see also Acne,
Ring worm, Scabies,
loss skin conditions.
There are a number of problems that can occur in the skin
system. On this webpage we will address a variety of
relatively minor problems. Other, more significant
problems are addressed on separate pages and links to these
are at the top of this page. Here we will address and
report peoples' experiences with a set of problems we have
called skin blemishes or cosmetic problems. These
• Age Spots (liver spots)
• Bags Under Eyes (dark circles)
• Chapped Skin (dry skin)
• Cracked Heels(heel fissures)
• Flabby Skin, Itchy Skin, Moles
• Oily Skin
• Skin Tags
• Stretch Marks
• Sun Spots
Skin blemishes can come from natural aging, excesses in
food or sun exposure, body stress during pregnancy, or a
variety of other causes. Essential oils are wonderful
tools to help with skin problems. Evidence of this is
the number of commercial skin products that claim to include
the benefits of natures products. The problem is that
in most commercial products they are using commercial grade
plant derivatives and not pure therapeutic grade essential
oils. But, this is good proof that essential oils have
properties that can be very helpful with a variety of skin
First, remember that basic skin hygiene and maintenance
can lay the foundation for healthy skin. The doTERRA
company has developed a set of basic skin care products
based on CPTG (certified pure therapeutic grade) essential
oils and these or similar products should be used as the
first line of defense for good skin care. Click here
to see a description of these
skin care products.
Oils, blends & products
Oils & Blends:
GeraniumEC, Grapefruit, HelichrysumE, LavenderEC, LemonC, MyrrhC,
OreganoC, PeppermintEC, PatchouliC, SandalwoodEC,
Slim & Sassy, Ylang YlangEC
Essential oils based
products: ClearSkinC, GX Assist,
ImmortelleC, Life Long Vitality
supplements, PB Assist, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil,
SerenityC, Roman ChamomileEC
understand the E and C superscript go to Home and
scroll to New Helps.
Age Spots (liver spots):
Cleanse the liver using
cleanse as recommended. Other cleanses are described
on another page, click here.
parts Frankincense, Lavender, and Myrrh with Extra Virgin
Coconut Oil applied topically daily.
Bags Under Eyes (Dark Circles)
Be aware there are different root causes for the puffy or
darkness under your eyes. Look for the root cause such
as water retention, lack of sleep, not enough exercise and
deal with it directly.
oils is a powerful astringent and Frankincense, Geranium,
Myrrh, and Sandalwood have helped some. Any of these
oils with virgin coconut oil at night and
neat in the mornings.
The doTerra skin
products Anti-Aging Moisturizer and Tightening Serum
both have many of these oils pre-formulated to improve the
tone and appearance of your skin.
Chapped Skin (dry skin):
Consider the root cause. If it is dietary regain
balanced nutrition by using the Life Long Vitality
topically to the areas Myrrh essential oil (undiluted)
and/or make a lotion of Virgin Coconut Oil with 2-5% Myrrh
essential oil (One ounce of carrier with 12 to 30 drops of
see Eczema for
Dry cracked heels (heel fissures):
Apply 2 -3 drops of Peppermint topically on the area in the
morning and in the evening more Peppermint with VCO and
cover with socks. Be consistent and patient.
consider the following lotion applied every morning and
with 1 tablespoon of Extra Virgin Coconut Oils
Massage the local area with the following blend.
ounces carrier oil, 1 ounce wheat germ oil, 36-72 drops
Lavender or Slim & Sassy (2-4%)
2 -3 drops of Lavender, Peppermint or Patchouli to the area (dilute
with a carrier oil for larger areas or sensitive skin).
Frankincense or On Guard to more severe spots.
suggest this can be internal toxins, nutrition or stress
Cleanse using GX Assist and PB Assist
cleanse as recommended. This and other cleanses are
described elsewhere, click here.
Limit to a vegan diet and complement with green smoothies.
the AromaTouch Technique daily or at a minimum weekly
Apply 1 drop of Frankincense topically directly to the mole.
If mole is changing in shape, size, or color rapidly seek a
professional opinion on the type of mole it is and what
procedures should be followed.
DoTerra makes a skin cleanser (doTerra
Facial Cleanser) with Melaleuca and Peppermint essential
oils that freshens the skin.
cleanser can be made using coconut oil with 2-5% Lemon
essential oil. One ounce of carrier with 12 to 30
drops of Lemon.
Skin Tags (can be from skin to skin
rubbing, some are viral):
Oregano (always dilute) and/or Frankincense 2 or 3 times daily till gone. Also Clear Skin
blend is effective.
Cleanse using GX Assist and PB Assist
cleanse as recommended. Other cleanses are described
on another page, click here.
DoTERRA makes a moisturizing skin lotion (doTerra
Anti-Aging Moisturizer) with Lavender, Jasmine,
Geranium, and Frankincense essential oils that is prepared
and ready to go.
prepare your own lotion consider: Virgin Coconut Oil as a
carrier, add Lavender, Frankincense, Geranium, and
Helichrysum. Start with 2% of each oil, that is 12
drops of oil for each ounce of carrier.
Those caused by fungus (tinea versicolor) use topical
application of ClearSkin blend or other antifungal oils.
May require weeks of application.
caused by excessive sun exposure are the same as Age Spots
Use the DoTerra combination of a:
The moisturizing skin lotion (doTerra
Anti-Aging Moisturizer) with Lavender, Jasmine,
Geranium, and Frankincense essential oils
with their tightening serum (doTerra
Tightening Serum) with
Frankincense, Sandalwood, and Myrrh.
Experiences and Testimonials of others
Loryjean - Is there
an oil that will help remove age spots? Lemon "bleaches"
them, but I am more interested in something that will go
deeper and have a lasting effect.
Tamalu - Frankincense and Sandalwood
have the ability to repair DNA. So regardless of the cause,
be it localized oxidation, inflammation, or liver damage,
the spot can be repaired as well as the root cause
addressed. It may take some time, and requires consistent
application of the oils.
Jan - Age spots, often called liver
spots (a clue), are an indicator of a need for liver
cleansing. Lemon, Helichrysum, and Frankincense applied
topically over the liver or taken in capsules might be in
order. (Avoid Lemon on skin exposed to the sun.) The
Wellness Nutritionals (LLW) would be a very good idea. There
are other "deeper" liver cleansing methods, such as a
drinking a formula made of olive oil and Lemon juice - you
can find them described on the web.
If you are not already using toxin free household,
personal care, and gardening products, it would be a very
good idea to eliminate them as a source of a lot of stuff
the liver has to deal with. Note: It is important to
make sure the colon is working well before doing a liver
Joni - My older
brother has been using a DNA repair cream from a company I
used to work with. He used it to help with age spots and as
preventative for skin cancer lesions. He asked me if there
was something he could use with essential oils. I know
Frankincense can be used for skin cancer, but what oils
would be good for age spots?
Monica - I've had splotchy skin and
developing age spots for years, mainly due to a liver
condition that I deal with. I use Frankincense,
Lavender, and Myrrh on my face every day, followed by
fractionated coconut oil. I have personally
experienced such great results that I rarely wear makeup
anymore (I used to wear lots of makeup and use lots of
high-dollar skincare products).
Denise - Do you
think that this combination would also work for the
darkening of skin that people get on their neck and
underarms when they have polycystic ovarian syndrome?
Rob - I have heard of Frankincense and
Lavender being effective. The other effective blend I have
heard of that works is Lemon with Oregano. I would try or
rotate either of these. The may be applied neat daily
to the spots for a couple weeks.
Bags (dark circles) Under Eyes
Kathy - Anyone have
personal experience with the oils for dark circles or bags
under the eyes or fine lines?
Kelli - I would try Geranium with little
coconut oil. It really helps brighten your tone!
And the skincare line.
Grace - I have a
friend who asked me yesterday if there are any oils that
will help bags under the eyes as she has tried tea bags and
other expensive cosmetic products but nothing has
helped....I was thinking the doTerra face product tightening
serum but are there any single oils that would be good? And
how many applications will it take to see a difference so
she doesn't give up?
Julie Ann – Frankincense and Myrrh are
Sunny - I have
age-related, heritage-related bags under my eyes. What oils
has anyone tried? Thank you!
Kathy - I would first make sure that you
are getting plenty of vitamin C. It is a natural diuretic
and will assist with collagen formation. Water retention
can greatly add to puffy eyes which might be genetic in
As for oils, Cypress is a very powerful natural
astringent. I've also known of people that have had success
with Sandalwood or Frankincense. Remember there are
different underlying causes of puffy, baggy or dark circle
eyes, so the remedies might differ. I would apply oils with
a VCO carrier at night and neat in the morning. Use caution
applying around the eyes.
Sometimes sleep habits can contribute. Make sure you
don't sleep with your face down, or your eyes "on the
pillow" Have your face and eyes clear during the night.
Luvtotravel - A
co-worker has very cracked skin on her finger tips and says it
is painful. Has anyone has had experience with something like
that. It seems like maybe Geranium and Myrrh oils based on my
reading in oils books.
Robyn - I have the same problem and am
trying to figure out the best treatment. My pointer fingers
and thumbs are cracked along the sides and are so dry that
I've been nursing an open crack. I used On Guard and
Melaleuca for a couple of days without much success. It
wasn't until I used the same oils and put a Band-Aid over it
that it started to heal. The skin that was covered by the
oils and Band-Aid was also much softer.
Brooke - One more idea, use fractionated
coconut oil with your essential oils. I have a friend who's
hands crack and bleed in the dry winter months, especially
when she would uses a ton commercial hand sanitizer. I made
her a make-shift hand sanitizer using On-Guard blend
(20drops) and fractionated coconut oil a bottle and then put
a spray cap on it. She LOVES it - and is so proud of how
her hands look! They haven't been dry or cracked all winter
long and we have had a very long, cold winter.
Dry Cracked Heels
Bonnie - Are
there any oils that would improve very dry, (sometimes
bleeding) cracked heels?
Loryjean - I'm using Melaleuca and a
good moisture cream, with socks, for my heels.
Rob - I had a friend that found out by
accident that Peppermint healed dry, cracked heels. Apply
neat in the mornings, apply with VCO or coconut oil at night
and sleep with socks on. Be consistent for and patient, it
might take a while.
Jan - A great heel healing balm for
cracking heels. 1tblspn EVCO (extra virgin coconut oil) 10
drops Geranium, 10 drops Peppermint, 10 drops Melaleuca.
Rub on heels every morning and night.
Jan - Dry, cracked heels are often
caused by some sort of fungus. Whether that is the cause in
your case or not, Jan's suggestion of VCO, Geranium,
Peppermint, and Melaleuca would be great!
Mary Amber – I have
had problems with itchy spots and my cousin is trying to
help with essential oils. Two days ago she gave me an
AromaTouch technique on the eve before I began the GX assist
and I really enjoyed it. However, now my back has been
really itching all over. It has broken out in little bumpy
patches here and there. I am not sure what to attribute this
awful itchy back to. The spots on my hands are healing
up but I have a patch on my chin that is crusty and itchy.
Pat - I would suggest that you are
experiencing what some do during detoxification. Your
body expels the toxins that have accumulated. I would
drink plenty of water with one or two drops of Lemon per
Energy4life - I was able to help my Mom
resolve her horrible itch, and here is what we did.
Vegan diet: no
animal products (including dairy), no gluten, no sugar-- not
even fruit; green smoothies at least once a day, to get a
high amount of "live" nutrition. LLW every day GX Assist for
10 days, followed by PB Assist for 5 days. I want her to do
a longer course of PB Assist actually, as I don't know how 5
days would be enough to replenish the gut Energy therapy
treatments: Mom used Far Infrared therapy numerous times
during the day, directly on the itchy area (her back). She
also used the Chi Machine every day, which helps oxygenate
the body. Towards the end of the GX Assist course, I did an
AromaTouch massage for her, which really helped her relax
and sleep. Too bad I did not have time to do this every day,
but even twice a week would be good. We began using On Guard
directly on some of the spots on her back, and on the
numerous skin tags that had suddenly appeared out of nowhere
on her neck. The On Guard seems to be taking those away.
While the GX
Assist is very powerful and effective, I think the
combination of diet and other therapies helped resolve the
itch faster than it might have otherwise done. She continues
her treatments at home, and will be doing a second and third
round of GX Assist. I was just talking to her, and she has
not had any recurrence of itch so far. Hopefully never, but
I don't have a crystal ball so we just go one day at a time.
Cory - This is a
question from a friend. I am writing to ask advise
about how one might treat an itchy rash. Here is some info
about the rash: This is the third year that it has repeated
to plague my body in the spring and early summer. The
first year it showed up on my ankle, ears, and anus.
The second year it was on my face, ears and my belly.
Now this year it is on my left wrist, the top of my right
hand, and a few itchy spots between my fingers. The fist
year they sent me to an allergist, nothing found. A
dermatologist who treated me labeled the rash "hives". He
prescribed creams that didn't let my skin breath and my skin
itched just the same and more. So last year I scheduled and
had a liver function test done and we found my liver is just
fine. I have no yeast infections, I am currently nursing
our 12 month old.
I have used essential oils for five years but never the
doTerra products. I need to act now and I need to know
where to start with the doTerra products. Please help!
This rash seems to be pushing up under the skin and
erupting. The itching is unreal. I should share that we
mainly have a diet of whole foods and drink water, milk,
juice, and an occasional pop. My family thinks this is
stress related however I feel more stress around the
holidays than I am feeling now.
Pat – You will find the doTerra oils
more pure and potent. I would suggest that you use the GX
Assist (a cleanse) and the PB Assist (a probiotic). You need
to cleanse from the inside, since most skin eruptions stem
from internal problems of some sort. Complete the cleanse
and start nutritional supplements (LLW) as well. Also put a
spray top on your Lavender oil and Purify blend bottles.
Lightly spray the Purify first and then the Lavender on the
itchy areas. Use them aggressively and consistently.
The oils will work better after the cleanse and probiotic
have started to rebalance your internal systems. It sounds
to me like whatever it is that you have internally, lies
dormant and then erupts either from the weather change or
based on your body clock.
Editor’s note –
The following submission by Pony demonstrates the
complications of pharmaceuticals and how difficult, but
possible, it is to use more healthy alternatives.
Pony - OH MY GOSH!!! I have the
same thing!! And it's driving me crazy!! The itch is
unbelievable when it flares up! Nothing seems to really
help! It started this Feb. on the right hand between the
two middle fingers. Then the other hand a week later in the
same place. These two spots have never ended completely.
Little tiny pumps, blister like, that break open when you
scratch. Then dry up and stop for a while. Then repeat it
again in a few days to a week. At the same time as both
hands, it was behind my right ear, base of neck, and the
first go round my entire chest area and under left armpit
area. This all quieted down for about a week then the second
go round both arms from wrist to elbow, both sides. Again
quieted down and then in a couple weeks the Third go round
went to my inner thighs and behind knees. Now that has
quieted down, but fingers and armpit persist although quiet
for the moment.
None of the oils worked except Helichrysum. But I used an
entire bottle in one week just on my arms. Many of the oils
made it worse. I have been happily using the oils along with
PB Assist and LLW regularly for well over a year now with
incredible benefits! This has been a blow to my psychy about
the oils. I even stopped using them at all for 3 weeks to
see if that would help. Not. I do drink a shot glass 1-2X
day of Oregano, Frankincense, Roman Chamomile, and either
Basil or Thyme. I do this for at least 10 days and then give
it a break for several days. But the Oregano is the only
thing that keeps the bad super-bug, psneudomonus aerugenosa,
(lung bug) under control. And I know these are heavy
cleansers but I have been doing this for over 6 - 8 months
This all started when I decided I wanted to get off a
drug that has steroids in it I use for my COPD (chronic
bronchitis) (Over a year ago, with the help of the LLW and
Breathe, I quit using altogether my fast acting inhalator!
Yes!) And I had been feeling so much better I wanted to see
if I could get off the Advair too (long lasting bronchia-
dilator). That's when it went nuts! So, I
believe(d) it was my body dumping the toxic buildup.
I went to my AMA doc in early March at first go round and
she said "because I had built up such a high level of
steroid that certain allergic reactions to "what" (unknown)
were being suppressed. As I lowered this level of steroid in
my system the allergies were no longer suppressed and began
appearing". She prescribed Prednisone, a strong
anti-inflammatory, and a prescript cortisone anti-itch
cream. And suggested I get on an anti-histamine (maybe
forever--not!). I don't like adding more drugs to my body
when I'm trying to get off them. I have worked with
Prednisone before when I was really in trouble with my lungs
years ago, so I used this and it worked immediately. All
swelling went down--all itching stopped. Since none of the
oils where working for the itching I worked between
cortisone cream and Neosporin cream. I hate the fact that
there is petroleum in them and a dozen other nasty
things--but this itch is nasty too. I increased the steroid
some to try to get to a level. And I believe I am there.
Each episode has slowed down more than the one before. I
am now down to 50% of the inhaled Advair steroid since the
beginning. I have been trying to regulate which foods seem
to trigger the rash. Definitely dairy! And sugars, of
course. Anything that is going to impede the immune system.
I try to eat balanced and as organic as possible. Very
little red meat. Salmon, chicken, pork (home grown). And
tons of veggies! Need more grains, though. Also--seems the
more exercise I get helps. But not over doing it or it
flares up. I do feel I am making headway as the itch is
less and shorter durations now. I haven't used the
Prednisone for several weeks--I found Ibuprofen worked ok
for anti-inflammation, and only if needed. But you say three
years--every spring? I had shingles last spring. The oils
did help tremendously for this. No pain at all and only
lasted 4 weeks total. I wonder if they are related? Sorry,
didn't mean to write a book. Hope someone's got an idea out
Our thanks to:
Very stubborn skin tag gone in few
weeks with Clear Skin 1! Thank you!
Energy4life - My
elderly mother (nearly 82) ... Oh, one other thing--she has
had lots and lots of skin tags erupt recently around the
neck area. If anyone has advice, please help!
Pat - The skin tags are viruses and
probably coming from the same thing as what is on her back.
You are right in working on the inside of her body. She has
some major things going on and the GX Assist and PB Assist
will be a great addition to your protocol. Putting a spray
apparatus on a bottle of Lavender that has been diluted with
coconut oil and spraying it on her back should help a lot.
Energy4life - A
question, if the skin tags are caused by a virus, will they
go away by themselves when we get the other issue resolved?
Or will we have to remove them by cauterizing, tying off, or
snipping them off as I have read some people do?
Pat - I had some skin tags under the
breast and treated them with Frankincense, there is only one
left and it will be gone soon. You have the choice, but I
would rather they go away using the oils than have them
Loryjean - Are
there oils that will specifically help shrink those annoying
little skin tags? What about sebaceous cysts- and prevention
Lil – Oregano oil for the skin tags.
Donna - Remember!!!! cut the Oregano
before you just apply it freely to the skin!!! It is
HOT and will burn you. I know from personal experience!!! If
you apply it do it to the tag ONLY!! The
nutritional supplements found in the Life Long Wellness trio
(LLW) help to slow or stop the growth.
Shanna - The source
of skin tags is fungus so several oils can be used including
Clove, Geranium, Lemongrass, Melaleuca, Rosemary and
Oregano, Thyme and Wild Orange. Also the blend On
Denise - I have a
acquaintance who gets what she calls "skin tags." They are
just little growths, on her neck mostly, but other places
too. She sometime just picks them off; they bleed a bit, and
then heal. She has some thick ones under her arms and
doesn't want to pick them off. Suggestions?
Pat - I have no idea how this works but
I had some skin tags and applied Frankincense and they went
away. May not work for everyone and I could not figure out
why they worked for me.
Rob - I had skin tags under my arm, and
they took forever to get rid of!!! But I rotated every 2
weeks between Oregano and Frankincense, and gradually they
disappeared. I have heard that Lemon works well for some.
Jen - My niece has a skin tag on the
inside corner of her eye. Since you can't put oils near
eyes, what can they do?
Wendy - I don't know if it was a skin
tag but I had something on the outside corner of my eye. I
use fractionated coconut oil mixed with Frankincense,
Geranium, and Grapefruit for my moisturizer. I spread
it over my eye lids and surrounding area and after a couple
of months it was gone. I purposely put the mix on it but
was really careful because it was right on my eye. I hope
JJ - There are many oils that can help
warts and skin tags, some are more effective than others on
certain people. Oregano, Clove, Frankincense, Thyme, and
the blend On Guard are all oils I've used or heard of being
effective. You need to be careful around the
eye, especially with "hot" oils. You might want to use the
end of a cotton swab or broken toothpick to apply a small
microdrop. Use a carrier oil with Oregano, Clove or
On Guard. Switch to a different oil/blend every week or two
so you don't get “tired” of a single oil. Be patient, the
process may take a few weeks/months.
Natc - I have used Frankincense right in
the inside corner of my eye to remove a little growth. I had
no irritation and it was a very gentle process that actually
took the little growth away. I would try 1-2 times a day for
Mjkw - I did really
good not getting stretch marks my entire pregnancy, however
the last 3 weeks I have gotten really deep stretch marks.
Are there any oils to help reduce the look of stretch marks?
Pat - Lavender and/or Helichrysum with
fractionated coconut oil is really good.
Brenda - Does Myrrh
or any oils help with stretch marks years later? And
would you use FCO with it? And does using a carrier
oil diminish the strength or potency of the oil?
Pat - Yes they can help, yes use FCO and
no using a carrier does not diminish the essential oil, in
fact the fractionated coconut oil has healing properties as
24Khealth – Myrrh also is good for
stretch marks (that is why it was given to Mary after
Vikki - I posted a couple of weeks back
that I had iritis/uveitis in my right eye, and I tried a
couple of different things and ended up really liking the
Frankincense/Cypress/Lavender blend - it's been really good
for the iritis, and my eye doctor thought it was healing
faster than it "normally" would, which is great.
I was going through my routine facial stuff yesterday
morning and noticed that under the right eye was less
wrinkled than the left, so I decided that I needed to put it
around both eyes. This is a great side effect, but there's
more! This morning, after my shower, I forgot to put my
glasses on before I went downstairs, and I didn't even
notice it until I went to turn on my computer! I've been
wearing bifocals for 5 years for presbyopia and astigmatism,
so this was fairly astounding to me. And the really, really
cool thing is .... I haven't put my glasses on all day!!
Doniel - this is
fantastic! Did you use equal amount of each and did you add
Vikki - I did use equal amounts of each
oil, and in the beginning there was some burning sensation
to I used FCO, however, since the inflammation has died
down, I haven't had to use FCO at all. I keep it in a little
"trial size" roller bottle and just roll it on the bone
under each eye and along my eyebrow. Also, I just want to
make it clear that this has not corrected my eyesight
totally, it just makes it easier to see. Though, given more
time, who knows!
Laura - At an event a couple weeks ago,
Dr. Hill said he has been putting Immortelle around the eye
bones and no longer needs his reading glasses. I didn't
catch how long he has been doing this, but I'm trying that
– I'm attaching a picture. I'm not impressed with
the bags under my eyes, but look at the difference in the