Top 6 Essential Oils to Heal Acne

Let’s be honest here, we all want to improve our skin, clear our acne, and feel our best selves.

But do we really want to do it by filling our bodies with harmful and toxic ingredients, just to get a quick fix?

No way!

We want to heal our skin, not create more unwanted side effects.

So many people nowadays have made the switch from harsh, chemical filled acne products, to using a more natural approach – essential oils. And they may be onto something incredible.

As someone who struggles with adult acne, I personally am so glad I switched to using natural oils to heal my breakouts and fade my scars.

Let me tell you from experience, these powerful oils really do work with time!

Benefits of Essential Oils-

There are so many benefits of using essential oils, and a big one is healing your acne.

These oils are extracted straight from the plants themselves, packed full with antioxidants, essential fatty acids and vitamins- giving your skin exactly what it needs to heal.

Essential oils have high anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antioxidant properties, therefore able to soothe painful inflamed acne, and fade acne scars.

Essential oils are so potent and powerful, that they are able to move around the fluid in your pores, breaking down bacteria to prevent further breakouts.

When applied to the skin, it penetrates deeply, reaching into the layers of the skin that face washes have a hard time cleansing.

And not only does it cleanse, but it goes in with a mission to heal!

I have listed the top 6 healing oils for acne, some that I personally have used and have done wonders to my skin!

Lavender Oil-

✻This powerful oil helps to hydrate dry skin, reduce dark spots and scars, and increase cell turnover rate.

✻Because of its antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, it can even help with psoriasis, eczema and wrinkles.

If you struggle with hormonal acne, applying lavender oil both topically and by inhaling, can help to even out your hormones by relieving anxiety and stress.

This can help you get to the root, and stop breakouts from happening.

I love lavenders calm and relaxing aroma.

This has personally been one of my favorite oils to use on my skin, as I have seen it first hand calm my red blotchy skin, and fade my acne scars.

Frankincense Oil-

One of the most powerful essential Oils for acne prone skin.

It’s known to be an antifungal, anti-bacterial, anti-septic, and anti-microbial oil that fights bacteria in the skin that causes acne.

✻It has many anti-inflammatory properties that do an excellent job at calming and soothing irritated and inflamed skin.

✻Frankincense helps to control oily and greasy skin, preventing breakouts, without over drying the skin.

✻It helps to minimize the appearance of pores, and is known for healing acne scars.

This has definitely been one of my favorite essential oils for my skin!

Tea Tree Oil-

If you’ve ever used tea tree oil, you’ll know what I mean when I say this oil isn’t messing around!

This antifungal, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory oil is powerful stuff!

✻It calms, soothes, and has moisturizing properties.

But be careful because this oil can dry out your skin really quickly.

I’d recommend using it only as a spot treatment and to make sure to moisturize.

But if your looking for a quick spot treatment to dry up those zits, this is a great oil to use!

Sea buckthorn Oil

Now this oil has been my holy grail this whole last year when my acne has been at its worst.

Sea buckthorn has been used as a natural remedy for thousands of years.

Derived from the berries, seeds, and leaves of the sea buckthorn plant, this oil has many incredible benefits:

✻helps to heal wounds more quickly

✻stimulates skin regeneration

✻reduces inflammation

✻protects against sun damage

✻encourages skin elasticity

✻helps hydrate dry skin

✻This oil is known for drastically reducing inflammation, preventing future breakouts, helps to fade scars, and gives your skin a smoother and more even texture.

Sea buckthorn has the ability to signal to the oil glands to stop creating excess sebum, which results in less breakouts.


I personally love this oil as it has really helped to heal my inflamed, painful acne.

For about 6 months now I have massaged this oil into my skin before bed, and when I wake up I notice that it helps majorly with inflammation, and keeps acne at bay. My scars are definitely a lot lighter as well.

It does have a very deep orange color, so be careful as it can stain your clothes!

Sandalwood Oil-

One of the most incredible and powerful acne-fighting oils for your skin!

Derived from the sandalwood tree in India, this oil has been used to help heal many forms of skin problems- including acne. It’s many benefits include:

✻ Cleans out the bacteria and oil that blocks pores, resulting in less flare-ups.

✻ Helps to lock in moisture- preventing your skin from creating excess oil to try to hydrate your skin.

✻ Has a “drying” effect, that can help to get rid of your active acne faster (without ever leaving your skin feeling dry).

I haven’t personally used sandalwood (yet) for my acne, but everyone I hear that does says its a game changer!

It has a delicious woody smell and is such an asset in helping to clear acne.

This oil is definitely one of my next top 5 oils I am dying to try!!

Helichrysum Oil-

There comes that moment, when you may realize that most, or if your lucky, all of your active pimples have subsided. But what do you do when you’re then left with the damage?

Acne scars can be so hard to get rid of, but with this oil, you can have peace of mind knowing that it’s whole purpose is to do just that!

✻Helichrysum oil is best known for healing acne scars.

✻This oil goes down deep, and heals the damage from cystic acne to hormonal pimples, and even other serious skin problems.

It’s another oil that I’m really looking forward to trying out, since my acne is healing and I’m just left with some scars.

How to Use Essential Oils

Essential oils may be applied directly on the skin to address a breakout, always diluted with a carrier oil (my favorites are jojoba oil, rosehip oil and tamanu oil).

All great for acne prone skin.

Without using a carrier oil, it can cause your skin to react and become irritated due to how potent and pure the oils are.

This will save your skin from getting further damaged.

Essential oils can also be inhaled to help relieve stress and anxiety.

This can help to keep hormones balanced, which results in less breakouts.

They also have such a calming and relaxing aroma that will help to lift your mood.

I love using this method as it helps to fill my house with this pleasing fragrance, and benefits all who are home with me!

Choosing Pure High Quality Oils

Now when using essential oils for your skin, it’s very important that you choose high quality, pure oils.

Many companies out there dilute their oils with cheap ingredients in order to be able to sell it for a lower cost.

So how do I know that an oil is pure and good quality? What should consumers look for when choosing oils?


When purchasing 100% pure essential oils, you should first consider the price.

To produce these oils, it takes a lot of plant matter to extract even just a little bit of oil. Considering this, buying pure essential oils will never really be cheap.

There are some oils that cost more then others, depending on how the production process goes, and the type of oil.

But because of how concentrated these oils are, and the fact that you can dilute them in a carrier oil, these oils can be stretched and used for many many uses.

Buying a higher priced oil can actually be an investment.


It’s so important to consider the purity of the oils you are thinking of purchasing.

Buying synthetic oils are usually a lot cheaper in price, but it comes at a cost- it’s purity.

Putting synthetic oils on your skin can actually do more damage then good. Here’s a few ways it can actually cause more harm:

✻ It can clog pores, preventing the skin to breathe

✻ Prevents your body to be able to rid of toxins through sweating

✻ The chemicals once absorbed can block vitamins from nourishing your body.

In my opinion, putting completely pure oils on my skin is worth it, even if it comes at a higher cost.

I want to buy oils that come straight from nature!

Let’s Heal Our Skin!

I’m amazed at how effective and powerful these oils are!

And the fact that my suffering skin is healing and doing so much better because of them, is literally all I could ever ask for!

I’ve listed down below a few different oils that I talked about, all being oils that are so pure, and that you can have complete trust in.

I’m so excited to hear how they help your skin heal!

**Please note that some of these links on this page are affiliated. This means that if you click on one of these links and make a purchase, I receive a small commission. This doesn’t ever cost you extra. But it’s these small commissions that helps to keep this blog going! Please know that I will only recommend product that I trust, or have personally tried and loved, and that are completely safe and natural.

If your looking for a single ingredient oil, then the brand Young Living is my biggest recommendation. Their oils are amazing quality, and are completely 100% pure.

But what I love is when you can buy a product that has many of these healing oils all in one, being diluted already, so there’s no need of purchasing a separate carrier oil!

Here are some high quality, natural blended oils that will drastically heal your acne prone skin!

Living Libations- Ensorcell Serum

Such a powerful serum containing a ton of incredible oils including sea buckthorn, frankincense, and lavender!

Sandalwood Best-Skin-Ever

Get ready to heal your skin with the combination of sandalwood, frankincense and many other healing oils! Use as both a cleanser and a moisturizer!

Living Libations Sandalwood Serum Supreme

Get off to the right start with healing your acne with this amazing and beautifully infused oil serum! Includes many oils along with sandalwood and frankincense

OM PUR Manuka-Tea tree Blemish Support serum

A wonderful healing blend of lavender helichrysum, tea tree oil and more!

Skincredible Revitalizing Sandalwood Elixir

A great combination of acne fighting oils including Sandalwood, lavender and frankincense!

Chagrin Valley-Seabuckthorn and Tamanu Facial Oil- (Use this link for 5$ off!)

Such a powerful combination of oils including sea buckthorn, tamanu and jojoba oil!

Some Amazing Carrier Oils-

PURA D’OR Carrier Oil: Organic Tamanu Oil 4 oz USDA Certified Organic 100% Pure & Natural Moisturizer and Anti-Aging for Face & Skin

A carrier oil that Soothes, moisturizes and has anti- inflammatory properties. Great for anti-aging and preventing future breakouts!

Amazon-Desert Essence 100% pure Jojoba oil 4oz

A carrier oil that calms and repairs damage done to skin, anti-inflammatory, high in vitamins E and B. Helps to heal acne, eczema, and rosacea!

Amazon- PURA D’OR 100% pure rosehip oil

A carrier oil that improves moisture and collagen levels of the skin, and is rich in vitamin A which is beneficial to fight against age spots and wrinkles!

Some Great Essential Oil Diffusers

ASAKUKI 500ml Premium, Essential Oil Diffuser, 5 In 1 Ultrasonic Aromatherapy Fragrant Oil Humidifier Vaporizer, Timer and Auto-Off Safety Switch, 7 LED Light Colors

ASAKUKI 300ML Premium, Essential Oil Diffuser, Quiet 5-In-1 Humidifier, Natural Home Fragrance Diffuser with 7 LED Color Changing Light and Easy to Clean








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