Oregano Oil: The Newest Beauty Ingredient to Know About
I’ve been dealing with acne breakouts for so long that sometimes, I even forget what my clear, baby-faced skin once looked like back in my early years of life. If you, too, have been dealing with acne for most of your life, you’ve probably tried every over the counter (OTC) and prescription treatment available in an attempt to keep any breakouts at bay in the quest for a glowing and clear face. So today, we want to introduce oregano oil into your skincare routine and get to know this anti-bacterial goodie a little bit better.
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If you have been following our journey for a while you’re probably more than familiarised with some ingredients we have raving about that promise to clear acne once and for all, I’m talking about benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, and vitamin B3 (niacinamide) among others, which have been dermatologically proven to kill acne-forming bacteria around the skin.
But as we always say, every skin is different and it might react differently to each skin care ingredient so don’t get surprised if some of these powerhouse ingredients aren’t doing a thing to you. In that case, we are introducing for you a natural ingredient that is not really new in the industry but many scientists and dermatologists are now discovering the potential efficacy that a natural ingredient like oregano oil can have in treating and minimising breakouts, without the added irritation that comes along with ingredients like benzoyl peroxide.
Why is Oregano Oil good for your skin?
Oregano oil is an essential oil made from the oregano plant that is purported to have healing properties. Research shows oregano oil has antimicrobial, antiviral, and antifungal properties. When diluted and used topically, oregano oil may help treat fungal and bacterial infections. It can also be applied to the skin for the treatment of acne, psoriasis, rosacea, and varicose veins.
This essential oil is loaded with natural nutrients, and it makes the perfect natural remedy to enhance the skin tone and reduce the appearance of acne spots and even fine lines. With regular use, oregano oil can enable you to get luminous and blemish-free skin. The oil is also known for its high antioxidant content as it’s packed with natural nutrients and Vitamins like A, C, E, and K, which will help to improve the skin’s elasticity and impart a fresh glow.
How to Use Oregano Oil For Acne?
Oregano oil was first discovered in Greece, where it was used topically as an anti-bacterial agent for wounds.
As we mentioned before one of the best properties of oregano is that it’s a natural anti-septic and one of the best ways to use it in your skin is as a spot treatment, you can either make your own or buy some of the products listed below, if you opt for the DIY option, just keep in mind that you need to dilute the oregano oil with a carrier oil (jojoba oil, coconut oil or sweet almond, among other options), and try to use only high-quality and pure oregano oil looks for formulas that don’t contain any perfumes or fragrances listed on their ingredients list.
Again, check the label for its Latin name, Origanum vulgare. No other ingredients should be listed for safe usage in your skin if you make your spot treatment at home.
5 Of The Best Oregano Oil Products
Kat Burki, KB5 Calming Gel Cleanser
This gentle gel produces a foaming lather, dissolving makeup, and dirt in an instant while leaving skin feeling soft and smooth. You can use it in the morning or at night as your first cleanse. Gently massage it onto the face and neck for 60 seconds and rinse it with water or a warm washcloth.
Tribe Skincare, Clean Me! Balm Cleanser
This gentle balm will melt away any makeup, dirt, and oil residues from your face to reveal fresh and clean skin. The Clean Me! product is safe to use on the eye area for the removal of non-waterproof eye makeup.
Alpha-H, Clear Skin Blemish Control Gel
This rapid spot treatment for active blemishes contains 2% Salicylic Acid and Niacinamide that work together to decongest pores. The antibacterial properties of Eucalyptus and Oregano, address bacteria causing the breakout while also working to alleviate angry, swollen skin. Can be used day and/or night for best results.
Tribe Skincare, Hydrate Me! Night Moisturiser
This mid-weight soothing facial moisturiser contains nourishing Rosehip Oil and Hyaluronic Acid to lock the moisture into your skin and calm redness. And Green Tea and Oregano Oil to soothe acne-sensitive-skin.
INNBEAUTY PROJECT, Pimple Paste Overnight Drying Paste
A fast-acting, blemish drying paste that uses clinically proven, natural ingredients. This treatment is formulated with willow bark to help exfoliate skin and unclog pores, sulfur to absorb excess oil and help balance skin.
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