Table 1: Essential oils used in dermatology.

Scientific nameCommon nameDermatological useReference

Abies balsameaBalsam (Peru, Canadian), cracks, cuts, eczema, rashes, sores, and wounds[32]

Abies balsameaFirSkin tonic[36]

Acacia dealbataMimosaAntiseptic, general care, oily conditions, and nourisher[2, 32]

Acacia farnesianaCassieDry or sensitive conditions[32]

Achillea millefoliumYarrowAcne, burns, chapped skin, cuts, dermatitis, eczema, healing agent, infections, inflammation, oily conditions, pruritus, rashes, scars, toner, sores, ulcers, and wounds[32, 36, 40, 42]

Allium sativumGarlicAcne, antiseptic, fungal infections (ringworm), lupus, septic wounds, and ulcers[32, 36]

Amyris balsamiferaAmyrisInflammation[36]

Anethum graveolensDillWound healing encouragement[36]

Angelica archangelicaAngelicaCongested and dull conditions, fungal infections, inflammation, psoriasis, and tonic[32, 36]

Aniba rosaeodoraRosewoodAcne, congested conditions, cuts, damaged skin, dermatitis, general care, greasy and oily conditions, inflammation, psoriasis, scars, regeneration, sores, wounds, and wrinkles[2, 32, 36, 37, 39, 41, 42]

Anthemis nobilisRoman chamomileAbscesses, acne, allergies, antiseptic, blisters, boils, burns, cleanser, cuts, dermatitis, eczema, foot blisters, general care, herpes, inflammation, insect bites and stings, nappy rash, nourisher, problematic skin, pruritus, psoriasis, rashes, rosacea, sores, sunburn, ulcers, and wounds[2, 26, 32, 3643]

Apium graveolensCeleryReducing puffiness and redness[36]

Artemisia dracunculusTarragonInfectious wounds[36]

Betula albaBirch (white)Congested conditions, dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, and ulcers[32, 36]

Boswellia carteriFrankincense/olibanumAbscesses, acne, aged or dry and damaged complexions, antiseptic, bacterial infections, blemishes, carbuncles, dermatitis, disinfectant, eczema, fungal and nail infections, general care, healing agent, inflammation, oily conditions, psoriasis, problematic conditions, regeneration or rejuvenation, scars, sores, toner, tonic, ulcers, wounds, and wrinkles[1, 2, 32, 3643]

Bursera glabrifoliaLinaloe (copal)Acne, conditioning, cuts, dermatitis, sores, and wounds[32, 40]

Calendula officinalisMarigoldAthlete’s foot, burns, cuts, diaper rash, eczema, fungal infections, inflammation, oily and greasy conditions, and wounds[26, 32, 39]

Cananga odorataYlang-ylangAcne, balancing sebum, dermatitis, eczema, general care, greasy and oily conditions, insect bites, and toner[2, 32, 3638, 40, 42, 43]

Canarium luzonicumElemiAged and dry complexions, bacterial infections, balancing sebum, cuts, fungal infections, inflammation, sores, ulcers, wounds, and wrinkles[32, 36, 40]

Carum carviCarawayAcne, boils, infected wounds, oily conditions, and pruritus[36]

Cedrus atlanticaCedar woodAcne, antiseptic, , cellulite, cracked skin, dandruff, dermatitis, eczema, eruptions, fungal infections, general care, genital infections, greasy and oily conditions, inflammation, insect bites and stings, psoriasis, scabs, and ulcers[1, 2, 32, 3639, 4143]

Cinnamomum camphoraCamphor (white)Acne, burns, inflammation, oily conditions, spots, and ulcers[32, 36, 42]

Cinnamomum zeylanicumCinnamonAntiseptic, gum and tooth care, warts, and wasp stings[32, 36, 37, 41, 42]

Cistus ladaniferRock rose/Cistus/labdanumAged complexion, bacterial infections, bedsores, blocked pores, eczema, oily conditions, sores, ulcers, varicose ulcers, wounds, and wrinkles[2, 32, 40]

Citrus aurantifoliaLimeAcne, bacterial infections, boils, cellulite, congested or greasy and oily conditions, cuts, insect bites, pruritus, tonic, sores, ulcers, warts, and wounds[2, 32, 36, 4043]

Citrus aurantium var. amaraNeroliAcne, aged and dry complexions, antiseptic, broken capillaries, cuts, dermatitis, eczema, general care, healing agent, psoriasis, scars, stretch marks, toner, tonic, thread veins, wounds, and wrinkles[2, 26, 32, 3643]

Citrus aurantium var. amaraPetitgrainAcne, antiseptic, bacterial infections, balancing sebum, blemishes, greasy and oily conditions, ∗∗ hyperhidrosis, pimples, pressure sores, sensitive complexions, toner, tonic, and wounds[1, 2, 32, 36, 37, 3942]

Citrus bergamiaBergamotAbscesses, acne, antiseptic, athlete’s foot, bacterial infections, blisters, boils, cold sores, deodorant, dermatitis, eczema, fungal infections, greasy and oily conditions, healing agent, inflammation, insect bites, pruritus, psoriasis, shingles, ulcers, viral infections (chicken pox, herpes, and shingles), and wounds[2, 26, 32, 36, 37, 4043]

Citrus limonLemonAbscesses, acne, antiseptic, athlete’s foot, blisters, boils, cellulite, corns, cuts, grazes, greasy and oily conditions, insect bites, mouth ulcers, rosacea, sores,ulcers, viral infections (cold sores, herpes, verrucae,and warts), and wounds[1, 2, 26, 32, 36, 37, 39, 4143]

Citrus paradisiGrapefruitAcne, antiseptic, cellulite improvement, cleanser, combination and problematic skin, congested and oily conditions, stretch marks, and toner[1, 2, 32, 36, 37, 3943]

Citrus reticulataMandarinAcne, cellulite, congested and oily conditions, general care, healing agent, scars, stretch marks, and toner[1, 32, 3638, 40, 43]

Citrus sinensisOrangeAcne, blocked pores, congested and oily conditions, dermatitis, dry and dull complexions, problematic skin, ulcers, and wrinkles[1, 32, 3638, 4043]

Citrus tangerinaTangerineAcne, chapped skin, inflammation, oily conditions, rashes, stretch marks, and toner[36, 40, 42]

Commiphora myrrhaMyrrhAcne, antiseptic, athlete’s foot, bacterial infections, bedsores, boils, cracked skin, cuts, dermatitis, eczema, fungal infections (athlete’s foot, ringworm), healing agent, inflammation, scars, sores, ulcers, weeping wounds, and wrinkles[1, 2, 26, 32, 3643]

Coriandrum sativumCorianderUsed to prevent the growth of odour causing bacteria[37]

Cupressus sempervirensCypressAcne, blocked pores, bromodosis, cellulite, cellulitis, deodorant, hyperhidrosis, oily conditions, rashes, rosacea, and wounds[1, 2, 32, 3638, 4043]

Curcuma longaTurmericCuts, sores, and wounds[40]

Cymbopogon citratusLemongrassAcne, athlete’s foot, bacterial infections, blocked or open pores, cellulite, fungal infections, hyperhidrosis, oily conditions, and toner[2, 32, 36, 37, 41, 42]

Cymbopogon martiniiPalmarosaAcne, bacterial infections, balancing sebum, damaged and dry complexions, dermatitis, eczema, fungal infections, oily conditions, pressure sores, psoriasis, scars, toner, tonic, sores, wounds, and wrinkles[2, 32, 3642]

Cymbopogon nardusCitronellaBromodosis, hyperhidrosis, oily conditions, and softener[32, 36, 42]

Daucus carotaCarrot seedAged and dry complexions, carbuncles, dermatitis, eczema, inflammation, oily conditions, pruritus, psoriasis, rashes, scarring, toner, ulcers, vitiligo, weeping sores, wounds, and wrinkles[2, 32, 36, 40, 42]

Dryobalanops aromaticaBorneol (Borneo Camphor)Cuts and sores[32]

Eucalyptus globulusEucalyptusAbscesses, antiseptic, athlete’s foot, bacterial dermatitis, bacterial infections, blisters, boils, burns, chicken pox, cleanser, congested conditions, cuts, fungal infections, general infections, herpes (cold sores), inflammation, insect bites, shingles, sores, ulcers, and wounds[1, 26, 32, 3639, 4143]

Syzygium aromaticumCloveAcne, antiseptic, athlete’s foot, burns, cuts, cold sores, fungal infections, lupus, sores, septic ulcers, and wounds[32, 36, 37, 41, 42]

Ferula galbanifluaGalbanumAbscesses, acne, blisters, boils, cuts, inflammation, scar tissue improvement, toner, and wounds[32, 36]

Foeniculum dulceFennelAged and wrinkled complexions, bromodosis, cellulite, cellulitis, congested, greasy, and oily conditions, cleanser, and tonic[1, 32, 36, 37, 4043]

Guaiacum officinaleGuaiacwoodFirming or tightening the skin[36]

Helichrysum italicumImmortelle/everlasting/HelichrysumAbscesses, acne, athlete’s foot, bacterial infections, boils, blisters, cell regeneration, cuts, damaged skin conditions, dermatitis, eczema, fungal infections (ringworm), inflammation, psoriasis, rosacea, scars, sores, ulcers, and wounds[2, 32, 36, 40, 41]

Humulus lupulusHopsDermatitis, ulcers, rashes, and nourisher[32]

Hyssopus officinalisHyssopCuts, dermatitis, eczema, healing agent, inflammation, scars, sores, and wounds[32, 36, 41]

Jasminum officinaleJasmineAged and dry complexions, general care, inflammation, revitalization, oily conditions, and psoriasis[2, 26, 32, 36, 37, 40]

Juniperus virginianaJuniperAcne, antiseptic, blocked pores, cellulite, congested and oily conditions, deodorant, eczema, dermatitis, general care, general infections, psoriasis, toner, ulcers, weeping eczema, and wounds[1, 2, 32, 36, 37, 39, 4143]

Juniperus oxycedrusCadeCuts, dermatitis, eczema, sores, and spots[32]

Kunzea ericoidesKānukaAthlete’s foot[40]

Laurus nobilisBayAcne, fungal infections, inflammation, oily conditions, pressure sores, and varicose ulcers[32, 36, 41]

Lavandula angustifoliaLavenderAbscesses, acne, antiseptic, bacterial infections, blisters, boils, burns, carbuncles, cellulite, congested and oily conditions, cuts, deodorant, dermatitis, eczema, foot blisters, fungal infections (athlete’s foot, ringworm), general care, healing agent, inflammation, insect bites and stings, pressure sores, pruritus, psoriasis, rosacea, scalds, scarring, sores, sunburn, ulcers,viral infections (chicken pox, cold sores, shingles,and warts), and wounds[2, 26, 32, 3643]

Lavandula flagransLavandinAcne, abscesses, boils, blisters, congested conditions, cuts, eczema, healing agent, inflammation, insect bites and stings, pressure sores, scalds, sores, and wounds[32, 36, 41]

Lavandula spicaLavender spikeAbscesses, acne, bacterial infections, blisters, boils, burns, congested and oily conditions, cuts, dermatitis, eczema, inflammation, fungal infections (athlete’s foot, ringworm), pressure sores, psoriasis, sores, ulcers, and wounds[32, 36, 41]

Leptospermum scopariumManukaAcne, cuts, fungal infections (athlete’s foot, ringworm), ulcers, and wounds[2, 40]

Verbena officinalisVerbenaCongested conditions and nourisher[36]

Liquidambar orientalisSweetgumCuts, ringworm, sores, and wounds[32]

Litsea cubebaMay ChangAcne, dermatitis, greasy and oily conditions, and hyperhidrosis[32, 36]

Melaleuca alternifoliaTea treeAbrasions, abscesses, acne, antiseptic, bacterial infections, blemishes, blisters, boils, burns, carbuncles, cuts, dandruff, fungal infections (athlete’s foot, nails, ringworm, and tinea), inflammation, insect bites, oily conditions, rashes, sores, spots, sunburn, ulcers, viral infections (cold sores, chicken pox, herpes, shingles,and warts), and wounds[1, 2, 26, 32, 3643]

Melaleuca cajuputi CajuputAcne, insect bites, oily conditions, psoriasis, and spots[32, 36, 42]

Melaleuca viridifloraNiaouli/GomenolAbscesses, acne, antiseptic, bacterial infections, blisters, boils, burns, chicken pox, congested and oily conditions, cuts, eruptions, healing agent, insect bites, psoriasis, sores, ulcers, and wounds[2, 32, 36, 3942]

Melissa officinalisMelissa/lemon balmAllergic reactions, cold sores, eczema, fungal infections, inflammation, insect stings, ulcers, and wounds[1, 26, 32, 36, 41, 42]

Mentha piperitaPeppermintAcne, antiseptic, blackheads, chicken pox, congested and greasy conditions, dermatitis, inflammation, pruritus, ringworm, scabies, softener, toner, and sunburn[1, 2, 32, 36, 37, 4143]

Mentha spicataSpearmintAcne, congested conditions, dermatitis, pruritus, scabs, and sores[32, 36, 39, 42]

Myristica fragransNutmegHair conditioner[36]

Myrocarpus fastigiatusCabreuvaCuts, scars, and wounds[32]

Myrtus communisMyrtleAcne, antiseptic, blemishes, blocked pores, bruises, congested and oily conditions, and psoriasis[2, 32, 36, 40]

Nardostachys jatamansiSpikenardEczema, inflammation, psoriasis, and sores[32, 40]

Ocimum basilicumBasilAcne, antiseptic, congested conditions, insect bites, and wasp stings[1, 36, 37, 39, 40, 42]

Origanum majoranaMarjoramBruises and fungal infections[32, 36]

Origanum vulgareOreganoAthlete’s foot, bacterial infections, cuts, eczema, fungal infections, psoriasis, warts, and wounds[36, 41]

Pelargonium odoratissimumGeraniumAcne, aged and dry complexions, bacterial infections, balancing sebum, burns, cellulite, chicken pox, congested and oily conditions, cracked skin, cuts, dermatitis, deodorant, eczema, fungal infections (athlete’s foot, ringworm), general care, healing agent, herpes, impetigo, inflammation, measles, psoriasis, rosacea, shingles, problematic skin, sores, ulcers, and wounds[2, 26, 32, 3643]

Pelargonium roseumRose geraniumAging and dry or wrinkled skin[40]

Petroselinum sativumParsleyBruises, scalp conditioning, and wounds[36]

Pimpinella anisumAniseInfectious diseases[36]

Pinus sylvestrisPineAntiseptic, bromodosis, congested conditions, cuts, eczema, hyperhidrosis, pruritus, psoriasis, and sores[32, 36, 37, 4143]

Piper nigrumBlack pepperBruises and fungal infections[36, 42]

Pistacia lentiscusMasticAbscesses, blisters, boils, cuts, ringworm, and wounds[32]

Pistacia palaestinaTerebinthAbscesses, blisters, boils, cuts, infectious wounds, ringworm, and sores[32, 36]

Pogostemon patchouliPatchouliAbscesses, acne, chapped or damaged and cracked skin, dermatitis, cold sores, eczema, fungal infections (athlete’s foot), general care, healing agent, impetigo, inflammation, oily conditions, pruritus, scalp disorders, scars, sores, tonic, stretch marks, and wounds[1, 2, 32, 3643]

Rosa damascenaRose ottoAging and dry conditions, bacterial infections, eczema, inflammation, toner, tonic, and wounds[2, 3841]

Rosa gallicaRoseBroken capillaries, cuts, dry and aging conditions, burns, eczema, healing agent, inflammation, pruritus, psoriasis, scars, toner, tonic, stretch marks, sunburn, thread veins, and wrinkles[26, 32, 3638, 42, 43]

Rosmarinus officinalisRosemaryAcne, bacterial infections, balancing sebum, cellulite, congested and oily conditions, dandruff, dermatitis, dry scalp, eczema, general care, and rosacea[1, 32, 36, 37, 39, 41, 42]

Salvia lavandulifoliaSpanish sageAcne, antiseptic, bacterial infections, cellulite, cold sores, cuts, dermatitis, deodorant, hyperhidrosis, oily conditions, psoriasis, sores, and ulcers[32, 36, 37, 41]

Salvia sclareaClary sageAbscesses, acne, balancing sebum, blisters, boils, cell regeneration, dandruff, dermatitis, greasy and oily conditions, hyperhidrosis of the feet, inflammation, ulcers, and wrinkles[1, 2, 32, 36, 40, 42]

Santalum albumSandalwoodAcne, antiseptic, bacterial infections, boils, burns, chapped or damaged and dry conditions, eczema, fungal infections, general care, greasy and oily conditions, inflammation, pruritus, sunburn, and wounds[1, 2, 26, 32, 3639, 4143]

Santolina chamaecyparissusSantolinaInflammation, pruritus, ringworm, scabs, verrucae, and warts[36]

Styrax benzoin BenzoinCracks, cuts, dermatitis, eczema, healing, inflammation, injured and irritated conditions, pruritus, sores, and wounds[1, 2, 32, 36, 40, 42]

Tagetes minutaTagetesBacterial infections, fungal infections, inflammation, and viral infections (verrucae and warts)[32, 36, 42]

Thymus vulgarisThymeAbscesses, acne, antiseptic, blisters, burns, carbuncles, cellulitis, cuts, deodorant, dermatitis, eczema, fungal infections, oily conditions, sores, and wounds[1, 32, 36, 37, 41, 42]

Tilia europaeaLinden BlossomBlemishes, burns, freckles, softener, tonic, and wrinkles[36]

Vetiveria zizanioides VetiverAcne, antiseptic, balancing sebum, cuts, eczema, malnourished and aging skin, oily conditions, weeping sores, and wounds[1, 2, 32, 36, 37, 41, 42]

Viola odorataVioletAcne, bruises, congested and oily conditions, eczema, inflammation, infections, ulcers, and wounds[2, 32, 36, 40]

Zingiber officinaleGingerBruises, carbuncles, and sores[36]

Conditions involved in dermatological infections are shown in italics.
A medical condition that causes excessive sweating.