It seems counterintuitive, but oil can be used to heal your acne. While using oil can ease teenage breakouts, it is especially good on adult acne. As our skin matures, we suffer from sun damage, pigmentation, fine lines and loss of tone. The oil helps treat these problems as well, so it’s win-win.
While some people suggest you can use any oil, even olive oil, you should consider sticking with acne oil specifically.
Sea Buckthorn Oil
Sea buckthorn oil is a great natural cleanser and exfoliator when used topically. It may be a bit strong for people with sensitive skin. You could take sea buckthorn oil orally as well. It’s supposed to be great at helping your body regulate hormones which cause acne flare ups. But you don’t want to take it every day. Look into adding some to your diet about seven days before your period starts. Also, if you’ve got a big stress coming up, like finals, add it a few days beforehand.
At night, wash your face thoroughly and then message a few drops of Sea buckthorn oil onto your skin. It may make your skin look orange for a bit, but it will be gone by morning (which is why you don’t want to use this in the morning).
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is one of the most common oils used with treating acne. It doesn’t feel like oil, and comes in a variety of options like hand held tube sticks to roll on the oil. It looks and feels more like an astringent. And in fact tea tree oil is very antiseptic and just as effective as benzoyl peroxide but is less irritating. I was allergic to benzoyl peroxide when I was a teenager (it would give me massive water blister type things over my eyes…I’d rather have the acne) and wish I could have found this.
Use tea tree oil directly on the acne a few times a day, and you don’t have to store it in the refrigerator. Always use tea tree oil topically and never ingest it.
Neem oil is hydrating with gentle anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. The extract can be a huge help if you have cystic acne. Also, it’s useful if you have dry, sensitive skin. Neem oil is often used in India and only recently been showing up here. The downside is the smell if you buy the undiluted version. The undiluted oil is also pretty thick. You can get the same results without the negatives if you get one mixed with other oils and a lighter scent.
Store this oil in the fridge so it doesn’t go rancid. And remember, a little does go a long way.
Some people find that rubbing the neem oil on their face twice a day provides the best results, whereas others just need to apply the oil before they go to bed.