The first things to consider when battling acne are to eat a well-balanced diet, avoid fatty foods and get plenty of exercise, outdoors if possible. Gut health is very important. Avoid trigger foods (e.g. grains, dairy, sugar, processed foods, artificial foods) until your gut is able to tolerate them. Pimples, acne and blackheads can be resolved with time, patience and general good health. [For improving gut health, consider GAPSdiet.com and/or Body Ecology Diet.
It is generally believed that acne is caused, at least in part, by bacteria living and growing in your pores, so essential oils are very effective as part of a healthy regimen to combat acne and pimples. Other parts of the equation include plenty of rest, plenty of exercise, plenty of clean water and a good healthy diet rich in raw fruits and vegetables.
Essential oils can work wonderfully in the fight against acne. Diluted appropriately, essential oils can be applied topically to relieve mild to moderate acne. When choosing an essential oil: 1) Consider your skin type, whether your skin is tough or delicate and sensitive, and 2) Consider the kind of acne you are dealing with. When using essential oils on the skin, it is important to choose a carrier oil that will not clog pores; Grapeseed, Emu and Jojoba oils are excellent choices for facial applications.
Hopewell Essential Oils considered many testimonies about how people found relief from using essential oils and created a now popular blend we call Complexion. Complexion is a blend of Lavender, Tea Tree and Birch. Here’s a little explanation on why we felt to use these oils:
Lavender – is known to be very healing to the skin. Lavender is antibacterial and soothing. It effectively prevents breakouts and clears the redness often associated with acne-prone skin.
Tea Tree – fights bacteria and fungus. Tea Tree soothes irritation, rashes, burns and controls acne, dandruff, treats warts and other fungal infections. Tea Tree’s fast-acting healing properties make it one of the most popular choices in acne treatment.
Birch – encourages the peeling of the top layer of skin and opens plugged follicles, which help reestablish the normal skin-cell replacement cycle.
Consider diluting with Jojoba:
Jojoba – is a botanical extract of the seed of the jojoba tree (Simmondsia chinenis) and is actually a wax ester not an oil. This wax ester is the most similar “oil” to our human skin. Some feel that is helps balance oil production. It is not an eye irritant, nor allergenic. It provides all day moisturization, spreads and absorbs well and is free from pesticides, GMO’s and is sustainably farmed.
Face Wash (Purchon/Cantele)
4oz glass bottle (either pourable or spray)
1/4 cup filtered/distilled water
8 tsp Rose hydrolat
1/4 - 1/2 tsp vegetable glycerine (attracts moisture)
6 drops essential oil suitable for your skin type
Shake well before using.
All Skin Types
Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Neroli, Palmarosa, Rose, Rosewood
Benzoin, Bergamot, carrot Seed, German and Roman Chamomile, Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Neroli, Palmarosa, Petitgrain, Rose, Rosemary ct verbenone, Rosewood, Sandalwood
Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Neroli, Palmarosa, Rose, Rosewood, Ylang Ylang
Basil ct linalool, Cedarwood, Cypress, Fennel, Geranium, Grapefruit, Juniperberry, Spike Lavender, Lemon, Orange, Petitgrain, Ylang Ylang
German or Roman Chamomile, Jasmine, Neroli, Rose
Basic Nourishing Cleansing Oil for all skin types (Worwood)
1oz Sweet Almond oil
1oz Apricot Kernal oil
2 tsp Coconut oil
1 TB Sunflower oil
1 TB Jojoba
Essential oils may be added if desired.
1. I have a couple of teenagers who struggled with acne. Their doctor wanted to prescribe a medication that requires that their blood levels be monitored – that was like a loud siren in my ears. I wanted to see if essential oils could help them, so I proposed a little experiment. For one week they would apply Lavender to only one side of their faces after a thorough washing. Four days later, the Lavender side of their faces was almost totally clear of pimples! Of course at this, they begged me to end the experiment so they could apply it to both sides!! Eventually we decided that Tea Tree and Lavender together were a better combination, but they are virtually acne-free when they consistently use this simple blend.
2. I’m middle age and have “suffered” with acne since I was a teenager. After I tossed out my chemically laden shampoo, conditioner, body soap, hand soap, facial cleanser, cosmetics, deodorant and hairspray, my skin cleared up. My suggestion is: get rid of all the chemicals in your life! If you wouldn’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin.
3. My teenage son tried Lavender, but it didn’t seem to do much for him. One day he asked if he could use Woman Ease, which is a blend of Clary Sage, Fennel, Lavender, Spikenard, Patchouli, Jasmine Sambac, Marjoram and Yarrow in a Jojoba base. I’d gotten this for myself to help balance my hormones. My son said it seemed to open up his acne pores and they drained all that built up sebum. The anti-bacterial properties healed them overnight.
4. Woman Ease and Tea Tree oil helped my granddaughter immensely!
5. We first wash with homemade Oatmeal Goat's Milk Soap that her friend makes and then apply Complexion essential oil blend. We have gotten rid of all the chemicals that we used to put on our bodies and chemicals that we used to clean with including laundry soap. It has made a world of difference!
6. We found that Tea Tree alone worked, but the smell was hard to take. I decided to try Hopewell’s Complexion blend, and everyone in our family finds that very pleasant. It works great!
7. My son was on a prescription face cream, but when it ran out, the doctor wouldn’t prescribe more until my son came in for a physical, which he felt too busy to bother with. When his acne started returning in full force, he agreed to try some Lavender. In just a couple of days, his face was clear again and he was sold! He occasionally gets teased about his smells, but he just tells his friends that he doesn’t have acne and they do!
8. When I’m pregnant I get sore, red bumps on my face that are reminiscent of pimples, but they never come to a head. I apply Tea Tree oil neat (undiluted) directly on the bump, and within a day they are gone.
9. I believe a good colon cleanse will almost invariably clear up all acne (as well as some mood disorders since 90% of serotonin is generated in the digestive system). A good liver cleanse will also help balance hormones and control the digestive process. Of course, diets have a big influence on acne as well. Eliminate foods that might have hormones (meat) and increase essential fatty acids and zinc.
10. My son cleared his acne by:
1) Cutting back on grains and sugar
2) Washing his face morning and evening with Dairy Meadow Honey Oatmeal Soap
3) Applying my homemade astringent/toner morning and evening after washing face
4 oz raw Apple Cider Vinegar
20 drops Lavender
20 drops Eucalyptus Radiata
11. I'm 55 and got a 10ml Free-N -Clear for my teenagers, but I had a pimple pop up on my face just like when I was a teenager. So I had a chance to try it. I applied it frequently over the next few hours until I went to bed. By that time (just hours later), it had come to a head and had drained by morning. I applied Free-N-Clear again a couple of times so the spot would heal quickly, and it did. I'm impressed with it. - Linda
12. I just wanted to say I'm so thankful to HEOs! I'm 26 years old, and I've had acne since I was 12. I've tried everything under the sun, and nothing has worked. I started washing my face with Dairy Meadow’s Oatmeal Goat Milk soap and using Free-N-Clear twice a day. Less than two weeks later my face is drastically better! Nothing has ever worked like this. Thank you so much!!!!! - Hayley
13. If all the above fails for you, take a look at this website:
AcnEase for a natural remedy for cystic acne.
14. Thank you for offering the Rosalina. I purchased it for my daughter's acne, and it has made such a significant impact on clearing up her face that she's actually learning to get past the scent because of its amazing effect on her sensitive skin! (She's a picky 13-year-old. . . I really appreciate the scent of it, and my co-workers also were drawn to it.) Even she realizes that it works a million times better than the commercially available cleansers marketed to clear up acne. - Melissa
15. I am now 43 and still have had acne issues since being a teenager. I had been using Pro Active on my face for over 6+ years. I have NEVER found anything else that would work on my face. I have been using the Honey/Oatmeal Goats Milk Soap and using Complexion and Free-N-Clear on my face daily and I am really shocked that it's working! YAY!! It's been a solid 3 weeks of using those products and I am very happy. It has also been helping with my 13-year-old daughters acne. Her face looks so much better now too. I will be saving tons of money because the Pro Active stuff is costly. Thank you for making these blends, we LOVE them!! - Sheri O.
16. I am a severe acne-during-pregnancy-sufferer. Doing these three things 1) drinking water (a gallon daily), 2) washing face with Honey Oatmeal Soap, and 3) applying Free-N-Clear has helped more than anything else. What I absolutely can't stand is how very little self-control I have to avoid sugar during pregnancy, and this makes the acne unbeatable! - Candice
17. For acne, consider cutting out grains and dairy as well (like paleo eaters). Also probiotics help with gut health and do wonders for skin issues. Another thing that's great for skin is green superfoods! Don't waste money on diluted brands. My favorite brand is www.healthforce.com you can get both there. Don't underestimate the power of water...especially with lemon. Also, make sure your cleansers do not overdry the skin, and that you do not fail to moisturize, or your oil glands will be overactive, causing breakouts.Change the pillowcase 1 or 2x a week. - Anna
18. My 15-year-old son has forehead acne. The Mercy blend has been working well. Last spring he had a really bad huge pimple (perhaps more than one) - so bad that I took him to the doctor who put him on antibiotics and then had to give him a stronger one, plus an antibiotic ointment. The MRSA seems to be helping more than the antibiotics ever did. He's also been on a prescription lotion for acne for years that I have stopped using. - Ellie
19. I suffer with acne, and I can highly recommend Jojoba oil for the face - I use it every day to oil cleanse, and it's wonderful. Jojoba is very similar to the face's natural sebum, so it's cleansing AND moisturizing, as well as non-irritating, non-greasy, and non-comedogenic. As for the dilution, I would start with a medium dilution rate, maybe 5% (5 drops eo to 1 tsp carrier) and, if your skin does well with it, work up from there. The thing that has made the biggest difference for me is changing my diet - specifically, in my case, eliminating gluten. The key to making the change was realizing that if we saw a baby with 'acne', we would call it a rash and immediately wonder what food had triggered it. But at a certain age, we just start calling it acne, and ignore the potential/probable relationship between the acne and what we're eating. This may not be the whole story for everyone, but my own personal testimony is that making the changes to my diet has led me to have consistently clear skin for the first time in 20 years. Hope this helps! - Ali
20. I just thought I would share with you that I think I've figured out half the battle with my acne problem. I believe it was mainly caused by a long-term vitamin D3 deficiency. Vitamin D3 is in actuality a hormone. Anyways. I still get acne from time to time, but I am mainly just dealing with the residual scarring now. The inflammation has really settled down. Hope you are well, Karen
21. I absolutely love the Complexion blend! I have always had regular acne breakouts, even now at age 30. I also have Dermatillomania (skin picking disorder), so every time I have breakout I end up with scabs all over my face from picking at my acne. I have started using a drop of Complexion with my moisturizer every morning and it has worked wonders! It helps my scabs heal faster and seems to prevent the bad breakouts. For the first time in my adult life, I had the confidence to leave the house without wearing concealer! I recently ran out of Complexion and immediately had a breakout again, so I'm glad I got my new shipment in the mail today! - Stephanie
Purchon, Nerys; Cantele, Lora, Complete Aromatherapy and Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness, 2014, pages 354-364.
Worwood, Valerie Ann, The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, New World Library, 2016, page 354.