Different skin types will benefit differently from the choice of essential oil used. Below is a breakdown of what choice of oils will be beneficial for various skin types.
Best carrier oil for oily skin is light and contains a high amount of linoleic acid, a polyunsaturated fatty acid found in many light nourishing oils that do not clog your pores.
- Safflower – 74% linoleic acid
- Sunflower – 65.7% linoleic acid
- Avocado – 65% linoleic acid (recommended about 10% in lighter oil)
- Grapeseed – 63% (unusual to get cold pressed grape seed oil, it mostly extracted via solvent)
- Rosehip – 47% linoleic acid (recommended about 10% in lighter oil)
- Argan – 37% linoleic acid
Best carrier oils for dry skin are high in oleic acid, a monosaturated fatty acid found in heavier, more slow-drying oils.
- Camellia – 85% oleic acid
- Olive – 75% oleic acid
- Apricot Kernel – 70% oleic acid
- Sweet Almond – 62% oleic acid
- Argan – 43% oleic acid
Note: If you are breaking out, your skin may not be considered “dry” but dehydrated. You should use oils high in linoleic acid instead as listed for oily skin types.
All types of skin
- Argan oil has approximately 43% Oleic acid and 37% of Linoleic acid making it a great choice for skin with a combination of dry and oily conditions.
- Jojoba oil works for all skin type because it has the closest resemblance to our skin’s natural sebum.
- Coconut oil is the king of carrier oil and rich in vitamins but it has a high comedogenic rating of 4. It is more suitable for application on your body or extremely dry facial skin. An alternative is fractionated coconut oil (comedogenic rating of 2) which has been processed to change its chemical properties and deodorized to make it suitable for the cosmetic application so that your skin can still enjoy the vitamins from the coconut. Please note that fractionated coconut oil is non-edible.
Choose 2 – 3 of your favorite carrier oils and blend them together, for example, 50:50 or 30:70 ratio to get the result that you want
Note: Pick one carrier oil at a time and try it out for at least 2 weeks then you can play around with the ratio to work out the best for your skin type
0 – Will not clog pores
1 – Low
2 – Moderately Low
3 – Moderate
4 – Fairly High
5 – High
0 – 2 is within the safe recommended range