For the majority of the time I have had acne, I have used mostly natural skincare in effort to repair the damage caused by years of harsh medications.

In 2011 I started using British brand; Aromatherapy Associates with the hope to heal my skin with the power of nature. I fell in love with their holistic approach to skincare and their philosophy of using only the purest and natural ingredients.

As well as using them at home, I started working with them professionally at the spa I was working in at the time. I remember being blown away by the results after giving one facial. The highly concentrated essential oils seemed to give instant brightening and plumping results.

I gained an in-depth knowledge of the effects of essential oils on the skin and the benefits each one could have. The brand also made me aware of the ingredients that we should avoid using to prevent drying, blocking and sensitising our skin.

While using natural skincare did not clear my grade 3 acne, someone with a relatively small amount of breakouts could see results in using a brand like this that is extremely transparent about what they put in their products.

This is because your skin could just be reacting badly to your current skincare which may contain the below ingredients.

Aromatherapy Associates do not use:

  • Mineral or sulphonated oils which can block the performance of the essential oils
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS)
  • Petrolatum
  • Propylene Glycol
  • Parabens
  • Ingredients that have been tested on animals
  • Animal derivatives, except for silk and beeswax, which are animal by-products
  • Synthetic colours or fragrance

My skincare routine

If you are looking to try the natural approach to treating your breakouts, I have listed below the core products I use to clear my spots and prevent acne scarring.

Mattifying | Deep Cleanse Face Wash


This is the perfect cleanser for those of you who prefer that squeaky clean feeling. With the benefits of lavender and tea-tree essential oils, this facial wash is naturally anti-bacterial and will leave your skin feeling wonderfully fresh.

Top Tip: Use a muslin cloth or flannel to remove the product to sweep away impurities clogged in your pores. Keep your cloth clean and dry after use to prevent spreading bacteria. Use twice daily.


Hydrating | Rose Skin Tonic


Toners are so underrated but they are an essential step post cleansing to minimise pores and calm and soothe any irritation. This refreshing and cooling toner is pure damask rose water; distilled from thousands of Bulgarian rose petals.

Top Tip: If you are prone to redness or angry flare ups, pop some of this on a cold cotton pad or muslin cloth and leave it on the effected area for ten minutes. This is the perfect product for men to splash over their face after shaving. Use twice daily after cleansing.


Support Lavender Pure Essential Oil

The only pure essential oil that you can put directly on your skin. Lavender is both healing and antiseptic; perfect for putting directly on inflamed spots.
Top Tip: Always put the lid back on this product after use. Essential oils are incredibly volatile and will evaporate! Apply as often as required on a cleansed and toned skin. One  drop per use should suffice. Take care not to contaminate the product with your fingers and instead hold it upside down hand and wait for the droplets to fall into your palm.


Anti-Ageing | Intensive Skin Treatment Oil

One of the most frequently asked questions I receive, is related to acne scarring.  This facial oil is my go-to product for repairing and healing my skin. You can use it up to three times a week or as an intensive course. Blended with rosehip seed oil, lavender and vitamin E this facial oil aids cell renewal and supports stressed skin.
Top Tip: Apply under a mask or moisturiser, taking time to massage it into the skin with some lymphatic drainage techniques- you will thank me in the morning! Use twice daily. One drop in the morning and two pumps at night.


Mattifying | Deep Cleanse Face Mask


This mask is my saviour. When I am at home and don’t want to wear make-up but still need confidence to be around my boyfriend and friends, I put a thin layer of this clay based mask over my spots. It’s deep cleansing action helps to detox the pores as well as absorbing excess oils.

Top Tip: If you are short on time, pop this on before you get in the shower. Clean your teeth, commence your showering routine and then rinse of the mask. Use up to three times per week.


Rose Infinity | Moisturiser


Formulated with the unique blend of Alpine Rose Stem Cells and sophisticated hydrolyzed plant proteins, this moisturiser aids your skin’s ability to repair and strengthen itself at cellular level. Despite it’s impressive anti-ageing technology, this product is suitable for all skin types with a light and weightless texture.

Top Tip: Use this moisturiser twice per day. I usually use around two pumps. Don’t forget to apply it to your chest and neck too!


Beauty Level:

Intermediate. If beauty is your religion then Aromatherapy Associates will take you on a spiritual journey to bathroom bliss. Amen to that.


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