Acne and dehydration and how to treat it
Acne is associated with a chronic inflammation caused by overproduction of sebum by sebaceous glands which together with grime, dead skin cells and pollution becomes a breeding ground for bacteria.
Pores become blocked, forming blackheads, become infected and spreads further on the surrounding areas.
Dehydration happens when the skin lacks moisture. It can be paired with acne when products with hash chemicals are applied on the skin to stop overproduction of sebum.
Both dehydration and acne are the results of endocrine imbalance. Happily, acne and dehydration can be successfully treated with the help of therapeutic essential oils.
Essential oils are used topically to help clear infection and reduce the amount of sebum produced. The form of application will be massage to stimulate circulation and help the body to eliminate toxins. A proper skin hygiene and non-toxic diet will be highly recommended.
Different essential oils should be tried, and the most helpful oils are lavender and tea tree or manuka. These oils are bactericidal. Lavender is soothing and healing and promotes the growth of the new skin cells. Geranium and palmarosa show the balancing activity for the secretion of sebum. Rosemary, juniper berry and geranium are used for massage to stimulate the lymphatic system and help clear the body of toxins. As the condition improves, lavender, sandalwood and neroli blended in wheatgerm oil will reduce any scarring.
The treatment should be continued for weeks and it is possible that condition may appear to get worse initially before getting better. Bergamot is another oil to treat acne as it is astringent and antidepressant. Bergamot will be best used in the evening while staying inside as it can be photosensitizing.
Here are what essential oils can do for treating acne
Help clearing infection
Reduce the amount of sebum produced
Minimise the extent of scarring and promote healing
Reduce stress and anxiety
Help the body to eliminate toxins.
Essential oils known for their antiseptic properties are tea tree, bergamot, lemon, manuka, petitgrain, geranium, palmarosa, and rose as highly antiseptic and stress relieving oil.
Essential oils should be mixed with carriers for topical application. The best carriers will be jojoba, grapeseed, camellia, and sweet almond. The best way to apply will be a gentle massage to stimulate circulation and help the body to eliminate toxins.
There are a few essential oils to help heal scarring, such as carrot seed and helichrysum with calendula infused oil to enhance healing and relieve inflammation.
I will also recommend using lavender, rose or tea tree hydrosol to spray the skin regularly during the day and before the treatment.
To prevent dehydration the skin should be always protected to prevent moisture loss. Gentle oils to soothe the surface of the skin are chamomile, neroli and rose, when blended with carriers such as rosehip and calendula infused oil.
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