Beauty is more than skin deep, but it can be hard for you—and other people —to remember that when you can have acne. What you more usually see is an oily skin with a profusion of blackheads and pustules (spots) and sometimes too, scarring, pitting, and inflammation. Acne occurs not only on the face, but on the neck, back, and chest as well. Secondary infection by bacteria, usually strephyloccal, cause even more problems. Not only acne is unsightly, it is painful as well. The temptation to squeeze the spots and remove the infected pus is great, and although the hope might be to improve the look of the skin it makes matters worse. Not only does cause scarring, but the pus can infect other areas of the skin in the process. This is how one comes by the familiar pitted skin that invariably last throughout adulthood.
Although Acne is very often a problem that starts with puberty, it can appear at any time. There are patients that have developed the problem in their thirties, as well as those in their twenties. Acne is the result of seborrhea—overproduction of fat from the sebaceous glands—and this can be traced back to a hormonal imbalanced. It is thought that too much of the male hormone androgen is produced. Women too experienced hormonal related acne, usually around the time of premenstrual syndrome.
Essential oil treatments combined with a sensible diet, excercise and fresh air often clear up this problem. Lymphatic flow is increased , allowing toxic wastes to be taken away, and the circulation is improved, which allows oxygen and nutrients to reach the skin in greater quantity. The bactericide and anti-inflammatory properties of essential oils are obviously extremely useful in helping the healing process. The relaxant properties of essential oils also play their part as stress is a precursor of increased sebum production.
Stimulants should be avoided. Smoking can agravated the condition, as can alcohol, coffee, and even chocolate. It is not the fattening of chocolate that concerns us here but the chemical stimulants it contains, especially phenylethylamine and theobromine that imitate our hormones, and the caffeine, and sugar contains make it doubtfully bad for acne. For some people, cutting our dairy products, especially cream and hard cheese, helps enormously. Fruits surprisingly perhaps, do not help acne because of their high sugar content, but vegetables do, but not use big amounts. Antibiotics are often prescrived for acne but they only treat the symptoms temporarly, and as they kill off the friendly intestinal bacteria we need to digest and eliminate toxins efficiently they can make matters worse in the long run. Retin a is used with great success, as is vitamin A. You can of course take advantage of this simply by applying carrot oil, an extremely rich source of beta carotene and a natural source of vitamin A.
The treatment that follows comes in three stages and these are the oils to use:
Almond Borage seed Evening primrose
Stage One Oils
Chamomile German Myrh Chamomile Roman Rose Yarrow Palma Rosa Carrot
Stage Two Oil
Bergamot Tea tree Calendula Clary sage Lavender Thyme linalol Eucalyptus radiata Geranium
Stage Three oils
Neroli Parsley Fennel Violet leaf Juniper Galbanum Lemon Carrot Rose Lavender Orange Geranium
STAGE ONE is to promote healing, reduce inflammation and, gently to start to correct the imbalance of sebum production. This is done by using a routine over fourteen days, and it will take patience and more time for the acne to heal completely. Use no harsh products—for cleaning the face use pure soap only and rinse at least twenty-five times with the tap running. Use warm water, not hot or cold. In the final rinse water put 2 tablespoons of cider vinegar, then pat the skin dry. During the day, wear the following oil. Do not wear any facial make up whatsoever, not any special cover up. Just the oil:
Stage One Day Treatment
Chamomile German 10 drops
Myhr 3 drops
Palma rosa 10 drops
Yarrow 5 drops
Chamomile Roman 7 drops
Carrot 20 drops
Diluted in two tablespoons almond oil or coconut oil.
The carrot oil is bright orange and when on the skin gives you a healthy look. Leave the oil to soak into the skin for five minutes and then dab off the excess with a tissue. In the evening, after cleansing and rinsing, rub 5 drops of neat night oil number one over the whole of the affected areaand then apply a coating of night oil number two to the area. Leave this in place for five minutes an then wipe off the excess. Do not use any other cream, Lotion or potion.
Night oil Number One
Carrot oil 30 drops
Borage seed 60 drops
Chamomile Germam 5 drops
Blend together and use 5 drops each evening .
Night Oil Number Two
Rose 10 drops
Palma rosa 10 drops
Chamomile Roman 5 drops
Myhr 5 drops
Diluted in 2 tablespoons base oil
During these fourteen days get into the fresh air as soon as possible. Eat only “live” food—fresh vegetables, fruit in moderation, grain, pulses, and fish. Drink herbal teas and plenty of mineral water. All additives and preservatives and the like must be avoided. Avoid as much as possible any red meat or white meat that contains traces of antibiotics and hormones—–which unless you have access to organically bred meats. Increase your zinc with a supplement and increase your vitamin C and A intake. Use no face masks or steam treatment at this time.
STAGE TWO is to fight infection and continue the re-balancing program, Cleanse as before only this time make up a bottle that contains the following ingredients and use 1 teaspoon in the final rinse, patting dry afterwards.
Cider Vinegar 4 ounces
Lavender 20 drops
Eucalyptus radiata 20 drops
Depending on the time of the day, use the appropriate oil below:
STAGE TWO DAY TREATEMENT
Eucaliptus radiata 5 drops
Clary sage 5 drops
Thyme linalol 5 drops
Lavender 15 drops
Carrot 5 drops
Diluted in 3 tablespoons of almond oil or coconut oil
Leave the oil to soak into the skin for five minutes and then wipe off the excess with a tissue.
STAGE TWO NIGHT TREATMENT
Evening primrose 30 drops
Carrot 20 drops
Bergamot 10 drops
Lavender 5 drops
Geranium 5 drops
Eucaliptus radiata 10 drops
Diluted in 3 tablespoon almond oil or coconut oil
Leave the oil to soak into the skin for five minutes then wipe off the excess. Follow the dietary advice outlined in stage one and continue stage two treatment for fourteen days.
Stage Three is the last stage of the battle and by now your skin may look so much better you decide not to continue the treatment. But if you want to see further improvements, continue you must for another fourteen days. Use the cleansing rinse outlined in stage two, both morning and night, pat the face dry, and use the relevant day or night treatment below:
STAGE THREE DAY TREATMENT
Neroli 10 drops
Fennel 5 drops
Gernanium 5 drops
Parsley 5 drops
Lemon 5 drops
Diluted in 3 tablespoons almond oil or coconut oil
Leave the oil to soak into the skin in five minutes and then wipe off the excess:
STAGE THREE NIGHT TREATMENT
Rose 10 drops
Violet leaf 8 drops
Carrot 10 drops
Galbamum 4 drops
Lemon 8 drops
Diluted in 3 tablespoons of almond oil or coconut oil.
When the sis weeks are up continue to use the essential oils, choosing from those in the oily skin sections. Use only one hundred percent pure soaps and avoid harsh preparations.