Treat Acne with Aromatherapy the Natural Way

Acne is the bane of many a women’s existence. We try pills, topical applications, masks and what not in order to cure and prevent acne. Have you thought about the amount of chemicals you are putting into your body in the name of acne treatment? Don’t you think that it is about time to make the shift to a more natural remedy that does more than treating acne? Why don’t we suggest ways to treat acne with aromatherapy which won’t just get rid of the problem but will also give you great skin naturally!

What is Aromatherapy? 

Aromatherapy is an alternative medicine that uses essential oils from flowers and plants in order to improve one’s mood, health and general well being. The fragrance from the essential oils is supposed to positively influence the brain. Most essential oils have pharmacological advantages in that they may help reduce stress, boost memory and soothe inflammation.

How to use Aromatherapy for acne? 

Treat Acne with Aromatherapy

In order to treat acne with aromatherapy, you would need to first pick essential oils that help the in reducing inflammation, control the production of sebum and fight the acne causing bacteria. The problems that more acne prone women face are:

  • Stress
  • Whiteheads and blackheads from clogged pores
  • Excessive sebum production
  • Bacteria on the skin surface
  • Inflammation on the skin surface

Once these problems are addressed, acne can be rooted out from the system.

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What essential oils to use? 

Essential Oils for Acne

Every essential oil has a different fragrance profile. The oil that you use would depend on the ailment you are trying to treat. There are many essential oils that help treat the conditions associated with acne. Here is a list.


Rosemary is effective in controlling the oil production in the skin. Using rosemary on the skin helps in controlling inflammation and bacterial infection in the skin. Massaging the skin with rosemary essential oil also helps in making the skin become firmer.

Tea Tree

Tea tree is one of the most popular essential oils around and not without reason. The oil is antifungal, anti-bacterial and works like a dream to soothe inflammation.


Bergamont essential oil is great to treat breakouts and also to uplift your mood. The citrusy essential oil helps control sebum production in the skin and also to fight acne causing bacteria.


Lavender is a versatile essential oil in that it not just helps treat acne, but also helps give you an even skin tone and helps in smoothing out wrinkles. Using it to regularly massage your face to prevent breakouts and to get well toned skin.

Sandalwood Essential Oil

Sandalwood essential oil is great to treat both teenage and mature acne. It helps your skin deal with oiliness and acne scars.

How to use essential oils for acne?

To treat acne with aromatherapy, you can use the essential oils in multiple ways.

Massage – Mix two drops of the essential oil with a carrier oil like jojoba oil or grapeseed oil. You can even mix it with any oil like olive oil, coconut oil or almond oil. Massage your skin with the mixture either before your bath or before turning in for the night for best results.

Cleansing– Mix two drops of the essential oil with a base oil and massage it on your skin. Use a cotton ball to wipe it off to clear all the pores of the sebum and bacteria. You can even mix the essential oil with your face wash for better results.

Face Mask- You can even add a couple of drops of essential oil into your face mask to make it more effective. It will also help you relax better as you wait for the mask to dry.

Scrub – A face scrub is a great way to rejuvenate your skin. What’s better is to add some essential oil in it which will not just rejuvenate the skin but will also control acne.

Now that you know how to use essential oils for treating acne, we think it is about time to go and pick up a bottle of essential oil and get on track to get great skin!

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About the author

Aparna Anand

After a stint in an MNC in Bangalore, Aparna has now started doing what she loves the most- writing. Travelling and cooking come a close second and third. She lives in Mumbai with her husband.