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.