Oils for Acne-Prone Skin

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Acne is a common problem for many people, and acne prone skin is an issue that everyone wants to solve. However, sometimes with acne medications and cleansers there can be side effects or problems. That is why essential oils can often be a good natural alternative for treating acne. Though they might take more time to work, they are quite effective. Some of these oils include coconut, tea tree, lavender and lemongrass.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is mostly known for its role in deeply moisturizing the skin. However, coconut oil is also an effective treatment for acne. The benefits of coconut oil for acne-prone skin can be attributed to the lauric, capric and caprylic acids that are present in it, according to organicfacts.net. This site also states that coconut oil has antioxidant and antibacterial properties and these help to clear the skin of impurities that can cause acne or worsen existing acne.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil, usually called Melaleuca, is a disinfectant for the skin. It soothes the skin while its antibacterial properties get rid of bacteria. Therefore, tea tree oil is an excellent natural remedy for acne.

According to a study from The National Center for Biotechnology Information, otherwise known as NCBI, 5 percent tea tree oil was just as effective as 5 percent benzoyl peroxide in relieving patients' acne and reducing the number of inflamed and non-inflamed lesions. Although tea tree oil took longer to work, fewer side effects were experienced with it. Tea tree oil has been proved to be exceptional for healing acne, even when compared to one of the most common ingredients found in acne treatments.

Lavender Oil

Lavender oil is a soothing oil that not only is perfect for relieving stress, but also helps with acne. It has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and restorative properties and can help with infections and scarring. According to dermaxime.com, lavender oil helps the skin heal itself, stimulates cell growth, reduces inflammation, prevents scarring and balances oil production. Overall, lavender oil is an excellent option for helping acne-prone skin.

Lemongrass Oil

Lemongrass oil is another effective treatment for acne and the scars that often come with it. According to AIDFI, otherwise known as the Alternative Indigenous Development Foundation Inc., lavender oil is high in myrcene, which is effective as an anti-bacterial agent. Lavender oil also has antiseptic properties for eliminating bacteria on the skin.