No matter your age, acne can be a total bummer. It can strike at the most inopportune moments, ruining even the best days. A consistent skin routine is key to preventing acne, as is a healthy diet but despite our most earnest efforts, little red blemishes can pop up from time to time.
Many of us have searched our entire lives for a miracle cure to our pimple woes. Unfortunately, many over-the-counter acne treatments are laced with harmful ingredients that actually work against us in the long run. The good news is that essential oils have antibacterial and restorative properties that naturally combat skin troubles.
Chemicals Of Concern
Not all chemicals in over-the-counter products are dangerous but many do have legitimate cause for concern. Banned in Japan and the European Union, resorcinol is a white crystalline compound regularly used in the rubber industry for the production of tires and wood bonding. It is also a common ingredient in acne products and other personal care items. Resorcinol is also known as 1,3-benzenediol, resorcin and 1,3-dihydroxybenzene, so be sure to read the labels on you cosmetics.
In some studies, resorcinol has been shown to cause thyroid dysfunction and alter relative adrenal glands. Extended use can lead to enlargement of the thyroid gland, resulting to unsightly goiters. Additionally, the chemical can acutely irritate the skin and eyes, produce organ system toxicity and disrupt the endocrine system according to SafeCosmetics.org. There have been several cases of fatal intoxication when resorcinol has been applied to the skin.
One of the most dangerous chemicals in any personal care product is fragrance. Sometimes called “parfum” or “aroma” on the label, the word “fragrance” refers to an undisclosed combination of scent chemicals. It is linked to skin and eye irritation, organ system toxicity, headaches, dermatitis, vomiting and asthma. Not only has the EWG found that fragrances can disrupt our natural hormone system, but a 2009 study found two synthetic musk fragrances in the cord blood of newborn babies. Because of the prevalence of fragrances in cosmetics, the chemicals are likely to pollute the human body even in the womb.
The Natural Way
Instead of risking your health in the name of clear skin, try using nature to spot-treat blemishes. We’ve gathered some of our favorite essential oils to help beautify your skin. Tamanu carrier oil is packed with antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that can help speed up your skin’s natural repair system.
Lavender essential oil helps soothe the skin while Tea Tree oil removes bacteria. As it fights wrinkles and fine-lines, Carrot Seed essential oil can protect against free radicals. Bergamot essential oil works to prevent bacteria from spreading. Ylang Ylang promotes healthy, naturally pure skin. One of EG’s favorites, Frankincense essential oil actually helps fade scars and improve the elasticity of your skin.
Acne-Clearing Roll-On DIY
Instead of slathering on harsh chemicals to treat pesky pimples, roll-on the power of EG’s 100% pure essential oils to help clear your skin.
What You Need:
- Fill ⅔ of the bottle with Tamanu carrier oil.
- Add 2 drops of Lavender essential oil.
- Add 2 drops of Tea Tree essential oil.
- Add 1 drop of Ylang Ylang complete essential oil
- Add 1 drop of Bergamot essential oil.
- Add 1 drop of Carrot Seed essential oil.
- Add 1 drop of Frankincense essential oil.
- Shake the entire mixture and roll a small amount on blemishes.