How to use essential oils and skin care recipes to help clear up troubled skin

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Using home remedies and essential oils for acne can save you money, keep you healthy AND help clear up your skin. Plus, they make you smell wonderful!

First, take a look at the best essential oils for acne... and then check out the acne recipes.

I've put together a complete set of natural remedies for acne you can make at home to cleanse, balance and moisturize your oily, acne-prone skin.

Do Essential Oils for Acne Really Work?


Yep, aromatherapy acne recipes actually do work. Essential oils are excellent cleansers and skin healers. Here's why:

1. They have anti-bacterial properties that help get rid of acne-spreading germs.

2. They calm irritation and redness.

3. They help balance your skin's oil production, reducing excess oiliness.

4. They speed your skin's healing during and after an outbreak.


The 15 Best Essential Oils for Acne


Bergamot, chamomile, cypress, geranium, grapefruit, lavender, lemon, lemongrass, orange, peppermint, petitgrain, rosemary, sandalwood, tea trea, ylang ylang


How Long Before I See Results?

It takes 3 to 4 weeks for your skin to renew itself. You have to use essential oils for acne consistently, and you'll see results over time. As with so many things in life, there's no instant cure for acne (anyone who says there is, is selling something!)

I get acne every month due to hormone changes, and my teenage son is continually battling acne as he grows. All the essential oils and skin care home remedies for acne offered here have been tried and tested on both of us. And they DO work!


Blemish-Clearing Quick Trick

There are two essential oils for acne that you can apply directly to your skin to spot treat pimples and blemishes: Tea Tree and Lavender.

After you wash your face at night (critical for fighting acne) put a drop of either lavender OR tea tree on a Q-Tip and dab it gently on the pimple. Do this every night until it clears up.

Caution: be careful when applying undiluted essential oils to the skin - less expensive brands may cause a skin reaction because their quality is likely to be lower to keep costs down. The old saying is true - you get what you pay for!

Where to Get Essential Oils for Acne


I started using essential oils from doTerra after comparing them to the other brands in my stash.

I found myself using fewer drops per recipe and actually getting better results. Plus, I've never had a bad reaction, which sometimes happens with other brands.

doTerra's oils cost more than other brands, and that's as it should be. It's like buying a BMW vs. a Kia - the more expensive car is the better quality vehicle.

If you can afford them, I recommend giving doTerra's oils a try and comparing them for yourself.

You can buy doTerra's oils at retail prices by clicking the Shop button at the top. Or click Join & Save to become a wholesale customer and get a store-wide 25% discount. Message me if you want more details on the wholesale thing - why spend more than you have to, right?



I recommend Mountain Rose Herbs if you're on a tight budget. Their oils are more affordable and the quality is good. Click the links for...


Or... If you love having tons of options to choose from, browse through Amazon and see what looks good to you. Just remember that inexpensive oils are likely to be lower in quality - how else do they get the cost so low?

Acne Recipes for Your Skin Care Routine

If you're not sure when you should use any of these natural remedies for acne, click here to check out a daily skin care routine you can try. It includes morning, night time and weekly applications.

And now... (drum roll please) on to the recipes!



Tea Tree Oil Facial Wash

This homemade acne cleanser reduces oil production and removes the bacteria that cause breakouts. Powerful, but gentle enough for daily use.


Purifying Facial Scrub

This homemade acne remedy uses clay and oatmeal to scrub away dead skin cells and absorb excess oil, unclogging pores and smoothing your skin's texture.


Astringent Facial Toner

Toners are easy, quick homemade acne remedies. This recipe includes lavender and geranium to support healthy skin and balance oil production.


Light Daily Facial Lotion

A light, natural lotion recipe to balance oily, acne-prone skin. Good for face and body, this is one homemade acne remedy your skin really does need.


Healing Night Cream

A good acne recipe with tea tree and ylang ylang that has rejuvenates oily skin and helps reduce the appearance of scarring.


Acne Treatment Oil

This is another of the easiest home remedies for acne. A healing oil treatment to reduce the appearance of acne scars and restore a healthy balance to your skin's oil levels.


Herbal Facial Steam

Make this herbal aromatherapy facial steam to open your pores, deeply cleanse and prepare your face for treatment.


Deep Cleansing Facial Mask

A clay mask that deeply cleans pores, removes dead skin cells and supports balanced oil production.


Acne Skin Care Routine

A complete acne skincare routine using homemade aromatherapy remedies specifically for acne.



Best Essential Oils for Acne

The top 15 essential oils for acne and how they work.

Aromatherapy Recipes Homepage from Essential Oils for Acne

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For example, simply type in "oily skin" (without the quotes) and hit Search. All the pages on this site containing those words will pop up. Poke through them and pick the ones you want to make - and remember, you can use more than one recipe depending on your skin's needs of the moment.


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