carrier oils, essential oils, Skin DIY

3 Powerful yet Gentle Essential Oils for Oily, Acne Prone & Cystic Skin

Summer is fast approaching! Road trips, pools, beaches, camping & hiking and all the other exciting outdoor activities beckon all of us! Well, almost all.

Summer can be a frustrating time if you have oily skin, tend to develop acnes and even worse if you have cystic skin. The heat and humidity seem to worsen these skin conditions.

I am introducing to you 3 powerful yet gentle essential oils to combat these skin conditions.

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia): this versatile oil is renowned for its skin soothing and healing ability. It blends beautiful with most oils.

Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis)

As an astringent, this oil is helpful in reducing sebum production.

Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)

This oil is antibacterial and anti- inflammatory, making it excellent in acne treatment, yet gentle enough for sensitive skin.

Carrier Oil

Essential oils are highly concentrated and therefore powerful. In order to harness their therapeutic properties, they need to be diluted properly with carrier oils.

Carrier oils are basically nut or seed oils. They can be aloe vera gel or your favorite lotion as well.

Hazelnut oil is considered a dry oil, suitable for oily, acne prone and cystic skin.


Start with 4-5 drops of oils in one ounce carrier oil. See how your skin reacts and then gradually increase to 16 drops. For spot treatment, use 24 – 32 drops.

Framework for formulation

To have an effective blend, we need to know how to formulate. In TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), there are 3 basic herbs in each formula: key herb, supporting herb & harmonizing herb. In essential oil formulation, the same principle applies.

Key oil addresses the main issue, supporting oil addresses secondary problem while harmonizing oil enhances both key and supporting oil AND harmonizes the aroma of the blend.

Take oily skin for example.

Our main concern is to control sebum production, Sweet Orange helps reduce the oil without stripping moisture. The secondary concern is acne breakouts. Tea tree helps control the bacterial and prevent acnes. Lavender is skin soothing and healing, thus supports both Sweet Orange and Tea tree and makes the blend smell good.

Basic Formula

2 drops of Sweet Orange

1 drop of Tea Tree

1 drop of Lavender

Add the above essential oils to an one ounce glass dropper bottle, then add Hazel nut oil or Aloe Vera gel. If you are using lotion, weigh out one ounce lotion, then add the essential oils and mix them really well.

Shake well and use 4-5 drops on clean and slightly damp face. Follow up with a moisturizing lotion.

Now, you have learned the basic principle of how to make a blend for oily skin, can you make a blend using these 3 oils for acne prone skin? Or cystic skin?

Show me your creations in the comment section!

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Searching for information you can trust on how to use and blend essential oils for your unique skin care? How can you feel confident when there is so much misinformation online? As a clinical aromatherapist, my goal is to empower you and provide you with the right knowledge and skills to care and create your own natural skin care using essential oils and carrier oils.

I created a course How to Use Essential Oils & Carrier Oils for Your Skin Type on Teachable to get the knowledge to you: https://patherapy1.te…

In this 30 minute class, you will learn:

  • Why essential oils & carrier oils are excellent for skin care.
  • Which essential oils & carrier oils to use for your skin type – oily, acne prone, cystic, dry, sensitive, mature, normal, combination.
  • The framework to make effective and safe blends for your skin type.
  • Skin safety concerns.
  • Trusted essential oil companies.

Who is this course for?

  • Everyone! This course is your doorway into the world of natural skin care.
  • Individuals who would like to be empowered to care for themselves, their family, and friends with natural plant-based remedies.
  • Skin care formulators who are interested in integrating essential oils into their skin care formulations.

Let get started and I can’t wait to see what you make!

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