7 Essential Oils for Acne Prevention and Treatment: Uses, Descriptions, Recipes and Precautions

Almost everyone has experienced acne. It is more than just that heart-sinking sign that puberty has befallen you. It is, in fact, the most common skin condition in the US. Acne occurs when skin flakes and excess oils clog our pores. This creates an ideal breeding site for bacteria called Propionibacterium acnes, the culprit of pimples.

Acne plagues more than 50 million Americans. It manifests in the form of whiteheads, blackheads, pimples, cysts or nodules. The severity and persistence of the disease vary from one person to another depending on many factors. These may include stress, genetics, menstrual cycle, climate and habits such as using makeup and squeezing your pimples.

Even though acne is not considered dangerous in general, it can cause scars, discomfort and low self-esteem. Let's admit: it simply ruins our day.

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Acne is the most common dermatological condition in the US, affecting more than 50 million people. Photo by Septian Simon/ Unsplash.com

People have searched unendingly for treatments against these shameful markings. Technology offers dozens of ways to combat acne such as high-frequency electrical currents, blue and red lights, and even hormone-altering methods. But nature has her own set of treatments to offer. And surely among her list are essential oils.

You might think it's a bit far-fetched that essential oils can also help control acne, but yes, they actually do. Essential oils do more than fight off stress, which is one of the biggest factors in getting acne. They are scientifically proven to fight acne-causing bacteria and rejuvenate the skin. Essential oils can help you with your acne problems in many different ways as well as in its different stages. It can help in prevention and in curing. They will even help in your skin's recovery by minimizing acne-caused scars and replenishing damaged skin.

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7 Essential Oils For Acne Prevention and Treatment

1. Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus, the famous evergreen tree native to Australia, has long been used to treat common ailments. It is popularly used as a remedy for coughs, colds, and congestion. Its benefits have a long-standing reputation in the field of medicine and have been a subject of many research studies. The oil of the eucalyptus tree is also used in other industries such as cosmetics, food flavoring, perfumes and even dental health. It is a common ingredient in mouthwash and chewing gum. Its cool soothing sensation on our skin is a therapeutic treat nostalgic to us all. It is also used to ease muscle and joint pain.

Another known ability of the eucalyptus is that it can repel insects. In the United States, eucalyptus oil has been used to kill mites and ticks since 1948. This particular property has made it a potential eco-friendly alternative to synthetic mosquito and housefly repellents.

Eucalyptus globulus, one of the four hundred species of the eucalyptus, is specifically priced for oil production. Eucalyptus essential oil is extracted from the leaves through steam distillation. It is a colorless liquid with a distinct strong, sweet, woody scent.

But not known to many is that the Aboriginal people of Australia actually used eucalyptus to treat wounds and fungal infections on the skin. A recent study in 2016 gave evidence to the tree's antimicrobial properties. This offers real benefits in keeping our skin clean and free of harmful organisms that could lead to acne. Acne-causing bacteria thrive on unprotected skin. Eucalyptus and its antimicrobial abilities will ensure that your skin is bacteria-free with just a few drops.

Aroma Foundry's Eucalyptus Essential Oil is guaranteed 100% pure, sourced from trusted partners. It is an excellent blend together with rosemary, cedarwood, lavender and lemons oils.

Learn more about eucalyptus essential oil.

2. Rosemary

Rosemary is popular for its numerous benefits in culinary and herbal medicine and originates from the Mediterranean region. Its very name is actually derived from the Latin words "ros", meaning dew, and "marinus", meaning sea. It translates to "dew of the sea", probably referring to how it grows around the Mediterranean sea. Studies about this beautiful plant go way back in the ancient periods and still continue today. It has been used for salads, soups, and medicine, even as charms against evil spirits. The ancient Egyptians, the Hebrews, the Greeks and the Romans had a high regard for the Rosemary plant and some even considered it sacred.

Rosemary is related to mint, but similar in appearance to lavender with flowers and silvery pine-like leaves. Oil is extracted from fresh buds through steam distillation. The oil it produces is clear, watery and provides countless therapeutic and medical benefits.

Rosemary essential oil is known to help key body organs such as the brain, the liver, and the heart. It has an amazing array of properties. It is analgesic, antibacterial, anticancer, anticatarrhal, antifungal, anti-infection, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. Most of all, it is loved for its woodsy citrus fragrance that has filled homes for centuries.

Despite being studied by botanists since the 16th century, it was only recently discovered to have anti-inflammatory properties. This is a feature that actually makes it helpful in preventing acne. Inflammation is a leading cause of scarring in acne-infected skin areas. It also causes redness and swelling --some of the most painful effects of acne. And thank goodness, Rosemary oil can help prevent them.

Our premium Rosemary oil comes all the way from its origin: the Mediterranean region, from the country of Morocco. Fight off acne and keep scars away with this all-natural essential oil. Rosemary oil blends perfectly with many other essential oils, including cedarwood, grapefruit, sage, lemongrass, citronella, lavender, eucalyptus, basil, fir, mandarin, tea tree, ylang ylang, and spearmint.

Learn more about rosemary essential oil.

 

3. Lemon

Known to moisturize the skin, fight bacteria, and nurture damaged skin, lemon is a popular natural ingredient in skin care treatments. Photo source: Pixabay.

 

We may take for granted the most popular citrus fruit on the planet. We see it everywhere: in our food, in beverages, in soaps, in car fresheners, and in medicines. But its wide commerciality is no exaggeration. The lemon truly has countless remedies to offer us.

Lemon and its essential oil have actually been used for medical purposes for at least one thousand years in India. It is believed to have been introduced later on to Western countries. English sailors were known to bring lemons in their voyages to cure themselves of infections. It cleanses the body of toxins, energizes the body, whitens teeth, relieves nausea, and so much more.

To add to that, this wonder of nature purifies the skin and fights bacteria, making it an effective skincare aid. Lemon essential oil has been proven to reduce acne, moisturize and nourish damaged skin. It has anti-aging effects and is antimicrobial. Its ability to clean and repair the skin keeps skin flakes and oil from blocking the pores. This prevents bacteria from breeding and keeps the skin acne-free.

The oil is extracted by cold-pressing the fruit's peel, which is its most nutrient-packed portion. The lemon oil is considered the most essential oil to keep in the house thanks to its countless uses. Add it to other blends such as lavender, tea tree and ylang ylang for amazing results.

Learn more about lemon essential oil.

 

4. Lemongrass

We mentioned earlier that climate is one of the factors that lead to acne development. Humidity causes us to sweat more. And for some people, sweating can be a cause of acne. Skincare experts call this type of acne condition pityrosporum folliculitis, and it is actually very common in the United States.

One of the many significant abilities of lemongrass essential oil is that it helps alleviate excess sweating. That is why it is actually found in deodorants. That's right. Lemongrass oil can help control sweating.

Lemongrass essential oil is also widely used as an ingredient in cosmetics. It is an effective astringent and actually assists in firming the skin.

The oil is made from a combination of fresh and partly dried lemongrass. It is heavily manufactured all around the globe to feed the cosmetic industry and others that make use of it.

Even before it became an ingredient to makeup products, the lemongrass plant was popularly used in making tea, cooking, medicine, incense and as an effective insect repellent. It is a natural antiseptic and is used to help wounds heal. Mix lemongrass oil with a little bit of coconut oil and use it to help ease joint pains.

Learn more about lemongrass essential oil.

 

5. Peppermint

Peppermint possesses properties helpful in controlling excess oil on the skin. Photo source: Pixabay

 

The peppermint plant grows throughout Europe and North America. It is used as a flavoring for both food and beverage and to add fragrance to soaps. Aside from its flavor and aroma, the peppermint plant is most known for producing a refreshing minty essence. Because of these qualities, peppermint is one of the most popular plants being made into essential oil.

Peppermint essential oil has an incredibly diverse array of helpful abilities. It is known to help with digestive issues. It allows gas to pass through easily and reduces spasm in the colon. Peppermint oil also can prevent bad breath and help relieve congestion and muscle pain. It is a key ingredient in lip balms because it can heal cracked lips. It cools the skin and keeps away bacteria.

There is just so much that this essential oil has to offer. However, it has one extraordinary characteristic that makes it impossible to be left out in our anti-acne list. Peppermint oil reduces the production of the testosterone 5-ALPHA reductase.

Just as we explained earlier, excess oils (called sebum) are one of the factors in allowing acne to flourish. They clog the skin pores where bacteria could grow. Reducing the production of testosterone 5-ALPHA reductase also decreases the production of these excess oils. For this reason, peppermint is considered a potent essential oil for acne prevention.

Peppermint could be blended with many other essential oils such as eucalyptus, lavender, grapefruit, lemon, rosemary, tea tree, sage, cedarwood, patchouli, lemongrass, and spearmint.

Learn more about peppermint essential oil.

 

6. Lime

Lime, traditionally used as a flavoring element in food, is also known for many other uses. Its cleansing properties are just as good as lemon. It is rich in vitamin C and can boost the immune system. It helps to detoxify the liver and fight bacterias that cause diarrhea, food poisoning, cholera, and typhoid.

Though very well known as a fruit, an equally rich way of reaping its benefits is by using its oil. Lime essential oil can be extracted by cold pressing. Aroma Foundry uses Mexican lime, also called key lime, for its lime essential oil.

More than other oils included in our list, lime essential oil is well known for its skin care capabilities. It fights off bacteria that could penetrate your pores. It is also very effective in removing dead skin. The acid of the citrus gently peels off old skin and reveals the younger skin underneath. Another amazing quality of lime oil is its ability to tighten the pores, making it a natural astringent. For this reason, it is commercially used as an ingredient in many cosmetic and skin care products.

Learn more about lime essential oil.

 

7. Sage

If you enjoy eating roasted turkey during holidays, then you surely know the distinct flavor of sage. Though more popular as a spice than an essential oil, both the herb and its essential oil are equally efficacious. Humans have benefited from the sage plant since ancient times. It is in fact believed to be the oldest type of herb used in both culinary and medical practices.

The sage plant is an evergreen shrub with cool grayish-green leaves. Small hairs called trichomes that give them an identifiable texture cover its leaves. It is common in many European countries surrounding the Mediterranean, including Greece and Yugoslavia. It is easy to cultivate and is popularly grown in many gardens and kitchens.

Perhaps even less known about sage and its essential oil is how they can benefit our skin. Sage essential oil is an effective antibacterial agent and helps prevent bacterial infections. It also works as a skin moisturizer, preventing problems caused by dry skin. It helps prevent scarring, inflammation, and irritation.

It works more wonders when added to other essential oils such as lavender, rosemary, peppermint, lemon, grapefruit, cedarwood, lemongrass, bergamot, and spearmint. Purchase a bottle of this all-natural essential oil and discover how it works its wonders to the skin.

Learn more about sage essential oil.

 

Precautions

Essential oils yield a lot of benefits when used properly. But they could also cause some problems when precautionary measures are not observed.

Essential oils, generally, should be diluted in a carrier oil like coconut oil or almond oil. The ideal proportion should be about three to five drop of essential oils per teaspoon of carrier oil. Never use too much! Just a few drops at a time will do you just fine.

Remember that our skin may react differently to different kinds of essential oils. Some essential oils may not be good for you and might cause skin irritation. So make sure to always do a patch test. You can do this by applying the oil on a small area of your arm first before using it on other parts of the body.

Be cautious when using certain essential oils that are considered photosensitive. These oils have certain components that make the skin more prone to UV light and may result in blistering, discoloration of the skin or burning more easily from minor sun exposure. Generally, the photosensitive oils are orange, lime, lemon, grapefruit and bergamot.

If you are pregnant or if you are currently nursing, extreme care is necessary. Essential oils can affect hormones and other aspects of your health. It is best to check first with a professional if using essential oils is suitable for you during these important periods of your motherhood.

Diluted, oils like lavender, chamomile, orange, lemon, and frankincense are generally considered safe for children. However, we recommend that you do not use essential oils to children below seven.

Storage is also important. Essential oils should be stored in dark-colored glass bottles. Never use plastic containers. Many essential oils can eat through plastics when undiluted, and even when diluted, they can degrade plastics over time.

  

How To Use Essential Oils For Skincare And Acne Treatment

Acne is very common during puberty. No less than 85% of the US population experiences some form of acne between the ages 12 to 24.

 

There are many creative ways to blend and apply essential oil to your skin. There are no strict rules. You can be your own chemist and therapist with Aroma Foundry products. But if you prefer to be less adventurous or looking for good methods to start with, here are some:


Easy-to-Make Blend for Daily Use

Creating an essential oil blend against acne does not really need to be complicated. It could be as easy as adding three to four drops of eucalyptus essential oil to two teaspoons of unscented lotion. The antimicrobial property of the oil will certainly do its work, and the cooling effect will also give you a refreshing sensation.

You can do this every day and discover how eucalyptus oil can make such a subtle yet effective difference.

 

Eucalyptus Acne Astringent

If you think you are up for a more complex blend, you can try creating this Eucalyptus Acne Astringent.

For this you will need:

  •     15 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
  •     20 drops Lavender Essential Oil
  •     2 ounces Braggs Organic Apple Cider Vinegar

Simply combine all the ingredients in a glass container. Shake it well before applying it to your face. This is a great blend to cleanse your face after a rough day outside. It will also make you feel relaxed and fresh before treating yourself to a good night sleep.

 

Rosemary Oil Acne and Scar Healing Treatment

Acne can be prevented. But when you just can’t, remember that they can leave scars. And thankfully, scars can be prevented too.

To make your Rosemary Acne and Scar Healing Treatment you will need the following ingredients:

  •     5 drops Rosemary Essential Oil
  •     1 ounce Tamanu Oil
  •     3 drops Lavender Essential Oil
  •     6 drops Frankincense Essential Oil

Combine all the ingredients in a glass container and shake well. Take a dip of the mixture with a cotton ball. Then, apply it on the area with closed and healed acne wounds to help lessen scarring.

 

 

Essential Oil Facial Steam

Acne is caused by clogged pores. So why not give your face a nice warm steam treatment to open those pores? This is also a great reliever for irritated sinuses.

All you have to do is add two drops of either eucalyptus or lemon essential oil to a steaming bowl of water. Cover your head with a small towel, like a tent. Close your eyes and steam your face, breathing deeply as you do so. Then, pat your face dry. 

 

Lemon Essential Oil Cleanser

If you think your face needs a bit more action, then this blend is perfect for you.

Add two drops of lemon essential oil to one teaspoon of baking soda. Mix them together then apply it onto your wet face. Scrub for about twenty seconds and wash off with warm water. Go to the mirror and check the difference. You would surely find out how lemon essential oil can rejuvenate and nourish damaged skin.

Lemon fruit and lemon oil are both a popular ingredient in facial treatments due to their skin-nourishing abilities. Photo by Noah Buscher/ Unsplash.com

 

Remedy for Cystic Acne

Many skin care doctors consider cystic acne as the most severe type of acne. In such cases, the blocked pores become infected and inflamed. It leaves the skin with terrible scars that are often very visible.

To make a remedy for cystic acne, you may combine the following ingredients:

  •     5 drops Rosemary essential oil
  •     5 drops of Eucalyptus essential oil
  •     5 drops Tea tree essential oil
  •     1 teaspoon of carrier oil

Combine all ingredients and shake well. Then, apply to the affected area of the skin. This blend will help the skin heal and fight off infection.

Check out our selection of 100% pure essential oils that you can use for your recipes right here in our shop. 

Summary

A healthy and beautiful complexion contributes to a higher self-confidence and a more active social life. Photo by Blake Cheek/ Unsplash.com 

 

Acne is treatable. But more importantly, to most of us, it is preventable. To do so is not costly or difficult. All you need are these three things: the right tools, helpful knowledge and a little bit of work. Aroma Foundry is glad to provide you with the first two. We are sure the last one wouldn't be so difficult.

After all, there are so many other meaningful things that we want to focus on in our lives. We know. And though we don't always notice, the absence of small unwanted details truly makes a difference in the big picture. Even things such as acne and other skin conditions pose awful effects on our productivity. And it is good to know that there are simple remedies to treat and prevent them from infesting our skin.

You can explore our website for more helpful reads. Learn about our promos and discounts, and scan through our product list to discover the right essential oils for you.



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