DIY Clove Acne Treatment
Since reading about the skin benefits of clove oil, I have been testing it out in all sorts of DIY home remedies and skincare products including in a coffee sugar scrub and even bath bombs. Clove and cinnamon essential oils both have incredible medicinal properties including; naturally antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and clove oil is analgesic (powerful pain-reliever) – the perfect oils to create an acne treatment.
My Acne Problems
Before I began to use natural products, I had a problem with cystic acne mainly around my mouth, chin and mildly across my forehead. In conjunction with these red, inflamed spots, I also had these smaller red bumps that made permanent residence on my temples and jawline. Since using natural skincare products and cosmetics (as well as making a few changes to my diet), almost all of this acne disappeared. It wasn’t until one month ago (November 2014) that I stopped using my prescribed antibiotic acne treatment from my GP and started to use this clove oil remedy instead. I have had amazing results and it has really kept the cystic acne at bay, with only occasional spots which appear when I haven’t been using the oil for a number of days. Please do seek advise from your GP if you are taking any prescribed lotions or antibiotics for acne before discontinuing use.
- 1-2 drops clove essential oil
- 1 drop cinnamon essential oil (optional)
- 12 drops jojoba oil, rosehip oil, or wheatgerm oil
The ratio is approximately 1:6 (clove oil:carrier oil)
The Method and Application
Please be careful with using clove oil (and cinnamon oil if adding to the treatment) as it is a hot oil which I have experienced this in it’s full force! – it will make your skin feel very warm and give a numbing sensation (anaesthetic) so be very sparing with it when mixing with a carrier oil. The above recipe is for one application. I would not use more than 2 drops of clove oil in the amount of carrier oil suggested as you will be hopping in panic at how your face feels as though it’s on fire!!
- Start with cleansing and washing your face so skin is clean and dry before applying the oil. I like to also tie my hair back so it’s out of the way.
- Begin building your familiarity with clove oil by just using 1 drop in 12 drops of jojoba, rosehip or wheatgerm oil. Measure out drops of each oil in your palm using a glass pipette.
- Apply a thin layer of the oil mix onto the acne afflicted areas which may be the face, shoulders and/or back. Work it in with clean hands and gently massage for a minute or two so it sinks into the skin.
- Be sure to avoid the eye area! Do not apply this to the eyelids and avoid the under-eye area as well as lips. You will be able to tell when applying, if the oil is being applied too closely to the eyes.
- Don’t touch your eyes or lips when you still have the oil on your hands, and when you’ve finished applying, thoroughly wash hands.
- The oil should sting the acne a little so this is normal. If it becomes a bit too warm on the skin I simply fan myself with a piece of folded paper or card and it usually subsides after 5 minutes 🙂
Frequency of Use
I use this oil twice a day if my acne is quite badly inflamed. I will use a very light application in the last step of my morning skincare routine and underneath my make-up (in place of my moisturiser), as well as after my night-time routine just before bed.
When my skin is fairly clear, I reduce using to only once a day every two-three days. It depends on your skin and how often you feel you need to use it.
To make up a slightly larger amount for regular use, I fill a 20ml glass dropper bottle about 80% full with carrier oil, and add only 5-6 drops of clove oil. If you were to follow the ratio of 1:6 for this, you’d need to add 50 drops of clove oil (2.5 ml) but this would be too much! It is a very potent oil, and 50 drops even in about 16ml of carrier oil would just be too over-powering. A drop-millilitre converter also comes in handy when doing the maths.
As well as using on cystic acne, I have also found it to be very effective on blackheads (something I had trouble with for the longest time!).
Please let me know as always if you try this too, I’d love to hear what you think – I’m on twitter or comment below x