They say beauty is only skin deep, but it’s hard to believe in that when you’ve got acne. The hard thing to remember is that you’re not alone in this! In fact, it’s estimated that up to 90 percent of people will suffer from acne in their teens due to turbulent hormonal changes.
However, many people now find themselves dealing with adult acne, something that hasn’t been a prevalent issue until now. As we become more and more exposed to environmental toxins, GMOs, and hormone disrupting chemicals, it’s no wonder the instances of adult hormonal acne has increased.
Aside from rebalancing the body from the inside by cleansing the liver, increasing lymphatic circulation, and clearing our elimination pathways, it’s good to treat hormonal acne from the outside as well.
Why Use Essential Oils for Hormonal Acne?
Essential oils offer a potent way to manage hormonal acne in a way that works amazingly well in tandem with internal treatments.
Acne is a multifactorial condition that requires an integrated therapeutic approach in order to control and finally clear it. Essential oils can really help keep blemishes at bay by killing acne causing bacteria, improving the integrity of the acid mantle, and reconditioning the skin.
Essential oils also treat hormonal acne by:
• Helping to clear out infection
• Reducing sebum production
• Minimizing scarring
• Promoting healing
• Reducing inflammation
• Eliminating toxins
• Reducing stress, depression, and negative emotions
Essential Oils for Hormonal Acne
One of the first things you want to do when healing existing acne and preventing new breakouts is choosing the right essential oils for the job as well as a suitable carrier oil to dilute them.
Choosing a carrier oil can be tricky since they largely depend on the condition of the outer-most layer of the skin. This is why some oils work some people and not work for others. The skin may be dry, dehydrated, oily, combination… some even have a mix of these conditions.
However, I find that jojoba oil is suitable for most skin types while hazelnut oil seems to work well for those with very oily skin due to its astringency. You can also match carrier oils to your skin type as well as read a whole list of comedogenic oils to see what works best for you.
Once you have chosen your carrier oil, it’s time to dive into the best essential oils for hormonal acne.
Essential Oils for Balancing Sebum
Acne Healing Serum Recipe
The essential oils in this blend reduce inflammation and discoloration, promote healing, and begin correcting and rebalancing sebum production.
To Use –
On freshly cleansed skin, apply 3-5 drops of healing serum to the face, concentrating on affected areas. Allow the serum to soak in for 5 minutes and then dab away any excess. Repeat this routine every morning for two weeks.
Healing Night Serum Recipe
This blend gives you a powerful punch with carrot seed essential oil that renews, rejuvenates, and restores the skin while you sleep. The healing power of rose essential oil smooths out the skin’s texture while reducing redness and fine lines. The Roman Chamomile heals existing acne, reduces hyperpigmentation, and replenishes the acid mantle.
Use for 2 weeks at night.
Essential Oils for Healing Existing Hormonal Acne
Now that your sebum is beginning to balance, it’s time to fight infection and reduce acne-causing bacteria on the skin.
Skin Balancing Toner
Shake well before each use and spritz onto a clean cotton ball. Apply to acne prone areas morning and night after cleansing the skin.
Infection-Fighting Acne Treatment Serum
After applying the Skin Balancing Toner, gently massage a few drops of the Infection Fighting Acne Treatment Serum on affected areas. Dab off any excess after 5 minutes with a clean tissue.
This blend has amazing antibacterial properties that penetrate deep into the skin. Thyme is known to be just as effective as benzoyl peroxide as killing acne causing bacteria and drying up blemishes without the side effects. Clove essential oil is highly antibacterial and helps keep bacteria from replicating while the eucalyptus helps keep new blemishes at bay. The lavender in this blend helps calm the skin and reduce redness.
Repeat for 2 weeks.
Blemish Fighting Night Serum
After applying the toner, gently massage the Blemish Fighting Night Serum onto affected areas. Let it sit for 5 minutes and blot away any excess with a clean tissue.
Repeat for 2 weeks at night.
Essential Oils for Repairing Skin Damaged by Acne
Now is the final step and you may be thinking “My skin looks so much better now! I don’t need to keep going with treatment!”. Well, continue you must for another 2 weeks if you want to fully restore your skin and heal up any remaining scarring and hyperpigmentation. Just because your hormonal acne has subsided doesn’t mean it can’t come back with a vengeance.
After cleansing, apply the Skin Balancing Toner. Then apply the below serums as needed.
Daytime Repair Serum
• 1oz dropper bottle
• 2TB carrier oil
• 10 drops Neroli
• 5 drops steam distilled Lemon (if you use regular lemon essential oil your skin will burn in the sun. Learn more here.)
• 5 drops Geranium
• 5 drops Elemi
Once you have applied the toner, gentle massage a few drops of the Daytime Repair serum on any areas with scarring, uneven skin tone, and hyperpigmentation. Allow the serum to soak in for 5 minutes, the blot away the excess.
Repeat daily for 2 weeks.
Nighttime Repair Serum
After applying the toner, gently massage a few drops of the Nightime Repair Serum all over the face, concentrating on affected areas where there is discoloration and scarring. Allow to sit for 5 minutes, then blot.
After the 6 weeks are up, continue using the Skin Balancing Toner after cleansing morning and night.
For upkeep using essential oils for hormonal acne control, use the following blend during the day:
For treatment at night, choose any of the above nighttime blends for the desired results.
What have been your favorite essential oils for hormonal acne? Please share in the comments below!
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