essential oils for acne prone skin

Have Acne? Don’t Overlook the Healing Properties of Essential Oils

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Hi all. You know the drill. Another month, another skin care-related post from the lovely founder and CEO of Skin Authority — Celeste Hilling. Last month we talked about skin care basics, in January we talked about skin care resolutions and this month we’re talking about a questions I’ve received before. Can you use face oils for acne prone skin? I’m a huge fan of face oils, so I’m especially for this month’s post. And with that, I’ll turn things over to the always-fabulous Celeste.

Afraid to use oils because you think they’ll clog your pores and cause breakouts? I’m here to resolve your fears. With high concentrations of vitamins, antioxidants, and omega-3 fatty acids, essential oils are proven to soothe, restore, and instantly transform skin. The added benefit of using essential oils is the body’s stress-release response to the molecules in the oil, which elicits a sense of wellbeing and calm.

An essential oil is a concentrated liquid containing volatile aroma compounds from plants. Essential oils are simply known as the “oil of” the plant from which they were extracted, such as oil of clove. They are extremely concentrated; for example, it takes 16 pounds of peppermint leaves to yield one ounce of essential oil.

Pure essential oils can penetrate your skin because they are minuscule in molecular size. They are also very different than common carrier oils or fragrance oils that are found in most beauty products. If you see the word “fragrance”, “fragrance oil” or “perfume” on anything, you can assume the oils are synthetic; not natural.

There are numerous essential oils, each with specific benefits. A few of my favorites:

  • Avocado Seed Oil soothes, protects, and moisturizes skin with its high concentration of vitamins, essential fatty acids, and antioxidants.
  • Bergamot Oil is a natural antibiotic and disinfectant. The antibacterial action makes the oil great for those with acne, as it helps to kill bacteria on the skin before it can react to create blackheads and pimples. Bergamot has the added benefit of helping control excess oil production, thus, it attacks acne from two sides.
  • Cardamom Oil is rich in Vitamin C and manganese. It works as a potent antioxidant and detoxifies our whole body. The antiseptic property of cardamom oil is very helpful in treating a variety of skin infections and maintaining the health of hair.

Choosing a skin care formula that combines just the right combination of oils is the ideal way to ensure you will achieve the maximum benefits of the ingredients. My favorite is Skin Authority Oil Nutrient for Face, Hair & Nails.

Essential oils can be incorporated into any part of your skin care routine, but are particularly luxurious when included in masks and moisturizers. While wearing a mask, take long, slow, deep breaths to allow the oils to enter your body and calm your mind. When using a moisturizer with essential oils, massage in the product using slow, firm, upward circular motions for nourished skin and a clear mind.

I have to admit, I sighed a huge sigh of relief when Celeste answered my question. I’ve been recommended everyone and their mother incorporate face oils into their skin care routine, so I’m thrilled to know I wasn’t completely misguiding them. And with that, I’m off to apply some face oil and let my skin soak up the moisture and vitamin goodness.

Photos: Health Foundations Birth Center; Dislcosure

About the author: With two decades in the beauty and skin care industries, Celeste Hilling is the Founder, CEO and Product Formulator for Skin Authority. Skin Authority is respected for developing pure and powerful products without the use of parabens, added fragrance, dyes or animal testing. More on, Facebook at Skin Authority, Twitter @SkinAuthority and @MissSkin.

  • Jamie Sanders

    These are all great tips!

  • Lola Seicento

    This post is filled with so much great information! I love face oils so much!

    • Kristin Bassett

      What is your favorite face oil at the moment?

  • honeygirlsworld

    Great great info! I don't have acne thankfully but am a lover of oils for cleansing and moisturizing. I love avocado oil… my skin is so moisturized and soft after using.

  • Brooke

    This is the blog post of my dreams! Thank you!

    • Kristin Bassett

      Glad it could be of help 🙂

  • all_the_words

    I didn't know Bergamot oil was used in skincare… I totally learned something!

    • Kristin Bassett

      So glad this post was helpful/informative 🙂

  • Kath TheFabZilla

    Bergamot oil is interesting!!!!

  • neversaydiebeauty

    I haven't tried these 3 oils but they sound great

    • Kristin Bassett

      Let me know what you think if you ever tries these oils.

  • phyrra

    avocado oil is awesome