Best Essential Oils For Acne And RednessFriday, October 12, 2012
2 Best Essential Oils For Reducing Acne And Redness
Lavender has anti-fungal, antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. These skin soothing qualities make it one of the most valuable oils in the treatment of acne as well as many other skin conditions. Lavender contains all the beneficial properties needed to inhibit bacteria that can cause skin infections, reduce inflammation, sooth irritation, balance sebum production, and reduce the appearance of scars. Lavender is also known to stimulate the growth of healthy new cells.
Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)
Traditionally used by Australian aboriginals for centuries, crushed Tea Tree leaves were applied to the skin to help heal cuts, burns and infections. Tea Tree oil is known to be very cleansing for the skin, having anti-fungal, antiseptic, antimicrobial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties.
How To Use Lavender and Tea Tree Oil
Essential oils are powerfully concentrated, it is always recommended that essential oils be diluted in a carrier oil. While I have seen some websites that claim Lavender and Tea Tree oil are safe to use "neat" as a spot treatment (without being diluted), I do not recommend this method. I recommend always diluting ALL essential oils.
DIY Acne Fighting Treatment
To create your own acne fighting treatment you'll need:
Carrier oil (I use Rose Hip oil)
Lavender essential oil
Tea Tree essential oil
1. Add two pumps (or a 1/4 teaspoon) of carrier oil to the cotton pad.
2. Add 2 drops of essential oils to the cotton pad.
3. Apply cotton pad to face or other affected areas.
I've found this to be the best moisturizer for my acne prone, oily skin. I apply this treatment after cleansing and toning every morning and night. The Rose Hip oil keeps skin supple, hydrated and helps to reduce acne scarring. While the Lavender and Tea Tree oils calm redness, inflammation and inhibit acne-causing bacteria. There are many carrier oils to choose from, we will explore these in upcoming articles.
One of my favorite products by Desert Essence, Organic Lavender and Tea Tree oil combined into one easy to use dropper bottle.
Aura Cacia is another favorite brand, they offer an amazing selection of essential and carrier oils.