Essential Oils for Treating Acne

Acne is caused by a number of factors including hormones, excess Sebum, clogged hair follicles, bacteria, inflammation, poor diet and dehydration. All of these factors lead to blocked pores which become infected causing pimples, blemishes and acne.

While we often look at acne as an issue of appearance - this is only part of the story. It’s uncomfortable, it’s irritating and can leave you scarred for the rest of your life - especially if you’re anything like me and you just can’t stop poking at your pimples.

How to Treat Acne Naturally With Essential Oils

Start by Preventing Acne Naturally

There are a number of products on the market which are meant to treat acne. The best way to treat acne, however, is a preventative approach rather than taking care of your skin once a problem develops. To start with, a major lifestyle change might be in order (I can hear you groaning from here, but trust me - your skin will thank you for it).  

The first step in changing your lifestyle to change your skin is to make sure that you are avoiding fatty foods or anything that contains a lot of sugar. Instead, eat a diet rich in raw, whole foods and make sure you are drinking a lot of water.

Do not over-wash your skin. While keeping your skin clean is a good way to prevent acne from forming, washing your skin too much will strip the skin of its natural oils.  

Once you have stripped your skin of natural oils, this will stimulate the production of more oil only serving to compound the problem. Wash your face once in the morning and once in the evening, avoid washing more often than that. Also avoid harsh cleansers that strip your skin. Lastly, always be sure to follow up cleansing with a toner and a soothing moisturiser.

Be sure to avoid products which contain rubbing alcohol. Isopropyl alcohol will strip the skin of its own natural oils which will cause the sebaceous glands to produce excessive amounts of oil. When cleaning your skin opt for more natural cleansers which contain tea tree essential oil.  

Other things that you can do to prevent the occurrence of acne are to make sure that you don't pick or squeeze your blemishes. It is best to avoid touching your face as much as possible to prevent the spread of bacteria. Avoid harsh scrubs and opt for more gentle exfoliants. Lastly, if you workout, play sports or find yourself sweating excessively, be sure to wash your face, tone your skin and moisturise. Excessive sweating can lead to clogged pores.

How to Treat Acne With Essential Oils

There are a number of essential oils that are very effective for the treatment of acne. Tea tree essential oil’s potent antibacterial properties make it great for oily skin. Lavender also works as an antibacterial oil while calming your skin and diminishing signs of inflammation. Chamomile essential oils is very calming for your skin and clary sage essential oils will help with hormone related blemishes.

Essential Oil Recipe for Acne

The following blend of essential oils should be blended into 100ml of your favourite carrier oil (we recommend jojoba oil as it does not interfere with the skin’s natural oil production).  Prior to using this essential oils blend for acne, perform a skin test by applying a small amount of your finished product to the inner part of your forearm.  

  • 20 drops - tea tree essential oil

  • 15 drop - lavender essential oil

  • 10 drops - frankincense essential oil

  • 10 drops - chamomile essential oil

  • 5 drops - clary sage essential oil

Each time you wash your face, massage this mixture into the damp skin for approximately two minutes. Rinse your skin with warm water and follow with a nourishing oil-free moisturiser. 

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