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wendy

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I've just read an answer on how to treat scars but I wonder if I can ask some more specific questions. I have multichemical sensitivity with many actual allergies. Some of these are allergies to natural things including the tree extracts and citrus group of essential oils. I've found this out by mixing my own oils. I cannot use moisterisers as they all have preservatives that I'm sensitive to and find myself using steroid creams more and more often; my skin seems always to be reacting to something. Obviously I've learnt not to use products with allergens in them, use only base oils for moisterising and have worked with a naturpath to adjust my diet but my skin is becoming very damaged by continual attacks from my own body and the affects of steroids, so can I use essential oils for healing? I have scars from flare ups in the same areas and large broken veins in my nostrils as well as very dry skin, have you any suggestions or am I a lost cause? W


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Hi!
I'm so sorry you suffer like this. I like lavender essential oil or aloe vera gel for scarring. You could blend the lavender finely with a carrier oil you get on with for a more gentle vibe. Jojoba is healing for skin. Hope this helps! It can take a little while to heal but with a dedicated vibe it always works. Keep it up!
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I, too have ultra-sensitive skin, and it's frustrating to have to read the label on everything before I use it, and more frustrating having to do a patch-test on a small area before using it all over. Then having to deal with the ravages of ordinary skin care from make-up and hand washing to being out in the sun.

I've found a few essential oils that work for me for soothing irritations and healing raw or cracked skin. They might work for you, too. (Everyone is different.)

German chamomile (Matricaria recutita) - the alpha-bisabolol and chamazulene apparently are the actives that help calm the skin. (The American Botanical Council has published studies that compare it favorably to steroid creams for treating skin dermatoses.)
Australian sandalwood (Santalum spicatum) - less expensive than East Indian sandalwood with a higher alpha-bisabolol content, so also very soothing.
Myrrh (Commiphora molmol) - slightly astringent, seems to "zip-up" cracked or oozing skin. (It's really resinous, so don't put it in or on anything plastic.) I sometimes use it in conjunction with a thick dab of honey on top. Even though the honey is inconvenient to use too often, it does seem to speed up the healing.
Elemi (Canarium luzonicum) - like a gentler version of frankincense, it's good for preventing scarring - or I use the slightly more expensive frankincense, too.
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) - original Gattefosse's burn remedy; cicatrizant; can't beat it for all-purpose usefulness and many skin benefits. I like Auroma's Tasmanian lavender the best.

I use other essential oils, too, but those are my top 5 for skin irritation. I use them only occasionally, and I found that I could use those 5 neat, without mixing them into any carrier, just straight out of the bottle, a little drop here and there. See if any work for you.

If you like them and decide you're going to use them often and/or on large areas, you may want to mix them into a nice, bland lotion or make your own blend of carriers. I've had good luck with rosehip seed oil, borage oil, evening primrose oil, rose hydrosol, neroli (orange blossom) hydrosol, aloe gel (without preservatives). You can mix any (or even all) of those together in a glass bottle, add your chosen essential oils, then, because the ingredients will separate like salad dressings do, shake it up each time before you use it. (I store it in the refrigerator to prevent the delicate seed oils from becoming rancid.)

After I discovered essential oils, I discontinued steroid creams years ago - it wasn't worth the horrible side effects.

[Regarding citrus oils, many people have a sensitivity to expressed citrus oils, the ones that are squeezed out of the rind. Those are especially harsh if they've aged and oxidized. I found that if I use the essential oils distilled from the whole citrus fruit, I don't have a problem.]

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