Best Essential Oils For Cystic Acne (Bonus Recipe)

Cystic Acne can be just down right annoying to deal with.

In fact…

An estimated 80 percent of young adults suffer from cystic acne each year.Click To Tweet

Recent studies show that the prevalence of cystic acne in young females is on the rise.

I’m going to show 3 specific essential oils that lots of people use to help with cystic acne.


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You might already know this, but the main causes of acne include clogged pores, bacteria, excess oil production, and dead skin.

Then there are other lifestyle factors, such as hormones, diet, stress, and even certain medications. It can also be hereditary.

Many of the treatments that are prescribed for cystic acne contain harsh side effects that can actually make the condition worse.

That’s why a lot of people are turning toward alternative medicine such as essential oils to treat their acne.

Essential oils have been around for centuries.

They provide an all natural remedy that helps tackle acne from the root all the way to the surface of the skin.

3 Reasons Essential Oils For Acne Make Sense

  1. Using harsh chemicals such as prescribed medications or over the counter medicines can sometimes cause further irritation to the condition.
  2. Essential oils have natural antibacterial properties which allows them to kill bacteria on the skin and help clean your face.
  3. Essential Oils can be much less expensive than traditional medications.

How Essential Oils Work To Manage Cystic Acne

There are a few different methods you can try when using essentials oils to treat chronic acne.

You can apply the oils topically, using a face wash, or by creating a DIY face treatment.

It is important to note however, that everyone is different and that everyone will react differently to different treatments.

Topical Method

When using essential oils topically you want to apply the oil (tea tree, lavender, juniper berry, or clary sage) directly to the area of concern.

Apply 2-3 drops of the oil to a clean face. This method is equivalent to using an acne clearing spot treatment.

Acne Face Wash

For those who are looking for a long-term treatment method consider making a DIY face wash for clear skin combining the following:

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 20 drops tea tree oil
  • 2 capsules of live probiotics

Mix these ingredients together thoroughly, pour them into a bottle, and store in a cool dry area.

If you have severe acne, you can use this face wash on a regular basis.

Bonus Oil Recipe For Cystic Acne And Scars

If your cystic acne has resulted in scarring a natural scar treatment may help.

You can make a scar treatment paste by combining the following:

  • 2 teaspoons of raw honey
  • 3 drops of lavender oil
  • 3 drops of tea tree oil
  • 3 drops of frankincense oil

Instructions: Apply paste to a clean face, let it sit four an hour, and then rinse it off. For severe scarring repeat this treatment 2-3 times per week.

Clary Sage

Also known as Linalyl Acetate, Clary Sage is an essential oil that works to reduce inflammation, cure acne, and regulate the skin’s oil production.

Clary sage essential oil also helps to curb the growth and spread of bacteria while alleviating feelings of stress and anxiety caused by cystic acne.

Juniper Berry

Juniper Berry is one of the most popular essential oils used for fighting off skin irritations. It promotes beautiful skin, contains detoxifying and stress eliminating properties, and fights off toxins that lead to breakouts.


Lavender essential oil includes natural antimicrobial and antioxidant characteristics which help treat acne, heal dry skin, and reduce the appearance of dark spots. It also has the ability to reduce stress and anxiety that causes breakouts.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea Tree oil contains natural antifungal and antibacterial properties that it helps reduce breakouts from chronic acne. These days many over the counter medications contain tea tree oil to help people treat their acne.

Potential Side Effects To Consider

All of the essential oils we have listed here today are safe. However, please note that they do have the potential to cause mild to moderate irritation to the surface of the skin.

If you have sensitive skin or are experiencing sensitivity dilute the essential oils with a carrier oil before applying topically. You can use a carrier oil such as coconut oil or jojoba oil.

You will also want to avoid direct exposure to sunlight when treating acne with essential oils. It’s been said that UV rays can enhance your skins sensitivity and may even lead to skin irritations or redness.

So if using any of these essential oils causes skin irritation, consider trying a gentler oil (like lavender) instead.


If you or someone you know suffers from cystic acne, essential oils may be the answer you’ve been looking for. As you can see, there are a variety of methods to choose from when using this alternative medicine to help treat this condition.

And if you are unsure about using essential oils to treat your acne be sure to consult with your dermatologist prior to using them.

Dee is a health conscious mom, and wife who loves to write when she isn't at the gym.
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