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What Essential Oils are Good for Hormonal Acne?

What Essential Oils are Good for Hormonal Acne?

Have you ever had a sudden acne outbreak during hormonal changes?

As if you weren't dealing with enough already.

This article will help clear things up about the relationship between hormones and acne along with which essential oils are good for hormonal acne. 

What is Hormonal Acne?

This is one of the most common reasons why people get acne. Over 70% of people in their teens tend to experience hormonal acne. This is because their bodies are changing, and new neurochemicals are being released in the body.

This causes the skin’s PH levels to be out of balance and acne forms on the skin. Excess of hormones such as testosterone and androgens, make teens get mild to severe breakouts that last for a long time.

Women suffering from endocrine disorders that throw their hormone levels out of whack such as PCOS or endometriosis can also include cystic acne as one of the symptoms.

Some women also report getting acne when they hit menopause because this is another crucial period of their life that involves an imbalance in hormone levels.

Why Essential Oils for Hormonal Acne?

With so many acne treatments in the cosmetic industry, it is hard to choose the right one for yourself. It can be confusing and risky. You don’t want to spend thousands of dollars yet end up ruining your skin.

This is where natural remedies and solutions such as essential oils come in. Essential oils have gained massive popularity in the last decade or so for their amazing benefits.

More and more research is being done for various illnesses and conditions using essential oils as key ingredients for treatment.

There is a solution for almost every health issue in the essential oil community and acne is one of them. You'll be happy to know that there are certain essential oils that work effectively to reduce the pimples and spots on your face and body better than many medications.

The best part is that they are completely safe and have no side effects if taken according to the instructions.

What Essential Oils are Good for Hormonal Acne?

Clary Sage Essential Oil

Clary Sage is extremely popular with women who deal with hormonal issues.
There are several studies that confirm its ability to help with hormonal acne. Check out some of the findings that have been discovered through scientific research.
Studies show that Clary Sage Essential Oil contains anti-inflammatory properties. (study: Kanlayavattanakul and Lourith 2011).
Another study found that Clary Sage was effective in providing Anti-stress/Antidepressant properties. (study: Seol et a. 2010).
Clary Sage has been shown to be active against Staphylococcus epidermidis, which is the bacteria in acne (study: Kanlayavattanakul and Lourith 2011); known to calm drastic hormonal changes. 

Geranium Essential Oil

According to various studies, Geranium may have anti-inflammatory properties: reduces swelling and inflammation. The specific components in Geranium that help with reducing inflammation are the alcohols citronellol and geraniol (Marauyama et al. 2006);
Geranium has also shown anti-bacterial characteristics as it fights against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (EMSRA) which incubates in broken skin membranes.
Geranium combined with Tea Tree was most active against MRSA (common when picking acne) (study: Edward-Jones et al. 2004). 
One study also demonstrated that Geranium has antidepressant effects (Perry and Perry 2006) - Monoterpene alcohols, especially Geraniol, Citronellol, and linalool are associated with anxiety relieving actions (Setzer 2009).
Geranium is known for balancing the production of sebum which is the oil that your skin releases to function in a healthy way. The sebum is necessary, you don't want too much or too little. Geranium helps skin produce a healthy amount of sebum. Geranium is also known to help balance hormones in the body. 

Tea Tree Oil

Anti-Acne: antibacterial and anti-inflammatory actions (study: Enshaeieh et al. 2007); chemical components terpinen-4-ol, a-terpineol, and a-pinene are active against Staphylococcus aureus, S. epidermidis and Propionibacterium acnes (study: A. Raman et al. 1995).
Tea Tree is also historically known to combat bacterial, fungal and viral infections. You can use Tea Tree in a dilution of up to 5% and you can even dab it directly on pimples neat. Adding a little vitamin E as a carrier oil as well as a little bit of Lavender strengthens Tea Tree Oil's abilities. 

Conclusion

If you're dealing with acne as a result of hormonal problems, there is help! You can use essential oils to help you cope with the hormonal problems as well as to help clear up your acne!