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The Best Oil for Skin Blemishes

Can it be that one of the best products for blemishes is oil?

This may sound counter-intuitive, because oil = blemishes, right?

Well no not exactly, sorry to put a confusing spin on things.

You can have completely clear and extremely oily skin; but 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.

How can oil help with your blemishes?

Nature is clever; it provides you with oils that mimic your own sebum (oil), which can help balance an overproduction of oil on the surface of your skin.

Some oils are also astringent and antimicrobial, helping to prevent the bacteria that can lead to acne breakouts:

  • calms inflammation
  • helps to clear the infection
  • helps with cellular turnover
  • provides a breathable barrier
  • rich in protective antioxidants
  • re-hydrates a dehydrated skin
  • re-balances the overproduction of oil from active sebaceous glands
  • balancing – controls the amount of sebum that is produced within the skin

If you’re considering using oil to treat your blemishes, you should look no further than squalane, a beautiful botanical oil that is extremely balancing.

What is the best oil for skin blemishes?

Jojoba Oil
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 overproduction 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 your skin retain moisture, preventing the skin from overcompensating with more oil production; it also has healing abilities for wounds caused by acne.

Cumin Oil
A light, slightly astringent oil, perfect for if you do suffer from oily, combination skin.

Neem Oil
Another antimicrobial oil that is useful in a blend for your combination, or oily skin.

Kiwi Seed Oil
This one of the best oils if your skin is known to breakout. It is a dry, smooth, thin oil that is excellent for treating large pores and pimples, helping repair tissue damage you may have.

A very nutritious oil, it contains up to 60% fatty acids, making it extremely rich in omega 3.

What is the best essential oil for skin blemishes?

A. question we are often asked is, can essential oils help to combat breakouts? And the answer is, of course, yes, many essential oils have a real affinity with the skin, check out some of their awesome properties below:

Chamomile
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 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 noninflamed 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 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 its 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.

The properties of essential oils that help balance an oily/combination skin.

Astringent: Inhibits sebaceous gland secretions, many oils help clear and eliminate sebum build-up on the skin.
Anti bactericidal: Neutralizes bacteria on the skin responsible for skin eruptions, keeping 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 mop up excess sebum, working as a preventative treatment, returning the skin to its natural state.

Ideally, you only want to use these oils as a spot treatment or in very minute dilutions, because if you have signs of sensitivity, they can be irritating and potentially do more harm than good.

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