Acne is caused by dead skin, clogged pores, oil production and bacteria growing in there. The general misconception is that we should not put oil on problem skin or we will worsen it. Some essential oils for treating acne, such as Tea Tree and Lavender oil, soothe and protect the skin from irritation and stress due to their power to kill bacteria on the skin naturally and are also gentle on the skin besides a number of additional benefits that go beyond fighting acne and promoting skin health.
The Tea-Tree essential oil is a good example due to its antimicrobial and antifungal properties. A scientific review of the efficacy, tolerability and potential modes of action in regard to the treatment of acne with tea tree oil states that tea tree products reduce lesion numbers in patients with acne, have tolerability levels that are similar to other topical treatments, and have antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory activities that are associated with the treatment of acne.
The study found that tea tree oil contains a compound called terpinen-4-ol which is effective against a number of bacteria strains. In fact, using 5% tea tree oil in a topical treatment helped to reduce the number of pimples on acne-infected skin. The tea tree oil remedy helped to reduce itching and dryness and had fewer side effects than prescription acne medication.
To use tea tree as an essential oil for acne, add 2–3 drops to a clean cotton ball and apply topically to the area of concern. Tea tree can also be added to your daily face or body wash or it can be added to a spray bottle filled with water and spritzed on the face or body. Lavender essential oil also has significant benefits on your skin because of its antimicrobial and antioxidant characteristics. It soothes and nourishes the skin —treating acne, healing dry skin, and reducing the appearance of dark spots and scars caused by acne. Other benefits include its ability to reduce stress and anxiety that are associated with acne breakouts in adults.