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How to Choose the Best Oil for Acne Scars

Updated on April 30, 2012

There are a number of essential oils that are effective on scars and if you’re searching for the best oils for acne scars you might want to consider using lavender oil, tea tree oil, helichrysum oil or rosehip seed oil. Always do a skin test to see whether you might be sensitive to the oil before using it on the affected area. If you have really deep acne scars, you may have to consider other treatments or remedies, because oils work best on scars that are not very deep.

Lavender Oil

This is one of the many essential oils that help skin regeneration take place and as a bonus, it also has anti-bacterial properties. It helps to alleviate redness and fights inflammation, and in this in turn can minimize scarring if you have active acne. Another plus to using this oil for acne scars is that it also has a very soothing effect, and may help soothe irritated or inflamed skin.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree is probably one of the oils that is best known for its anti microbial qualities. It does not only help to fight inflammation and infection but may also help to clear up any active acne. It also helps to speed up the healing process while keeping the formation of new pimples at bay. Getting rid of acne scars also means stopping new scars from forming and this essential oil may be particularly helpful with that.

Helichrysum Oil

This is one of the essential oils that are believed to be helpful in the treatment of any scars, including stretchmarks. It has anti inflammatory qualities and also speeds up skin regeneration. It may help to lighten existing scars and to prevent new ones from forming.

Rosehip Seed Oil

Experts often recommend this essential oil for acne scars and it may be because it contains a lot of retinol. This gives it a lot of healing properties and is a natural form of one of the most popular ways to fight acne. It’s often an ingredient in OTC and prescription acne products because it exfoliates the skin, and this may reduce the appearance of acne scars.

Helpful Tips

If you’re going to try using an essential oil for acne scars, always remember that some oils are particularly strong and have to be diluted before use. Tea tree and helichrysum oil are two of the strongest oils. Lavender is a milder option and can be applied without diluting it in carrier oil first. Some good examples of carrier oil include jojoba oil, almond oil, and grapeseed oil.

If you’re doing a test patch, apply the oil to the inside of your wrist or behind your ear at least 24 hours before you plan to use the oil for the first time. If you recognize any redness or irritation, don’t use the oil on your skin again and rather select a milder oil.


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      Atell Rohlandt 5 years ago from South Africa

      Thank you urmilashukla23. I'm glad you found the information useful. :-)

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      Urmila 5 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

      Great tips. Thanks for sharing it.