The best essential oils for acne prone skin

The best essential oils for acne prone skin

The best essential oils for acne prone skin

The best essential oils for acne prone skin

When you have acne, one of the first holistic remedies you hear of is tea tree oil. I’ve heard people mention it for years, nothing more than “Have you tried tea tree oil?” My answer is always “Has anyone NOT heard of tea tree oil?”

There is usually a section  in the drugstore dedicated to acne prone skin. In this section you’ll find a slew of green bottles and the words “TEA TREE OIL” printed all over them. There is a good reason these bottles litter this section. Tea tree oil is known for it’s antimicrobial and anti fungal properties, proving to be an affective topical treatment. It is also natural. NATURAL, a word you seldom hear in the acne world.

The first time I was recommended tea tree oil, I was in my early teens with mild acne. I jumped without knowing how to use it or how it worked. Here’s the thing, although essential oils are a wonderful way to boost your skin care regime, they can also make your skin VERY angry. Too much is definitely not a good thing in this case.

You need to dilute your oils. I didn’t know this and would apply drops directly to my face, waking up with a splotchy, red, broken out face. I learned my lesson quick and never made that mistake again. Essential oils are so concentrated that they can overwhelm your skin. They are made to be diluted. How you choose to dilute them is up to you and I’ll jump into a few options later!

I’ve tried a ton of different oils through my years with acne and walked away with two gems. Two holy grail oils…

Tea tree oil and Lavender oil

Lavender oil is amazing, which is why it’s in so many different beauty products. Not only does it smell wonderful and calm you, it does wonders for the skin. Just like tea tree oil,  lavender oil contains antimicrobial properties.  It also contains antioxidant characteristics, It soothes and nourishes your skin which helps treat acne, heal skin, and reduce the appearance of scars making this an amazing product to use whether you’re fighting acne or healing from the fight. Please note that lavender oil makes your skin sensitive to UV rays and should only be used at night.

We have to remember that some acne is caused by stress. If you’re like me, certain scents bring you comfort and help alleviate mental stress. So not only are essential oils fighting acne topically, they are fighting it at the root.


Let’s talk about application. How you dilute it, like I said before, is completely up to you. There are endless possibilities. I’ll jump into a couple of my favourites!

  1. Face wash. Add a drop of tea tree oil to your face wash, work up a lather and gently wash your face. If you use honey to cleanse, this works wonders. Adding a drop of tea tree oil to honey as a cleanser is not only wonderful natural and non stripping, it feels wonderful and brings comfort.
  2. Oil cleansing. If you use a store bought oil cleanser, you’ll know how wonderfully clean your skin feels after a oil cleanse followed with a gentle cleanser. A home made oil cleanser is so much better. They work virtually the same but the home made cleanser is a fraction of the price and you know what’s in it! Pick a good carrier oil, my favourites for acne prone skin are – Castor oil, Jojoba oil, Sweet Almond oil and Grape seed oil. Find a good carrier oil that works for you and dilute a few drops of your favourite essential oil into the mixture. After you wash this massage this into your skin and rinse it off, the smell lingers and your skin feels supple and calmed.
  3. Toner. My favourite toner is diluted Apple Cider Vinegar. 1 part apple cider vinegar, 3 parts filtered water, 1 drop lavender oil, and 1 drop of tea tree oil. This is amazingly refreshing and all ingredients prove beneficial for acne. The oils help mask the stench of apple cider vinegar making them a match made in heaven.
  4. Lotion/Cream. My favourite lotion paired with a drop of both lavender oil and tea tree oil helps kick up the formula and provides me with a cream tailored to my skin.

If you haven’t already tried adding essential oils into your life, I highly recommend it! You would be amazed with how many things essential oils can cure! I remember reading into them for hours and finding ones I thought would work for me. Playing with them is even more fun, the scents, the benefits, the amazing results.

Let me know if you have any favourites and how you love to use yours!


Lela | Vancouver, BC | 23 | Beauty enthusiast on a budget.

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