Essential oils for oily or dry skin

essential oils

April 6, 2020

Alisha Galbraith

I use essential oils for everything…including my skin! But even at 32 years old I feel like I’m still figuring my skin out. First, there was young adulthood, then there was pregnancy-skin, post-pregnancy skin, skin that changed with hormones (check out my class on that here), and now, I’m finally admitting to myself that my skin might be **gasp** aging.

I used to have very, very oily skin growing up, but now, my skin tends to be on the drier side. So I was wondering what oils would be best for my skin? Don’t worry, I have lists for both dry/aging skin and oily skin!

After I found out about how harsh skin cleansers can be I stopped using them completely and only used carrier oils and essential oils to clean my face. It seems counter-intuitive but it works!

How I wash my face with oil:

BUT a few months after I joined doTERRA I started using some of their skincare products! These are my three favorites:

So I’ll use these products, but I still wash my face with oil most days–I feel like it helps me get a deeper clean! Here’s an easy way to customize an oil blend for yourself using the oils below:

Essential oils for oily skin

Put a combo of three to four oils in a carrier oil like sunflower, sweet almond, or coconut oil:

  • Palmarosa
  • Patchouli
  • Lavender 
  • Tea tree 
  • Geranium
  • Ylang ylang
  • Clary sage
  • Sandalwood
  • Vetiver
  • Frankincense
  • Cedarwood 
  • Juniper berry 
  • Petitgrain 
  • Rosemary
  • Cypress
  • Lime**
  • Grapefruit**
  • Orange**
  • Tangerine**
  • Lemon** 

** remember that SUN + CITRUS don’t mix. Don’t put citrus oils on your skin if you’ll be out in the sun!

Essential oils for oily skin or essential oils for dry skin--either way, this is the post for you! Learn how I wash my face with oil and which oils to use! Essential oils for oily skin.

These oils are also great for breakouts!

Oils for dry + aging skin

Put a combo of three to four oils in a carrier oil like kukui, shea nut butter (I use this before bed), shea nut oil, avocado, sweet almond, or sunflower:

  • Palmarosa
  • Rose
  • Neroli
  • Jasmine 
  • Geranium
  • Carrot seed
  • Fennel
  • Yarrow
  • Frankincense
  • Celery seed
  • Sandalwood
Essential oils for oily skin or essential oils for dry skin--either way, this is the post for you! Learn how I wash my face with oil and which oils to use! Essential oils for dry skin.

Some of my favorite plant potion combos are:

* palmarosa + sandalwood

* jasmine + yarrow

* frankincense + rose

Want to learn more about essential oils and how to use them? Check out my free class:

I know that there are tons of essential oils to choose from out there. That's why I created this quick guide. In under thirty minutes you'll learn what makes doTERRA's oils different than any other oils on the market, plus easy and practical tips to use our top ten oils.