Aromatherapy for Acne Bergamot
Many essential oils are not only antiseptic but also promote healing or generation of new healthy skin cells. Some of the best are Bergamot, Geranium, Lavender and Lemon. Lavender and Lemon; these combinations depending on the state of the skin and the person as a whole. Bergamot, for instance, is an effective antidepressant, and this emotional quality may be helpful at times as acne can understandably make the sufferer feel low (adolescence is a time of fluctuating self-esteem at the nest of times), and as an astringent, antiseptic oil it is excellent for greasy, infected skin. Do not, however, overuse this oil as it increases the skin’s sensitivity to the sun; moderate amounts of sunlight are generally good for drying and healing the skin too. These oils may be used in a light carrier vegetable oil such as Grapeseed, which has a slight astringency of its own, or coconut, or else mixed into a gentle cleansing creams for regular use on the affected areas. Another base might be a toning lotion such as triple distilled Rosewater, Orange Blossom water or perhaps distilled Witch Hazel for extra astringency. Use 1-2 per cent of essential oils in any of these base carriers. If there is much evidence of scarring after the condition has improved, use the essential oils in a carrier which includes 10% elasticity and healing.