Since nearly everyone suffers from a pimple outbreak at some point in his or her life, we wanted to give you the tools to combat it naturally with essential oils. First we'll talk about why it works and then we'll get to the remedies.
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Acne has four main causes.
The most common cause is clogged pores. When we have greasy secretions from the skin's sebaceous glands (oil glands) it plugs the tiny openings called pores, or hair follicles. In larger pores the clogs take the form of blackheads, while the small pores form flat spots with dark centers.
If the opening stays small, the clogs take the form the small flesh-colored bumps we refer to as whiteheads. Both types of plugged pores can develop into swollen, tender inflammations called pimples and sometimes deeper lumps or nodules. Nodules associated with severe cases of acne (cystic acne) are firm swellings below the skin's surface that can become inflamed, tender, and sometimes infected.
Acne is most prevalent amongst teens, about 80%, while 20% of acne sufferers are adults.
The other three main causes of acne are excess oil production, bacteria, and excess activity of the androgen hormones. (1)
For many, acne first appears during the teenage years and usually (but not always) goes away by young adulthood. For some, it is a continuing condition.
Young or old, acne is no respecter of persons; under the right conditions nearly anyone can be affected. With over three million reported cases per year, it’s not surprising that there are so many acne-fighting products out there vying for your dollars. Despite the claims of these products, there are healthier ways to combat acne.
There are certain factors that affect acne. For teens, it is generally due to hormones. Androgens are hormones that increase in boys and girls during puberty. When this occurs, the sebaceous glands enlarge and make more sebum. Teenage acne can last from 5-10 years. (2)
For women, hormonal changes during pregnancy and while using oral contraceptives also affect sebum production. The low amounts of androgens circulating in the blood of women can worsen acne.
Factors that may worsen acne
These factors can trigger or aggravate acne:
Certain medications. Examples include drugs containing corticosteroids, testosterone, or lithium.
Diet. Studies indicate that certain dietary factors, including skim milk and carbohydrate-rich foods such as bread, bagels, and chips may worsen acne. Chocolate has long been suspected of making acne worse. A small study of 14 men with acne showed that eating chocolate was related to a worsening of symptoms. Further study is needed to examine why this happens and whether people with acne would benefit from following specific dietary restrictions.
Stress. Stress can make acne worse.
In search of a more holistic approach to acne treatment, people are reporting impressive results using more natural, homemade remedies. Given that we live in an ever more health-conscious society, the Organic Daily Post wants to offer our readers some natural alternatives to those chemical-based prescriptions and over-the-counter (OTC) acne medications.
How Essential Oils Can Help Acne
Essential Oils (EO) are growing in popularity with their seemingly unlimited uses - more being discovered every week. Through ongoing research into the chemistry and therapeutic opportunities that essential oils offer, more doors are opening to holistic treatment. The problem with growth and popularity is that there is little proper guidance on how to use these wonderful oils safely and effectively.
We’re here to change that for you. This article will show you how many people treat acne and dry skin with essential oils. You’ll also discover that you don't need to resort to harsh chemicals to have a clearer complexion and softer, smoother skin. Using essential oils and complimentary carrier oils, you too can have healthier, more vibrant skin.
You will need to choose essential oils that are skin friendly and I’ll use complimentary carrier oils as well. Carrier oils also have therapeutic actions and, alongside the right essential oils, they can make a big impact on your skin.
When it comes to combating acne and other epidermal issues, there are countless essential oils and carrier oils that can be used. The following are some (but by