Have you ever considered using essential oils for acne treatment and for acne marks?
These days I am slowly getting into the world of aromatherapy because of its holistic healing properties (which I love). There are so many amazing benefits that I think you should get to know them, too. As you may have already known, breakouts may be the cause of skin inflammation; or another reason may be your emotional stress and anxiety as well. I started to fall in love with essential oils after knowing their potential to heal myself physically and emotionally.
To help you get started in the “essential oils for better skin” journey, I’ve done more research for you. As well, I’m honored to have Marta Tuchowska – Certified Massage Therapist and Wellness Coach – to skype with me all the way from Barcelona, Spain and share her advice on essential oils for beginners who are currently suffering from acne.
What is aromatherapy?
According to National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA), aromatherapy – also known as Essential Oil therapy – is the art and science of using naturally extracted aromatic essences from a plant’s flowers, leaves, stalks, bark, rind or roots to “balance, harmonize and promote the health of the body, mind and spirit”. It “seeks to unify physiological, psychological and spiritual processes to enhance an individual’s innate healing process”. Because of this feature, Marta summarizes that the feature of aromatherapy is one way to achieve “holistic wellness”.
Essential Oils for Acne
Let me “warn” you: there are so many essential oils good for healing acne skin that you might get overwhelmed by the amount of possibilities. Because of this, Marta suggested you only start with one to three types of oils with different healing properties. As it is now summer season, your acne prone skin tends to turn more oily during this time. Below are four types of essential oils she recommended that are good for oily skin:
This oil is good for oily skin. With its antibacterial and antiseptic properties, it is also good for trouble skin. However, this oil is photosensitive and can cause skin reaction. So be sure not to use this oil during daylight hours.
Like bergamot oil, this oil is good for oily skin and ideal for healing acne as an astringent. Additionally, it balances hormones, relaxes and calms nervous system as well. Also like bergamot oil, you will need to avoid sun exposure while using this oil. What’s more, make sure you use this with caution as it may be too strong for sensitive skin.
Tea tree oil
A natural antiseptic, this is another good option to consider if you have oily skin when you are dealing with acne. It can even help relieve headache. From my personal experience, tea tree oil can be a bit strong for sensitive skin (I personally have sensitive skin). So, make sure you start with caution and with small amounts (more on the amount of oils and how to use essential oils will be discussed below).
Geranium oil can adapt all skin conditions and, therefore, is good for all skin types (especially for sensitive skin). It can also decrease sebum production. Besides, it is also good for fighting cellulite and headache. According to Marta, this oil is the safest oil among all oils she recommended during our interview.
Essential Oils for Acne Marks
If your current main concern is about healing acne marks and blemishes, then you could consider the following three options Marta suggested:
Not only geranium oil can speed up the healing process in the skin, it also serves as a powerful cicatrisant to help scar and other spots on the skin to fade and vanish by facilitating blood circulation just below the surface of the skin.
Chamomile oil is an effective cicatrisant and vulerary. It not only diminishes and heals scars, marks and spots on the skin and on the face, but also protects wounds, cuts and bruises from becoming infected as well.
Tea Tree oil
Tea tree oil and chamomile oil share similar properties. Besides protecting wounds from infections, this oil can quickly heal wounds. Additionally, it helps neutralize or diminish the acne marks, hence another effective dark spot corrector to clear up your face.
How to Find Your Ideal Essential Oils
This is my favorite part, where Marta recommended holistic thinking when it comes to selecting your most ideal essential oil(s). Because each essential oil contains healing properties in multi-faceted dimensions, the best way to get the most out of one essential oil is to use it to take care of as many of your conditions as possible. So, here is what Marta suggested: “Think holistically – put down all your conditions on paper instead of just one specific health issue you want to find solutions for.”
Therefore, instead of asking yourself: “what is the essential oil I need to choose to heal my acne”, a better question is probably: “what is the most ideal essential oil that can not only heal my acne and acne marks, but also address different health issues that are bothering me right now, physically and mentally”.
How to Use Essential Oils
Due to the high concentration in essential oils, you will need to dilute them before use. In general, Marta recommended you to start experimenting these two ways of using essential oils to apply them to your whole face:
First, you could mix organic skincare products with one to two drops of essential oils. Make sure the products you use only contain natural ingredients. This is because chemical ingredients in creams or lotions may affect the skin’s absorption of essential oils; and these oils’ effects will be diluted.
Alternatively, you could add one to two drops of oils to cold-pressed vegetable oils as the base oil. To start, mix 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil with 1 drop of essential oil of your choice. Here are seven good choices to be considered as ideal base oils: hazelnut, coconut, jojoba, avocado, argan, sweet almond and St. John’s wort (good for relieving anxiety and very hydrating).
Below is a short summary of the amount of essential oils and vegetable oils you will need to get started:
During the interview, Marta clearly stated the importance of avoiding mineral oils, because they usually contain chemicals; and they prevent oxygen and nutrients from entering your skin as well. Just a few months ago, I also read an article from Dr. Frank Lipman’s blog on different down sides of using mineral oils, which includes causing various health issue, clogging pores and increasing chances of breaking out, and not adding extra value to the skin at all.
To heal acne spots, you could even consider applying one drop of essential oils directly on the location. To better understand whether your skin is sensitive to a certain type of oil, you can have a skin sensitivity test by applying drops of one essential oil of your choice on either side of the biceps to see if there is any skin reaction.
Choose Your Ideal Essential Oils for Acne in 4 Steps
As always, I’m always here to make the work easy for you. This time, I’ve created an infographic, so that you can quickly and easily go through all four steps, find your ideal oil and start experimenting.
Enjoy a productive and exciting summer!
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P.S. I am working on Holistic Summer Skincare Package where you will learn how to truly take care of your skin from all perspectives such as:
- What Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners recommend about how to eat right in this summer for clear skin and healthier body
- Expert advice on skincare steps you must not skip for clear and nourished skin
- Step-by-step guide to choose a right foundation for acne prone skin
- A summer skincare challenge to help you get started and, most importantly, follow through!
I strongly encourage you to join me, as I want you to take actions to bring your skin to the next level.
P.P.S. After walking through these four steps, I’ve decided to try geranium essential oil for my acne and acne marks. What about you?