Oregano Oil to Treat Acne Naturally
Oil of Oregano has antiseptic, antiviral, and antibacterial properties. If you suffer from acne you can benefit by applying it on the acne affected areas twice a day. Its antibacterial properties will eliminate acne-causing bacteria Propionibacterium acnes and heal the acne lesions. Oregano oil is antimicrobial as its main ingredient is carvacrol which has very good antimicrobial properties making it effective for treating skin conditions including acne infections.
It is also known to possess anti-inflammatory properties and this will help in bringing down the redness and swelling in cystic acne. As an acne cure it also helps to reduce pain caused by large pimples.
Oil of Oregano should be taken by acne sufferers as this natural remedy for acne has very high levels of antioxidants. Antioxidants are essential for maintaining a stable immune system. If the immune system is working well then it also shows in the health of the skin.
Suggested External Use
To use Oil of Oregano as a treatment for acne, place a couple of drops of Oregano oil in a glass of water. Do a test patch first to make sure you are not allergic to it. If you are not allergic to it then you can dab it on your acne. Clean your skin first and dab the oregano oil (diluted in water) on the acne using a cotton ball being careful not to get it in the eyes. Do not rinse your face with water after this. Just allow the solution to dry up naturally on your skin. There might be a slight tingling sensation. If your skin turns red, stop using it for a couple of days and then try again with only one drop of oregano oil in a glass of water. You can apply it in the morning and at night.
NEVER EVER apply undiluted oregano oil directly to the skin, it MUST be diluted as it is very strong. Do not apply to the eyes, genital region or mucus membranes as it will cause a burning sensation and irritation.
It is better to use the ‘Super Strength’ oregano oil as this contains less olive oil in its proprietary blend, which is not good for acne. Oils can clog the pores and make the problem worse. As Oregano Oil is a strong disinfectant irritation can occur if using it directly on the skin. All manufacturers dilute the oil in a “carrier oil.” We use Organic Olive Oil. You cannot get 100% Oregano Oil.
As Ingram asserts, "oil of oregano's antiseptic powers are immense . . . it inhibits the growth of the majority of bacteria, something that prescription antibiotics fail to accomplish."
Professional help for acne usually involves taking antibiotics. Treating acne naturally with oregano oil involves taking it internally as well.
Suggested Internal Use
Take 1 to 4 drops in water or juice daily. If you can’t stand the taste, place the drops into an empty gel capsule and swallow with water.
Most antibiotics used in acne treatment may have adverse side effects. Oil of oregano is made of 100% organic substances so this will not be a problem. Its strength is in its phenols, phytochemicals and flavinoids that are plant based and not chemically synthesized substances.
I have personally seen oregano oil work for treating acne just by taking oregano oil internally. My stepson took oregano oil (by placing a few drops into an empty gel capsule) for a few weeks to prevent a nasty motorbike accident injury from getting infected. As a result, his deep wound did not get infected and his cystic acne (which he had for many years) cleared up. His acne was all over his face, neck, chest, back and even on his arms.
Below are some testimonials for using oregano oil for acne treatment from http://www.acne.org/oil-of-oregano-reviews-1201/
Oil of Oregano improves seborrheic dermatitis
Reviewed on August 18, 2015
This is one of my favorite oils for treating seborrheic dermatitis. It's potent with antifungal properties to kill the fungus. It can also be used as a spot treatment for warts. Dab a drop on a pimple and it will dry it out so it reduces inflammation. Add a couple drops into a glass of water and it will help kill the candida yeasts. I make sure to keep this oil stocked in my cupboard at all times because it comes in real handy !
Excellent Natural Treatment
Reviewed on May 26, 2015
I tried the Oil of Oregano and found it to work also. I use a ratio of 10 pumps of Vitamin Shoppe Jojoba Oil mixed in a glass jar with 10 drops of Oil of Oregano. I used a q-tip to apply it to the acne after cleansing in the morning and at night and let it soak in. You don't need to use a lot so oil just a little bit. I have moderate acne and oily skin.
Oregano the super plant; I love this stuff!!
Reviewed on February 10, 2015
My new favorite herb/oil!! I've dealt with blackheads, whiteheads, large and painful cysts, and tiny bumps on my face since middle school. I'd tried managing it for years (8+) with dermatologist visits, topicals, antibiotics, diet changes, you name it. Around 4 months ago, I got fed up and when I heard about the caveman regimen (not washing or applying anything to your face), I jumped on board. About a week into it, new pimples started showing up in places I'd never had acne. It's progressed to severe acne where the only clear patch of skin was the left side of my forehead. Massive cysts took over my cheeks and jawline with pimples and blackheads filling every space in between. It got to the point where I wouldn't leave the house if I didn't have to. Prescribed medications and chemicals never worked for me in the past so I resorted to every natural method I came across. I originally got oregano oil for my gingivitis and receding gums (it completely worked by the way) and began applying to my face mixed with seabuckthorn oil, to my toenails for a stubborn fungus, and to my scalp for psoriasis. It took care of ALL of it!! All of my cysts are disappearing, few new pimples are showing up, and the only thing I'm looking for now is a way to clear up the scarring! Wonderful, magical, healing plant. I'm in love. I've also cut out milk in my diet which I believe has helped; however I'm still eating ice cream and cheese and what-have-you so I give the most props to oregano, the super oil. Very much recommended.
Oil of Oregano
Reviewed on October 17, 2014
The Best! This oil is powerful, so please do not use this without knowing what you are doing! I am a certified health coach, and when I read how some people are applying this to their skin it makes me shudder. Oil of Oregano has heat and will definitely burn when used incorrectly. Mix a little with a carrier oil (examples: jojoba, olive oil, coconut). If you apply the oil without mixing, use very, very little on the spot; it will still work without setting you on fire. :-) I used to have terrible acne and I began using the clarisonic device for cleansing, which helped a lot to deep cleanse my skin. My skin cleared but I still suffered occasional breakouts. Now when I feel a pimple coming on, I apply a tiny drop of oil of oregano and it usually gets rid of it within a day or two. The pimple never becomes large. yay! Again, just a tiny drop is all that's needed. Apply more and you suffer. Good luck!
Seems very powerful, Be Careful!
Reviewed on May 27, 2014
I got the PURE oil of oregano, as in its 100% oregano oil- no olive oil mixed in it.
I read beforehand that it was potent, so I dipped a cotton swab in water and then put on drop of oregano oil on the tip.. put it on top of my cystic pimples as well as regular zits. oh my god, they BUUUUUUUUUUUUUURNED. i stuck it out and left it on overnight. i have to say, it DOES seem to deflate the cystic pimples a bit as well as bring the regular zits to a head. so that's definitely great, as nothing else seems to work on my cystic acne- seriously, they sit like mosquito bites on my face for months without coming to a head or anything.
BUT, after 2-3 days of doing this, i noticed that...the oil was... somehow drying out the parts i applied it onto SEVERELY. I had one small patch on my cheekbone that was almost like a burnt patch. it took about a week to heal =( Now that i think about it, I think it actually slightly burnt that area off a bit... the other parts of my face- was like snake skin. red and scaly. It was horrific, especially cause I had to go to work with this scaly mask of a skin =( after 2-3 days though, the scaly bits peeled off thank god.
I have some other cysts that i would like to try this on again, but after that whole ordeal im a LITTLE bit apprehensive. I'm not denying the effects of this oil, I'm quite surprised at how well it works, I just gotta figure out how to work with it so that I can avoid getting that scaly skin after effect. I definitely would recommend this product, but please please please be careful when you use it!
Reviewed on May 25, 2014
I regularly use the regimen (which works great by the way). Every now and then I still do get a whitehead or a cystic. When I do, I have a mixture that I make made of oil of oregano and jojoba oil. I can't tell you the exact ratio because I change it every time I make it. Anyway, I use it as a spot treatment I put on overnight and when I wake up it seems like it is almost a week or two old and almost gone. I have not tried using it orally yet.
WARNING: Do not use this in pure form! It has literally burned my skin when I tried that and left me with a dark pigmentation for two weeks. Granted, I used probably 5 or 6 drops in an area of about a dollar coin size which wasn't a smart idea. This stuff burns, but if you have it diluted do not worry about it. It also smells, so I never use it in the morning or during the day if I know I am going to go out.
It works amazingly and will get rid of your acne insanely fast. Use only when diluted. It smells and burns. Do not get it in your eyes or you will be tearing up for about an hour. I highly recommend it.
Reviewed on April 16, 2014
Ok I never write reviews but oil of oregano is AMAZING! I am in awe at how well this works!! I get regular acne as well as cystic acne and have tried every product, home remedy and prescription out there. Recently I was using witch hazel astringent and Burt's bees acne toner which both work good(witch hazel more so). Today I went and bought the oil of oregano because I've had a cystic zit I could not get rid of for the life of me. Right when I got home I grabbed a cotton ball and rubbed the oil directly on my face, DO NOT do that. It burns sooo bad!! I rushed to the bathroom and ran ice cold water on my face for a good 10 min. And then I got a q-tip, got it wet, added a drop of the oil and applied it directly to the zit and here I am an hour later, writing this review because the zit is almost gone!
Reviewed on February 16, 2014
I purchased a bottle of oil of oregano at a Health food store after reading rave reviews on this site. I added a few drops to about a tablespoon of honey and applied it as a face mask. WORST IDEA. My face started burning and man did it hurt! I tried to wash it off immediately but the damage was already done. It took over 10 minutes for the burning to subside but my face is now raw and red. Wether or not it works, I'll have to wait and see. If you do try it, take it internally.
***UPDATE: I decided to stick it out and it does help, acne dries out faster and healing time is shorter. It still burns and dries out my skin, but overall I have seen some improvement***
It actually works
Reviewed on August 10, 2013
I've been suffering from cystic acne due to my hormones and dairy sensitivity for years now. I've tried numerous amounts of things, tea tree oil, toothpaste, different cleansers, different toners, masks - everything! I found several reviews on this page about oil of oregano, so I decided to give it a try. Wow, I can see a big difference in the size of my affected areas already. I had a large pimple on my chin, and I was trying to get rid of it. I used oil of oregano, and after just TWO days, it's practically gone!
I put the mixture in a glass jar, which is about half a cup of water mixed with about 4 drops of the oil. It separates a little, so I shake it before every use!
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