Essential oils are extracts that
are derived from plants and herbs. They contain not only the smell but also the
essence of the plant that they came from. This could be their medicinal
quality, their calming effect or even their ability to revive your skin cells.
Essential oils are very effective at treating acne because they are easily
absorbed into the skin, they kill acne causing bacteria, dissolve sebum that
causes blockages in the follicle but maintains the integrity of the skin.
Essential oils can give you back your self-confidence as well as your
beautiful, acne free skin. Essential oils don’t have any side effects if used
properly and will heal acne scars and unwanted blemishes. Most essential oils
can be mixed with other creams or lotions and can be used for spot treatments.
Essential oils are growing in popularity and can be found at any local natural
food store, vitamin shop, organic markets or even Whole Foods.
Some of the essential oils that help to reduce, treat and cure acne include rosewood, jojoba, bergamot, clove, lavender and tea tree oil. To use an essential oil you first want to dilute it because direct contact with the skin can cause irritation. Add 15-30 drops of the essential oil you choose into a carrier oil such as grape-seed oil, almond oil, canola oil, mineral oil, or olive oil. Once added to the carrier oil mixed thoroughly and apply to the areas affected by acne. Application should consist of a minimum of 3 times a day until the acne clears up. You may continue to apply the essential oil daily to maintain a radiant and glowing complexion and reduce the risk of reoccurrence. Otherwise reapply as a spot treatment when needed. Here is a list of essential oils that can be used to treat acne. In addition Manuka, Helichrysum, spike lavender, thyme linalool, rose geranium, Petitgrain, grapefruit, sandalwood, Vetiver, mints, basil, German chamomile, atlas Cedarwood, Palma Rosa, thyme, Cajeput, Niaouli and Yarrow Hydrosol oil are all useful in treating skin conditions.
Rosewood oil is excellent for people with oily skin and should not be used for dry or sensitive skin types. It reduces the sebum that blocks the hair follicle when applied topically. It also reduces the frequency of breakouts. Rosewood oil is great if used as a spot treatment throughout the day to reduce oil or oily complexion.
Lavender oil is great for almost any use. It is a powerful antiseptic, antibacterial and anti inflammatory, as well as having a soothing and calming effect. Lavender oil combats acne, eczema, oily skin, spots and redness and itching that is associated with inflammation caused by acne. It also can be used to prevent acne and future breakouts.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is a great antibacterial that kills acne causing bacteria. It also speeds up the healing process of wounds by enhancing scar tissue formation. Tea tree oil should only be applied topically. It acts fast by clearing up the skin and calming the affected area.
Clove oil is a potent purifying agent. It acts very quickly to treat emerging or existing acne. It also removes infection and acts as a pain reliever.
Jojoba oil is ideal for all types of skin and can be used as a moisturizer due to its rich structure. It has strong antioxidant qualities, which give it the ability to fight acne. When massaged into the skin it dissolves clogged pores and embedded dirt and grime.
Bergamot is a great antiseptic and has antibacterial properties as well. It kills bacteria the can cause acne and reduces infection in the skin. It has a very pleasing and calming fragrance.