DIY facial oils for oily skin

For literally as long as I can remember, I have had acne. I am pretty sure I got my first zit in second grade.

My skin is OILY. The kind of oil where there is residue on the screen after I talk on the phone or where if I touch my face and then a polished desk I leave perfect oil fingerprints. Clearly, a career as a thief is not in my future.

But anyways, recently I feel like I have been hearing about the magic of facial oils on the time. Bloggers rave about them. They sell them in such pretty bottles at the store. And the prevailing belief seems to be even if you have oily skin adding more oils is a good idea. It seems that by adding oil, you can get your own oil glands to stop making so much oil. Plus, some of the other oils in the serum, tea tree and frankincense most notably, will serve as acne fighting machines.

Admittedly, I’m skeptical. Skeptical enough I don’t want to pay $80 for a tiny bottle of oil. But not so skeptical, I won’t pay $30 to make my own version to try.

Here’s what you need:

1. A brown jar (helps preserves the oils better) with a dropper

2. Jojoba Oil – a dryer carrier oil and therefore better for oily skin

3. Tea tree oil – An acne fighting machine as he helps dry it out and is antibacterial

3. Frankincense oil – decreases pore size; helps with scarring

4.  Lavender oil – antibacterial; helps soothe skin

5. Lemongrass oil  – antibacterial; astringent

Note: There are many other essential oils out there that people (and some studies) say are good for acne, such as juniper berry or clary sage. These are just the ones I went with.


Pour all the jojoba oil in the bottle. Then I added about 20 drops to tea tree, 40 drops of frankincense (because my oil was diluted with jojoba oil to keep the cost down), 10 drops of lavender and 10 drops of lemongrass. Shake it and use one to two drops on our face after showering.

I’ve been using it for about a week, so not long enough to know if it’s working or not. But it does smell good in the mornings and it can’t hurt to try.

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