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Essential Oil Alternatives: Acne-Clearing Roll-On Diy

Essential Oil Alternatives: Acne-Clearing Roll-On DIY

No matter your age, acne can be a total bummer. It can strike at the most inopportune moments, ruining even the best days. A consistent skin routine is key to preventing acne, as is a healthy diet but despite our most earnest efforts, little red blemishes can pop up from time to time.

Many of us have searched our entire lives for a miracle cure to our pimple woes. Unfortunately, many over-the-counter acne treatments are laced with harmful ingredients that actually work against us in the long run. The good news is that essential oils have antibacterial and restorative properties that naturally combat skin troubles.

Chemicals Of Concern

Not all chemicals in over-the-counter products are dangerous but many do have legitimate cause for concern. Banned in Japan and the European Union, resorcinol is a white crystalline compound regularly used in the rubber industry for the production of tires and wood bonding. It is also a common ingredient in acne products and other personal care items. Resorcinol is also known as 1,3-benzenediol, resorcin and 1,3-dihydroxybenzene, so be sure to read the labels on you cosmetics.

In some studies, resorcinol has been shown to cause thyroid dysfunction and alter relative adrenal glands. Extended use can lead to enlargement of the thyroid gland, resulting to unsightly goiters. Additionally, the chemical can acutely irritate the skin and eyes, produce organ system toxicity and disrupt the endocrine system according to SafeCosmetics.org. There have been several cases of fatal intoxication when resorcinol has been applied to the skin.

One of the most dangerous chemicals in any personal care product is fragrance. Sometimes called “parfum” or “aroma” on the label, the word “fragrance” refers to an undisclosed combination of scent chemicals. It is linked to skin and eye irritation, organ system toxicity, headaches, dermatitis, vomiting and asthma. Not only has the EWG found that fragrances can disrupt our natural hormone system, but a 2009 study found two synthetic musk fragrances in the cord blood of newborn babies. Because of the prevalence of fragrances in cosmetics, the chemicals are likely to pollute the human body even in the womb.

The Natural Way

Instead of risking your health in the name of clear skin, try using nature to spot-treat blemishes. We’ve gathered some of our favorite essential oils to help beautify your skin. Tamanu carrier oil is packed with antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that can help speed up your skin’s natural repair system.

Lavender essential oil helps soothe the skin while Tea Tree oil removes bacteria. As it fights wrinkles and fine-lines, Carrot Seed essential oil can protect against free radicals. Bergamot essential oil works to prevent bacteria from spreading. Ylang Ylang promotes healthy, naturally pure skin. One of EG’s favorites, Frankincense essential oil actually helps fade scars and improve the elasticity of your skin.

Acne-Clearing Roll-On DIY

Instead of slathering on harsh chemicals to treat pesky pimples, roll-on the power of EG’s 100% pure essential oils to help clear your skin.

What You Need:

10 ml roll-on bottle

Tamanu carrier oil

Lavender essential oil

Carrot Seed essential oil

Tea Tree essential oil

Ylang Ylang complete essential oil

Bergamot essential oil

Frankincense essential oil

How To: 
    1. Fill ⅔ of the bottle with Tamanu carrier oil.
    2. Add 2 drops of Lavender essential oil.
    3. Add 2 drops of Tea Tree essential oil.
    4. Add 1 drop of Ylang Ylang complete essential oil
    5. Add 1 drop of Bergamot essential oil.
    6. Add 1 drop of Carrot Seed essential oil.
    7. Add 1 drop of Frankincense essential oil.
    8. Shake the entire mixture and roll a small amount on blemishes.

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8 Responses

Jamie Sporleder

December 03, 2019

Hey, I am 16 years old and I have tried everything for my acne. It all has left my face irritated and worse off than before. I came across this article, and I had to try it. Within the first 2 days, I have noticed my face is really soft. I think I have finally found something that will work for me. Thank you so much.

Edens Garden

October 08, 2019

Hi Rosario! Try Rosehip, Argan or Meadowfoam in place of Tamanu.


October 08, 2019

What other carrier oil can be used for this acne roll on instead of Tamanu?

Edens Garden

July 29, 2019

Hi Erica! Try replacing Carrot Seed with one drop of Manuka or Kunzea.


July 29, 2019

Is there a good substitution for carrot oil, since I have a severe carrot allergy?

Edens Garden

March 15, 2019

Hi Claire! Yes, this is safe for a 12 year old.

Claire Broughton

March 15, 2019

Is this safe for a 12 year old?

Rachael Lorene Cunningham

January 25, 2019

Thank you for sharing! I always recommend Eden’s Garden oils and blends to friends, family, and clients. Will be sharing this as well! I love the grapefruit oil for my skin irritations- and it smells so fresh an invigorating. Will definitely be trying this out and checking the labels of some of my cosmetics.

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