It is a myth that oils aggravate acne. Even if you have an oily skin type, your skin can still benefit from the internal and topical use of oils and essential oils for acne. This is because; nature has equipped these oils with wonderful healing and anti-inflammatory properties. These, in turn, empower our skin and cells to regenerate themselves. Natural oils have antibacterial and antiseptic properties which fight bacteria and expel toxins. Many essential oils for acne can speed up skin’s natural defenses to prevent acne scars and blemishes typically seen on oily skin. Let us find out the best essential oils for cystic acne and adult acne.
Best face oil for acne and acne scars
1. Virgin coconut oil
Coconut oil is one of the best face oils for acne. It has antibacterial and antiseptic properties that can heal and soothe acne. Virgin coconut oil promotes tissue and skin generation to enable the skin to heal itself thereby preventing ugly blemishes and marks. Make sure you use only pure virgin coconut oil for cystic acne in teens and adults in order to avoid getting even more toxins, viruses and/or bacteria inside.
( Note: in case of very severe acne, simply using coconut oil won’t be enough. You must also use a microbial agent such as tea tree oil or rosehip oil. Also, some people experience severe breakouts when they first start using coconut oil. This effect lasts a couple of weeks, so continue using the oil to see results.)
2. Olive oil
Olive oil is also a wonderful remedy for acne not just on the face but also the butt, torso etc. Daily application of olive oil on acne pustules will clear up cystic acne in no time. Use this oil everyday on the pimples, post cleansing. You may also use an exfoliating scrub made with olive oil and brown sugar to keep your skin clean and healthy.
3. Jojoba oil
No other oil in nature has a texture and composition as similar to human sebum as Jojoba oil does. This waxy oil is a wonderful acne remedy and you can even use it on your hair and scalp to fight dandruff. Jojoba oil is a wonderful carrier oil to make your essential oil recipes for acne prone skin. We will discuss a couple of essential oils for acne recipes shortly.
4. Grapeseed oil
Grapeseed oil for oily and acne prone skin helps control excess sebum production and balances it to give you a clear complexion. This oil is rich in omega 6 linoleic acid and is a mild astringent and toner that conditions the skin. Grapeseed oil is suitable for sensitive, dry and oily skin and is packed with wonderful antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that fight acne.
Now we will discuss the best essential oils for pimples and blackheads.
Best essential oils for pimples and blackheads
5. Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil is one of the must have essential oils for acne treatment. It is antibacterial, antiseptic, antifungal, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic. Tea tree oil prevents new breakouts and also dries up existing acne quickly. Dab a few drops of tea tree oil (diluted in any of the above oils high in linoleic acid) on the cystic acne. Use this remedy twice a day to see quick results.
6. Lavender oil
Lavender oil for acne is a powerful healing remedy that can give you a blemish free complexion. This essential oil is soothing, anti-inflammatory and healing. It quickly relieves redness, swelling and pain. At the first sign of acne, apply lavender oil on the lesions to get rid of them overnight.
7. Rosehip oil
What is rosehip oil used for– pretty much everything when it comes to skin care! Rosehip oil is high in linoleic acid and other essential fatty acids. It is a powerful healing remedy that gives anti-aging benefits. Much research has been conducted on this oil and its ability to soothe, nourish and heal acne and surgical scars.
8. Sandalwood oil
Sandalwood oil is used since ancient times to inhibit P.acnes bacterium that causes acne breakouts in adults and teens. The farnesol compound present in this oil imparts wonderful antiseptic, antimicrobial and antibacterial properties to it. Other oils high in Farnesol are Jasmine, Palmarosa and Ylang ylang. You can use these oils in your essential oils for acne recipes.
Other essential oils for acne
- Clary sage
- Juniper berry
- German Chamomile
Best essential oil for acne recipes
Acne prevention essential oil recipe
- 5 drops of Tea tree oil
- 3 drops Rosemary oil
- 2 drops each Lemon and Grapefruit oils
- 4 drops Vitamin E oil
- 2 oz. distilled water
In a spray bottle, combine all ingredients. Spray from time to time on acne prone skin. Let the oils be absorbed by the skin.
Acne zap away blend
- 2 drops each of Geranium, Clary sage, chamomile, lemongrass, lavender, and bergamot oils.
- 2 oz of carrier oils like Jojoba, coconut or olive oil.
Mix the oils and store the blend in a dark colored bottle. (Keep it in a cool, dry place away from sunlight). To use, shake well and dab a few drops on the pimples using a clean Q-tip. Reapply every few hours. Avoid using this blend on broken skin or near the groin.
There are many other essential oil recipes for acne and acne prone or oily skin. I hope the above essential oils for acne recipe helps you get that clear complexion you have been dreaming of.