Your face is like your business card – it tells so much about you, at a glance.
Acne is a common problem and people of all ages can be affected by an excess of oil production, clogged pores, bacteria and dead skin. These leaves the pores unable to breathe. There are also other factors – such as hormones, stress, diet, certain medication – that can worsen skin conditions. Acne can cause blemishes on your face, arms, back and later they can transform into scars.
Essential oils are concentrated oils extracted from plants, but undiluted they can be harsh on your face. Always remember to dilute the essential oil in a carrier oil (such as coconut, jojoba, olive oil) and use only a few drops (2-3 drops). Apply them topically or add them to your face lotion, toner or body lotion. You can also apply the essential oil on a pimple with a cotton ball or with your finger tips.
The essential oils most beneficial for skin care and acne in particular are:
Tea tree oil – has antibacterial properties. It has been proven to kill several types of bacteria and fungi. It is one of the most used essential oils for acne and blemishes.
One major study found that tea tree oil was almost six times more effective than placebo in treating mild to moderate acne.
Lavender oil – has antimicrobial properties, helping keep bacteria in check and preventing acne formation. It also soothes and nourishes the skin, reducing the appearance of dark spots and scars caused by acne.
Externally, acne induces relaxation, so diffuse it in the evening to promote good sleep and relaxation. Stress and lack of sleep are known to promote skin blemishes and acne. You can also spray a few lavender drops on your pillow or bed sheets.
Rose oil – fights several types of bacteria. It was shown to effectively treat acne, has anti-aging and smoothing properties for the skin.
Not all essential oils are safe for your face, but the ones mentioned here are safe if they are diluted in small quantities (2-3 drops) in a carrier oil. Especially if you have a sensitive skin. Also, you may want to avoid direct exposure to sunlight after applying the oil. If you experience skin irritation at anytime, stop using that particular oil.
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