Essential oils can be your friend in the fight against acne.
You can use them full strength or diluted with a carrier oil.
Essential oils can be applied topically to relieve mild to
moderate acne. When choosing an essential oil you must
consider your skin type, the kind of acne you are dealing with,
and whether or not the oil of your choice has to be diluted
Some essential oils should not be used full strength and it is
important to follow the indications from your source.
Generally, the more sensitive your skin, the more diluted your
oils should be. When using essential oils on the skin it
is important to choose a good carrier oil that will not clog
pores; Olive oil, Sunflower oil and grapeseed oil are excellent
choices for the face. Some people suggest that essential
oils can be a problem during pregnancy, even if they are applied
to the skin; and one expert suggested that a consult should be
done in homeopathic medicines before any pre-natal or post-natal
Essential oils can be very strong and should not be mistaken as
"milder" skin care choices. As with any acne treatment, if
a rash or irritation develops you should discontinue use
immediately; if it persists you should see a doctor.
Acne Fighting Essential Oils & Blends
Tea Tree Oil/Palmarosa
Oil (antibacterial, anti-yeast, antifungal)
Tea tree oil with Palmarosa is an excellent
antibacterial treatment making it an excellent acne fighter as
well as a general purpose wound cleaner. It helps soothe
irritations, rashes and burns, control acne and dandruff, and
treat warts and other fungal infections. The properties of
these oils make it one of the best combination essential oils to
have in your medicine cabinet. As an acne treatment, Tea
Tree/Palmarosa oil is fast acting and acts to clear up the skin
while calming the effected area.
2) Bergamot Oil/Lemon
Oil (drying and smells good)
Bergamot oil has a revitalizing fragrance and it blends
well with other oils making it an excellent addition to any acne
treatment blend. Bergamot has antibacterial and drying
properties making it an ideal spot treatment for existing
blemishes. The citrus aroma has a calming effect on the
mind and soul. Should not be used full strength except on
the advice of a licensed homeopathic professional.
3) Clove Oil
Clove oil is a very potent essential oil that has
burning and purifying properties. In its pure form, it is
very irritating and should be blended with other essential oils
that contain alcohols such as Lavender or Bergamot oil and with
a skin friendly carrier oil (like Olive or Jojoba oil) before
being applied to the skin. Some devotees use it full
strength as a spot treatment for stubborn acne, but this is not
generally advised. When diluted, Clove oil can be applied
to the skin to treat emerging or existing breakouts. It is
very strong and acts very quickly. Should not be used full
strength except on the advice of a licensed professional.
4) Lavender Oil
from Australia (soothing)
Lavender oil has well known soothing properties and is
slightly antibacterial. Its scent is highly regarded and
most acceptable. It is excellent as a preventative acne
treatment that can stop future breakouts while clearing the
redness often associated with acne prone skin. Some
Lavender oil can be very strong and as with all essential oils,
it should be diluted before application on the skin.
5) Rosemary Oil
(Rosmarinus officinalis CT verbenone) (antifungal) with
This highly aromatic essential oil is excellent for
people with oily skin. When applied topically it helps
reduce sebum production thus limits breakouts associated with
oily skin. Not recommended for those with very dry or
sensitive skin. The drying properties of this oil make it
an excellent spot treatment that can be applied throughout the
day to effected areas.
Source: Jeanne Rose has developed a wonderful
aromatherapy kit for skin care and women’s needs. We call
it the Women’s Aromatherapy Kit. You can find it at the
Author: Jeanne Rose is the first person to write about
herbs and aromatherapy and to teach these subjects. She is
the founder of New Age Creations, the first body-care company in
the United States to use aromatherapy (since 1967) based on the
formulas she invented and used in The Herbal Body Book; she is
the Director of both the Herbal Studies Course and the
Aromatherapy Studies Course by home-study and with in-person
http://www.jeannerose.net. She brings 39 years of
experience and personal research in her practice of
Aromatherapy. She is the author of over 20 books on herbs
and aromatherapy, including a home-study course in herbs and one
in aromatherapy, and can be reached at info@Jeannerose.net.
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