A terrific night cream for oily skin (yes, night cream - you'll see!)

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Make your own homemade acne cream to calm and balance oily, acne-prone skin.

This homemade face cream recipe includes lavender, bergamot and ylang ylang, which cleanse your skin, have a purifying effect on your skin and help reduce the appearance of scarring.

Vitamin E and aloe vera soothe and support healing of reddened, irritated skin.

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

Why You Need an 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

(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.

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 like witch hazel and aloe is Mountain Rose Herbs. Their prices are excellent and their quality is good. Here's some quick links to the ingredients you'll need for this homemade acne cream...

Another supplier I really like is doTerra. They only supply oils though, not the base ingredients like emulsifying wax or carrier oils.

I switched to doTerra's oils a while ago when I tested them against the other brands in my stockpile. I found I got better results, and I never got headaches or skin irritation, which sometimes happened with other brands.

I was pretty resistant to trying them because their prices are higher than a lot of other brands, but when I saw and felt the difference on my skin, I was won over.

I find that because they're so effective, I can get away with using fewer drops per recipe, which helps even out the cost. So if you want high quality, ultra-effective oils, these guys are for you.

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 deal - it's well worth it.

Amazon has epic variety - if you're a browsing kinda person, go nuts! Just remember, you get what you pay for. Please, please don't buy the cheapest oils - I promise you they'll be diluted with synthetic ick you don't want on your skin. Here's links to the supplies for making this homemade acne cream recipe.

What Next?

Next... Here's a bunch more acne recipes to explore. Enjoy!

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.

Want More Recipes?

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.