Essential Oils for acne skin care can be a very safe & effective alternative to pharmaceutical synthetic options.
Many oils are naturally astringent, anti-fungal, antiviral, antimicrobial, antibacterial & anti-inflammatory. They relax your mind/body in stressful times; they reduce inflammation, pain & scarring; they regulate oily skin & increase circulation to remove inflammation.
Essential Oils can reduce pimples as well as the inflammation/pain and possibly even the chance of further breakouts.
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Acne vulgaris is a skin condition that affects just about everybody at one time or another. Although it is most common in teenagers, it can also affect adults.
It is caused when your skin produces an excess of sebum (skin oil) and together with dead skin cells, clog up your pores and become infected by bacteria.
The resulting red "bumps", black heads or whiteheads appear on the face, back and chest. At best they are unsightly and at worst they can become painful.
More and more Essential Oils are being studied for there ability to attack bacterial strains that are loosing their sensitivity to antibiotics.
The following are some of the more popular oils for acne skin care.
This is by no means a complete list but should provide you with a good variety to start off.
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Bergamot Oil can be used for acne skin care because of its anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and astringent properties.
It can be added to a carrier oil such as Shea Butter or used in a blend with other oils listed on this page.
Bergamot is a natural cleanser that can balance oily skin and reduce the pain of your acne.
More on Bergamot Essential Oil and how to use it.
Clary Sage Essential Oil is able to reduce inflammation and scarring that can occur during an acne outbreak.
Clary Sage is a natural hormone regulator that is able to effectively treat acne no matter what the cause.
More on Clary Sage Essential Oil and how to use it.
Juniper Essential Oil is naturally antimicrobial and antibacterial so is a powerful fighter against acne vulgare and is very popular for acne skin care.
As a bonus it also has antiseptic abilities.
It can be applied topically either neat or diluted.
More on Juniper Essential Oil and how to use it.
Lavender Essential Oil has antioxidant and antimicrobial properties which are great for acne skin care. It is also known to help relax your mind and body in stressful times.
The combination of these factors make Lavender a valuable tool against acne, especially for adults.
More on Lavender and how to use it.
Peppermint Oil contains antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that make it an excellent choice for acne skin care.
It acts both as a cleanser and a decongestant; it cools the skin; it stops bacterial growth; it reduces the accumulation of skin oils.
It can also be applied both externally and internally to address your acne problem from both directions.
More on Peppermint Oil and how to use it.
Rosemary Essential Oil is very effective for acne skin care due to its detoxifying, astringent, anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties.
In addition to being very effective, it is also very safe and a great alternative to many of the synthetic options available on the market.
More on Rosemary Essential Oil and how to use it.
Tea Tree Oil has antiseptic, anti-fungal, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties.
Topical application is recommended either undiluted on individual pimples or diluted over larger areas. (It is best to avoid applying it to healthy skin if at all possible)
Using Tea Tree Oil can effectively reduce pimples as well as the inflammation/pain and possibly even the chance of further breakouts.
There have been several studies which support the effectiveness of Tea Tree usage in acne skin care.
More on Tea Tree Oil and how to use it.
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