it can contain 18-20 % vitamin E. I have tried to find the percentage of Vitamin E in sunflower oil, but I can’t seem to find that information.

      • ‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️
        PLEASE READ THIS IF YOU HAVE ACNE: Homeopathic Medicine is the single most important thing I have done for my skin after having acne for 5 years. This medicine has been around for about 200 years and it works with the body, not against it. It’s safe to use and as natural as you can get. I’ve had my treatment since April 2016 and have seen a HUGE improvement on my skin. I encourage you to find a homeopathic doctor and try it out for yourself. It will save you years of frustration and disappointment. ❤️ I say this with love and compassion. It’s important to get to the root of the problem. My hormones and genetics were the biggest factors of why I was getting acne. Quick tips for acne: no dairy, no gluten, low sugar diet, no harsh face soaps or creams of any kind ( it could make your skin chronically dry). I hope this helped and I would like to stress again that homeopathy has changed my life and it can change yours too! ✨?

  16. Hello,
    I enjoyed the article but have a comment and a question. I noticed you did not add safflower oil which is rated as a 0 on the comedgenic scale. This brings me to my next question…both safflower and sunflower oil contains high levels of vitamin E. Vitamin E is actually rated a 2 on the comedogenic scale. Can you help explain why and how sun/safflower oil can be rated 0, when it contains vitamin E?
    Thanks!

    • That is a good question Selina. I am not sure why pure vitamin E has a comedogenic rating of 2, while oils high in vitamin E could have a lower comedogenic rating. It must be due to the composition of pure vitamin E oil versus the composition of the seed oils. Vitamin E oil has been extracted from other oils (usually soy) and is a mixture of tocopherols (different vitamin E’s). Safflower and sunflower oils contain essential fatty acids, which I assume are not present in pure vitamin E oil.
      Pure vitamin E oil is highly concentrated in a particular Vitamin compound, it can contain 18-20 % vitamin E. I have tried to find the percentage of Vitamin E in sunflower oil, but I can’t seem to find that information.

      • ‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️
        PLEASE READ THIS IF YOU HAVE ACNE: Homeopathic Medicine is the single most important thing I have done for my skin after having acne for 5 years. This medicine has been around for about 200 years and it works with the body, not against it. It’s safe to use and as natural as you can get. I’ve had my treatment since April 2016 and have seen a HUGE improvement on my skin. I encourage you to find a homeopathic doctor and try it out for yourself. It will save you years of frustration and disappointment. ❤️ I say this with love and compassion. It’s important to get to the root of the problem. My hormones and genetics were the biggest factors of why I was getting acne. Quick tips for acne: no dairy, no gluten, low sugar diet, no harsh face soaps or creams of any kind ( it could make your skin chronically dry). I hope this helped and I would like to stress again that homeopathy has changed my life and it can change yours too! ✨?

  17. Hi Andrea. Thanks for the list of non comedogenic oils. I use the Hemp seed oil and occasionally Castor Oil and Grapeseed. I’m 54yrs old and I still struggle with breakouts. (Since my teens). I use the oil to remove my makeup. I have scarring and discoloration. Any suggestions to help with softening the scars and fading away the dark spots?? Your input is of great value to me. Thank you.

        • I would recommend a Vitamin C or Niacinamide serum, which you would use after cleansing and before moisturizing. I am currently using My Skin’s Friend Vitamin C serum, You can read my review here. I am not sure about using the 2 products together, the Vitamin C alone would probably do well enough, it helps with texture and discoloration 🙂

  18. Hi Andrea. Thanks for the list of non comedogenic oils. I use the Hemp seed oil and occasionally Castor Oil and Grapeseed. I’m 54yrs old and I still struggle with breakouts. (Since my teens). I use the oil to remove my makeup. I have scarring and discoloration. Any suggestions to help with softening the scars and fading away the dark spots?? Your input is of great value to me. Thank you.

        • I would recommend a Vitamin C or Niacinamide serum, which you would use after cleansing and before moisturizing. I am currently using My Skin’s Friend Vitamin C serum, You can read my review here. I am not sure about using the 2 products together, the Vitamin C alone would probably do well enough, it helps with texture and discoloration 🙂

  19. Please include Rice Bran Oil on your list. It is high in Linoleic Acid. I use RBO as the base for my sugar scrubs. It is a beautiful skin oil.

    • Thank you for the information, I have heard about Rice Bran Oil, I would love to do an Article on this one. Be sure to check back with us, We will likely feature this oil 🙂 Glad it is working well for you.

  20. Please include Rice Bran Oil on your list. It is high in Linoleic Acid. I use RBO as the base for my sugar scrubs. It is a beautiful skin oil.

    • Thank you for the information, I have heard about Rice Bran Oil, I would love to do an Article on this one. Be sure to check back with us, We will likely feature this oil 🙂 Glad it is working well for you.

  21. You have coconut oil as comedogenic, but you have not clarified that it is only certain grades of coconut oil, for example: oil from the drupe of the coconut is not comedogenic, only from the kernels and meat

  22. You have coconut oil as comedogenic, but you have not clarified that it is only certain grades of coconut oil, for example: oil from the drupe of the coconut is not comedogenic, only from the kernels and meat

  23. Hi, I just purchased hemp oil by nutiva from your recommended list but I’m seeing other places that it is in fact hemp SEED oil that should be used on acne prone skin? Can you please help me clarify thank tou

    • Hello Sumra, thanks for the question. The Nutiva Hemp oil is pressed from the seeds, so it is the correct one 🙂 I am pretty sure that all hemp oil is from the seeds.

  24. Hi, I just purchased hemp oil by nutiva from your recommended list but I’m seeing other places that it is in fact hemp SEED oil that should be used on acne prone skin? Can you please help me clarify thank tou

    • Hello Sumra, thanks for the question. The Nutiva Hemp oil is pressed from the seeds, so it is the correct one 🙂 I am pretty sure that all hemp oil is from the seeds.

    • Hi Amina,
      What advice where you looking for in particular? What I can tell you is that Garnier unfortunately is a brand we don’t recommend, as they use ingredients from the “No. No” list. In fact some of Garnier’s bb creams have a very high hazard rating. This link will give you more information. http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/search.php?query=garnier+bb+cream&h=Search
      There are no ingredients to identify this product good for the skin. I would recommend checking out some of the bb creams and foundations we have reviewed and love here on the website. Just go to our Makeup category of go to the search bar! Hope that helps.
      Maria.

    • Hi Amina,
      What advice where you looking for in particular? What I can tell you is that Garnier unfortunately is a brand we don’t recommend, as they use ingredients from the “No. No” list. In fact some of Garnier’s bb creams have a very high hazard rating. This link will give you more information. http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/search.php?query=garnier+bb+cream&h=Search
      There are no ingredients to identify this product good for the skin. I would recommend checking out some of the bb creams and foundations we have reviewed and love here on the website. Just go to our Makeup category of go to the search bar! Hope that helps.
      Maria.

  25. You have not included Safflower oil (high linoleic acid variety) in you’re list, but I’ve read that it is completely non comedogenic and very beneficial to acne sufferers. Wondering if anyone has tried it. I’m going to try making my own powder mineral face makeup and the recipe calls for a drop of beneficial oil so I’m on the look out for something that won’t aggravate my skin… Have had zero luck when trying to incorporate oils into my skin care. Almond, avocado, argan, rosehip, tamanu, seabuckthorne, jojoba, etc. (whew!) all made my skin worse ; (

    • Hi Ems, You are right, we have not included Safflower oil in our list. I think it is quite similar to Sunflower seed oil. If it is non-comedogenic and high in linoleic acid, then it is worth trying for sure! Let us know how you mineral makeup works out 🙂

  26. You have not included Safflower oil (high linoleic acid variety) in you’re list, but I’ve read that it is completely non comedogenic and very beneficial to acne sufferers. Wondering if anyone has tried it. I’m going to try making my own powder mineral face makeup and the recipe calls for a drop of beneficial oil so I’m on the look out for something that won’t aggravate my skin… Have had zero luck when trying to incorporate oils into my skin care. Almond, avocado, argan, rosehip, tamanu, seabuckthorne, jojoba, etc. (whew!) all made my skin worse ; (

    • Hi Ems, You are right, we have not included Safflower oil in our list. I think it is quite similar to Sunflower seed oil. If it is non-comedogenic and high in linoleic acid, then it is worth trying for sure! Let us know how you mineral makeup works out 🙂

  27. Hi, what would you suggest to use on dry, rough skin? My skin is very very sensitive and reacts to every moisturizer I try. I am keen to try out using oil, as I have never used it before. Thanks so much

    • Hi Emms, thanks for your question. There are so many great oils out there, it is hard for me to recommend just one ( but for that sake of simplicity, I will do just that). I would give Pomegranate seed oil a try. You can learn more about it here.

  28. Hi, what would you suggest to use on dry, rough skin? My skin is very very sensitive and reacts to every moisturizer I try. I am keen to try out using oil, as I have never used it before. Thanks so much

    • Hi Emms, thanks for your question. There are so many great oils out there, it is hard for me to recommend just one ( but for that sake of simplicity, I will do just that). I would give Pomegranate seed oil a try. You can learn more about it here.

  29. Hi Andrea,
    I have read that mixing coconut oil with a low comedogenic oil does not clog your pores and you still get all the benefits from coconut oil. I just purchased Desert Essence organic jojoba and coconut oil mix. I intend on using it everyday to remove ,my makeup. Do you think this will cause breakouts for my combo skin.
    Also are you supposed to use a cleanser after using the oil? If so, can you suggest a good organic cleanser?

  30. Hi Andrea,
    I have read that mixing coconut oil with a low comedogenic oil does not clog your pores and you still get all the benefits from coconut oil. I just purchased Desert Essence organic jojoba and coconut oil mix. I intend on using it everyday to remove ,my makeup. Do you think this will cause breakouts for my combo skin.
    Also are you supposed to use a cleanser after using the oil? If so, can you suggest a good organic cleanser?

  31. Hello 🙂 i have very sensitive acne prone skin. im very fair skin. i have tried tea tree oil (breaks me out) and sweet almond oil (love the smell and the way it feels on my skin) but either sweet almond oil does nothing or breaks me out. Im scared on trying the other oils. Im a big google fan i research everything and dermatologists reviews on hemp oil and sunflower oil sound satisfying but i am still scared. i also tried vitamins they didnt work. at this very moment i am breaking out SO bad all over my face and they wont seem to go away! i am in desperate need of advice. im so self conscious

    • I know how you feel Bethy, I too deal with acne, and I know how much it sucks. The frustrating thing about acne (and skin in general), is that everyone is so different. We all have unique skin and react differently to different products.
      I tried tea tree oil as well, and ended up overusing it and developing a chemical burn from it. Nothing natural that I have tried has worked (I have tried masks, apple cider vinegar, oil cleansing, and others). I finally gave up on all natural and started using benzoyl peroxide 3 years ago (I still use natural oils and other cosmetics as well). So far BP is the only thing that has kept my skin clear. If you have sensitive skin, this may not be an option for you, as it can be irritating.
      I understand your fear in trying new oils. I totally get not wanting to make your skin worse, or have another product not work. You can read about my journey with acne here and learn about what worked for me. There are also lots of tips in the comments on what worked for other people.

  32. Hello 🙂 i have very sensitive acne prone skin. im very fair skin. i have tried tea tree oil (breaks me out) and sweet almond oil (love the smell and the way it feels on my skin) but either sweet almond oil does nothing or breaks me out. Im scared on trying the other oils. Im a big google fan i research everything and dermatologists reviews on hemp oil and sunflower oil sound satisfying but i am still scared. i also tried vitamins they didnt work. at this very moment i am breaking out SO bad all over my face and they wont seem to go away! i am in desperate need of advice. im so self conscious

    • I know how you feel Bethy, I too deal with acne, and I know how much it sucks. The frustrating thing about acne (and skin in general), is that everyone is so different. We all have unique skin and react differently to different products.
      I tried tea tree oil as well, and ended up overusing it and developing a chemical burn from it. Nothing natural that I have tried has worked (I have tried masks, apple cider vinegar, oil cleansing, and others). I finally gave up on all natural and started using benzoyl peroxide 3 years ago (I still use natural oils and other cosmetics as well). So far BP is the only thing that has kept my skin clear. If you have sensitive skin, this may not be an option for you, as it can be irritating.
      I understand your fear in trying new oils. I totally get not wanting to make your skin worse, or have another product not work. You can read about my journey with acne here and learn about what worked for me. There are also lots of tips in the comments on what worked for other people.

    • Hi Sophie, For dry and sensitive skin, I recommend pumpkin seed oil or prickly pear oil. If you have dry or dehydrated skin, I would suggest using your facial oil over a hydrating toner or mixing your facial oil with your moisturizer. The facial oil should not replace your water-based moisturizer. I recently wrote about the benefits of water in skin care, you can read it here.
      Dehydrated skin lacks water (hydration). Dry skin lacks oil (moisture). Dehydrated skin tends to look dull and feel tight, for this type of skin, it is important to use hydrating products. Apply a hydrating serum before your oil. The serum will provide hydration and the oil will lock it in. With dry skin, a lack of moisture (lipids or oils), results in flaky or rough skin. For dry skin, using an oil is a good way to replenish moisture. Any oil can work, but oils higher in oleic acid are best for dry skin. You can learn more about the differences in oils and their fatty acid composition here.
      I hope that helps, let me know if you have any other questions 🙂

    • Hi Sophie, For dry and sensitive skin, I recommend pumpkin seed oil or prickly pear oil. If you have dry or dehydrated skin, I would suggest using your facial oil over a hydrating toner or mixing your facial oil with your moisturizer. The facial oil should not replace your water-based moisturizer. I recently wrote about the benefits of water in skin care, you can read it here.
      Dehydrated skin lacks water (hydration). Dry skin lacks oil (moisture). Dehydrated skin tends to look dull and feel tight, for this type of skin, it is important to use hydrating products. Apply a hydrating serum before your oil. The serum will provide hydration and the oil will lock it in. With dry skin, a lack of moisture (lipids or oils), results in flaky or rough skin. For dry skin, using an oil is a good way to replenish moisture. Any oil can work, but oils higher in oleic acid are best for dry skin. You can learn more about the differences in oils and their fatty acid composition here.
      I hope that helps, let me know if you have any other questions 🙂

  33. Awesome,thanks. I’ve been looking for something like this,I’ve been using natural oils and didn’t understand why I’m getting pimples.
    As soon as I switched to castor and argon they went away.

    • Wahoo! Great to hear Lele.
      Yes, its amazing the difference it can make when you learn what oils are clogging the pores. We are glad you enjoyed the article and are so happy it helped with your skin concerns 🙂
      Maria

  34. Awesome,thanks. I’ve been looking for something like this,I’ve been using natural oils and didn’t understand why I’m getting pimples.
    As soon as I switched to castor and argon they went away.

    • Wahoo! Great to hear Lele.
      Yes, its amazing the difference it can make when you learn what oils are clogging the pores. We are glad you enjoyed the article and are so happy it helped with your skin concerns 🙂
      Maria

  35. For some reason, Black Cummin Seed oil irritated my skin and made my acne worse. I suspect because of its fragrant quality, and acne-prone/sensitive skin should stay away from fragrant products. I really like jojoba oil and rosehip oil though, and think they’ve been the best for acneic skin 🙂

    • Black cumin seed oil can be a bit too strong for some people. It is recommended to use it 50/50 in a blend with another oil. I am glad that Jojoba and Rosehip are working for you, interesting that rosehip doesn’t make your acne worse, I have read that it can aggravate acne. Maybe it is because you are mixing it with Jojoba.

  36. For some reason, Black Cummin Seed oil irritated my skin and made my acne worse. I suspect because of its fragrant quality, and acne-prone/sensitive skin should stay away from fragrant products. I really like jojoba oil and rosehip oil though, and think they’ve been the best for acneic skin 🙂

    • Black cumin seed oil can be a bit too strong for some people. It is recommended to use it 50/50 in a blend with another oil. I am glad that Jojoba and Rosehip are working for you, interesting that rosehip doesn’t make your acne worse, I have read that it can aggravate acne. Maybe it is because you are mixing it with Jojoba.

  37. Hi Andrea,
    I would like to start using black cumin seed oil but wondered how best to incorporate it. Would it be best to cleanse, then apply the oil as a moisturiser, or apply a moisturiser as well? I have combination skin that has recently got a bit dry I think because I’ve overused tea tree oil! I don’t have a lot of acne but have lots of blackheads that often turn into spots on my chin and I’ve been trying to combat that. The black cumin seed oil sounds ideal for all my problems so I want to give it a try! Thank you 🙂

    • Hi Hannah, it is not easy to find information on how to use this oil topically! I have read that you can use it straight, but I have also read that you should dilute it, some people say you can dilute it 50/50 with another oil, and some recommendations state that it should not be used at more than 10% in a formulation. You can try adding a few drops of black cumin seed oil to your facial moisturizer, or make a mask with honey and black cumin seed oil. I would recommend doing a patch test with the full strength oil and seeing if it causes irritation. Avoid the eye area with this oil! Here are some ways to use black seed oil topically:

    • Mix 1 drop of black seed oil in 1 teaspoon of yogurt and apply it on your face as a mask
    • Place one teaspoon of black seed oil in 1 cup of coconut oil and use this as a massage oil
    • mix 1 teaspoon of black seed oil with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of honey and use as a mask
      • Thanks Andrea I will give it a try. In general with facial oils, do you use them to replace moisturiser or in addition to? I think I would rather use fewer products than more, but don’t want to leave out moisturiser if that will be a problem. Thanks

        • Hi Hannah, I used to think that facial oils could replace moisturizers, but have since learned that moisturizers play an important role in hydrating our skin. Read this article to learn more. I used facial oils in place of moisturizers for years and I thought my face felt good and hydrated, but a skin care expert told me that my skin was probably dehydrated because I was not using a moisturizer. I am now using a moisturizer that contains black cumin seed oil (Moss Potenci). You can read about my journey with acne to learn more about my skin care routine. To answer your question, I think you should use a moisturizer first, then put on the oil after, to help lock in hydration.

  38. Hi Andrea,
    I would like to start using black cumin seed oil but wondered how best to incorporate it. Would it be best to cleanse, then apply the oil as a moisturiser, or apply a moisturiser as well? I have combination skin that has recently got a bit dry I think because I’ve overused tea tree oil! I don’t have a lot of acne but have lots of blackheads that often turn into spots on my chin and I’ve been trying to combat that. The black cumin seed oil sounds ideal for all my problems so I want to give it a try! Thank you 🙂

    • Hi Hannah, it is not easy to find information on how to use this oil topically! I have read that you can use it straight, but I have also read that you should dilute it, some people say you can dilute it 50/50 with another oil, and some recommendations state that it should not be used at more than 10% in a formulation. You can try adding a few drops of black cumin seed oil to your facial moisturizer, or make a mask with honey and black cumin seed oil. I would recommend doing a patch test with the full strength oil and seeing if it causes irritation. Avoid the eye area with this oil! Here are some ways to use black seed oil topically:

    • Mix 1 drop of black seed oil in 1 teaspoon of yogurt and apply it on your face as a mask
    • Place one teaspoon of black seed oil in 1 cup of coconut oil and use this as a massage oil
    • mix 1 teaspoon of black seed oil with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of honey and use as a mask
      • Thanks Andrea I will give it a try. In general with facial oils, do you use them to replace moisturiser or in addition to? I think I would rather use fewer products than more, but don’t want to leave out moisturiser if that will be a problem. Thanks

        • Hi Hannah, I used to think that facial oils could replace moisturizers, but have since learned that moisturizers play an important role in hydrating our skin. Read this article to learn more. I used facial oils in place of moisturizers for years and I thought my face felt good and hydrated, but a skin care expert told me that my skin was probably dehydrated because I was not using a moisturizer. I am now using a moisturizer that contains black cumin seed oil (Moss Potenci). You can read about my journey with acne to learn more about my skin care routine. To answer your question, I think you should use a moisturizer first, then put on the oil after, to help lock in hydration.

  39. Hi Andrea,
    I really find this website useful. However I have a question.
    I have a scar/ discolouration that is around 1 or 2 years old from laser hair removal ( so basically burnt skin), what would be the best oil to use to get rid of this discolouration? ie) the skin is a dark patch much darker than the rest of my skin. I was going to choose between rosehip oil and black cumin seed oil. What do you think?
    Thank you

    • Hi Laila, I know that rosehip seed oil works really well at repairing scars and discoloration, so that would be the oil I would recommend. You can also try using some brightening essential oils, such as lemon or carrot seed. Lemon essential oil should only be used at night, as it makes your skin sensitive to the sun. Mix some lemon essential oil with your rosehip seed oil for a night time facial oil treatment. Carrot seed essential oil is great at lightening dark spots. You can use this oil day and night. Make sure to use your treatment every day for at least 4 weeks to see improvement.

  40. Hi Andrea,
    I really find this website useful. However I have a question.
    I have a scar/ discolouration that is around 1 or 2 years old from laser hair removal ( so basically burnt skin), what would be the best oil to use to get rid of this discolouration? ie) the skin is a dark patch much darker than the rest of my skin. I was going to choose between rosehip oil and black cumin seed oil. What do you think?
    Thank you

    • Hi Laila, I know that rosehip seed oil works really well at repairing scars and discoloration, so that would be the oil I would recommend. You can also try using some brightening essential oils, such as lemon or carrot seed. Lemon essential oil should only be used at night, as it makes your skin sensitive to the sun. Mix some lemon essential oil with your rosehip seed oil for a night time facial oil treatment. Carrot seed essential oil is great at lightening dark spots. You can use this oil day and night. Make sure to use your treatment every day for at least 4 weeks to see improvement.

  41. I know it sounds crazy, but grass fed tallow (purified beef fat) is also a great choice for acne prone skin, with a 15 minute follow up dab with a paper towel. Because it is made up primarily of triglycerides and is 55% saturated fat (just like our skin’s sebum), it can absorb better than arguably any other ingredient on the market. Just putting it out there….our great grandma’s seemed to have smooth, glowing skin even in their late years, and for good reason. They used to use tallow for all over moisture control. Less in the summer, more in the winter. It really works!

  42. I know it sounds crazy, but grass fed tallow (purified beef fat) is also a great choice for acne prone skin, with a 15 minute follow up dab with a paper towel. Because it is made up primarily of triglycerides and is 55% saturated fat (just like our skin’s sebum), it can absorb better than arguably any other ingredient on the market. Just putting it out there….our great grandma’s seemed to have smooth, glowing skin even in their late years, and for good reason. They used to use tallow for all over moisture control. Less in the summer, more in the winter. It really works!

  43. Great information really enjoyed reading. My question I have atopic eczema, just on my face I have recently started taking my makeup off with high quality extra virgin olive oil and castor oil an I am very impressed. I rub the oils in to my face they melt all makeup including waterproof mascara then with a hot flannel I wipe everything off till it’s all gone and moisturise with aveeno. I hope this routine won’t clog my pores?….can I mix jojoba oil with it to dilute I don’t want to irritate my face but don’t want clogged pores as I’m very prone to spots still at 43 Thankyou ☺️

    • Hi Angie, I love using oils to remove my makeup, they work so well. I have been using argan oil because it is what I have on hand. Jojoba oil would be a great oil to use. The olive oil might clog your pores, but it is hard to say how your individual skin will react, you may have no problems with it. I recently reviewed an oil cleanser that is made with safflower oil, I really liked using it. You will have to wait and see how your skin reacts before you will know if the routine you are using is right for you.

  44. Great information really enjoyed reading. My question I have atopic eczema, just on my face I have recently started taking my makeup off with high quality extra virgin olive oil and castor oil an I am very impressed. I rub the oils in to my face they melt all makeup including waterproof mascara then with a hot flannel I wipe everything off till it’s all gone and moisturise with aveeno. I hope this routine won’t clog my pores?….can I mix jojoba oil with it to dilute I don’t want to irritate my face but don’t want clogged pores as I’m very prone to spots still at 43 Thankyou ☺️

    • Hi Angie, I love using oils to remove my makeup, they work so well. I have been using argan oil because it is what I have on hand. Jojoba oil would be a great oil to use. The olive oil might clog your pores, but it is hard to say how your individual skin will react, you may have no problems with it. I recently reviewed an oil cleanser that is made with safflower oil, I really liked using it. You will have to wait and see how your skin reacts before you will know if the routine you are using is right for you.

  45. Hi!
    Awesome article!
    I have very sensitive, very dry, but acne prone skin. Which oil would you recommend for me?
    Thanks!

    • Hi Andrea 🙂 I would recommend trying raspberry seed oil. It is great for irritated skin. Because your skin is dry, I would not recommend using just an oil. An oil will help with moisturization and protect your skin, but it does not bring water into your skin, for that you need a moisturizer that contains water. You can learn more about water in skin care here. I would recommend using a moisturizer on your skin first, and then add your oil on top to help lock moisture in.
      Let me know if you have any other questions!

  46. Hi!
    Awesome article!
    I have very sensitive, very dry, but acne prone skin. Which oil would you recommend for me?
    Thanks!

    • Hi Andrea 🙂 I would recommend trying raspberry seed oil. It is great for irritated skin. Because your skin is dry, I would not recommend using just an oil. An oil will help with moisturization and protect your skin, but it does not bring water into your skin, for that you need a moisturizer that contains water. You can learn more about water in skin care here. I would recommend using a moisturizer on your skin first, and then add your oil on top to help lock moisture in.
      Let me know if you have any other questions!

    • Hi Ercy, nothing is going to give you results in one week. You can use lemon essential oil to gradually lighten your skin, but it can only be used at night and will take longer than a week. Another skin lightening ingredient to look for is Kojic acid. There is a great serum available on Amazon that I recommend, it is called Hyko. Another top seller is by Joyal Beauty.

    • Hi Ercy, nothing is going to give you results in one week. You can use lemon essential oil to gradually lighten your skin, but it can only be used at night and will take longer than a week. Another skin lightening ingredient to look for is Kojic acid. There is a great serum available on Amazon that I recommend, it is called Hyko. Another top seller is by Joyal Beauty.

  47. Hi Andrea, just wondering what the comedogenic rating is for karanja oil? I can’t seem to find anything about it and I’d like to know as I found an spf30 sunscreen based completely on karanja oil.
    Also, I’ve been using kukui oil since you had rated it a 0.
    However, I just discovered on this site that they had rated it a 2, so I’m a little confused now as to which one is right.
    http://www.holistichealthherbalist.com/complete-list-of-comedogenic-oils/
    Although my inkling tells me it’s a 0 based on how light it feels and how easily it is absorbed with a non greasy feel.
    But pls do share your thoughts 🙂
    Thanks,
    Gina

    • Hi Gina, I have not been able to find out any information about the comedogenic rating of karanja oil. Karanja oil has a higher oleic acid content (51%) than linoleic acid (16%), meaning it might clog pores. However, Karanja oil is naturally anti-septic, making it a good oil for fighting breakouts. It would probably be best mixed with another oil that is higher in linoleic acid.
      I can’t remember now where I got the information that kukui oil has a comedogenic rating of 0. It is really tough to sift through all the information on the internet, you never know what is truth and what is just false information that is being passed around. So many bloggers do their research from other blogs, and it is hard to know if the information you are reading is accurate. Kukui oil has a fairly balanced oleic (25.4%) and linoleic (39.8%) ratio. It is one of the lightest feeling oils, so it works well on facial skin.
      I can’t find a lot of information about the comedogenicy of oils within medical journals. That would be my ideal source of information.

  48. Hi Andrea, just wondering what the comedogenic rating is for karanja oil? I can’t seem to find anything about it and I’d like to know as I found an spf30 sunscreen based completely on karanja oil.
    Also, I’ve been using kukui oil since you had rated it a 0.
    However, I just discovered on this site that they had rated it a 2, so I’m a little confused now as to which one is right.
    http://www.holistichealthherbalist.com/complete-list-of-comedogenic-oils/
    Although my inkling tells me it’s a 0 based on how light it feels and how easily it is absorbed with a non greasy feel.
    But pls do share your thoughts 🙂
    Thanks,
    Gina

    • Hi Gina, I have not been able to find out any information about the comedogenic rating of karanja oil. Karanja oil has a higher oleic acid content (51%) than linoleic acid (16%), meaning it might clog pores. However, Karanja oil is naturally anti-septic, making it a good oil for fighting breakouts. It would probably be best mixed with another oil that is higher in linoleic acid.
      I can’t remember now where I got the information that kukui oil has a comedogenic rating of 0. It is really tough to sift through all the information on the internet, you never know what is truth and what is just false information that is being passed around. So many bloggers do their research from other blogs, and it is hard to know if the information you are reading is accurate. Kukui oil has a fairly balanced oleic (25.4%) and linoleic (39.8%) ratio. It is one of the lightest feeling oils, so it works well on facial skin.
      I can’t find a lot of information about the comedogenicy of oils within medical journals. That would be my ideal source of information.

  49. Hi, Andrea! Thanks for sharing fundamental information on the association of vegetable oils and fatty acids with comedogenicity. However, as far as I know, there are two kinds of linoleic acids–alpha-linoleic acid and gamma-linoleic acid. And the former is the one in such vegetable oils as you list known as omega 3 fatty acids, whereas the latter primarily in evening primrose and borage seed oils as omega 6 fatty acids. Am I wrong…?

    • Hi Eunice, thanks for the great question. Linoleic acid (LA) is an omega 6 fatty acid. Gamma-linoleic acid (GLA) is also an omega 6 fatty acid. The body uses LA to make GLA. Alpha-linoleic acid (ALA) is an omega 3 fatty acid. Both LA and ALA are essential fatty acids, meaning the body cannot produce them on its own. In this article I am only listing the amount of LA contained in the oils. I am not referencing GLA or ALA.
      Hope that helps clarify!
      Let me know if you have any other questions,
      Andrea

  50. Hi, Andrea! Thanks for sharing fundamental information on the association of vegetable oils and fatty acids with comedogenicity. However, as far as I know, there are two kinds of linoleic acids–alpha-linoleic acid and gamma-linoleic acid. And the former is the one in such vegetable oils as you list known as omega 3 fatty acids, whereas the latter primarily in evening primrose and borage seed oils as omega 6 fatty acids. Am I wrong…?

    • Hi Eunice, thanks for the great question. Linoleic acid (LA) is an omega 6 fatty acid. Gamma-linoleic acid (GLA) is also an omega 6 fatty acid. The body uses LA to make GLA. Alpha-linoleic acid (ALA) is an omega 3 fatty acid. Both LA and ALA are essential fatty acids, meaning the body cannot produce them on its own. In this article I am only listing the amount of LA contained in the oils. I am not referencing GLA or ALA.
      Hope that helps clarify!
      Let me know if you have any other questions,
      Andrea

  51. Hi, Andrea! Thanks for your sharing information. I have dealt with clogged pore and acne for 10 years. And then I have used Retin a (aka Vitamin A) and BHA to keep my skin clear, but they make my skin quite sensitive, dry and flaky round mouth and jawline. They also dont work completely with blackhead and whitehead and dont fade my medium scars. I’ve used oils as OCM 3x/week for a month with castor and oilve oils but I added polysorbate 80 to make oils easy to clean. And yes, it does work, it doesnt leave oil residue and then doesnt break me out either.
    Your topic intrigues me a lot and I wonder if oils could help my skin as moisturizer. I live in a tropical country, most of time in year is humid, hot and sunny. My skin is basically oily in T-zone, a little bit dry in jawline (due to Retin a). Thus, I thought that applying oils in my face overnight might be likely to cause more clogged pores. And then you showed me another view of using oils.
    I’d like blended oils that dont break me out (I am so scrared about it) and help my scars. As many comments and researches, should I start with kukui nut oil and evening primrose with raspberry. What do you think?
    Thanks,
    Huong
    Ps: I am not a native English speaker, so I hope you can understand my idea totally. 🙂

    • Hi Thu,
      Kukui nut, evening primrose, and raspberry sounds like a great oil blend. It is hard to say if the oils will clog your pores, everyone’s skin is so different. You could start out using just one oil at a time and see how your face reacts. Another option is to try applying the oil to just your dry areas. When you apply your oils, make sure to only use a couple of drops, you don’t want to apply too much, or they are more likely to clog pores.
      Sometimes oils don’t moisturize the skin enough. They are great at helping skin that is lacking natural oils, but for skin that is lacking water, you need a moisturizer with hydrating ingredients. Read about water in cosmetics. I really like the Potenci moisturizer by Moss, it is what I am currently using, but it is expensive. It is totally acne safe and it hydrates the skin while reducing acne and scarring. I hope that helps! Let me know if you have any other questions 🙂

  52. Hi, Andrea! Thanks for your sharing information. I have dealt with clogged pore and acne for 10 years. And then I have used Retin a (aka Vitamin A) and BHA to keep my skin clear, but they make my skin quite sensitive, dry and flaky round mouth and jawline. They also dont work completely with blackhead and whitehead and dont fade my medium scars. I’ve used oils as OCM 3x/week for a month with castor and oilve oils but I added polysorbate 80 to make oils easy to clean. And yes, it does work, it doesnt leave oil residue and then doesnt break me out either.
    Your topic intrigues me a lot and I wonder if oils could help my skin as moisturizer. I live in a tropical country, most of time in year is humid, hot and sunny. My skin is basically oily in T-zone, a little bit dry in jawline (due to Retin a). Thus, I thought that applying oils in my face overnight might be likely to cause more clogged pores. And then you showed me another view of using oils.
    I’d like blended oils that dont break me out (I am so scrared about it) and help my scars. As many comments and researches, should I start with kukui nut oil and evening primrose with raspberry. What do you think?
    Thanks,
    Huong
    Ps: I am not a native English speaker, so I hope you can understand my idea totally. 🙂

    • Hi Thu,
      Kukui nut, evening primrose, and raspberry sounds like a great oil blend. It is hard to say if the oils will clog your pores, everyone’s skin is so different. You could start out using just one oil at a time and see how your face reacts. Another option is to try applying the oil to just your dry areas. When you apply your oils, make sure to only use a couple of drops, you don’t want to apply too much, or they are more likely to clog pores.
      Sometimes oils don’t moisturize the skin enough. They are great at helping skin that is lacking natural oils, but for skin that is lacking water, you need a moisturizer with hydrating ingredients. Read about water in cosmetics. I really like the Potenci moisturizer by Moss, it is what I am currently using, but it is expensive. It is totally acne safe and it hydrates the skin while reducing acne and scarring. I hope that helps! Let me know if you have any other questions 🙂

    • Hi Anupma, from what I have found on the internet, walnut oil is non-comedogenic. It is 29.8% oleic acid and 58.5% linoleic acid.

    • Hi Anupma, from what I have found on the internet, walnut oil is non-comedogenic. It is 29.8% oleic acid and 58.5% linoleic acid.

  53. I saw that Flax seed is an oil you shouldn’t use if you’re acne prone. What if you take it internally, can it still have a negative effect? Thank you!

    • I don’t think that it will have a negative effect at all! But if you wanted to get the omega 3’s (which I assume is why you are taking flax), you could also try using chia seed oil instead, which is also high in omega 3’s and isn’t on the list of avoids.

  54. I saw that Flax seed is an oil you shouldn’t use if you’re acne prone. What if you take it internally, can it still have a negative effect? Thank you!

    • I don’t think that it will have a negative effect at all! But if you wanted to get the omega 3’s (which I assume is why you are taking flax), you could also try using chia seed oil instead, which is also high in omega 3’s and isn’t on the list of avoids.

  55. “Topical application of oils high in linoleic acid can help sebum from becoming sticky and hard, which leads to clogged pores and pimples. ”
    I dont understand this statement 😕
    If oils high in linoleic acid can clog pores and can cause pimple, why do you recommend to use them to acne prone people

    • Hi Therese, looks like I might be unclear in my wording there! Let me clarify, oils high in linoliec acid help sebum (the stuff that our pores secrete) stay soft. A deficiency in linoleic acid will contribute to hard and sticky sebum. This hard and sticky sebum will stay stuck and clog pores. I hope that helps! I will go and change the wording in the post to help make this more clear for other readers.
      Thanks for your question, and let me know if you have any others.

  56. “Topical application of oils high in linoleic acid can help sebum from becoming sticky and hard, which leads to clogged pores and pimples. ”
    I dont understand this statement 😕
    If oils high in linoleic acid can clog pores and can cause pimple, why do you recommend to use them to acne prone people

    • Hi Therese, looks like I might be unclear in my wording there! Let me clarify, oils high in linoliec acid help sebum (the stuff that our pores secrete) stay soft. A deficiency in linoleic acid will contribute to hard and sticky sebum. This hard and sticky sebum will stay stuck and clog pores. I hope that helps! I will go and change the wording in the post to help make this more clear for other readers.
      Thanks for your question, and let me know if you have any others.

  57. Hello, could you recommend me an oil that is good for acne prone, clogged pores, discolouration, scar and oily skin. And also does apple cider vinegar help treat acne.I would appreciate your feedback.

    • Any of the oils in this article would be good for acne-prone skin and clogged pores, although I tend to favor black cumin seed for its ability to inhibit acne formation. As for scarring and discoloration, I would add some frankincense essential oil to your carrier oil. Frankincense is excellent for reducing scarring and hyperpigmentation. Another option, if you find frankincense to be too expensive, is bergamot essential oil.
      To make a proper dilution for use on your face, take 1 tsp carrier oil and add 1 drop of essential oil. Use this blend on your face.
      Hope that helps, let me know if you have any questions 🙂

  58. Hello, could you recommend me an oil that is good for acne prone, clogged pores, discolouration, scar and oily skin. And also does apple cider vinegar help treat acne.I would appreciate your feedback.

    • Any of the oils in this article would be good for acne-prone skin and clogged pores, although I tend to favor black cumin seed for its ability to inhibit acne formation. As for scarring and discoloration, I would add some frankincense essential oil to your carrier oil. Frankincense is excellent for reducing scarring and hyperpigmentation. Another option, if you find frankincense to be too expensive, is bergamot essential oil.
      To make a proper dilution for use on your face, take 1 tsp carrier oil and add 1 drop of essential oil. Use this blend on your face.
      Hope that helps, let me know if you have any questions 🙂

  59. Hi there!
    Thank you so much for compiling this list, it’s so helpful! I’ve recently planted some aloe plants because I’m hoping to make my own moisturizer. Based off some research I’ve done online it seems that the aloe would be much more effective if mixed with an oil to help it soak into the skin. The recipe I found called for sweet almond oil, but as I literally always have at least some acne on my face and I don’t want to add to that at all, I think using some of the less comedogenic oils with higher linoliec acid content would be wiser. Do you know if any of the oils on this list would be better suited than others to be mixed with aloe? Is there anything you would suggest I avoid, or any other tips on moisturizing with aloe and oils? Thank you so much!

    • Hi Adriana, thanks for your questions 🙂 I love mixing aloe with facial oils, it is such a great way to get both lipid and hydric moisture to the skin. Any of the non-comedogenic oils would work. If you read our Acne Skin Care page, you will find information about using facial oils on acne-prone skin. My favorite recipe for a DIY acne-safe moisturizer is:
      Equal parts Aloe vera juice + rose water + glycerin + rosemary hydrosol = absorbing fluid. Mix this absorbing fluid with an oil such as black cumin seed oil. (You could simplyfy this moisturizer by using only aloe vera as your abosrbing fluid).

  60. Hi there!
    Thank you so much for compiling this list, it’s so helpful! I’ve recently planted some aloe plants because I’m hoping to make my own moisturizer. Based off some research I’ve done online it seems that the aloe would be much more effective if mixed with an oil to help it soak into the skin. The recipe I found called for sweet almond oil, but as I literally always have at least some acne on my face and I don’t want to add to that at all, I think using some of the less comedogenic oils with higher linoliec acid content would be wiser. Do you know if any of the oils on this list would be better suited than others to be mixed with aloe? Is there anything you would suggest I avoid, or any other tips on moisturizing with aloe and oils? Thank you so much!

    • Hi Adriana, thanks for your questions 🙂 I love mixing aloe with facial oils, it is such a great way to get both lipid and hydric moisture to the skin. Any of the non-comedogenic oils would work. If you read our Acne Skin Care page, you will find information about using facial oils on acne-prone skin. My favorite recipe for a DIY acne-safe moisturizer is:
      Equal parts Aloe vera juice + rose water + glycerin + rosemary hydrosol = absorbing fluid. Mix this absorbing fluid with an oil such as black cumin seed oil. (You could simplyfy this moisturizer by using only aloe vera as your abosrbing fluid).

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