A Look at Essential Oils That Help Clear Up Acne
We’ve talked about this before, but I think it’s well worth re-examining, especially given some more information I’ve learned after making my own acne soaps and figuring out how to naturally heal my own acne and prevent further acne breakouts. Again I’m going to emphasize an important word I used – and that is NATURALLY.
I hate dumping chemicals on my face and other parts of my body to help clear up my acne. I also hate using sulfates, which just erode away the protective layers of the skin and penetrate beyond what they need to in order to clean the skin. These chemicals, in the end actually just make acne worse because they irritate the skin even more than the acne itself already does.
They also can lend themselves to more acne breakouts because they DRY the skin out. Sulfates (in the form of SLS or SLES, the most common forms of a cheap surfactant that are commonly used in soaps and cleansers today) are one of the most corrosive agents in soaps and cleansers today.
Essential oils make great sense when it comes to naturally treating acne. Why is this?
- Essential oils are naturally powerful antibacterial agents. The bacteria “p acnes” for short is the topical bacteria which is common on the face that causes acne to form by infiltrating the pores of the skin and causing tiny little infections and inflammation – otherwise known as pimples or acne.
- Essential oils can also be very good at tightening the pores to help prevent bacteria from getting in. This is called a “toning” action, and a lot of the citrus essential oils such as lemongrass, orange and pink grapefruit and lemon essential oils have wonderful toning properties.
- These same citrus essential oils can also clean excess sebum from the surface of the skin very efficiently. They have the ability to penetrate just the right amount to effectively remove sebum without compromising the delicate protective lipid (fat) layers that are there to protect your skin and keep it moist and supple – dewy looking if you will. Who doesn’t want dewy looking skin – we know that looks great on anyone!