The best oil for blemishes is oil?
I know it sounds counter intuitive because oil = blemishes, right?
Well no. Sorry to put a confusing spin on things.
You can have extremely oily skin that is completely clear, likewise you can have a dry, combination skin that breaks out with pimples.
Just because a pimple is clogged and has a lot of oil in it, doesn’t necessarily mean that oil actually created the problem in the first place.
Blocked pores and pimples are created by a build up of bacteria and debris in the cellular wall, not just from having oily skin.
THE BEAUTY BENEFITS
Nature really is clever, it provides us with oils that mimic our own sebum (oil), just look at all of their wonderful benefits:
- Calms inflammation
- Helps to clear infection
- Helps with cellular turnover
- Provides a breathable barrier
- Rich in protective antioxidants
- Rehydrates a dehydrated skin
- Rebalances the over production of oil from active sebaceous glands
- They control the amount of sebum that is produced within the skin
So lets have a closer look at these botanical beauties, and find out what is the best oil for skin that is prone to blemishes.
BEST OIL FOR SKIN BLEMISHES
This is an almost neutral oil with great absorptive properties.
It is often used for oily skin, because it is thought that jojoba tricks the skin into stopping the over production of sebum, through mimicking sebum.
It is also known to assist in the breakdown of oil in plugged pores
Jojoba oil is balancing and has qualities that help the skin retain moisture, preventing the skin from overcompensating with more oil production.
It also has healing abilities for wounds caused by acne.
A light, slightly astringent oil, perfect for oily, combination skin.
Another antimicrobial oil that is useful in a blend for combination, oily skin.
Kiwi Seed Oil
This one of the best oils for skin known to breakout. It is a dry, smooth, thin oil that is excellent for treating large pores and pimples, helping to repair tissue damage.
A very nutritious oil, it contains up to 60% fatty acids, making it extremely rich in omega 3.
ESSENTIAL OILS FOR BLEMISHES
Many essential oils have a real affinity with the skin, check out some of their awesome properties below.
There are many benefits of German Chamomile.
When skin is inflamed it is important to treat sensitivity first, the ethylene content in German Chamomile does just that, helping to calm and soothe an inflamed skin.
Tea Tree Oil
This essential oil has wonderful anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties, the oil is widely used in topical treatments for treating mild to moderate causes of breakouts.
Clinical trials have shown, a significant reduction in the number of inflamed and non inflamed breakouts on the skin.
Tea Tree Versus Benzyl Peroxide
The trials also carried out comparative trials with Benzyl Peroxide lotion, an over the counter treatment for breakouts.
It was found that Benzyl Peroxide created some inflammation within the skin tissues, whilst Tea Tree gel showed fewer side effects.
These findings are quite significant, proving that the natural components of tea tree are useful when treating an oily, acne skin.
Add some Lemon Myrtle into the mix
Interestingly, the microbiological effects of tea tree were further enhanced, by adding lemon myrtle oil to the solution, this showed even greater benefits on pimples and P. Acnes bacteria.
It is important to note that lemon myrtle should not be used alone, this is due to it’s high citral content, which causes skin sensitisation.
Sebum regulating: Lemon, rosemary and cypress.
Fighting infection: Tea tree, and lemon
Disinfecting oils: Tea tree and bergamot.
Control of bacterial activity: Niaouli or juniper.
BENEFITS OF ESSENTIAL OILS
Astringent: Inhibits sebaceous gland secretions, many oils help to clear and totally eliminate the build up of sebum on the skin.
Anti bactericidal: Neutralises bacteria on the skin responsible for skin eruptions, helping to keep scarring to a minimum.
Anti Inflammatory: Oily skin is often stressed and inflamed, many essential oils are anti-inflammatory and healing, helping to reduce inflammation in the skin’s pores.
Anti Microbial and fungal: Helps to fight fungal infections and other microbes.
Balancing: Many oils can help to mop up excessive sebum, working as a preventative treatment, returning the skin back to its natural state.
You only want to use these oils as a spot treatment or in very minute dilutions, because if you have signs of sensitivity, they could potentially do more harm then good.
Please also be aware that citrus oils are photo toxic, or light sensitive.