How To Use Ginger Oil To Improve Your Skin's Health

Ginger remains a popular holistic remedy for myriad health problems thanks to its underrated healing abilities. According to Healthline, ginger even helps reduce nausea, treat colds, and reduce digestive upset. This fragrant plant oil also "contains a specific compound that alleviates itch and inflammation when applied topically," explains dermatologist Rachel Nazarian, M.D. to Ipsy. For instance, a 2022 study published in Molecules demonstrates how ginger creates an anti-inflammatory effect in individuals with psoriasis, an inflammatory skin condition that causes intense itching and irritation.


In an interview with PureWow, dermatologist Annie Gonzalez, M.D. also reveals how ginger oil contains "over 40 antioxidant properties" that help "even skin tone, improve elasticity, increase circulation, and fade scars." This oil is a powerhouse of benefits, so you may find it useful in your routine. If you're looking for a natural remedy to improve your skin's health, follow these simple steps to incorporate ginger oil into your skincare routine.

Dilute your ginger oil

Ginger oil doesn't tend to cause adverse reactions when applied topically, but it's best to take precautions when using any essential oil. There is always a chance of an adverse reaction, as an essential oil typically contains a more potent concentration of an ingredient due to the distillation process, per the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Therefore, before using ginger oil, dilute it with a carrier oil. Jojoba oil is a safe carrier oil, as it will not clog your pores and possesses anti-inflammatory properties that can boost the effects of ginger oil (via Healthline).


As a general rule, apply three to six drops of ginger oil per ounce of your chosen carrier oil. Conduct a patch test on the inside of your wrist or upper arm before applying to any sensitive areas, such as the face. If you find that you react to ginger oil, even in a diluted form, you can alternatively grate a small amount of fresh ginger and lightly dab it onto the target areas.

Remain consistent

The best way to maximize the healing powers of ginger oil is to maintain frequent and consistent use. Keep in mind that, although ginger can alleviate symptoms of common inflammatory skin conditions, it is not a quick fix. This especially applies when treating a chronic condition, such as psoriasis, eczema, or rosacea. Stay consistent, even if you don't notice immediate improvements.


To target inflamed breakouts, look for "ginger's cousin, black ginger, [which] has shown a small amount of evidence that it may improve acne when applied topically," dermatologist Rachel Nazarian, M.D. shares with Ipsy. In fact, black ginger extract proved effective at reducing active acne lesions after just six weeks, according to a 2022 study published in Molecules.

"Ginger [also] increases circulation and cell regeneration, which in turn helps fight cellulite," explains Shadoh Punnapuzha, founder of Arya Essentials, to The Healthy. Therefore, if your goal is to reduce the appearance of cellulite, rub ginger oil into damp skin after a bath or shower for best results.