180Nutrition: Adult acne is an embarrassing and challenging issue to have to deal with. While it can be caused by a number of different factors like stress, hormones, diet, and our beauty routines, there are ways to treat it. The best method of treatment for acne starts in your dermatologist’s office. A Board Certified dermatologist can assist you in finding the best medication to treat your adult acne.
Everyone responds differently to acne medication, some skin reacts better to creams while others clear up with simple yet effective natural oils. Essential oils can become overwhelming to those who are not well versed in them, so we’ve created the top four best oils for your acne problems for you:
Tea Tree Oil
Acne despises tea tree oil for its anti-fungal and antimicrobial properties. The reason we sometimes have acne breakouts is because there is bacteria on the skin that clogs the pores. Tea tree oil is derived from the leaves of the tea tree and has been used for decades in traditional medicine to treat skin conditions. This essential oil is natural and organic, making it safer to use than other prescription medications that treat acne.
Applying tea tree oil can gently cleanse the skin can resolve mild to moderate acne issues. You can add a few drops of tea tree oil to a cotton ball and dab it on your problem areas. Tea tree oil can also be added into whatever daily facial cleanser or body wash you are using in your beauty routine, or you can put tea tree oil in a spray bottle to sprits onto your skin.
Lemons are known for having antibacterial effects, a perfect nemesis of acne. Lemon oil is rich with vitamin C, an agent that works to repair sun damage. It can also remove dead skin and make way for smoother and more even layer of new skin to grow. There’s nothing better than the lemony fresh scent of this essential oil that leaves you feeling scrubbed and perfectly clean.
Use lemon oil on areas of the skin that are not broken or open, as this essential oil can cause irritation. You can use lemon oil by itself or combine it with a good exfoliator as a part of your daily beauty routine.
Rosemary Essential Oil
Rosemary isn’t just for adding into your favorite dishes, it is also an essential oil that you can include in your daily beauty regime. Rosemary essential oil battles certain strains of bacteria that is associated with the formation of acne. It has naturally occurring anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties, meaning, when you use this essential oil, you can expect a decrease in facial blemishes and redness.
If you struggle with oily skin, rosemary essential oil is perfect for you. Rosemary is comprised of elements that eliminate excess oil, but because this essential oil isn’t packed with artificial and toxic ingredients like traditional beauty products, won’t strip the skin completely of its oil. This way, your skin can feel balanced and fresh.
Dab rosemary oil onto the problematic areas of your skin with a cloth or cotton ball. Repeat as needed throughout the day and enjoy the unique and flowery scent of rosemary on your skin.
Not just for pairing with juicy red tomatoes and fresh mozzarella anymore, basil can be made into an essential oil to finally achieve acne free skin. Basil nourishes the skin while simultaneously being antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial. Including basil oil in your face wash routine can save your skin from uneven redness, bumpy blemishes, whiteheads or blackheads, and from signs of other skin conditions. This cleansing essential oil deeply washes your face while leaving behind the pleasant, lightly fresh scent of basil.
Add a few drops of basil oil into the palm of your hands and gently massage your face in small, yet firm circular motions. Work the essential oil into problem areas, or spots where you tend to break out more. Basil oil is safe to use daily.
The world of essential oils is vast and can be difficult to navigate if you are a newcomer to this organic method of skincare. If you are unsure of which essential oil is appropriate for your skin then make an appointment with your Delray Beach dermatologist. Some essential oils may not be best for your skin if you have certain allergies, so it is always a good idea to speak with your dermatologist before using them. You and your dermatologist can find the right essential oil or acne treatment that will be the most effective and safe to use on your skin.
This article is written by Dr. Tom Balshi. He is Delray Beach’s expert dermatologist. He has been board certified by both The American Board of Medical Specialties in internal medicine (2002) and the American Board of Physician Specialties in dermatology (2005 and recertified in 2013). Book a free consultation with him today! If you would like to book a consultation with Dr. Tom, CLICK HERE