How to Use Essential Oils for Acne

How to Use Essential Oils to Treat Acne

For most people, acne first appears when we hit puberty--but doesn't always go away when we become adults. There are so many products out there for both teenagers and adults that claim to remove this acne. In addition to all the things going on with our bodies, acne just makes it worse. As if we weren't worried enough about appearances, acne may make us ashamed.

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As a teenager, I took medication and had a topical ointment to apply to my face to help with my acne. This resulted in over-drying my skin and a face that could become sunburned more easily. Just drying out my face didn't make the acne stop, it just made my face hurt. I would have loved something more natural to use, but didn't know where to start.

What would be the best for my skin? What's great is that essential oils are becoming more popular and have more applications than you can imagine! This will show you how to use essential oils to treat acne. You don't need to resort to harsh chemicals!

What you will need to follow this tutorial:

1. Essential Oils

There are a variety of essential oils that can be used. Here are the different options and what they can best be used for:

Important Note: Whatever you choose for an oil, make sure that the oils you purchase are high quality. Remember, you're breathing applying this oil to your body so essential oil quality is a terrible place to cut corners.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is great for acne because it has germ-fighting properties. It is an anti- inflammatory, antibacterial and antifungal agent. It can reduce the swelling that pimples cause and remove the bacteria that cause your breakouts. Pro tip- Mix tea tree essential oil with with jojoba oil to help dilute it.

Lavender Oil
Lavender essential oil

Lavender is a favorite essential oil for many reasons. Not only does it have a clean and sweet fragrance, it's also good for your skin. It's analgesic, antibacterial and antiseptic. It might help take away any pain you're having that is associated with severe cases of acne. Lavender is more beneficial for those with oily skin.

Pro tip - Lavender does sometimes dry out the skin so it's a good idea to put a few drops into your regular moisturizer and use them together.

Frankincense Oil

​Frankincense has great anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties and it may help heal your problems with acne. Frankincense is really attractive to men because it has a woodsy instead of floral scent.

Pro tip - Frankincense essential oil works well in combination with other essential oils as well as it will boost their properties.

Oregano Oil

Oregano is another essential oil that works well in combination with other essential or carrier oils because it can cause skin irritation when used in large doses by itself. You can also add a drop to your daily moisturizer.

Rosemary Oil
Rosemary essential oil

Rosemary essential oil is great in combination with other oils for oily or combination skin. It reduces that oil that the skin produces as well as the swelling and puffiness that can come along with breakouts. It improves bloodstream circulation and is a natural astringent.

Pro tip - Rosemary essential oil will be less harsh than the chemical astringents that you can find in the store.

Geranium Oil

Geranium is especially useful for adults who are still battling acne. It has antioxidants as well as antibacterial compounds.

Pro tip - You can make a night gel by mixing it with aloe vera and applying it at bedtime.

Chamomile Oil

Chamomile is also very helpful for adults, especially if you have remaining scars caused by acne. It will help calm new redness and acne flare ups as well.

Clary Sage Oil

When acne is caused by hormonal imbalances, clary sage can be very helpful in helping the body rebalance those hormones.

Eucalyptus essential oil
Eucalyptus Oil

Eucalyptus helps in removing oils and dirt to help your body get rid of blackheads.

Lemon Oil

Lemon oil helps to clear up current acne quickly and restore your skin's natural balance.

Pro tip - If you apply lemon oil, be careful not to be in the sun too much because that can cause the skin to become discolored.

Myrrh Oil

Myrrh can treat rashes and help acne from recurring. It also eliminates warts and the bacteria that cause acne.

Patchouli Oil

Patchouli oil helps treat scarring, rashes and acne.

2. Coconut oil

Coconut oil is really good for you, and can be used in combination with these oils and in the recipes you will see below.

3. Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil is used to dilute the essential oil and in many of the recipes below as well.As you can see, there are many choices when it comes to essential oils to use for acne and it really depends on your specific situation. For adults, I would highly recommend the geranium essential oil night gel as it is useful for those with aging skin. I would also recommend trying the recipes below to see what you like best.

Pro tip - It's also important to find out what the underlying cause for your acne is before moving forward with treatments.

How to Prepare to Use Essential Oils on Your Face

  1. Dilute the essential oil with a carrier oil, such as jojoba oil. There are different recommended dilutions depending on your specific circumstances. If it is to be used on a child over 6 years old, a pregnant woman, an elderly adult, or someone with sensitive skin, a compromised immune system or other serious health issues, you want to use a 1 percent dilution. This is one drop of essential oil to one teaspoon of a carrier oil. For most adults and for daily skin care, it's safe to use a 2% dilution, which is two drops of essential oil per one teaspoon of carrier oil
  2. Then use the diluted solution to perform a patch test. This is done by applying the solution to the inner portion of your elbow.
  3. Bandage the section where you put the solution.
  4. Wait one day to see if it begins to itch or swell.
  5. If there are any issues, do not use that essential oil.
  6. Repeat with all the oils you're considering using.


Another thing to consider when looking at essential oils for acne, is to use a combination as in the following recipes. This will help mix the ideal amounts of the oils and make them the most effective.

Acne fighting moisturizer

Acne Moisturizer

To make an acne moisturizer, follow these steps:

  1. Blend together three tablespoons of jojoba oil, five drops of tea tree essential oil, five drops of oregano essential oil, five drops of chamomile essential oil and five drops of rosemary essential oil.
  2. Store in a dark bottle.
  3. Wash hands
  4.  Apply the affected area gently, but do not rub in.

Blemish Stick

To make a blemish stick, follow these steps:

  1. Find an empty lip balm tube or small pot.
  2. Blend two tablespoons of melted coconut oil, four drops of frankincense essential oil, six drops of tea tree essential oil and four drops of lavender essential oil together and put into a container of your choice from above.
  3. Use at night on blemishes that are inflamed.
Essential oil facial wash for acne

Oil Fighting Face Wash

To make an oil fighting face wash, follow these steps:

  1. Blend two tablespoons of jojoba oil, five to 10 drops of geranium essential oil, five to 10 drops of frankincense essential oil and one tablespoon of rosehip oil together.
  2. Store in a dark glass bottle.
  3.  Cleanse skin with witch hazel and a cotton ball.
  4. Massage one teaspoon of this oil fighting face wash into skin.
  5. Rinse your face with warm water and dry with a clean towel.

To make an essential oil acne treatment blend to use in the additional recipe below: Mix 20 drops of lavender essential oil, 30 drops of tea tree essential oil and 30 drops of lemon essential oil into a dark bottle.

Castile Facial Cleanser

To make a castile facial cleanser, follow these steps:

  1. Mix 50 drops of the essential oil acne treatment blend with two ounces of jojoba oil, two ounces of natural aloe vera gel and eight ounces of liquid castile soap.
  2. Put the mixture into a pump bottle to use as a face cleanser.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial about the different ways you can use essential oils to treat acne! With all the chemical choices out there, it's great to know that you have some all natural options as well that actually work! It's important to know what we're putting on and into our bodies. Many people buy and use products without regard for what is in them. These chemicals, like a prescribed pimple ointment, can be very hard on our skin.

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