Essential oils have become all the rave lately and taking social media by storm. Some people love them, some people hate them and some are in between.
Honestly, some essential oils are wonderful for most skin types and some are just not suited for all. I am not going to lie to you, it’s a game of trial and error.
So now that you know essential oils might be your saving grace but also might not be, which ones are great and you should try?
tea tree oil
The go to essential oil is always... always! tea tree oil. This oil is an amazing for numerous reasons. Tea tree is an antiseptic and antibacterial which is absolutely great for killing p. acnes bacteria that causes pimples (in some cases) and drying out your blemish. Additionally, tea tree oil has antifungal properties, which helps to reduce inflammation in the skin and can reduce the risk of scarring (to a limit).
There are some precautions however. First off make sure that you have 100% pure tea tree oil, otherwise the added ingredients may cause more damage than the good the tea tree is doing. Secondly, tea tree oil is a very potent and dry oil meaning that if you have sensitive skin and products irritate you easily, you may want to dilute the oil, especially in the beginning. Simply take a q-tip and dip the head into the tea tree oil container and then quickly run the head under water. This will help to dilute the oil and lessen the chance of the oil causing an adverse effect. Then rub the q-tip over your blemish and either let it dry and then apply moisturizer and get ready for the day or head off to bed!
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Tea tree oil has been used for centuries and has proven itself numerous times through case studies of being extremely effective as a topical acne treatment. One final note on tea tree oil is that if you plan on using the oil during the day, make sure to guard your face from direct UV exposure. The oil has a tendency to make you more sensitive to the sun, which could potentially damage the skin even further. So be careful!
Ahhh lavender, known for its calming abilities and presence in aromatherapy! Lavender has amazing abilities to help lower the levels of stress you may be facing which may help to lower your fight or flight response in your body.
Do this by simply placing a few drops of lavender on your wrists and back of your neck, this will allow you to smell the scent and benefit from its calming abilities.
Similarly, lavender shares tea tree oil’s amazing ability to combat acne bacteria. Unlike tea tree however, lavender is gentle on the skin so most people can tolerate it without having to dilute the oil in anyway.
You can add lavender to almost anything in your already existing beauty regime or you can create a natural moisturizer that may do wonders for you! In order to do this simply buy some 100% organic jojoba oil and add a few drops of lavender to it. This will both help fight off existing acne while leaving your face moisturized and luscious. Jojoba oil is known for its ability to resemble our own skin sebum production which means that jojoba can calm your skin’s sebum production lessening clogged pore and therefore acne!! It’s really a win win and I suggest giving it a try!
Lastly, and yes my favorite is frankincense essential oil. Oh my goodness, what a lovely essential oil that I can simply not go without!
This oil not only helps to fight acne bacteria but it also works perfectly with other essential oils. Frankincense is antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory and aids in moisturizing the skin. This old fashion smelling essential oil may not be one you would like to add into your day time routine but I highly suggest adding it into your nightly regime. Not only does this oil help to fight active breakouts, frankincense is known as one of the best essential oils in helping to heal acne scars. And we all know how devastating these can be.
I mean you FINALLY cleared the acne but now you are left with scars that are just as embarrassing and debilitating. I know, because I have them... heck we all have them unless we probably would not be on the BANISH site, am I right?
My personal favorite way to use frankincense is to take a tiny amount of 100 % whole shea butter, warm it up with my fingers and add a few drops of frankincense. Let this mixture sit on your skin for 5 minutes and then with a clean towel, gently dab off the excess. Try this and I promise you wont be upset.
Hope this article was helpful to you. If you want to learn more about Essential Oils you can check THIS article.