THE BEST ESSENTIAL OILS FOR ACNE
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We all have had skin problems at one point in our lives. For some of us, these were just temporary issues, which fortunately disappeared quickly or were just the result of poor diet and stress. The real problem arises when irregularities on the face do not go away and turn into something much bigger, for example, acne. In addition to being painful and unpleasant, they impact mental health and self-confidence and bring a lot of challenges. Although many products and treatments available today can treat acne, it is a long process that is only sometimes successful.
Of course, one of the methods of treating and alleviating acne problems is using essential oils. There is no guarantee that essential oils will cure acne, but they can certainly lessen the pain and be part of your treatment.
If you try to solve your acne problem using essential oils, keep in mind that you must be well informed. Find out which essential oils are most often recommended, in what amounts and how experts recommend using them. Essential oils are powerful and should not be applied to the skin alone but in combination with a base oil.
Education is essential because of its strength and the possible consequences of incorrect use. But don't worry; we’ve also decided to help you. Well, let's go!
WHAT IS ACNE, AND WHY DOES IT APPEAR?
Acne is one of the most common skin diseases. It is believed that about 80% of teenagers have acne, which is more or less pronounced and usually subsides by the age of 25. Likewise, acne can appear even in adulthood, and the treatment process usually takes place in close cooperation with a dermatologist.
This skin problem occurs when the sebaceous glands on the face and upper body become clogged with sebum, a fatty substance produced by these glands. The main culprit for excessive secretion of sebum is the increased level of circulating dihydrotestosterone - a steroid androgen, a male sex hormone also found in smaller quantities in the female body.
Although various factors cause acne, everything revolves around hormones, bacteria, certain drugs, heredity and stress, and some experts believe certain foods could worsen the problem with acne. However, there still needs to be thorough research on this.
The treatment process is long-term, and the first positive results can only be seen after a few months. It is very important to follow the doctor's instructions (if you turn to them for help), be patient, and hope the treatment will work.
HOW CAN ESSENTIAL OILS HELP IF YOU HAVE ACNE PROBLEMS?
Essential oils often have medicinal, antibacterial and antioxidant properties that help with various other problems, such as acne. Issues such as headaches, insomnia, and problems with concentration are treated with essential oils, and they are increasingly part of the skincare routine.
However, care should be taken with essential oils precisely because they are so strong, and if misused, they can do more harm than good. When we discuss how essential oils can help with acne, we are talking about reducing redness, swelling, and in some cases, the appearance of pimples on the face. Again, we emphasize that before you decide to do anything, be well-informed and contact your doctor for additional advice.
WHICH ESSENTIAL OILS ARE RECOMMENDED FOR THE TREATMENT OF ACNE?
Although there are various essential oils on the market that can help with many problems, when it comes to acne, these four essential oils stand out the most - tea tree, lavender, peppermint and eucalyptus. The mentioned oils were developed from plants often recommended to solve other skin problems, especially tea tree. But what exactly does each of these oils bring in the fight against acne?
TEA TREE ESSENTIAL OIL
Tea tree essential oil has antimicrobial, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, making it a favorite oil in the "fight" against acne. The research has also shown that tea tree is effective in healing wounds, which only confirms that it is also effective in relieving pimples, i.e., acne.
However, since it is a potent essential oil, dilute it with water before applying it to the wound or the area in combination with a carrier oil. Experts believe that tea tree essential oil calms redness, swelling and inflammation because of its medicinal properties.
Using tea tree essential oil will help prevent and reduce acne scars while leaving your skin smooth and clear.
LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL
Lavender oil is one of the most popular essential oils on the market. It can be used in many ways and is one of the few essential oils applied directly to the skin. More specifically, without a combination with a base oil.
According to research, lavender essential oil increases collagen production and tissue regeneration, mainly when used in the initial stages of scar treatment. It has proven antibacterial properties and is non-comedogenic, so it will not clog pores.
The lavender essential oil can be used alone or with a base oil. You can also use it as a daily toner with tea tree oil or argan oil as a natural treatment for pimples.
EUCALYPTUS ESSENTIAL OIL
Eucalyptus essential oil is known for its solid and refreshing scent but has anti-inflammatory properties. They make it ideal for use on inflamed and painful areas, such as those where acne has broken out.
In addition, eucalyptus essential oil has several benefits that can affect the resolution of acne problems. It reduces inflammation and promotes ceramide production. It also has antibacterial properties and has a timely effect on the onset of infection, and helps strengthen the immune system.
PEPPERMINT ESSENTIAL OIL
Just like the previously mentioned oils, peppermint essential oil has antibacterial properties that make it an excellent ally for acne-prone skin. Experts point out that peppermint oil can help fight against several harmful bacteria.
Peppermint essential oil also has antiseptic properties that help cleanse the skin of acne-causing bacteria and provide excellent protection against the formation of new pimples. It also relieves irritation and inflammation, making it a natural remedy for dry, itchy skin.
IN WHAT WAYS CAN ESSENTIAL OILS BE USED IN THE FIGHT AGAINST ACNE?
Essential oils are not intended for ingestion and internal consumption, so they are mainly applied locally, i.e., directly to the skin. There are several ways in which essential oils can be used locally - using a base or carrier oil and with tools such as gentle pads, ear sticks, and the like...
Since essential oils are concentrated plant chemicals, they are often solid. That is why it is recommended to test before applying to the skin to see if there is any skin reaction. If there is, please stop the treatment as soon as possible. Apply a small amount of oil and wait at least 24 hours to see results to ensure you don't react.
When applying an essential oil to acne, remember that less is more. Mix one drop of essential oil with ten drops of carrier oil or water. Then wash your hands with soap and gently massage the mixture into the desired area with a pad or stick.
However, suppose you're already using products to solve your acne problem. We recommend you talk to your doctor before adding essential oils to your routine to ensure you're not making your skin worse.
However, you will need patience most because acne treatment, especially if it is a more severe case, takes a long time, and there is often little progress. But don't give up and try to do everything in your power to solve the problem.