Official reports say that about 80 percent of people between the age group of 11 to 30 have acne breakouts. It’s the most embarrassing feeling faced by teenagers.
Luckily, I experienced mild acne which was treated after using anti-acne creams. But, one of my cousins tried almost all the available creams with no positive results. Then, he used natural home remedies over acne and it worked. So the remedy worked for me may not work for you. You’re advised to try natural home remedies initially, because even if they fail to treat acne it will not have any serious side-effects.
However, these home remedies lack strong scientific evidence to back them. Clove oil for acne is one of the inexpensive remedy available at home. Interestingly, researchers from University of Buenos Aires conclude that clove oil is effective over E.coli bacteria.
The American Academy of Dermatology states that acne/pimples are mainly caused by inflammation which results in excess sebum, dead cells and P.acnes bacteria accompany sebum to form blackheads. So the remedy must control excess production of sebum, cleanse impurities and thwart bacteria.
How to Use Clove Oil to Treat Acne?
Clove oil is extracted from dried clove buds. Since 2,000 years, Chinese have been using clove for its medicinal properties. Assorted nutrients in clove oil enticed cosmetic industries to include it to their products. As it blends with other prominent essential oils, clove oil is extensively used in aromatherapy. The distinct aromatic smell by clove oil can be used in perfumes.
- The Journal of Immunotoxicology, conclude that clove oil exhibits anti-inflammatory activity. Anti-inflammatory properties reduce acne inflammation and redness of pimples.
- Another study carried out to check its antibacterial effect concludes that, clove can efficiently restrains bacterial infection. (1)
- Antioxidant agents residing in clove can kill free radicals and enhance healing.
- Anti-fungal, antiseptic and analgesic agents combined with other exceptional properties can effectively treat acne blemishes.
- In 2001, “Girls Life” claims that people who used clove oil for acne gave positive feedback.
- Vitamin A and C in this essential oil can enhance collagen production and fade wrinkles.
I personally use clove as a mouth fresher.
It’s not recommended to use concentrated clove oil directly over the skin. You must blend it with other essential oils.
Method – 1:
- Blend 3 drops of clove oil with 6 tablespoon of raw honey.
- Honey is renowned for its humectant and antibacterial properties, which can restrain bacterial infection.
- Cleanse your face with water and pat dry.
- Evenly apply the mixed mask over the face and leave it to dry naturally.
- You can rinse it off after 20 minutes.
Method – 2:
- In winter, you can mix clove oil with virgin coconut oil and apply it over acne.
- This remedy may make your skin slimy in summer.
- Mix 1 part of clove oil with 10 parts of olive oil or any other carrier oil.
- After washing your face with lukewarm water, apply the mask evenly or use it as a spot treatment on acne zits.
- Leave it to dry naturally, and then rinse it off.
- As clove oil is very strong, it can damage your sensitive skin. You must dilute it with carrier oil.
- If you experience irritation, stop using it and reach dermatologist.
- Though you can use clove oil as a spot acne treatment, take care while using it.
- As an alternative remedy you can use lavender oil, jojoba oil, tea tree oil and raw honey to treat acne.