Acne & Oily Skin

Oils
Benzoin, bergamot, cypress, geranium, grapefruit, jasmine, juniper, lemon, lemongrass, orange, patchouli, peppermint, petitgrain, sandalwood, tea tree, ylang ylang

Make your own homemade remedies for acne with these easy aromatherapy acne recipes

Acne can be a horrible thing to live with every day. And it can be very hard to get rid of.

Using homemade acne remedies not only helps clear up your skin but also supports your whole body with the nerve-calming, muscle-relaxing, immune-boosting powers of essential oils.

Homemade acne solutions are quick and easy to make, they can save you a ton of money, and they're often a lot healthier than most of the acne products you can buy at the store. (Just because they get rid of your acne doesn't mean they're GOOD for you!)

Oily, acne-prone skin needs daily care - morning and night. And a weekly deep treatment doesn't hurt. (By the way, you can use these acne recipes on any part of your body - not just your face!)

Every morning

-Wash your face with tea tree facial wash.
-Apply an astringent toner.
-Spot treat any pimples or blemishes with tea tree or lavender essential oil.
-Moisturize your face.
DO NOT FAIL TO MOISTURIZE! It may seem silly to put cream on oily skin but if you don't, your skin will produce even more oil to replace the oil removed during the cleansing process.

Every Night

-Wash your face with a purifying facial scrub.
-Apply an astringent toner.
-Spot treat any pimples or blemishes with tea tree or lavender.
-Apply healing night cream or acne scar treatment.
Once a Week

Give yourself a herbal facial steam.
Apply a deep cleansing facial mask.
Apply an astringent toner.
Apply moisturizer or acne scar treatment.

Once a week, take some time out to care for your skin with these homemade acne remedies. Not only will your skin show the results, but the rest of you will appreciate the break and de-stress time. Self-care is a really important habit!

 

Homemade Acne Cream Recipe

Ingredients
4 teaspoons (20ml) Grapeseed oil
2 tablespoons (10g) Emulsifying wax
1/2 teaspoon (2ml) or 2 400-IU capsules Vitamin E
1/3 cup (75ml) Witch Hazel or distilled water
1 tablespoon (15ml) Aloe Vera gel
5 drops Lavender essential oil
3 drops Bergamot OR Lemon essential oil
1 drop Rose Geranium OR Ylang Ylang essential oil
1 drop Cedarwood essential oil
5 drops Grapefruit Seed extract
Directions

Stir together the oil and emulsifying wax in a 1 cup glass heat-safe measuring cup (such as Pyrex.)
Place the measuring cup in a pot of water and warm slowly over a low heat, stirring occasionally, until the wax is melted. Remove from heat. Add the Vitamin E.
Pour the witch hazel and aloe vera into a 2 cup glass heat-safe measuring cup. Stir to combine.

In a separate pot on the stove (using the water-bath method as above) or in the microwave, gently warm the witch hazel mixture until it's lukewarm.
Slowly pour the oil mixture into the witch hazel mixture, stirring constantly with a wire whisk. Do NOT skip this step - your homemade acne cream will separate later if the witch hazel mixture is too cold.

Stir in the essential oils and the grapefruit seed extract.
Pour your homemade acne cream into a clean, sterilized 8oz (250ml) dark glass or PET plastic jar and allow it to cool before putting the cap on.
Shake the jar occasionally as the cream cools to prevent the ingredients from separating. Store in a cool, dark place.

This recipe makes approximately 4oz (125ml) of homemade face cream. Use it every night after washing and toning your face.

 

Tea Tree Oil Facial Wash Recipe

Ingredients
1/2 cup (125ml) Lime Hydrosol OR Lavender Hydrosol
2 tablespoons (30ml) Vegetable Glycerin
2 tablespoons (30ml) Aloe Vera gel
3 drops Petitgrain essential oil
3 drops Lemongrass essential oil
3 drops Tea Tree essential oil
1 drop Chamomile OR Ylang Ylang essential oil
5 drops Grapefruit Seed Extract (natural preservative)
Directions

Pour everything into a 200ml (or larger) dark glass or PET plastic bottle. Shake well to combine. Wait 24 hours before using to let the mixture "cure".

To use, dampen your skin with warm water, then gently massage the tea tree oil facial wash into your skin. Rinse, pat dry, then apply astringent toner and moisturizer or acne treatment oil.

 

Homemade Skin Toner for
Dry, Mature or Sensitive Skin

This gentle, cleansing facial skin toner helps calm skin irritation, reduce wrinkles and promote the growth of healthy skin - a great anti-aging toner that smells divine!
1 cup (250ml) Rose Hydrosol (rose water)
1 teaspoon (5ml) Vegetable Glycerin (optional)
3 drops Helichrysum OR Lavender essential oil
3 drops Frankincense essential oil
3 drops Sandalwood essential oil
1 drop Chamomile essential oil

Homemade Skin Toner for Normal or Combination Skin
Hydrosols are floral waters that come from steam distilling plant materials. They're like essential oils but much less concentrated. You could use lavender hydrosol in this homemade skin toner recipe, but it doesn't smell quite as nice.
1 cup (250ml) Rose Geranium Hydrosol
7 drops Lavender essential oil
1 drop Rose Geranium essential oil
1 drop Palmarosa essential oil
1 drop Patchouli essential oil
1 drop Ylang Ylang essential oil

Homemade Skin Toner for Oily or Acne Prone Skin
This skin care toner tightens pores and removes excess oil. It also kills acne-causing bacteria and gets rid of any dirt you missed with your cleanser.
1 cup (250ml) Witch Hazel
3 drops Palmarosa essential oil
3 drops Petitgrain essential oil
3 drops Lemongrass essential oil
3 drops Tea Tree essential oil
1 drop Rose Geranium essential oil

 

Moisturizer for Oily Skin

Ingredients
2 tablespoons (6g) Emulsifying wax
1/3 cup (75ml) Grapeseed OR Jojoba oil
2 tablespoons (25ml) Aloe Vera gel
1/2 cup (125ml) Witch Hazel or distilled water
1 teaspoon (5ml) Vitamin E
10 drops Tea Tree essential oil
10 drops Peppermint essential oil
10 drops Petitgrain OR Lemongrass essential oil
1 drop Jasmine OR Ylang Ylang
10 drops Grapefruit Seed extract

Directions
Stir together the oil and emulsifying wax in a glass heat-safe measuring cup (such as Pyrex.)
Place the measuring cup in a pot of water and warm slowly over a low heat, stirring occasionally, until the wax is melted. Remove from heat. Add the Vitamin E.
Pour the witch hazel and aloe vera into a large glass heat-safe measuring cup. Stir to combine.

In a separate pot on the stove (using the water-bath method as above) or in the microwave, gently warm the witch hazel mixture until it's lukewarm. Do NOT skip this step - your moisturizer will separate later if the witch hazel mixture is too cold.
Slowly pour the oil mixture into the witch hazel mixture, stirring constantly with a wire whisk.

Stir in the essential oils and the grapefruit seed extract.
Pour the homemade face moisturizer into a clean, sterilized 8oz (250ml) dark glass or PET plastic bottle and allow it to cool before putting the cap on.
Shake the bottle occasionally as the lotion cools to prevent the ingredients from separating. Store in a cool, dark place.

This recipe makes approximately 8oz (250ml) of moisturizer for oily skin. Use it after washing and toning your face every morning. It's also suitable as an all-over acne-fighting body lotion.