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SamB

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Hi,
Does anyone know of any essential oils that are helpful in treating acne?
Thanks! Sam
Carolyn

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There are a number of essential oils with great anecdotal and empirical evidence for their efficacy in treating acne. I've had great results using the following skin-care regime: Add 1 drop of Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea Tree) and 1 drop of Thymus vulgaris linalool (Sweet thyme - and it's imperative that you don't confuse this with the Red Thyme, carvacrol or thymol type - either of these would be too aggressive to the skin, possiblly causing irritation)- plus 2 drops of Lavandula officinalis 'Alpine" - into a bowl of hot water. Not too hot - a reasonably warm temperature from the faucet should be fine. Using a CLEAN face/wash cloth or piece of gauze or toweling, (EACH TIME you do this to avoid cross-infection), soak the cloth in the water and essential oils, and then place over your face - with eyes closed. Press onto the face until you loose the warmth. Repeat at least 10 times, morning and evening but at least once a day - probably in the evening when cleansing before bed. After the warm compresses, use Auroma's Cleansing Lotion blended with the same essential oils - same # of drops in at least 1 tablespoon of the cleanser. Close eyes and massage gently into the skin. Add a little water to foam slighlty and then rinse with clean, tepid water. Pat dry. Add perhaps 1 drop of Citrus reticulata - Mandarin or Cananga odorata var. genuina to lift the fragrance slightly. It's important that you actually LIKE the blend you're using to achieve the maximum potential benefits. Here's where you can introduce occasional exfoliation - but very gently and either once or a couple of times a week so as not to aggravate the situation. Auroma has a really delicate facial scrub composed of Agra shells and natural oils with Vitamin E. Blend your same eo's again as above and use very gentle circular movements, avoiding the eyes of course. Rinse with tepid water and pat dry. Another alternative is to use the pure aromatic hydrolat's (floral waters) of Lavender, Orange flower (Neroli) or Rose to spritz the face inbetween applications. This avoids excessive touching of the face and can really help to prevent aggravating the condition. After cleansing and rinsing, a very light moisturizer can be blended using Auroma's unscented, additive-free Moisturizing Lotion. Now here you can blend one of Auroma's Facial Treatment oil with the lotion to make it lighter. Or you can simply use a couple of drops of one of the Treatment oils by itself, straight from the bottle as a final moisturizer. Not too much here - just enough to soften the skin - since you want to avoid clogging the pores and causing further breakouts. An alternative might be to blend 2 drops of Eucalyptus citriodora and 1 drops of Ylang Ylang (as above) or @ Eucalyptus and 1 Santalum album in 1 tablespoon of Auroma's Moisturizing Lotion. ONe of the best products I've ever blended for skin conditions - and has been the saving grace for a bout of Rosacea I was suffering from a short while ago - is the spritzer. Add 1 to 2 tablsespoons of Aloe Vera gel to a dark glass 100 ml bottle (Auroma has them with spray tops) - then add 10 drops of Lavander officinalis (Alpine) and 5 drops of Thymus vulgaris linalool and 5 drops of Pelargonium graveolens or 5 drops of Cananga odorata var. genuina, Complete. Now top up the bottle with the aromtic hydrolat of your choice. Cap witha spray-pump dispenser top and shake vigorously. Close eyes after removing any eyewear, and holding the bottle about 12 inches away from your face, spritz over the face area, breathing deeply and allowing the mist to settle on your skin. This will hydrate, clean and protect all at the same time. Repeat as required. This is providing a fine layer of microparticles of essential oil, hydrolat and Aloe Vera (a wonderful, natural moisturizer and balm) that provides antimicrobiall, antiinfectious, antiinflammative, vulnerary (healing to the skin), soothing and hydrating properties - and most importantly without actually touch ing the inflamed areas which can often exacerbate the condition. And it'll make you feel very good! Hope this helps. Let me know how you go on. Best Carolyn

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Carolyn gives such great answers. I would however, add one comment to that. Keep the face free of sweat! If doing some exercise which causes the face to sweat, i.e, aerobics, baseball, lying in the sun, whatever, rinse the face with water often. Letting the sweat dry on the face holds in bacteria and airborne polutents. I am an Esthetician (skin care specialist) and have found in my practice that if I can get my clients to simply rinse with water (when a through cleansing is not practical) their acne and especially the comedones (blackheads) improves greatly. One client, an aerobics instructor, came in for her first facial with gazillions of blackheads. I told her to spend the 10 minutes between classes on a quick facial rinse (along with her usual liquid drink). Four weeks later during her second facial I almost could not find a blackhead on her face!! Simple but effective. Thanks! Leigh

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Thanks for your input, Leigh. This is exactly what the forum is all about - sharing expertise so we can all enjoy the benefits. I've upped my exercise program recently - just couldn't stand the wobbling any more - and since I do have a rather volatile skin anyway, certainly on a monthly basis, this is a really useful thing to know. Would spritzing with an aromatic hydrolat or water and some suitable essential oils also have the same effect?

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Carolyn, how nice to hear from you. Yes, spritzing with aromatic hydrolats would be beneficial, however,I'd certainly not spritz on top of sweat. Given that the rinsing is effective in itself and we know that certain essential oils can enhance our skin and improve acne I would say another 10 seconds spent on spritzing could only improve the result. Suppose you're on the baseball diamond (it's summer now and many of my clients are) and there is no time between innings to go to the ladies room! Take a minute to rinse the face, even if you have to use the bottled drinking water to do it. Then spritz, lavender water (for it softening effects and lovely smell and a drop or two of tea tree (for it's antibactirial effects) ought to be fine, however I defer to your greater knowledge of other essential oils which would also be effective.

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Essential oil like jojoba oil  and tea tree oil,lavender oil is very helpful to cure acne.Applying teat tree oil on skin is remove acne and dead skin and improve the skin tone.
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Bergamot oil is a great essential oil which has antiseptic,antibacterial and antiheling properties.apply bergamot oil on skin daily before sleeping.It kills bacteria and emove acne completely.
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There are a number of pure essential oils that can be used in the treatment of acne. Some of the top essential oils that can be used in the treatment of acne are tea tree oil, Bergamot oil, clove oil and lavender oil. You can also use the other essential oil that has anti inflammatory and antiseptic properties.......
sehjta

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Lavender oil (also for scars)
Clove oil
Cederwood
Geranium Essential oil 
Bergamot oil
rose hip oil
 
This is my solution for Acne which I use everyday, I add it to Pomegranate seed oil (carrier oil). So far I have noticed a change, no more new acne forming, just old ones leaving. 
 
I also use a Raw honey mask with cinnamon and nutmeg. I love this!!!
Michael258

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The top essential oils for acne are Tea Tree, Lavender, Clary Sage and Juniper Berry.
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I believe essential oils for acne, such as lavender and clary sage, have the ability to alleviate feelings of stress and anxiety, fight insomnia and sleep deprivation, and balance hormone levels. They are also gentle on the skin and have a number of benefits that go beyond fighting acne and promoting skin health.

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Frankincense Essential Oil. Frankincense essential oil is fantastic for all skin types. It has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits to the skin, making it great for acne-prone skin. It is also a natural toner, decreasing the appearance of pores and evening skin-tone.
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