Use of vegetable oils in dermatology: an overview

Int J Dermatol. 2017 Nov;56(11):1080-1086. doi: 10.1111/ijd.13623. Epub 2017 Apr 19.


Vegetable oils have been used for a wide variety of purposes since time immemorial; however, their principle use remains as skin moisturizers, especially in neonates and children. Because of their considerable efficacy and a low side effect profile and bearable cost, these oils are hugely popular as moisturizers among the common people in countries such as India. A wide variety of oils have been used, and newer ones are coming up with each passing day. This article focuses on the different types of vegetable oils and their varied uses in dermatology.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Hair / drug effects
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Medicine, Ayurvedic / methods
  • Plant Oils / adverse effects
  • Plant Oils / chemistry
  • Plant Oils / therapeutic use*
  • Skin Care*
  • Skin Diseases / drug therapy


  • Plant Oils
  • argan oil