The Best Essential Oils for Acne!

by Janice FERGUSON on May 22, 2022

The Best Essential Oils for Acne! - Inspire Me Naturally

Pimples, blemishes and acne are all common skin concerns - but unfortunately, they can seriously impact our confidence and self-esteem.

Many of us choose to hide our blemishes with makeup, use potent skin treatments, or even turn to medication or prescription drugs to get our acne under control.

Before exploring these options, you may want to experiment with a natural remedy like essential oils. Certain essential oils are renowned for their ability to reduce pimples and promote clear, glowing skin.

Interested to learn more? Read on as we share the best essential oils for acne below.

Where does acne come from, and how can essential oils help?

First, it’s important to understand where pimples and acne actually come from. Most commonly, acne is found on the oil-producing parts of the body such as the face, chest, back, upper arms, and back of the neck. Acne is a skin condition that occurs when our pores are blocked with oil and dead skin cells. This blockage occurs deep within the skin. 

Acne is not currently believed to be caused by dirt on the face or by eating certain foods, and research has indicated that over-scrubbing the face may actually aggravate the acne and make it worse. Acne can be persistent, and if left untreated can cause permanent scarring.

There are a range of different remedies and treatments available for acne, and no “one size fits all” approach. You may need to experiment with a few different treatments before you find a suitable option for your skin. Essential oils are one natural remedy that many people have successfully used to help reduce acne and clear unwanted blemishes.

Which essential oils are best for fighting acne?

So, which essential oils are best for skincare and acne treatments? It really depends on your skin type and the main area of concern. For example: do you have oily skin, dry skin, cysts or scarring?

When it comes to using essential oils to fight acne, the following oils are renowned for their skin-healing properties:

  • Tea Tree (to kill bacteria and shrink pimples)
  • Peppermint (to reduce swelling and clear clogged pores)
  • Rosemary (to manage oil and sebum production)
  • Oregano (as an antibacterial spot treatment)
  • Lavender (to soothe painful cysts)
  • Frankincense (to heal dry or scarred skin)

How to use essential oils for acne

The best way to use essential oils to fight acne is by applying them topically to the areas of concern. Try dabbing 2-3 drops of your chosen essential oil to a cotton ball, and apply gently to the affected area for a concentrated spot treatment.

For a more gentle, broad treatment, you can add 2-3 drops of your chosen essential oil to a carrier oil like almond or jojoba oil, and moisturise into the skin after cleansing. This can work for treating acne scars, too - especially by using Frankincense mixed with a carrier oil as a topical application to reduce marks and redness. We also recommend doing a patch test first before using any new oils on your skin.

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