Skin Treatment Using Essential Oils

Essential oils can provide skin treatment for all sorts of conditions from acne to wrinkles, no matter if they are simple surface irritations, symptoms of diseases/health conditions or even just the product of normal aging.

In some cases essential oils are applied topically to alleviate skin issues occurring from environmental conditions. At other times they can be taken internally to address underlying causes of skin conditions; causes such as ailments of your liver or pancreas, bad dietary habits, toxic build up or even stress.

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note: It is very important to know which condition you are attempting to treat before you start.

Knowing which oils or which application to use for various conditions is crucial to proper skin treatment and effective results.

Before we go any further I would like to point out that essential oils, no matter how good their quality, may at times have undesirable affects.

Lets discuss them briefly as well as what you can do to protect yourself if needed. 

Possible Skin Reactions

Whether you are a newbie to the topical use of essential oils in skin treatment, or a veteran of many years, you should be aware that they may cause reactions such as:

  • Irritation
  • Sensitivity, (contact dermatitis)
  • Photosensitivity

Even if you have never experienced a problem with essential oil skin treatment you need to be conscious of these possible outcomes. If you are concerned add extra carrier oils to dilute the oil further.


In most cases irritation will be experienced very soon after exposure and will take the form of a burning sensation or the appearance of welts or redness.

If this should happen immediately apply a carrier oil to the area in order to dilute the concentration of oil or wash the area with soapy water to remove the oil from your skin; do not apply straight water as this will only cause the oil to penetrate deeper into your skin. 

As a "rule of thumb" and to avoid irritation, most applications of essential oils should be diluted with a carrier oil unless otherwise instructed by the manufacturer or health professional.


Sensitivity to an essential oil may occur after a long period of usage. This condition is often referred to as "allergic contact dermatitis" or ACD.

This condition may be avoided by changing up your choice of oil so that no one oil is used exclusively. Fortunately this course of action is made possible because oils have overlapping benefits and you always have several to choose from for any given condition or purpose.


Several oils, especially cold pressed citrus oils like lemon, lime, grapefruit or orange can cause a sensitivity to UV light which may last for up to 72 hours following application.

This problem is easily sidestepped as long as you are aware of the requirements of each oil you are applying.

So now having said all that, lets look at some of the areas that may be of interest to you.

Lets look at some ....

Conditions Needing Skin Treatment

Acne Skin Treatment

Acne is one of those conditions that require both a topical and an internal application of essential oils.

Double-blind placebo-controlled study

Topical 5% tea tree oil is an effective treatment for mild to moderate acne vulgaris.
Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol.

Topical: Try a blend of Tea Tree and True Lavender at 15% each with rose hip carrier oil making up the last 70%. Apply this blend 3 times daily.

Tea Tree oil can also be applied undiluted to individual sores as needed.

Apply Rosemary Essential Oil undiluted to the area of concern and then follow-up with a carrier oil. I recommend fractionated coconut oil. 

Internal: Mix Peppermint Oil with a carrier oil (50:50) in a gel capsule (Available from Amazon) and consume 3 times a day for at least 20 days. Drink lots of water.


Please see my page Blackhead Remedies for information on several oils that can be used for this condition.


Topical: Dab a drop of Tea Tree Oil to boils at least twice a day

Internal: Blend 15% Tea Tree Oil, 15% Thyme and 70% carrier oil in a gelatin capsule and consume 3 times a day over a 10 day period.


Topical: Apply a drop of Tea Tree Oil to blisters as well as the surrounding area to control infection. Cover the area with a bandage if the blister is open or in danger of breaking.


To stop a bruise from forming apply Helichrysum Essential Oil as soon as possible.

Helichrysum is well known for its affect on a hematoma (a solid swelling of clotted blood within the tissues)

Peppermint oil will give quick relief of pain and reduce swelling.

For ongoing relief and healing, create a skin treatment  blend using Helichrysum 25%, Lavender 25%, Balsam Fir 20%, Lemon 15%, Marjoram 15% and apply it to small bruises. For larger injuries mix the blend 50:50 with a carrier oil.


After soaking your feet apply a pain blend or a few drops of Peppermint Oil undiluted directly on your toe.


Run cool water over a first-degree burn as soon as possible then follow up with a couple drops of Lavender Essential Oil to reduce the pain. For ongoing treatment mix lavender with rose hip oil at a 1:3 ratio to continue the healing.

For second or third degree burns see your health professional and discuss using Lavender with sterile water in a spray to cool and hasten healing.

For more information see my page on burn treatment.

Loose Skin

Many essential oils are well known for their ability to tighten loose skin. Essential oils contain antioxidants which combat free radicals that damage the skin; many have natural astringent properties that can shrink pores and reduce oily skin; oils also boost collagen which results in tighter skin. The list goes on and on.

For more information see my page tighten loose skin


For first and second degree sunburns mix 5 drops of Lavender, 1 drop of Peppermint, 1 drop of Tea Tree and 1 drop of Helichrysum in a cup of water and spray it on periodically every few minutes or whenever you feel it is needed.

Chapped/Cracked Skin Treatment

Add a couple drops each of 2 essential oils (Frankincense, Patchouli or Sandalwood) to your hand lotion and apply to your skin while still moist from washing.

Apply Rosemary Essential Oil undiluted to the area of concern and then follow-up with a carrier oil. I recommend fractionated coconut oil. 

Cold Sores

Apply a trace of Helichrysum or Tea Tree Oil directly to the area as soon as you feel the tingling/warning sign.

Cuts and Scrapes

Antimicrobial Activity of the Essential Oil of Rosemary

The oil showed pronounced antibacterial and antifungal activity than 1,8-Cineole and α-Pinene against all of the tested microbes

Jiang Y1, Wu N, Fu YJ, Wang W, Luo M, Zhao CJ, Zu YG, Liu XL

For skin treatment involving minor cuts or scrapes start by washing the area then apply a drop of Tea Tree Oil to disinfect it. Follow up every couple hours to keep the site sterile and prevent infection.

If you are bleeding Cypress Essential Oil can be applied to stop the bleeding. Initially it may cause the bleeding to increase but then it will go to work to stop it. 

Other oils that can be used (especially in instances where stitches have been used) include Helichrysum or True Lavender


Add 2-3 drops of one of the following essential oils to a single application of your shampoo or conditioner:

Leave it on your scalp for 5 minutes before rinsing.

Diaper Rash

For diaper rash try one of the following mixed with a teaspoon of carrier oil:

  1. One drop each of Lavender and Tea Tree Oil
  2. One drop each of Helichrysum and Tangerine oil

Apply to the rash as needed.


Mix the following oils into a bottle and apply one drop to the wart two or three times a day using a cotton swab.

1 tablespoon jojoba oil as a carrier
2 drops Lemongrass oil
2 drops Tea Tree oil
2 drops Manuka oil
2 drops Eucalyptus oil

Recommended Oils for Skin Treatment

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    Many Essential Oils in natural blackhead remedies can be used as an overnight treatment killing bacteria and remove blackheads. Essential oils are excellent for your skin and can be combined with carrier oils for sensitive skin. Tea tree oil works as well as benzoyl peroxide

  • Acne Skin Care

    Acne Skin Care – Essential Oils are a safe & effective alternative to synthetic options. They are naturally astringent, anti-fungal, antibacterial & anti-inflammatory. They reduce inflammation, pain & scarring, regulate oily skin & increase circulation to remove inflammation

  • Insect Repellent

    Insect Repellent essential oils, when applied to a bite, also work well to ease the itch.

  • Burn Treatment Using Essential Oils

    For any burn treatment to be effective you will need to act fast. Essential oils can ease or eliminate pain when applied quickly. Lavender, Helichrysum, Peppermint and Tea Tree work well together to assist with a quick recovery and can be very effective for ongoing treatment

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recommended sources.

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