7 Best Essential Oils for Healing and Preventing Acne Posted on 25 Sep 13:42
LET’S GET PERSONAL, AND A LITTLE SCIENTIFIC
Skin-related issues can be very frustrating. Acne, in particular, can result in relatively severe physical discomfort as well as embarrassment, especially when it manifests on very visible locations of the body, like the face and shoulders. Acne can be caused by a number of variables including hormonal changes, diet, stress, genetics, and even digestive imbalances. Because of this, it can often be very difficult to pinpoint the root cause of acne.
While it is always important to find your way to the root cause of a health concern, sometimes what we really need is a quick solution for reducing the problem’s effects, right? So how to go about this naturally, without applying harsh unwanted chemicals to an already-imbalanced system? Believe it or not, OILS are the natural solution to oily skin, acne, and just about any other skin-related issue! This may appear to be counter-intuitive, but it’s most definitely not.
Here’s why: Skin issues are often tied to imbalances in the regulation of natural oils. Many of the products that we use on a daily basis are filled with harsh chemicals that sap the skin of its oils. When this happens, the body will often either overcompensate (causing oily skin) or dehydrate (causing dry skin). Using natural food and plant oils to treat the skin actually helps the body to remember its natural center and regulate oil production more effectively and appropriately.
LET’S TALK CARRIER OILS FIRST
People can often become skeptical or worried over the concept of applying essential oils directly to the skin of the face, which is precisely where some of the most pesky skin problems tend to occur. This concern is somewhat legitimate since some essential oils are so concentrated that they can, in fact, sometimes cause mild irritation when applied directly to the skin - especially the sensitive skin of the face. But there’s a SUPER easy way around that: simply blend your pure essential oils with a carrier oil!
It really is that easy. Each carrier oil possesses its own laundry list of natural benefits, so combining them with your choice of essential oils will always create an especially powerful solution to any skin-related problems. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular options for facial carrier oils:
- Coconut Oil - Because it has SO many natural benefits and varied uses, coconut oil is often referred to as a “miracle oil”. It is the perfect carrier oil for any kind of skin-related application. It is particularly useful for blemish-prone skin. Coconut oil helps to moisturize and tone the skin while the naturally-occurring lauric acid works to kill off acne bacteria! It’s also very fragrant and blends especially well with most essential oils. This is our #1 Choice!
- Jojoba Oil - Jojoba has become a fast modern favorite and has even been called the Queen of Facial Oils. A very powerful carrier oil because it tends to mimic the skin’s own oils, helping to regulate and balance the body’s natural production of oils.
- Olive Oil - An easy and inexpensive go-to, olive oil is readily available in most homes and acts as a really effective moisturizer for the skin. It is also one of the gentler oils on the skin, and highly recommended for any skin-related application.
- Rosehip Oil - Another modern favorite, rosehip oil is rich in Vitamin C, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Perfect for any kind of skin-related applications.
Any of these oils can be used on their own or combined to make soothing carriers for your pure essential oils. In addition to the benefits mentioned above, each of these oils will help the skin to absorb the therapeutic content of the essential oils more effectively.
OUR TOP 7 ESSENTIAL OILS FOR CREATING CLEAR & HEALTHY SKIN!
So now you know that carrier oils can be surprisingly effective aids in the body’s struggle against skin issues, but what about essential oils? Let’s have a look at seven essential oils that can be used to help clear the skin of pesky blemishes while simultaneously offering all of their usual aromatic benefits!
Chamomile - Acne can result in redness of the skin caused by inflammation. Chamomile is an herb that provides powerful and effective anti-inflammatory compounds known to reduce flushing and redness in the skin that often accompanies common acne. It is also a natural antibacterial that helps to reduce the occurrence of breakouts. Chamomile oil may also speed the healing process of broken skin caused by picking. Safe and non-irritating for those with sensitive skin.
Frankincense - Especially useful for acne-prone skin, Frankincense is a natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory known for being a gentle and healing restorative oil. It has also been used to help tighten and tone the skin, often helping to reduce wrinkles and scars.
Geranium - A truly wonderful all-around oil for any problems of the skin. Geranium helps to regulate oil production, promotes elasticity of the skin, and help to improve circulation, too. It smells great, mixes especially well with coconut, jojoba, and/or virgin olive oil, and legitimately helps you look and feel younger and healthier!
Lavender - For a soothing and calming way to eliminate acne, try lavender oil. This floral oil not only helps to reduce irritation, it also kills acne-causing bacteria. Use it in your everyday routine as a face wash ingredient. It’s a strong antibacterial and particularly gentle, so it makes for a great way to spot-treat, prevent breakouts, and heal existing blemishes.
Oregano - This kitchen staple is commonly used in Italian dishes but also works wonders on pesky pimples. Add just a few drops to a carrier oil (like coconut) and dab it on pimples. Oregano is a POWERFUL antiseptic and antibacterial. When used regularly, these properties should help to clear things up in no time!
Rosemary - Rosemary has often been used to revitalize skin and help it glow. It reduces redness, helps to prevent inflammation, and reduces excess oil production. It also works to stimulate circulation and makes a great cleansing astringent to tone and tighten pores. Ideal for treating breakouts, rosemary also works to kill off the bacteria that often causes acne.
Tea Tree - The refreshing fragrance of tea tree oil makes it a wonderful addition to skin cleansers. But it’s the antibacterial and anti-fungal properties that help to prevent acne flare-ups. Tea Tree is one of the most versatile essential oils. Just 5 drops of tea tree oil diluted in a carrier oil of your choice can help to eliminate pimples and other blemishes of the skin! This particular oil is very potent and may not be comfortable for those with sensitive skin. Too much tea tree can have a drying effect. So make sure you start small and use plenty of carrier oil!
Each one of these essential oils makes a great addition to your personal care regimen as they all are well-known skin cleansers that can help prevent common acne blemishes. They can be used individually as spot treatments on the tiniest pimples and even those deep-seated blackheads.
A FINAL NOTE ON ESSENTIAL OIL QUALITY
Essential oils that are used for topical treatments need to contain concentrated amounts of active chemical compounds in order to heal the skin of common acne. Only essential oils that are labeled “therapeutic” grade meet this standard. To ensure that you are using only the highest-quality premium essential oils, Healing Solutions manufactures its products with your safety and satisfaction in mind. You can learn more about our rigid testing procedures here.
BEST WAY TO GET YOUR HANDS ON THESE INCREDIBLE OILS
Any of the oils mentioned in this article can be purchased separately as needed. For significantly added value, though, consider our Ultimate Family Doctor (28) Set which includes nearly every one of the oils recommended in this article! Your cost-per-oil with this set is less than $3.60 and shipping is FAST and FREE!