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How To Treat Acne With Essential Oils

Although oily skin and acne are conditions usually equated with adolescents, it is a problem that can affect people of all ages. Along with exercise, appropriate diet changes, and similar steps to improve the body’s overall health, aromatherapy and the use of therapeutic essential oils can play a vital role in the treatment of acne. See how to treat acne with essential oils including many essential oil acne treatment recipes.

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What essential oils are good for acne

According to Aromatherapy for Women, by Maggie Tisserand, the following oils are beneficial for use in an acne remedy:

  • lavender essential oil
  • bergamot essential oil
  • neroli essential oil
  • sandalwood essential oil
  • tea tree essential oil
  • ylang-ylang essential oil
  • ravensaran essential oil
  • lemon essential oil
  • naiouli essential oil
  • eucalyptus essential oil

Alternately, The Complete Book of Essential Oil & Aromatherapy, by Valerie Ann Worwood, recommends the following for acne skin:

For severe problem skin:

  • chamomile (Roman or German) essential oil
  • yarrow essential oil
  • myrrh essential oil
  • rose essential oil
  • palma rosa essential oil
  • carrot seed essential oil

Essential oil for more moderate acne problems:

  • bergamot essential oil
  • calendula essential oil
  • lavender essential oil
  • eucalyptus radiata essential oil
  • tea tree essential oil
  • clary-sage essential oil
  • thyme linalol essential oil
  • geranium essentail oil

Clearly, there is some amount of overlay, and these best essential oils for acne are probably a good starting point, though one person’s skin, and the cause of the acne, may respond better to one treatment, while the next person will respond to something completely different.

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Best essential oil blends for acne

These homemade essential oil blends are a good place to start for acne treatment.

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In 50 mL base oil, mix:

  • 2 drops cypress essential oil
  • 2 drops lemon essential oil
  • 1 drop lavender essential oil


  • 2 drops bergamot essential oil
  • 1 drop cypress essential oil
  • 1 drop juniper essential oil

What are the best essential oils for acne

In 3 tbsp. base carrier oil such as almond oil add these essential oils:

Daytime Essential oil blend to help with acne

  • 5 drops eucalyptus radiata essential oil
  • 5 drops clary-sage essential oil
  • 15 drops lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops thyme linalol essential oil
  • 5 drops carrot seed essential oil

Night essential oil blend to help with acne

  • 30 drops evening primrose oil essential oil
  • 20 drops carrot seed essential oil
  • 10 drops bergamot essential oil
  • 10 drops eucalyptus radiata essential oil
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops geranium essential oil

How to use essential oil blends

Any of these homemade essential oil blend recipes should be applied gently, then blotted with tissue after about five minutes, after thoroughly cleansing the face with real soap (as opposed to commercial detergent or cleansing bars) and rinsed thoroughly.

Approximately one teaspoon of the following blend, should be added to the final rinse:

  • 4 oz. apple cider vinegar
  • 20 drops lavender essential oil
  • 20 drops eucalyptus essential oil

If a thorough cleansing with soap is not needed, the following herbal water can be used on cotton wool to clean most surface dirt:

  • 6 drops bergamot essential oil
  • 4 drops lavender essential oil
  • 100 mL water

Shake well before every use.

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There are circumstances in which there could be essential oil contraindications to follow. Aromatherapy and essential oils should not be used for certain conditions and should be avoided.

Aromatherapy and therapeutic essential oil blends can prove invaluable in the prevention to treat acne.

Lyne Proulx
Lyne Proulxhttps://ottawamommyclub.ca/
Lyne Proulx is a Certified WEBB Bodywork Pet Practitioner, Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. She loves all things Disney and is an avid teaholic and chocoholic. She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa and Toronto. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the City of Ottawa Mayor's City Builder Award.

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  1. I didn’t know all of this. Once in a while I will have a body blemish or two and this would be good to have on hand.

  2. This is a lot of good information and I will be sharing it with my great niece. I am a fan of using oils and slowing learning


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