Essential Oils for Clear Skin

Essential Oils for Clear Skin

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I love to use essential oils on my face, and have had good success lately with a few new oils and blends.

Here’s what works for me…

Promoting Clear Skin

This is what I use when I’m not dealing specifically with any breakouts, but just want to maintain good skin.

Generally, I do not dilute the oils and only apply them (in the order listed below) to the areas that tend to give me problems.  Sometimes I do dilute by adding a few drops of each oil to my favorite carrier lotion, and then applying the lotion all over my face.

1st: Melaleuca (Tea Tree)
2nd: Geranium
3rd: Frankincense

Note: I use the Oil Cleansing Method to wash my face and remove makeup.  OCM employs a customized mixture of vegetable oils which draws out dirt, softens the skin and breaks the cycle of stripping an oily face with harsh ingredients which only causes the skin to produce more oil.  I apply EOs after removing makeup with the Oil Cleansing Method.

Update: I’m currently adding 1-2 drops of Frankincense to my favorite moisturizer.  It’s awesome.

Zapping Current and Lurking Blemishes

doTERRA’s Purify Cleansing Blend of Lemon, Lime, Pine, Tea Tree and Cilantro works well for spot treating blemishes.  I dab it on clean skin, undiluted, at least twice daily.

Repairing Scars

I try to use doTERRA’s Immortelle Anti-aging Blend of Frankincense, Helichrysum, Lavender, Myrrh and Sandalwood twice a day on lingering scars–including the scar from my C-section–and have noticed a definite improvement.

Sometimes I use Helichrysum and Frankincense on blemishes that erupted, either on their own or due to squeezing.  (Who, me?)

Using Heli right away on those spots–and then as often as possible for the first day or so–really seems to lessen the redness and speed the healing process.

More Oils for Clear Skin

The oils listed above are what works best for me, but not everyone will respond in the same way to the same oils.  Listed below are essential oils recommended for clear skin.

  • Lavender
  • Melaleuca (Tea Tree)
  • Geranium
  • Frankincense
  • Immortelle Anti-aging Blend of Frankincense, Helichrysum, Lavender, Myrrh & Sandalwood
  • Helichrysum
  • Clary Sage
  • Rosemary
  • Sandalwood
  • Thyme (dilute heavily)
  • Vetiver
  • Lemon
  • Lemongrass
  • Marjoram
  • Patchouli

 Here’s to clear skin!

Do you love essential oils?  Follow Yankee Homestead on Pinterest for lots of great recipes, tips, information and research.  Be sure to follow along on Facebook too! 



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  1. Lorien on 01/05/2016 at 3:11 am

    Even if you only use a small amount, you should really never apply undiluted EOs directly to the skin, least of all the skin on your face! If you’re using an essential oil as a spot treatment, you still need to dilute it slightly. I like to use a cotton pad, add a few drops of my EO of choice, and then run it for just a second under water from the sink. Using undiluted EO’s can cause serious reactions, as well as dryness and skin sensitivity. I wanted to comment because this page pops up frequently on Pinterest, so a lot of people may not realize the risks of using pure essential oils on skin. Cheers!

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