Essential oils are compounds extracted from plants and are often inhaled through treatments like aromatherapy. However, they can also be applied topically to the skin to absorb certain plant chemicals which, in turn, could possibly help with treating acne. But before you start slathering your face with whatever essential oil you could get your hands on, Rajani Katta, a board-certified dermatologist from Texas, stresses the importance of recognizing the potential dangers of applying pure essential oils directly on the skin. (Related: Essential oils offer many health benefits.)
"It’s really important to recognize, when you apply them to your face, you do run the risk of an allergic reaction," said Katta. "Essential oils are really highly purified extracts of plants and even though they might be all-natural, we have a saying, 'Poison ivy is all-natural.'"
Instead, Katta recommends combining essential oils with fragrance-free lotions or a carrier oil like jojoba or rosehip oil to reduce the risk of an allergic reaction. Also, you should avoid using citrus oils like lemon, lime, and orange on the face, even in their diluted form. Katta explains that these oils contain chemicals that make you sensitive to sunlight, which could lead to rashes, swelling, and blisters.
With that said, using essential oils could help with acne because of their anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial effects. Acne contains a bacteria called Propionibacterium acnes which proliferates in the sebaceous oils of the hair follicle. This bacteria plays a key role in the pathogenesis of acne and also causes inflammation all around the hair follicle. By slowing down the growth of this particular bacteria and reducing the inflammation it causes, essential oils could be a big help on the road to healthier skin.
Using essential oils as a natural skin cleanser is much better for your overall health than using potentially dangerous prescription medication. Below you can find a list of good essential oils you could mix in lotions or carrier oil to help you get the clear skin you desire:
Give your skin the natural treatment it deserves by using essential oils. If you want to learn more about the wonders of these oils, visit EssentialOils.news.