Essentials oils are very effective for acne issues, as they concentrate on the active principles of plants.
Today we can extract those active principles, using 3 main methods: distillation, soaking, and extraction.
Distillation is mostly employed: you heat the part of the plant that contains the active principles (it can be different parts according to the plant) with water.
The oil comes up with the steam through an alembic, is collected, and then separated from the water.
Though this has been commonly done in Europe for only a century, we can trace it back to ancient China (2,800 BC) or even to the Sumerians in 4,000 BC.
Essential oils are extremely potent, and some physicians have been known to treat their patients with those oils alone (for example Dr. Daniel Penoel in France), with incredible success.
Want to find out what’s even more powerful than essential oils for acne?
Do you want to learn more about the subject?
Let me tell you a story…
It takes place in Toulouse, France, during the Great Plague.
Four guys kept robbing dying people’s houses. They just went in, killed the sick owners, and left with the loot.
Until they got themselves arrested and sentenced to death, that is.
In those days it was common to torture people before putting them to death.
The four thieves were offered a painless death in exchange for their secret: how was it that they never got sick themselves?
They revealed they had been using a remedy based on 10 different plants, from which the active principles were extracted through soaking. If that could keep the Plague itself in check, imagine what essential oils can do to your acne!
If you only have sporadic acne:
Your problem is mostly that pimples do not heal quickly, so that you always have imperfect skin, although your case is mild.
For you, I would advise Melaleuca Alternifolia, or Tea Tree, an Australian bush. It is antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial.
Isn’t that great? You only need to apply a drop of the stuff, morning and evening, on the offending pimple, just after washing it with a mild, non-aggressive soap.
If pimples appear on a more regular basis, you probably need to combine the powers of different oils.
In a glass container, blend 2,5 ml each of Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia), Spike Lavender (Lavandula latifolia spica), Clove (Eugenia caryophyllus), and Bay Laurel (Laurus nobilis).
Store the mixture away from the light, and apply one drop on each pimple, morning and evening after washing your skin.
If yours is a severe case of acne, try applying a facial mask.
Blend 1 ml each of Tea Tree, Spike Lavender, Rosmemary (Rosmarinus officinalis verbenoniferum), Lemon (citrus limonum).
Then mix them 20g of lavender water and 20g of green clay, stir until smooth. You can use this mask wherever it’s needed (acne can be located on the face, shoulders, back, etc.).
Leave it in place for 10 minutes before rincing thoroughly. Repeat twice a week. The mixture keeps for around 3 weeks in the fridge.
Essential oils being so powerful, you will need to consult your doctor first if you have never used them before, to make sure you can use them without a problem!