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Essential Oils to Fight Oily Skin and Breakouts

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When dealing with oily skin, striking a balance between not too oily and not too dry is a very thin treading line. Excess sebum is definitely a no-no since it can clog the pores, trigger breakouts, make your skin appear greasy, and vanish makeup. On the other hand, skin oils help improve the thickness of the skin, delay wrinkles apparition, and are crucial to minimizing transepidermal water loss. So basically, we need sebum as much as we need moisture to maintain healthy skin. But how do you keep your oily skin under control? While you can use oil-controlling products infused with salicylic acid or some other sebum-fighters, you may as well resort to the benefits of essential oils to regulate the skin sebum. 

Now let’s discuss the best essential oils for oily skin that balance sebum while still maintaining a radiant and plumped complexion.

P.S.: Essential oils for oily skin should be non-comedogenic!


Most beauty product commercials on TV include rosemary as an ingredient in their product. And true to its word, rosemary is a very renowned essential oil for pore cleansing, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic properties. Its key compound is made of esters that help balance sebum secretion, which moderates oily skin appearance.

Tea tree oil

This essential oil has two general tasks for oily skins. It reduces the production of sebum while also improving the germ-fighting traits of your skin. Tea tree oil comes with some antibacterial and antifungal compounds that help improve an oily skin condition. However, keep in mind to always dilute tea tree oil before applying it to the skin, otherwise, it might cause irritations. You can mix it with a carrier oil, toner, or moisturizer.

Grapeseed essential oil

Yes! Grapeseed, the byproduct of wine, is a very useful and rich essential oil that helps the skin glow. It has compounds with abundant omega 3, fatty acids, and vitamin E, which are crucial in helping the skin achieve a radiant glow. Another important feature is that the grapeseed oil is non-comedogenic and doesn’t clog the sebaceous glands. In fact, it tightens the skin while ensuring the skin has enough moisture. When the skin is well-moisturized, it tends to produce less oil.


Geranium is one of the essential oils whose compounds have antiseptic, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties. These traits make geranium handy in fighting acne, soothing skin, and fighting other skin infections. Used for both oily and dry skin, it also features anti-inflammatory properties that help manage inflammatory conditions such as edema. You can infuse geranium oil with carrier oil and apply it directly to the skin.

Lemon essential oil

Essential oils extracted from lemon are crucial in caring for oily skins due to their non-comedogenic, astringent, and antimicrobial properties. It has compounds that help manage sebum secretion while also ensuring that your pores are tight enough to maintain a healthy balance of oils and moisture. The best application of lemon oil is adding it to your face mask. 

Ylang ylang

Ylang Ylang is a big relief if you struggle with oily skin. Its compounds have anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties that help control sebum secretion whenever the sebaceous gland seems to be on a rollercoaster ride. More than that, Ylang Ylang might prevent breakouts appearance and increase skin moisture retention. So, once it regulates the oil levels on your skin, it helps achieve blemish-free skin.

Bottom line

With these essential oils integrated into your skincare routine, be assured to conquer all the menace that comes with having oily skin. It might be demanding or hectic, but it will be worth it, we promise.

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