If you’ve got acne and are looking for an alternative to drugstore and prescription acne treatments, you might consider essential oils. Essential oils contain anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antimicrobial properties. These organic acne fighters will not only soothe your acne-prone skin, but also reduce the appearance of dark spots.
Obviously, no list of acne-fighting essential oils would be complete without tea tree oil — an ingredient that’s widely adored for its naturally antibacterial, antibiotic, and antimicrobial properties. It basically acts the same way a spot treatment does, by killing germs and bacteria (including strains that are resistant to topical antibiotics), and since it’s anti-inflammatory, it rapidly reduces the size of the pimple while also drying out pus. Just apply a drop onto the affected area and follow-up with your favorite moisturizer once it’s dried.
Also great for – eczema
In the kitchen, this herb’s delicate essence is often used to enhance pasta sauces and cooked potatoes. In the laboratory, thyme has been shown to be effective in fighting the bacteria that causes acne. One study showed that a tincture of thyme powered through acne-causing bacteria better than prescription creams containing benzoyl peroxide, a prescription acne medication.
Also great for – Colds