Essential Oils & Spices for Acne


Acne is a skin disorder that can be annoying or severely disfiguring. It affects both men and women, teenagers and adults. Most mild cases of acne can be controlled with proper care, gentle cleansing and over-the-counter medications. However, some commercial treatments can be drying and irritating to the skin, causing further inflammation and acne flare ups. Natural remedies use specific herbs, spices and essential oils to clean and soothe the skin while destroying acne-causing bacteria.

Essential Oils for Acne

Essential oils are pressed from leaves, flowers, seeds, roots and other parts of plants and trees. These essential oils are used for treating health symptoms such as headaches, dizziness and insomnia and for skin conditions. Many essential oils are very effective in treating acne because they contain natural anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. These help to destroy acne-causing bacteria without the side effects of antibiotics and reduce the redness and swelling caused by inflamed acne nodules and cysts.

Spices That Treat Acne

Many common kitchen spices can be used to make skin masks, cleansers, scrubs and spot treatments for acne. Spices are made from concentrated portions of herbs and plants and are rich in potent antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. They have anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties that cleanse and protect the skin. The abrasive action of spices also acts as mechanical scrub to exfoliate skin and remove dead skin cells and sebum (skin oils) that can plug up pores causing pimples and blackheads.

Essential Oil Acne Remedies

At-home remedies for clean, smooth skin are simple to make with essential oils and spices. To make a natural toner for acne and oily skin, add a few drops of eucalyptus or tea tree oil and rose hip oil to witch hazel. Apply with a cotton pad and store in a tightly closed bottle. The eucalyptus combined with tea tree oil has powerful anti-bacterial properties while rose hip oil has healing vitamins and skin-softening moisturizers. The witch hazel also has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Use essential oils sparingly and always dilute before using.

Spice Remedies for Acne

To make a skin cleanser for acne, combine neem oil with cinnamon and nutmeg. Gently rub on skin before washing with cool water and patting the skin dry. Or try a mask made of cinnamon and honey. Combine the ingredients and leave on for an antiseptic cleansing treatment to get rid of pimples. The cooking spices clove and turmeric also have anti-bacterial and antioxidant properties; add them to a gentle chemical-free cleanser to make a powerful acne treating cleanser.

Boost Your Immune System

Acne can be fought by strengthening the immune system. Add cinnamon and nutmeg to oatmeal, tea or coffee for immune-boosting antioxidants. Use germ-fighting spices such as cloves and turmeric in cooking. Neem oil is available in capsule supplements that cleanse the body of acne-causing bacteria. Aromatherapy with essential oils such as eucalyptus, tea tree, citrus, lavender and peppermint oil cleanse the body and strengthens the immune system to treat acne naturally.

About this Author

Noreen Kassem is a physician in training and a medical writer with 10 years of experience in writing and editing. Noreen’s articles have been featured in Women’s Health, Nutrition News, Check Up and Alive Magazine. She also writes about her other interests: travel, books, fitness, nutrition, cooking and green living.