Essential Oils For Acne

Why Do Essential Oils Treat Acne?

Most essential oils are highly effective in clearing acne and acne scars because they are rich in vitamin A and tretinoin, which is the acidic form of  vitamin A or Retin-A. This is important because many dermatologist insist  Vitamin A as well as Vitamin C are the best weapons in clearing up acne.

How Essential Oils Work

Essential oils work in clearing acne and acne scars by clearing up the sebum in the skin and killing acne-causing bacteria,  while also preserving the skin’s acid mantle. When used effectively, essential oils cause scarring and blemishes to fade gradually over time.

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There are different types of oil for OCM:  Carrier oils and Essential oils are two of the oils.  Carrier oils are the good base oils to penetrate your skin and maximize the delivery of essential oils.  Essential oils are strong, concentrated oils, commonly extracted from botanical and fruit, used in small amounts and heavily diluted in other  oils.  In The Oil Cleansing Method it consists of Castor Oil, Olive Oil, and for extra benefits an essential oil.  Different oils of both carrier and essential have their own preferred uses and benefits for different types of skin issues.  Essential oils are not a necessity for OCM to work, as carrier oils already do a great job at it, but if you like experimenting or want to tailor your blend further for your own skin, using the right essential oils may be beneficial.

Top Essential Oils Treat Acne

Tea tree oil of course is probably the most often recommended oil for the ‘antiseptic’ portion of a formula, though it doesn’t seem to work for everyone. Experimenting with OCM and different blends and ratios is usually needed before the right blend is found as every person is different.

Myrtle essential oil is highly antiseptic, smells nicer, and may be balancing to the hormones at the skin level. Many therapists, use it as their “go to” essential oil for acne care, and can be dabbed on “neat” (meaning straight out of the bottle, undiluted).

Spike Lavender essential oil is both antiseptic and anti-inflammatory. It’s an excellent “cleansing” essential oil, and is a component of many recommended acne treatment formulas. Be careful of adding to much if you choose this one as the castor oil solution is already cleansing in nature.

Lavender essential oil, also astringent, is antiseptic, relieves pain and swelling, and speeds healing time. It also balances the sebaceous glands, and calms the nervous system,  both of which can contribute to acne breakouts.

Blue Tansy essential oil calms swelling and redness deeply and quickly. Apply as a spot treatment to active blemishes, cuts, scrapes, and bug bites to take out the redness and shrink the swelling.

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.

Rosewood Oil is a  highly aromatic essential oil is excellent for people with excessively oily skin. When applied topically it helps  reduce sebum production thus limited breakouts associated with oily skin. Not recommended for those with very dry or sensitive skin.  The strong drying properties of this oil make it an excellent spot treatment that can be applied throughout the day to effected areas.

Sources:  Essential Oil Remedies for Acne Scars | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/about_5070158_essential-oil-remedies-acne-scars.html#ixzz2I1AQDULB,http://teenadvice.about.com/library/weekly/aatp102301j.html