Using Essential Oils for Acne

What is Acne?

“In 2015, acne was estimated to affect 633 million people globally, making it the 8th most common disease worldwide.”

Acne is when the skin becomes clogged with dead skin cells and excess oil causing blackheads, whiteheads, pimples and possibly scarring. It is commonly experienced by teenagers due to the increase of the hormones such as testosterone and can lead to emotional issues such as anxiety, low self-esteem and depression if not effectively dealt with.

The blemished often occur on the oil-producing parts of the body such as the face, neck, chest upper back and arms. It is not thought to be caused by dirt and research has shown that over-scrubbing the skin may make it worse.

Common Treatments

Acne usually lessens in adulthood but in about half of affected people it persists into their twenties and thirties and for some into their forties.  Common treatments include antibiotics, synthetic hormones, steroid creams as well as dietary and lifestyle changes.

While it is important to find something that works, the use of antibiotics and steroids can often lead to other issues such as weekend gut health, antibiotic resistance, candida overgrowth and the physical and emotional issues that come with them. This is where natural treatments and therapies are extremely beneficial as there are often no side effects involved.

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Natural Therapies

There are several natural therapies that can be very effective in the treatment of acne. These include – acupuncture, cupping therapy, herbalism, and  my favourite . . . essential oils. Here I want to show you how you can use essential oils to help treat acne. Keep in mind that diet and reduction of stress are crucial in the healing process but essential oils can be a valuable tool to assist you too.

Essential Oils for Acne

Melaleuca (Tea Tree) Oil (get it here) – melaleuca is renowned for it’s antimicrobial and anti fungal properties making it a top oil for use on acne.

Juniper Berry (get it here) – is naturally antimicrobial and antibacterial making it a great oil to help with skin irritations and infections. It is also great for detoxing and reducing stress which are important elements of relieving acne.

Lavender (get it here) – is antioxidant and antimicrobial so is a great oil for skin issues of all kinds. Also an analgesic and antiseptic, it will help reduce skin inflammation caused by acne. It is a top oil for reducing stress and promoting calm and relaxation too which helps reduce breakouts caused by stress.

Clary Sage (get it here) – linalyl acetate in Clary Sage essential oil helps reduce skin inflammation and helps balance oil production in the skin which is a common cause of acne breakouts.

Frankincense – the King of Oils is one to consider for every ailment. It is one of the most prized and precious essential oils due to its extensive health benefits. It also helps reduce the appearance of blemishes and rejuvenates the skin You can get it here.

HD Clear (Topical Blend) (get it here) –  a  herbaceous blend of essential oils which are powerful components that can help promote a clear complexion and reduce breakouts. Contains – Black Cumin Seed Oil, Ho Wood Leaf, Melaleuca Leaf, Litsea Berry, Eucalyptus Leaf, Geranium Plant essential oils

HD Clear Kit (Topical Blend, Face Wash, Face Lotion) – an advanced line of natural facial products, HD Clear combines CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® essential oils and plant extracts to help support smooth, clear skin. You can get this kit here.


Other oils to consider –

Petitgrain (get it here)

Geranium (get it here)

Sandalwood (get it here)

Thyme (get it here)

Vetiver (get it here)

Lemon (get it here)

Lemongrass (get it here)

Marjoram (get it here)

Patchouli (get it here)

To use these oils on the skin, dilute with a suitable carrier oil such as Fractionated Coconut oil and apply on location.

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Recipe Central

Soothing Skin Spray

Add 10 drops of your chosen essential oil(s) in a 1oz spray bottle and fill with filtered water.

Mist your skin several times a day.

I love this spray bottle you can get it here or by clicking the picture.


Blemish Stick

You will need:

an empty lip balm tube or a small jar

coconut oil (white, organic)

Frankincense essential oil (get it here)

Lavender Essential Oil (get it here)

Melaleuca Essential Oil (get it here)

Geranium Essential Oil (get it here)


Melt the coconut oil in a double boiler (in a bowl over a saucepan of simmering water).

Leave off the heat for about 10 minutes and then add essential oils.

Pour into your container and leave to set (I usually put it in the fridge)

[Tip: If you are using a lip balm container make sure it is standing up when you leave it to set]

Apply to blemishes especially at night.

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Extra considerations

To get to the root cause of acne consider adding the following to your plan of action:

Detoxing – a gentle detox done regularly is a way to help the organs of elimination do their job more effectively. doTERRA’s GX Assist is a proprietary blend of Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® essential oils and caprylic acid that provides a natural cleanse for a healthy digestive system. If you don’t have a doTERRA account I highly recommend starting with the Cleanse & Restore Kit which gives you everything you need to detox and restore your body to balance.

Supplementing – these days we are not getting the vitamins and nutrients we need from our diets. Our soil is depleted and our food is produced in a fast and furious way that does not contribute to nutritious and wholesome food. The more research I do, the more convinced I am that supplementing my diet with high quality whole-food supplements (there is zero point taking cheap products) is crucial for good health.

doTERRA offer their Lifelong Vitality pack which contains Microplex MPV (vitamins & minerals), xEO Mega (omega oils) and Alpha CRS+ (cellular complex). This pack is available to doTERRA members or as part of the Cleanse & Restore Enrolment Kit, the Family Wellness Kit, Athlete’s Enrolment Kit (Daily Nutrient pack – doesn’t include Alpha CRS+), the Natural Solutions Kit, Every Oil Enrolment Kit and the Business Leader Enrolment Kit. See the Kit Flyer here.

You can get it here – Cleanse & Restore Kit


As always when buying essential oils remember that quality is EVERYTHING! I use doTERRA because I trust their quality and I especially I love their ethics. When you buy oils through my account you are guaranteed a lifetime of support and learning. You can enrol with me here or contact me for a chat about your needs.

Get in touch with any questions and leave a comment below if you try any of these recipes!

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