Best Essential Oils For Acne And Redness

Friday, October 12, 2012

2 Best Essential Oils For Reducing Acne And Redness

Essential oils have been used around the globe to treat the skin and body for thousands of years. There are many essential oils that can be helpful in reducing acne, redness, inflammation and other skin irritations. Knowing which oil to choose can be overwhelming. So here are my top two essential oils that I have found to be particularly amazing in reducing redness and blemishes. Both are staples in my daily skincare regimen.

Image by: Riley Huntley


Lavender has anti-fungal, antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. These skin soothing qualities make it one of the most valuable oils in the treatment of acne as well as many other skin conditions. Lavender contains all the beneficial properties needed to inhibit bacteria that can cause skin infections, reduce inflammation, sooth irritation, balance sebum production, and reduce the appearance of scars. Lavender is also known to stimulate the growth of healthy new cells.

Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)

Traditionally used by Australian aboriginals for centuries, crushed Tea Tree leaves were applied to the skin to help heal cuts, burns and infections. Tea Tree oil is known to be very cleansing for the skin, having anti-fungal, antiseptic, antimicrobial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties.  

 How To Use Lavender and Tea Tree Oil

Essential oils are powerfully concentrated, it is always recommended that essential oils be diluted in a carrier oil. While I have seen some websites that claim Lavender and Tea Tree oil are safe to use "neat" as a spot treatment (without being diluted), I do not recommend this method. I recommend always diluting ALL essential oils. 


DIY Acne Fighting Treatment

To create your own acne fighting treatment you'll need:

Cotton pads
Carrier oil (I use Rose Hip oil)
Lavender essential oil
Tea Tree essential oil 

1. Add two pumps (or a 1/4 teaspoon) of carrier oil to the cotton pad.
2. Add 2 drops of essential oils to the cotton pad.
3. Apply cotton pad to face or other affected areas. 

I've found this to be the best moisturizer for my acne prone, oily skin. I apply this treatment after cleansing and toning every morning and night. The Rose Hip oil keeps skin supple, hydrated and helps to reduce acne scarring. While the Lavender and Tea Tree oils calm redness, inflammation and inhibit acne-causing bacteria. There are many carrier oils to choose from, we will explore these in upcoming articles.

One of my favorite products by Desert Essence, Organic Lavender and Tea Tree oil combined into one easy to use dropper bottle.

 Aura Cacia is another favorite brand, they offer an amazing selection of essential and carrier oils.


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  1. Very helpful please keep them coming! :)

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  3. I'm so excited to read your new experiences and the information you are finding. I to have recently become enthralled with learning and experimenting with EOS to get back to basics and use what the earth provides getting away from as best I can from the lab produced products.

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  6. I totally agree with you about diluting essential oils. I used a well know product by a famous model and just dabbed oils around my nose, as it said on the product and it caused a nose infection for a whole month!! So yes, great advise, please dilute those oils!!!

  7. Hi Christine! I have been watching your videos for a while now and I absolutely love you! I was wondering if you are going to do a DIY video or blog post on your Vitamin C serum? I really like the red tea toner it's awesome. I currently use Coconut oil as my moisturizer and it has made a huge difference, I was wondering if you have tried it and if you have any thoughts on it? Thanks for all the input you give on natural skincare, it's very helpful!! :)

  8. I want to try the recipe above. For the part where you said "Add 2 drops of essential oils to the cotton pad." Do you mean 2 drops of each oil or 2 drops total? Thank you!

  9. I'm planning to have a power peel for my acne at Dermatologist NYC but I will try to consider this natural remedy too.

  10. I must say, I thought this was a pretty interesting read when it comes to this topic. Liked the material. . . Manchas na Pele

  11. Can I use A Ron oil as a carrier?