Using Essential Oils For Acne
Essential oils have a place in many people’s homes – they smell good, are useful and have many different applications. Did you know that essential oils are excellent when it comes to treating acne at home?
The benefits of essential oils on the skin have been known for centuries – residues of essential oils have been found in ancient Egyptian tombs. You do need to do a bit of research into the uses and potential side effects before settling on a particular oil or combination of them. Blending oils properly means taking their core components into consideration.
You don’t have to be a chemist but you do need some understanding of which oils complement each other. Generally speaking, oils are grouped according to their primary components. Blending oils within the same group is a pretty safe bet, when in doubt. Lavender oil is one of the few oils that can be blened with anything. You will also need to find out about what concentrations to use.
By and large, the oils will burn the skin if they are placed directly onto it. You can overcome this by mixing the oils in a suitable carrier oil or aqueous base. A little goes a long way here, no more than a 15 concentration is necessary for benefits.The exceptions here are Lavender and Tea Tree oil, both can be applied directly to the skin.
If you are having a baby, or have serious medical issues, not all essential oils are suitable for use. Some can cause a miscarriage and others can raise blood pressure. If you are in either of these categories, you need to see a qualified practitioner before proceeding with treatment. Never drink the oils – they are highly concentrated and poisons if taken in internally. Going for an aromatherapy massage can be a great way to introduce yourself to this treatment range.
For on the spot treatment, the best oils that you could have, and the easiest to obtain, include Lavender and Tea Tree oil – no homes should be without these. Lavender is a good all-rounder and will soothe spots. Tea Tree is a great anti-bacterial and will help fight the infection. They can be mixed together if necessary. Another couple of good choices include Rose Geranium and Palmrosa – both are good for skin complaints and can be mixed together. You can add in a few drops of Lavender to boost the formulation’s efficacy.
If you don’t fancy the idea of using a carrier oil on your face, use an aqueous base or add into your normal moisturizer or toner. Remember that a few drops go a long way.