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. It is very good for wellness and a number of applications. However, let’s look at the subject of acne!
The Journal ofImmunotoxicology, 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 very positive feedback.
Vitamin A and C in this essential oil can enhance collagen production and fade wrinkles.
Clove essential oil should NEVER be applied directly on the skin. You must blend it with a carrier oil or cream.
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 while clove holds strong antibacterial qualities.
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:
Mix clove oil with virgin coconut oil and apply it over acne.
This remedy is best used when the climate is dry or in winter.
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 if not diluted – do not use it “neat” or alone on your skin. You must dilute it with carrier oil.
If you experience irritation, stop using it and rinse your skin. Talk to your dermatologist!
As an alternative remedy you can use lavender oil, jojoba oil, tea tree oil and raw honey to treat acne.