As someone who has suffered from acne since puberty, it can be annoying at best and downright scaring (pun intended) at worst. I've tried a lot of products over the years but got no real significant success until I started using natural oils for my hair and skin care.
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Most of the skincare products available these days are filled with harsh chemicals that worsen the skin’s condition over time. Essential oils are natural oils that contain ingredients loaded with all the good stuff your skin and body needs.
Here is a list of 5 natural oils, effective in fighting acne outbreaks:
Tea tree oilThis is one of the most popular essential oils, and for good reasons. It targets the bacteria causing the skin irritation and inflammation. This is because of its antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. A recent study showed that tea tree oil is just as effective for curing acne as benzyl peroxide. That is a chemical ingredient used in skincare products for acne treatment.
How to useYou can either add tea tree oil to your skincare products or make your own from the scratch. It’s quite easy!
- To use in your skincare products, add 1-3 drops to your moisturizer or cleanser.
- To make a moisturizer you would need your tea tree oil and a carrier oil- it could be olive oil, coconut oil or any oil you feel comfortable using.
- For each tablespoon of carrier oil, add in 6-8 drops of tea tree oil. Measure your mixture according to the amount you would need.
Frankincense oilFrankincense oil helps fight acne and removes acne scars at same time. It also controls excessive oil production that could lead to breakouts. The reason for this is that the oils on the face can seal in dirt, clogging the pores. It also prevents inflammation and skin irritation.
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How to useYou can use this oil without diluting it. However, if you feel more comfortable mixing it, use one part carrier oil and one part essential oil. This is basically a 50:50 measurement.
Rosemary oilThis potent oil fights against excess sebum (oil) production. It contains essential nutrients such as vitamins and antioxidants. This makes it a good cleaning oil for the skin. it also rehydrates the skin, putting a glow back into dull or pale skin
How to useFor adults, you can easily use Rosemary oil undiluted. For children though, it would be advisable to mix one part carrier oil with the essential oil before applying it.
Lavender oilLavender oil is very soothing and calms the skin. Applying it on your areas of concern regularly, will leave you with amazing results. It contains acne fighting properties and I use this oil for my hair and face regularly. Using lavender oil daily as part of your skincare routine is a great way to prevent acne outbreaks.
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How to use
For an ounce of carrier oil, add 10-20 drops of Lavender oil, depending on the intensity you want. You can also mix the essential oil with your lotion or cream as far as they are unscented.
Its citrus scent is the most appealing thing ever. Apart from that, it is very revitalizing, containing antibacterial properties to help treat and prevent skin infections. Bergamot oil also blends well with other oils, so you can make your own perfect mix of a personalized acne treatment.
How to use:
How to use
For an ounce of carrier oil, add 10-20 drops of essential oil, depending on the intensity you want. You can also mix the essential oil with your lotion or cream as far as they are unscented.
Essential oils are natural cures for skin issues and when used properly, they have no adverse effect on the body. Using these cures will help you harness radiant, blemish free skin. The carrier oil choices are up to you but I love jojoba oil as my carrier oil to blend essential oils with.
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