Acne isn’t just a problem for teens
An estimated 80 percent of all people between the ages of 11 and 30 experience acne outbreaks, but it’s not uncommon for pimples to pop up on the faces of those in their 40s or even 50s. And while there are plenty of effective treatments, some people prefer to find a natural solution, such as essential oils. Egyptians used them as early as 4500 BC; scholars in India created the science of Ayurveda using essential oils around 3000 BC; and Chinese scholars used essential oils as remedies for ailments between 2067 and 2597 BC.
How essential oils work
Because essentials oils are extracted directly from the bark, flower, fruit, leaf, seed, or root of a plant or tree, and then distilled, they are highly concentrated. Just a few drops can have incredible benefits. The benefits of essential oils come from their antioxidant, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory properties. Studies have shown essential oils to help prevent bacterial infections, improve sleep quality and reduce anxiety, and fight acne-causing bacteria. There are three primary ways to use essential oils: applied to the skin, inhaled, or ingested. If you’re applying them directly to the skin, test a small drop on the inside of your wrist first to see if you have a reaction to it, recommends Hope Gillerman, founder of H. Gillerman Organics and author of Essential Oils Every Day. Whether you’ve run out of options for treating your skin or are just looking for a more holistic route, there are several essential oils that can help treat acne.