My Personal Journey with Acne and Essential Oils

essential oils for acne

I wish I had known about the power of essential oils and how they can help with acne breakouts years ago. They have been the hallmark to healing my sensitive, oily and highly volatile skin.

I cringe when I think back to my journey with acne. I suffered from all types. Dozens and dozens of blackheads on my nose and cheeks. A forehead that was laced with white heads. And those massive, red and inflamed cystic knots that always lingered below the surface of my skin. Those things cursed my neck and back. And they hurt!

If you can relate, I’m sorry. I know how painful acne can be. Both physically and emotionally. I also know how desperate you can become in an effort to rid yourself of such a burden. If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably tried everything. I spent so much money on cosmetic products that ‘guaranteed’ results. Time and time again. The only thing those products ever did was to excessively dry out my skin. And that only made the problem worse.

I remember getting so desperate at one point that I tried rubbing apple cider vinegar all over my face. It gave a small bit of relief but at the expense of smelling like a pungent bottle of vinegar. So much for that idea.

My battle with acne persisted… for years. All the way into my thirties.
And it wasn’t until my wife introduced our family to essential oils that I finally found the relief I was searching for.

My Personal Transformation

Essential oils have a unique way of working with our body to treat and heal a multitude of underlying conditions. Even acne.

After applying a blend of several essential oils to my face (I’ll talk about which ones in a moment), I felt an immediate relief. The aroma of the oil blend relaxed my nerves. My skin, which usually felt dry, irritated and painful was quickly calmed and soothed. A few days later, I noticed that my blackheads were shrinking in size. And my whiteheads were beginning to dry up too.

A couple of weeks later, those painful, cystic acne knots were becoming smaller and less painful. Eventually they disappeared altogether.

The Best Oils for Acne

Here are a list of the best oils for acne. And why they work so well.

Geranium Oil

Even when acne has cleared up, it is notorious for leaving scars on the surface of your skin. Geranium oil is derived from the pelargonium genus flower. This is an extremely powerful oil that has a multitude of purposes. When it comes to acne, it has a profound ability to heal and reduce the visibility of scars on the surface of skin.

Lavender Oil

Lavender is known as the calming oil. It has long sense been used as the go to essential oil in the relief of burns. This is because of its almost immediate ability to calm inflammation and numb the receptors of pain. When acne is present on the face or other parts of the body, the skin is in a constant state of inflammation. Acute inflammation is actually beneficial. Its job is to send a signal to the body to mediate the healing process. With acne however, that inflammation becomes ongoing or in other words, chronic. This prevents the body from healing and makes an existing problem even worse. Lavender oil will calm that inflammation and allow the skin to relax… feeling soothed, and allowing healing to naturally occur.

Tea Tree Oil

Also known as melaleuca oil. This is the powerhouse of the essential oils for acne. Strong yet gentle, it is equipped to aid even the most severe breakouts on the most sensitive of skin. It boasts antimicrobial and antiseptic properties which is ideal in eliminating the Propionibacterium acnes microbe that grows on the skin and is responsible for acne breakouts.

Cinnamon Oil

Cinnamon oil can dilate blood vessels, increasing circulation. The better the circulation to an area of the body, the quicker it can heal. Combine this with cinnamon oils’ antibacterial and antiviral properties and its ability to decrease inflammation and you have another oil that can sway the battle with acne in your favor.

Eucalyptus oil

I love this oil. It has a smell that reminds me of a mixture between a pine tree and a mint leaf. Like some of the other oils, it has antibacterial, antiviral and antimicrobial properties. When used with the other oils above, it will dry out existing breakouts and prevent new ones from forming.

To Conclude

And there you have it! The oils that I used to heal my problematic breakouts. For best results and a smooth, youthful complexion, I recommend you use them daily like I do.

I also suggest that you dilute 10 drops of each oil (50 drops total) with 30-40 drops of fractionated coconut oil (also . It’s important to always dilute essential oils if you plan to use them topically. Some can cause irritation in people and the process of dilution helps to eliminate or reduce that likelihood. Don’t worry, they’re still powerful even when diluted.

Here are some other essential oils that people have used for acne and other skin conditions. I haven’t personally used them myself but they are worth mentioning for your personal reference.

Those oils are arborvitae, bergamot, birch, cardamom, cedarwood, clary sage, clove, coriander, cypress, frankincense, geranium, grapefruit, helichrysum, juniper berry, lavender, lemon, lemongrass, myrrh, patchouli, rosemary, sandalwood, spearmint, vetiver, white fir, wintergreen, yarrow and ylang ylang. And I am sure there are others!

That’s all for now.
Never forget – You’re beautiful. Let the power of essential oils help remind you of that!

About the author

Sally Wong

Sally Wong is a manual therapist for about 15 years now and also a massage specialist. She is actively taking care of her body to stay healthy and in shape by doing Yoga and Tai Chi. She has a lot of knowledge and interest in Essential Oils because of her Oriental background. She learnt many things from her Grandmother. Originally from a small village in South China, now she lives in Vancouver, Canada.

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