Having irritated, blemished skin can be so frustrated. Despite being in the skin care business, I have always battled my skin. You name the skin issue, and I’ve probably had it. I’ve tried everything you can think of in the pursuit of beautiful skin. Seriously, giving people facials while I had ugly skin was mortifying. I worked in spas and had just about every skin treatment at my fingertips. My poor skin was so over processed. I’m not going to claim that I’ve found a magic potion that cleared my skin because it’s just not out there. What I have learned is that so much contributes to blemished skin, especially lifestyle. Stress and hormones wreak havoc on your skin and until those factors are settled, skin will stay in a state of imbalance and probably continue to clog no matter what product you apply.
Ok, enough 0f the Debbie Downer routine-there are things you can do in order to manage your skin that will help immensely. Essential oils are an excellent choice when trying to clear up acne. Many essential oils are antibacterial, antiviral, anti fungal and anti inflammatory-those are amazing words when it comes to acne! What I love about using essential oils for skin conditions is that they are gentle. Harsh exfoliants and chemicals might clear your skin for a time, but holy crap!!! Your poor skin will pay the price. Many people that suffer from clogged skin actually cause their skin to be over sensitive and overly dry by strong products. Sensitive skin is something you don’t need when trying to clear up zits and dry skin can add to the pain of the blemishes! It becomes a vicious cycle-dried out skin tries to compensate by producing more oil which leads to more clogs. Sensitive skin reacts which leads to more blemishes.
Essential Oil Benefits for Acne Sufferers:
- Relieves Cystic Acne
- Balance Excessive Oiliness
- Clears Blackheads
- Reduces Sensitivity
- Fades Scarring
How to Use Essential Oils When Treating Acne:
- Using essential oils is very easy. The oils I suggest for clearing your skin are gentle enough that most skin types don’t need to dilute them. They can be applied straight to a blemish.
- You can also create a toner using apple cider vinegar that will help relieve acne as well. Find out how HERE.
- A light moisturizer can be made by mixing essential oils with aloe vera gel will give your skin just a bit of hydration, which is perfect for oily skin. You can also use jojoba oil mixed with essential oils. Jojoba oil is very close to the skins own sebum. When jojoba oil is applied to the skin, it helps your skin to stop over producing oils. It also is probably the least likely to clog the skin when it comes to carrier oils. Jojoba oil delivers moisture to dried out, sensitive skin.
Essential Oils that Help Clear Acne:
Melaleuca (tea tree)-Not only does melaleuca fight infection, it also helps accelerate the healing process. I would say it is the most popular essential oil used in treating acne due to it’s ability to kill bacteria and fungus. It has been compared to benzoyl peroxide which is incredibly effective in treating acne, but very harsh on the skin. That’s the beauty of melaleuca-you have the benefits without the side effects.
Lavender-Lavender works well treating acne on it’s own, but is even better when paired with melaleuca. It is incredibly healing and helps calm skin as well as reducing pain.
Ylang Ylang-Ylang Ylang is the balancing oil. It helps to control sebum production in the skin. It also is wonderful for tightening the skin and toning!
Carrot Seed-Typically carrot seed oil is used in anti aging products, but it’s amazing for it’s skin regenerating abilities. When your skin is erupting, cell regeneration is really helpful. It’s also very effective protection against free radicals.
Geranium-If you caught my post on Geranium, you’ll know it’s probably my favorite essential oil for the skin. I love it for it’s ability to fade scars and even skin tone. It also helps prevent bacteria from forming on wounds. It has been known to tone and tighten the skin.
Frankincense–I love frankincense because it is incredibly gentle. It is one of those oils that can be added to anything and it will strengthen the potency of the product. It is a powerful astringent which means it strengthens the skin. It also helps fade scarring and regenerate skin cells.
UPDATE: I ended up adding Tamanu Oil to this roll-on. Initially I had only essential oils in it but several readers informed me that it did indeed burn their skin. The more I thought about it, the more I agreed that it should be diluted. Also, tamanu oil could not be more perfect. I can not believe it’s healing and drying properties. Read all about tamanu oil HERE.
Isn’t this info. awesome?! I think this is great news for those of you suffering from clogged skin! You don’t have to wreck and ravage your skin in pursuit of a clear face!
Spot treatments are especially helpful when dealing with break outs. When I think of the most effective formula I could make I realized, it’s just almost too simple for a post. Melaleuca is just the best option, but adding a few more oils in for added healing and regenerating benefits might not be such a bad idea!
Spot Treatment Roll On
10 drops Carrot Seed Oil (essential oil)(find it HERE)
In order to see results, you must be using quality essential oils. There is a huge difference in the quality of many essential oils. I use Spark Naturals for all my essential oils. Spark Naturals oils are certified pure, pharmagrade oils. Basically, they are as pure as it gets! You can read more about Spark Naturals HERE. There are a few other oil companies that I trust, but I prefer Spark Naturals because they are reasonably priced and instead of dealing with a pyramid scheme company, you just head to the website and order!
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P.S. If you want to skip this DIY, you can buy it HERE!