Lemon Essential Oil For Acne
I think we can all agree that there is a lot of misinformation on the internet. That’s why it is imperative that you educate yourself and exercise a healthy amount of skepticism of things you read online.
Let’s take as a case in point using lemon essential oil for acne. I have found a ton of web sites touting the incredible benefits of using lemon essential oil for acne.
If you have been reading this blog for any length of time you know I try to bring you the best information possible on the safe use of essential oils. Many times this information will contradict what you may find on other sites on the internet.
Full disclosure means I also need to inform you that I sell essential oils from the online shop on this website. However, I would prefer that you use these oils in a safe way. If I lose a sale for warning you of a potential safety issue, then that’s OK. I would rather see everyone getting good information on the safe use of these amazing oils than to see even one person have a bad outcome from poor information.
Before I got into selling essential oils I worked in the medical field for 34 years. I have a better than
Unfortunately, this is not the case with some people who work for the large MLM essential oil companies. They have little, if any, training and they happily put out there whatever these companies publish without checking it out at all.
You don’t have to take my word for it. Simply follow this link and look at the injury reports compiled at Aromatherapy United. You can view reports of self-reported injuries from essential oils from 2014-2017. You can also see the summaries of some of the reports. If you look at the 2016 report (the latest report a summary is available for) a surprising statistic leaps forth.
Out of 89 reports of injury where the person giving the information to the injured party could be identified, 74 were caused by MLM reps. That is a stunning 83% of those reports.
It gets even more interesting when you look at the total number of reports where a brand of oil was identified in the report. 171 of a total of 195 reports named just the 2 largest MLM essential oil companies. A staggering 88% of reports were injured by the misapplication of the oils of the 2 large MLM essential oils companies.
I say all that to make the point that many people only want to sell you oils and they have no idea of the proper and safe use of the oils.
Lemon Oil Is A Bad Idea For Acne
Now that we have the background out of the way I would like to tell you why using lemon essential oil for acne is a bad idea.
All citrus essential oils that are cold pressed contain some amount of furocoumarins. These substances are why there is a precaution not to use them on your skin, even at the recommended dilutions, for at least 12-24 hours before you are exposed to the sun or a tanning bed. This substance is phototoxic and when the skin is exposed to UV light the result can be a severe burn.
While lemon oil has a host of uses for such things as cleaning, aromatherapy in a diffuser, and the use on skin that will not be exposed to the sun, most of us don’t wear ski masks across our face when we are out of the house. At least if we aren’t planning to commit a crime.
So this is why it is a bad idea to use lemon essential oil on the face for acne. At least if the oil is cold pressed. If you can find a steam distilled lemon essential oil and you are sure of the distilling process then it would not then be phototoxic.
There are better options for treating acne with essential oils that have antimicrobial properties, but don’t carry with them the risk of phototoxicity.
Tea tree oil is a great alternative. It has powerful antibacterial properties and has been shown in lab tests to kill the bacteria that causes acne. This would be my number one recommended oil. This study published in 2015 looked at the mechanisms of tea tree essential oil for the treatment of acne. Another study published in 2007 found a 5% solution of tea tree oil effective against acne as well.
Lemongrass oil has outstanding antimicrobial properties and uses for your skin. It also has astringent properties which make it effective in helping to treat acne breakouts. It has the ability to help kill
Lavender oil is another better alternative essential oil for acne. It is believed there is a connection between stress and acne breakouts. A 2003 study found a connection between stress and skin disease, including acne. Lavender essential oil has soothing and calming effects that can reduce your stress levels. Lavender essential oil also has antibacterial properties and it can be used on the face to help kill the bacteria that causes acne.
Clary Sage oil also has antibacterial properties which make it a good choice for fighting acne. You can apply Clary Sage diluted in a carrier oil directly to the pimple to help clear it up by killing the bacteria in the skin. Clary Sage oil is also useful to reduce stress and anxiety. Diffuse Clary Sage oil to inhale the aroma and it will help you relieve stress and decrease the release of the stress hormone Cortisol.
Juniper Berry oil also has antibacterial properties. It is gentle enough to apply undiluted to the acne breakout. If you have sensitive skin you may want to dilute it with a light carrier oil such as coconut or jojoba oils, which also have advantages for your skin health. A study from 2005 looked at the antibacterial and anti-fungal properties of juniper berry essential oil and showed positive results.
In this post I have given you the data on why I think the suggestion to use lemon essential oil for treating acne is a bad idea. The risk of phototoxicity outweighs the possible benefits in my opinion. This is especially true when you look at other alternatives that have antibacterial properties and do not carry with them the risk of burns due to sun exposure or UV from a tanning bed.