The Pros & Cons Of Rose Petal Oil In Your Beauty Routine

Tweaking your beauty routine every once in a while is essential to curate the perfect one for yourself. This means actively trying out new products to find a solid routine you can rely on. We're here to make that job easier for you by introducing you to a little-known ingredient that can do wonders for your skin. 


You may already be familiar with rosehip oil, which is ever so popular, but rose petal oil is slightly different. Rose petal oil is the oil derived from the petals of the rose plant, also known as rose oil. On the other hand, rosehip oil is extracted from the fruit and seeds of the rose plant. While rosehip oil is widely known for its many benefits, such as exfoliation, moisturizing, and collagen formation, rose oil is more underrated but equally great. Here are some benefits of rose petal oil as well as a few potential disadvantages, so you can decide if it's right for your own beauty regime.

Rose petal oil hydrates your skin

One of the most prized benefits of rose oil is its ability to hydrate. Wendy Long Mitchell, a dermatologist at Manhattan Dermatology, explained to Byrdie that rose petal oil can have many potential benefits for the skin when incorporated into your daily beauty routine. She says, "It contains a high concentration of antioxidants, essential fatty acids, and vitamins, which provide a range of benefits for the skin" and emphasizes how "the oil helps to lock in moisture and improve the skin's barrier function, which helps to prevent water loss and keep the skin hydrated and supple."


Adding products that hydrate and moisturize your skin is essential to achieving good-looking and healthy skin. If you don't actively put an effort into keeping your skin hydrated, it will likely start showing signs of dryness, making it look dull and lifeless. Nobody wants dry skin, so consider rose petal oil to do the job for you.

Rose oil helps regulate oil production

At the opposite end of the skin spectrum is overly oily skin. This isn't what you should aim for, either. Especially if you have oily skin, you should consider using an ingredient to help manage its oily nature. Dermatologist Kunal Malik of Spring Street Dermatology tells Byrdie, "Rose petal oil has natural astringent properties" which can help manage your skin's sebum production, regulating it to a healthy level. 


Excess sebum can cause your skin to look oily and greasy, emphasizing your pores. This is not a great look, and you want to make sure you're doing everything to avoid it. Excess sebum can also clog your pores, resulting in inflammation and breakouts. Adding products that have the ability to manage your skin's sebum production will combat this problem, keeping your skin's moisture level in a healthy balance. If you've noticed your skin to be especially oily and greasy, this could be the solution your skin has been seeking all this time.

It has anti-inflammatory properties

Living in today's world, our skin is exposed to a lot of harsh conditions such as UV rays, gas emissions, smoke, and sugar. Many of these conditions can cause our skin to be inflamed and in need of attention to combat these effects. Additionally, if your skin is prone to breakouts, your skin is likely to become inflamed. Rose petal oil offers another great property in this regard by its being anti-inflammatory. This means it actively reduces swelling, redness, and tenderness in your skin. You should consider rose petal oil as an ingredient to help soothe your skin and rid it of its inflamed nature if you feel this is something your skin may need. 


Furthermore, you must be mindful if you notice your skin looking especially inflamed, as there are a number of potential causes for this. For example, allergic reactions, bacterial infections, sensitivity to heat, and even immune dysfunction can all cause skin inflammation.

Rose oil is a good source of Vitamin C

Rose petal oil is also a great source of vitamin C. Now, you may ask, how is vitamin C important for skin care? Vitamin C is well-known in the skin care world for its ability to promote the skin's ability to produce collagen, a skin-strengthening protein found naturally in the body. Promoting your skin's collagen production is a great way to keep your skin looking youthful and fresh with reduced appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and flaws. After all, who doesn't want flawless skin?


Apart from collagen promotion, vitamin C also carries a number of other benefits for your skin. For example, it helps even out uneven skin tone, brighten the skin, and heal minor wounds. Additionally, vitamin C can help prevent signs of aging in the skin and even repair skin damage. We can all agree that these are all benefits we'd like to reap.

Be cautious of potential allergic reactions

Like any ingredient, along with the potential benefits comes possible risk factors, and rose petal oil is no different, the first of which is the potential threat of an allergic reaction. So, if you have a known allergy to rose, rosehip oil, or roses, we'd advise to stay away from rose petal oil. 


It's highly advisable that you carry out a patch test of the product before using it on your skin, regardless of whether you have a known rose allergy. During your patch test, keep a close eye and note any unusual symptoms such as burning, itching, or inflammation. Patch tests are important with trying out any new product, as they can give you the assurance you need that your skin won't react negatively to the new item you introduce to it. Practicing safe skin care is a must if you are keen on trying out new products. After all, we want to make sure we are doing everything to avoid an uncomfortable or unsafe situation such as a potential allergic reaction!

Be aware of other potential risks

Rose petal oil has some other potential risks. Another possible downside to rose oil is that it could cause your pores to become clogged. Clogged pores are not pleasant, can have adverse effects on the skin, and are not something your skin needs. However, you only run this risk if you aren't careful and use too much of the oil. As long as you're mindful of how much product you use and how often you use it, your pores should be fine. 


Additionally, you may also want to stay away from rose petal oil if you are pregnant. This is not because any adverse or harmful effects have been recorded but because there haven't been any substantial studies carried out to confirm that rose petal oil is safe for pregnancy. If you are pregnant and wish to incorporate rose oil into your routine, we recommend discussing it with a medical professional first.