What is Acne?
Acne is a skin condition that generally affects the face, but can also affect other oil producing areas of the body, such as the chest, back, upper arms, and back of neck. It is generally found in adolescents and young adults, but can also be found in adults of any age. Acne is distinguished by it’s red, irritating blemishes (pimples. Acne is cause by a blockage of the skin’s pores by dead skin cells, tiny hairs, and oil secreted by the sebaceous glands. This blockage occurs deep in the skin. It is not cause by dirt or by eating certain foods. Over cleansing/scrubbing may actually make it worse. Over production of oil from the sebaceous glands can often be traced back to a hormonal imbalance. Thankfully, most forms of acne can be helped or corrected through a healthy diet and through the use of essential oils.
Essential Oils for Acne
- Clear Skin blend
- Purify blend
- Roman Chamomile
- Clary Sage
I would also suggest using doTERRA’s Clear Skin Foaming Face Wash
Using Essential Oils for Acne
- Wash face with a pure soap in warm water, and rinse well.
- Mix together 4 ounces of Apple Cider Vinegar with 20 drops Lavender and 20 drops Eucalyptus. Use as an astringent/toner.
- After cleansing, put 3-5 drops of Fractionated Coconut Oil in hand along with 3-4 drops of the essential oil(s) of choice. Pat onto area and let soak in. Suggest oil(s) to use are Purify blend, Melaleuca, Geranium, and Clear Skin blend.
- For a Mask – In a small jar, mix together 2 ounces of Green Clay and 3 teaspoons Corn Flour. To apply the mask, mix together 1 tablespoon of the mask powder, 1 teaspoon water, 1 drop Roman Chamomile, 1 drop Lavender, and 1 drop Patchouli. Spread over face, avoiding eyes, and leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse well.
- For Facial Steam – in a cup of hot water, add 1 drop each of Roman Chamomile, Clary Sage, Thyme, and Lavender. Place a towel over you head and steam face for 10 minutes. Pat dry.
- For Facial Spritzer – Put 10 drops Melaleuca in a 1-2 ounce spray bottle and fill with water. Spray on area several times per day (close eyes!).