Aromatherapy and essential oils can be great for helping to fight pimples and acne. Used full strength or diluted with a carrier oil, they can be applied topically to relieve mild to moderate acne for those with skin issues.
In order to choose the essential oil that is right for you, you need to consider your skin type, the type of acne that you have, and whether or not the essential oil needs to be diluted. Some essential oils should never be used full strength, and if you have sensitive skin you are generally going to need to dilute them as well. When diluting, you need to choose carrier oils that will not clog your pores further.
Grape seed oil is often the best choice for use on the face. As with any acne treatment, should a rash or irritation develop, you should stop use immediately and see a doctor if the condition does not improve.
Here are some of the most effective essential oil treatments for acne issues.
Tea Tree Oil works as an antibacterial treatment for acne as well as a general purpose wound cleaner. It is very soothing to irritations, rashes, and burns. It can also be used to control dandruff and treat warts and other fungal infections. When used for acne, it is fast acting and helps to clear the skin, while soothing the irritation of the affected area.
Bergamot Oil has a refreshing fragrance and blends well with other oils. It has antibacterial and drying properties, so it is an ideal spot treatment for existing blemishes. Many find the citrus aroma to be calming and re-energizing. Full strength use should only occur with the advice of a licensed homeopathic professional. For individuals that are exposed to the sun or tan frequently caution should be used, as bergamot oil can make the skin more sensitive to the sun.
Clove Oil is very potent and has both burning and purifying properties. In its pure form it is very irritating to the skin, so it should always be blended with carrier oils before application. Some users prefer to use it full strength as a spot treatment for stubborn acne, although this is generally not advisable. The diluted clove oil can be applied to the skin to help treat emerging or existing breakouts. It is very strong and acts quickly.
Lavender Oil is well known for having soothing and antibacterial properties. It works best as a preventative to stop future breakouts and to soothe the redness associated with acne prone skin. In its purest form it is very potent and should always be diluted with carrier oils before being applied to the skin.
Rosewood Oil works best as a treatment for people that have excessively oily skin. It helps to reduce sebum production when applied topically which in turn limits the breakouts that are associated with oily skin. If you have dry or sensitive skin you should not use rosewood oil. Because it has strong drying properties, it works well as a spot treatment that can be applied throughout the day to affected areas.
As with all herbal treatments, you should monitor using essential oils for reactions and other conditions. If you notice a reaction, discontinue use immediately, and contact your doctor if the condition does not improve.
Never mix herbal remedies and traditional acne medications, whether over the counter or prescription, without first speaking with your medical professional. Doing so could be over drying the skin or cause it to react poorly to treatment.
If you are pregnant or nursing, check with your doctor prior to starting an essential oil therapy. Oils can be absorbed into the bloodstream through the skin, causing potential harm to the unborn fetus if improperly used.