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DIY Moisturizer for Oily Skin with All-Natural Ingredients

DIY moisturizer for oily skin - Dr. Axe

Moisturizing your face regularly is important, but what about oily, acne-prone skin? While many worry about using oils on oily skin, there are some options that can actually make a huge difference, especially if your skin is acne-prone. It’s just about choosing the right ingredients — such as those in my moisturizer for oily skin recipe.

DIY Moisturizer for Oily Skin

Let’s make your face moisturizer! Start by placing a small heat-safe bowl in a pan of hot water or use a double-boiler. Scoop the shea butter into the bowl and add the jojoba oil. Blend until melted.

Shea butter is very nourishing to the skin because of its vitamin A content. It moisturizes while helping to eliminate inflammation and boosting collagen production.

 Jojoba oil is an extract from the seed of the jojoba tree. Actually, it isn’t an oil; it’s a wax ester, which is most similar to the human skin oil known as sebum. When you apply jojoba oil to the skin, the skin assumes it is producing enough oil. This helps to not over-produce oil but rather balances the oil production of the skin. And since jojoba oil is non-comedogenic, it is safe to use. (1) (2)

Jojoba oil is a great carrier oil for this DIY moisturizer for oily skin. It’s very emollient and healing to the skin. It can help reduce wrinkles and even fight infections. Plus it helps remove excess oily build up, too.

Now that you have blended the shea butter and jojoba oil, carefully remove from heat.

Add the tamanu oil and blend using a fork or small spatula. Tamanu oil is loaded with polyphenols and is antimicrobial, making it a great skin healer. (3)

Next, add the essential oils. Rosemary essential oil has long been known to help with hair growth, but it is also an excellent ingredient for oily, acne-prone skin due to its ability to help protect skin cells from damage caused by free radicals and the sun. It also drenches the skin with moisture while improving blood flow. (4)

Peppermint essential oil has astringent properties so you don’t need much, but a couple of drops will take you far. Plus it’s a great addition for helping to reduce acne. It produces a calming effect on inflamed skin and may improve eczema and psoriasis.

Just like my other moisturizers, apply twice daily with gentle upward strokes. Ideally, apply each morning after you wash your face, or when you get out of the shower, so that you retain moisture. Apply again before bedtime.

Store your moisturizer in a lidded jar in a cool, dark place and it should last for a few months.

DIY Moisturizer for Oily Skin with All-Natural Ingredients

Total Time: 20 minutes
Serves: Makes about 6 ounces


  • 3 ounces jojoba oil
  • 1 ounce shea butter
  • 1 ounce tamanu oil
  • 5 drops rosemary oil
  • 3 drops peppermint


  1. Place a small, heat-safe bowl in a pan of hot water or use a double boiler.
  2. Scoop the shea butter into the pan.
  3. Add the jojoba oil and blend until the mixture melts.
  4. Carefully remove from heat.
  5. Add the tamanu oil and blend using a fork or small spatula.
  6. Add the essential oils and blend well.
  7. Transfer the finished product to a small, lidded jar.
  8. Store it in a cool, dark place and it should last for a few months.
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    • Gulnar Eyyubova on

      I will try this recipe with grapeseed oil instead tamanu. Grapeseed is lightweight and absorbs quickly, good for oily skin

  1. Nieta on

    Hi Dr Axe,
    I have been making many of your natural beauty products. I am loving how they feel on my skin, but find that this moisturiser, the body butter, hand lotion and shaving cream are quite greasy/oily and this seems to transfer to my hair, leaving my hair quite oily too! Is there anything that can be added / or removed from these products so that the oil absorbs into the skin quicker?

    • Jen on

      I have a few suggestions that will help you. Try this first: Splash water on your face, or use a spray bottle to get it dripping wet, then apply the moisturizer and massage it into your skin with the water. The water will help pull the oils into your skin better. If it’s still too greasy, replace the shea butter with mango butter, replace the tamanu oil with black seed oil, add 5 drops of thyme oil (it’s a penitration enhancer), and ALWAYS apply your moisturizer to dripping wet skin.

  2. Amie on

    Should you use Rosemary if you already have a lot of facial hair? Will it promote additional thickness to the hair. I have the hair removed regularly via Treading.

  3. uzair on

    hi, sir is it shea butter we take is refined or unrefined and can this mosturizure help to clear blemishes and acne


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