The Best Guide to Wheat Germ Oil for Skin

Wheat germ oil is an amazing carrier oil. It is thick, luxurious and has one of the highest Vitamin E levels among the carrier oils. And you know Vitamin E is incredible for everything related to beauty.

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Wheat Germ Oil Properties

Botanical name: Triticum vulgare.

Color: It’s usually dark yellow to almost brown.

Smell: The smell is a little strong, and wheaty.

Texture: It’s super thick and absorbs slowly. That makes it perfect for dry, dehydrated skin. But it’s not perfect for normal to oily skin. I find it feels heavy after a while. If it’s too thick, mix it with lighter oils like safflower or watermelon seed oil.

Comedogenic rating: It’s five (out of five). That means it is almost guaranteed to cause breakouts in acne-prone skin. So if you get acne on your face or back, don’t use wheat germ oil there. But do use it on your heels, elbows and other dry areas.

Compounds: Wheat germ oil has fatty acids, proteins, lecithin, vitamins (A, D, and E), and minerals. The main fatty acids here include linoleic acid (50%), palmitic acid (15%), oleic acid (15%), and linolenic acid.

The oil also has one of the highest alpha tocopherol levels (Vitamin E) among all the carrier oils. And you know how good it is for skin and hair!

Wheat Germ Oil Benefits

  • moisturizes dry skin and hair
  • gets rid of harmful free radicals
  • repairs skin
  • boosts skin collagen
  • reduces redness and inflammation
  • improves blood circulation
  • works better with aloe vera and Vitamin C

Here’s more.

Wheat germ oil moisturizes

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The oil is thick and slow to absorb so you can use wheat germ oil for skin – dry, irritated, dehydrated skin. Plus it works well for rough, cracking skin too.

Use it for smooth elbows, knees, heels and anywhere else that needs a little extra moisturizing. That also includes dry, brittle hair. Yup! Wheat germ moisturizes hair too!

It neutralizes free radicals

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Free radicals are little chemicals that form when you’re exposed to sunlight and other harsh environments (new evidence: your skin makes free radicals too!). These chemicals can damage skin cells, collagen, and elastin. And besides damaging them, they slow down collagen and elastin regeneration.

Translation: wrinkles!

Free radicals actually cause wrinkles and can increase your chance of getting skin cancer.

Before you start freaking out, you should know wheat germ oil has got your back! Remember, the oil has the highest levels of Vitamin E? Well, the vitamin is a powerful antioxidant and free radical scavenger which means it can neutralize free radicals. So you can use wheat germ oil to prevent wrinkles!

It repairs skin

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Your body needs Vitamin E to repair and regenerate cells and tissue. That is a primary function of Vitamin E.

So when you use wheat germ oil, you are feeding your skin with the vitamin it needs to repair itself. That means you can use the oil for cuts, burns, ulcers, sunburn, scars, stretch marks and dermatitis.

Wheat germ oil boosts collagen and elastin production

Not only can Vitamin E stop free radicals from damaging collagen and elastin, it can also repair and regenerate them. You may know collagen helps skin stay firm, strong and elastic. Elastin helps maintain skin’s shape even after contorting or stretching. These are important for reducing stretch marks, wrinkles, and sagging.

But there’s a problem.

Several studies show when Vitamin E is applied to your skin it gets absorbed pretty quickly. But it doesn’t get very far into the skin. The highest concentrations of Vitamin E are within the first 0.005 millimeters of your skin. So lots of Vitamin E molecules can’t get to the collagen and elastin layers deep inside your skin.

It’s ok though!

You can feed the collagen and elastin layers by eating wheat germ oil. You only need one tablespoon to meet your daily Vitamin E requirements. If you can’t stomach it, no worries. Just add more almonds, spinach, pumpkin seeds, avocados, or fish to your diet. These foods are rich in Vitamin E so they’ll definitely help keep your skin firm, strong and beautiful.

It reduces inflammation

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Vitamin E also has anti-inflammatory properties. So you can use wheat germ oil to reduce redness, irritation and dermatitis. Skin conditions caused by inflammation like psoriasis and eczema can also be eased with wheat germ oil.

In fact, this Iranian study (2016) found wheat germ oil was one of several local treatments used for psoriasis. Others mentioned were flaxseed oil, black seed oil, and violet oil.

It improves circulation

Quite a few studies show wheat germ oil improves blood circulation to your skin. Improved blood flow ensures more nutrients and oxygen get to your skin. And more toxins are taken away. That means your skin will look healthy, nourished and radiant.

You will also experience improved blood flow if you apply the oil to your scalp. When this happens, more blood flow causes healthier and stronger hair follicles. And who doesn’t want strong, healthy hair?

It works better with aloe vera

A small 2010 study looked at the moisturizing effects of herbal blends on six volunteers. It found wheat germ oil is very moisturizing on its own. But it was even more moisturizing when added to aloe vera. Amazing right?

This is pretty useful for damaged, dry skin, sun burn, stretch marks, and wrinkles.

It works with Vitamin C too

Remember Vitamin E in wheat germ oil is a powerful antioxidant? When it reacts with free radicals it can form its own radical. So it needs another antioxidant to counteract it.

Vitamin C does this job very well. That’s why so many skin care and beauty products contain both vitamins. They’re better together!

Isn’t this oil impressive? Here’s a quick summary of a few wheat germ oil benefits:
Wheat germ oil benefits for skin

Where to Buy Wheat Germ Oil

You can find wheat germ oil in most health stores and there are several options on Amazon like these:
NOW Wheat Germ Oil, 16-Ounces Edens Garden Wheat Germ Oil

Wheat germ oil will last for about six to eight months provided it is not over exposed to light, heat and air.

Just a quick note: there is no such thing as wheat germ essential oil. Essential oils have light, volatile compounds. But this oil has large, heavy, non-volatile compounds like fatty acids and vitamins.

Wheat Germ Oil Uses

If you have wheat allergies, you should patch test this oil. You should patch test anyway… Once, your skin doesn’t hate it, you can try any of these wheat germ oil uses.

Moisturizing dry skin

Use wheat germ oil as is on your dry spots or mix it with other thicker oils like avocado oil.


Mix a spoonful of wheat germ oil to an ounce of jojoba oil or safflower oil. Add in essential oils too like lavender and geranium. Apply this mix after you shower to lock in moisture in your skin and hair.

Hair treatments

Omg, I love this one. Mix equal parts of coconut oil, wheat germ oil and aloe vera. Make sure they mix well (you may need to heat the coconut oil slightly). Massage your scalp with this treatment for a good fifteen minutes. Get that blood flowing to your roots! When it’s time, rinse your hair.

If you want to leave in this treatment, swap avocado oil for the coconut oil. This will make sure your hair doesn’t look clumpy in the cold climate.

Stretch marks?

Try wheat germ oil on your stretch marks. Mix equal amounts of it with calendula oil. Or try adding a spoonful to container of a cocoa butter! It’s awesome!
If you use the oil in another way, let me know in the comments below.
Last updated: August 2018

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  1. July 20, 2015 / 7:15 am

    Truly useful information on essential and carrier oils.

  2. October 21, 2015 / 4:27 pm

    Thanks for info excellent article

  3. March 1, 2016 / 1:28 pm

    I use wheat germ oil on my face and take a teaspoon 2 -3 times a day. I love it. The only thing is I can't get it close to my eyes, they start to water and get a bit irritated. But my skin does look and feel younger. Been using it for two weeks now. I love the taste and don't mind the smell.

  4. Dona
    August 23, 2018 / 3:23 am

    Thank you for this post, really informational and helpful xx

    A free soul.

    • Leros E.
      August 24, 2018 / 12:06 am

      Thank you Dona ♥♥♥

    • Leros E.
      August 24, 2018 / 12:07 am

      Thanks xo ♥♥♥

    • Leros E.
      August 24, 2018 / 12:07 am

      Isn’t it?!

  5. August 24, 2018 / 11:30 pm

    Wow! I never knew wheat germ oil did so much, such a thorough and helpful post! 🙂


  6. Shannon Jenkins
    August 27, 2018 / 2:25 am

    Wow this sounds amazing! I need to try it!

    <3 Shannon 
    Upbeat Soles

    • Leros E.
      August 27, 2018 / 9:33 pm

      You definitely should 🙂

    • Leros E.
      August 27, 2018 / 9:34 pm

      Aww thanks!

    • Leros E.
      August 27, 2018 / 9:34 pm

      Definitely patch test if you have gluten allergies since it’s made from wheat!

  7. Elizabeth Seal
    August 27, 2018 / 8:13 pm

    This is fascinating, I had no idea it had so many benefits! I definitely want to try it for stretch marks 😀 xx

    elizabeth ♡ ”Ice Cream” whispers Clara
    (I would love to follow each other on bloglovin if you like :D)

    • Leros E.
      August 27, 2018 / 9:35 pm

      I know it’s such a great oil!

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