Best Facial Scrub for Acne

This face scrub recipe makes the best facial scrub for acne and oily skin

This is one of the best facial scrub recipes for acne I've found. It contains a mixture of grains, nuts and clay (not to mention essential oils!) to gently remove dead skin cells, absorb excess oil and cleanse away the day's dirt and grime.

I love the way this face scrub recipe is both a scrub and a mask, so you get the scrubbing action from the almonds along with the deep cleansing effects of the clay. Plus the oats nourish your skin and calm redness.

Lavender is good for relieving acne and minor skin irritations. Tea tree is well-known its cleansing effect, and ylang ylang is very balancing.

This is the best facial scrub to reduce breakouts. Use it every night to improve the tone and texture of your skin and to control oiliness.

Best Facial Scrub Recipe


2 cups (200g) quick cooking Rolled Oats

1/2 cup (75g) Cornmeal

1/2 cup (60g) Cosmetic Clay (see right-hand column)

4 drops Lemongrass OR Petitgrain essential oil

3 drops Lavender essential oil

2 drops Tea Tree essential oil

1 drop Ylang Ylang OR Geranium essential oil


  1. In separate batches, grind the oats to a very fine texture using a coffee grinder. (Make sure it's well cleaned first so your homemade facial scrub doesn't end up smelling like coffee.) They need to be ground very fine so they make a smooth paste when you add water - lumps are annoying.

  2. Using a metal spoon, stir together the oats, cornmeal and clay in a glass or ceramic bowl (or even the jar you intend to keep it in - remember to use dark glass or PET plastic.)

  3. Drop in the essential oils, placing each drop in its own little spot on top of the mixture. Stir (or shake) until thoroughly mixed.

  4. To use, mix a heaping tablespoon of the scrub with enough warm water to make a paste. You can use a little jar and a spoon for this, or just pour a bit into your palm and use your finger to mix it (more my style!)

  5. Massage the facial scrub into your skin using gentle circular motions. Do not get it into your eyes (Ow!) or your mouth (Yuck!)

  6. If you have time, let the scrub dry on your face for 10 to 15 minutes. This gives the clay time to draw out the oils and the oats time to nourish and calm your skin.

  7. Rinse with warm water, pat dry, then apply an astringent toner and moisturizer or acne treatment oil.

Where to Buy the Best Facial Scrub Ingredients

Rolled oats and cornmeal are available at your supermarket or at

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Customize the Recipe to Make the Best Facial Scrub for Your Skin

Green clay and red clay are two of the best facial scrub ingredients for oily, acne-prone skin. To learn how to choose clay, check out the left-hand column of this page.

You can also use this face scrub recipe as an acne-fighting body scrub.

To make it rougher (for body scrub only) add a tablespoon of dried whole cloves and grind them to a gritty powder in your coffee grinder.

If you'll be using this face scrub recipe at night, you can substitute the lemongrass essential oil with orange or bergamot, which is especially nice before bed. (You don't want to use citrus oils before sun exposure - they're phototoxic.)

You can replace the almonds with Dead Sea salt. Or use brown sugar for an excellent sugar facial scrub.

Ready-to-Go Organic Acne Facial Products

If you're struggling with acne and you're looking for skin care products that are a little more sophisticated than homemade, I definitely recommend Just Natural Organic Care.

They make one of the best facial scrubs I've found online, with Aloe Vera Leaf Gel, Willow Bark Extract, Rosehip Oil, Jojoba Beads, Pomegranate Seed Oil, Pansy Flower Extract, Essential Oils of Tea Tree, Manuka, Geranium, Clary Sage, Lavender, Atlas Cedarwood and Vitamin E.

All their products are organic - they're better than most commercial products because they only use the best ingredients - no harsh fillers or chemicals to hurt your skin. Check these out!

Acne Facial Scrub

"I love this stuff. It's amazingly all natural and makes your skin feel so soft. I have adult acne and notice that when I use this stuff before I go to bed my skin is much less irritated in the morning. Love it, love it, love it!" Susan L, Rumson NJ

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"It really works - I'm in my mid 30's and I broke out like crazy suddenly. Nothing had worked, but this acne night treatment has saved me. Unlike Proactive or some other acne treatments out there, this does not dry out or irritate skin at all." Barbara N, Acampo CA

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Here's a few more acne recipes to get you started...

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Astringent Facial Toner

Light Daily Facial Lotion

Healing Night Cream

Deep Cleansing Facial Mask

Acne Treatment Oil

Herbal Facial Steam

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Aromatherapy Recipes Homepage from Best Facial Scrub for Acne

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