Does Rosehip Oil Work to Treat Acne?

Acne is probably the most common skin problem out there. Getting pimples is just part of life, isn’t it? Even that annoying friend of yours that practically has perfect skin has had a spot or two grow on their face some time in their life.

While it is normal to get pimples once in a while, those of us who have been blessed with acne prone and oily skin tend to get them more often. But the thing about pimples is that they are usually an indication that your skin feeling a bit unhealthy and this can happen a lot.

The most common causes of acne are an unhealthy or oily diet, having dry or dead skin on the surface of your face, hormonal imbalances or changes, dirt and bacteria getting into pores, and just not getting enough nourishment for your skin.

While you can’t really avoid breakouts completely, it is still much better to prevent and treat the problem so that they go away quicker and leave your face alone.

So, how can you treat your acne? The method that we are going to talk about here uses rosehip oil to treat breakouts.

It is not a commonly used method for treating acne, but that should definitely change soon!

Everyone should learn the benefits of this product and how it can affect your skin in the best possible way. But, how does rosehip oil work to treat acne? What are its benefits for the skin? Let’s find out.

What is Rosehip Oil?

Aptly named, rosehip oil or rosehip seed oil is extracted from the seeds of a wild rose bush that can be found in Southern Andes or rosa canina, which can basically be found in a lot of places across Europe, Northwest Africa, and Western Asia.

Wild roses look a bit different than the typical roses you buy someone for Valentine’s day and they are kind of from a different flower “species”. Rosa canina or wild roses can often be called “dog” roses.

Normal rose or not, rosehip oil is 100% plant based and au naturel. You don’t have to worry about putting weird chemicals on your face or something that has an animal based ingredient in.

The Benefits


It Is a Natural Source of Vitamin A, C, and E

Vitamin A

Often times, you will see ingredients such as pro-retinol, retinol, or retinoic acid in a lot of skin care and acne products. And while technically, those compounds can be a source of vitamin A, not all forms of vitamin A can be effective or usable on the skin.

This basically means that while you are putting vitamin A on your skin, it’s not always going to have an effect. Why is that? Some forms of vitamin A just cannot be absorbed into the skin; you cannot reap its benefits topically or by just rubbing it on the surface the skin.

The three vitamin A sources above cannot convert the vitamin A they contain into an effective skincare ingredient.

Rosehip oil contains a compound known as trans-retinoic acid. Now, trans-retinoic acid or tretinoin, as it is often called, is another great source of vitamin A.But unlike the ones previously mentioned, tretinoin is actually effective as a topical agent. This means that it you can reap the vitamin A benefits by applying it to your skin.

So, what does the vitamin A do to help your skin out? Sun exposure can often lead to wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, early signs of aging, acne, and dryness. This is because it increases the levels of enzymes that cause damage to your skin by breaking down collagen and elastin.

Vitamin A fights and reduces the damage that these enzymes do by stimulating collagen formation. As your new skin cells form, they help prevent the accumulation of dead skin cells on the surface of your skin, the clogging of pores, and bacterial infection. Vitamin A is great for both anti-aging properties and for treating existing acne.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is more commonly known for boosting the immune system and protecting you from illnesses like common coughs and colds, but it also has a hand in preventing major health conditions such as cancer and heart disease.

It can also protect your skin from environmental damage like toxins and bacteria, and repairs the skin faster by increasing collagen production. This will help heal the damage being done during acne production, thereby preventing scarring and help fight signs of ageing.

Vitamin C also tightens pores and reduces the possibility of clogging them and breaking out into acne.

Rosehipcontains a very rich amount of vitamin C. The cold pressed oil from rosehip seed retains all of this vitamin C that the plant contains and can easily and quickly be absorbed into the skin for skincare purposes.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is a very powerful antioxidant that can often be found in supplements intended to give you healthy and glowing skin. This antioxidant protects against free radicals that can infiltrate your skin and cause nasty breakouts.

It has anti-inflammatory properties that will calm the inflamed skin caused by already existing acne. Vitamin E also absorbs the energy from harmful ultraviolet light that comes from the sun, which will then decrease sun damage, hyperpigmentation, discoloration, and signs of ageing.

Here is a fun fact: your skin actually naturally provides you with some vitamin E by producing it through your sebum or the natural oil that your body creates. This is what already helps keep your skin healthy.

Rosehip oil contains a good amount of vitamin E. Although very limited data exists, studies show that your skin can acquire a specific type of vitamin E that you cannot get when you ingest it. The vitamin E rosehip oil contains is perfect for both acne and anti-ageing benefits.

It Controls Oil

I know, sounds crazy, right? How can oil control oil? It will all make sense in just a second.

Your body actually produces a natural oil called sebum to keep your skin moisturized. This is the body’s way of combating dryness, wrinkles, chapped skin, and even rashes. However, your body can get a little confused, sometimes.

When your skin isn’t hydrated or moisturized enough, your body will start to produce more and more oil that you don’t really need. Your skin produces more oil on the surface but it won’t really do much to hydrate skin. Instead, you will just end up with super oily skin with dry patches. Not cute.

So, why is the natural moisturizer that your body produces doing you wrong? Those with a normal amount of sebum production (meaning: not too oily, not too dry), will typically have a nice balance of its compositions such as free fatty acids, glycerides, squalenes, and more. With the right balance, your skin will be nicely moisturized and lubricated.

Here is the bad news: when your face produces more sebum than normal, you get an imbalance of the levels of glycerides and squalene. Research shows that this can be the cause of acne. Your skin producing more oil will also clog your pores which can lead to breakouts.

Rosehip oil has amazing moisturizing properties that will hydrate and nourish your face with all that good stuff such as vitamin A, C, E, and essential fatty acids. With regular use, those with very oily skin will start to notice an improvement with sebum production. Because your skin is hydrated and happy, it will start to produce less oil; meaning less touch ups, blotting, and breakouts!


It Is Rich in Antioxidants

Antioxidants are your body’s way of fighting of toxins and free radicals that can do nasty things for your health. They can cause major health issues such as heart disease, diabetes, and even cancer.

These toxins and free radicals also cause you to lose your stamina and energy, leave you feeling poorly, make you gain weight, and mess with your skin.

Your skin is quite prone to breakouts, blemishes, and damaging when exposed to toxins and free radicals. The antioxidants that your body produces do their best to protect you from this, but sometimes, it’s just not enough and they need a little help.

Rosehip is super rich in antioxidants and detoxifying properties. If you are breaking out and having other issues with your skin, there is a good chance that the cause of that is toxins or free radicals accumulating and clogging your pores.

The antioxidants in rosehip oil will help fight those skin pollutants and lessen breakouts, hyperpigmentation, and dry patches.

It Is Rich in Essential Fatty Acids

Essential fatty acids may be familiar to you as omega-3 and omega-6, a healthy benefit from eating fatty fishes, shellfish, and certain types of oil like flaxseed and olive oil. Its name is very appropriate as EFAs are essential for regenerating skin cells, repairing damaged skin tissue, skin hydration, and skin elasticity, as well as other physiological benefits.

Something that you may not know about essential fatty acids is that your body does not nearly make the sufficient amount that you require, which is why you need to obtain it through your diet and other means.

Rosehip oil is a great source of essential fatty acids that your skin needs to be healthy. The EFAs in rosehip will hydrate skin that is dry and sun damaged, repair damaged skin cells and help get rid of hyperpigmentation, scarring, wrinkles, and even stretchmarks, improve acne prone skin by controlling sebum production, and treat the inflammation and blotchiness caused by breakouts.

Testing It Out

I went ahead and tested out some rosehip oil that I already have in the house to really see what effects it had on my skin. I have been using rosehip oil every day for the past couple of weeks to make sure that I really make the most out of it and have my skin absorb all of that good stuff. Here are my experiences and results after using rosehip oil for 8 weeks.


I have been lucky enough to be blessed with the trifecta of acne prone skin due to overly oily glands, hormonal imbalances, and just generally having really sensitive skin. There was a period that my skin was so bad, breakouts everywhere with no signs of clearing up.

Over time, I learned how to deal with my issues and eventually cleared my skin up. I like to think that I take good care of my skin now, but it is still really sensitive and prone to breaking out.

I noticed no immediate difference when I started using the rosehip oil in terms of acne and breakouts. Normally, I do get them regularly on my face every couple of weeks or so. I still got breakouts when I started using rosehip oil. However, I did start to notice that I got less of them a couple of weeks into using it regularly.

It takes a bit of time for you to notice a prominent difference, but I’d say that it definitely lessened my breakouts. Having sensitive skin, I can also say that it didn’t give my any redness or allergic reactions.


Fun fact: I was also blessed with skin that is quite prone to very bad hyperpigmentation. When I have a spot on my face or even just a bug bite on my leg, it will take ages for it to go away. I will have a dark brown spot in reminder of that blemish for weeks and weeks before it even starts to fade away.

I get less breakouts now, but the hyperpigmentation that I get from those breakouts stays until I get another breakout. I would say that hyperpigmentation is probably the biggest issue I have with my skin right now. My skin stays clear of acne as best as it can for the most part, but the hyperpigmentation still multiplies.

I had noticed a difference with my hyperpigmentation sooner than the results I had with acne. One week in, my dark spots started to fade faster than normal and went away completely not soon after. Normally, my hyperpigmentation catches up with one another, but now, my face is pretty much clear of it, and if I do get some, they go away quite quickly.

I’d say that rosehip oil is definitely a winner when it comes to combating hyperpigmentation.

Dryness and Flaky Skin

When I got my bottle of rosehip oil, I was having problems with really dry and flaky skin. I don’t normally get that at all since I do moisturize regularly. However, as I mentioned before, I have really sensitive skin, so it tends to get weird at me with the slightest irritation.

I tried to make the dry patches go away by putting on hydrating masks, moisturizing more, exfoliating, everything. But they still wouldn’t go away.

After a frustrating week or so of dealing with those dry patches, I put some rosehip oil on them and left it on overnight. When I woke up, the dry, flaky skin around my mouth was completely gone! I kind of couldn’t believe it!

I tried so hard to get rid of it using moisturizers and other products regularly, and one night of rosehip oil made it go away completely. This stuff is magic.

Oil Control

I am always looking for ways to control my oily skin. Over time, the oiliness has lessened, but my skin is still pretty greasy at the end of the day especially in hot and humid weather.

I usually hate putting anything sticky or oily on face which is why I tend to stick to mattifying moisturizers. However, rosehip oil is surprisingly thin and absorbs into the face really quickly.

It didn’t make my face feel sticky or greasy whatsoever. After my very first application (I applied it at night time), I immediately noticed a difference with my oil production. Usually, I get quite a greasy face when I wake up, but that morning, my face was considerably less oily than what is normal for me.

Bonus: my face felt super soft and hydrated, as well. I was definitely pleasantly surprised.

I feel that this works best when left on your face during the night because it really absorbs beautifully when your skin is at rest. I do use this in the daytime when I’m having a no makeup day.

Underneath makeup, however, it does tend to look a little weird. So make sure you apply lots of primer or just skip out on it entirely and just put it on at night.

Final Word

In my own personal experience, I can say that rosehip oil is the stuff of dreams! It’s proven to be one of the most effective skincare products that you can use.

It is amazing at moisturizing and hydrating your skin, it keeps the acne away, heals hyperpigmentation, and controls overly oily skin. This magic elixir does it all, really.

Rosehip oil definitely worked out for me! But did it work out for you? Let us know in the comments how your experience was using it!

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