Top Essential Oils for Pimples: Natural Acne Solutions

We have all had our fair share of battles with pimples. Whether it was that stubborn zit popping up right before a big event or those relentless breakouts that just wouldn't quit, we know the struggle. However working in the field of aromatherapy, I also discovered tips on – essential oils for pimples. Yup, those amazing, aromatic extracts can be game-changers for your skin. 

Many people talk about the success they've had using essential oils for pimples. Turns out, science backs this up. Initial research on these natural remedies indicates they can truly make a difference in the fight against acne. Let’s take a closer look and discover how these palnt-powered wonders can help. 

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Why Essential Oils?

These little bottles of goodness work in a few really cool ways. First off, many essential oils have antibacterial properties. And guess what's a huge culprit behind pimples? Yup, bacteria. Some of the heavy hitters are thyme, cinnamon, and rosemary oils.

Natural Anti-inflammatories

You know how pimples can get red and swollen? Those little guys pack a punch. Essential oils often act as natural anti-inflammatories, which can calm those angry red spots and help reduce swelling.

How To Use Essential Oils for Pimples

One of the best ways to tap into these benefits is to use them topically as spot treatments. You just need a few drops.

The key is that essential oils are really potent, so don’t apply them directly onto your skin without diluting them first. A little goes a long way.


Always dilute essential oils with a carrier oil, like jojoba, sweet almond oil, grapeseed, rosehip oil, or even water, before using them topically. Think of it like making a delicious cocktail – you need the right balance of ingredients to make it work.

The typical ratio is one drop of essential oil for every ten drops of carrier oil. If you want a visual, check out this essential oil dilution chart. Once you’ve mixed your potent concoction, you can apply it to blemishes with a cotton pad or even a Q-tip.

Essential Oil Superstars

Ready to learn about some of the star players in the essential oil lineup for fighting pimples? Let’s take a look at those that are best for your skin.

Tea Tree

This one's been a favorite for ages, and there’s a good reason. Tea tree oil is known for its antimicrobial, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory properties. It's pretty impressive in the fight against acne.

Some research even indicates it can aid in wound healing, making it great for soothing those pimples we just can't resist picking at – we’ve all been there.


Ah, lavender. Just thinking about its aroma brings calm. Beyond being incredibly relaxing, it can also be soothing for your skin. Research points to its effectiveness in easing skin issues like eczema.

When it comes to pimples, lavender can aid in healing blemishes and potentially even reduce the appearance of scars by boosting collagen production. Pretty remarkable, huh?


Remember how I mentioned rosemary's antibacterial powers earlier? It's been shown to work wonders against those pesky pimples,  acnes and bacteria that often lead to breakouts. On top of that, this herb also possesses natural astringent qualities.

This means Rosemary Essential oil can help regulate oil production, working double-duty in preventing future pimples. 


You'll find this herb in so many yummy Asian dishes. This fragrant herb boasts antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, both of which are essential for battling those inflamed spots.

Studies support its use for its amazing anti-inflammatory effects. Lemongrass essential oil can help reduce redness and swelling.


Known for its crisp scent, eucalyptus oil also packs some serious anti-inflammatory power. It can help soothe inflamed, painful pimples but make sure you dilute it well.

It’s known for aiding in ceramide production which boosts the water-holding capacity in skin – talk about being moisturizing. And yeah, maybe that's why eucalyptus is in so many anti-dandruff shampoos.


Eucalyptus Organic 15ml


That cool and refreshing peppermint oil. Since it has antibacterial properties, it could be a great contender in the fight against acne-prone skin.

And get this, a 2019 study demonstrated that peppermint essential oil is quite the fighter when it comes to various harmful bacteria. Although more research on peppermint oil and its effects on acne is needed, the science points in the right direction. Plus, its cooling effects are so soothing if you tend to have itchy skin.


Have you tried this uplifting and citrusy essential oil? Some people say it’s amazing for mood boosting. Others believe that bergamot oil can also help improve your skin.

Its ability to act as an anti-inflammatory suggests that it might reduce swelling and shrink pimples – good for cystic acne or blackheads. Just a heads-up - because it might increase your skin's sensitivity to the sun, avoid using bergamot during daylight hours. It might not be a good choice if you already have sensitive skin either.

A Quick Guide for Beginners

Are you a beginner who wants a quick and simple guide for essential oils for pimples? If so, read on.

Dilution Chart

Since these oils are powerful plant extracts, you’ll always want to make sure they're properly diluted to avoid irritation or skin sensitivities.


Essential Oil Concentration Carrier Oil/Water (in ml) Essential Oil (drops)
2.5% 10 1
5% 10 2


Remember to adjust the dilution based on the specific essential oil and your own skin's tolerance.

Patch Test

Before diving headfirst into using a new oil on your face, doing a patch test on a small area is always smart. I like testing the oil on my inner arm.

Apply a tiny amount of the diluted essential oil to the area, let it sit for about 24 hours, and check if any redness or irritation pops up.

Carrier Oil Choices

For facial application, I recommend opting for non-comedogenic carrier oils as they're less likely to clog your pores. Some great ones are:

  • Fractionated Coconut oil – a wonderful moisturizer and close in structure to your skin's natural oils and mixes well with essential oils 
  • Grapeseed oil – lightweight, absorbent, and also boasts some astringent properties.
  • Rosehip oil – renowned for its skin-nourishing and regenerating benefits.
  • Sweet almond oil – very soothing and nourishing.

Essential Oils for Pimples FAQ's

FAQ 1: What essential oils get rid of acne?

Many essential oils possess antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties making them helpful in battling pimples. However, you should always dilute them.

Some of the top contenders are tea tree, lavender, rosemary, cinnamon, and oregano. However, remember to always dilute them properly with a carrier oil.

FAQ 2: What oil is best for pimples?

Determining the absolute best oil is tricky since individual skin types can react differently. However, tea tree oil has strong antibacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits that make it a top choice for treating breakouts.

It's crucial to remember to dilute these essential oils with a carrier oil and perform a patch test before applying.

FAQ 3: Does lavender oil get rid of pimples?

While there isn’t extensive research on its ability to directly eliminate existing pimples, lavender essential oil possesses incredible properties that may help. It's been proven to be effective in calming skin irritation and helping to heal blemishes.

And guess what? There's evidence to suggest that lavender essential oil can even help reduce the appearance of acne scars. So even if it doesn't banish pimples entirely, it could still become one of your skin's best friends.

FAQ 4: Can I put tea tree essential oil on a pimple?

The short answer? You should NEVER put tea tree (or any other essential oil) directly on a pimple without diluting it first. It’s way too potent, and you could risk irritating or even burning your skin.

However, diluted tea tree oil is one of the most popular essential oils for pimples because it can zap bacteria and soothe inflammation.


Essential oils for pimples offer a holistic approach. Beyond addressing those breakouts, many offer mood-boosting or relaxing benefits. Some oils can also help improve overall skin health by regulating oil production and hydrating skin.

Don't forget to always perform a patch test before fully diving in, to make sure it jives well with your skin. And, consult a health professional – they’re the pros after all.

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