Acne is the most common condition that affects almost everybody at one stage or another in their lives.
It starts when greasy secretions from the skin's sebaceous glands (oil glands) plug the tiny openings of hair follicles (plugged pores). If the openings are large, the clogs take the form of blackheads: small, flat spots with dark centers. If the openings stay small, the clogs take the form of whiteheads: small, flesh-colored bumps. Both types of plugged pores can develop into swollen, tender inflammations or pimples or deeper lumps or nodules. Nodules associated with severe cases of acne (cystic acne) are firm swellings below the skin's surface that become inflamed, tender, and sometimes infected.
Four main factors cause acne:
- Excess oil production
- Hair follicles clogged by oil and dead skin cells
- Excess activity of a type of hormone (androgens)
Acne typically appears on your face, forehead, chest, upper back and shoulders because these areas of skin have the most oil (sebaceous) glands. Hair follicles are connected to oil glands.
The follicle wall may bulge and produce a whitehead. Or the plug may be open to the surface and darken, causing a blackhead. A blackhead may look like dirt stuck in pores. But actually the pore is congested with bacteria and oil, which turns brown when it's exposed to the air.
Pimples are raised red spots with a white center that develop when blocked hair follicles become inflamed or infected with bacteria. Blockages and inflammation that develop deep inside hair follicles produce cyst like lumps beneath the surface of your skin. Other pores in your skin, which are the openings of the sweat glands, aren't usually involved in acne.
These factors can trigger or aggravate acne:
- Androgens are hormones that increase in boys and girls during puberty and cause the sebaceous glands to enlarge and make more sebum. Hormonal changes related to pregnancy and the use of oral contraceptives also can affect sebum production. And low amounts of androgens circulate in the blood of women and can worsen acne.
- Certain medications. Examples include drugs containing corticosteroids, testosterone or lithium.
- Studies indicate that certain dietary factors, including skim milk and carbohydrate-rich foods — such as bread, bagels and chips — may worsen acne. Chocolate has long been suspected of making acne worse. A small study of 14 men with acne showed that eating chocolate was related to a worsening of symptoms. Further study is needed to examine why this happens and whether people with acne would benefit from following specific dietary restrictions.
- Stress can make acne worse.
Here are some of the oils we found that is super for managing acne:
Tamanu oil is extracted from seeds that grow on a tropical evergreen called a Tamanu nut tree. Tamanu oil and other parts of the Tamanu nut tree have been used medicinally for hundreds of years by certain Asian, African, and Pacific Island cultures.
A 2015 study looked at Tamanu oil from five different parts of the South Pacific. It found that the oil exhibited high antibacterial and wound-healing activity against bacterial strains involved in acne, including Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes) and Propionibacterium granulosum (P. granulosum).
There’s also evidence of the oil’s anti-inflammatory properties. Together with its ability to kill P. acnes and P. granulosum, Tamanu oil may also be helpful in treating inflamed acne.
Avocado oil is gotten from the avocado seed, it is a great moisturizer for the skin. It’s a rich source of nutrients like vitamin E and fatty acids like oleic acid. Due to its natural anti-inflammatory and wound-healing properties, it helps to moisturize the skin which decreases the likelihood of sebum overproduction which can be a root cause of acne.
Turmeric oil for skin has both anti-inflammatory and antibacterial benefits, making it one beast of an oil. It is fantastic for fighting off acne because it is an antiseptic, and an all-natural one at that. Since it is antibacterial as well, it will be able to stop the spread of bacteria on your face, reducing the likelihood of breakouts.
Turmeric’s powers against acne can be improved vastly when paired with other natural products, such as avocado oil and Tamanu oil.
Lavandula angustifolia, a most common name known as Lavender Plant. From the flowers of this plant, lavender is extracted. This oil has been used from ancient times by Romans, Greeks, and Egyptians for perfumes and bath. You have to know the amazing benefits of lavender oil for skin. This oil has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties which help to get rid of acne problems by fighting bacteria, which cause acne on the skin.
JUNIPER BERRY OIL
Juniper berry oil is gotten from the berries, needles or wood of the juniper plant through steam distillation. It has antibacterial, antiseptic, astringent and detoxifying properties. It is quite effective in the treatment of acne, weeping eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis. It balances oily skin and unclogs the pores.
VITAMIN E OIL
Vitamin E is a fat-soluble compound mainly found in certain plant oils and also in the leaves of green vegetables.
Vitamin E is both a nutrient as well as an antioxidant. As an antioxidant, it is known for protecting the body from free radicals that can wreak havoc on our health, both internally and externally. One of the many uses of vitamin E oil is for fading scars including acne scars.
Frankincense oil can help with wound healing and may decrease the appearance of scars. It may also help reduce the appearance of dark spots caused from acne blemishes, stretch marks, eczema and help with healing of surgical wounds.
We have successfully put all of these oils together with other organic natural ingredients to help manage acne.
Try our natural healing salves:
Tamanu Healing Salve
This is special salve is packed full of powerful healing ingredients. The combination of ingredients work together to promote skin rejuvenation, produce a healing and soothing synergy that can help relieve and treat inflammatory skin problems like eczema, acne, rashes, bruises, scrapes and so much more. It can also be used on sensitive skin. It is incredibly rich and a little goes a long way. Use it on rough and dry patches, rashes, burns and any part of the body that needs a calming and healing touch.
This salve is particularly useful to apply on the face before wearing a face covering such as a mask to reduce the likelihood of irritated skin. You can find it here.
Dark Spot Fade Salve
This special salve is packed full of more powerful healing ingredients. The super combination of these ingredients not only reduces and fades the appearance of scarring or pigmentation, they also boost the hydration retention of your skin making it soft and beautiful. You can find this here.