Benefits Rose Petal Oil Can Have On Your Skin

If you're on the hunt for skincare ingredients that will clear up and hydrate your skin to give you that beautiful, dewy glow, you've probably gone through an array of products to find the right one for your skin. You may have heard of rosehip oil, a popular skincare ingredient that's commonly used to soothe and hydrate the skin. But there is another oil that comes from the same floral family that should be on your radar. Rose petal oil is an essential oil that can help boost your skin's hydration, soothe inflammation, and more.

Unlike rosehip oil, which is made from the fruit and seeds of the wild rose bush, rose petal oil is derived from the petals of rose plants. And as it's an ingredient sourced from plants, it is a perfect alternative oil if you're looking for products that are natural to add to your daily skincare routine.

Hydrates the skin

If you suffer from cracked, flaky, or dry skin, rose oil can be a great remedy to try to help boost your epidermal moisture. Not only can dry skin be uncomfortable and painful, but it can also cause you to look older as well. Dehydration can cause your skin to look dull and dry, which also emphasizes fine lines, wrinkles, and creases. Per Circcell, rose oil is a natural humectant and draws moisture from the air, which is then absorbed by the skin, giving it that much-needed dose of hydration.

Wendy Long Mitchell, MD, a board-certified dermatologist at Manhattan Dermatology, tells Byrdie, "The oil helps to lock in moisture and improve the skin's barrier function, which helps to prevent water loss and keep the skin hydrated and supple." Add rose petal oil to your daily routine to soothe dryness and achieve a healthy glow.

Helps regulate oil production

Oil can make your skin look greasy and can even cause acne. When your skin is oily, it's typically a sign that your skin's oil production is unbalanced. According to a study in 2017, oily skin is one of the most common dermatologic concerns that's caused by excessive sebum production. There are thousands of skin care products out on the market that claim to soothe the issue, but it can be tricky to find the right products to use to build a skincare routine for oily skin.

While there are a number of factors that can cause oily skin, including stress, fluctuating hormones, diet, genetics, and the environment — rose petal oil can work as a remedy to soothe your skin and keep the skin's oiliness at bay. Rose petal oil has astringent properties, which means that it helps to draw water out of the tissue and helps to regulate sebum production (via Byrdie). 

Potential anti-inflammatory properties

Another benefit of using rose petal oil on the skin is that it has potential anti-inflammatory properties. A 2010 study showed that of the 10 essential oils studied, rose oil was one of the top three essential oils that exhibited the best antibacterial properties against acne. Dr. Mitchell tells Byrdie, "Rose petal oil is known for its anti-inflammatory properties, which make it effective in reducing redness and inflammation in the skin." Rose petal oil cleanses and tones the skin, which can soothe and prevent acne (via Circcell).

study in 2014 found that rose petal oil can be effective against microbes like E. coli and Candida albicans, which are known to cause fungal infections. If you struggle with skin conditions like rosacea or acne breakouts, rose petal oil could be the ingredient you need in your routine to soothe the redness and irritation that your skin's inflammation causes. 

Contains vitamin C

Vitamin C is a big buzzword in the skincare world, and for good reason. Rose petal oil contains large levels of vitamin C, which comes with an endless list of benefits for the skin. Vitamin C works to hydrate the skin, reduce redness and hyperpigmentation, brighten your skin, and reduce the appearance of undereye circles (via Healthline). Joshua Zeichner, MD, board-certified dermatologist, tells Allure, "Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that's a key component to many skin-brightening regimens, as it interferes with pigment production and keeps inflammation at bay."

The ingredient also promotes collagen production — which is key to achieving a youthful glow. Dr. Wendy Long Michell tells Byrdie, "Collagen is a protein that gives the skin its elasticity and firmness ... Using rose petal oil regularly can help to improve the skin's texture and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles."  As you age, your body naturally produces less collagen, which it's why it's an essential ingredient to supplement and to have in your skincare products.


Rose petal oil has many benefits for improving the skin's overall health and appearance, but did you know that it can also promote relaxation and calmness? According to a study in 2009 that observed the therapeutic effects of rose oil, participants who had rose petal oil applied to their skin were found to have a significant decrease in their breathing rate, blood pressure, and blood oxygen saturation. The participants also claimed to feel more calm and relaxed. 

Not only does stress affect your mental health, but it can also have a negative impact on your skin. Although stress may not directly cause acne, it has been shown to trigger it or make acne worse by changing your hormone balance (via Medical News Today). Stress can also potentially cause dry skin, rashes, wrinkles, and bags under your eyes (via Healthline). Use rose petal oil to help relieve your stress, relax, and find balance for your skin and the rest of your body.