11 Essential Oils To Get Rid Of Acne
It does not matter whether you are 13, 30 or even 50, living with acne is not easy. Often thought of by many as a ‘teen thing’ the fact is that acne can persist long after you have left your teenage years and sometimes people enjoy beautifully clear skin throughout puberty only to have it show up in their 20s, 30s or even 40s.
To try to get rid of acne, which for most is an embarrassing, self-confidence sapping and even painful condition, folks will try almost anything. And there are a great many acne treatment options out there, from the many pills and potions you’ll find in the drug store to prescription medications to natural home remedies.
If you are one of the growing number of people who are wary of artificial ingredients in store bought products and the side effects or medications the latter – natural acne home remedies to get rid of acne – are probably going to sound rather appealing. And while there are many of those too some of the most effective involve the use of various essential oils.
Essential Oils 101
You have in all likelihood heard of essential oils before, but may be vague about just what they are or how they are actually used. To help you see just what they might be able to do for you, especially when it comes to treating troublesome acne, here are a few basic facts about them.
- All essential oils are watery substances that contain the sheer essence of assorted flowers and plants distilled form.
- Even though they are given the name oils essential oils are not in any way greasy like a perfume oil is.
- Essential oils should only contain the true essence of the natural flower or plant that they are derived from.
- Essential oils should be clear, never cloudy. Some do have a color but the consistency should be clear
- Essential oils to treat acne should be 100% pure. Oil mixes will not be as effective.
- All natural essential oils are usually very highly concentrated, so just a small bottle lasts for a long time.
How Do You Use Essential Oils?
The benefit a certain essential oil has to offer can often differ according to how it is used and a number of them offer a different benefit depending upon if they inhaled, applied topically or taken orally, the three basic ways in which any essential oil can be used.
When it comes to using essential oils to get rid of acne most treatments call for it to be applied topically, but we’ll talk more about that in a moment.
Choosing Your Essential Oil Treatments for Acne
There are dozens and dozens of essential oils available and they all boast different properties and different benefits. Not all essential oils are suitable for treating acne. And in some cases, essential oils that can be of benefit to acne sufferers work best when they are combined with other natural substances.
To get the best results for your unique acne – because no two cases of acne are alike – you may have to experiment and mix and match until you find the treatments that work for you.
Before we get into unique recipes for acne treatments we are going to run down just which essential oils you should keep on hand and why they are effective against acne:
- Tea tree oil – Tea tree oil is especially popular right now as an acne treatment. It is a powerful antibacterial agent and as such can help minimize the effect – and amount – of acne causing bacteria living on – and deep within – your skin.
- Lavender Oil – Lavender has a long reputation as a calming, soothing plant that is a wonderful way to relieve stress when inhaled. It is also calming effects on the skin too, reducing pimple inflammation and calming redness.
- Bergamot Oil – Bergamot oil has a fabulous citrusy smell that is heady and energizing and can be especially useful to fight those most annoying of ‘little’ skin blemishes, blackheads.
- Rosemary Oil – Rosemary oil does a fabulous job of absorbing excess oil, helping to keep pores clear at a deeper level, a great way to prevent – and treat – acne of all kinds.
- Cypress Oil – Cypress oil is another citrus oil that boasts great oil absorption powers as well as potent anti-inflammatory abilities.
- Lemongrass Oil – Lemongrass is rich in both Vitamin A and Vitamin E both of which help the skin repair itself more quickly, something that can help reduce the appearance acne scars significantly.
- Frankincense Oil – Frankincense is another oil that can really help both reduce the appearance of existing acne scars while helping ensure that new, healing acne does not leave any more behind.
- Oregano Oil – Oregano oil is a strong natural disinfectant. In combination with other ingredients – it is a little too drying to use alone – it can be a powerful weapon against acne causing bacteria.
- Chamomile Oil – Like lavender, chamomile is very calming in general (that’s why chamomile tea is such a great stress reliever) and that calming effect translates to the skin as well. Chamomile oil reduces pimple redness and inflammation and in the long term can lighten darker acne scars as well.
- Geranium Oil – A rather bright green and very fragrant, geranium oil is most often thought of as a great scenting oil. However, those who study natural skincare remedies also know that it is packed full of skin rejuvenating antioxidants.
- Juniper Berry Oil – Juniper berry oil has a long history of being used for medicinal purposes, especially in North America. It is a potent natural antibacterial agent and does even has some natural antibiotic properties. When used to treat acne, it can both kill bacteria and help dry out and heal pimples. It is especially effective against cystic acne which can easily become infected.
Using Essential Oils for Acne
The very best way to use essential oils to treat acne is to do so by making use of them as a topical acne spot treatment. Doing so is easy, and the methodology is pretty much the same no matter which oil you use:
- Wash/cleanse your face as usual
- Add a few drops of your chosen essential oil to a clean cotton ball or cotton bud.
- Apply the oil directly to the pimples you wish to treat
- Leave in place for 10-15 minutes
- Rinse off with lukewarm water
- Repeat the process on a daily basis
- Acne scars can be treated in the same way, with chamomile and lemongrass oils being most effective.
An Essential Oil Face Wash to Fight Acne
In order to be effective any acne treatment must begin with a clean face. There are lots of cleansers out there and as long as they are fairly gentle, many do a great job. However, a face wash created with essential oils offers a great one two punch; it cleanses gently but effectively but also begins treating acne right away.
What You’ll Need
- 1 chamomile teabag
- Distilled water
- ¼ cup liquid Castile soap
- Chamomile essential oil
- Juniper berry essential oil
- Frankincense essential oil
- Lavender essential oil
- Clear lidded bottle
- Small funnel
How It’s Done
- Begin by brewing a cup of chamomile tea
- Allow tea to cool
- Add castile soap to a small bowl
- Add 4-5 drops of each essential oil
- Add the cooled tea
- Stir well
- Decant mixture into bottle and seal
- Use in place of a standard face wash on a regular basis for the best results
Essential Oil Steam Treatments for Acne
Steam is an excellent way to open the pores so that they can be cleansed and treated more efficiently. Although it is not really practical to steam every time you wash your face and apply acne treatments if you do so a couple of times a week your acne treatment outcomes will be even better:
Which essential oil you choose to steam with is a matter of personal preference. Many enjoy lavender as it has such a calming and relaxing scent but in the mornings, you may want to opt for a livelier, citrusy oil like lemongrass or bergamot instead.
To steam treat your skin:
- Add boiling water to a medium size bowl
- Allow the water to cool slightly, do not expose your face to boiling water
- Add 4-5 drops of your chosen essential oil to the water
- Drape a towel over your head and hold your face 8-10 inches over the bowl
- Steam for 5-10 minutes – depending on how long you can stand – and then rinse face with cold water.
- Begin your regular skincare routine
And there you have it, a basic overview of just how you can make use of the power of essential oils to help get rid of acne. Why not try out a few of these clever oils for yourself and then let us know which worked well for you?
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