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It is a common misconception that the only remedy for acne is dispensed from a high-priced bottle purchased at the spa. You can remedy various skin ailments using essential oils, which provide healing and antiseptic properties and treat skin more gently than some of the chemical-based products on the market. The oils can be applied as a spot treatment directly to a blemish or mixed with a carrier oil (such as grape-seed) to dilute the strength.
Tea Tree Oil
Invigorating tea tree oil, derived from the essence of the tree native to the northeast coast of New South Wales, Australia, is most widely noted for its antibacterial properties, making it an effective general purpose wound cleaner and acne treatment. It has other beneficial properties including antiseptic, antifungal and antiviral action. When topically applied as an acne treatment, tea tree oil acts quickly to clear up the skin while calming the effected area.
Enjoy lavender oil's soothing therapeutic benefits with its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, acne-fighting perks. This oil, often used for relaxation in aromatherapy and massage therapy, calms both the skin and the mind when applied topically to treat acne. Lavender oil effectively stops future breakouts while clearing the red discolorations associated with acne-prone skin. Its red-reducing properties create the perfect tool to treat sunburns, insect bites and other skin ailments as well.
Rosewood oil targets the root of acne -- oil. Acne is caused by an overproduction of sebum, an oily substance secreted by the sebaceous glands in the hair follicles. When applied topically to the skin, rosewood oil reduces sebum production, thus limiting, healing and preventing breakouts associated with oily skin. Because of this oil's extremely strong drying properties, it is not recommended for people with dry skin.
An excellent essential oil for spot treating blemishes on acne prone skin is bergamot oil. The revitalizing oil is used in many skin care creams and lotions that harness its cooling nature. It treats the skin with its antibacterial and drying properties, and in turn calms inflamed skin. It also has antiseptic properties that help ward off infection and blends well with other oils, creating a handy vehicle when concocting a mixture of acne fighting oils.