There’s nothing more annoying than waking up to a face full of acne or pimples as my Naija people call it. Like many, you’ve probably tried all sorts of facial cleansers, scrubs, soaps and creams, but nothing seems to work and you’ve given up – only to routinely cake up your face with layers of foundation so thick you can feel it falling off your face – sigh. At the end of the day, when all that makeup gets washed down the drain, the pimples stare right back at you in front of the mirror.
Not to worry, all hope is not lost. In my quest for acne treatments, I found that natural products are the best, not just because they have little to no side effect but because these herbs were actually created to cure our ailments, acne included. These 5 powerful essential oils really do work when used properly and I think they’re worth giving a try:
Tea tree oil is known for its power and antiseptic scent. The chemicals in the oil have been proven to contain antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory agents which make it a strong anti-acne substance. To use, apply regularly on affected skin area using a cotton wool swab. Note that oil is very concentrated and may be harsh on very sensitive skin. Hence, a dilution with another oil such as coconut or olive oils may be necessary.
This is a common kitchen spice. Oregano is excellent for getting rid of pimples when used in its essential oil form. The natural antiseptic and antibacterial properties of oregano oil make it excellent for treating spots. Just like tea tree oil, be sure to dilute the oil before applying it directly to your skin. Mix equal parts of both the Oregon oil and another oil – jojoba oil, olive or coconut oil are recommended choices. Apply the mixture on the acne spot regularly until skin clears up.
If you have wondered what to use to disinfect your skin, then go no further than lavender oil. According to lush.co.uk, it is a versatile essential oil obtained from the flowering tops of the plants by steam distillation. It is medically used to treat burns, sunburn, skin complaints, cold sores and even insect bites as it has antiseptic and soothing properties. It is very effective in healing damaged skin. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to incorporate lavender oil into your daily beauty regimen if getting rid of acne is your goal. You would have to either choose a facial wash or moisturizer with lavender essential oil ingredient or prepare your own moisturizer by combining jojoba, almond or grape seed oil with lavender essential oil. These blends are also effective in make-up removal.
This is a cold pressed essential oil produced from extracts of a bergamot orange fruit. It is commonly used as a top note in perfumes. Bergamot’s revitalizing fragrance and antibacterial properties make it an excellent treatment option for spot breakouts. It blends well with other oils making it easy for you to create your own tailor-made acne treatment blend. So mix bergamot oil with coconut, olive or jojoba oil. Then mix it in other acne fighting essential oils you’ve found work well to create a powerful personalized acne treatment.
Rosemary herbs are effective in revitalizing the skin. It’s well known for its ability to reduce excess oil on the skin. Its anti-inflammatory properties make it an excellent treatment for redness and puffiness. To use, get a cleanser, scrub or moisturizer with rosemary essential oil contents. Use regularly to increase your chances of achieving at a clear skin with a lasting glow.
I hope with consistency and a bit of patience one of the above oils will work magic for your acne problem. Please feel free to share what remedies work for you in the comment section below.
On a side note: Once you get your skin to an envious point, you’ll sure be doing videos to show it off like Spa Entrepreneur Freda Francis. Click to watch!
Culled by Sema Bassie
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