How To Use Essential Oils For Acne


For those like me who have oily, acne prone skin, it may seem counter-intuitive to want to put more oil on your face. But that’s exactly what we’re talking about because these are no ordinary oils. These are the best essential oils for acne! These are also amazing as the one of the best product for acne scars. Using essential oils for acne scars is only one of the multitude of benefits essential oils can provide, but acne is the only focus of this article because it so closely related to my problems. So let’s get started.


The most important thing to remember when using essential oils for acne is the oil itself will need to be diluted with a carrier oil before applying directly on your skin. Do not put pure essential oil on your skin or it may cause irritation and inflammation that can worsen your acne. Here’s a general guideline: Use about 5-to-1 ratio of carrier oil to essential oil. So about 5ml of carrier oil would mix with 1ml of the essential oil (tip: 1ml is about 20 eyedropper drops).


Carrier Oils to Mix with Essential Oils:

First, let’s start with the carrier oils because they are the foundation of the essential oil for acne mixture. If you mess these up, you’ll have a difficult time making essential oils work for you. So let’s get this right!


Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil can be used multiple ways to help with acne reduction. For a very detailed understanding of how it works, feel free to visit jojoba oil acne. Otherwise, here’s the quick overview of how to use it. Jojoba oil can be used as a carrier oil OR as a treatment itself. It is a great moisturizer, but can leave skin looking a little shinny, so it’s best to start using it at night to understand the results. If using jojoba oil as a carrier, remember the 5-to-1 rule of thumb (use 5ml jojoba oil to 1 ml of essential oil).


Coconut Oil

Feel free to check out the coconut oil for acne page for a full breakdown on how to maximize results using coconut oil. Coconut oil can also be used as a carrier OR as treatment in itself. Remember to use a high quality oil for these applications. Same ratio in general 5 to 1.


Rosehip Oil

One of the best celebrity acne secrets is rosehip oil. Known to be used by Kate Middleton, Miranda Kerr, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Rose Burns, this oil is excellent at penetrating deeply in the skin layers delivering high levels of vitamins and healthy fatty acids to the cell. This helps skin look younger, heal scar tissue, reduce wrinkles and even brighten the skin appearance. This oil tends to be dry so look to mix an even ratio of rosehip oil with coconut or jojoba oil then mix that as a 5-to-1 ratio with the essential oil.


Essential Oils for Acne Prone Skin:

Now let’s jump into the big kahoona which are the essential oils. Here’s a list of oils to mix with a carrier oil above for improved results on top of the carrier oil results! Let’s rock:


Tea Tree Oil:

A well known oil throughout the world and used in global first-aid kits, this oil is excellent for antibacterial properties. This makes it exceptional for acne reduction. It helps regulate your body’s oil production to reduce that shiny appeal. Tea Trea oil also has remarkable healing properties for acne scars. Remember to dilute with a carrier oil as explained above.


Lavender Oil:

Lavender oil is one of the few essential oils that can actually be applied straight to the face. Use caution, go slow and use in small quantities solo! Lavender not only smells fantastic, but is inexpensive and gentle on skin helping you relax. It works great for acne scars and helps rejuvenate the cells to look and feel fresher.


Frankincense Oil:

Frankincense oil is a fantastic acne treatment due to its antibacterial properties. This oil helps reduce pore size and even skin tone making it act similar to a standard toner. It is fantastic for reducing wrinkles, healing scars, and soothing dry skin irritation. Remember to dilute with a carrier oil as explained above.


Carrot Seed Oil:

Carrot seed oil work wonders on mature skin to revitalize the skin and fade acne scars. Being rich in vitamins from the actual carrot plant, this oil will help smooth skin and improve the look and feel of aging skin.


Bergamot Essential Oil:

Bergamot oil has a wonderful citrus scent and will work great on acne spot treatments. It’s antibacterial properties combined with exciting feel will leave skin glowing. Use directly on face (in small quantities) for spot treatment or dilute with carrier oil as mentioned above for full face application.



Hopefully you’ve had some great ideas from these essential oils for acne. If you’re still looking for more, and don’t want to jump into oils yet, feel free to check out my herbs for acne or even the zinc for acne page. Best of luck to your clearer skin!