A homemade acne treatment recipe
to help clear up acne naturally

This homemade natural acne treatment deeply nourishes and heals oily, acne-prone skin by penetrating and unblocking clogged pores, releasing the built-up bacteria, sebum and white blood cells in pimples.

It also kills acne-causing bacteria, leaving your skin clear and free to heal.

Jojoba and essential oils are easily absorbed without making the skin feel greasy or tacky - or clogging pores. Their natural healing properties help reduce acne scarring over time.

Lavender and chamomile calm redness and irritation, sandalwood promotes healthy toned skin, and geranium, jasmine and ylang ylang beautify skin, balancing its natural production of oil. Bergamot, lemon, tea tree and cedarwood are astringent cleansers.

As a side benefit, these soothing blends sedate your nervous system and relax your muscles, winding you down for a good night's sleep.

Homemade Natural Acne Treatment Recipe


4 tablespoons (60ml) Jojoba oil

OR USE 2 tablespoons (30ml) Jojoba oil plus 2 tablespoons (30ml) Grapeseed oil

1/2 teaspoon of (2ml) St. John's Wort oil (optional)

1/2 teaspoon of (2ml) Calendula oil (optional)

One of the Essential Oil blends below

Floral Blend

10 drops Lavender
5 drops Bergamot
1 drop Tea Tree OR Chamomile
1 drop Geranium
1 drop Ylang Ylang OR Jasmine

Woodsy Blend

10 drops Lavender
5 drops Sandalwood
3 drops Bergamot OR Lemon
1 drop Tea Tree
1 drop Cedarwood OR Patchouli


Combine the carrier and essential oils in a dark glass or PET plastic bottle. Shake well to combine. Wait 24 hours before using to let the mixture "cure".

To use, pour a little of your homemade natural acne treatment into your hand, then massage it into your face and neck using gentle upward sweeping motions. (Do not get it into your eyes!)

Do this every night. Also make this daily facial cleanser recipe and this purifying facial scrub for oily, acne-prone skin to complete your acne face care routine.

Caution: If you choose to use Bergamot or Lemon essential oil, do not use your homemade natural acne treatment before sun exposure - Citrus oils can increase your risk of sunburn.

Helpful Hint: Don't make a large batch of this homemade acne treatment and expect it to last forever. Natural facial and massage oils can be expected to last about 3 months or up to 6 months if you keep them in the fridge. Most aromatherapy carrier oils can go stale or rancid after a few months, especially when not stored in a cool, dark location. It's better to make small batches more frequently.

Homemade Natural Acne Treatment for Blackheads & Whiteheads

Use this recipe to soften blackheads before removing them.

  1. Massage a little of the homemade acne treatment oil into your skin. Wet a facecloth with hot water, wring it out and lay it over your face.
  2. When it cools, reheat and re-wring out the cloth and lay it over your face again.
  3. Do this several times, then gently remove the blackheads using a cotton ball. Don't force them or dig in your fingernails - this can make them worse.
  4. After you remove the blackheads, spot treat the area with lavender or tea tree essential oil to soothe and cleanse away any remaining bacteria.

For very stubborn blackheads, use a facial steam treatment, then use the homemade natural acne treatment oil as described above.

How to Choose your Carrier Oil

Good for oily, acne-prone skin and sensitive skin.


Light, easily absorbed.

Non-allergenic. Shelf life six months to a year if refrigerated after opening.

Buy grapeseed oil from Mountain Rose or browse Amazon.

Good for all skin types.

Closest in properties to skin's own natural oils; helps balance skin's oil production.

Readily absorbed without making the skin feel greasy or tacky.

Does not clog pores.

Highly stable, excellent shelf life.

Buy jojoba oil from Mountain Rose or browse Amazon.

Calendula Oil

Helps heal dry, damaged and inflamed skin, rashes and other skin problems.

Stimulates the production of collagen to minimize scarring.

Suitable for sensitive skin.

Shelf life six months to a year if refrigerated after opening.

Buy calendula oil from Mountain Rose or browse Amazon.

Reduces redness and inflammation.

Helps speed healing.


Shelf life six months to a year if refrigerated after opening.

Buy St. John's Wort oil from Mountain Rose or browse Amazon.

Buying Essential Oils

I've recommended Mountain Rose as my favorite supplier since starting out on this journey. I always research suppliers for quality, ethics, price and selection, and they're great on all fronts. So I feel good about offering their products to you.

Having said that, I have to share another supplier for essential oils that I personally now use because I've found their quality to be the best. I switched to doTerra after buying a few oils like lavender and tea tree and comparing them in my recipes.

What I found was that they worked faster and more effectively than any other brand I've tried. So I want to offer their oils to you as well. It's always good to have options, don't you think?

Here's how I see it...

Buy from Mountain Rose when you're watching your budget. Also for base ingredients like cosmetic clay and carrier oils.

Buy from doTerra when quality is your most important factor. You can shop retail by clicking the Shop button at the top. Or click Join & Save to become a wholesale customer and get 25% discount. Message me to learn more about the perks of going wholesale.

Buy from Amazon if you love variety. You can always find deals, and you'll never run out of options. Just remember that if you pay a low price you're going to get a low quality, especially in the land of essential oils. This is an area where you need to buy the best you can afford, trust me.

More Acne Recipes

Here's a few more recipes to add to your homemade natural acne treatment...

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 Homemade Natural Acne Treatment

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Simply type in "acne" (without the quotes) and hit Search. All the acne recipes on this site will pop up. Poke through them and pick the ones you want to try next - and remember, you can use more than one recipe depending on your skin's needs of the moment.