Okay, so I’ve avoided it up until now, but I think it’s time we talked about it. That’s right. Today, we’re going to talk about that dreaded “a” word:
Now, I have to confess: for many years, I enjoyed the privilege of living an acne-free life. In many ways, it is a miracle that I managed to skillfully evade those painful, pock-mark-filled teenage years. Unfortunately, even though adolescence and acne are usually the tragic pair, adulthood and acne are just as possible. Believe me: I would know.
Having acne around the same time that you are having to deal with paying bills and raising a couple toddlers is in many ways more painful than having acne as a teenager. There is nothing like having stretch marks and acne scars to deal with simultaneously.
Now, for some people, dealing with acne is relatively simple. It is sort of just this temporarily painful waiting game where, while in the moment you feel sort of gross, your brush with acne is short and relatively painless in the grand scheme of things. I would say that I have been blessed to enjoy this experience—I was able to make it through the acne attack relatively battle-wound-free.
For other people, however, the situation is much more dire, and by the time they emerge from the frontlines of battle, there are plenty of scars that they have to remember their trial by. So for their sake, let us discuss some of the best essential oils for clearing your face from the acne war aftermath.
Top Three Essential Oils for Acne Scars
Okay, so if you asked a Greek person like my husband about how to remove acne scars, you would like be told that lemon juice, ouzo, or Windex was the fool-proof, fail-safe solution. Mind you, depending on how stereotypically Greek the person is, they would give you this same answer whether you were asking about scar removal, slipped disks, or strained muscles. But that’s beside the point.
There are many key essentials oils for acne scars, and each of them can be used in various ways and in different combinations to maximize the overall effectiveness of the natural solution. But today, I’m going to spotlight three of them. So, without further ado, here are the top three essential oils for acne scars!
Solution #1: Helichrysum
Helichrysum has been used in herbal health practices since ancient Greece and the oil is highly valued and sought after for its many health benefits. Helichrysum is best known for its restorative properties to the skin. Also referred to as the Everlasting or Immortal Flower, Helichrysum is used in anti-aging products for its rejuvenating benefits to the skin. Helichrysum can help reduce the appearance of blemishes, and it promotes a glowing, youthful complexion.
Use: The best way to use Helichrysum essential oil for acne scars would be to apply it topically. Helichrysum is usually used topically in order to reduce the appearance of blemishes and wrinkles, as well as to promote an overall healthy complexion.
My suggestion would be to combine a few drops of Helichrysum with a carrier oil (eg. fractionated coconut oil). Also, consider putting this mixture in a rollerball bottle. By doing this, you will get all of the benefits of using essential oils for acne scars while making topical application super easy for yourself!
Solution #2: Melaleuca (also known as Tea Tree)
Melaleuca trees were used by the Aborigines of Australia for centuries. They would crush the leaves and inhale the oil to promote feelings of clear breathing and apply the leaves directly to the skin for a cooling effect. Melaleuca is frequently used on occasional skin irritations to soothe the skin—in fact, one of its primary benefits is that it has healing, rejuvenating, and cleansing properties that do wonders for your skin!
Use: In terms of using essential oils for acne scars, the most effective method of harnessing the beneficial properties of Melaleuca would be to use it topically. Fortunately, there is no need for you to go through any complicated process of mixing oils and creating rollerball bottles! Thanks to dōTERRA’s ingenuity, you can just use Melaleuca Touch, which is a pre-diluted version of the oil that has been created for to improve the convenience and applicability of the oil. I would highly, highly recommend this product—it’s absolutely glorious!
Solution #3: Lavender
In ancient times, the Egyptians and Romans used Lavender for bathing, relaxation, cooking, and as a perfume; it is widely used for its calming and relaxing qualities, which continue to be Lavender’s most notable qualities. However, Lavender is also frequently used to reduce the appearance of skin imperfections. And since we are interested in using essential oils for acne scars, this is the benefit of Lavender that will be most useful to us (although it honestly does wonders for sleep improvement and stress reduction!!).
Use: Once again, we have dōTERRA to thank for the existence of Lavender Touch, which is just a pre-diluted version of the same essential oil that we all know and dearly love. But Lavender is a super versatile oil that can be used in a number of ways!
For example, if you want a natural solution for acne scars, the combination of Lavender essential oil with shea butter is absolutely heavenly! All you have to do is melt some shea butter, add a few drops of Lavender essential oil, and let the mixture harden. The precise measurements are not super important, so feel free to play around with this recipe and make it your own!
Well, that is all, my dear friends! I hope that you found a lot of useful information in this article. Feel free to comment below with any questions or queries about using essential oils for acne scars, for skin health, or for anything else for that matter!