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oils - the fragrant essences extracted from plants - have long been a staple of
aromatherapy, but is it possible that they could help improve your acne as
well? As you'll see, the answer to this question is not so clean-cut. It's true
that they can be an effective supplement for your skincare routine, but there
are also a few precautions to keep in mind when using them.
Many of the commonly used essential oils have
powerful antibacterial properties - including tea tree oil, lavender oil, and
bergamot oil. Since breakouts partially occur because acne-causing bacteria
become trapped inside our pores, you can see why these might be useful.
Additionally, many other oils also have a drying effect on the skin, which is
perfect for those who are constantly battling oily skin. Some popular choices
for this include rosemary oil, geranium oil, and rose oil.
The advantage to taking an essential oil-based
approach to acne treatment is that many of these can be mixed and matched until
they're tailored to your own unique skincare needs. So, for example, if you're
looking for a treatment that is both antibacterial and has a drying effect, you
might find success with a combination of the oils listed above.
If you've been dealing with acne for any length
of time, then you're already familiar with the burdens of sensitive skin.
Unfortunately, when used carelessly, essential oils can make these skin sensitivity
problems even worse.
Since essential oils contain highly concentrated
plant extracts, many times they're simply too powerful to be applied undiluted
to the skin - and this is especially true for oils that are highly acidic or
astringent, such as lemon tree oil or bergamot oil. When exposed to substances
such as this, it's not uncommon to experience painful rashes, itching, and
So, in order to safely use them for a skincare
regimen you will first need to dilute them with a "carrier" oil,
which is used specifically for this purpose. Luckily, there are several
skin-friendly options to choose from, such as grapeseed or olive oil. Both of
these provide your skin with an array of nourishing nutrients and will protect
you from the potency of essential oils. If possible, choose an organic carrier
oil to ensure that the product you've chosen is really natural and not filled with additional
You might be surprised to learn just how little
of an essential oil should be used when creating a mixture. Most experts recommend
that essential oils comprise no more than 2% of your final concoction - which
means you should use about 12 drops of essential oil for every ounce of carrier
oil. However, if your skin is particularly sensitive, you may want to begin
with as little as 1% (or 6 drops).
While you may find success in treating current
breakouts with essential oils, it's important to remember that they do not
address the primary causes of acne. Because of this, it's best to think of them
as a means of "damage control" and not a permanent solution to your
In order to truly be rid of your breakouts, you
must focus on the unseen, internal origins of acne. For many people, the
trouble starts with their hormones. When high levels of androgen are present in
the bloodstream, it can send a message to your skin to begin producing more
oil. This excess oil (also known as sebum) clogs your pores and allows
acne-causing bacteria to flourish. Thankfully, products such as AcnEase have
found a way to address this problem in a safe and natural way. AcnEase is not a
hormone replacement, and neither is it a way to manipulate your hormone levels
- instead it prevents androgens from sending its signals to your skin with a
proven blend of plants and other all-natural substances.
So, while essential oils may be an effective and
sweet-smelling way to reduce damage from breakouts, until you start to treat
the primary causes of acne it's very likely that your problems will
With a promise of clear skin, Dr. A