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Confused about which essential oil to use for your acne?
Which one works the best?
Acne, it’s one problem that isn’t going to go away anytime soon.Aad.org). Think about it for a second; how many different products have you seen in the store that supposedly cure acne? Maybe, you have used one of the over the counter products or spent hundreds of dollars with a dermatologist to discover that nothing has worked.
Don’t give up hope because essential oils can help with your acne problems.
I can’t stress the importance of using essential oils that are pure. Brands like Green Health, ArtNaturals, and Radha Beauty sell essential oils that are adulterated. Meaning, they are synthetic and will not help your body against acne.
Below I am going to show you essential oils that help get rid of your acne.
I use tea tree essential oil in a lot of household cleaners because it’s a germ killer. Bacteria has been proven to show why so many people have acne problems. But, for treating acne it’s a powerhouse.
Not only does tea tree oil have antimicrobial and antifungal properties, but it’s actually one of the common ingredients that’s included in a lot of over the counter acne medicines.
When testing was done on this oil, there were some pretty interesting things learned. For starters, the oil can help reduce the number of acne wounds. In addition, it was found out that tea tree oil actually works as well as traditional acne treatments.
Topically. You can add a few drops of tea tree oil to a cotton ball or cotton pad, then rub it right onto the problem areas. Make sure you dilute the tea tree essential oil with a carrier oil, such as grapeseed or aloe vera gel.
Face Wash. You could also add a few drops to the face wash that you always use for a little extra added power. However, if you are using benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid they do dry out your skin so if your favorite face wash contains any of those chemicals you could overdo it with tea tree. It will cause your face to be excessively dry.
Spritz. Add a few drops of the oil to some water and fill a spray bottle. Spray it on your face and leave it there. Make sure you close your eyes before spraying your face. If tea tree gets in your eye it will burn and your eyes will become very red.
The biggest reason why lavender essential oil is so good at treating acne is because it has antioxidant and antimicrobial properties. Both of these will kill the acne-causing bacteria, as well as helping strengthen your skin.
It can also reduce anxiety and stress that might be contributing to acne outbreaks. It also helps because it stimulates the different systems in your body that help with relaxation and fighting off bacteria.
As an added benefit lavender actually helps hydrate your skin so if your skin is very dry you can apply lavender with a carrier oil to help moisturize it.
Diffuse. To relieve stress and anxiety that might be contributing to acne put a few drops in a diffuser and let it fill your room.
Topically. Lavender oil is gentle, you can apply it right on your skin with a carrier oil like coconut (at 5% dilution). Rub it right onto the problem areas.
Clary sage has an ingredient called linalyl acetate that helps reduce inflammation and redness. It also helps calm down acne and irritations that happen to the skin. It also helps reduce the amount of oil produced, which can be a big factor in acne breakouts. In addition, clary sage can also help stop the growth and spread of bacteria, help calm down stressful and anxious feelings and help balance hormones.
Diffuse. To get the benefits of reduced stress and anxiety, put 3-5 drops of the oil in a diffuser and let it run. You could do it by itself or mix it with lavender oil.
Topically. Clary sage is a gentle essential oil, but you should still use a carrier oil. Use a clean cotton pad or cotton ball and apply it right to the problem area.
Juniper berry has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties that occur naturally. This oil is actually one that’s been used to treat skin infections and irritations for a long time. Not only does it reduce stress and kill acne-causing bacteria, but it also helps detoxify your skin and remove any toxins. Studies have actually shown that juniper berry oil helps almost as well as traditional acne treatments.
Topically. The main way to use juniper berry for acne treatment is to use it topically. Apply a few drops on a clean cotton pad or cotton ball and add it right onto the trouble areas. Make sure to dilute the essential oil with a carrier oil, such as jojoba or coconut oil.
Obviously, the most effective way to use essential oils is topically. The way that will work the best for acne is to use a few drops of the oil right on the problem areas. You should also combine them with a carrier oil, like coconut oil, and rub that right onto your face. Many carrier oils have added benefits, so you’ll be getting the positives from the essential oils and carrier oils.
I can’t stress the importance of dabbing your acne spots and not scrubbing them. When you scrub your acne spots it inflames your pores and makes it worse.
Daily Acne Fighter
- 20 ml (4 teaspoons) aloe vera gel.
- 20 drops of tea tree essential oil.
Use a cotton ball, QTip, and gently dap your acne troubled spots. You can also use the carrier oil coconut or grapeseed if you want instead of aloe vera gel.
Make sure that you wash your skin before applying the daily acne fighter. You can leave this on throughout the day and apply it 2-3 times. If you notice it drys out your skin to much use 15 drops of tea tree and 5 drops of lavender instead of 20 drops of tea tree.
Feel free to use any combination of essential oils that I have mentioned in this article. For example, you could use 5 drops of tea tree, 5 drops of lavender, 5 drops of clary sage, and 5 drops of juniper berry.
Back Acne Mix
- 1 Cup of Aloe Vera Juice.
- 1/2 Teaspoon (50 drops) Tea Tree Oil.
- 1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar.
- 1 Tablespoon of Jojoba Oil.
- 2 Tablespoons of Pure Rose Water.
Mix all the contents in a mason jar. Whenever you get out of the shower you can apply this to your back and shoulders for 1-2 times a day. Use a cotton ball to dab it on your shoulders and back. Over time your back acne will be reduced. Make sure you shake before using it each time.
Body Acne Toner Spray
- 2 oz Witch Hazel.
- 1 oz Pure Rose Water.
- 15 drops Tea Tree.
Pour the witch hazel and rose water in first. Then put in your 15 drops of tea tree essential oil. Make sure you shake before using.
Make this homemade face wash to help kill the bacteria that actually causes acne and help strengthen the skin. The ingredients you’ll need are listed next.
- 1 Tablespoon of Coconut Oil.
- 3 Ttablespoons of Raw Organic Honey.
- 1 Ttablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar.
- 20 drops of Tea Tree Oil
- 2 tablets of Live Probiotics
Combine all of these ingredients together and use a hand blender to make sure it’s well blended. Put the mixture in a small bottle and make sure it’s kept in a cool area. Use this at least 1 time a day.
To make a paste that helps get rid of acne scars, you’ll want to combine the ingredients below.
- 2 Teaspoons of Raw Organic Honey.
- 3 drops of Lavender Essential Oil.
- 3 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil.
- 3 drops of Frankincense Essential Oil.
Scare Treatment #2
- 20 ml (4 teaspoons) Grapeseed Carrier Oil.
- 20 drops of Lemon Essential Oil.
Lemon essential oil is good for restoring your skin. Mix the grapeseed with lemon essential oil. Use a cotton ball to dab your acne scars and apply it once a day for 2-3 weeks. Over the weeks you will see the acne scars start to disappear. Optionally, you can use raw organic honey instead of grapeseed carrier oil.
Before applying, wash and dry your face thoroughly. I recommend using Dr. Bronner’s castile soap. Put the paste on the scars and let it sit for about an hour.