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Grapeseed Oil for the Skin

Yesterday, I posted a comment on Facebook about how I use grapeseed oil on my face (as both a cleanser and moisturizer) and I received so many questions and messages that I decided I needed to devote a post to it.

First of all, I must say first that it is scary and astonishing what so many folks are putting on their faces. Many of the very popular, uber expensive skincare lines that my friends are using are filled with harmful, toxic carcinogens. No joke. Just because you’re absorbing them topically, rather than ingesting them, carcinogens are still toxic and they’re very dangerous. Research what you’re putting on your skin. Don’t just take someone else’s word for it!

So, having said that, I began using grapeseed oil on my skin (twice per day every day) two years ago. The difference in my naturally oily, acne prone skin is nothing short of a miracle. Smooth, tight skin with zero breakouts, much smaller pores, and dark under eye circles gone.

This a great quality grapeseed oil that won’t break the bank:

The big question I get is, “But it’s OIL…won’t it cause break outs??” The answer is absolutely not. Read the benefits below for the full explanation, but basically grapeseed oil is created through a very delicate extraction process and is not “oil” as we think of it. It’s used to treat acne due to its anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants. If anything, it clears up current breakouts, but will not cause new ones.

You also need to be treating your skin from the inside out systemically. Make sure your diet is clean, that you’re juicing fresh fruits and vegetables twice per day, and using grapeseed oil topically. If you are seeing someone who is attempting to convince you to buy hundreds of dollars worth of expensive product and gadgets to use to clean your face, please, please do your homework. Research not only the ingredients in the products, but the effects of said gadgets, peels, etc.

All of the benefits of grapeseed oil are below, but here’s what I do:

  • Make sure you get high quality fresh cold pressed grapeseed oil that’s in a dark glass container so it’s not exposed to light and the elements that will break down the natural enzymes.
  • When I first started, I only used grapeseed oil as a moisturizer and still used a separate traditional cleanser because I just couldn’t wrap my mind around using “oil” to clean my face. However, let me now say that grapeseed oil is extremely effective as both a cleanser and a moisturizer, and my skin has only improved when I started using it for both.
  • Simply use a few drops to massage into your face and then VERY gently use a warm washcloth to remove any stubborn make up like mascara and rinse. Then use a few more drops to moisturize. Done!

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Benefits of Grapeseed Oil for the Skin

1. Eliminate Acne

Skin needs a good supply of linoleic acid to help to strengthen cell membranes and improve skin health generally. Grapeseed oil contains this fatty acid, so it can be a good solution to improve or cure various skin conditions such as acne.

The oil also has a considerable amount of antioxidant ability thus it can prevent the pores from clogging. Clogged pores usually trigger acne breakouts, so regular application of grapeseed oil may prevent the problems.

Another good thing is that the oil possesses anti inflammatory properties. Therefore, it does not only prevent acne breakouts, but it also helps to cure any existing acne problems.

2. Skin Tightening

Astringent is one of the most important ingredients contained in grapeseed oil. The substance will stimulate biological tissues to contract and draw together. It is medically useful for various purposes especially for reducing swelling. Cosmetic companies also sell a lot of products that use this substance as an ingredient.

Regular application of grapeseed oil will basically deliver a good amount of astringent which is useful for skin toning and tightening.

3. Minimize Under-eye Circles

Dark circles are common facial skin problems as the results of sun exposure, dehydration, excessive alcohol drinking, etc. The problems usually appear in adulthood, but children may develop the same conditions as well.

Fortunately, removing under-eye circles is one of the greatest abilities of grapeseed oil for skin. It can deliver noticeable results in as little as a week of regular use.

4. Moisturizer

Almost all types of essential oils can be used as skin moisturizer. The most common problem is the residue or oily coating on the skin after application. Grapeseed oil is very light thus it is easily absorbed by the skin and it will not leave any oil residue. People with sensitive skin can even apply the oil without developing any allergic reaction.

Another good thing is that grapeseed oil also helps to stimulate skin tissues regeneration and therefore can quicken the healing process of wounds as well.

5. Minimize Skin Aging

The antioxidant properties contained in grapeseed oil are excellent for minimizing skin aging. Fine lines and wrinkles are common indications of aging processes, but the oil may help to reduce the appearance of those signs by providing moisture and enough protections against free radicals that cause them.

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This pic was snapped yesterday…I’ve been using grapeseed oil every day, twice per day, for two years and I’ve seen fine lines and dark circles disappear as well as zero breakouts, which used to be very common.

19 thoughts on “Grapeseed Oil for the Skin”

    1. Epicurean at the Avenue is the best place, IMHO, due to their processes and storage. For those that aren’t in Murfreesboro, you can order online or just go to your local health food store. Just make sure it’s stored in a dark glass container and is fresh cold pressed.

  1. I threw out grapeseed oil several years ago and then turned to castor oil and avocado oil. I recently added jojoba for face. I’ll definitely revisit my info on grapeseed. Thanks!

  2. Oddly enough I’ve been to Murfreesboro many years ago when I was still in the military, but unfortunately stores are very regional in the U.S, so now that I’ve finally moved back home to Boston after 15 years, I’m left with more local vendors as opposed to larger/and, or more regional ones…. There is however, a great multitude of cultural pockets throughout the city, but I was wondering if you have narrowed down (what you believe) is the “best” type/brand, etc, to go with in regards to the positive benefits that you’ve found in grape seed oil.
    …..and I just realized that I probably made a very simple question into a novel somehow….
    …. But its a legitimate question that just sounds too serious for the topic, so it is kinda funny… But its still a sincere question… If you’ve been to or know someone from Boston then you would understand how you may get 1000 answers (all very articulate), but arrogant and probably not legitimate..
    I hope this has been more on the amusing side as opposed to annoying, but you seem pretty knowledgable, and I’m interested in legit experience as opposed to theories proposed by self-proclaimed new age masters of holistic medicine that merely follow fads.
    Thanks for reading my novel!
    (I hope you find some of my humor entertaining and not crazy)
    The moral of the story is, what can you recommend as the best graipseed oil 😉

    Boston, MA

    1. Thanks so much for your question! I purchase mine at our local olive oil purveyor, Epicurean Olive Oil Co. here in Murfreesboro. You can order from their website and have it shipped to you!

  3. Hi Rachel. I came across the oil cleansing method and been using castor oil and grapeseed oil mix for the last three weeks. My skin feels a bit tight so I am using less of the castor oil and much more of the grapeseed oil. You say you only use grapeseed oil?
    I find that the oil goes into my eyes when I remove my makeup and then feels very strange… any suggestions?

    Also I have been using a few drops of Archan oil as a moisturizer after I have cleansed with grapeseed oil – is this okay?

    I must say I am so surprised that my combination skin has been balancing out nicely however I am still getting the breakouts here and there and struggle to get rid of blackhead on nose and chin. When do you think I will start seeing results here?

    One last question – what do you use as a natural scrub?


    1. Hi, thanks so much for your comment and questions! Yes, I use only grapeseed oil for both cleansing and moisturizing. I’ve never had trouble with it getting in my eyes. Make sure you’re using very gentle downward strokes to remove your eye makeup, and I also use “washable waterproof” which I think helps in the removal process too. I started seeing results within a day or two of using this method, so I’m glad you’re starting to see results. It sounds as though perhaps you do need a good exfoliator to remove some of the residue. I use Bio Gommage and have been extremely pleased with it.

  4. I was in a health food store today in boulder hoping to find grape seed oil. I found a large bottle for cooking – is that what I need?

    1. Hi, Andrea, you’ll want cold pressed oil stored in a dark glass container. I would ask to make sure because what they sell at most grocers is much too thick and the process isn’t the same. Since it was a health food store, I would just ask. Our local health food store has it in a special section with the avocado and almond oil, etc., specifically for the skin. Thanks!

  5. Thanks for this helpful information. One question I have is about sunscreen. Do you apply any kind of daily sunscreen/moisturizer to complement the grapeseed oil regimen?

  6. You are beautiful! I have been wanting to try the oil cleansing method and have been trying to decide on a good method for myself. I have a bit of acne prone skin even at the age of thirty seven. I think I will try this first. I live very close to Murfreesboro but am still pretty new to the area so I can’t wait to visit this store you’ve mentioned. Heading there this weekend! Thank you so much for sharing!!

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