How to Choose and Blend the Right Oils for Your Acne Prone Skin

Today is a wonderful guest post from Michelle from Wildly Natural Skin Care.

She’s going to tell us all about how to choose the right oils to use for your skin type and how to make oil blends that kick acne butt!

I am in love (madly?) with natural skin oils for most skin issues. Actually I have not come upon a skin issue in which I wouldn’t recommend an oil.

From oily to dry, acne to aging, as a daily self-massage (abyangha) or for the bath, oils hold the essence and medicinal properties of the plant seeds. Every oil has its own personality and properties, which are called the energetics. The energetics are super important as a guideline to choose the best oil, matching people with the best oil for their skin.

It is a big topic and I have gone into the energetics of some oils that are particularly suited for acne here. I hope that this serves you well when making your own skin oil blends.

Choosing the Base Oils

Though acne is considered a hot and damp condition in Traditional Chinese Medicine, it will be expressed differently in each person. Without getting too complicated, internally a person could be cold and deficient and yet have acne on the surface. This may be caused by slow digestion where the body is compensating by releasing too much from the skin. So, following are some general guidelines for choosing a base blend.

Use your intuition and also consider the following questions:

1) Underneath the acne, is your skin dry, or oily?

2) Are you more prone to being hot, or cold?

If more prone towards heat and oily skin:

Grapeseed oil is a dry, light and cool oil. It is a great, almost neutral base oil high in Vitamins C and E. I have used this with really good success for oily skin types that experience dry conditions like eczema. If the acne is crusty or flaky, this may be a good choice.

Jojoba oil is dry, light and cool and almost neutral oil with great absorptive properties. Jojoba also has qualities that help the skin retain moisture, preventing the skin from overcompensating with more oil production. It also has healing abilities for wounds caused by acne.

If more prone towards cold and dry skin:

Sesame oil is neutral-wet, light and warm. Sesame is one of the most balanced oils between oleic and linoleic acids. Oleic acids have a heavier quality while linoleic make an oil lighter, so the balance here shows us that this is a medium density oil.

Plum oil is wet, light and warm. Being a very sweet smelling oil with more moisturizing qualities, plum is best for people with dry underlying skin and used in small amounts. It has slightly astringent properties indicated by its perfume-like taste.

Apricot Kernel is a wet, light and warm oil. It is very soothing for inflamed, irritated skin and high in Vitamins C and E. Apricot kernel is a good general moisturizer for most skin types.

If more prone towards cold and oily skin:

Coconut is a dry, light and warm oil and is best for people more prone to being cold. It is not so good when the skin is hot and actively inflamed, as the warmth could make that worse. Coconut oil has additional antimicrobial properties and is easily absorbed when applied to damp skin.

Adding in Oils for Particular Medicinal Effects

There are also oils that are great for their medicinal qualities yet energetically not as fitting as the major part of the blend. These can be added in smaller amounts in the formula for particular purposes.

For example, in a blend for active acne, an oil that has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties will be really helpful. So for example, though castor oil is a moist and heavy oil, it is great to add in lesser amounts for its potent abilities as an anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, drawing and scar softening oil.

Neem oil is another antimicrobial oil that can be helpful in small amounts. It has a distinctive smell that borders on sulphur-y so consider that when making your blend.

Evening primrose oil is wonderful for helping to prevent and heal scarring. It is best when used at a minimum of 20% of a formula.


I find it best to formulate first by percentages and then break that down into an actual amount. This gives a great overall picture of the finished product and what you want to accomplish with it.

The base of the blend should be at least 50% or more depending upon how many oils you will be adding. I don’t go below 10% for any oil as the effects will not be noticeable at that dilution rate. One of the great parts of making your own skin oils is that you know you are using an effective amount of each active oil. Some expensive commercial brands may advertise the precious expensive oils but really they are using a tiny amount of it.

Essential oils can be added at a rate of 8-10 drops per ounce of oil for most essential oils. Take care when using really strong ones, like oregano or thyme and start out with a lesser amount (about 4 drops per ounce of carrier oil).

Example Recipes

Moisturizing Blend for Acne

Here I give percentages as these blends can be made in any amount. Followed in parentheses is the amount for 4 ounces (120 mL) of finished oil.

  • Grapeseed Oil 50% (2 ounces/60 mL)
  • Sesame Seed Oil 25% (1 ounce/30 mL)
  • Evening Primrose Oil 15% (0.6 ounce/18 mL)
  • Neem Oil 10% (0.4 ounce/12 mL)
  • Vitamin E 0.5% (10 drops)
  • Lavender essential oil (optional) 20 drops
  • Oregano essential oil (optional) 10 drops

Anti-Scar Blend

  • Jojoba 50% (2 ounces/60 mL)
  • Apricot Kernel 20% (0.8 ounce/24 mL)
  • Castor 15% (0.6 ounce/18 mL)
  • Evening Primrose 15% (0.6 ounce/18 mL)
  • Vitamin E 0.5% (10 drops)

To use simply pour a small amount into your hand and apply it to damp skin, gently massaging the skin. Excess oil can be rinsed off with a quick splash or patted off with a towel. I like to leave my skin somewhat wet and allow it to air dry.

I would love to hear your experiences with using these or any other skin oils! Also, what questions do you have about oils and using them for acne?

[UPDATE from Tracy] – I’d like to thank Michelle for being so wonderful with answering everyone’s skin care questions in the comments below. However, from now on if you would like Michelle to give you personal recommendations and one on one time to go over a skin care plan for you, please visit her services page. Thanks!

Bio: Michelle Czolba, M.Sc. is an herbalist and the owner and writer at Wildly Natural Skin Care, where she shares her knowledge of truly natural skin care.

She has crafted all sorts of natural skin care products, including for her work as an herbalist and previous hand-crafted skin care company, and is particularly intrigued by the power of skin care oils. Check out her e-course, Wildly Natural Skin Care Oils!

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  1. Nathan says


    Your first paragraph summed up my recent few days of researching about my mild hormonal acne and other symptoms related to digestive issues. I’m pretty sure I have leaky gut due to very poor digestion and low body temperature. (I’ve been taking my temp. every morning and it is usually 35C which is below what it should be when waking.) This indicates that the body is reserving energy stores, meaning that I’m also deficient. (which makes sense as I haven’ been eating great lately) It’s very reassuring to hear the same interpretation from somebody else. (I also read this from Matt Stone’s eBook “12 Paleo Myths” where he said that a low body temp could be related to eating low carb for too long…)

    Relating to your post Michelle, would these oil combinations be considered as a cleanser too? I mean, I don’t want to “moisturise” for the sake of moisture, but I have been thinking about the “oil cleansing method”. I know that for our own sebum or any other oil, like-for-like cancel each other out and thus cleanses the pores.

    I’ve used Jojoba in the past which, after learning about this today was not the right oil for me. Between your suggestions, which, for dry and cold would be less likely to tint the colour of my fair/pale skin? Jojoba oil made my skin very orange and I’m not sure if it’s the natural colour or something else.

    I’ve been doing the caveman, no washing, no water for 6 weeks now and although my skin hasn’t got worse, the scars are still there. I get flaky skin in my T-zone and mild inflamed acne on my jaw and chin. I’m certain that my poor digestion has been contributing to this for months, I mean, I can barley digest a salad these days so I’ve switched to “dense carbs” instead. Plus I’m about to make my own Sauerkraut and Kombucha!

    Thanks for your help.

  2. says

    Hi Nathan!

    Thanks for your comment. It sounds like you are doing quite a bit which is great.

    I would go for apricot kernel oil or untoasted sesame oil. That is really interesting about the jojoba and the first I’ve heard of it. Good to know!

    Yes, these oil combos could be used for cleansing. If you want to do the oil cleansing method with steam, make sure you add castor oil to the blend. It is the main oil to really pull stuff out of the pores. Something to consider is that OCM can make any inflammation worse. I am getting ready to post an article on that actually. I personally experienced it exacerbating rosacea. So, you said your skin is dry and cold and it might not be an issue to use the heat. Just an FYI for others who may have more heat-related acne.

    I also notice that oils dissolve blackheads, etc. just by applying to damp/wet skin and then blotting with a towel or even leaving the oils to soak in.

    Hope that helps!

  3. Kate says

    I’ve been using jojoba (sometimes with lavender essential oil) as a cleanser, makeup remover, and moisturizer for a while now, and I love what it does for my skin, the little oil ‘plugs’ come out and everything! Plus it makes eye makeup removal so easy!! But when I use it to take off my face makeup, should I do that first then ‘wash’ with jojoba, or just rinse it off and be done all at once? I’ve been washing separately because I’d hate to think it was taking my face powder into my pores, but I’ve been going through it soooo fast.

  4. Sampson says

    Coconut oil doesn’t clog my skin, but it DOES dry out my skin, which is weird because you would think that an oil could only make your skin more oily.

  5. Rachel says

    What if I have dry skin and am prone to being hot?? I used to have extremely dry skin but since I stopped doing anything to my face besides water it has become normal but it is still dry around the active acne spots so I would still consider my skin dry.

    • says

      Hi Rachel,

      Great question! I would recommend almond or olive oil for the dry/heat combo. Both are cooling and moistening oils, olive being slightly heavier than almond. Have you tried either of those? Argan might be another consideration. I have found that to be the silkiest of the oils so far.

      • Ann says

        I have dry hot skin, and I use olive oil, castor oil and tea tree oil, and it works really great exept my face is getting yellowish. Does olive oil do that?

          • Sunna says

            I have dry skin and am prone to being hot and have been using almond oil which I absolutely love. It’s very silky. I have never tried to blend it though and have always been too scared to try castor oil, because I heard that it was really thick and would only clog your pores. But after reading this I think I will try to blend it in a small amount with a lot bigger amount of almond oil. Thank you Michelle for a great article!

            P.S. I have also used olive oil and loved that as well.

  6. Tori says

    Great article! I use blended oils handmade by a lady in England ( They’re amazing but pricey. I use a rose oil tincture which my skin loves and also things like cypress and hazelnut oil. I would like to give a single oil a go, though and reading your article it looks as though grapeseed oil would be good as I am oily and so, so hot all the time. Thanks for the great reading!

  7. Elizabeth says

    Hi! Thanks for the great article, very useful information!

    I’m wondering if you know anything about flax (linseed) oil, if it is useful for the skin?

    • says

      Hi Elizabeth,

      Flax is so perishable, I have never formulated with it. It is great internally though and that will of course help to keep the skin supple.

    • Kay says

      Keep flax seed oil in the refrigerator, and use it within 1-2 weeks. It is odorless when fresh. I love all of the great information on this site.

  8. Rebeca says

    I’m so happy to have found your site Michelle. I have been experimenting with oils for about a year now but I still have not found the right one for me. I do not have problem skin anymore (had acne when I was younger) but I do have enlarged pores that are very prone to clogging. Sometimes, it feels like the oil just “sits” in the pores, clogging and dulling my skin. Generally, my skin used to be oily but is now more combination, and I tend to be cold. Could you recommend an oil to try? I have tried olive oil and baobab oil for my face, and coconut and shea for my body. However, in all the cases, I feel like my skin has not been properly moisturized and at the same time dulled and clogged by the oils. Thank you in advance for any help!

    • says

      Hey Rebeca,

      Thanks so much!

      Are you applying oil to wet/damp skin? This helps immensely with allowing the oils to soak in.

      I would recommend one of these oils which are all dry/neutral and warm: coconut, plum kernel or sesame seed oil. You mentioned coconut for the body…did you apply that right after the shower?

    • says

      Tea tree oil is great to add to any of the “carrier” oils that I outlined! It is an essential oil so added in very small amounts. I tend to go with about 10 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier or skin oil.

      It is antimicrobial, antifungal and stimulating.

      Hope that helps!

  9. Mila says

    Hi Michelle!

    First of all: I love your article! Thank you so much for writing it. :D

    I’m prone to being cold, but my skin is extremely oily. However, underneath that oily layer, my skin is actually very dry and scaly, giving my face an uneven complexion. I don’t break out very much, but my forehead often looks a little congested (though it looks more like eczema than acne) and I sometimes get a few pimples in my chin area. Do you have any oil suggestions for me?

    • says

      Hi Mila,

      Awww, thank you! I am so glad you love it :)

      I am inclined to suggest gentle exfoliation…like with marshmallow root/oatmeal/amaranth as a cleanser. I have lots of recipes here if interested:

      And then I would suggest trying sesame seed oil. It is neutral and warming. Just try a very small amount and apply to wet or damp skin. Take a few minutes to massage it in. You can let it soak in some more, and then dab with a soft towel or lightly rinse with water. Experiment and see what works best for you to leave your skin with an even moisture level.

      • Mila says

        Michelle, thank you so much! :D

        The cool thing is that I happen to have some good quality sesame seed oil at home! I’ll definitely give it a go. It sounds great. And I like its scent. It’s awesome – nutty and sweet, like some oriental dessert.

        Could avocado oil be an option for me, too?

        Anyway: I’ll totally try some of your cleansing recipes! :D

        P.S.: Do you have a suggestion for body acne as well? I have a few cystic pimples on my back. At the moment it’s not a big problem: it’s winter and I’m wearing Nordic Sweaters :) , but I’m already thinking about the summer months…

        • says

          You could definitely try avocado oil. It is heavy though so might not be as balancing as the more neutral sesame. If you are not already familiar with Ayurveda and the practice of abyangha, you should check it out (via Google :). It is basically regular oiling of the whole body and has many benefits to the skin and whole health.

  10. Katka says

    Hi Michelle, thank you for your great article.
    I would like to ask which type of oil do you recommend for dry and dehydrated skin which is prone to acne? I tried jojoba oil, hemp, grapeseed – but as I found out these were not suitable for me.
    And my second question – some people say that when they start using an oil, they experience the healing crisis – so how I can distinguish whether the oil is not good for me or it is only the healing process.
    Thanks for your answer :-)

    • says

      Hi Katka!

      Great questions. About the healing crisis, it would take somewhere around 2 weeks to monitor that and see if it is getting worse/staying the same or getting better. So I would say, to distinguish give it at least 2 weeks. If at the end of that time your skin is worse, back off the oil and see what happens.

      If your skin is really dehydrated (and not just dry), definitely consider taking an internal supplement like cod liver or flax seed or hemp seed oil. And of course drink plenty of water.

      Externally, be sure to apply the oil to damp skin and take a few moments to massage it in.

      I would go with an oil that is moist and neutral to light in weight. These include almond, apricot kernel and sesame seed oils.

  11. Kit says

    This is interesting. I’m always cold and my skin has oily tendencies, but while I’m a huge fan of coconut oil for oil pulling, dry hands and lips, I’m terrified to put it directly on my face after hearing that it’s broken out some people in cystic acne. I do use jojoba to take off makeup, though, and I love love love tea tree oil. Oil is the way to go!

  12. Jane says

    Hi Michelle – great post.
    What would you recommend for skin with severe rosacea and acne?
    Would it be the same as hot and dry?
    Thank you!

    • says

      Hi Jane,

      It would depend on what your skin is like underneath the acne and rosacea. I have personally found jojoba to be a big help for rosacea. But if your skin is dry and hot apart from the conditions, then yes, stick with those suggestions.

  13. Ashley says

    Hi Michelle! What are your thoughts on Argan Oil? I had an allergic reaction that resulted in a horrible rash around my eyes from using nuetrogena make up remover. I used lotion for about a week and didnt do a thing. I went to Sephora and got a sample of Josie Maran 100% Argan Oil, I put it on the rash around my eyes and after only 2 days the rash is completely gone! I would say my skin is more on the dry cool side especially during these winter months. I am going off my birth control on friday for good and I’m sooo worried my skin is going to go crazy. Is this oil good for hormonal acne? and what is the best brand you recommend? Thank you so much!

    • says

      Hi Ashley,

      I love argan oil. It is fairly neutral, a bit on the heavier side and so silky.

      I buy mine from Mountain Rose Herbs. It is organic, cold-pressed and much less expensive than paying for the marketing of designer brands. Mountain Rose only carries highest quality stuff. I believe 4 ounces goes for around 20-30.

      As far as your question about hormones, that would really be more in depth. I haven’t found argan oil to be specific for acne but it is very nourishing and nutritive so I would stick with it and see how your skin reacts once off the birth control.

  14. Drea says

    Wow this is a great post!
    I have used jojoba oil to make my skin less oily, and it has really made a difference. I went from combination to normal; however, I think I might be leaning into the dry side because it feels like I need it to have dewy, supple skin. I was using tea tree oil for awhile but I think I may have been using it wrong (or its no good for me). I used to put in a drop to my honey mask and I felt like it really brought out my dark spots and acne scars…if thats possible. So I was thinking about adding castor oil to help fade the scars. Anyway, GREAT POST!

  15. Lorraine says

    Such a great post and just what I need RIGHT NOW! Thank you so much!!!

    I have both types of skin – oily but dry skin (jojoba took away the oil from my face, which I didn’t know was possible! but then it went really dry so I switched to argan oil) and I go from being hot to being cold.

    I am wondering about mixing my own oils – are there certain ones that shouldn’t be mixed together? They all sound so fantastic that I want to experiment!

    • says

      Hi Lorraine,

      I would keep the energetics of the oils you are wanting to mix in mind. That would be the only limitation really. For instance, if you mix a hot and cool oil it will make a neutral final product. That sort of thing.

      If you are really interested in learning more about formulating with oils, I am opening up my oils e-course on Saturday. You can sign up over at my site!

  16. says

    Hi Michelle,

    I just wanted to step by to tell you that I love your article! It’s always great to get a different point of view on things, and I like your ayurvedic interpretation of oils!

    Lots of love,

  17. says

    I’m seventeen years old and i felt so sorry for my skin after realizing that harsh chemical can actually make it worst so after researching on the net i started applying lemon on my face to remove the scars but my skin tends to get so dry especially during daytime with the sunlight which made me stay home the whole daytime but again realized that sunlight can actually help cure acne. My skin feels soft and smooth during evening and nighttime which is without the sunlight. I really need help I’m so confused. I tend not to use any creams when i go out because of the fear that my skin will become oily so will applying coconut oil actually help cure pimples and how can i make my skin soft and oily but without pimples? Thank you.

    • says

      Hi Kinzang,

      Many times acne and other conditions are more involved and need behavioral and maybe some nutritional/herbal support in addition to topicals.

      First I want to recommend that you mix the lemon juice with a carrier, either an oil or aloe vera. Lemon juice is quite strong and applying it regularly straight would be too harsh. Also be sure not to go into the sun after applying lemon juice as it will make your skin more sensitive to being burned. So, you can apply the lemon juice, maybe with olive oil, at night. Just use a very light coat and apply it to damp skin. I would actually only recommend the lemon juice once a week…or as a spot treatment with aloe vera.

      I always recommend alternatives to soap, which is very drying and irritating. So you can use oatmeal, herbs and other natural ingredients to make a gentle cleanser, to use in the morning and evening. After washing, apply a very thin layer of oil following the suggestions in my article. If midday you feel really dry, spritz with a floral water (hydrosol) and apply another thin coat of oil.

      Maybe you can go in the sun for short periods, or only go in dappled sun, or wear a big hat to decrease the intensity of the sun. Sun can be helpful yet being out in the middle of a hot day in direct sun can also make things flare up. So moderation is the key.

  18. Jordanna says

    Hi Michelle,

    Thank you for the fantastic article.

    I have VERY hot, oily skin and have been using a drop of jojoba on damp skin after washing with honey twice a day. I notice that whenever I flush (when I’m in the sun or even have light shining on one cheek, etc.), my acne tends to flare and I immediately get very oily.

    Would you have any recommendations for an oil with a more mattifying and cooling effect? And can you suggest any special means of application that might make a difference? Should I really be working the oil in, or try to be very gentle and concentrate on certain areas?

    Thanks so much,

    • says

      Hi Jordanna,

      If the jojoba is not working for you, you may want to try grapeseed, another cooling oil. Or maybe you do not need to apply any additional oil? What is your skin like if you didn’t apply any oil?

      Something like a floral water spritzer might be helpful to keep your skin cool during the day. When I was working outside in really hot weather, I bottled up some aloe vera, rosewater and lavender essential oil and would spray my face to cool down. It was really refreshing and also helped keep the shininess down. Aloe vera is a wonderful moisturizer and toner too.

      As far as massaging it in versus concentrating…I would massage it in. You can also do a final rinse to get the excess off if need be. Or maybe apply your oil before the shower and let the water open your pores and let the oil in.

  19. Jennifer says

    Hi Michelle,

    Great article! I’ve just recently started using Safflower oil to cleanse my face and I’m loving the results! Soft skin and no irritations! I’ve added some Tea Tree oil and Lavender oil to help keep acne away and it seems to be working a LOT better than any Benzoyl Peroxide or Salicylic product I’ve tried (and believe me, I’ve tried them ALL). I’m curious to know though, which type of sunscreen would be right for me? Most of the ones that are for “acne-prone” skin have oil absorbing properties, which is great for some, but when I’m deliberately putting oil on my face to moisturize and protect, I don’t want a sunscreen to absorb it right off! And the sunscreens that are not labeled for acne-prone skin tend to have synthetics and chemicals in them that wreck havoc on my skin. Oh – I should tell you I’m fair-skinned with lots of freckles and my derm always says I should wear 60+ SPF. What to do????

  20. says

    Thanks for listing the links Svea! I am sure that will help you Jennifer! Svea knows her stuff. It really is a complicated subject.

    I like 100% Pure’s line of sunscreens, but they don’t go up to 60 SPF.

  21. Nick says

    Can someone tell me if Lavender oil is non comedogenic? I was thinking of adding it into my jojoba oil and I would hate to add it in if it were to clog my pores…Thanks!

    • Jennifer says

      Hi Nick,

      Lavender oil IS non-comedogenic. It’s actually very calming and soothing to irritated/acnegenic skin. I usually put 20-25 drops into a full 2-ounce bottle of carrier oil (I use Safflower oil, but Sunflower or Almond would work, too). Shake it up and you’re good to go!

      My best mix is 70% Safflower oil, 20% Castor oil, and the rest is 20 or so drops of Lavender oil, Kukui oil, Vitamin E oil and Tea Tree oil. My skin has never looked better.

      Hope this help!

          • Nick says

            So since your so fast…I have another question. I am a balding 36 year old man and I am now using jojoba for a shampoo because I do not want to use harsh chemicals on my head. I have oily skin (but not so oily anymore now that I have been using Jojoba) and I was wondering what you think about that?

            • Jennifer says

              I honestly can’t say, as I’ve never used a jojoba shampoo. If you like the results you get from using this, I say stick with it. I know that JASON makes a lot of natural/chemical-free shampoos, conditioners, and skin products and they’re pretty well-received. Just a thought . . .

  22. Jennifer says

    I honestly can’t say. I’ve never used a jojoba shampoo. If you like the results you get from using this, I say stick with it. I know that JASON makes a lot of natural/chemical-free shampoos, conditioners, and skin products and they’re pretty well-received. Just a thought . . .

  23. Connie says

    Hi Michelle,

    Thank you for that informative post! I started using jojoba oil just a couple of weeks ago to cleanse/moisturize day and night (i also apply aloe vera at night too) since i have acne scars. Since I started using jojoba oil, my skin isn’t really oily anymore but I noticed I also started getting blackheads (which was never really a problem). Could the jojoba oil be clogging my pores? What do you recommend for acne scars (pitted/rolling, hyperpigmentation)? I’ve tried everything from msm cream, aloe vera, high end and natural products but nothing seems to work! Thanks for hearing me out and keep doing what you love!

    • says

      Hi Connie,

      Thanks for your comment! I would recommend an oil supplement internally along with a well-balanced diet for scars. It may take a bit to notice effects but over time your skin will heal with gentle care. I have acne scars from when I was a teenager still but they are so light that I accept them.

      About the blackheads, it is possible that your pores are being clogged. You could try a different oil or only apply it in the morning. The skin is amazing and has the capacity to heal itself when treated with love!

      Peace to you,

    • Kay says

      I used jojoba for years. It gave me a glow and “moisturized” my dry areas. I, too, had to admit it caused congestion. I hope you keep experimenting with foods you can use externally. No one can say what will work for you. Perhaps you can mix your aloe with grape seed oil to cleanse, then take a steamy shower, rinse well, blot & moisturize with a FEW DROPS of aloe-GSO. If it doesn’t work, eat/drink them, and keep experimenting with one product at a time.

  24. Paige says

    Hi Michelle,

    I am curious about stretch mark healing. I have heard that rosehip seed oil, argan oil and olive oil work wonders. Is this correct? What oils should I use and what blends will be effective?

    • says

      Hi Paige,

      Those three oils are all great for healing scars and marks of all kinds. You could also try shea butter. Stretch marks may take a while to lighten. Let us know how it goes!

  25. tiff says

    I love your post! My skin is more appropriated for grapessed or jojoba oil. Due to the fact that my skin gets oily after being exposed to heat. I don’t have many breakouts, however I constantly keep cystic acne under my cheekbones and on my chin. This is going to sound gross but I have ony been washing my face with hot water in the shower because everything commercial brand soap and cleanser breaks me out. I wanted to try the natural approach and I want to start using essential and carrier oil recipes for cleanser, toner and moisturizer. I’m almost thirty and my face always looks oils and

  26. tiff says

    And I always feel like I look so gross. I think I have found a cleanser and toner recipe that will help. Can u please help with a moisturizer recipe and directions? I would like to use lavendar and lemongrass along with grapeseed or jojoba. Can u make a suggestion as to whichcarrier to use? And what about a nourishing oil?

    • says

      Hi Tiff,

      Sorry about the delay! Have you made a decision about carrier/nourishing oils?

      I think it is a great idea to only wash with water if that works for you. It sounds like you have a good starting point for a moisturizer: grapeseed, jojoba, lavender & lemongrass. You could add a bit of vitamin E to prevent oxidation and as a nourishing ingredient. A 50/50 split of the oils, along with 5 drops of e.o. per ounce would be a good place to start! Or you could start with less e.o. (I am conservative with essential oils in blends for the face). I would love to hear your results!

  27. Paulina says

    Hi Michelle,
    I love your article but have a few questions..I have dry/combo skin type with big pores on my cheeks and I bought sweet almond oil-do you think it will work for me?And also are oils remove make up or should I use something different for that

    • says

      Hi Paulina,

      Sweet almond oil is neutral to heavy (similar but not the same as apricot or sesame) so it should work well for your more dry skin. Give it some time and see how your skin responds.

      Yes, oil works wonderfully for removing makeup. If is eye makeup, just be sure not to get it in your eyes as that can be irritating.

      Hope that helps :)

  28. mari says

    What kind of oil would you recommended for butt acne scars? I have cold mostly dry skin.. Please help. Thanks!

    • says

      Hmmm, I suppose a heavier oil or butter would work well…maybe shea butter, olive oil or avocado oil? Or make up a butter with them together.

      Those would be my top picks!

  29. Jen says


    I have VERY pale & freckled cold/(extremely!)dry skin, which is also constantly acne-prone around the jaw/chin area–a recent development which I’ve heard is hormonal.
    My skin also tends to be pretty sensitive and uneven in tone, with a fair bit of redness.

    The combination of all of the above means on top of all of this, I also have acne marks, because there is no moisture in my skin to heal!

    I’ve never yet used oil to moisturize my skin, so I’m a newbie at this… but what do you think of cucumber seed oil? According to this, I should be using sesame oil, but I’ve heard so many good things about coconut oil as an all-purpose moisturizer–particularly in treating scars. Grapeseed oil also seems to have many antioxidant and vitamin properties which I would think would help my underlying issues.

    Any help would be appreciated! I’m 21 and I’m dying to have my dry/acne-prone skin under control! (Especially since I will be getting married soon!)

    • says

      Hi Jen,

      Coconut oil is a great moisturizer but it is not suited for everyone. Of course, you can try it and see how it goes! Many people find it to be more drying though.

      Grapeseed is also a more dry oil.

      So, since your skin is dry, I’d opt for a heavier oil. Just make sure to apply it to damp skin so it retains the moisture. I do not know about cucumber seed oil personally.

      I’d love to hear about it if you try it though!

      Hope that helps :)

  30. Krista says

    Very interesting info here. I tend to be dry/ cold..I skin has been so unbalanced lately..i don’t know anymore. I get that one huge cystic type pimple about once a month. Lucky me. Having never dealt with this type of acne, or any other for that matter, the things I’ve tried have done nothing but irritate my skin and confuse it beyond belief. My skin is sensitive but I’m very intrigued with a number of the oils you’ve mentioned. Do you think I could make an oil with apricot kernal oil, neem oil, evening primrose and castor? Trying to figure out a good combo. Confused! Any advise would be appreciated :)

    • Krista says

      I figured it out!! I am using apricot kernal oil, rosehip oil, and carrot seed. It is awesome!! Spot treating with tea tree oil. In a matter of days my skin has NO hydrating well and a red mark I had from a nasty cystic zit is fading more and more’s a tiny pink mark now..i’m expecting it to be gone completely in a few days :) LOVE OIL!!

      • says


        That is AWESOME! I’m really glad you found something that works so well for you.

        Your other idea (with neem and castor) looked great as well.


  31. Erin says

    HI Michelle, this is a great place to learn so much! I’ve been reading through everything and can’t figure out what is going on with my skin. I honestly can’t figure out my skin type as i am cold 99% of the time, my hands sweat, and face feels like its on fire but dry. I get symmetrical acne on my cheeks and chin as well as whiteheads occasionally. Oh, i’m 33 and I think alot of it’s hormonal, but dont know what to do. Nothing seems to work, water, eating healthy, etc. I’ve used Jojoba oil but to no avail. Oh and also my skin everywhere but my face is very dehydrated looking regardless of my water intake. Thanks!

    • Krista says

      For hydration..look at rose hip oil. It is amazing..and great for all skin types. If you think it may be hormonal..I would try cutting out dairy. One thing I learnt was that lactose free does not mean dairy free! (i didn’t know this : / ) treat with tea tree..I’ve found that banana peels..nice ripe wonders on pimples. Cut off a piece of banana about 1.5″ eat the slice then rub the peel on the pimple until there isn’t much left to the piece of peel. Leave it on as long as you can..hours even. Do this as many times a day as possible. I leave it on all night too. Wash it off with cool water. It’s magic! The peel will look dark on can wipe off any excess with a moist tissue. For your body..get yourself some apricot kernal oil..I got a large bottle for about $20 here in Canada. After your shower rub it all over on damp skin. Hope this helps :)

      • Krista says

        I forgot to mention my absolute favorite oil I’ve discovered..carrot seed oil. It just helps with everything!

      • says

        I second using an oil either before or after shower- key is to combine it with water. You can apply that to your face as well. Another idea to try is not using any oils before bed. It sounds counterintuitive but it may help the body produce it’s own oil and be less dry.

        I would suggest seeing a holistic practitioner or herbalist in your area as it sounds like you’ve tried alot and are not having success.

        Do you eat enough healthy fats? Maybe supplementing with cod liver oil or increasing your intake of grass-fed butter, nuts, organic meats, avocado may help. The skin needs hydration and also fats.

  32. clr693 says

    I have been doing the water-only method for about two months now and added jojoba oil into my ‘routine’ about a month ago. I typically apply a small amount to damp skin after a shower, or to my dry face at night and rinse off any excess oil with cool water. I do nothing else at all to my skin. I have no inflamed acne, only stubborn blackheads in my chin/nose that the jojoba oil aren’t getting rid of. I love the way jojoba makes my complexion look and feel, but I would like a suggestion for the blackheads. I’ve heard a lot about using castor oil with an oil cleanse–and I know that you have used manuka honey with jojoba. Any suggestions?

  33. says

    Ah blackheads…I know Tracy has another post here about removing blackheads using an egg white.

    Other ideas to try: honey mask (apply a patting motion to the area of blackheads), clay masks (rinse before rock hard), gentle exfoliation.

    You can try the oil cleansing method with castor. Many people have great success with it. I’ve found that it can also be irritating to already inflamed conditions so keep that in mind.

  34. April says

    Thank you for this awesome article Michelle! These types of articles make me feel like there is hope!

    I have very oily (especially in my T zone) skin and tend to be a little more on the hot side. I am also prone to cystic acne on my chin and in between my eyebrows and would love to get rid of the pain caused by those suckers!

    I was using coconut oil when the temperature wasn’t so hot where I live. Now that the weather is growing hotter it’s not working so hot on my skin. Another thing is I was washing my face with L’Oreal 360 Cleansing Facial Cleanser. I would like to venture away from the 360 Cleanser because it’s expensive and doesn’t seem to even work for me until I started using the coconut oil.

    It’s an average of about 90 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit where I live and I would like to know what you recommend I try so that I can fend off terrible breakouts that my skin is so prone to. I know that if I can find something that works every single aspect of my life will be so much better just because of sheer confidence I can gain from a clear face!!

    Thanks again for this awesome article!

    • says

      Hi April,

      Have you tried using aloe vera gel? Not an oil, but is very cooling and soothing for summer heat.

      As far as oils go, you may want to try grapeseed or jojoba, possibly almond too.

      Yes, I feel ya on the confidence and skin connection…I’m so glad that you like the article. Let me know how it goes with the oils or aloe :)


  35. Vic says


    I am interested in starting to use oils on my combination, acne-prone skin, since it is summer my skin is usually more oily. I suffer from blackheads mostly on my nose. I have never used oils before so could you give me some advice on which oils would be best for me to start with?

    Thank you.

    • Krista says

      I have tweeked my blend a bit. I have found that tamanu is amazing for breakouts. I’ve made a blend of tamanu for pimples, palmarosa..cuz I know it’s amazing for hormonal issues with acne, carrot seed for the healing effect it gives, sea buckthorn and helichrysum for scar and treatment of redness, apricot kernal oil for moisture and a touch of rosehip oil for anti aging. You may not need the anti aging..but the rest could really help. If you like tea tree you could spot treat with it or add it to the blend. To make 1 oz of oil I add approx. 2/3 tamanu oil with 1/3 apricot kernal oil and about 10 drops of each of the EO’s I mentioned. You could try jojoba, neem or another carrier oil that you like instead of the apricot kernal..I just really like it! Hope this helps. It’s helped me more than any OTC products out there

      • Vic says

        Thank you very much, ill definitely give this a try. Can you leave it mixed together? Also, do you apply it as a moisturiser daily?

      • says

        Krista- lovely blend!! Thanks for sharing! You have a wealth of information.

        Tamanu is a great one. I have found sea buckthorn to be pretty awesome much of the time and it is a carrier oil as well. It can stain your skin yellow so be cautious with it. Also, I have seen it make hormonal acne worsen…

        Vic- is your skin more hot or cold? do you get really red or just oily? That would be the best place for me to start offering suggestions for you :)

  36. Krista says can pre mix and leave it. I do an ounce at a should last quite a while. Get yourself some glass eye dropper bottles..preferably amber colored. I got mine at a compounding pharmacy for like $3 each. I apply it twice a day..morning and night. If you spot treat with tea tree, let the tea tree sit for 10 minutes or so then 3-4 drops of your mixed oil in the palm of yourhand..rub together and apply in an upward massaging motion. It took about a month to start seeing the benefits of my mixture but what’s a month or so when you deal with breakouts on a regular basis! Good luck to you :) oh..I also apply it to my face when it’s damp. :)

    • Krista says

      Another note…after some research I also started taking omega 3’s in the form of a supplement (mine is tuna oil and herring) plus a vitamin B solution…both have helped my complexion tremendously! Look into it :)

  37. Mary says


    Very informative article! I have oily/combination skin, and am now breaking out more frequently than in the past. I see a holistic doctor who feels my acne is caused by wisdom teeth infections, which need to be removed and are effecting my hormones. Either way, I do feel it is a larger issue than just my teeth. Per my doctor’s request, I’m avoiding dairy, wheat, and sugar (as best as I can). I feel as if I’ve seen less results than I was expecting.

    All that said, I have scars typical to anyone who deals with the same issue, but it’s frustrating to see what my face has become. I get monthly natural facial treatments at my doctor’s office with a licensed esthetition, I scrub my face with lemon juice and sugar each night, as well as apply wheat germ oil over my nighttime moisturizer. I’d like to know what carrier oils I can add and what’s the best way to treat my scars? I’ve tried tea tree oil, baking soda, you name it! I think my skin is hot, and I do have deep scars that have left indentations on my face. I’d appreciate any additional information.

    Thank you!

    • says

      Hi Mary,

      Thanks for sharing. You didn’t say your age but I’ve noticed that scars become more noticeable with age, due to decreasing collagen production. For that reason, I suggest using acupressure in combination with oils and other ingredients to care for the skin.

      I would lay off the daily exfoliation. That can actually stress the skin out. You can use a very gentle herb or clay based cleanser and an aloe vera toner for after. Then massage in a cooling oil like grapeseed or apricot and maybe mix in castor oil or tamanu into that. Check into acupressure techniques for the face and practice that once a day (at night before bed is a great time while you are laying down).

      I do hope that it’s going better for you now. The dietary suggestions you’ve been given seem great. Maybe it will just take some time to really notice a difference.

      Peace & blessings.

    • tootsieroll says

      I would personally never put wheat germ oil on my face. It rates the highest on the “pore clogging” scale so it could worsen an acne problem.

  38. Kirsty says

    Hi, love love this post .. thanks for sharing!

    I’m 33 and suffer from mild – severe (at times) adult acne mostly around & under my jawline. After deciding to go completely chemical & prescription free, have just started cleansing with raw honey, toning with a mix of witch hazel & apple cider vinegar, followed with a pure olive oil moisturizer which I’m loving & getting great results from. I’ve been looking a lot in to oil cleansing & moisturizing however & want to mix my own oils for the serum/moisturizer, just trying to decide which would be best & at what ratios. My skin & body temp is generally cold & my face skin type I would say is normal to oily. I’ve been tossing up between oilve oil, argan, apricot kernel, grapeseed & jojoba (have also heard castor is good?)… so want to do a blend of maybe 2 oils, then thinking of going with some drops of lavender, frankincense & geranium. What would be your suggestion on the best carrier oil blend & ratios & thoughts on the essential oils for acne reduction, acne scarring & anti-aging?

    And with my skin regime, I’m thinking of doing a honey cleanse, followed by the toner & oil serum in the morning, then a jojoba oil cleanse, toner & oil serum before bed. Then spot treat when needed with either pure lavender oil or a honey cinnamon paste & once a week exfoliate with baking soda. Thoughts??

    Thanks so much & sorry for all the questions .. would just love to know what you think & recommend


    • Krista says

      It sounds as though your breakouts are mine. I’ve had success with manuka honey as a spot treatment. Also tamanu oil (as a carrier) with carrot seed and palmarosa (great for hormonal issues) i usually make an ounce at a time..with 10 drops of each EO. You could add helichrysum for bruising and scars and a tiny bit of rosehip oil for anti aging..that’s my blend and it has worked very well for me. If you are thinking of the honey cleansing as you mentioned be prepared for some purging..but manuka honey is amazing..well worth it in my opinion. Also take the manuka internally a few times a day…i’vebeen drinking it with oolong tea..oolong is apparently reallygood for skin issues. I give it to my little girl..iced..for her eczema and it has helped. Fermented cod liver oil does good things for skin too!
      Good luck to you :)

    • says

      How is it going?

      It sounds like you have a great routine set out for yourself and Krista’s suggestions are great as well!

      I also like to use gentle acupressure techniques for acne scarring as it stimulates collagen production which basically decreases the appearance of scars and uneven skin surface. So check into that and at night while laying in bed you could do some light acupressure (I just find this a convenient time and the laying down helps the process :)

      Castor is a heavy and cold oil so it may not be the best fit for regular use for you. I am thinking that coconut may be good for you and definitely look into tamanu. I haven’t determined it’s energetics yet but it seems like a fantastic one for scars.

      Hope that helps. Would love to hear how it’s going for you.

  39. Greg says

    Dear Tracy, Michelle and Svea,

    Kudos for providing these very insightful articles and videos for us all. It’s quite an impressive compilation of information I wish I had seen earlier.

    I have what I believe to be sensitive dry skin (dry and cold type) and have dealt with mild to moderate acne since first year university. I have in the past treated acne by experimenting with various cleansers and moisturizers and stuck with what worked best. I usually get a localized flare up somewhere along my cheekbones or forehead that evolves into a pustule, which over the years has left their marks as faint pinkish spots along both of my cheekbones.

    I am now a 33 year old professional eager to leave my recurring skin problem in history’s trash bin! A few months ago, I came across Tracy’s manuka honey online and decided to give it a shot.a few weeks later I found a jar of New Zealand’s manuka honey active UMF 20+ and smeared some on my dry face for the first time. After washing it off 15 minutes later, I was amazed at how soft and soothing my skin felt. So after reading some more of Tracy’s articles I decided to try it as a nightly cleanser with jojoba oil as my moisturizer and nothing else. After a few days consistently applying manuka honey and jojoba oil at night I began to notice my skin was left with some dry patches in the morning and I was breaking out in places I normally wouldn’t. Although I understand there is an initial purging period with the honey, the dry patches were more worrisome.

    I have three questions that I would appreciate your input on:

    1) Could it be that manuka honey UMF 20+ may be too harsh for my daily use as a cleanser? If so, should I opt for a milder manuka honey or just go with an organic honey?

    2) Perhaps I should apply a more deeply hydrating non-comodogenic oil instead of jojoba oil. Any suggestions on what oil to use after washing honey off my face that would keep my face from drying?

    3) Alternatively, is there a deeply hydrating OCM better suited for my skin that combines cleansing and moisturizing into a single step I could use every night without doing much else? Michelle, you wrote about using Grapeseed oil and Sesame seed oil as the two main components of a moisturizing blend in your article. Does it make sense to add a third component to this blend that could be used as the cleansing component to make a 2 in 1 cleansing and moisturizing blend? If so, any recommendations for dry and cold skin types?

    Congrats again ladies and keep up the great work!

    Best, Greg

    • says

      Hi Greg,

      Great questions. I feel you about continued break outs.

      First, I would make sure you are getting enough healthy fats internally. Cod liver oil, hemp seed or flax are great supplements if your diet doesn’t provide them in sufficient amounts.

      As far as the manuka being too harsh, it could very well be the case. You could try a regular honey which also has great healing and cleansing properties. Another option is to not leave the honey on overnight. Just use it as a cleanser and wash after 5 or 10 minutes.

      Then make sure to apply the oil while your face is still damp. Argan oil might be good for you if jojoba isn’t moisturizing enough (or use jojoba in hot weather / argan in cool). It is more neutral to heavy and many people find it to be the perfect oil.

      If you wanted to add a third oil for cleansing, I would definitely suggest castor for that purpose. It is very thick and good for dry skin as well as drawing and cleansing. I don’t recommend using heat as in the traditional oil cleansing method. Heat on a regular basis creates inflammation.

      I hope that helps. I know it is still a trial and error situation and you have to try a few things to find what works best for you. If anything particularly resonates with you, try that as it is probably what you need :)

  40. Lindsey says

    Hi Michelle,

    Thank you so much for what you do here! This information is so needed & valuable & you should be very proud of what you’re doing :) I was just curious if you have an opinion on tamanu oil for skin? Thanks again!!


    • Tracy says

      Hey Lindsey, I just posted a new article about tamanu oil! Check it out. It sounds like an awesome oil, but I am curious if Michelle has any opinion on it… Michelle? :)

      • Michelle says

        Great article Tracy.

        I haven’t personally used tamanu either but I’m going to try it!

        It seems pretty balanced from a fatty acid perspective. It also seems to have pain relief which is great when dealing with painful acne conditions. And the ability to reform scarred skin is pretty unique.

        I would use the oil in combination with gentle gentle face massage and acupressure for scars.

        So I’m sure this is the oil for many people but it won’t be for everyone.

  41. yve says

    Hi. If one has oily skin around the T-zone and cheeks, and the weather is mostly hot and humid. Sometimes there will be mild redness around the cheeks and forehead.
    What kind of carrier oils would be most suitable?
    Thank you.

    • yve says

      forgot to add that, there have been small acne around the cheeks and forehead for these years, so sometimes they worsen when these spots become redder.

      • Michelle says

        Hey Yve,

        So your skin is mostly oily? I would opt for one of the light and cooling oils and apply it when your skin is damp. An oil like grapeseed or jojoba would be good to try in combination with a rosewater or lavender water toner. Just spritz the toner and then apply the oil while your skin is damp.

        If you feel very oily throughout the day, you could try the rosewater with aloe vera. Aloe moisturizes but is also quite astringent. You can reapply that throughout the day. Maybe at night do not apply any oil, let your skin breathe.

        So the morning you can use a light oil, then the toner throughout the day and at night. Also try to avoid harsh soaps and stick with a gentle grain, herb or clay based cleanser. Soaps create a cycle of over dry / over oily.

        Hope that helps :)

        • yve says

          Thanks for your recommendation! But I hve heard that rosewater is more suitable for dry skin? Is it also ok for oily/combination skin?

          • Michelle says

            Yes, rose in general and rosewater are very balancing- that is, it will increase oil in dry skin conditions and decrease it in oily skin conditions to bring it into the “normal” zone. It is an herb that is great for all skin types :)

  42. yve says

    pardon me, to add on, those spots- forehead, nose, cheeks, they do not always feel oily, sometimes they will feel dry, but the acne still exist.

  43. Sabrina says

    Hi, I’ve seen your videos on youtube and I think they’re very helpful! I’ve been washing my face with a cleanser only once a day in the shower but I think I’ll stop and only use oil. I use extra virgin olive oil on my face everyday as a moisturizer. I also use it to cleanse my skin I simply massage it onto my skin and then wipe off the ecxess oil with a tissue and that’s it. Im thinking of only using this method along with acv spot treatment, do you think it’s actually a good routine? :P I had really bad acne for months (cystic acne) which my doctor prescribed me minocycline and seriously.. It did help a bit but now im off of it and my skin is mostly clear although I still get small pimples and blackheads.
    Thank you :)

    • says

      Hi Sabrina,

      I think if you do the oil cleansing once a day that would be great (like at night?). I would also consider applying a toner or hydrosol before the oil to moisturize the skin (as oil soothes, protects and holds in moisture but the moisture itself comes from water).

      I’m so glad that you are finding solutions that work for you! That’s awesome.

  44. Jenny says


    Thanks for this informative post, Michelle!

    I was wondering if I could pick your brain about this strange –because it’s totally new for me– problem that I’m having with my skin. I’ve never had a acne/pimple problem in 32 years: I’ve had like one or two pimples a year, I’d say. A few months ago, I used olive oil because I ran out my regular moisturizer. Since then, I’m breaking out on my cheeks and a little bit on my forehead. It’s calmed down a bit now but my skin looks uneven. And the existing pimples seem to never go away… I’ve never seen my skin look unhealthy like this. Please help!

    My skin is mostly dry in winter and dry-to-normal in summer. And I think I feel more hot than cold, but it changes. Could you advise what type of OCM –or other– makeup removal method would be best for me? And which oil to use for moisturizing if I feel brave enough to use oil on my face again!

    Thanks in advance!

    • says

      Hi Jenny,

      I’ve experienced a recurrence of breakouts after a decade of only minor pimples. For me I’m pretty sure it’s related to my hormones, as it all started to happen after I weaned my son and now I’m getting back to usual.

      Could it be hormonally related for you?

      I know it seems like the oil is the culprit, and maybe it is, or maybe it was a coincidence.

      Has anything else changed?

      Using the oil may cause some sort of detoxification but if you’ve only used it once, it should have cleared up by now…

      If you want to try oils again, I would go with jojoba, argan or sesame. Jojoba in the hot season and argan or sesame in the cold season.

      I hope that helps and that it is not even an issue for you anymore!

  45. Marianne Clementine says

    Hi, Michelle! Thank you for the wonderful post. I have been using oils to moisturize and cleanse for a while now, but haven’t found the perfect blend yet. I would say my skin is dry/combination and cold. My main skin issue is milia, which I have had quite a lot of ever since my teens (I am now 25). I am really conscious about my skin because of this. Nothing has ever helped, except for going to the dermatologist to have them cut open and squeezed out, which hurts! My T-zone tends to be oily, with irritated/clogged skin on my forehead, nose and chin (to varying degrees, not usually a big problem). I have been using sweet almond oil to cleanse and 50/50 sweet almond and argan oil to moisturize. What other oils would you recommend for me? Would sesame seed, plum or apricot kernel oil work? Also, what are your best tips for doing the oil cleansing method successfully? Thank you so much for your answer :)

  46. Marianne Clementine says

    That post is actually how I found your blog, Tracy :) I am considering trying a Niacin supplement to see if it works. I was diagnosed with a vitamin D deficiency earlier this year, so I took a supplement (on prescription) for a while, but I don’t anymore. Anyway, I didn’t see any changes in my skin while on the supplement. I have no idea why my milia is so persistent – I treat my skin well, eat a balanced vegan diet and exercise. My sister also has it, though not as much as me.

  47. Apryl says

    Hello, Tracy and Michelle! I’m so glad I’ve found your webpage. I’ve been a longtime reader and owner of acne-prone flesh, and I really feel as though the Love Vitamin is the best available source on how to combat these issues. I wasn’t sure where to ask these questions, but I think this post here is the closest in relation to my concerns.

    I am about to embark on my jojoba journey. I still get relatively bad breakouts…Or what seem pretty bad when I evaluate the dozens of acne scars on my face coupled with the fresh zits that appear from time to time. I’ve put up with mediocre results at best when attempting to get rid of ”new” pimples, and I’ve tried numerous products, but over the past couple of years I’ve moved into the Burt’s Bees, Yes to Carrots, etc. natural treatments, these two being the most satisfactory, but still, not what I’ve hoped for. ONE treatment – prescription, topical – has actually been amazing, truly…but it also burnt my skin painfully and was rather expensive, filled with chemicals…I’m pleased with the results, but I have some serious ethical/health issues with this ointment, so I think I’m going to let it go.

    NOTHING has gotten rid of the scars, though. Absolutely nothing. For pushing a decade I have had so many red bumps collected on my face that I am desperate, and considering just giving up and living with a complexion I hate.

    For now, I’m going to try one oil treatment at a time, just to be on the safe side, as my skin is already incredibly oily…as in, a perpetual, unrelenting shine for as long as I can remember.

    I’m going to start with Jojoba. And then, should this not work for me, it will be Tamanu oil. I’d also like to try the MSM cream, then someday, perhaps that Manuka honey.

    So, here are some questions…Sorry, I’ve taken way too long to get here.

    In this article, what is meant by ”Prone to heat/cold?” Does this mean body temperature, the climate of my home, or both?

    What might happen should I combine Jojoba and Tamanu oils, or Jojoba oil with MSM cream, in my regimen? Would this combination put me at risk for worse clogging of the pores? As I mentioned, I’m wary of too many oils and will be starting out small. I’ve taken serious interest in that MSM cream, but I’m going to hold off until I know using it as well as Jojoba throughout my daily routine is a bad or good idea. Did I read correctly that you could put the oil into the cream?

    Thanks again for your help and for this lovely article. I’m new to oils for acne treatment, but I’m really excited about this information, and this will be yet another excellent resource I will certainly refer to again.

    LOVE AND LIGHT to you both!

    • says

      Hi Apryl,

      Thanks for sharing. I feel ya.

      It will be fine to mix the oils together and very wise of you to try one at a time. I’m not so sure about mixing with the msm cream, but I know you can mix oils in with other creams and it is ok. You may not need that extra oil though. Also consider aloe vera and neem oil.

      The prone to heat / cold means your body temperature. The oils that you choose will change with the seasons or your climate as well. I use heavier oils in the winter here and lighter ones in the summer.

      I hope that helps and peace to you :)

  48. sabrina says

    Hi ! Im trying out a new moisturizer-an oil actually. Its emu oil, the lady at the store said its really good for any skin condition… Just not sure this will not clog pores. Do you think its a good oil for acne prone skin?

    • says

      I have heard that it is a good oil for acne. One of my friend’s formulates her acne line with emu as the main oil. I haven’t used it myself as it comes from their fat and I feel like there are some good alternatives. I’m not judging you though or anybody that uses it, just not my first choice.

  49. evasmom says

    I have been scanning the internet for weeks looking for a cure. I found this site today and maybe you or someone can help. I have a four year old daughter that peels under her eyes anytime there isn’t a moisturizer under them. Then, her nose is filled with blackheads and today, her first pimple. I don’t want to take her to a traditional dermatologist because I have read the horror stories of dangerous prescriptions. She usually feels warm, not cold. Thanks in advance for any advice you can offer.

    • says

      I would definitely look into estrogen mimickers in the environment that could be causing problems. Also, how long has she had this? What is her diet like?

      You can always take her to the derm and not accept the prescriptions. Or maybe her pcp would have some ideas. Also, see if there are any holistic practitioners / herbalists / Ayurvedic doctors in your area.

  50. Rose says

    I suffer from hormonal acne and 2months ago, I said enough is enough with the acne cleansers and blemish toners. I packed them away and started using an avocado soap to wash twice a day and aloe vera gel to moisturise then sunscreen.

    My face has improved but I have alot of scars and some breakouts. I have oily skin. I want to incorporate some oil into my routine and was thinking of getting jojoba oil/sesame oil/grapeseed. KIndly advice on which is the best to go for.

    • says

      Hi Rose,

      For scars, carrot seed e.o. is great, along with argan and tamanu (Tracy posted about that not long ago). You can blend those heavier oils with the light ones you mentioned, all of which are great options. Also consider facial massage and acupressure to help skin cells regenerate. You can do those practices yourself.

      Honestly, any oil can help with scars. I had pretty severe acne as a teen for a few years which left some scars. They are not too noticeable now. I attribute it to a few things:

      -living on the beach shortly after I had the acne. The combination of sand, salt water, sun and I was applying extra virgin olive oil often helped exfoliate the old skin layer and grow back new, healthy skin.

      -healthy lifestyle with whole foods and exercise

      -natural skin care from there on out, using oils and natural creams.

  51. Taraneh says

    What’s your opinion on NUDE oil ProGenius? I bought it from Sephora, but it actually seems pretty natural, though I don’t know if I should return it or not, here are the ingredients:

    -Omega 3
    -Omega 6
    -Omega 7
    -Omega 9

    Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Camelina Sativa Seed Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Zea Mays (Corn) Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil, Nigella Sativa Seed Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Commiphora Mukul Resin Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Tocopherol, Vanillin, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Rapeseed Glycerides, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Tocopheryl Acetate, Alcohol, Bht, Ci 75120 (Annatto)

    • says

      Hi Taraneh,

      My opinion is that there are many high quality ingredients in there mixed with low quality oils (soybean, corn) and fillers and preservatives. The low quality stuff keeps the cost down for the company and doesn’t deliver any goodness to you.

      I go for the pure, cold-pressed oils and mix them up myself. Right now I have several blends that I use but for the summer (I’m in the north) my fav has included sweet almond, jojoba, rosehip, with essential oils of lavender, carrot seed and sandalwood.

      I also have been using neem oil at night. It not only helps with breakouts, it also evens out skin tone. It has a strong sulphur smell so I only use it at night.

  52. Monika says

    Hello, this article is amazing. I never even thought that cold/hot tendency can have so much to do with the type of oil to be used. I struggle a lot with my skin. I live in a humid Texas, but at the same time the AC indoors wherever I go is very cold and I think my skin is in a constant shock from the humidity to the ac back to humidity, every day. My skin is naturally somewhat oily (based on my large pores) but for the past few years I think my skin became dehydrated. It produces oil but at the same time underneath all that oil there is that tight “pulling” feeling on my face. I also deal with comedones around my chin/cheeks. I used coconut oil which is fine but throughout the day my face would become dry and oily and more comedones form, same with jojoba oil I tried. I also have a tendency to be cold. Is there any oils that could help bring my skin back to balance in the environment I live in?

    Sorry for the long post and thank you so much for such great informative article.

    • says

      Hi Monika,

      Thanks! I’m glad you like the article.

      You do have an interesting situation with the change in climate.

      I am inclined to suggest a few things though it is a bit tricky to say without knowing more in depth about your habits / health / etc.

      -try aloe vera or witch hazel as a toner underneath the oil
      -apply the oil to damp skin (from the toner)
      -put up a bottle of lavender hydrosol, aloe vera, tea tree oil (1-2 drops per ounce / 30 mL)and just a drop or two of the oil. Apply this throughout the day when you feel the dryness and to freshen your skin.
      -try gentle exfoliation at night with a grains-based cleanser
      -neem oil at night might be helpful to stop new comedones from forming. Then in the morning you may only need just a drop or two of oil. You can try grapeseed, which is very light and cool. Maybe in the cooler season, switch to something like almond.

      I know that was a alot of info. Just try one thing at a time and see what is working and not. The neem oil is used with great success for breakouts of all sorts.

  53. Caroline says

    hello Michelle :) this article is great! i have a question though. i have butt acne (they don’t have white heads, they are just light red scars that become pimples from time to time) they appeared last summer, because like a foolish girl that I am I shaved in places that I shouldn’t have. so these red scares appeared last summer & to be hones I didn’t really pay a lot of attention to those because I thought they were going to fade away. now, a year has passed & they still are there, lighter, but they haven’t disappeared. I now wax instead of shaving. I use sweet almond oil & sometimes olive oil on my skin, but I read somewhere that applying oils to the acne-effected skin will only make it worse. so should I continue using almond oil? I would appreciate any tip. thanks for your time :)

    • says

      Hi Caroline,

      That’s interesting that you are still getting acne from shaving a year ago….and I would be curious to find out if that is still causing the problem? Or maybe it’s a clogged pore issue from the hair regrowing from the waxing?

      Some light exfoliation might help, like with a sugar scrub. And yes, almond oil is a great oil for all parts of the skin. There are many myths about using oil on the skin. Perhaps for some people it doesn’t work well. If your skin feels good and is able to absorb the oil well, then I say keep using it. if it seems to sit and not be absorbed, a few things might help:

      -apply to damp skin
      -choose a lighter oil, like apricot or grapeseed


  54. Krista says

    Hey Caroline
    I’m by no means an expert…but we’ve all been there..LOL. Shaving places we regret a few hours later when the itchies set in :/ I have had tremendous results with tamanu oil…1 oz tamanu with about 10-15 drops of carrot seed oil should do the trick! Tamanu is a miracle for acne and inflamed skin..the carrot seed oil I swear there is nothing that stuff can’t cure! It will help a great deal with any scars too. Put it on after you shower when your skin is still damp. Try it as a facial moisturizer too if you like. Since using this blend I have not had a breakout in over 6 months…amazing stuff!! Good luck :)

  55. Nicola Smith says

    Hi Michelle,

    I love this article! I am currently trying to change my skin routine to completely natural products.
    I have combination oily to oily skin which is acne prone and probe to frequent break outs. What oils do you recommend for me to use after I have cleansed and toned.

    Could you please reply as I have been struggling with my skin even since I was a teenager.

    Thank you


    • says

      Hi Nicola,

      I’d go easy on the cleansing, just be gentle and avoid soaps as they can increase oil production.

      Stick with a light cooling oil like grapeseed or jojoba. Apply when skin is damp and allow to soak in a bit. At night, consider not applying an oil if your skin feels like it is already moist enough.

      There may be some experiments needed on your way to natural skin care but you will probably be pleased once you find your perfect combo :)

  56. yv says

    Hi. I hav combination skin, average oily around t-zone and cheeks. plus mild acne on forehead, cheeks and chin, and occasional blackheads on nose.
    Have been using jojoba oil plus few drops of lavender essential oil as the day moisturizer, but sometimes the acne will get redder when the oil is applied. And i didnt notice improvement in my complexion since i use the oil, it’s been weeks.
    Could you give me some advice, did i use the wrong oil or something else? Thanks.

    • says


      It sounds like you are using it correctly. You can try neem oil at night. Also try the jojoba without the lavender for a while.

      It is natural for the acne to redden temporarily after applying an oil (or anything really) but if it is staying that way then try another oil.

      Also you can consider aloe vera gel as a toner / moisturizer for the base.

  57. Raelyn says

    Thanks for sharing your article! I currently use the OCM with castor, jojoba, and tea tree oils and love how my skin feels but am still trying to find that perfect combination for my skin type/old acne scars and found some great ideas. My husband recently tried OCM and felt it made his acne worse but I think he has hot/oily skin where I have cold/dry skin…it makes sense now!

    My main question is how to store these oils? I read some places to store certain oils in the fridge and other articles don’t mention storage at all. They are all bought off the shelf in dark bottles so I have been keeping them in a cabinet in my bathroom.


  58. zayne says

    Hi michelle, great article! I honestly have never read about slow digestion and it causing toxins to release on to the skin, makes a lot of sense!

    My question is about the moisturizing acne blend; I have very oily skin, so I have to shower every night, and in the morning I wash my hair (because I leave castor oil on my scalp through the night, I read that it might help with hair growth, probably a fluke). I also wash my face in the morning, neck, chest, and upper arms because those are my acne prone areas (I use lemongrass soap). I also use a tea tree oil and lavender blend as a topical treatment (diluted with water). I am also generally more cold, is the blend listed the best for my type of skin? or would you recommend adding/replacing any oils? Also, do you know how many drops of oil equates to an ounce?

    Sorry for all the info/questions, I am very new to this oil thing.

  59. Vanessa says

    Hello Michelle! Thank you so much for this wonderful information!

    I have very sensitive, combination skin that tends to over-dry easily and become flaky with lots of enlarged clogged pores. What do you suggest? I tend to be hot and oily. Maybe grape-seed with something else?

    Thank you so much! dermatologists have never prescribed the right formula for me, I hope you can help me!

    Cheers from Venezuela :)

  60. Andrea says

    Hi Michelle! Thank you so much for the article it really helps a lot. I am new to the oil thing and find it a bit confusing…and as of now I have no idea if I am hot or cold!

    I used to have really good skin( normal to dry), but since I moved to Korea my skin has gone crazy! The air, water, everything is different. I have also realised that my skin has become very dehydrated as I am always in the pressence of either an airconditioner in summer or heaters in winter. I started breaking out on my cheecks and chin with lots of whiteheads and blackheads. Then I tried harsh products to try and fight it off, making my skin just more dehydrated. It is a vicious cycle!

    Do you have suggestions for my dehydrated, acne prone skin? I have been doing some research and jojoba oil comes up alot, but I am scared that it might not work for me. I would definately not describe my skin as being oily, and I think I am more cold than hot…

    I am just looking for a solution to clear out my skin and rebalance, protect and moisturise it.
    Thanks! ^^,

  61. huma says

    please help me out, in the summer i was using sweet almond oil ( i have acne prone skin)but it help me a lot now its October its getting cold in Canada and again i am having acne and white heads i think in cold weather almond oil not working so good what do you suggest for me i have dry sensitive skin please reply as soon as possible i have 4 acne spot rite now i don’t wanna make it worst please and i want to buy some oil becoz i am not a chemical use person so please suggest some oil for me thnx

  62. Paige says

    I know I am way late, but I hope you (@Michelle) can give me some advice. I don’t know if I am hot or cold. My face is always flushed very very red in the cheeks (never goes away. I think it is a specific form of KP which causes red cheeks as it’s only symptom, but I assume it could also be rosacea. My upper arms are also constantly red but the cause of that I believe is hyperpigmentation (I can see the red freckle like specs, but there are so many it turns into patches) from KP bumps which I have (always.) Another thing is my nose, cheeks, chin, around the lips and my chest area is completely covered in blackheads! I do get pimples often, but think I get them because the blackheads get inflamed. As for being hot or cold…my face always feels hot, but my skin is very reactive to climate as I am fair and cool undertoned. Another thing about my skin: I am allergic to water. Yes, seriously. It is a very allergy. I have been diagnosed with that for sure. I still take daily showers and do everything anyone else would even if it means contacting water. It just stings and itches and I get a hives rash which lasts about 20 minutes. I only get the hives on my back though. Also, Sulfates really sting my skin. Can you please suggest a body wash and oil to me or anything else you would find helpful? I’m sorry for the overload of info, but I really want to find something that works! I about to start a candida cleanse as well. Thanks!

  63. cindy says

    I’ve read so much about the benefits of cold pressed Grapeseed Oil. It all sounds great! Can it be used in conjunction of an acne skincare line? Can it be used as a makeup remover? How should it be used?

  64. Hayley says

    You said there’s not a skin condition you couldn’t recommend an oil for.. My mom has really severe psoriasis, its pretty much on every inch of her body. Is there an oil that could help? Even just take away some of the itchiness.

  65. Jacki says

    This is a wonderful site and so helpful as I have been experimenting with oils for 6 months now and also changing hair washing to baking soda and oil treatments. It is difficult sometimes to go through the process, but I know that once it is sorted, I will be so thankful to be chemical free!!

    So I do wonder what you exactly mean by under the skin warm or cold? I have acne still (I am 30) and have my whole life since puberty, but it is significantly better and break outs are fewer and farther between. I do have some scarring though. I am always cold no matter in warm or cold climates and I do find my face gets stiff sometimes once I get out of the shower. So I am going to assume this would be acne prone, cold, and dry? I’ve never looked at it if I am cold or warm under my acne because I always assumed I had acne because I had oily skin.

    I am researching this because I am trying to get off my oil-free chemical based moisturizers. So I bought today rosehip oil and just put it straight on my face. SHould I make a blend instead of coconut oil/sesame/rosehip/lavender/and oregano? Would this be a moisturizing equivalent? I don’t wash my face with anything but water and a facecloth and I don’t wear much makeup but I am in a really hot and sweaty work environment (I work down south) and my face is in the sun for 10-13 hours a day, so will this make me break out more? I’m really sorry for all the questions, but you are the most informative site I’ve found in 6 months of research!! Thank you!

  66. Jack says

    Has anyone tried the products from Nonie of Beverly Hills. I hear they are having a sale now.

    Are their products any good?

    There website is, simple range and organic but why are they so micro?

  67. Courtney says

    I have searched the internet endlessly in hopes that I could figure out exactly how to heal my skin completely, as it has been through hell in the last 5 years of having acne.

    I realize that the only true solution to healing the skin long term is from the inside out. I am in the midst of doing just that, however, I would like to know how to care for my skin externally.

    What are your suggestions to accomplish the following:

    -even out skin tone d
    -get rid of cysts, blackheads, whiteheads, and nodules.
    -fade hyper pigmentation
    -heal scars
    -shrink large pores

    My skin type is a bit difficult to understand. If I wash my face at night an go to bed with no moisturizer or toner, I wake up to moderate or severely oily skin. However, right after I cleanse my face up until a couple of hours thereafter, my skin feels tight with flakes an is clearly dry.

    If anyone has any insight I would very much appreciate hearing it. :)

    • says

      Hi Courtney,
      healing the skin from the inside out, is the principal understanding of homeopathy. This means: less is more. Everything you put on your skin can form a barrier and block that natural healing process. Have you ever tried to cleanse your skin with oatmeal water? Just put some oatmeal in a tea bag, let it soak in lukewarm water for 5-10 minutes, squeeze it and wash your face with the oatmeal water. It tends to even out skin tone and redness and can calm down breakouts without forming a strong barrier on your skin. 1-2 drops of natural cold-pressed oil (jojoba or hemp) and a spritz of some floral water or aloe vera might help to moisturize and heal scars.

  68. Courtney says


    Thank you for the advice! I used the oatmeal water and it worked great! It made my skin feel a lot calmer.

    Lately I’ve been using a mix of tea tree oil and green tea as a toner twice a day after I cleanse my face. It’s been working very well at eliminating my cysts and such, however I was wondering if you think it would be beneficial and safe to mix a bit of oatmeal water in with that concoction?
    Maybe that way the oatmeal water could work more because it’s not rinsed off. Just a thought. :)

    I plan on using jojoba oil and aloe vera gel once I am able to purchase them, but for now I only have the t.t.o and green tea toner.

    Thank you again!

  69. Ness says

    Hello, my skin after I wash is dry on my cheeks and forehead and nose but on my acne slightly and itchy, my acne is on my jawline, which can be very oily especially round the time of the month, I tried rosehip oil on my non acne places but came out in a few spots, Is that too heavy for me? I’m been very interested to try jojoba oil. Also not to do with acne but on the tops of my arms I get like a heat rash,itchy and very dry and bumpy skin, just wondered if it all could be linked together or if there an oil you could recomend?
    Thank you

  70. Ngeri Livingston says

    Oh you are so amazing! I have been formulating over the past few years, from intuition really. You make me feel like i’ve been on the right track. I live and make products in Jamaica. I am so happy to have access to this wonderful information!
    One Love

  71. Megan M. says

    This is so interesting. I have acne and combination skin. Gets pretty dry in the winter and fairly oil in summer I woudn’t say extremes on either case but yeah.. I’ve tried to buy oil before and it made my acne worse. What would be a good formula for me?

  72. Amanda says


    I’m just starting to get into oils and I was hoping that you could answer some questions for me.

    I used vitamin E oil exclusively as a moisturizer for about 3 months, and my acne-prone, sensitive, blackhead-clogged skin looked brighter than it ever had before. I had very few break outs except for hormonal ones around my period.
    I ran out of the vitamin E oil, and I picked up some good apricot kernel oil a few days ago, but after using it as a moisturizer for a few days, my skin is breaking out again.

    My skin now is very dry, but it overcompensates and becomes very oily by the end of the day. It is very much on both extremes. I am young (22) but I have wrinkles under my eyes from the dryness and blackheads and large pores on my nose and cheeks from the oil.

    It is hard to categorize my skin..but I guess the closest would be combo/warm for the most part.

    Do you have any suggestions for oil combinations to clear up the blackheads and breakouts while balancing my skin? I am soo lost and it’s a little expensive to try everything..

  73. Ines says

    Hi there! I’m new with the oils. I’m a little nervous to try it because my skin is pretty bad. I have acne and acne marks on my cheeks and my jaw line. My forehead is usually glowing from oil. I use non-comedogenic mineral powder on my face to cover it up. My acne grows underneath the surface and continues to flare up for weeks. I bought castor and jojoba oil. I’ve read countless reviews and some say its comedogenic, others says it’s not. I’m too nervous to try, but I can’t handle another year of being self conscience anymore. My dermatologist gives me prescriptions that make no sense when I google them so I’m trying the natural way. Please, if you can give me some guidance I’d be so thankful. Thank you!

  74. Janelle De Martini says

    Hi there,

    I was just wondering about what you would recommend for someone who is hot and dry? I’ve generally always had issues with dry patches here and there on my body as well as my face, but I am also usually overheating and perspiring most of the time.


  75. Hannah says

    Hey! I am also new with the oils and I think I am allergic to tea tree oil, which I had used in conjunction with jojoba oil. It broke me out in tiny little flesh colored bumps and not only that, my forehead started itching like crazy!

    So i thought about trying a new mix. How does this sound:

    Hemp Seed Oil
    Castor Oil
    Jojoba Oil
    Hazelnut Oil
    Grapeseed Oil.

    I am still trying to figure out the percentages. So far I am thinking 20% for all but when I think about it. I heard Hemp Seed Oil is really great and Castor Oil for drawing out impurities. Do you think a good mix would be

    Hemp Seed Oil (20%)
    Castor Oil (25%)
    Jojoba Oil (20%)
    Hazelnut Oil (15%)
    Grapeseed Oil (20%)

    For reference I would suggest reading this article to explain my reasoning for percentages:

  76. Ness says

    Hiya, I have been using almond oil for about a week and a half but I’m coming out in tiny little spots on my forehead I never get spots there, and some on my cheeks, could this be the purging process? Should I persevere with it? Please help thanks

  77. Yulianna says

    Hello,Michelle! I want to start using oils in my skin care,but don’t know where to start.This post in conjuction with the comments to it seems to be the most useful in comparison with other articles I ever found on web,but yet very complicated for a begginer like myself. Could you please recommend oils for me personally?? I’m 20 now and been suffering from acne since 12. I have a lot of scars left from the most awful times 4-5 years ago, as well as postacne pigmentation all over my cheeks. My skin is also oily on a day time,I don’t suffer from dryness at all. The main reason why I wanted to try ols was jojoba oil,but after reading your posts it seems like tamanu and grapeseed oils would be helpful for me as well. Would you reccomment them for me?
    PS-I found Aura Cacia jojoba oil to be good,would you reccomend it? And if you would, which one I should end up buying – an organic or natural one? Thanks for your time :)

  78. Caitlyn says

    Hi there,

    I really love your website! I have suffered from acne since I was 12! O.o So no doubt it must be hormonal. Birth control helped for a while but the last few years now that I’m in my mid-late twenties, I have been breaking out again. I don’t know if the birth control isn’t doing much anymore or if my hormones are just changing. My diet has been horrible and so the past month I’ve been changing it. I’ve been seeing a holistic doctor and now am eating mainly veggies and all organic products.

    I think that my face is oily, but I’m not sure. I think throughout the day I notice that my skin gets a little shiny so I think that means it’s oily, right? But my skin feels a little dry and irritated at night after I wash my skin and take everything off. Right now I use a sea salt soap bar and then coconut oil to moisturize. I’ve heard that salt is good with drying out/treating acne. And it’s an organic bar from Whole Foods.

    So maybe i have combination skin. I have been using coconut oil by itself just at night to moisturize. I’m too scared to use it twice a day because it makes my face oily and melts the make-up.

    So it seems that it’s necessary to combine oils and make a concoction, but I’m scared to try it because I don’t know which ones might help. I am sensitive to cold more than heat. I don’t like being too hot or too cold though. :) I’m like Goldilocks.

    I’ve heard good things about honey, tea tree oil, and everything and there’s SO many natural products that people say work that I’m overwhelmed! My holistic doctor gave me some herbal powder to put on with honey (so mixing it together in mask form). I’ve only just started using it, but I’m also taking vitamins now.

    What kind of oil combination would you recommend for oily but easily drying skin and more sensitive to cold than heat? Also if you eat coconut oil and put it on, can you over do it? I’ve read that too much can actually produce more acne.

    What do you use as a face wash? Do you only wash with the oil?


  79. Dee says

    Hi Michelle

    I have never used any oils but after using and spending lots of money on products that do nothing but make my skin worse. I want to try natural oils. I have sensitive, blackhead prone, small pimples and excema around nose area. I work out a lot and I would say I eat we’ll and drink lots of water. I’m in my 30’s and now at end of tether. Can you help with what I should get for cleanser and moisturiser?

    thank you

  80. says

    Wow, I suffer from acne and blemishes and this is a really informative article for me. I didn’t realise that different oils suit different skin types, I’ll definitely try your reccomendations for my skin type and will update you guys!

  81. cecilia sobrielo says

    i hv rosacea. im 52yrs. hv seen homeopath n taking zinc drops. my cheeks are red with acme but nolonger inflammed. using cetaphil moisturiser. i am applying organic rose hip oil to get rid of redness but realize that the skin is dry. this is my first time seeing a homeopath. am i suppose to apply rosehip oil on damp skin rather than dry. is it ok to apply moisturiser then oil? or only oil? i would be thankful for your advice n your suggestions to get rid of the marks on my cheeks. or i cud try yr remedy……..

  82. Kayla says

    Hi! I noticed you didn’t say anything about hot and dry skin, which is what I have. I’ve always had very tiny tight pores. The only place I have visible pores is my nose and apples of my cheeks right beside my nose. Everywhere else looks like flawless porcelain. Minus all the blackheads which are so trapped inside my poreless skin, they make me look like a pickle. Yep. A pickle. And when I manage to extract them, a dry creamy white substance comes out, instead of the typical yellowish clear plug from normal blackheads.
    And can’t forget the red inflamed cysts and pustules they eventually become.
    I’m also always hot, especially in my face.
    The only time my acne cleared up in the 5 years I’ve had it was when I was living in Edmonton. It was February 2013. I had just come back from a week in Mexico, where my skin broke out TERRIBLY (it was already pretty bad). Bad timing, I was there as a bridesmaid in my friends wedding! I feel like I ruined the poor girls photos with my terrible pizza face.
    Anyways, I arrived back in Edmonton where it was constantly in the -20 to -30 temperature range.
    My skin literally cleared itself up COMPLETELY in less than two weeks. Not a cyst, not a pustule, not even a single blackhead.

    Obviously my skin LOVES the cold, but my skin is also a dry skin type.
    (Oh, I forgot to mention I’m a Esthetician/skin care therapist! Go figure, eh? So I know that such microscopic pores equals a dry skin type).

    So, what should I do? Which oils would you recommend for a hot dry skin type?

  83. Christine says

    How do I determine what type of skin I have. You speak of heat and oily, cold and dry, cold and oily. Temperature wise I am usually cold, but my face gets hot a lot. Winter my skin is diff than summer. I use coconut oil right now, but I am experiencing breakouts on my cheeks, temples, an occasionally chin and forehead. I get cystic acne every now and then. I do not know where to start. Please help

  84. Lacey says

    Hey im in a slump and was hoping someone could help.. I had ordered face naturals purify trial kit, and liked how it smelled and made my skin feel, HOWEVER, I have developed itchy skin around my hairline and on my neck, but not on my face. I stopped using it, and I cant figure out my trigger.. anyway, coconut, jojoba, apricot, and almond oils break me out. I like how aloe feels, and im trying to make an aloe cleanser and moisturizer.. by itself it dries my skin out. Can a honey and aloe face cleanser treat acne? Is there a way to add moisture to a homemade aloe moisturizer without the above oils I mentioned? Im using tea tree/honey for a spot treatment, and diluted acv for toning, but cant seem to find a face wash/moisturizer for sensitive acne skin! Plz help..

    • Celene says

      Try using the honey as a cleanser! I’m still playing around too, but my routine is similar to yours with some tweaks – I use honey in the morning, then diluted ACV as a toner, and then at night I use a small teaspoon of salt scrub to exfloiate, then honey, then diluted ACV, and just started with a 10% diluted tea tree oil solution (either in water or with rosehip oil… not sure yet.) But I find honey is a great cleanser as it gently cleanses, is cheap, etc. etc. Of course only raw, organic honey is best… some like manuka but I can’t find an organic version of that in my grocery store, but raw, organic honey works good for me!

      • Lacey says

        1. What do you use for a moisturizer?

        2. ive been getting more pimples w my routine, exept they are super teeny compared to usual- any ideas why?

        3. Do you think that aloe or shea butter could be breaking me out?

        -Heres my current routine, i made these myself with organic ingredients from the health food store:
        organic aloe/raw honey cleanser, diluted acv toner, and an organic aloe/shea nut moisturizer, followed by a spot treatment of ONE drop of tea tree oil in a dime/nickel size amount of aloe. (sometimes ill subsitute the aloe in the spot treatment with the honey but in the same ratio).

        • Celene says

          1) I haven’t needed to use a moisturizer until I started using tea tree, but I’m finding my skin much better using tea tree just now super dry so that’s why I was checking out this thread! I’ve heard great and horrible things about rosehip oil and tried that yesterday – my skin isn’t as dry but noticed a few bumps – probably couldn’t have happened in a day.

          2) What were you doing before, and for how long, and when did you switch?

          3) So I’m not sure if comedogenic ratings are everything, but aloe and shea butter rate a 0 on that scale so I’m assuming those shouldn’t break you out, however I’ve heard from some that shea butter does break them out so you may want to steer clear of that… the best oil I’ve heard of is hemp seed oil, but you have to refrigerate it and I’m lazy so that’s the only reason I don’t use it!

          • Lacey says

            In the past, i was using kate somerville sulfur eradikate spot treatment and the shiseido pureness line (fw, toner, moisturizer) because it was the only facewash out of many that didnt break me out, it did leave it horribly dry though and was full of nasty chemicals. 4-5 weeks ago i used face naturals purify line, which i LOVED (my skin glowed, it felt healthy, and no more pimples developed) but it came with a roaring rash on my neck and hairline, im guessing due to allergy. From there i decided to reasearch/ make my own products to prevent the allergy to whatever caused the rash. I had used the face naturals for a week/week and a half and then I stopped and switched to my own natural method about 2-3 weeks ago, and I do need a moisturizer.. maybe I need to try the 0 rated oils, but im scared theyll still break me out or not moisturize enough!

            • Celene says

              Oh that’s probably it then – there’s a period of purging after you come off using those types of cleansers after switching to natural based ones. Give it a good few months before you switch up your routine again – your skin will throw a fit if you change too much and the routine you have sounds good so try it for a few more weeks!

              • Lacey says

                Last question i promise lol.. Is there a stronger dilution for a tea tree oil spot treatment I can use, other than one drop in a nickel size amount of a carrier? My acne scars are not healing very good with my current dilutiin method above.

                • Celene says

                  Haha it’s okay I’m learning too so I can share what I know! Think some can do tea tree full strength and others can’t do it at all so I think you have to play it by ear but there’s something I heard called sensitization for essential oils that happens if your skin reacts and then it will always react even with the smallest amount so just don’t go too strong too fast! I’m right now doing 5% (1/20th of the bottle) of tea tree in water, and shaking and applying with a pad once a night. But even that I think is a little drying so playing around with it. What type of scars are they? I think red scars you can do with exfoliating, ACV, tea tree, but pock marks I think are helped by collagen rebuilders (like rosehip I think).

                  • Lacey says

                    Im using the acv already, and I have some of both scars.. how can I incorporate both the rosehip and the tea tree into a regimen? Ive heard lavendar is good too, but can you safely use lavendar in one facial product and tea tree in another or will those 2 still react? (Example: if I used tea tree as a spot treatment, and lavendar in a moisturizer) suggestions on good exfoilaters?

                    • Celene says

                      Not sure about the lavender as I haven’t used that one. I use rosehip oil as a makeup remover as I find that it can get a little oily if you use it too often but that’s enough to do the trick – the next day you’ll notice the difference! You may want to try tea tree all over than just a spot treatment as it works for some but you have to be careful to really dilute it. I use salt as an exfloiator – put a little bit in your palm in the shower, get it wet, and it becomes salt water with some salt crystals and rub it gently on your face… 1-2 times a week to start. Really helps and salt pulls out all the toxins. There’s a whole whack of stuff to try but remember give it time! That is the best advice someone gave me that you just have to pick a regime and stick to it… but of course there are so many other things too like cleaning up your diet, balancing hormones, etc., that do more than exterior ever can.

  85. Lily-Rose says

    Hi, I am writing for support. I am using oil since october and drop every harsh chemical. I decided to go natural. Now I want to give up because lately I have more pimples, mostly blackhead and white pimple. I am so scared to go back to my bad cystic acne, it was so difficult to feel the pain of feeling worthless that I don’t want to go back there. I don’t know what to do. It is very tempting to go back to my old products nowing that I wasn’t getting white heads and blackheads, only red bumps once in a while.

    • Celene says

      There is definitely a period of detoxing… 3 months or more, I went through it too (and still am going through the end of it, and trying new things). If you go back to you regular products you’ll need to start all over again and you have 3 months on this so don’t turn back, something will work, but you may want to try other things… what oils are you using?

      • Lily-Rose says

        Right now I am using Hemp seed oil. I started first with jojoba oil, but I had more blackhead, so I tried Rosehip oil and same thing with black head and more dry skin. Then I turn to hemp seed oil which have a 0 comedogenicity level, but my skin feels dry too, my skin sting sometimes. I have more acne with oils than I had before with my products,

        • Celene says

          What else are you using? How often? What’s your regimen? Remember it may not be the oils (it could be, but maybe not) why you’re breaking out, your skin could just be getting used to the new thing.

              • Lily-Rose says

                I’ll try to think about everything…
                Skin care: washing in the morning with hemp seed oil and jojoba oil at night (I got back to jojoba oil at night for the last 3 days – My skin feel less dry). When I have a pimple, I put Tea tree or Lavender essential oil on it. Once a week I do a clay mask.

                Supplements: I am taking Milk thislte, Vitamin B, zinc and vitex.

                Exercice : I admit that I do less in that area lately, I do more meditation (which is really not an exercise I know). This is an area where I need to grow for sure! When I take time, I like to do yoga, treking, walking or biking.

                Diet: First of all, I am allergic to dairy and gluten, so I don’t eat any of it. I moslty consume veggies, fruits, nuts, meat and a fish. I do not eat a lot of carbs (gluten free bread and pasta are more expensive, so I try to avoid it). I do not eat any refined sugar, if I have to use sugar, I use maple syrup, honey, apple sauce. I eat more veggies than fruits (so I have veggies with every meal).

                Let me know if I forgot something.

                • Celene says

                  Cool, to me, completely subjective, but sounds like you’re doing a lot right. You may want to do a vitamin deficiency test as well as a hormone test to see where your levels are – Vitex only works in certain cases, and Vit B (guessing you’re taking a B complex) can actually make you flare up, like B6 or B12. Too much estrogen is a big problem that I had from all the plastics we have and especially if you’re on the BCP etc. etc. so you can take natural things to help your body process and get rid of it that but get tested first to see as hormone imbalances can be a big problem. Sounds like you’re eating right and exercise, I know, we all want to do it more. In terms of topical stuff, remember it’s only been a few months, and I hate to say it, but for me, again, it lasted months – I stopped using Proactiv last Feb and then stopped my BCP last April and I’m telling you, just in the last month or so do I feel my face is starting to be nice to me. So give it time. But to help, wash with either jojoba or hemp to see what works better… one time a day, at the end of the day, that way you’ll know what works better for you. And the rest is what I do – wash with organic raw honey in the morning in the shower – it’s less messy there and less oily (obvi) and my face feels cleaner than just washing with oil. And no one reacts to honey that I’ve heard. Then use 1/3 diluted solution of ACV as toner. Then I’d suggest to make a very very very diluted solution of just tea tree and water, like 1/40 (2.5%, similar to benzoyl peroxide concentrations), gentle enough esp. with you using the oil, and use that after your oil, ACV routine before bed. They say that generally tea tree doesn’t work as an overall topical but I think it’s b/c people don’t dilute enough. That’s helped me a lot and I have right now maybe 2 little spots but generally with the tea tree spot treatment (straight) they go away fast. Also invest in a Clarisonic – with the tea tree oil you’ll have more skin cell turnover so exfoliating is a must. If you can’t afford it, go for just a sea salt scrub you make 1-2 times a week. Also no touching! But last… since it’s only been a few months, I can’t stress enough, don’t change everything too quickly, don’t jump to the next thing if it doesn’t work in a week, no matter what you do, your skin will continue to revolt for the next while and that’s just a natural thing coming off the bad chemical product high it’s been on for a long time… so you have to give it some breathing room! But try to pamper it as much as possible which means being gentle too it, not too much change, being positive about the small wins you see in your skin every day, and feeling really good about the choice you made to natural… you’ll probably live longer and be happier because of it!

  86. Lacey says

    Im going through the same thing.. I feel like I need a stronger fw than honey, and a stronger spot treatment than 2 drops tea tree oil in a tablespoon of aloe.. any suggestions? The spot treatment is not working too great, but it still stings slightly when I first put it on, so im not sure if I can increase the amount of tea tree oil or not? Also, Im iso a moisturizer.. cannot use coconut, almond oil, grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, apricot oil, or shea butter so far bc my face reacts in a ton more pimples and burning, and some even caused me to not breathe well so please give me all of tthse suggestions! Feeling bummed :(

    • Celene says

      My advice – you’re saying “you need stronger this and stronger that” but I’m hearing your skin is revolting against the mildest of things, so stronger may not be the better answer – your skin can flare up and have the same effect if you under or overdo it, and you may be there. It sounds like you’ve tried a lot in only a few months! As much as it’s hard (I had such a hard time with this) you have to pick something and stay with it for at least a few weeks so your skin can get used to it, or it will start to revolt like it sounds like it’s doing. My suggest is start with the basics, I started with honey twice a day, then added ACV twice a day, then added tea tree just a few weeks ago… and this is over the period of a year! And only now is my skin starting to calm down after about 10 years on Proactiv! It takes awhile to undo what you’ve done so my suggestion is 1) take it slow 2) know that stronger isn’t always better 3) realize it takes time and stick with something to see really how your skin reacts. Your skin will thank you! Some things will have an immediate reaction of course. Of course you have to be doing all the internal balancing as well, like healthy diet (no sugar, only healthy carbs), hormone balancing, organic/clean eating, etc. or all this will be for nothing. I know it’s hard… and it’s easy to get bummed. Just notice the improvements every day, not the flare ups, because they may keep happening for the next few months and that’s just the natural process. You’ve already started the journey and gotten over the hard part, don’t turn back!

      • Lacey says

        I had tried OCM about a year ago, and thats when I tried jojoba and coconut oil and broke out bad from it.. I have used grapeseed oil the whole time to remove eye makeup though, but when I use it all over my face, itll itch and break out. Apricot and almond were the new ones I tried recently, but with an instant rash/difficulty breathing, and breakouts. So I cut all oil out (exept grapeseed for removing eye makeup), and my skin got too dry for makeup without a moisturizer, so I tried shea butter with a 0 rating, but unfortunately that too broke me out.. question-if I cant afford to eat organically, will I be doing this for nothing?

        • Celene says

          Oh yeah regular coconut oil (non fractionated I think) has a really high capric triglyceride level which are notorious for breaking you out so stay away from that. Some are fine with it though for whatever reason! I hear mixed things about jojoba oil but I haven’t tried it. Are you getting cold pressed oils? If not they can use a chemical process (hexane I think) that extracts the oils, also I heard that grapeseed oil you should get organic but I can never find it, as grapes are really high in pesticides etc. Also GMO oils can be bad news. Not sure about the reaction – that’s a new one, you’re right to be careful with it! What brand of oils were they? There’s another theory I saw online that makes sense – get oils high in linoleic (not oleic) acid. I cross referenced this with the comedogenic ratings (not sure if that’s a thing but anyway…) and that’s how I got rosehip. Hempseed oil is the best but you have to refrigerate it and I’m too lazy. You can see almond, shea, and apricot are all high in oleic acid… so try something on the bottom list and you may be better! Also on the organic thing – so my suggestion is if you can’t eat everything organic, start out with just the dirty dozen. And stay away from anything processed. The majority of what you eat should be from the outside of the grocery store, and definitely cut out any fast food or anything unless it’s from a healthy chain (i.e., Chipotle isn’t bad depending on what you get). For not just your skin but your overall health too! So anyway, oils may not be your thing, but try the high in linoleic ones – it’s a never ending battle but we’re all doing it together with you so you have someone to lean on when things don’t work out. :)

          • Lacey says

            They were the NOW brand? And im using Aura Cacia essential oil (tea tree and lavendar)? Thoughts on these? Thank you for that post-that was SUPER helpful!

            • Celene says

              Ah yes NOW I think uses the hexane process for non cold pressed oils as they make two rosehip oils, and one of them (non organic) was the hexane process. Plus people were saying the consistency in the oils are much different – non-cold pressed was clear and gelatinous almost, and the cold-pressed one was yellow and very liquidy. So try to get some good, quality, organic cold pressed oils and you may see a difference! Glad it helped! :)

  87. Lily-Rose says

    Hi celene!
    I decided to post in the a new post as it was getting hard yo read. I do have a clarisonic Mia, I just need to replace de brush as it is hold. I woul like to know more about using it with tea tree. You talked about mixing 1/40 tea tree with water and using the clarisonic for more cell turn over, is that right?

    • Celene says

      Oh good! That’s what I have as well. I use that with the honey once a day in the shower. I use the tea tree as a follow-up to the ACV toner. Still experimenting with what works for me as I’m sure you’ll have to do too… it’s so dry here right now I’m not sure if my skin can take the tea tree even when diluted! But yes if you decide to use tea tree it’s just important to ensure you’re exfoliating some way to ensure any old skin cells don’t sit and clog your pores and start the cycle over again…

  88. Lacey says

    Is kate somerville eradikate spot treatment with sulfur organic and noncomedogenic? If not, can you recommend any spot treatmrntz with sulfur in them? I find that sulfur clears my face better than tea tree oil!


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