Even in my mid-30s I’m still battling acne, especially around times of hormonal changes… So I was really excited to find out about some specific essential oils for acne that I had not known could be useful for fighting it. For my Five on Friday post today, here are 5 essential oils for acne!
1 – Cedarwood
I’ve always loved Cedarwood for the way it helps me feel calm and serene. I had no idea you could use it for acne!
2 – Helichrysum
This is a pricier oil because of the material it comes from – flowering tops in Eastern Europe. The flowers must be picked at just the right time to produce the best essential oil, hence it is much more labour intensive to harvest than other oils made from flowers. I have heard amazing things about it for healthy skin, so it makes sense that it would be effective for acne.
3 – Lime
I LOVE lime – I think it’s my favourite citrus oil. It is so uplifting. I also had no clue it could be used to reduce acne. It’s also apparently used to assist the relief of joint or muscle pain associated with sprains, strains and rheumatoid arthritis. What a versatile oil!
4 – Thyme
Thyme is one essential oil that I haven’t used much, but it sounds like I should use it more! I did not know that it could help reduce the symptoms of acne! It can also relieve other minor skin irritations like cuts, bruises, and burns, among other things.
5 – Tea Tree
This is probably the most popularly known essential oil for acne – so much so that you can get it practically anywhere. Caveat though – make sure you get good quality tea tree essential oil and don’t fall for a cheap version that may be adulterated. When you’re using it on your face, you don’t want to get a nasty skin reaction. Side note – tea tree oil can also help reduce symptoms of a cold or cough!
There are definitely a few on this list that I will be trying out for the first time for acne! Do you want to give them a try? Here is where I get my essential oils for 24% off retail price!
And here’s another great resource on dealing with acne from Thank Your Skin.
What is your favourite essential oil for acne?
(Note: Young Living’s Cedarwood, Helichrysum, Lime, and Thyme have been confirmed to reduce the symptoms of acne according to Health Canada. All 5 essential oils described in this post from Young Living have been approved in Canada as Natural Health Products. For those in the USA, please refer to guidelines from the US Food and Drug Administration.)