The Benefits of Essential Oils for Acne-prone Skin
Since you’re reading this article right now, I assume you’ve tried so many other chemical, harsh, and skin-burning options on the market so far that didn’t work or you just want to avoid them because you know they can be harmful to your skin and health. You’re searching for a better, safer, more effective, natural method to cure your acne or prevent it from returning. Congratulation and welcome to the Mother Nature’s Healing Club.
You probably knew that essential oils are for aromatherapy, so you might wonder how could essential oils affect your acne-prone skin. Hmmm, maybe you light an essential oil burner and puff, your skin miraculously becomes clear of acne and perfect under an essential oil vapor cloud? It’s not THAT magical, but it works wonders. Let me explain.
What Are the Causes of Acne?
Well, know that essential oils work on many levels against acne. How?
Acne is caused mainly by:
- Cogged pores with sebum, dirt, bacteria and dead skin cells
- Hormonal imbalances
- Insomnia and sleep problems
- Allergenic and irritating substances or textures
- Certain medications (corticosteroids, androgens, etc.)
Essential oils can be used to heal all these problems, in addition to other natural treatments, including (but not limited to) a healthy diet, exercise, colon cleanse, natural supplements, and herbal remedies. They can be used topically, as well as internally.
What Are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are concentrated, volatile extracts of plants (flowers, leaves, bark, fruits, seed, peel, and root), which keep all the therapeutic properties of the plant itself. One single little tiny drop of essential oil is worth sometimes a few pounds of plant and it holds the healing powers of all that amount of herbs.
For example, in a tiny bottle of 10 ml of Lemon essential oil are “squeezed” in the peel of about 30 big lemons and in 10 ml of Lavender essential oil, there are 2 kg of lavender flowers. THAT concentrated are the essential oils!
So, you see, that is why just one tiny drop of essential oil is very potent and has powerful healing effects on acne, topically or internally.
How Can Essential Oils Help Acne Topically?
1. Fight and kill bacteria and other acne-causing microbes on the skin
Essential oils such as Tea Tree, Lavender, Oregano, Juniper, and Clary Sage have antibacterial, antimicrobial, antifungal, antiseptic properties.
2. Regulate sebum and reduce excess oil
Rosemary, Orange, Lemon, Lemongrass, Neroli, Ylang-ylang, and Bergamot essential oils have astringent, sebum balancing properties.
3. Reduce inflammation, irritation, and soothe the skin
Essential oils like Frankincense, Myrrh, Rose, Lavender, Tea Tree calm down inflammation and irritation, reduce redness and itchiness, and soothe the skin.
4. Shrink the pores, tightens the skin, and prevent further breakouts
Lemon, Lemongrass, Bergamot, Orange, Clary Sage, have pore-tightening properties, preventing pores from staying open, get clogged up with dead skin cells, dirt, sweat, sebum and get infected with bacteria to form pustules and pimples. They also have antibacterial and antiseptic properties.
5. Heal, regenerate, and smooth out skin
Frankincense, Ylang-ylang, Lemongrass, Lavender, Tea Tree, Neroli have healing, skin regenerating, new skin cells renewal properties.
6. Antioxidative effects on the acne-prone skin
Geranium, Patchouli, Myrrh, Juniper, Lavender, Rose have fantastic antioxidative properties for the skin.
How to Use and Combine Essential Oils to Treat Acne
Essential oils can be used single, taking one that we feel it’s best for us after we’ve tried it along with others, or they can be mixed together in wonderful recipes.
Combining more essential oils at once, you synergically mix all the properties of each essential oil into one powerful blend. It is important to know that more essential oils blended together are more potent than just one.
As I already said, essential oils are very concentrated so you need to dilute it when you use them, except a few essential oils which can be used undiluted, in small quantities (read drops) directly on the skin, such as Lavender oil and Tea tree oil.
Always dilute the essential oil in a carrier oil (try to find a non-comedogenic oil, to prevent pore clogging and more pimples) or in honey.
At 1 ml carrier oil (or 20 drops) add 1 drop of essential oil. The rule “less is more” applies here.
Apply the essential oil diluted with the top of your finger (thoroughly washed before with soap) or with a cotton pad directly on the skin, on the affected areas of your skin, on the pimples or acne scars.
You can make your own cleansers, toner, moisturizers, and creams, massage oils using essential oils with anti-acne properties.
Daily Skin Care Routine with Essential Oils for Acne
Take care of your acne-prone skin starting before a breakout, not after it had already happened. Preventing is better than treating. And it makes it easier to treat if the breakout happens. Essential oils are a great help and remedy to maintain and get a clear, healthy, smooth skin with less to none pimples at all.
Just a reminding note: essential oils alone will not treat acne or cystic acne, as the problem is rooted deep inside your body, stemming from other health problems like hormonal imbalance, nutrients deficient diet, unhealthy lifestyle, stress, etc.
It removes makeup, excess oil, dead skin cells and it unclogs pores.
You can use the Oil Cleansing method or the Honey Cleansing method, which are fantastic for your skin’s health and it prevents breakouts.
Step 2. Follow with a natural toner that balances your pH level, tightens pores, and makes your skin firm. You can make your own natural toner at home, using essential oils. This step will seal the essential oils molecules inside the pores and help prevent future breakouts.
Step 3. Apply the essential oil treatment on your skin, which can be directly on the spots (with mild essential oils like Lavender, Tea Tree, Myrrh, Frankincense, etc.) or in combination with a carrier oil or honey.
Step 4a (optional). Use a natural anti-acne serum with non-comedogenic oils and anti-acne essential oils.
Step 4b (optional). Use a natural acne scars and acne spots treatment with essential oils.
Step 5. Apply a moisturizer, preferably a natural one. You can go for a DIY moisturizer at home, using non-comedogenic oils and butters with a combination of anti-acne essential oils or you can choose from a natural moisturizer for acne-prone skin available on the market.