10 Tips to Fight Acne Naturally – With and Without Essential Oils
Posted on March 03 2016
What about for those of us with sensitive, acne-prone skin? Can you still get the benefits of essential oils as a facial treatment without having your face break out?
There are quite a few ways to fight acne naturally, and many of these tricks and tips work well even for skin that isn’t acne-prone. Here’s several excellent tips that will help you find your way to healthier, happier skin!
- Hydrate your skin from the inside: Okay, so this first tip isn’t necessarily with essential oils, but it’s an important first step to healthy skin. You need to make sure you are well hydrated, which means drinking plenty of water! You can moisturize the outside of your skin all you want, but without enough water coming from inside, too, you’ll still end up with fine lines, bags under your eyes, and dry, flaky skin.
- Hydrate your skin from the outside: Even those of us with oily skin need to moisturize, believe it or not. Often, the reason you have oily skin isn’t because your body is naturally trying to turn itself into an oil slick…it’s because you scrub, cleanse, or strip away your natural oils so much that your skin has gone into overdrive to try and fix the damage. It can take time for your skin to balance out again, but a gentle, non-comedogenic moisturizer can be a huge help in making your skin less oily.
- Wash your face with cool water: Hot water is hard on your skin, removing the natural protective oils and other naturally occurring protective barriers between your skin and the world. Believe it or not, a little oil on your skin is a good thing – even a healthy thing! Hot water also can cause broken capillaries, especially when combined with harsh scrubbing. However, for some folks, relaxing in a steam bath once or twice a week can be a helpful part of their skincare routine. In general, though, for day-to-day treatment, try to wash your face with cool water.
- Use sunscreen: Want to reduce the appearance of acne scars and look young forever? Use sunscreen! Darkened skin make acne scars stand out, so using sunscreen to prevent skin tanning helps to simply camouflage your scars. In addition, it’ll keep you looking younger, while also preventing the skin damage that can exacerbate acne and other skin problems.
- Do you have dry, flaky skin? Avoid using cleansers containing sodium lauryl sulfate: Dry, flaky skin doesn’t respond well to the harsh chemicals in many pure chemical skin cleansers, particularly sodium lauryl sulfate. Look for gentler cleansers, or try the oil cleansing method discussed in the next tip.
- Try the oil cleansing method: This is exactly what it sounds like. Use oil to remove the makeup, dirt, and sunscreen from your face each night. Learn more about it in our last blog, How to Create Your Own Acne-Fighting Skin Care Treatment!
- Change your pillow cases more often: We sleep on our sheets every night, but how often do you really change them out? Switching out your pillowcases for fresh, clean ones at least once a week can make a big difference in how clear your skin is.
- Moisturize with primrose oil for hormonal acne: Oil cleansing is particularly effective at minimizing the effects of hormonal acne, and there’s many anecdotal reports of evening primrose oil being particularly beneficial. In addition, there’s scientific evidence that evening primrose helps combat the effects of eczema.
- Try using a clay mask once a week: There’s several types of clay masks that work well at combating acne, including bentonite clay, Aztec secret healing indian clay, or kaolin clay. For a gentler clay mask, use apple cider vinegar instead of plain water, and add a drop or two of lavender oil as well. Mix well, and let it rest on your face for about 30 minutes. DO NOT SLEEP WITH IT ON. Believe it or not, a handful of people have managed to fall asleep with their clay masks on – this is extremely hard on your skin, and incredibly painful to remove in the morning. 30 minutes to 1 hour is the most you really need to leave the mask on to see the benefits.
- Use tea tree oil to spot treat active pimples. Dilute 1 drop tea tree oil to 10 drops of carrier oil (like evening primrose!), and dab on your active pimples after you’ve cleaned your face. Tea tree oil is very strong stuff, and to avoid a chemical burn you should always dilute it with a carrier oil. It is, however, very effective against the exact germs that can cause acne, so mix up a small batch as a spot treatment to keep on hand!
Fighting acne works the best when you attack it from the viewpoint of your entire wellbeing – stress, hormones, and poor health can all contribute to breakouts. However, with these tips to help you find areas that you can easily make your acne less of a problem, you should start seeing your skin improve in a matter of weeks – or even days!
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-Jen, your friendly essential oil enthusiast