Buying Recipe Ingredients

Mountain Rose Herbs is one of my favorite suppliers.

Here's some quick links for buying ingredients.

Emulsifying wax

Grapeseed oil

Jojoba oil

Aloe vera gel

Witch hazel

Vitamin E oil

Grapefruit seed extract

Stearic acid

Glass jars

Geranium essential oil

Lavender essential oil

Bergamot essential oil

Lemon essential oil

Ylang Ylang essential oil

Cedarwood essential oil

Homemade Acne Cream Recipe

The best moisturizer for oily skin you could ever make (you'll love it!)

Make your own homemade acne cream to calm and balance oily, acne-prone skin. Excellent for using as a night cream.

This homemade face cream recipe includes lavender, bergamot and ylang ylang to cleanse your skin, balance oil production and help reduce the appearance of scarring. Vitamin E and aloe vera soothe and heal reddened, irritated skin.

Plus, its sweet floral scent soothes your nerves and balances your emotions, helping you slide into a peaceful, happy sleep.

Important Note On Acne Moisturizer

While it may seem counter-intuitive to add oil to your face in a cream or facial oil, in fact it's critical to do so.

Cleansing your face strips away your skin's natural oils, and if you don't replace them your skin will do it for you, producing even more oil than before.

Moisturizer recipes such as this homemade acne cream use grapeseed oil, which tightens pores and helps reduce oil production - while at the same time replenishing that all-important oil barrier on the surface of your skin.

Homemade Acne Cream Recipe


4 teaspoons (20ml) Grapeseed oil

1 tablespoon (5g) Emulsifying wax

1/2 teaspoon Stearic Acid (stabilizer)

1/2 teaspoon (2ml) or 2 400-IU capsules Vitamin E

1/3 cup (75ml) Witch Hazel or distilled water

1 tablespoon (15ml) Aloe Vera gel

5 drops Grapefruit Seed extract

5 drops Lavender essential oil

3 drops Bergamot OR Lemon essential oil

1 drop Geranium OR Ylang Ylang essential oil

1 drop Cedarwood essential oil


  1. Stir together the oil, emulsifying wax and stearic acid in a 1 cup glass heat-safe measuring cup (such as Pyrex.)
  2. Place the measuring cup in a pot of water and warm slowly over a low heat, stirring occasionally, until the wax is melted. Remove from heat. Add the Vitamin E.
  3. Pour the witch hazel and aloe vera into a 2 cup glass heat-safe measuring cup. Stir to combine. In a separate pot on the stove (using the water-bath method as above) or in the microwave, gently warm the witch hazel mixture until it's lukewarm.
  4. Slowly pour the oil mixture into the witch hazel mixture, stirring constantly with a wire whisk. Do NOT skip this step - your homemade acne cream will separate later if the witch hazel mixture is too cold.
  5. Stir in the essential oils and the grapefruit seed extract.
  6. Pour your homemade acne cream into a clean, sterilized 8oz (250ml) dark glass or PET plastic jar and allow it to cool before putting the cap on.
  7. Stir the cream occasionally as it cools to prevent the ingredients from separating. Store in a cool, dark place.

This recipe makes approximately 4oz (125ml) of homemade acne cream. Use it every night after washing and toning your face.

To complete your personal acne skin care routine, also make this tea tree facial wash and astringent toner and use them every night.

Troubleshooting Your Homemade Acne Cream

If your cream turns out too thin - and you will only know this for sure once it has cooled completely - make up another little mini-batch with 2 teaspoons oil, another 1/2 to 1 tablespoon emulsifying wax, and another 1/2 teaspoon of stearic acid. Melt as directed in the instructions above. Whisk in 3 tablespoons of warm water and then pour the new batch into the old, thin batch. Stir them together and let them set.

If your cream turns out too thick, make another complete batch using the recipe above, but this time reduce the emulsifying wax to 1/2 tablespoon and leave out the stearic acid. Mix the new, thin batch in with the old, thick batch to get a more middle-of-the-road consistency.

You can't just add more water because your cream would separate - the emulsifying wax has to work its magic to hold everything together.

Customizing Your Homemade Acne Cream

For a thinner consistency, add a little less emulsifying wax and reduce the amount of stearic acid.

You can reduce the strength of the scent by decreasing the number of drops of essential oils. Don't increase the essential oils, since they should only be a certain percentage of the total recipe.

Some of my readers have written to say that aloe vera makes their sensitive skin sting. If that's the case for you, replace the aloe with a tablespoon of water or, if your skin is dry but still acne-prone, a tablespoon of vegetable glycerin.

FYI: Stearic Acid is a waxy natural acid found in animal and vegetable fats that emulsifies, thickens and stabilizes lotions and creams. (The stearic acid from Mountain Rose is vegetable-based.)

Where to Buy Acne Cream Supplies

My favorite supplier for aromatherapy recipe ingredients is Mountain Rose Herbs. Their prices are excellent, their staff are friendly and helpful, and their quality is good. Here's some quick links to the ingredients you'll need for this homemade acne cream...

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 this homemade acne cream, 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 Face Cream

"Best blemish acne cream I've ever used. Calms the blemish down overnight. I've been a Proactive user for several years and it doesn't compare to this product! The jar is small, but you don't need much at all. Great product!" Patrick C, Chesapeake VA

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

Acne Spot Treatment

"Hi there! I just want to take this time to thank you for these WONDERFUL PRODUCTS you have made (the acne spot treatment especially!) I honestly can't thank you enough!! It has only been 2 weeks and my skin has been improving!" Eileen C, Shenandoah TX

Acne Night Treatment

"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

Still Looking?

Want to find the best homemade face moisturizers for your skin type? Use the Search Box below.

Simply type in "moisturizer" (without the quotes) and hit Search. All the moisturizer recipes on this website will pop up. Take a look at them and pick the best one for your skin type - and remember, you can use more than one recipe depending on your skin's needs of the moment.

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

Tea Tree Oil Facial Wash

Purifying Facial Scrub

Astringent Facial Toner

Light Daily Facial Lotion

Deep Cleansing Facial Mask

Acne Treatment Oil

Herbal Facial Steam

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