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Essential Oil Roll-On for Blemished Skin

Essential Oil Roll On Spot Treatment

Having irritated, blemished skin can be so frustrated.  Despite being in the skin care business, I have always battled my skin.  You name the skin issue, and I’ve probably had it.  I’ve tried everything you can think of in the pursuit of beautiful skin.   Seriously, giving people facials while I had ugly skin was mortifying.   I worked in spas and had just about every skin treatment at my fingertips.  My poor skin was so over processed.  I’m not going to claim that I’ve  found a magic potion that cleared my skin because it’s just not out there.  What I have learned is that so much contributes to blemished skin, especially lifestyle.  Stress and hormones wreak havoc on your skin and until those factors are settled, skin will stay in a state of imbalance and probably continue to clog no matter what product you apply.

Ok, enough 0f the  Debbie Downer routine-there are things you can do in order to manage your skin that will help immensely.  Essential oils are an excellent choice when trying to clear up acne.  Many essential oils are antibacterial, antiviral, anti fungal and anti inflammatory-those are amazing words when it comes to acne!  What I love about using essential oils for skin conditions is that they are gentle.  Harsh exfoliants and chemicals might clear your skin for a time, but holy crap!!!  Your poor skin will pay the price.  Many people that suffer from clogged skin actually cause their skin to be over sensitive and overly dry by strong products.  Sensitive skin is something you don’t need when trying to clear up zits and dry skin can add to the pain of the blemishes!  It becomes a vicious cycle-dried out skin tries to compensate by producing more oil which leads to more clogs.  Sensitive skin reacts which leads to more blemishes.

Essential Oil Benefits for Acne Sufferers:

  • Relieves Cystic Acne
  • Balance Excessive Oiliness
  • Clears Blackheads
  • Reduces Sensitivity
  • Fades Scarring

How to Use Essential Oils When Treating Acne:

  1. Using essential oils is very easy.  The oils I suggest for clearing your skin are gentle enough that most skin types don’t need to dilute them.  They can be applied straight to a blemish.
  2. You can also create a toner using apple cider vinegar that will help relieve acne as well.  Find out how HERE.
  3. A light moisturizer can be made by mixing essential oils with aloe vera gel will give your skin just a bit of hydration, which is perfect for oily skin.   You can also use jojoba oil mixed with essential oils.  Jojoba oil is very close to the skins own sebum.  When jojoba oil is applied to the skin, it helps your skin to stop over producing oils.  It also is probably the least likely to clog the skin when it comes to carrier oils.  Jojoba oil delivers moisture to dried out, sensitive skin.

Essential Oils that Help Clear Acne:

Melaleuca (tea tree)-Not only does melaleuca fight infection, it also helps accelerate the healing process.  I would say it is the most popular essential oil used in treating acne due to it’s ability to kill bacteria and fungus.   It has been compared to benzoyl peroxide which is incredibly effective in treating acne, but very harsh on the skin.  That’s the beauty of melaleuca-you have the benefits without the side effects.

Lavender-Lavender works well treating acne on it’s own, but is even better when paired with melaleuca.  It is incredibly healing and helps calm skin as well as reducing pain.

Ylang Ylang-Ylang Ylang is the balancing oil.  It helps to control sebum production in the skin.  It also is wonderful for tightening the skin and toning!

Carrot Seed-Typically carrot seed oil is used in anti aging products, but it’s amazing for it’s skin regenerating abilities.   When your skin is erupting, cell regeneration is really helpful.  It’s also very effective protection against free radicals.

Geranium-If you caught my post on Geranium, you’ll know it’s probably my favorite essential oil for the skin.   I love it for it’s ability to fade scars and even skin tone.  It also helps prevent bacteria from forming on wounds.  It has been known to tone and tighten the skin.

FrankincenseI love frankincense because it is incredibly gentle.  It is one of those oils that can be added to anything and it will strengthen the potency of the product.  It is a powerful astringent which means it strengthens the skin.  It also helps fade scarring and regenerate skin cells.

UPDATE: I ended up adding Tamanu Oil to this roll-on.  Initially I had only essential oils in it but several readers informed me that it did indeed burn their skin.  The more I thought about it, the more I agreed that it should be diluted.  Also, tamanu oil could not be more perfect.  I can not believe it’s healing and drying properties.  Read all about tamanu oil HERE.

Isn’t this info. awesome?!  I think this is great news for those of you suffering from clogged skin!  You don’t have to wreck and ravage your skin in pursuit of a clear face!

Spot treatments are especially helpful when dealing with break outs. When I think of the most effective formula I could make I realized, it’s just almost too simple for a post.  Melaleuca is just the best option, but adding a few more oils in for added healing and regenerating benefits might not be such a bad idea!

Spot Treatment Roll On

10 ml Roll on bottle (find it HERE)

1/2 full Tamanu Oil (find it HERE) (I’ve also used THIS brand and like it)

 1/8 full Lavender (find it HERE)

1/4 full Melaleuca (find it HERE)

10 drops Carrot Seed Oil (essential oil)(find it HERE)

10 drops Ylang Ylang (find it HERE)

15 drops Geranium (find it HERE)

10 drops Frankincense (find it HERE)

In order to see results, you must be using quality essential oils.  There is a huge difference in the quality of many essential oils.  I use Spark Naturals for all my essential oils.  Spark Naturals oils are certified pure, pharmagrade oils.  Basically, they are as pure as it gets!  You can read more about Spark Naturals HERE.  There are a few other oil companies that I trust, but I prefer Spark Naturals because they are reasonably priced and instead of dealing with a pyramid scheme company, you just head to the website and order!

Use my coupon code JENNIRAINCLOUD to receive 10% off your essential oils purchase at Spark Naturals.


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This is a really easy spot treatment that is very pure and gentle yet so effective.  The wonderful thing about this spot treatment is that it does not burn.  It gives your skin the tools it needs to get rid of the zit causing bacteria as well as helping regenerate damaged skin cells and fade the redness that blemishes leave behind.

xx, Jenni

P.S. If you want to skip this DIY, you can buy it HERE!DIY Spot Treatment Roll On

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Spot Treatment Roll-On


  1. Thanks for this recipe Jenni. I do have two questions: 1, you mention ylang ylang above but it isn’t in the recipe-is that on purpose? 2, I don’t currently have carrot seed oil but I do have jojoba, apricot kernel, avocado, sesame, argon and castor oils. Can I use one of them instead to start with?

    • Mindy! I got in a hurry and published this post too soon-I have added the correct amount of ylang ylang to the post! Thanks for catching that! When I say carrot seed oil, I am meaning the essential oil. It is way more concentrated. I wouldn’t use any carrier oils in this. I want to keep it as pure and potent as possible! Thanks!!

      • Thank you! I have been using eo’s for just a year or so. I just love them and love making my own beauty care products.

  2. Melanie says:

    Hello. My 10 year old son has been having red inflamed acne around his nose area. I know this is hormonal. I have used the recipe that calls for melaleuca and other ingredients. After applying it, it seems to be inflamed. I have also began having him use your cleaner and toner recipes followed by coconut oil for te moisturizer. Is there anything else that I could be doing? Thank you.

  3. Hi,
    I have a question because I’ve been really confused with the topic of EO’s lately (when it comes to skincare). I hear amazing things about skin regenerating properties, healing, etc. on natural blogs and websites but on many other websites such as Paula’s Choice and other aesthetician’s blogs they advise not to use EO’s in skincare because they cause irritation, cell death, and photo-toxicity (especially citrus oils, and bergamot and lavender). They even have attached studies that prove lavender oil is an endocrine disruptor and bergamot causes photosensitivity. I was hoping you could do a post on essential oils explaining this, with a list of EO’s to be careful with on the skin, and maybe also explain if these oils are safe if used at night instead of in the daytime? I’ve been looking for an extensive list but I keep coming across short lists that just mention citrus oils and “others”. Thanks for all you do!

    • Raya-Essential oils are controversial. Many people preach against them mainly because they are so powerful that if some are used incorrectly they can cause damage. It’s very simple with the photo sensitivity issue-all citrus oils may cause it so avoid those during the day. As far as lavender being and endocrine disruptor, it is simply not true. It’s based on a study that only tested only 3 boys using products that contained lavender and tea tree oils (the purity of those oils is unknown). The products also contained parabens which are the true endocrine disruptor. If you need facts and sources read THIS article for more info.
      Just like all products intended for the skin, your skin’s reaction is unique to you. I grew up using proactive and other acne medications, then moved onto glycolic acids and other peels once I became an aesthetician. I irritated my skin beyond belief with those some really strong products. I love that I have been able to ditch all those products and use essential oils with better results and NO irritation. It really comes down to how your skin responds to the oils.
      Thank you for the suggestion for a post-I will take you up on that! I am so dedicated to essential oils that I forget not everyone is so sold!
      I hope this helps!

  4. Do you have any opinions on african black soap ?

  5. Jenni – I would love to make this treatment, but am hesitant to buy all of the ingredients. I wonder if you’d be open to making one roll-on treatment and letting me buy it from you? Thx!

  6. Love the recipe. I used a little witch hazel on the spot before the oil blend and had great success. Keep them coming. I love your blog!

  7. What oils do you use to remove dark spots on your face?

  8. Hi,
    I enjoy your blog, and this is a great combination of oils, but a word of caution: I tried this recipe and literally burned my skin. hours after I applied it, my skin turned red, and then it was peeling for days, almost like a sunburn. After this experience, I will be sure to dilute my EOs before applying.

    • Kristin-Thank you so much for letting me know this. It tingles on my sensitive skin but never burned. I will be a warning on this recipe. I’m so sorry you had this reaction!!!

      • Kristin says:

        Thank you! An update since then is that I diluted this recipe to about 5% with grapeseed and rosehip seed (an a small amount of avocado) oils. My skin still peeled – just not as quickly or severely. So perhaps the dilution is still too strong, or perhaps my skin can’t handle one or more of these oils. I’m not sure. I’m disappointed, because I’m still looking for a natural way to treat cystic acne.
        all the best.

  9. mshalle says:

    I’m glad to have found this post, thank you. The roll on applicator is a great idea. My only concern is to emphasize caution when using straight or “neat” formulations directly on skin. Essential oil adverse reactions can cause permanent sensitization as well as severe burns. I found out the hard way with tea tree oil, despite the generally thought belief of direct contact being safe. Use jojoba or coconut oil; any carrier oil of choice will save from a nasty reaction. Best wishes.

  10. Hi Jenni. First of all, I really really love your blog. Thanks for sharing all your knowledge in such a generous and dedicated way. It’s amazing! And just wondering…if you have bacteria in every break out, wouldn’t if be better to avoid the roll-on bottle. Wouldn’t the bacteria get stuck in the roll-on applicator?

  11. Hi Jenni, on another site I read about lemon. Oil, I. E and I want to know if ithis lomon oil will be ok if I use it as a moisturiser and clear my acne? Thanks

  12. Thoughts about grapeseed oil? Does it actually work as they claim it does?

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