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Health & Wellness

Using Frankincense for Skin Care

Frankincense essential oil is an astringent oil that contains antioxidant properties. It is popular as a remedy for acne and eczema, and it also to help lift and tighten the skin. This essential oil is often used as an aromatherapy oil, but it can also be combined with a carrier oil such as jojoba or coconut oil to make a skin care product.

Some of the top benefits that frankincense can offer for the skin are highlighted below.

Contains Antibacterial Properties

Frankincense oil has powerful immune-boosting properties, and it can also act as an antimicrobial agent. 1 This means that it can help prevent infections on your skin, as well as even potentially protect against gum disease. 2

Though many essential oils have antimicrobial effects, frankincense appeals to a lot of people because of its scent and the other potential skin benefits.

woman using essential oil on skin Heals the Skin

Frankincense can also help strengthen your skin, improving its elasticity, tone, and appearance. It is also thought to be helpful for wound healing and for reducing the appearance of scars.

Some recent studies suggest that the pentacyclic triterpene structure of the oil is what helps it to soothe the skin because it is “steroid-like” in form and function. 3

Reduces Pain and Inflammation

Since frankincense is anti-inflammatory, it’s helpful for a number of inflammatory conditions. 4

Using Frankincense Essential Oil

Frankincense is generally well-tolerated by healthy adults, and it is a versatile oil that could be used in bath products, soaps, creams, and even as a part of your own natural toothpaste blend.

If you would like to make your own skincare products with frankincense, then you should dilute it quite heavily (six drops of frankincense to an ounce of carrier oil), and conduct a spot test on a piece of unbroken, clean skin. If you experience any itching, redness or irritation, do not use frankincense on more delicate skin.

Additionally, you can use frankincense in a room diffuser or personal diffuser like Zen to help promote relaxation, or you can add a couple of drops to your bathwater to help to ease anxiety and take advantage of its antimicrobial properties.

In addition to moisturizing creams and soothing lotions, frankincense can also be used to make toners and cleansers. Simply mixing frankincense oil with water is an effective way to make a fragrant toner to allow you to freshen up in a pinch.

Use six drops of frankincense per ounce of water, with three drops of vodka to prevent the solution from separating. Keep the mixture in a diffuser bottle and use it to freshen up your skin. If you have slightly greasy skin or suffer from acne, then adding a few drops of lavender can help reduce the risk of flare-ups.

Spritz your face before bed to let the essential oil work its magic. You can also use the spray to set your makeup, or, if you usually go out without makeup, you can use it with a wipe to freshen up after a workout or a hard day.

Safety and Precautions

While frankincense is generally considered safe for use by adults, it can cause irritation for some people. Consult a pediatrician before using any form of essential oil on your child's skin and take their guidance regarding dilution levels. 5

If you are taking prescription medications, seek advice from your doctor before using any essential oils. Inform your doctor about any complementary or alternative treatments that you are already using or plan to start. Frankincense does not generally interact with common medicines, especially not when used topically, however, it is important to confirm that it is safe to use with the medications that you are taking.

There is not a lot of evidence to show whether it is safe to use frankincense during pregnancy or not and whether it can pass through the bloodstream into breast milk. For this reason, it is best to avoid the oil if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. If you experience any adverse effects while using essential oils, seek medical attention immediately and discontinue the use of the oil.


It’s clear from the evidence that frankincense has a lot of potential benefits to offer, for skincare and far beyond. Try incorporating it into your skincare routine, whether in a cleanser or lotion, and prepare to reap the benefits that this potent essential oil can offer.

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