Skin Care With Essential Oils

woman washing face There are a variety of issues people find with their skin. Some people may have dry skin, some may have oily skin, some may have acne, and some may have scars from acne. Skin can have a variety of many other issues from Cracked Heels to Wrinkles. In this article we will discuss basic ways to help treat common skin issues.

Many of us aspire to what is called “normal skin”. Normal skin is skin that is not too dry or not too oily. Children have this type of skin. Normal skin is also firm, with no visible pores, spots, or blemishes, soft to the touch, and not wrinkled. Essential oils may help with many of these skin blemishes to help you achieve normal skin. Skin blemishes may come from natural aging, excess food, or sun exposure, stress, or other causes. Many people choose to call normal skin “evenly balanced” as well. When treating skin many essential oils can help. It is important to stick with oils that are not sensitive to the skin such as tea tree, frankincense, or lavender.

Suggested Oils to Use

Cypress, Frankincense, Geranium, Grapefruit, Helichrysum, Lavender, Lemon, Myrrh, Peppermint, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang

Also recommended: Roman Chamomile

Suggested Ways to use

For some skin types it is important to rinse with water and your favorite soap after applying oils.

Normal Skin

Maintaining normal skin is done with oils such as lavender, lemon, frankincense, tea tree, and fennel. To use these oils get a bowl of water and put 2 – 4 drops of any recommended oil and wash your face with them. Also consider adding the oils to a lotion.

Acne-Prone Skin

For skin that commonly breaks out in acne, tea tree oil combined in a face wash has had great results for many. Other oils that may help are lemongrass, lavender, geranium, peppermint, rosemary, and sandalwood. For a more in-depth article on acne and essential oil uses click here.

Dry Skin

Dry skin is lacking hydration which means the skin needs water. Use oils with water when washing your face. After cleaning your face add oils to a lotion or cream. Peppermint essential oil is said to help encourage your skin to produce more oil to help reduce dry skin. Other oils that help prevent and treat dry skin are geranium, lavender, neroli, rose, rosemary, frankincense, myrrh, and sandalwood.

Also consider making a home made facial scrub for dry skin:

6 drops lavender oil
2 drops peppermint oil
1 tablespoon dried elder flowers, lavender, or chamomile (optional)
2 tablespoons oatmeal
1 tablespoon cornmeal

Grind dry ingredients in a blender or electric coffee grinder. (Drugstores sell colloidal oatmeal, which needs no grinding.) Add the essential oils, and stir to distribute. Store in a closed container. For clean skin, moisten 1 teaspoon with enough water to make a paste, dampen your face with a little water, then gently apply scrub. Rinse with warm water. Use this daily instead of soap for cleansing your face. (

Oily Skin

One way people have treated oily skin is to use lemon oil combined with a carrier oil. Use 2 – 5% of lemon oil in a mixture of a carrier oil such as coconut oil or almond oil. Let the oils stay on your face for a few minutes then wash them off. It is important to avoid sunlight for at least 24 hours when using any citrus oil to insure skin irritation does not occur. As an alternative to lemon, tea tree oil is also a great oil. Consider doing a skin test on your arm to insure you are not sensitive to these oils before use.


Effective and commonly used essential oils for wrinkles are rosewood, frankincense, Neroli, Clary Sage, Myrrh, and Patchouli. Rosewood oil is a natural skin care ingredient found in skin care products that can help improve skin elasticity and firmness, and reduce the appearance of both fine line and deep wrinkles. Rosewood essential oil also encourages the growth and regeneration of new skin cells. Frankincense essential oil is refereed to as cytophylactic, which means that it helps protect existing cells and encourage new cell growth. The anti aging properties of frankincense are best for reducing wrinkles and tightening loose sagging skin. Frankincense oil naturally reduces chapped and dry skin, and removes scars and stretch marks from the skin. A simple way to use frankincense oil for skin care is to dilute the oil down to 1% to 2% in a carrier oil (coconut, olive, almond oil, etc) or ointment before use.


Many people have had good experiences with frankincense oil applied to scars to help eliminate or diminish their appearance. Scaring can also be a result of acne, if so consider washing your face with frankincense and tea tree essential oils.

For severe skin issues consult a licensed professional.