Acne vulgaris, commonly known plainly as acne, is a very common skin disease by which several types of skin disturbances appear such as comedones – black heads and white heads, nodules- large papules, papules – pinheads, pimples, seborrhea – scaly red skin and possible scarring.
Aside from the aforementioned effects of acne on the physical aspect of a person, it is also known to cause psychological effects. Having acne may cause a person to look down on oneself and thus, have lower self- esteem. Low self esteem may lead to different psychological problems such as extreme depression and worse, suicide. According to statistics, about 7.1% of people who committed suicide have acne.
There are several available treatments for acne in the market. Some involve a change of lifestyle such as eating lesser carbohydrates and sugar. There are also different forms of medication such as hormonal treatments, salicylic acid, oral or pill antibiotics, retinoids, benzoyl peroxide and hundreds more.
If you are searching for a more natural and less expensive way of treating acne, well then oregano oil is the right choice. Oregano oil has a lot of antimicrobial properties which makes it perfect for treating not only acne, but other skin infections. The oil produces not only that but also anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties that are all capable of destroying free radicals that live in our system. These may cause damage to our skin cells. By using oregano oil, you lose all of these unhealthy radicals.
With all the properties inside oregano oil, it is best to conclude that it is a very strong disinfectant. In fact, because it is too strong, it might cause bigger problems with your acne. So it is best to dilute in a cup of water. Some manufacturers of oregano oil will probably recommend you to mix oregano oil with a base oil to lessen its effect on the skin. This practice is very damaging to the skin. Oils may cause your pores to clog and worsen your acne condition.
Instead, add about two to three drops of oregano oil in a glass of water. Dab a cotton ball on to the mixture and on the affected areas. Apply this mixture two to three times a day, preferably when you wake up in the morning and before going to bed. You will most likely feel a burning sensation which is very natural. It will subside after a few minutes. If it lasts longer than an hour, consult your doctor. Little tip: If your skin develops some redness after applying it, do not continue using it. Try an allergy test. Simply apply a small amount of oregano oil on a patch of skin with no acne and wait and see if there is an allergic reaction. If none, try adding more water on to your mixture or lesser drops of oregano oil. If symptoms persist, definitely consult your dermatologist.
If you choose to use oregano oil for acne, make sure that you do not accidentally apply the mixture on any broken skin or scrapes.