How to Get Rid of Acne with Essential Oils

Have you tried every acne prescription under the sun?

Yet frustratingly your breakouts and acne still won’t go away?

Or have the harmful side effects from astringent products, caused your skin to become irritated and inflamed?

Then this article may be for you, as we look at how to treat acne naturally with antibacterial, and antimicrobial essential oils.

How to get rid of acne naturally

Acne is due to a proliferation of P. acnes bacteria that creates the breakouts.

When to much oil, debris, and skin cells build up in the pores, these bacteria go to town, blocking the pores and causing a number of skin conditions, including pimples, papules, pustules, and inflammation.

Clinical trials have found that this bacteria responds really well to topical treatments of certain essential oils. Below we have included our tried and tested anti-acne blends, that you can apply as a spot treatment, to help you keep your bothersome breakouts at bay.

Essential oils for acne

Tea Tree Essential oil

Anti-inflammatory: Helps to soothe an impaired barrier.
Anti-bactericidal: Directly targets propionibacterium acnes.
Antiseptic: Similar to Benzol Peroxide, but with fewer side effects.
Stimulating: Boosts circulation, encouraging the removal of waste and toxins from the skin.
Cleansing: Penetrates deep into the epidermis clearing the follicular wall, whilst also keeping sebaceous gland secretions perfectly balanced.

A solution can be made up to 15% and applied as a spot treatment or as a blend.

Tea Tree and Lemon Myrtle

Combined with a few drops of Lemon Myrtle, the wonderful microbiological effects of Tea Tree are enhanced.

Citral a compound found in Lemon Grass is also effective for opening pores and balancing oily skin conditions, it is important to note that citral must not be used alone as it can cause sensitivity.


This essential oil is a revitalizing tonic, which literally helps to stimulate the skin, cleansing sluggish and congested pores.


This oil has tissue firming properties and is particularly beneficial in cleansing skin eruptions associated with acne.

Botanical oils for acne

Essential oil blends can be further enhanced by combined with a small amount of botanical oil:

Jojoba and Hazelnut

These are both astringent face oils, that are a great choice for dealing with acne-prone skin.

Carrot Oil

The reason why Carrot oil is so lovely and orange are because it contains high doses of beta-carotene, which is excellent for promoting healing and minimising scars.

Carrot oil makes a really effective blend when mixed with Neroli or Basil.

Anti-acne blend

  • 2 ml of carrot oil
  • 2 ml Jojoba
  • 1 Drop Tea Tree
  • 2 Drops Niaouli
  • 2 Drops Basil

If you suffer from an oily, acne skin, and want to know how to incorporate these ingredients into your skincare routine, then we have you covered. Equilibrium balancing gel is a hydrating, anti-bactericidal, anti-inflammatory moisturiser, that will help to bring your skin back to balance, helping to restore that healthy, youthful glow.

If you are guilty of pimple popping and want to know how to stop, our article on how to get rid of pimples is a great read.

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