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DIY Clove Acne Treatment

Clove acne oil - April Lily Rose

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.

The Recipe

  • 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!!

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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

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  • nomudnolotus

    This reminded me that I wanted to pick up clove and cinnamon oil to have a bash at making tiger balm, but then didn’t because I couldn’t think what else I would use the oils for… Now I know!

    • Oh awesome! Yes I actually used it too as tiger balm this winter, I’m glad you found this helpful! Let me know how it goes if you make it too 😀

  • Hi Sophie! This is a very interesting and helpful post. I was wondering if you have ever tried neem oil? I have been doing some research lately and found that it is suppose to help with acne when applied to the skin.

    • Hello Sylvia, thank you I’m so happy you like my post. Oh great thanks for letting me know, yes I’ve heard of neem oil before but I haven’t read into it’s uses and properties yet – will definitely have a look into it! I’m also trying to build up my collection of essential and carrier oils so it’s also one for the shopping list. Let me know if you do try it, I’d love to hear how it works! 🙂

      • I will! I am writing a post about neem oil for my blog. I’ll tweet it to you when I’m done. (:

  • C T

    I think it’s the manganese in clove that helps by moderately inhibiting production of androgens, which are associated with acne.

    • Ah thanks CT that’s really interesting!

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