The natural oil produced by our skin in sebaceous glands, sebum, is intended to prevent our skin from becoming dry, but this oil can sometimes be produced in excess. The excess oil clogs the hair follicles in our skin and causes a build up of dead skin cells. This accumulation, over time, forms blackheads.
The blockage may also facilitate inflammation or swelling due to the growth of a harmless bacterium called Propionibacterium acnes, and others, which results in bump-like spots, papules or white spots, pustules.
Essential oils have been used for centuries to clear acne quickly and organically, and can be combined with a carrier oil, like Jojoba Oil, Olive Oil or Coconut Oil.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea Tree Oil anti-fungal, anti-viral, antiseptic and antibacterial properties help to reduce the inflammation and swelling caused by acne. The oil will penetrate the skin to free blocked glands and hair follicles by disinfecting pores and removing whiteheads, blackheads, pimples and other blemishes. It also works as a solvent to remove dust and grease easily, and protect the skin from oxidative stress.
Applying the oil can be used to soothe and treat cuts, burns, and other skin disorders, and it helps in reducing the likelihood of developing an infection. It is also helpful in treating corns and warts.
Be aware that it dries the skin, so use a moisturizer. A good dilution ratio is 3 drops of tea tree oil to 1 teaspoon of carrier oil. Although, if you have extra sensitive skin, it is recommended that you do 1-2 drops of oil.
Lavender Oil is known to soothe and nourish the skin, while being antimicrobial and antioxidant. It can heal dry skin, and reduce the appearance of dark spots and scars caused by acne.
Lavender interacts with the autonomic nervous system, and causes the release of a hormone called corticotrophin releasing hormone, CRH, which stimulates the release of histamine (compound that triggers allergic reactions). This helps with burns because histamine causes the burnt tissue to be blocked off so it may heal faster.
However, Lavender as a carminative may redden the skin and make pimples look more prominent because it relaxes the muscles around blood vessels so that they deliver more blood to the face.
If you choose to add it to your skincare routine, use a daily moisturizer with lavender oil or make your own by adding carrier oils jojoba and almond oil and applying to the areas of concern twice daily.
Amazing Bergamot Oil from the bergamot fruit rind has a citrus aroma and antibacterial properties which work to eliminate black spots and blemishes on the skin. It is a lightweight dry oil which sinks directly into the skin to heal and balance from below the surface.
As a natural cleanser, it removes dirt and impurities to unclog pores, and can be used to balance oily skin and even tone.
It also easily combines with carriers like coconut , jojoba and olive oils.
Rosemary Oil can be used to reduce excess oil, and its anti-inflammatory properties reduces the redness and puffiness caused by acne. It is antibacterial because it kills a wide spectrum of bacteria, including Propionibacterium acnes. It can also remove numerous reactive oxygen species, and can protect against UVB radiation.
Get glowing skin by regularly using a cleanser, scrub or moisturizer that contains naturally astringent rosemary essential oil. Use a moisturizer that contains rosemary regularly to get a perfect acne treatment.
Cypress Oil is extracted through steam distillation of the cypress twigs. It helps tone the skin, prevent large skin pores and provides relief from the overactive sebum glands that makes skin oily and prone to blemishes. The antiseptic and astringent properties of cypress control and speed up healing time.
This oil is non-irritant and non-phototoxic (safe for sun exposure). Its circulatory benefits cause cypress oil to awaken dull complexions, regulate blood flow and remove spider veins.
Even though it has many benefits, it’s important to dilute in a carrier oil.
Lemongrass Oil is obtained by steam distillation from lemongrass leaves and stems.
It has vitamin A, which enhances skin cell repair that replaces the dead skin cells for cell renewal, and vitamin E, which lightens acne spots and blemish scars.
Frankincense has been documented as a valuable and precious commodity traded in the African and Arabian regions over 5000 years ago. It is mentioned as a powerful remedy regularly used in ancient Chinese medical texts from as early as 500 BC. It is used against a myriad of ailments such as arthritis, indigestion, headaches, skin issues, feminine health issues, respiratory conditions such as bronchitis, weak immune system, infected wounds and more.
Frankincense Oil is a personal favorite for most people. It has wonderful healing and revitalizing properties that help all types of skin. This oil is a great choice for healthy and youthful skin without acne scars, and reduced wrinkles. It is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, astringent and controls oily skin.
Oregano Oil has a higher percentage of phenol which is an organic compound with strong disinfectant properties.
Use small amounts because oregano tends to cause skin irritation. It is highly recommended that you dilute this essential oil with a carrier oil.
Chamomile Oil calms irritation caused by acne and lightens the black spots and scarring. Chamomile oil has antibacterial activity which helps to reduce the growth of acne-causing bacteria, including P. acnes bacteria.
It promotes skin renewal to keep your skin young and refreshing. Chamomile tea is also very popular because it has anti-anxiety and sleep-inducing properties.
Add a few drops of chamomile oil to your face daily after wash.
Geranium Oil is green and has a very strong scent. Its rich antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiseptic and antioxidant properties make it fit for acne elimination and aging skin.
It is able to kill bacteria that causes outbreaks, eczema, and skin rashes, and helps with free radical removal before and when they cause infection.
This oil is also able to balance sebum production so it’s a great natural alternative for dry, oily, and combination skin. It is a natural cicatrisant, so it heals scars and evens skin tone while tightening skin to maintain or achieve soft and supple skin.
Add a few drops of geranium essential oil to your moisturizer, or apply directly to all areas of your skin. You can use it at night when going to sleep to achieve maximum results.