I Tried Essential Oils For Acne – And This Is What Happened

Frustrated with skincare that seems to be making your issues worse? Thinking about going more natural and using essential oils in your routine? If you answered a resounding “YES!” to these questions and are seriously considering using essential oils, then let me save you time by telling you what I used, how I used them, and how they helped (if at all).


So as some of you may have guessed I am very adventurous when it comes to skincare. It doesn’t bother me the least bit putting mud or snail mucin on my face just to see if the hype is worth it. When I came across essential oils as a potential treatment for acne I was immediately on board. I loved the possibility of an all natural cure for my skin, and I was eager to put it to the test…and I did the following routine religiously for 4 months.

Step 1: Picking Oils

I chose Tea Tree for its known acne fighting properties, and for most people this is a pretty easy first oil to choose for acne. I also decided to use Lavender for its astringent and calming properties hoping that it would calm the red in my face. Clary Sage purportedly helps balance hormones and one Youtube reviewer said that it cleared her hormonal acne completely and swore by it. I decided to give it a try and test it. Frankincense is hailed as the King essential oil because of its strong anti-aging properties. It apparently is great for hyperpigmentation and acne marks.

I chose each oil individually to target very specific skin concerns and that is how I came up with my four. I would not recommend using more than four oils at once because it may feel heavy on your skin.

Step 2: Diluting

So for whatever reason there is a bit of controversy whether you need to dilute an essential oil or not. But personally I recommend diluting all of your oils in a carrier such as a jojoba oil. It makes it less harsh on your skin and it is a safe way to ensure application. For myself I used jojoba oil because it is the closest oil to your skins natural oil.

How to Dilute-Make a 1:1 ratio between essential oil and carrier oil. For every drop of essential oil add one drop of jojoba oil!

Step 3: Application

I did this once nightly. Many people use roller bottles but for myself I just applied the drops of oil in a 1:1 ratio in my hand and applied it to my clean face after toning. You can use a roler bottle or make an at home solution that is ready to apply if you prefer.


After 4 months of doing this every night, I have a clear understanding of how well it works compared to other marketed products. I can say it did clear my skin somewhat but it is in no way a cure. I do not feel that it cleared my skin more than any other product, I still experienced some breakouts. I realized that with essential oils there is some inconsistency with its effects. There were days where my skin reacted well with it (maybe because the dilution was perfect), but then a week later I experienced new breakouts.

My biggest pet-peeve with essential oils was that towards my 3rd month of use my skin did not feel as clean as it had in the past, despite double cleansing and toning as normal. I think this might be because I was adding oils to my skin every night and my skin was overwhelmed. Ultimately I do not intend on giving this another try (since I have found a routine that works great). If you are up to the challenge give it a try, but for myself sometimes the best route is the simple one.

*I typically would include a before and after photo but it did not improve my skin well enough for there to be a significant difference

Rating: 3/5

Xoxo Caitlyn

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