6 Amazing DIY Natural Remedies with Essential Oils for Acne
Acne may seem like a rebellious, teenage thing, but actually, it’s more serious than that. Statistics show that on average, 70% of adults over 30 years old still have occasional breakouts, chronic acne or cystic acne.
Especially for women, acne can be an emotional and psychological trauma, if not treated quickly, correctly. Little (or even worse, big) pimples or acne cysts on the face, jawline, neck, back, arms, buttocks, or head can have devastating effects on the self-esteem, confidence, and on the social life and integration of a person.
Nevertheless, even the prescription drugs (internal or topical) add up to the drama, as they:
1. Contain harsh chemicals that can have mild or severe side effects:
- Burn the skin
- Cause allergic reactions
- Sensitize the skin
- Worsen acne
2. Create (more) hormonal or additional health problems, such as:
- Increased PMS
- Severe headaches
- Heart conditions
3. Don’t work at all
That is why, more and more people turn to the safe and nourishing bosom of Mother Nature, who offers an abundance of natural, effective, safe and even aromatic remedies, such as the Essential Oils.
Essential oils are volatile essences extracted from plants (herbs, flowers, barks, seeds, peels) that contain all the therapeutic properties of the respective plant, in a very concentrated form. That is why they are called “essential”.
Let’s see how you can use essential oils in topical remedies with herbs, clays and other natural ingredients that you can do alone at home.
1. Natural Cleanser for Acne-prone Skin with Apple Cider Vinegar and Essential Oils
- 1 teaspoon raw Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 teaspoon raw Honey
- 2 drops Tea tree essential oil
- 1 drops Lavender essential oil
How to Use it:
1. Mix the ingredients in a small bowl and dilute the mixture with 3-4 tablespoons of water (don’t use it as it is, as the apple cider vinegar is too strong and it will sting your face).
2. Wash your face with it (keep your eyes closed) as you would do with a cleanser. Rinse off with lukewarm water.
3. Pat dry with paper towels and apply your natural toner, and then your regular, natural moisturizer.
4. Tip: use more of each ingredient if you have a larger surface to cover, like the back, neck or chest.
2. Colloidal Silver and Tea tree Biphasic Acne Healing Treatment
Just to clear it out from the start biphasic means “having 2 different substances that don’t mix together”, such as water and oil.
Colloidal silver is a great antimicrobial, antibacterial, antiviral, and antibiotic of a large spectrum. It is also a fast healer and cicatrizant, regenerating and rejuvenating for the skin.
Tea tree essential oil is the best known and most used essential oil for acne. It has antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiseptic, disinfectant, healing, and cicatrizant properties.
- 2 oz. colloidal silver
- 20 drops tea tree oil
- 2 oz. bottle with dropper (or spray if you have a larger area to cover)
Add the colloidal silver, then count the drips into the bottle. Put the cap on, shake well. Store in a dark, cool, dry place, such as your kitchen cabinet.
How to Use it:
1. Shake well before each use, so that the 2 different substances mix.
2. Put some mixture on a cotton swab and dab on your acne spots or, if you have a large area to cover (such as your back, chest or arms), spray on it.
3. Leave it on for 10-15 minutes to do its “healing work”.
4. There is no need to cleanse it off, it is great if it stays longer on your skin.
5. You can follow it with your regular, natural moisturizer.
3. Honey and Essential Oils Healing and Repairing Treatment for Pimples and Acne Scars
- 1-2 teaspoons raw Honey (use more if you have a larger surface to cover)
- 2 drops Lavender essential oil
- 2 drops Frankincense essential oil
- 1 drop Myrrh essential oil
How to use it
1. Mix the honey with essential oils in a small bowl.
2. Damp your face with water.
3. Smear this perfumed and therapeutic honey on your face or on the acne affected areas.
4. Leave it on your skin for 5-7 minutes, until the honey and essential oils penetrate the skin and do their wonderful work.
5. Rinse it off with lukewarm water.
4. Amazing Clay, Herbs, and Essential Oils Mask for Sebum Regulation and Acne
- 1 tablespoon Green Clay
- 1 teaspoon of Rose water (or simple tap water)
- 2 drops Rosemary essential oil
- 1 drop Bergamot essential oil
How to use it:
1. Mix clay and water to make a thick paste and add the essential oils. Stir well to combine. Add more of each ingredient if you need to cover a larger portion of skin like cleavage or back.
2. Apply on your skin.
3. Leave it on for 5-10 minutes.
4. Rinse off with lukewarm water.
5. Oregano, Clary Sage and Lavender Astringent, Antibacterial, and Anti-inflammatory Toner with Essential Oils for Acne
- 1 teaspoon dried Oregano herb
- 1 teaspoon dried Clary Sage herb
- 1 teaspoon dried Lavender flowers
- 1 cup distilled water
- 5 drops Lavender essential Oil
- 5 drops Tea tree essential oil
How to use it:
1. Add the dried herbs in the distilled water and let them macerate overnight on the cupboard. Strain the herbs in the morning and pour the remaining, concentrated liquid into a bottle or jar.
2. Now add the essential oils. Stir well to combine. Put the lid on.
3. Store in a dark, cool, dry place (like your kitchen or bathroom cabinet or in the fridge) up to 1 week.
4. Use daily (morning and evening), as an astringent toner. It has antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anti-irritant, sebum regulating, and healing properties.
6. Natural Serum for Sensitive, Mature, Acne-prone Skin
- 1 oz. Jojoba oil
- 1/2 oz. Almond Oil
- 1/2 oz. Primrose Oil
- 10 drops Rose essential oil
- 5 drops Tea tree/Lavender essential oil
- 5 drops Sandalwood essential oil
- 5 drops Jasmin essential oil
How to use it:
1. Mix well all ingredients in a 2 oz. dark bottle with dropper.
2. Shake well before each use.
3. Take only a few drops and apply gently on your face.
Usually, these essential oils are safe to use, effective, and have no side-effects.
However, be careful how you use them, as they are concentrated essences. Don’t use more than the recommended doses. Use less if you have sensitive skin (for example, instead of 2 drops, add just 1). Better be cautious in the beginning, if you’ve never used essential oils before and you don’t know how your skin will react.
If you feel your skin is irritated, use less next time or dilute the essential oil with a carrier oil like Jojoba oil, Almond oil, or Olive oil.