Oily Skin? Yes, Please!

I have battled acne since my tween years. I remember thinking that the two or three pimples on my chin at age 13 were awfully annoying, but in later years I grew to be envious of these relatively few markings. In the year before my wedding I visited a dermatologist regularly to help with the problem. The creams and pills helped, but I abandoned them after the wedding when I decided I didn’t care quite enough to keep up with them and the regular doctor visits.

Saying I don’t care about my skin is a lie. However, I had become somewhat indifferent to my frequent break-outs. They weren’t THAT bad. I could handle them. How much did they matter anyway?

I truly believed this. I think I still do. However, during a recent vacation to Nashville with some friends (our first trip without the little one!), I was introduced to something new to add to my skincare regimen. Becky (Haluska) Borgman, thanks for the recommendation!!

The secret? Rose hip oil. This handy elixir mixed with my favorite “do-it-all” extra virgin coconut oil has become the main step in my nighttime routine.


So, how do I use it? Simple! I wash and dry my face like usual. I then place a bit of coconut oil in my palm along with 4-5 drops of the rose hip oil. I then rub it all over my face and massage for 30 seconds or so. If I have too much oil I occasionally wipe a bit off right before I hop into bed. However, I still make sure that my face is plenty oily.IMG_3679

I have gotten really great results from this simple, cheap, natural addition to my evening. After one use my skin was much smoother. After a few days I realized that many of my acne scars (of which I have many…I’m a picker! Eek!) were beginning to fade. The best news? After a month of using rose hip oil with a bit of coconut oil I have only had 3-4 pimples. Honestly! It’s been awesome.

My friend, Becky, does not use coconut oil with the rose hip oil. However, she also reported great results, hence the reason she shared her secret with me!

A simple Google search of rose hip oil will result in an abundance of information regarding uses and benefits. While it is important to take many tips you read online with a grain of salt, my experience is that rose hip oil really is very beneficial! If nothing else, it is worth a try.

Do you have any good, or even bad, reviews for rose hip oil? What are you favorite oils? I love trying new things!


Lana Criswell is a born and bred Hawkeye fan who has lived in Iowa City for almost ten years! She came for college and never looked back. Lana has been married to her husband, Tom, for two years and is momma to Jessa (3.5 months) and Charlie, the dog. She finished graduate school nearly four years ago in speech-language pathology and works at Children’s Center for Therapy in Iowa City. She is excited to be able to work 80% time now and have some “girl time” with Jessa each week. Lana loves spending time with family and friends, cooking/baking, going to Hawkeye games, going on walks around the neighborhood with the dog, and reading.


  1. I ordered the rose hip oil and coconut oil today. Thanks for the tips, Lana. Here’s hoping it helps like it did with you for my acne scars. 🙂

  2. I switched to coconut oil as a facial moisturizer a couple of years ago and have since switched to light olive oil. It does seem counter-intuitive but after switching to oil I have not had hardly any break-outs! I have not tried rose hip oil.

    • Honestly, I purchased mine on Amazon. Natural food stores like New-Pi have many oils, and Extra Virgin Coconut Oil can be found in many grocery stores these days!


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