Many of us expected to leave acne behind once we were out of our teens. The blemishes we now find as adults seem like cruel, as well as unsightly, little jokes. With the help of aromatherapy and herbals, it’s possible to help clear the skin of breakouts and to keep them at bay.
Basic Facial Care Routine
Among the steps recommended for acne by aromatherapists Kathi Keville and Mindy Green:
Depending on your skin type, cleanse up to three times a day.
Take the time to gently steam your skin up to twice a week.
Use only gentle, natural exfoliants, such as papaya.
To a clay base, add toner and antibacterial essential oils.
Antiseptic & Healing Toner
Use vinegar and aloe vera or hydrosols.
Find a lotion that’s not heavy or greasy, one whose main ingredient is aloe.
Essential Oils for Acne Treatment
Essential oil of tea tree is popular for acne with blackheads, cysts, or infection. Blue chamomile, lavender, and rose geranium help cool an outbreak. For hormone-related acne, even after adolescence, consider carrot seed, clary sage, and frankincense. Dilute essential oils in a carrier oil like argan and do a patch test before applying to your face.
Ready to Try it Out?
Here are some great DIY treatments for acne!
Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art by Kathi Keville and Mindy Green ($19.95, Crossing Press, 2d ed., 2009)
Aromatherapy with Essential Oil Diffusers by Karin Parramore ($19.95, Robert Rose, 2018)