Essential oils for treating acne

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There is a stigma that goes along with acne & it is the assumption that people with acne are dirty & don't wash their face.  This assumption is incorrect.  Instead, acne is caused by a number of factors including hormones, excess Sebum, clogged hair follicles, bacteria, inflammation, poor diet & dehydration.  All of these factors lead to blocked pores which become infected causing pimples & in more extreme cases, acne.

How to Treat Acne Naturally With Essential Oils

How to Prevent Acne Naturally

There are a number of products on the market which are meant to treat acne.  The best way to treat acne, however, is a preventative approach rather than taking care of your skin once a problem develops.  To start with, a major lifestyle change might be in order.  Make sure that you are avoiding fatty foods or anything that contains a lot of sugar.  Instead, eat a diet rich in raw, whole foods & make sure you are drinking a lot of water.

Do not over-wash your skin.  While keeping your skin clean is a good way to prevent acne from forming, washing your skin too much will strip the skin of its own natural oils.  Once you have stripped your skin of natural oils, this will stimulate the production of more oil only serving to compound the problem.  Wash your face once in the morning & once in the evening, avoid washing more often than that.

Be sure to avoid products which contain rubbing alcohol.  Isopropyl alcohol will strip the skin of its own natural oils which will cause the sebaceous glands to produce excessive amounts of oil.  When cleaning your skin opt for more natural cleansers which contain Tea Tree Essential Oil or even Benzoyl Peroxide.  

Other things that you can do to prevent the occurrence of acne are to make sure that you don't pick or squeeze your blemishes.  It is best to avoid touching your face as much as possible to prevent the spread of bacteria.  Avoid harsh scrubs & opt for more gentle exfoliants.  Lastly, make sure that you shower after intensive workouts to wash away excessive sweat & oil.

How to Treat Acne With Essential Oils

There are a number of Essential Oils that are very effective for the treatment of acne.  Tea Tree's potent antibacterial properties make it great for oily skin.  Lavender also works as an antibacterial oil while calming your skin & diminishing signs of inflammation.  Chamomile is very calming for your skin & Clary Sage will help with hormone related blemishes.

Essential Oil Recipe for Acne

The following blend of Essential Oils should be blended into 100ml of Witch Hazel or Grapeseed Carrier Oil.  Prior to using this Essential Oil blend for acne, perform a skin test by applying a small amount of your finished product to the inner part of your forearm.  

  • 20 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil

  • 15 drop Lavender Essential Oil

  • 10 drops Frankincense Essential Oil

  • 10 drops Roman Chamomile Essential Oil

  • 5 drops Clary Sage Essential Oil

Each time you wash your face, massage this mixture into the damp skin for approximately two minutes.  Rinse your skin with warm water & follow with a nourishing oil-free moisturiser.