The article is written to introduce you with essential oils that rejuvenates skin and helps to overcome problem of acne and pimples. The present day lifestyle, hormonal imbalance and pollution are responsible for skin hurdles. The problem is not limited to any specific gender or any age.
It affects people of all ages. Essential oils showed the path of natural solution to not so natural problem. We will have a quick recap of essential oils before moving ahead.
Recap of Essential oils
Essential oils are botanical extracts and are extracted from plant parts using methods of distillation or mechanical methods like cold-pressing. The oil retains the plant’s fragrance and flavor which is known as “essence.” Essential oils are volatile liquids and so they quickly spread their aroma. Oils range in color from colorless to brownish yellow. Wintergreen oil is a pinkish fluid liquid. These liquids are highly concentrated in nature and so are not advisable for direct use on skin.
You must have understood that we have to use carrier oils for their dilution.
It should be noted that not every essential oils are good for skin. Every essential oil has some specificity and so this article will help you to beat the dilemma of essential oils.
Some examples of essential oils include rosemary oil, tea tree oil, peppermint oil etc.
What is Acne?
Before going ahead, I should tell you about acne and the possible reasons behind it.
Acne is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that causes spots and pimples. It can occur on face, shoulder, back or neck. It is a very common skin condition among teenagers. It results when hair follicles become plugged with oil and dead skin cells.
Causes for acne: There are various factors that contribute in such skin condition and some are listed below:
- Hormonal imbalance
- Excess oil (sebum) production
- Hair follicles when clogged by oil and dead skin cells
- Bacterial invasion
- Physical or emotional stress
- Adverse response to any medications
Symptoms of acne: Signs and symptoms of acne depend on the severity of the situation.
They generally show like blackheads, whiteheads, small red bumps, pimples or severe pus
Treatments of acne: People generallyopt for self care remedies to overcome from acne
problems. In severe cases, when home remedies do not show appropriate results one should seek doctors advice. They might prescribe stronger medications. Dermatologist is a specialist
doctor who manages disease related to skin.
They help to control acne and make scars less noticeable. General medications include use of antibiotics like tetracycline. Topical prescriptions include use of salicylic and azelaic acid, retinoid and retinoid like drugs etc. There are plenty of other treatments available in market in form of gels and lotions which though help but takes toll on your skin. Some market chemicals causes’ dry and irritated skin. All these shortcomings led to the use of completely natural skin care solutions which is none other than essential oils.
Essential oils for Acne
Essential oils form the backbone of many popular skin care products and are widely used in cosmetic industries.
Think yourself; it must have some special feature that’s why it is widely used.
Utilizing essential oils in their pure form provides all the necessary benefits and that too without any additives or harmful chemicals.
Is not it pretty exciting? Even I am excited to take you on this ride.
We will further have look which essential oils are good for acne and why essential oils are so preferred in skin care products. Essential oils that is helpful in case of acne and pimples:
Tea tree oil: Tea tree oil is first and best choice for acne breakouts. The oil is light in color with camphor like aroma. It is famous for its anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties.
These properties may help to kill bacteria that are responsible for acne breakouts. Clinical studies on tea tree oil reflect its effectiveness for acne prone skin. It can be combined with moisturizer or can be diluted with carrier oils before use.
Lavender oil: Lavender oilis yetanother such essential oil that can be used for nourishing skin. It provides much needed calming effect to skin.
It is versatile oil imparts soothing and alleviates itchiness and irritation. The oil is also enriched with antimicrobial activity that helps to keep bacteria at bay.
Peppermint oil: This oil is a true skin saver but only if it is applied properly. Peppermint oil is famous for its cooling sensation and the credit goes to menthol present in oil. Oil also shows biological activities like antiseptic and antibacterial.
These activities provide potential to fight against bacterial invasions. Oil when applied on skin gives cooling effect and calm irritation.
Rosemary oil: This wonderful oil is helpful in balancing sebum production. Remember excess oil production can be a cause for acne.
Application of this imparts clearer pores and makes skin less oily. It also has anti-inflammatory property that treats redness which results from frequent breakouts.
Frankincense oil: The excellent oilthat is extracted from Boswellia resin is must for skin care. It offers benefits ranging from astringent properties to anti-inflammatory strengthening and tissue remodeling. This simply means it heals your skin after breakouts. It is good to go for all skin types.
There are some other essential oils also that can be useful for skin. But above listed are some best essential oils for acne. You can even create essential oil blend and dilute it in carrier oil.
Note: It is not recommended to directly apply essential oil on face. If it is your first encounter with essential oils make sure to have patch test before. Always dilute essential oil in carrier oil like coconut or jojoba oil before use.
Reasons to prefer Essential oils
Essential oils offer natural treatment for skin problems. Essential oils can treat different types of acne without chemical irritants or synthetic ingredient. Using chemicals on face can be really exhausting as it can damage rest of the face. Studies support that essential oils can help treat acne. Essential oils provide stimulating and cooling effect to acne affected area. Just opt for natural and pure essential oils.
However, effect of Essential Oil depends upon the skin type, gender, age and multiple other factors. It is recommended to opt for Essential Oils and use them after due diligence and expert advice, also it is quite important to do a patch test for allergies and other effects before usage.
I’m sure you may have got sufficient insight on the usage of Essential Oils and Carrier Oils from our end. Please comment in the box, how have you benefited from Essential Oils. Lets know more about the healing properties of these Essential Oils.