I know what you’re thinking. Wouldn’t putting oil on my face make my acne worse? Well if it’s the leftover oil from the frying pan then yes I suppose so, but this is different. Acne is a very common skin disease identified by pimples on the face, chest and back caused by pores of the skin becoming filled with bacteria, oil, and dead skin cells. But natural solutions like pure essential oils are very effective and when treating acne they can be used as a first line of defense. It’s also important to remember that many skin, hair and nail conditions are reflections of what is going on inside the body and that proper nutrition is vital in addition to essential oil applications, which immediately target the symptoms.
Skin care has come a long way since the early 2000s when we were stinging our faces with alcohol soaked oxy pads (remember?). Our skin is the largest organ of the body with a dozen different jobs to do including protecting our internal organs, guarding against infection and storing water. We have to give our skin something that’s going to work for it and not make the job harder by adding more toxins! Certain essential oils are both calming and cleansing to the skin and reduce bacteria and inflammation; two components that encourage acne. You may have already heard of using Tea Tree oil or Patchouli as a spot treatment, but there are many more oils with specific skin benefits.
Here is a list of 5 single oils with tremendous healing properties to get your acne under control:
Lavender – Supports healing and maintaining healthy tissue
Sandalwood – Promotes regeneration and toning
Geranium – Regenerates tissue and tones skin
Frankincense – Invigorates skin and reduces inflammation
Helichrysum – Regenerates tissue and reduces scarring
I’m experimenting myself with a mix of lavender, arborvitae, helichrysum and frankincense in fractionated coconut oil. Triggered by a totally spontaneous, possibly stress induced breakout, I put together this mixture to replace my moisturizer. It totally worked! My skin cleared up in maybe 2 days, so then I got lazy and stopped using it and now I’m on the verge of another breakout. Gotta keep on top of that daily skin care! That means not falling asleep in your makeup (unfortunately guilty).
TIP: Apply oils directly to skin or use a carrier oil like coconut oil to dilute and reduce sensitivity to skin when needed.
Start shopping for these oils here to make sure you are getting the highest quality pure essential oils. They’re not only good for fighting breakouts either, while you’re waiting for that annoying acne to clear up (assuming you’ve used some of these trusted oils) check out these 25 DIY Projects Using Essential Oils. My favorites are the lip gloss and the body wash. These are so cute and make amazing gifts by the way!