TBE’s Favourite Oils for Acne Prone Skin

Essential Oils Sabrina Zimmerman

Sabrina Zimmerman
The Brunette Ecoholic


Clean beauty & lifestyle blogger, wellness advocate, ingredient nerd & happy herbivore


Age: 47

Skin Type: Oily/acne prone

Hair Type: Coloured, wavy

Skin Concerns: Acne, aging

Values: I’m a vegetarian

Essential Oils Sabrina Zimmerman

Awhile ago, I wrote a post on my favorite skincare essential oils for acne (see here), and today I want to share a few of my favorite carrier oils for treating acne prone skin.

Before I dive in, I want to stress that what works for me and my skin may not work for you, so please bear that in mind. Always do a patch test to ensure you’re not allergic or sensitive, and give the product at least two weeks to see how your skin reacts.

The oils I selected are the ones that have not only helped keep breakouts and redness in check, but that have improved my skin overall. Some of these even provide some serious anti-aging benefits, so it’s a double win!

Rosehip Oil

I’ve heard mixed reviews on Rosehip oil – some people love it, some complain it broke them out or irritated their skin. For me, it has been a skin saver. Rosehip oil is high in Linoleic acid – an essential fatty acid that seems to be lacking in acne prone skin. It’s been found that skin that is deficient in Linoleic acid is higher in Oleic acid, which makes skin’s sebum thick and sticky which in turn clogs pores and causes breakouts. So, applying oils high in Linoleic acid, like Rosehip, should restore balance and help keep skin clear. Rosehip oil is also high in Vitamin A, which helps to improve skin tone, texture, and pigmentation, as well as Vitamin C to help stimulate collagen production. And the fatty acid content can help to regenerate skin that has been scarred. Since I have been using Rosehip oil in my skincare routine, I’ve noticed fewer breakouts, less irritation and my skin isn’t quite the grease factory it usually is.

Black Cumin Seed Oil

Another oil that is great for oily and acne prone skin is Black Cumin Seed oil, aka Nigella Sativa. High in vitamins A, B & C, as well as minerals such as Zinc, Calcium, Magnesium & EFAs, this oil helps to decongest and calm skin. Its potent antibacterial & antioxidant properties work to heal blemishes and repair damaged skin.

Chia Seed Oil

[…] As a food source, I’m a huge fan of these little seeds – I eat them every day, but let me tell you, as a skin oil they are a game changer! Besides being the richest botanical source of Omega-3 fatty acids found in nature, Chia Seed oil is high in skin protecting phytonutrients and antioxidants & has been proven to increase skin hydration, reduce trans-epidermal water loss and increase skin barrier function. The result (at least for me) is calmer, less red, less broken out, more dewy, plump and smooth skin!

Hemp Seed Oil

Dubbed “nature’s most perfectly balanced oil” because it contains all 21 known amino acids & its perfect 3:1 ratio of Omega 6 (Linoleic) to Omega 3 (Alpha-Linoleic) fatty acids, Hemp Seed oil is one of the best oils for keeping oily/acne-prone skin in check. Besides being a rich source of EFA’s, Hemp Seed oil provides a good supply of antioxidants, phytosterols, phospholipids, as well as minerals such as Calcium, Magnesium, Sulfur, & Zinc. Another benefit is its ability to prevent moisture loss in the skin and to alleviate itchiness and irritation! 

Other oils that are good choices for acne prone skin are:


Sacha Inchi –  High in Linoleic acid & antioxidants. 

Hazelnut – Hydrating & balancing. 

Evening Primrose – Calm & moisturizing for sensitive, irritated skin. High in GLA, which reduces inflammation in the skin. 

Grapeseed – High in Linoleic acid, light & fast absorbing. 

Jojoba – Mimics our natural sebum, balancing and calming.

Yangu Oil – Rich in EFA’s & antioxidants, light weight, yet very hydrating.{read my review on it here}

What are your favorite oils for treating acne prone skin? Have any of these worked or not worked for you?

Peace & love,

Brie xo

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