We’ve been told that essential oils can heal anything from cancer, to stomach aches, but did you know that you can use essential oils for acne? Many essential oils are naturally antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory. These are the two things that are essential in a acne treatment. The root action behind any acne treatment is either controlling bacteria, controlling inflammation, or both. So since most essential oils do this naturally, they are a great fit for an acne treatment! With that being said, some oils are better than others, and some oils should be avoided all together!
The most well-known essential oil used in the treatment of acne is Tea Tree oil. This oil is known for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, as well as being tolerated for topical use. Quoted from Wikipedia:
A 2012 review by the NIH rates Tea tree oil as “possibly effective” for three applications, saying that “a 5% tea tree oil gel appears to be as effective as 5% benzoyl peroxide” for treating mild to moderate acne and that “a 10% tea tree oil cream works about as well as tolnaftate 1% cream” in treating symptoms of athlete’s foot, although being less effective than clotrimazole or terbinafine.
When shopping for skincare, you are bound to see products with Tea Tree oil as its primary ingredient (active, marketed ingredient).
There are a few things you should know about using Tee Tree oil topically. First off, as with almost any essential oil, it must be diluted before applying to the skin. Applying the oil at full strength can damage the skin, and even cause burning! The best way to use tea tree oil on the face is to add 2-3 drops into your facial moisturizer before applying. This ensure that the oil is diluted properly, and will evenly distribute the essential oil. One should never take Tea Tree oil orally, as it has been shown to be toxic if orally ingested. Also, never use tea tree oil on pets, as it is incredibly toxic to them and can result in death.
My next favorite essential oil for acne is Frankincense Oil. This oil is one of the most expensive, and universal essential oils. If you remember, this is one of the gifts given to baby jesus back in the day 😉 Frankincense is known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-viral/bacterial properties. It is incredibly powerful. There have been reports of this oil curing cancer, eliminating pain, healing wounds and scars, healing boils and cysts, boosting the immune system, the list goes on. If you don’t believe me, just Google it yourself! Because of its wonderful healing, anti-inflammatory, and anti-bacterial properties, this oil is my top rated oil for acne.
Although I really shouldn’t, I apply this oil at full strength directly onto a breakout or wound. I have a terrible habit of picking my face, and this oil helps my body heal those wounds as quickly as possible. Many frankincense essential oils actually come pre-diluted, so thats something to watch out for. Because this oil is so expensive, many companies sell this oil stating “100% Pure” although its actually a diluted blend. I guess they can just mean they are referring to 100% Pure oil haha.
Here is my favorite Frankincense oil. Its non-diluted and 100% therapeutic grade. You want to make sure you look for “Therapeutic Grade”, which means it can be used on our bodies. Some essential oils are strictly for aromatherapy, and are not meant to be used topically or internally.
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This is my favorite blend (And its cheap!)
Finally, the last oil I would like to recommend is Lavender Oil. I personally haven’t done much research on Lavender oil and acne, but I do know that lavender is incredibly calming and acts as an anti-inflammatory. I like to use this oil for its calming benefits when I pick at my skin. I know we all do it, we pick and pick at our skin until it looks like we’ve gotten the chicken pox, or some strange disease. Applying a few drops of this diluted in another oil or moisturizer, and applied to my face helps my skin calm down from such a traumatic experience! It is also calming for the nervous system, and helps you sleep better! Here is my favorite Lavender oil:
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To wrap this up, I do have to mention that I am no doctor, I am not professionally trained, I simply write this article based on my own experiences. I have found essential oils to be incredibly helpful in my fight against acne. They are affordable, can be used for many, MANY different things, and best of all they are all natural. Anything that we put on our face, gets absorbed into our skin and body. Over the counter and prescription acne treatments can be incredibly taxing on our bodies, especially our liver. I prefer to use natural products whenever possible, and using essential oils for acne is both incredibly effective and 100% natural!
Please let me know if you’ve tried essential oils for treatment of your acne, and what your favorite oil is!