What Essential Oils are Good for Acne?

Essential oils can be used for a lot of things. But what about acne? What essential oils are good for acne? Many essential oils have antibacterial properties making them helpful for acne, an infection of the skin, or more specifically, of clogged pores. Some essential oils can also help keep your pores clear and help lower your stress. Here’s a list of essential oils that are good for acne.

Essential Oils Good for Acne

  • Lavender
  • Clary sage
  • Geranium
  • Bergamot
  • Lemongrass
  • Eucalyptus
  • Rosemary
  • Tea tree
  • Oregano

How to Use?

To use these essential oils for your acne, apply them topically. You can mix them as needed. As you use them, you’ll find out which ones work for you and which ones are as effective. It’s best to always dilute before applying topically to your acne, even if your skin isn’t sensitive. Essential oils are powerful as they are super concentrated and if you are not careful, you could potentially burn your skin.

In addition to using these single oils or mixing your own, you can also purchase pre-blended essential oils. For example, H Acne is an essential oil blend made especially for acne. You’ll find the link to this product in my shop.

Why These Oils Are Effective

These oils are effective because they have antibacterial properties. Some are also astringents that help keep your pores clean. For example, rosemary’s anti-inflammatory properties will reduce any redness or puffiness your skin might have as a result of an acne infection. Rosemary is also a natural astringent that will help keep your skin clear. Not only that, rosemary also increases the circulation in your skin, helping it to heal faster.

What Causes Acne?

Acne is caused by bacteria that infects the oils in clogged pores. This usually happens for teenagers as their body chemistry changes and their skin starts to produce more oils that lead to clogged pores. Frequent face washing with gentle cleansers that won’t dry the face will help as will using essential oils with antibacterial properties.

Dilution Chart

Please refer to this dilution chart when diluting your essential oils. It is recommended that you dilute any essential oil that you use regardless of brand. Essential oils are strong and very potent and many can and do cause skin sensitivity, especially with children.

Plant Therapy has this awesome dilution chart you can reference.

You can download a free PDF version here or purchase the magnet here.

For babies, dilute at 0.5% or even 0.25% (half of the 0.5% amount. So, use 3 drops of your essential oil and dilute it in 4 teaspoons of carrier oil for 0.5% or 8 teaspoons of carrier oil for 0.25%.

Use the 1% dilution ratio for daily use. Mix 3 essential oil drops for every 2 teaspoons of carrier oil.

If you need a stronger dose for a short period of time, use the 5% dilution ratio by adding 15 essential oil drops for every 2 teaspoons of carrier oil.

For really, really severe situations, you can up it to 10 percent dilution ratio for small acute areas of concern. For this, you would mix 15 essential oil drops for every teaspoon of carrier oil.

Recommended Essential Oil Brands

Because essential oils have therapeutic properties that make them so useful in our lives, you want to make sure that the essential oils you purchase are pure and contain all of the healing components that you are looking for. Unfortunately, there are some unscrupulous companies out there that sell diluted oils or even fake oils that will do you harm if you use them for therapeutic purposes.

The companies that I recommend and who consistently receive positive reviews on their essential oils are these:

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