Hazelnut Oil For Skin: Benefits And How To Use

Enjoy the goodness of the non-greasy oil with skin-moisturizing benefits.

Medically reviewed by Dr. Somi IgbeneDr. Somi Igbene, PhD, ANutr
By Ramona SinhaRamona Sinha, Certified Skin Care Coach  • 

Hazelnut oil is rich in fatty acids, proteins, minerals, and vitamins. It is good for your overall health, and many people also use hazelnut oil for skin care. This healthy oil can protect, nourish, and hydrate your skin and keep it soft and supple. You may use it orally or topically to reap all its benefits. This article delves deep into the advantages of hazelnut oil for skin and ways to use it. Read on.

What Is Hazelnut Oil?

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Hazelnut oil is extracted from hazelnut kernels that contain about 60% oil (1). The oil is extracted by the cold press or solvent extraction methods. Although it is mainly popular in the food industry, it has been gaining traction in the cosmetic industry as well. It is a non-greasy oil known for its moisturizing properties.

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Turkey is the largest producer of Hazelnut oil, accounting for about 75% of total global production as of 2021.

Hazelnut oil has a similar fatty acid content as olive oil. It contains a high oleic acid content. It can be used like olive oil in skincare products (2). Read on to know its complete nutritional profile and benefits.

Hazelnut Nutrition Composition And Benefits

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Hazelnut contains many nutrients beneficial to skincare, like fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, squalene, and tocopherols (1), (3), ( 4).

  • Fatty acids play a role in balancing the skin’s protective barrier (5). They also prevent the loss of moisture from the skin’s surface. These fatty acids prevent any harmful substances from entering the skin.
  • Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) prevents and repairs photo-aging. It has antioxidant properties that protect the skin from UV damage (6), (7) (8). It can also be used to help reduce hyperpigmentation. Vitamin C has anti-inflammatory properties and can help treat skin conditions like acne and rosacea. It also promotes wound healing and boosts collagen synthesis.
  • Vitamin E contains tocopherols and tocotrienols. It has high antioxidant properties that reduce free radical damage due to solar radiation (9). It protects the skin from oxidative stress. It may help prevent sun damage from a sunburn. It has therapeutic effects against psoriasis, acne, sclerodermai  XA group of rare diseases that lead to the hardening and tightening of the skin in middle-aged women. , and atopic dermatitisi  XAn allergic reaction to certain products or environmental factors that leads to dry and inflamed skin. . It can also promote wound healing. It might reduce the signs of sun damage, including skin thickening, wrinkling, and erythemai  XA skin condition that causes inflammation triggered by an infection or a reaction to certain medicines. (10). Tocopherols also have skin-conditioning properties (11).
  • Folic acid improves skin firmness that may otherwise deteriorate due to aging (12). Folic acid supplementation is often used to treat chronic inflammatory skin conditions (13).
  • Vitamin A (retinol) is often used in the treatment of acne, psoriasis, and other skin conditions (14). It also slows down the aging process. It protects the skin barrier functions and collagen, and reduces water loss. It also prevents the discoloration of the skin. It reduces excess sebum production, improves skin elasticity, and boosts collagen synthesis and keratin formation. It reduces the signs of aging and photoagingi  XPremature aging of skin due to sun exposure that increases risk of wrinkles, pigmentation, loss of skin tone, or even skin cancer. too (15). Research shows that vitamin A can reduce fine lines and wrinkles effectively (16).
  • Niacin improves the skin barrier function (14). It prevents water loss and increases the moisture content in the skin. It improves skin quality and reduces wrinkles. It may help treat skin conditions like acne and rosacea, thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties. It reduces the effects of aging and might also reduce skin discoloration.
  • Minerals like zinc and copper offer photoprotective properties and prevent damage from UV radiation (15). These minerals prevent the radiation from penetrating the skin. They also have antioxidant properties. Copper, additionally, improves skin elasticity and thickness.

Table 1: Nutrient composition of 100gms of Hazelnuts (3)

Nut (100gms)Energy




















Hazelnut 262960.84.545.

Abbreviations: SFA, saturated fatty acids; MUFA, monounsaturated fatty acids; PUFA, polyunsaturated fatty acids; LA, linoleic acid; ALA, α-linolenic acid

Table 2: Nutrient Composition Of Hazelnuts (1)

Hazelnut Nutrient Composition Table

Amount: g.100 g−1

Fatty AcidsMyristic acid (0-0.1)

Palmitic acid (4.5-6.5)

Palmitoleic acid (0.1-0.3)

Stearic acid (0.4-3.8)

Oleic acid (76.3-86.5)

Linoleic acid (6.5-15.6)

Linolenic acid (0.1-1.9)

Arachidic acid (0-0.2)

Triacylglycerol CompositionLLLn – 0.1

LLL – 3.7

OLLn – 0.5

OLLn – 12.3

OLnO – 0.7

LLP – 1.6

OLO – 28.2

LOP – 5.2

PLP – 0.2

OOO – 36.5

SLO – 1.4

OOP – 6.1

SOO – 2.8

Sterol CompositionCholesterol (0.8-2.3)

Methylene-cholesterol (0-0.1)

Campesterol (4.8-7.4)

Campestanol (0-0.2)

Stigmasterol (1.3-2.1)

Campesterol (0-0.4)

Stigmastadienol + Clerosterol (0.9-1.3)

𝛽-Sitosterol (78.1-90.4)

Sitostanol (1.8-3.6)

Avenasterol (1.3-5.2)

Stigmastadienol (0.3-1.1)

Stigmasterol (0.3-2.3)

Avenasterol (0.5-1.9)

Tocopherol and Tocotrienol Composition𝛼-Tocopherol (53.8-90.6)
𝛽-Tocopherol (2.1-4.2)
𝛾-Tocopherol (3.1-41.9)
𝛼-Tocotrienol (0-0.71)
Total Sterols (mg⋅kg−1)1096–6031
Total tocopherol (mg⋅kg−1)25.8–690.8

Table 3: Vitamin Composition in Hazelnut (4)

Vitamins per 100 gmsComposition
Niacin1.45 mg
Vitamin B10.28 mg
Vitamin B20.05 mg
Vitamin B60.5 mg
Ascorbic Acid2.45 mg
Folic Acid0.043
Retinol3.25 mg

Table 4: Mineral Composition in Hazelnut (4)

Mineral per 100 gmsComposition
Potassium (K)863 mg
Manganese (Mn)186 mg
Magnesium (Mg)173 mg
Calcium (Ca)
Iron (Fe)5.6 mg
Zinc (Zn)4.2 mg
Sodium (Na)2.9 mg
Copper (Cu)2.3 mg

Here are some additional benefits of Hazelnut oil for skin.

Benefits Of Hazelnut Oil For Skin

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  1. Hazelnut oil moisturizes the skin. It contains a high amount of fatty acids that make it an effective emollient. It acts as a regenerating agent for skin conditioning (19 ).
  2. It has occlusive properties; it forms a protective barrier on the skin and prevents moisture retention (19).
  3. Hazelnut oil might boost the effectiveness of other skin care moisturizers (20). It contains phospholipids that provide longer-lasting moisturization to cosmetic products (21). It is commonly added to products used to treat dry skin as it has emulsion properties ( 22).
  4. Hazelnut oil may be used in skin restorative treatments. It might improve skin elasticity and healing ( 22). It may also be used as a UV filter to protect the skin from sun damage.
  5. Hazelnut oil is non-greasy and is ideal for oily skin (23). It also has astringent properties and closes the skin pores, and may help those with acne-prone or oily skin (22).
  6. Hazelnut oil contains vitamins and essential fatty acids that protect the skin from sun damage. These nutrients also improve collagen production (23).
  7. Hazelnut essential oil, made with the leaves, flowers, skin, and bark of the plant, provides good skin care benefits. The oil soothes and stimulates the skin (24). It also acts as a disinfectant and provides aseptic action. It can help soothe any muscle pain and provides relaxation.
  8. Hazelnut essential oil made from the skin of the nut may be used to boost the effectiveness of probiotic bacteria that benefit skin health. Hazelnut skin has bioactive compounds that increase the growth of the probiotic bacteria Lactobacillus planetarium and Lactobacillus crispatus (25). These bacteria help delay the onset of skin aging (26), (27).
  9. Hazelnut twigs and leaves, used in the making of essential oils, can be used to treat skin conditions. The leaves have an hydroalcoholic extract that may help with wound healing (28).
  10. The ethanol extract from hazelnut exhibited antibacterial activity against Staphylococcus aureus (28). This bacteria is known for causing acne. The ethanol extract boosts iron metabolism and provides anti-inflammatory action against the bacteria.
  11. Hazelnut oil may help reduce the effects of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) (28). This suggests that it might be useful in reducing any inflammation or breakouts caused by PCOS.

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Hazelnut is great as a carrier oil as it has a pleasant, nutty aroma that can also calm your senses.

These are the various potential benefits of hazelnut oil. The best way to achieve all of its benefits is using the oil right. In the following section, we discuss the same.

How To Use Hazelnut Oil For Skin

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Note: Perform a patch test before applying hazelnut oil to your skin. Apply some oil to your forearm and wait for a few hours. Avoid use if you notice any adverse effects like redness, swelling, itching, rashes, inflammation, or burning sensations.

  • Hazelnut oil (regular and essential) can be used on its own or with other oils. Pair the oil with carrier oils or other essential oils to boost its medicinal and cosmetic benefits.
  • The oil can also be paired with other organic ingredients and skin care products (since it is an emulsifier).


  1. Wash your face with a cleanser. Do not scrub your face with your nails. Massage your face in small circular motions as you spread the cleanser.
  2. Dab your face dry with a cotton towel.
  3. Take a smaller towel or a washcloth and dip it in some warm or hot water. Make sure the water is not boiling hot or too cold. The warm water will open the pores in the skin.
  4. Apply hazelnut oil to your face (and any other area). Massage it into your face for a few minutes.
  5. Allow it to rest for 5 to 10 minutes. Wash it off with warm water or gently wipe it off with a warm towel.

As with most natural ingredients, hazelnut oil may cause certain side effects in some. Read on to know more.

Side Effects Of Hazelnut Oil

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Hazelnut oil is generally considered safe for consumption and topical application. However, there is not enough research to guarantee its safety. In an unpublished study, hazelnut oil displayed no irritating effects on 20 patients who were prone to cosmetic contact allergy (29).

It is advised to avoid hazelnut oil if you have any kind of nut allergy or sensitive skin. Hazelnut contains proteins similar to that of pollen allergens. If you have pollen allergies, hazelnut oil might not suit your skin. Perform a patch test on the back of your neck or under your forearm to ensure no harmful or adverse effects occur.

Some adverse reactions that might occur on using hazelnut oil include:

  • Redness
  • Burning sensations
  • Discomfort
  • Swelling
  • Scaling
  • Breakouts
  • Acne or skin condition flare-ups

If you do feel any discomfort, inflammation or irritation, wash the oil and consult a dermatologist immediately.

Using hazelnut oil for the skin has many benefits. It helps moisturize the skin, prevent sun damage, and slow down premature signs of aging. It may also help manage the symptoms of rosacea, dermatitis, and acne. In addition, anecdotal evidence suggests that pure hazelnut oil can smoothen and soften the skin, boost its radiance, and improve its overall texture. However, ensure to do a patch test before using this oil on your skin. If you notice rashes and irritation, stop using it and consult a doctor immediately.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does hazelnut oil smell like?

Hazelnut oil has a mild, nutty, and sweet scent.

How do you store hazelnut oil?

You should store hazelnut oil in a cool place away from direct sunlight. Once opened, you can store hazelnut oil in the refrigerator. While the refrigeration may cause the oil to solidify, you can keep the oil out for one or two hours to bring it back to room temperature.

Does hazelnut oil expire?

Yes, hazelnut oil can only last between 9 to 12 months if properly stored.

Key Takeaways

  • Hazelnut oil is non-greasy and has moisturizing properties. Its rich fatty acid and nutrient content benefit overall health and help improve skin health.
  • This oil’s oral intake and topical application can hydrate, nourish, and protect the skin.
  • You can reap all its benefits by applying it to the skin correctly.


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