The Benefits of Essential Oils for Acne
Acne can be a debilitating condition that causes discomfort, embarrassment and frustration on a daily bases. It is sometimes difficult to distinguish the cause of acne but 90% of acne is caused by an internal imbalance. An imbalance that essential oils and aromatherapy have been proven successfully at correcting.
First, it is imperative to understand what internal imbalances can cause an acne breakout before we can choose an essential oil to treat the condition. One of the most harmful imbalances our bodies experience is heightened stress levels. If our stress levels are too high, the stress hormone, cortisol can trigger many aliments including an impaired digestive system. If our digestion system is impaired and can’t receive the proper ratio of nutrients it leads to inflammation. Inflammation can cause tiny holes in your intentional lining that seep food and other toxins into your bloodstream, affecting the rest of your body. These toxins weaken the immune system, resulting in chronic fatigue, frequent colds and acne. High stress levels affect other parts of our bodies including the lymphatic system. Our lymphatic system is what helps detoxify toxins. If the lymphatic system is not functioning correctly and is not processing toxins properly, is just another reason painful acne lesions present themselves on our skin.
The root of this imbalance is stress, which aromatherapy has been proven to do wonders with. There are many essential oils that help reduce stress, but some worth mentioning are; lavender, rose, vetiver, ylang ylang, bergamot, chamomile and frankincense. To reduce stress, these oils can be delivered in many different ways; Inhaled through a diffuser, rubbed on to our bodies topically when combined with a carrier oil, or misted in the space around us.
Essential oils can also we used to treat acne topically, which is worth mentioning. Though treating our skin topically does not get to the root of the problem, it can help heal the area faster. Some essential oils that can be used topically when mixed with a carrier oil; tea tree, lavender, bergamot, rosemary, cypress, oregano and chamomile. Topically these essential oils can:
- Kill bacteria
- Improve acid mantle
- Condition skin
- Clear infection
- Reduce sebum
- Minimize scarring
- Promote healing
- Reduce inflammation
- Eliminate toxins
The root of any problem is always a good place to start. Since stress is the root of most hormonal imbalances, it is a natural place to begin when looking to treat hormonal acne. Aromatherapy and essential oils are extremely affective at diminishing high stress levels to keep our moods light, and out skin clear. From there, we can then treat it topically with some of the same essential oils to help heal the lesions faster.
By: Jill Ralston
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