Acne is a common skin condition marked by pimples on the face, chest, and back. It occurs when the skin’s pores become clogged with oil, dead skin cells, and bacteria.
The most common skin disease is acne vulgaris, also known as common acne. Acne affects nearly 85 percent of people between the ages of 12 and 25.
Sebaceous glands are located just beneath the skin’s surface. They produce sebum, which is the skin’s natural moisturizer. These glands and the hair follicles that contain them are referred to as sebaceous follicles. These follicles emerge from the skin via pores. Increased levels of androgens (male hormones) cause the glands to produce excessive sebum during puberty.
Excess sebum combines with dead, sticky skin cells to form a hard plug, or comedo, which blocks the pore. There are two main types of comedones, whiteheads and blackheads, which indicate mild acne.
When Propionibacterium acnes, a bacteria that lives on the skin, invades the plugged follicle and causes moderate to severe inflammatory acne. Papules are inflamed pimples near the skin’s surface. Pustules are inflamed pimples deeper in the skin. Cysts (closed sacs) and nodules are the most severe form of acne (hard swellings). Scarring occurs when new skin cells replace damaged skin cells.
Acne is most common on the face, chest, shoulders, and back because these are the areas of the body with the most sebaceous follicles.
Essential Oils (Topical Use)
- Tea Tree
- Juniper Berry
- Blue Tansy
Blended Oils (Topical Use)
- HD Clear
- DDR Prime
- Copaiba Touch
- Dilute as recommended (use dilution table for this) 1-2 drops of any single oil or blend and apply on the area of concern and on the bottom feet.
- You may use Tea Tree essential oil internally, 1-2 drops in a glass of water.
- Put 10 drops of one oil or blend in a 1-2 oz. spray bottle with water. Mist your face two-three times a day.