Most of us will have bad skin days, and it can often be frustrating to find the right treatment to remedy acne breakouts. Many prescription medications can be too harsh and drying on the skin.
A natural remedy you might not have considered is essential oils, which have been used for centuries in medicinal ointments. These highly concentrated oils are extracted from plants and contain a number of beneficial properties for your skin.
There are a number of essential oils that can help you eliminate acne. Here's our list of five options for you to consider.
1. Tea Tree Oil
Perhaps the most widely known essential oil for treating acne, tea tree oil is extracted from the leaves of a tree native to Australia. Traditionally, it has been used in aboriginal medicine to treat cuts and relieve sore throats, and its antiseptic and antimicrobial characteristics have been well documented in a number of clinical studies. Tea tree oil has been shown to be just as effective as benzoyl peroxide in reducing acne. Even better, it also comes with fewer uncomfortable side effects such as dryness and stinging.
2. Lemon Oil
One of the best-selling essential oils, lemon oil is widely used for a reason. It has a number of uses around the home, including as a natural cleaning agent, an air freshener, and a tasty and healthy cooking ingredient that is rich in vitamin C. Its naturally astringent and antiseptic properties make it perfect for treating acne. It can help balance oil production and also works as an effective exfoliator for removing dead skin cells. When using topically, remember to first dilute it with a carrier oil to avoid skin irritation.
3. Peppermint Oil
Another oil that is commonly found in the kitchen, peppermint oil is often used as an insect and animal repellent due to its strong menthol smell and as a household cleaner due to its antibacterial properties. These characteristics make it another great essential oil for treating acne-prone skin. Peppermint oil produces a cooling sensation when applied topically because of its high concentration of menthol, which works as an anti-inflammatory agent to soothe skin flare-ups. Peppermint oil can also help control the production of excess sebum that results in clogged pores.
4. Lavender Oil
Lavender is one of the most popular scents used in aromatherapy due to its ability to calm the senses, which is why it is often used as a sleep aid. Studies have shown a connection between stress and acne, so the soothing properties of lavender shouldn’t be overlooked. Getting a good night’s sleep can also do wonders for your skin, as your body does most of its healing at night. Additionally, lavender oil’s anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties can help treat your breakouts by reducing irritation.
5. Rosemary Oil
Originating in the Mediterranean, rosemary is an aromatic herb that is part of the mint family. While today it’s most commonly used to add flavor to savory dishes, it has historically been used in folk medicine to soothe digestion and relieve muscle pain. A natural astringent, rosemary oil also has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties to both soothe and treat acne. It can reduce the swelling and puffiness that often accompanies breakouts as well as improve circulation for a healthier looking complexion.
The next time you have a breakout, consider one of these natural remedies for a better skin day.
About The Author:
Trysh Sutton is a wife, mother, attorney, interior decorator, strategic leader and owner of Pure Path Essential Oils. She has an eye for business, innovation and perfection - and a desire to help her family, her friends and herself live a healthy and happy life.