Skin Woes: Oil You Need
The clock struck 12:35 p.m. Melissa checks her watch as she impatiently waits for her doctor in Examination Room 3. “C’mon, c’mon, I got to go,” she says to herself. She scheduled another appointment during her lunch break with her dermatologist. This was Melissa’s fourth appointment in 6 months, and she’s both agitated and frustrated. She seems to not be able to find a solution to her skin woes, as well as out of money for the seemingly never-ending co-pays and treatment that has not worked. In walks her doctor. She looks over Melissa’s current state, scrolls through her laptop to review the previous treatments she’s prescribed, then commenced to prescribing yet another treatment. Melissa let’s out a deep sigh, takes the prescription, and heads back to work.
This may sound all too familiar to many, and it resonates with me personally as well. I have had many bouts with skin problems, from the repeated visits to the doctor to being given various treatments that did little to nothing for me. What I have found to work well on the skin are essential oils. Many of them contain both antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, so before handing over another co-pay to your doctor’s office, try some of these that combat different skin ailments.
Lavender oil has been one of my favorites in treating the skin. It can be used to treat acne, eczema, psoriasis, and wrinkles. In regards to treating acne, it works by getting rid of the bacteria that causes the infection, regulating the over-production of sebum, and by helping to reduce acne scarring. The suggested method of using it is by adding a few drops to your facial cream or to a carrier oil such as coconut oil or almond oil, then applying it to the affected area.
Another essential oil that works great for a variety of skin issues is tea tree oil. It is used to fight acne, athlete’s foot, eczema, psoriasis, boils, warts, and chickenpox. Yep, tea tree oil can handle quite a bit, which is due to its potent antibacterial and anti-fungal properties.
Bergamot essential oil does wonders for protecting the skin from infections. It is a natural antibiotic and disinfectant, which combats the growth of germs and fungus. To have this continuous protection, it is a good idea to use this oil in your bath water or in combination with your soap or body wash.
Clary Sage essential oil is an amazing anti-aging oil that makes the skin look young and vibrant. It contains the same antibacterial properties that the other essential oils do, but it also reduces inflammation and puffiness. It regulates oil production and has been found to be beneficial to those who suffer from both dry and oily skin! This oil is one of few that can be used without diluting, however, you can still use with a carrier oil if that’s what you prefer.
Last, but not least, is chamomile oil. This oil is perfect for those with sensitive skin. It is very calming to the skin and reduces redness and irritation. It also treats contact dermatitis, and prevents dry skin and scaling. I would recommend mixing it with coconut oil and applying it as needed.
Essential oils can be an alternative route to dealing with your skin, opposed to trips to the doctor and expensive medication. There is nothing wrong with visiting the dermatologist for our skin care needs. However, if you find yourself constantly going to the doctor only to be prescribed one harsh, manufactured medication after another with ingredients you can’t even pronounce, why not try something natural to see if it will work for you.