The sad truth is that when most people think of treating their acne the conventional approach is usually to use creams either recommended by a dermatologist and in severe cases antibiotics prescribed by a dermatologist. The problem with this approach is that these products can contain harsh chemicals and have lasting side effects.
Our goal is to treat our acne without messing with our gut flora and without being rough on our skin. Prolonged antibiotic use is proven to be harmful to our gut bacteria which can cause a plethora of other problems. This is because antibiotics do not selectively target the bad bacteria. They kill all bacteria and some of the bacteria in our bodies are actually helpful. When we use antibiotics we can actually create an opportunity for the bad bacteria to overpopulate. Our balance should be 80% good and 20% bad and if the bad bacteria exceeds that number we can experience decreased immune system response among other problems. Other pills such which I am not going to name work by shrinking your oil glands permanently which may work out in the near term but in the future your skins can become chronically dry and experience premature wrinkling. In addition to those pitfalls this particular pill can cause depression and joint pain. Why potentially cause another problem to solve one? You have to ask yourself is the risk really worth the reward?
Creams prescribed or recommended by a dermatologist can contain harsh chemicals in addition to the active ingredient. Many of these chemicals are deemed to be safe but they actually do not have any long term studies done on them so professionals are just perceiving them as safe without any hard data to back it up. On top of that the active ingredient is usually as acid of some sort, which may be beneficial for use every now and then but not frequently like these creams are intended for.
A better approach is to harness the power of essential oils. Essential oils fight bacteria and inflammation which are two of the main causes of acne.
Caution essential oils can burn if they are to get into the eyes or other mucus membranes so it is best to dilute them in a carrier oil before applying to the skin. Don’t worry about applying more oil to your skin, as long as you apply a toner and let it dry immediately before applying essential oils you will not have any excess dirt or oil on your skin.
You should mix the essential oil and carrier oil at a 1:1 ratio but at first it’s best to start with a few drops of essential oil in a carrier oil and work your way up.
Some carrier oils that are good for acne and skin care in general are:
- Jojoba Oil
- Coconut Oil
- Argan Oil
- Avocado Oil
- Sunflower Oil
Some great essential oils are:
- Tea Tree Essential Oil
- Rosemary Essential Oil
- Lavender Essential Oil
- Oregano Essential Oil (May need further dilution)
- Clary Sage Essential Oil
*You can also use a few drops of essentail oil in the bathtub if you have body acne such as backne.*