diy face serum for acne

DIY Face Serum For Acne, Scars & Dark Spots

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Everyone wants a gorgeous skin which should be free from wrinkles, acne, dark spots etc. To make skin perfect there are many products in the market which claims that it will fulfill our skin requirements and without knowing your skin type requirements we started to use that face serum. DIY face serum for acne is the greatest thing you can ever give to your acne prone skin. It is made up of essential and carrier oils which are the main ingredient that will target our requirements. Here I am going to share my first experience with DIY face serum for acne which I made it after knowing my skin requirements. If you are a DIY person you can also make your own DIY face serum for acne depending on your face requirements and skin type. To make face serum we should know what is this all about and how can we make DIY face serum for acne.

diy face serum for acne

What is the role of essential and carrier oil in DIY face serum for acne

It contains essential oils and carrier oils. so, what is essential and carrier oils?. An essential oil is a concentrated hydrophobic liquid containing volatile aroma compounds from plants. Essential oils are also known as the oil of the plant from which they were extracted. An oil is “essential” in the sense that it contains the “essence of” the plant’s fragrance—the characteristic fragrance of the plant from which it is derived.

Essential oils are also in use for thousands of years for cosmetic purposes, as well as for their spiritually and emotionally uplifting properties.

It goes without saying that essential oils smell great. They not only help you relax but have significant benefits for the skin too. The oils hydrate and heal your skin without clogging the pores. Plus, they help deal with many skin conditions – from acne, dryness, aging to excessive oil.

A carrier oil is a vegetable oil—such as coconut oil, olive oil, or grapeseed oil—is used to dilute essential oils before they are applied to the skin in massage and aromatherapy. They are so named because they carry the essential oil onto the skin. It ensures that essential oils applied topically are comfortable to the skin.

My experience with DIY face serum for acne

I usually purchase personal care products with all natural ingredients. One day I went to a store to purchase my face wash product. In the store, I noticed the alternative, the all natural products, which used essential oils.

I found these products worked just as well and marked the beginning of my love for essential oils. I got the idea on the internet that essential oils are a panacea that can replace every modern medicine, both over the counter and prescription.

Using Essential oils you have to be patient as it takes the time to show their power on your skin. I am using these oils for the past  7 months and I can see the effect on my skin. My skin has become softer and less problematic as my skin is acne prone and a combination type of skin. I  get no further breakouts and my dry parts of my face feel hydrated. My DIY face serum for acne is also reducing dark circle around my eyes and helps me fading dark acne spots. If some essential oil is blended with other essential oils, it becomes more effective on skin because you will get many benefits from different oils in one application.

In all actuality, you just have to buy a carrier oil, to begin with, and test it on your face. See if your skin loves the base oil you choose, and then you can build on that.

Your carrier oil is the main ingredient in your facial oil blend. My two favourite carrier oils are argan oil and/or jojoba oil because they’re both very healing and nourishing, they’re both very light and they sink into your skin without any feeling of greasiness, and they’re great for all skin types.

diy face serum for acne

Here are the base oils you could choose from for your own DIY face serum for acne

(this is not an exhaustive list, but it’s most of ’em):

  • Argan oil (great for dry, aging, oily, normal, or acne-prone skin)
  • Jojoba oil (great for dry, aging, oily, normal, or acne-prone skin)
  • Apricot kernel oil (great for any skin type, but especially good for normal, dry, and aging skin)
  • Sweet almond oil (just an all-around great facial oil, but it takes a bit longer to “sink in” than the first two)
  • Grapeseed oil (great for normal, oily, or acne-prone skin)
  • Avocado oil (great for dry and aging skin)
  • Hemp seed oil (great for any skin type, also very light)

Plan on your carrier oil for at least 2/3 of your facial serum mixture (we’ll talk about mixing at the end).

I am sharing the recipe of essential oils that I am using for the past 7 months from which I got a problem free skin. I use some of the essential oils mixed with my favourite carrier oil.

These essential oils are the oils that are a little more pricey, but with that price tag comes a beautiful kick in the pants to your troubled skin. Remember! You only need a couple of tiny drops of essential oil to get an amazing benefit for your skin. Essential oils are potent (and they last forever when you use them this way)!

What will you need for DIY face serum for acne:

How to make DIY face serum for acne

  • Half fill the bottle with jojoba oil
  • Add 1 drop of clove oil
  • Add 10 drops of lavender oil
  • Add 4 drops of tea tree oil
  • Add 1 drop of cedarwood oil
  • Add 2 drops of frankincense oil
  • Add 1 drop of chamomile oil
  • And then again fill the empty space left in the bottle with jojoba oil.

I use this facial serum at night to rejuvenate and heal my skin. At daytime, I use my diy aloe vera acne gel which really works for me and helps my skin to get rid of acne.

Since I have started to use the 100% pure carrier and essential oil for my skin, I think I will never turn to synthetic cosmetics that contain toxic chemicals and filler ingredients ever again.

Why does it work

I use these oils for my serum because it has many benefits.

  • The lavender oil helps regenerate skin cells and reduce scarring and sunspots. When applied to the skin, they improve blood circulation and heal burns, cuts, and bruises.
  • Clove oil contains a substance called eugenol, which has antibacterial properties and it is great for acne treatment.
  • The tea-tree essential oil is one of the most popular oils for oily and acne-prone skin. It helps regulate oil production in the skin and has antibacterial properties that help get rid of the acne-causing bacteria. 
  • The Chamomile oil removes dark circles without hampering the beauty of our eyes with the regular application. It eases the blemishes and evens the skin tone.
  • The frankincense oil is powerful astringent capabilities. It can help to eliminate sun spots, remove micro-wrinkles around the eyes and cheeks, and generally tone and tighten skin all over your body, while simultaneously replacing old or dying cells with new, healthy ones! And heals the scar also.
  • The cedarwood oil is helpful in making the sebum secretion under control. Therefore cedarwood essential oil is good for whitening of oily to combination skin.


  • Firstly dilute the essential oils in a carrier oil. Be sure to do a patch test to make sure your skin does not have an adverse reaction to the oils. The inner forearm is a great place to do a test since the skin is delicate, similar to facial skin.
  • Additionally, pregnant women, infants, and young children should avoid certain essential oils. so be sure to do your homework beforehand.
  • keep the face serum bottle away from light.

If you love nature extracted essential oils then you should also check out how to make scalp and hair problem free.

Go ahead and try these remedies and do let me know your experiences in the comments section below. 

diy face serum for acne

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30 thoughts on “DIY Face Serum For Acne, Scars & Dark Spots

    1. Hi Devon, while creating a face serum, essential oils are mixed with carrier oils. As long as the proportion of essential oils in a carrier oil is correct it will never do any harm to your face.

    1. Hi Sneha, 4-5 drops of serum is enough for you to face. If you use 2 times in a day, a 15 ml bottle should last for 3 months.(As per my experience).

  1. Hi Mamta, would this serum help me with the dark circles as well as acne? If I’m not mistaken, u’ve wrote above that it helped u with ur dark circles. I’d be more than glad if it does.

    1. Hi, Anushree, the serum did help me with removing dark circles. But you need to take extra care while using it around your eye area as it contains strong essential oils like clove and tea tree oil. Be careful while using it.


  2. No habia regresado tu blog por un tiempo, porque me pareció que era denso, pero los últimos articulos son de buena calidad, así que supongo que voy a añadirte a mi lista de blogs cotidiana. Te lo mereces amigo. 🙂


  3. Is it ok if use grapeseed oil instead of jojoba oil? What i have now is tea tree, lavender and frankincense e oil is it ok of enough to make a acne face serum?

    1. Hi Honey, yes you can use grapeseed oil instead of jojoba oil.
      Yes, the oil you have are enough to make an acne face serum.

    1. Hi Paula,
      You can get rid of lavender essential oil for this recipe if you want to. But make sure you don’t use excessive frankincense essential oil in place of lavender oil. You can increase the proportion of frankincense essential oil by 1 drop if you like. Increased proportion of frankincense essential oil increases the sensitivity to your skin. Do a patch test before using this.

  4. Hye there Mamta. Yyv’s here. thank you for sharing the recipes with us. im glad to have read this as it comes handy. seeing the list of the EO’s, if i were to put only three of them, what would you recommended? and how about the proportion after that? should i reduce the drops based on its properties? as for the carrier oil, i only have apricot in my drawer. will that be good enough? thank you in advance Mamta!!

    1. Hi Yyv,
      You can use apricot oil as a carrier oil. The recommended essential oils for this are 10 drops of lavender oil, 5 drops of tea tree and 3 drops of frankincense oil. Mix all these in 10 ml of apricot oil.

  5. Thanks for shariinngg! I’d love to try and make this, I have all the oils EXCEPT for Clove *sigh*. Can I replace it with Nutmeg/Helichrysum? Or is there any other essential oils you recommend?

    Thank you

  6. Hi, I only have lavender, frankincense and grapeseed oil in my ref. Can I create a serum, how many drops do I used to for 10ml bottle. Thank you in advance

    1. Hi Jeaanie,
      Fill 3/4 of the bottle with grapeseed oil, then add 12 drops of lavender oil and 5 drops of frankincense oil. Shake well before every use.

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