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DIY for Oily/Acne-Prone Skin

DIY for Oily/Acne-Prone Skin

The most green thing you can do for your beauty regime is to make your own face and body oil. It is so incredibly easy and fun to do, and will save money, energy, and trees (no packaging!).

When it comes to adult acne, forget about the chemical-laden stuff you see on the drugstore shelves that will often cause more flare-ups and try this all-natural skin soother instead.

Gorgeously Green Oil for Oily/Acne-Prone Skin
Jojoba oil (for the base)
Saint-John’s wort essential oil
Black cumin seed essential oil
Lavender and geranium essential oils

Fill the bottles almost up to the top with the base oil, then add 1 teaspoon of Saint-John’s wort oil and 1 teaspoon of black cumin seed oil. Finally, add 10-15 drops of lavender and geranium.

Note: Make sure all the oils you buy are 100 percent organic. Aromatherapy is often a buzzword for preparations that are synthetic and full of chemicals, so be extra careful to check you’ve got the real thing.

Adapted from Gorgeously Green: 8 Simple Steps to an Earth-Friendly Life by Sophie Uliano (Collins Living, 2008).

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Jana Ballinger has more than 15 years of experience as a writer and copy editor for daily newspapers. She lives in a vintage house in Northern California with her husband and an orange cat.

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8:07AM PDT on May 21, 2014

I think Proactive solution is a good choice: Proactive solution reviews

6:19AM PST on Feb 26, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

7:34AM PDT on Sep 22, 2011

I have medium South Asian skin- neither fair nor dark. I have oily acne prone skin that tends to break out when ever I make a change to my skin care regime. Nothing of the sort happened when I used the Vitamin Enhanced Face Firming Serum from Made from Earth. It goes on easy, disappears instantaneously. I didnt see any dramatic results but after about 2 months of regular usage, twice a day after cleansing, I noticed my skin tone is more even than it was before.

I used to get sun spots on my skin,that doesnt happen that frequently now. I had started to get pigmentaion spots on my arms, I dont see the pigmentation progressing like it was. It works but you need to give it time and be regular and patient in usage. Its no magic potion, but sure does what it claims to do. It has a pleasant citrusy smell and is soft and non greasy.

2:27AM PST on Feb 2, 2011

Acne is the most common disease found mainly in teenagers according to the age it gets disappeared but some lasts till an adult age even i use to have Acne but as i grew they all disappeared i used Milk of magnesia i think that helped me a lot for my Skin and Acne here i saw many reviews which also helped me for some information thanks for sharing

5:26PM PST on Dec 10, 2009

Interesting... I'll have to try using these oils. I didn't know that using any oils would be good for getting rid of the oils on my face. I wonder, are they hard to find?

7:08PM PDT on Mar 31, 2009

I am a certified Clinical Aromatherapist with a private practice in Canada. Jojoba is not an oil, it is a liquid wax very close in chemical structure to human sebum. For this reason, it is an excellent choice for facial care. Contrary to many of the comments here, putting jojoba on the face is not going to worsen oily skin; quite the opposite effect will occur. The jojoba on the skin "tells" the skin it already has enough sebum to protect itself, therefore the skin then diminishes its sebum production. On avergae, it takes the face 2 to 3 weeks to regulate itself to the jojoba application.

The recipe above concerns me as an Aromatherapist. For the amount of essential oils recommended in the blend to be safe, the amount of jojoba (or other base oil) would need to be 36 ounces (1.25 litres)!! This would make it a 2% dilution, which would be acceptable, therapeutically. And there would be better choices for the essential oils themselves: Niaouli, tea tree, palmarosa... Avoid citrus oils at all costs; they are photo-toxic and may cause permanent discoloration following accelerated burns (i have seen this first-hand in my practice).

Another oil to consider for those who have especially sensitive skin would be Red Raspberry Seed oil. It is anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and very soothing for acneic skin. Worth consideration.

4:37AM PST on Mar 4, 2009

Let me add my two -bit, as someone who has been experimenting with aromatherapy for last 3-4 years!
If you use lemon essential oil, by dabbing just a bit on wet cotton and then applying it on acne at night, acne will dissapear in few days. Use this for few days and its enough. It will also give you a new clean 'layer' of skin, atleast it will feel like that!
I think any oil...for eg coconut or even jojoba would aggravate oily skin condition.
Use a cleanser and toner for oily skin in winter and in summer just a cleanser is enough. For winter use a milk-(white) based cleanser, while for summer use clear water-based cleanser. Better to use the toner of the same brand as the cleanser. Thats my experience, hope it helps someone!

6:49AM PST on Feb 28, 2009

Jojoba is actually a liquid wax, and for most people, it does not cause worsening acne... but it may not improve your situation. I have very sensitive skin, and adult acne; jojoba tends to sit on the surface of my skin and make it look oily (though I love it for daily body moisture and on the tips of dry hair). If my skin does get too dry from necessary meds or winter weather, apricot oil has done wonders for softening skin and helping dry patches heal.

9:31PM PST on Feb 26, 2009

As my opinion olive oil is better than coconut oil for our skin.

8:31PM PST on Feb 26, 2009

Oily/Acneic skin tends to be shiny with enlarged pores, have poor circulation and is prone to blackheads, blemishes and sometimes clusters of pimples. If neglected and uncared for, these blemishes can advance to a worsened stage and leave you with scarred and pitted skin. Avoid harsh, drying products and keep skin well moisturized with light, oil-free products.
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