For those of you who have been reading my blog for a while, you may probably already know my struggle with acne (I talk about it here as part of my essential oils for acne series). Before I started using essentials for treating acne, I would mostly use healing oils for aromatherapy purposes only. I had no idea that I could use essential oils on my skin too. And to be honest, I didn’t really believe essential oils could treat my acne. But after years of treating my acne prone skin with expensive topical acne treatments (including antibiotics, yikes!), I finally gave it a go. And boy am I glad I did. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. And so today I’ll share this world of essential oils for acne prone skin with you. And hopefully, you too will find relief from acne with these oils.
Won’t Oils Cause More Break Outs?
Now, I know what you’re thinking, “why on earth would I apply oils to my skin, won’t that cause more breakouts?” No, it won’t cause more breakouts at all. In fact, good oils are great for acne-prone skin. Your skin will produce less of the pore-clogging sebum when it’s supple and moisturized with the right oils.
Essentials oils for acne prone skin are even better for your skin because they contain antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that help fight off the acne-causing bacteria (Propionibacterium acnes).
5 Essential Oils For Acne Prone Skin
Now, before we dive in, I would like you to know that essential oils for acne-prone skin can be pretty strong. Make sure you dilute them down to a 2% solution. Use a suitable carrier oil such as avocado oil before using them on your skin. Also, if you are using an essential oil on your skin for the first time, try a bit of the diluted oil on the back of your wrist to see how your skin takes it.
Also, I never used essential oils during any of my pregnancies and so didn’t have the opportunity to discuss this with my doctor. So if you’re pregnant and are interested in essential oils for acne, I highly recommend that you consult with your doctor first.
With that out of the way, let’s dive in:
When it comes to acne if a particular treatment works for your skin, you stick with it. And that therapy for me is tea tree oil. Tea tree oil (aka melaleuca) is an essential oil that has been used for treating various skin conditions for centuries due to its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties.
Oregano essential oil’s zit zapping abilities can be attributed to the higher levels of Phenol it contains. Phenol is an organic compound with powerful antibacterial, antiviral, anti-parasitic, and anti-fungal properties.
Lavender essential oil is well known for its abilities to help you relax and drift off into soothing sleep with ease. And there is just something about the aroma of lavender that I love. I use it to help me relax by dabbing it on my wrists and temples, and it calms me down and gets me ready for bed. You can also use lavender oil to treat acne when it’s diluted down to a 2% solution.
You’ve probably tried Rosemary with chicken or lamb. But did you know that this delicious herb can also be used to treat acne? Rosemary essential oil for acne has been used for thousands of years to treat different types of skin conditions. It contains antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. These properties aid in reducing skin irritation and acne breakouts.
Eucalyptus essential oil also possesses properties that help fight acne. Its an antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory properties all work together to kill the bacteria that causes acne and relieve your skin from irritation. Just add a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil in a gentle non-comedogenic cream and apply it to your skin.
Now if you have any natural remedies that you use for treating acne, let me know in the comments section below. I would love to hear about them.
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