Acne

young woman washing faceSkin is made of pores and channels that contain hair follicles. These channels also provide a conduit where sebum and other lipids are secreted to lubricate the skin and hair.  Some types of bacteria are found in the area of a hair follicle. A number of problems in this area can result in acne or the other skin blemishes that lead to acne.

The first step is the pore or channel of the hair follicle becomes clogged. This may be caused by an external source (dirt or products applied to the skin) but more commonly is from excess sebum being produced in combination with the naturally occurring dead cells of the epidermis.  The lining of the channel housing the hair follicle is a part of the epidermis that continually moves cells from its inner layers to the surface where the dead cells are discarded.  These dead cells and the sebum can then plug the pore and entrap bacteria in the channel.

Smaller pores that are plugged are first seen as whiteheads and the larger pores form blackheads.  If the bacteria cause an infection these may become pimples.  If the bacterial infection continues the hair follicle channel can rupture and the infection spread with the resulting inflammatory response of the body forming larger areas of irritation.

The reason for excess sebum or other clogging of the hair follicle channels are varied.  The types of skin, that is heredity, is definitely a factor.  Other factors include:

• Hormonal levels (teenage years) and changes related to menstrual cycle, pregnancy, or stress

• Medications that may affect hormones such as birth control, etc.

• Cosmetics or hair care products

• Excess moisture from perspiration or a high humidity climate may compound the problem

Some research suggests that diet (chocolate, nuts, etc.) are not a cause of acne.

Suggested Oils to Use

Cypress, Frankincense, Geranium, Lavender, Tea Tree, Rosemary

Also consider: Cedarwood, Juniper, Lemon, Lemongrass, Sandalwood, Thyme

 

Suggested Ways to use

Daily treatment: After cleansing the skin put 3-5 drops of Fractionated Coconut Oil in the palm of the hand with 3-4 drops of the essential oil or blend. Pat this on the affected area and let it soak in. Repeat this at night as well.  The oils found most effective are:

• Tea Tree

• Geranium

Adding 1-2 drops of Lemon essential oil to a glass of water (multiple times per day) is an excellent natural cleanse.

The need to experiment – From the experiences of others it is noted that different people will have more positive results with different oils so it may be necessary to experiment to find the best protocol.

Sensitive skin – While it is good to rid the body of the toxins they may cause further irritation to the skin as they are eliminated.  Therefore it may be necessary to reduce the amount or frequency of some essential oils being used.

Virgin Coconut Oil – There are strong healing properties in Extra Virgin Coconut Oil for the skin.  It is recommended to use this with the essential oils.

Scarring – Topical application of Helichrysum, Frankincense, or Rosemary will aid if there is scarring to the skin.