If you are a noob to this whole acne game, count yourself lucky to have come across this post now and not later. Sit back and take notes, I'm going to tell you everything you need to know to save your precious skin. If however, you've gotten to the point where you are tired of getting your hopes up for the newest, most promising acne treatment only to be let down... again. You're in good company, I've totally been there, staring at the bottles, trying to figure out which ingredients would annihilate my pimples and give me clear skin that I desperately wanted.
before & after
I'm kind of embarrassed to admit that this was a problem for me for so many years. My bad skin began in the appropriate high school years and progressed into what they call "Adult Acne" which is sad. Us adults have enough to worry about, wrinkles, sagging skin, graying hair... throw acne into the mix and it's not fair.
As I have mentioned in my previous posts, I had an epiphany. I noticed that I was attracted to the products that emphasized their "natural ingredients". Which makes sense, I mean do you really WANT to knowingly put harsh and quite frankly, nasty chemicals on your skin, let alone your precious face? The products advertising natural ingredients will appeal to your sensible and sensitive side. Too bad they are luring you into their trap again. Because once you take a closer look at the ingredient list, you'll find that the product is still FULL of non-natural, harmful chemicals. The same chemicals that do more harm than good.
Obviously I have what most would call a strong resentment against acne. It's been my longtime (unwanted) companion until I was 27 years old. But I can't totally blame the condition when my own bad habits helped perpetuate its existence. I considered myself an expert pimple popper, and because I was constantly racked with anxiety, my hands would automatically drift to my face, reading it like I was blind and my breakouts were lines of braille.
That's a dangerous mix, bad habits and bad products. Looking back now, it's no surprise that I struggled with breakouts for so long.
Let me show you how to make your own fusion of effective oils, that you can customize to fit your own needs, that has ZERO chemicals, and is 100% natural. Best of all, it will cost you a lot less than what you're spending on the brilliantly advertised synthetic products. I'll also help you identify bad habits that do nothing but encourage more breakouts.
Habits you need to adopt
By applying these habits everyday in addition to using essential oils in your skincare routine, you'll see a reduction in breakouts and eventually clear skin EVERYDAY.
- Quit using products that contain ingredients you can't pronounce.
- Remove makeup EVERY SINGLE NIGHT.
- Ideally you shouldn't even wear makeup, but if you do, I highly suggest using Happy Skincare, they make great natural makeup.
- If you wear makeup, clean your brushes each week and replace sponges after each use.
- Quit touching your face frequently and popping zits/pimples.
- Avoid applying hair products close to your hairline/neck.
- Wash your pillowcases every week and use fresh towels every day.
- Use all-natural detergent to avoid skin-irritating ingredients found in normal detergents.
- Be strict with your skincare routine. Keep it regular, everyday, don't give up.
- Don't use products containing alcohol.
- They dry your skin and ultimately cause your skin to overproduce sebum (oil).
- Try to eat more foods that are high in antioxidants, vitamin C & Omega 3 oil.
- Reference The Good Stuff for a great list of foods and how they help you.
Essential Oils you need and why
Tea Tree Oil
You probably recognize this one from companies advertising it's presence in their products (I can assure you, it makes up a small percentage of it). They will never be as good as the real thing. Tea tree oil is anti-microbial and anti-fungal, making it effective for treating mild to moderate acne.
Buy yourself some therapeutic grade, organic tea tree oil and apply 2-3 drops on a cotton ball and apply to affected area. If you find that this method is too harsh and drying on your skin, I highly suggest diluting it with equal parts or more of jojoba oil. Also you can add 20 drops of tea tree oil to a spray bottle filled with water and spritz on your face and body for a refreshing way to fight breakouts.
If you think your acne is stress related, lavender should be your go-to oil. Both for it's scent and it's ability to treat zits. Lavender is well known for it's ability to make you relaxed.
Diffusing lavender in your house is a terrific way to unwind from a long stressful day. I love to put some drops into a hot bath, it's the best way to make a nice bath even better. You can also keep the small bottle in your purse or car and apply a couple drops to your wrists, rub them together and inhale, this is a great way to quickly calm yourself if you're in a stressful situation like being stuck in traffic or studying for an exam.
Inhaling lavender will also help to give you a great night's sleep, this helps your skin (and health) immensely!
Now that you're using it to de-stress, you can also apply it to your face to fight breakouts. Lavender is anti-microbial and an anti-oxidant. It treats acne, heals dry skin and reduces the appearance of dark spots and scars caused by acne. In my own experience, lavender is quite drying for my skin when applied by itself so I suggest applying a mixture of 1 drop lavender mixed with 2 drops avocado oil or jojoba oil and applying that to the affected area every night. (I say at night because the lavender scent will help you sleep too.)
Rosemary also has benefits when inhaled, except that rosemary will energize you and improve your memory and mental sharpness. Also like lavender, rosemary is really beneficial when applied to your skin. Rosemary reduces excess oil on your skin and fights inflammation. It also improves cell regeneration, that means fading your scars and giving you a more even skin tone.
Rosemary is very potent. You should dilute it with jojoba oil before applying it to your face. I suggest mixing 1 drop rosemary oil with 2 drops jojoba oil and applying it to the affected area in the morning after cleansing. (I say in the morning because the rosemary scent will energize you.)
Lemongrass is the repairing oil. It has vitamin A which boosts cell repair and regeneration. Lemongrass also has vitamin E, so it removes acne spots and fades scars from previous breakouts.
If your skin is finally done breaking out but your left with marks and scars from the ghosts of pimples past, add 3 drops of lemongrass oil to 6 drops of avocado oil and you'll see fresh new skin cells with little to no scars.
You'll notice that I will be suggesting this oil for almost every ailment I discuss in this series on essential oils, and that's because it's just amazing and I think everyone should have it in their medicine cabinet. Frankincense oil helps with the repairing of acne. Much like lemongrass, frankincense will fade your scars and reduce the red marks. But it also will quite effectively speed up the healing process. Also if you find yourself with a particularly painful pimple, you can apply frankincense directly onto it, frankincense is gentle on your skin and it is a natural pain reliever.
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Try these mixtures
In a 2 oz. glass container, combine these oils for a mixture that will last you about 1 month. After 3 weeks of applying everyday, assess your skin's condition and make any tweaks needed.
Reference my Beautiful Oils section for additional information.
For New Breakouts:
- Fill half of the bottle with Jojoba Oil
- Add 10 drops Tea Tree Oil
- Add 5 drops Rosemary Oil
- Add 10 drops Frankincense Oil
For Treating Stress-Related Breakouts:
- Fill 1/4 of the bottle with Jojoba Oil, and 1/4 of the bottle with Avocado Oil
- Add 10 drops Lavender Oil
- Add 10 drops Frankincense Oil
For Fading Scars and Removing Red Marks:
- Fill 1/2 of the bottle with Avocado Oil
- Add 15 drops Frankincense Oil
- Add 10 drops Lemongrass Oil
- Add 5 drops Rosemary Oil