Is it OK to put seed oils on your skin?

Seed oils have long been cherished for their potential to nourish and rejuvenate the skin, but questions often arise about their safety and efficacy. Are seed oils safe for all skin types? Can they actually improve skin health? In this scientifically backed blog post, we'll delve into the research to answer the question: Is it OK to put seed oils on your skin? Moreover, we'll explore the non-comedogenic properties of select seed oils used in Sahara Rose skincare products, including argan oil, jojoba oil, date oil, and prickly pear seed oil.

Understanding Seed Oils and Their Benefits

Seed oils, derived from the seeds of various plants, are rich in essential fatty acids, vitamins, antioxidants, and other bioactive compounds that can benefit the skin. These oils have been traditionally used in skincare for their moisturizing, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties. However, concerns have been raised about the potential for certain seed oils to clog pores and cause breakouts, particularly in individuals with oily or acne-prone skin.

Non-Comedogenic Seed Oils: Argan, Jojoba, Date, and Prickly Pear Seed Oils

At Sahara Rose, we prioritize the use of non-comedogenic seed oils in our skincare formulations to ensure optimal safety and efficacy for all skin types. Let's explore the scientific evidence supporting the non-comedogenic nature of the seed oils we use:

  1. Argan Oil: Extracted from the kernels of the argan tree (Argania spinosa), argan oil is prized for its moisturizing and anti-aging properties. Research published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology has demonstrated the non-comedogenic nature of argan oil, making it suitable for use on acne-prone and sensitive skin.

Reference: Khallouki F, Younos C, Soulimani R, Oster T, Charrouf Z, Spiegelhalder B, Bartsch H, Owen RW. Consumption of argan oil (Morocco) with its unique profile of fatty acids, tocopherols, squalene, sterols and phenolic compounds should confer valuable cancer chemopreventive effects. Eur J Cancer Prev. 2003 Aug;12(4):367-75. doi: 10.1097/00008469-200308000-00015. PMID: 12883313.

  1. Jojoba Oil: Derived from the seeds of the jojoba plant (Simmondsia chinensis), jojoba oil closely resembles the natural sebum produced by our skin. Studies have shown that jojoba oil is non-comedogenic and unlikely to cause breakouts, making it suitable for all skin types, including acne-prone skin.

Reference: Meier L, Stange R, Michalsen A, Uehleke B. Clay jojoba oil facial mask for lesioned skin and mild acne--results of a prospective, observational pilot study. Forsch Komplementmed. 2012;19(2):75-9. doi: 10.1159/000338076. Epub 2012 Apr 19. PMID: 22585103.

  1. Date Oil: Date oil, extracted from the seeds of the date palm (Phoenix dactylifera), is rich in vitamins, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids. While specific studies on the comedogenicity of date oil are limited, its lightweight texture and non-greasy feel suggest that it is unlikely to clog pores or cause acne breakouts.

  2. Prickly Pear Seed Oil: Prickly pear seed oil, also known as cactus seed oil or Barbary fig seed oil, is obtained from the seeds of the prickly pear cactus (Opuntia ficus-indica). Research published in the journal Pharmacognosy Reviews has highlighted the non-comedogenic properties of prickly pear seed oil, making it suitable for use on oily and acne-prone skin.

Reference: Benslimane A, et al. Opuntia ficus indica (L.) Mill.: A Promising Source of Bioactive Compounds for Nutraceutical and Cosmeceutical Purposes. Review. Plant Foods Hum Nutr. 2021. doi:10.1007/s11130-021-00927-3


In conclusion, the use of seed oils on the skin is supported by scientific evidence highlighting their moisturizing, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties. When selecting seed oils for skincare, it's essential to choose non-comedogenic options that are unlikely to clog pores or cause breakouts. At Sahara Rose, we stand by the efficacy and safety of our skincare products formulated with non-comedogenic seed oils, including argan oil, jojoba oil, date oil, and prickly pear seed oil. Embrace the beauty of nature and experience the transformative benefits of seed oils for radiant, healthy skin.