Cedarwood Oil as Complementary Treatment in Refractory Acne

J Altern Complement Med. 2016 Mar;22(3):252-3. doi: 10.1089/acm.2015.0208. Epub 2016 Feb 24.


Acne vulgaris is a widely prevalent chronic skin disease. Although multiple treatments are available, acne can sometimes be refractory to these treatments. The use of alternative medical therapies has increased within dermatology and for acne. This case report describes a patient in whom the addition of cedarwood oil was helpful in controlling acne.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Acne Vulgaris* / complications
  • Acne Vulgaris* / drug therapy
  • Acne Vulgaris* / pathology
  • Adult
  • Dermatologic Agents / therapeutic use
  • Female
  • Hidradenitis Suppurativa / complications
  • Humans
  • Oils, Volatile / therapeutic use*
  • Phytotherapy
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome / complications
  • Tretinoin / therapeutic use


  • Dermatologic Agents
  • Oils, Volatile
  • Tretinoin
  • cedarwood oil