Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is known for its antimicrobial and antifungal properties.
A 2007 study suggests that tea tree oil is an effective treatment for mild to moderate acne. Sixty patients were divided into two groups — one group was treated with tea tree oil and one was the placebo. The participants were followed every 15 days for a period of 45 days. The response to treatment was evaluated by the total acne lesions counting and acne severity index.
The results of the study showed a significant difference between tea tree oil gel and placebo in the improvement of the total acne lesions count, as tea tree oil was 3.6 times more effective than the placebo. In regard to overall acne severity, tea tree oil was 5.8 times more effective, proving that tea tree oil serves as an effective and natural treatment for mild to moderate acne.
One study found tea tree oil to be just as effective as benzoyl peroxide, but without the associated negative side effects that many people experience including red, dried and peeling skin.
You can make a homemade gentle tea tree oil acne face wash by mixing five drops of pure tea tree essential oil with two teaspoons of raw honey. Simply rub on your face, leave on for one minute, then rinse off.
To use tea tree as an essential oil for acne, add 2–3 drops to a clean cotton ball and apply topically to the area of concern. Tea tree can also be added to your daily face or body wash or it can be added to a spray bottle filled with water and spritzed on the face or body.
Lavender oil has profound benefits on your skin because of its antimicrobial and antioxidant characteristics. It soothes and nourishes the skin — treating acne, healing dry skin, and reducing the appearance of dark spots and scars caused by acne.
Other benefits include its ability to reduce stress and anxiety that are associated with acne breakouts in adults and its therapeutic properties that improve your quality of sleep, thereby promoting healthy and radiant skin.
A study published in the Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand found that lavender oil provides a relaxing effect when inhaled. Twenty volunteers participated in a study that investigated the effects of lavender oil on the central nervous system, autonomic nervous system and mood responses. The results revealed that lavender oil caused significant decreases of blood pressure, heart rate and skin temperature. The participants characterized themselves as more relaxed and refreshed after lavender oil inhalation.
Studies suggest that stress and acne are connected, explaining why people often experience acne flare-ups in times of increased stress and anxiety. Researchers believe that an increase in acne may be due to higher levels of sebum that are produced in times of stress; therefore, lavender essential oil serves as a powerful tool because of its stress-reducing capabilities.
To use lavender oil to alleviate feelings of stress that can trigger the production of sebum, diffuse 5 drops of oil at home or apply topically to the wrists, back of neck or temples. Lavender essential oil also has antibacterial properties and can be used directly on the skin to fight acne.
Clove has the greatest anti-microbial ability over E. coli and also exerted considerable control over Staph aureus which causes acne and Pseudomonas aeruginosa which causes pneumonia.
As a natural remedy to eliminate acne, take 3 drops clove oil and mix with 2 tsp raw honey. Mix together and wash your face or you can also try tea tree oil face wash.
How to Use
The best way to use essential oils for acne is to apply 2–3 drops topically to the area of concern. These oils are safe for neat or direct application, but they can also be combined with a carrier oil such as almond or coconut oil.
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Make a paste by mixing the following ingredients:
2 teaspoons raw honey
3 drops lavender oil
3 drops tea tree oil
3 drops frankincense oil
Wash and dry your face, then apply the paste and let it sit for an hour before rinsing off.
Remember that a little goes a long way, so use only 2–3 drops on the skin.
If you have sensitive skin, dilute the essential oils with a carrier oil before applying topically. Also, avoid exposure to direct sunlight when treating acne with essential oils. The UV rays can make your skin more sensitive and may lead to skin irritations or redness. If using any of these essential oils causes skin irritation, do not use that oil; try a gentler oil like lavender instead.