I don’t know about you folks but when I was growing up there were a good 2-3 years when my skin decided that it was going to be a pain to deal with. Sun allergies, breakouts and hyperpigmentation were my personal poltergeists.
The only skin condition I did not have to contend with was acne and, boy! I couldn’t have been happier about it. My friends were using Accutane, Tetracycline other powerful anti-acne medications that had so many side effects. They were so ashamed of their excessive pimples that they felt that the side effects didn’t matter. Even as a child I always felt that mother nature would certainly have some solution to acne but not having proper access to the internet then hindered my researching ability.
Recently my best friend suffered from a severe acne flare up and she came to me for help. Being the avid researcher that I am, I trawled the internet to find a solution and found clove oil being featured in a major way. I was a little reticent about dabbling in essential oils but passed the information on to my friend anyway. Surprisingly, just a single drop every day dropped in her foundation and facial oil rid her of the acne. We couldn’t have been happier and read up more about clove oil.
Is it really a miraculous acne healer? We certainly think it is!
As a tropical plant, clove has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, antiseptic and anesthetic properties. It is a truly powerful essential oil that is extremely purifying. It helps to reduce inflamed breakouts and kills the bacteria that caused them to begin with. To add to that, it can also be used as a numbing agent due to its anesthetic properties and it’s antiseptic properties ensure that the acne causing bacteria are kept at bay.
Miraculous though clove oil may be, it can very easily cause you great harm. There are certain precautions that need to be taken while using clove oil for curing acne. A few are listed below:
You need to be diluting the clove oil before you apply to your skin. Essential oils are never supposed to be used directly and can cause permanent allergies in extreme cases. Clove oil needs to be mixed in with anything from a carrier oil to makeup for it to work it’s magic. Coconut Oil is great for this purpose but do ensure that the ratio of clove to coconut oil is at least 1:20 or more.
It is standard practise to test if you are allergic to any new oil. All you need to do is put a drop of the diluted mixture on the back of your ear/elbow. Monitor your skin for a day or two and if you see no allergic reactions, go forth my child!
Build Your Strength
Build familiarity to the oil by using a weak dilution such as 1:20 initially but over time increase this ratio to garner better and faster results.
Avoid The Eye Area
With such a potent oil I would suggest that you steer clear of the entire eye area and lips. These are 2 most sensitive areas of your face and can’t handle the power of clove oil.
Clove Oil is naturally very hot and you feel a tingling sensation even if you use a fairly weak formulation. If you find that the dilution is causing a burning sensation, immediately wash your face and dilute the solution further.
- Prolonged Usage
Once you feel that your acne has cleared up sufficiently bring down the potency of your dilution. It is not good to use a potent solution of any essential oil for a prolonged period of time. Your skin may become resistant to the oil and thereafter you will gain no benefits.
So what are you waiting for? Grab a bottle of Clove Oil and watch your skin transform!
P.S. A little goes a long way so just buy a small 15-30 ml bottle!
Author: Nivanya M