Last Updated on October 22, 2020 by Anselem

Acne is what everyone will eventually encounter at least once, twice or thrice in a lifetime. Sometimes they occur severally maybe due to hormonal changes, diet or environmental aggressors, but the good news is, acne isn’t a death sentence and it’s actually treatable and that is exactly what this content is all about.

Therefore, in this very article, I’m going to detail out the stress-free and easiest way to formula a simple and effective DIY acne cream to tackle acne (pimples) and bring them down to their knee.

What Causes Acne?

Acne occurs when the pores of your skin become blocked with oil, dead skin, or bacteria. The skin has tiny holes called pores, when their is a congestion of dead skin cells, sebum (oil) and bacteria trapped in it, the pores will eventually get clogged and this leads to acne breakouts
Although other factors, such as hormones, diet, stress and certain medications, such as corticosteroids, androgens, birth control pills and lithium, can also worsen or lead to the occurrence of acne.

Acne is never a life-threatening condition, although they can be painful, affect your self-esteem and also leave scars behind when they are gone. These are the Cons of having acne.

Can Acne be Prevented?

Well, it’s very difficult to prevent the occurrence of acne. Even if you’re being extremely careful on what your eat, you may still eventually encounter them. Like i meantioned above so many factors can trigger the appearance of acne factors such as :

  • Hormonal changes caused by puberty or pregnancy
  • Certain medications, such as certain birth control pills or corticosteroids
  • A diet high in refined sugars or carbohydrates, such as bread and chips
  • Having parents who had acne

How can Acne Be Treated?

This brings us back to what this content is all about.
Retinoids (Vitamin A derivatives) such as Tretinion and Retinol has been the most recognized and one of the best treatment for acne sufferers which are being prescribed and issued by dermatologists. However, due to some minimal irritations as side effects encountered while using retinoids especially to sensitive skin type has made people to divert towards using other alternative acne treatable measures such as:

  • Benzoyl peroxide which is present in many acne creams and gels. It’s used for drying out existing pimples and preventing new ones. Benzoyl peroxide also kills acne-causing bacteria as it penetrates into the pores.
  • Sulfur is a natural ingredient with a distinctive smell that’s found in some lotions, cleansers, and masks. They also help dry out existing acne and prevent new ones from occurring.
  • Salicylic acid is often used in soaps and acne facial & body washes. It helps prevent pores from getting clogged.

But for the sake of this article, we shall focus solely on DIY acne treatable measures using essential oils and other natural ingredients. Such as:

  • Tea tree essential oil.
  • Peppermint essential oil.
  • Lemongrass essential oil.
  • Lavender essential oil.
  • Glycolic acid
  • Salicylic acid
  • Aloe vera.
  • Vitamin E oil.

But before we dive into that, let’s know more about the above meantioned ingredients towards treating acne.

1. Tea tree oil.

Tea tree essential oil stands out as one of the best essential oils for treating acne as it has been used for centuries to calm and soothe inflammatory conditions. This oil which is extracted through steam distillation from the leaves and terminal branches of Melaleuca alternifolia Chell contains abundant anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial anti-microbial and anti-septic properties which gets rid of acne by killing acne causing bacteria (p. acne) and other bacteria which can trigger breakouts.

A study with 124 participants found tea tree oil to be just as effective in treating acne as benzoyl peroxide, stating those treated with tea tree experienced “fewer side effects”.

2. Peppermint essential oil.

Peppermint essential oil has been used for years towards soothing inflammation and killing acne causing bacteria with the record of its use traced all the way back to ancient Egypt. Asides scenting fantastic, this essential oil which is extracted by steam distillation from the fresh or partly dried peppermint plant houses powerful anti-microbial, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which shrinks acne by killing acne causing bacteria and unclog pores.

When applied on the skin, peppermint essential oil deeply cleanses the skin with its anti-bacterial anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory features. This oil also offers a cooling sensation because of its “mentol” content which sooths inflammation such as irritations and increases healthy blood flow.


3. Lemongrass essential oil.

Here’s is another powerful essential oil for acne treatment. Lavender essential oil possesses antibacterial, antioxidant, antiseptic and antimicrobial properties Including vitamins like vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, folate and vitamin C.

This wonderful aromatic essential oil derived from the steam distillation of the fresh or partly dried Lemongrass leaves not only decongest the skin by unclogging the pores but also rejuvenates and brightens the skin’s complexion which addresses the issues of pigmentation such as left over acne scars.

4. Lavender essential oil.

Lavender essential oil is solely responsible for soothing inflammation. This nice-scenting, anti-microbial gentle essential oil comes from lavender plant through steam distillation. When applied of your pore-clogged skin, Lavender essential oil gradually sooths inflammation and calms painful cysts by helping them gradually surface without irritating the rest of your skin. Lavender essential oil also extends its potentials towards brightening the complexion and improving overall skin texture.

5. Glycolic Acid

Glycolic acid belongs to the family of Alpha hydroxy acids (AHA’s). It’s extracted from sugarcane.
Because of its small moleculer size in weight, glycolic acid penetrates deeper into the skin to unclog pores, break down oils and dead skin cells and also kills acne causing bacteria. Leaving the pores clean and free from pore-clogging impurites.

Glycolic acid is sometimes called “Acne fighting acid” When applied to the skin, acne products containing glycolic acid weaken the “glue” that holds dead skin cells together. Glycolic acid also offers anti-aging benefits as it stimulates collagen production, addresses the issue of wrinkles, fine lines and also exfoliates the skin by sloughing off dead skin cells which in turn enables your skincare products penetrate deeper into the skin to do their jobs.

6. Salicylic Acid Powder.

Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid (BHA) extracted from Latin salix, willow tree. This acid helps decongest congested pores. When a product containing salicylic acid is applied on the skin, salicylic acid travels into the pores and breaks down oil and dead skin cells accumulation, thereby unclogging the pores, correct the abnormal shedding of cells, prevent lesions, inhibit sebum production and limit bacterial growth.

7. Aleo Vera

Aleo Vera gel is extracted from aloe vera plant. This gel is the power house of anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties as this gel gently tackles and gets rid of acne while it offers optimum skin hydration and helps tightens large skin pores.

The soothing sensational effect of aleo vera gel is out of this world, as it sooths painful cysts and also shrinks them overnight without drying out your skin.


8. Vitamin E oil.

Vitamin E oil is a powerful antioxidant and can potentially get rid of acne as it helps moisturizes the skin and encourages cell regeneration which also offers Anti-aging benefits.

Having seen the capabilities and potentials of the above meantioned ingredients towards getting rid of acne, you can imagine how powerful they can be when used together. With that been said, let’s dive straight to how to formulate a DIY acne cream.

Ingredients needed.

  • 1 cup Base cream
  • 10 drops Tea tree essential oil.
  • 10 drops Peppermint essential oil.
  • 10 drops Lemongrass essential oil
  • 10 drops Lavender essential oil.
  • 2 Teaspoons Glycolic acid.
  • 2 Teaspoons Salicylic acid powder.
  • 10 Tablespoons aloe vera.
  • 1 Teaspoon Vitamin E oil.
  • 2 Teaspoons preservatives (Liquid Germall Plus or Optiphen plus)

Note: Fresh aleo vera gel straight from the plant is best used directly on the skin. But when it comes to incorporating it into your skincare mixures we recommend that you use cosmetic aloe vera grade. Just like the one below.

DIY acne cream

DIY acne cream
Preparation Method 1

Step 1:  Get a clean mixing bowl (ensure it’s clean, disinfect with hot water).

Step 2: Using a measurement cup measure out 1 cup of base cream into your mixing bowl.

DIY acne Cream

Step 3: Then add other ingredients (including preservatives) in accordance to measurements stated above.

 Step 4: Stir thoroughly to ensure everything is properly mixed together.

DIY acne cream
Preparation Method 2.

This method involves emulsifying wax and steric acid.

Emulsifying wax is used to combine water and oil together. It’s used to emulsify your water and oils together, therefore to make a perfect mixture of water and oil you need emulsifying wax.

Stearic acid on the other hand is one of the most common long-chain fatty acids, found in combined form in natural animal and vegetable fats. Stearic acid is used to manufacture products like emulsifiers, lubricants, ointments, lotions, emollients, and so on. Stearic acid effectively stabilizes, thickens and softens, helping to create a cooling sensation when the moisturizer or ointment is applied on the skin.

Therefore a combination of emulsifying wax and stearic acid will make a cream.

How do I go about it?

Ingredients needed.

  • Half cup Almond or Olive oil.
  • 4 Tablespoon Emulsifying wax,
  • 2 tablespoon stearic acid.
  • 10 drops Tea tree essential oil.
  • 10 drops Peppermint essential oil.
  • 10 drops Lemongrass essential oil
  • 10 drops Lavender essential oil.
  • 2 Teaspoons glycolic acid.
  • 2 Teaspoons Salicylic acid powder.
  • 10 Tablespoons aloe vera.
  • 1 Teaspoon Vitamin E oil.
  • 2 Teaspoons preservatives (Liquid Germall Plus or Optiphen plus)

Preparation Method.

Step 1: Get your mixing bowl

Step 2: Measure out your Almond oil, emulsifying wax and stearic in to your mixing bowl according to measurements stated above.

Step 3: Heat mixture on the stove over low heat, until the mixture is well combined and completely melted. Stir frequently.

Step 4: Remove from stove.

Step 5: Using an electric blender or mixer  stir thoroughly until mixture turns creamy.

Step 6: Wait until mixture is cool. Before adding your essential oils, aleo vera, vitamin E, glycolic acid, salicylic acid powder and preservatives in accordance to measurements stated.

Note: Know the difference between Tablespoons and Teaspoons

How To Apply Your DIY Acne Cream.

Step 1: Wash the affected area gently using a glycolic facial cleanser or black soap for deep cleansing.

Step 2: Using a clean towel dab slightly on your face. Dont towel off completely, you need your face to be moist to enhance a better absorption of the DIY acne cream.

Step 3: Apply the DIY acne cream evenly on the affected area till it’s absorbed.

Repeat twice daily. You should see Improvements after 1 week.

If you don’t feel hydrated enough when the DIY acne cream is applied on your skin, you can as well add more aloe vera gel into your mixture.


Never apply essential oils directly on your skin without diluting. Essential oils are highly concentrated and potent which can cause severe irritations such as burns, bruises and redness when topically applied undiluted. It’s highly recommended you should dilute them with carrier oils (coconut oil, almond oil, olive oil etc) or dilute them by adding few drops into your skincare products such as Moisturizers, toners, wipes, facial and body washes.

Pregnant women should avoid all essential oils until 2nd trimester.

According to Dr. Milosavljevic “Some essential oils that can be safely used during pregnancy are lavender, chamomile, and ylang ylang. These are calming or down-regulating oils that can have a relaxing effect on the body.”

There is evidence to suggest that some oils, namely cinnamon, clove, rosemary, clary sage, and jasmine, can cause uterine contractions resulting in miscarriage or preterm labor.

However it’s advised to avoid all essential oils until your 2nd trimester. Many experts suggest avoiding essential oils altogether during that critical first 13 weeks of pregnancy, as there’s some risk (however small) that they could cause uterine contractions that may adversely affect the baby.

“Once you’ve crossed into the second and third trimesters, however, certain essential oils can provide relief from many pregnancy symptoms such as nausea, swollen ankles, and stretch mark”, says Dr. Nada Milosavljevic, founder and director of the Integrative Health Program at Massachusetts General Hospital and creator of SageTonic. You can how to get rid of essential oils during pregnancy.



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