Essential Oil Beauty Secrets: Treating Acne
Acne is a common nuisance that plagues almost everyone at some point in their life, and expensive treatments are never guaranteed to work for each person. How great would it be if you could find an effective treatment for every skin type that’s completely free of chemicals and other unnatural products?
Pretty great, right?
Well, good news! Yes, we constantly tout the many benefits of essential oils, but that’s because we know they work. We’ve seen the benefits, tested them on ourselves and our families, and we’re sold! No over-the-counter product quite measures up.
But back to how it helps with acne. The wonderful thing about essential oils is that they each have their own properties, so they can be mixed or used differently for various skin types. In other words, if your teenager has severe acne, more lemon or tea tree oil might be effective in their treatment for their oil reduction properties.
On the other hand, if you’re someone who only experiences occasional breakouts, you may benefit more from conditioning oils and spot treatments.
Whatever your skin issues, we’ve got you covered, so keep reading to find out what essential oils can do for you.
What Causes Acne
Acne can be caused or aggravated by various things. For teenagers, it’s usually caused by the excess production of oil, or sebum. The oil blocks the hair follicles, causing the pores to collect dead skin cells. Those pores can then become infected or darken to become white heads or blackheads.
This usually leads to inflammation and irritation causing bumps and redness. Left untreated, acne can leave scars and damage skin.
Acne or blemishes can also be caused or aggravated by factors like stress, poor diet, hormone imbalance or uncleanliness. Finding the proper balance of healthy habits and organic treatment is key to reducing or eliminating embarrassing outbreaks altogether.
Best Essential Oils for Acne
Essential oils are wonderful for use in acne treatments. They’re hormone, chemical and paraben free, so they’re not adding unhealthy irritants to already troubled skin. And making your own treatment products is easier than you might think, and so much better for your skin than some of those pricey bottled treatments.
Listed here are the essential oils that are best for acne, along with a description of their specific properties. We’ll follow up with a few recipes, but feel free to pick the oils that fit your needs and experiment with your own product.
- Bergamot: to kill bacteria, eliminate black heads and lighten acne scars.
- Chamomile: to soothe the skin and lighten acne spots and scars.
- Clary sage: balances oil production and reduces redness and inflammation.
- Cypress: to reduce pores, balance oil and tone the skin.
- Frankincense: to heal blemishes, fade acne scars and kill bacteria.
- Tea tree: to kill bacteria that causes breakouts.
- Lemon: to reduce oil, kill bacteria and lighten scars.
- Lemongrass: to replace vitamin E, promote skin cell repair and lighten acne scars.
- Lavender: to calm skin, kill bacteria, balance moisture and reduce inflammation.
- Rosemary: to balance oil and reduce inflammation.
- Ylang ylang: to reduce oil and inflammation, and kill bacteria.
Acne Fighting Recipes
Knowing which oils work is only half the battle. Knowing how to put them to use is the other half. Use these recipes as a starting point, and then experiment with your own blends to help with your particular issues.
Acne Fighting Astringent (for oily skin)
- 10 drops ylang ylang
- 7 drops rosemary
- 5 drops tea tree
- 5 drops bergamot
- Witch hazel
Drop the essential oils into a glass bottle and fill with witch hazel. Apply solution with a cotton ball after cleansing and follow up with an acne-fighting moisturiser.
Oil Balancing Moisturiser
- 50 ml coconut oil
- 10 drops frankincense
- 10 drops clary sage
- 5 drops rosemary
- 5 drops lavender
Whip coconut oil with a high speed hand mixer until creamy, and mix in essential oils. Store in a glass jar and use every evening after cleansing your face.
Wonderful for someone with combination or oily skin who only occasionally experiences breakouts.
Maximum Strength Acne Fighting Moisturiser
- 50 ml coconut oil
- 10 drops tea tree
- 10 drops lemongrass
- 10 drops rosemary
- 5 drops lemon
Whip coconut oil with a high speed hand mixer until creamy, and mix in essential oils. Store in a glass jar and use every evening after cleansing your face. Be aware that lemon causes photosensitivity to the skin, so only use at night or when sun exposure is limited.
- 5 ml jojoba oil (more for sensitive skin)
- 3 drops tea tree
- 2 drops rosemary
- 2 drops lemongrass
This mixture can be mixed in a small container and used as needed for sudden breakouts. Use fingertips to apply a drop of mixture to your blemish.
We hope you’ve gotten some good out of this piece on how to prevent and reduce acne. Every person is different, so it’s helpful to experiment with small amounts of each blend to test for allergies and see how they work for you and your skin type.
Staying ahead of annoying breakouts can ensure that you’re protecting the appearance and health of your skin for years to come. For more essential oil beauty tips, be sure to check out our recent article on anti-ageing treatments. Your skin will thank you!