Is Eucalyptus Essential Oil Good For Acne Treatment?

Most people know Eucalyptus for its leaves that serve as a primary food source for Koala bears.

But, it also produces an oil that has many benefits for health.

Eucalyptus has been used as a part of Aboriginal traditional medicine for centuries to treat a range of ailments including fever, body pains, sinus congestion, and colds.

But, is eucalyptus essential oil good for acne treatment?

In this article I’ll show you the benefits of using eucalyptus oil and how you can use it as part of of your daily skin care routine.

What Is Eucalyptus Oil?

eucalyptus essential oil for acne

Eucalyptus is a family of trees that are indigenous to Australia, some of which are now cultivated all over the temperate and tropical world for commercial purposes.

Several of these trees are commonly used to produce eucalyptus oil, including Eucalyptus globulus, and Eucalyptus polybractea, which is obtained by steam distillation.

The oil is very high in cineole (eucalyptol), which gives it its characteristic smell and taste, as well as some of its uses for health, including treating:

  • Sinusitis
  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Muscle pain
  • Rheumatism

It can also be used to treat skin infections.

 

Is Eucalyptus Oil Good For Acne Treatment?

Studies have been conducted into the effectiveness of eucalyptus oil for treating acne with positive results. These have concentrated on its antibacterial action and ability to inhibit sebaceous glands.

In addition, it has some other properties such as its anti-inflammatory action and antioxidant ability that are also potentially useful.

Antibacterial

Studies into eucalyptus oil have looked at its antibacterial activity against the acne causing bacteria P. acnes.

It's been found that the oil contains a monoterpene called gamma-terpinene that is capable of acting against P. acnes and a range of other bacteria.

Studies have shown that a 2% eucalyptus oil cream is comparable in its antibacterial effect to 5% benzoyl peroxide gel, commonly prescribed for acne (1).

This strongly suggests that preparations using eucalyptus essential oil could be used for acne treatment.

Sebaceous Gland Inhibition

Excessive sebum production by the sebaceous glands in the skin is common in acne patients.

Sebum plays a part in acne by clogging skin pores and enabling P. acnes to infect them.

Scientific studies have shown that eucalyptus oil can reduce the size of sebaceous glands and in doing so can decrease the production of sebum (2).

Anti-inflammatory

Studies have shown that eucalyptus oil acts as an anti-inflammatory (3).

This could be useful for the prevention and treatment of acne as the inflammation caused by your body's response to the bacterial infection in your skin's pores is one of the main stages in the formation of the disease.

Antioxidant

Eucalyptus oil is a potent inhibitor of free radicals (4). This can play a very useful part in acne prevention.

An important stage in the formation of acne is thought to be the damage that occurs to sebum in your skin's pores after exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun (5).

This helps to create the ideal conditions for the acne bacteria to colonize your pores and thrive, leading to the infection.

The ability of eucalyptus oil to act as an antioxidant when applied to the skin means it can help to protect it from the damage that is caused by the free radicals created by the ultraviolet light, as it can neutralize them.

 

How To Use Eucalyptus Essential Oil For Acne Treatment

Some people report good results from spot treating their acne and pimples with a few drops of undiluted eucalyptus oil.

But the general advice when using essential oils is to dilute them to less than a 5% solution before using them, with approximately a 2% solution being recommended for oils you haven’t tried before, as some people find that their skin cannot tolerate the undiluted form. It might take some experimentation to find the strength of solution that you are comfortable with.

Here are some home remedies for acne using eucalyptus oil that you can try:

 

Eucalyptus Oil And Avocado Oil For Acne

Avocado oil is a good carrier oil because it’s absorbed very quickly and easily by the skin. It also has anti-inflammatory properties.

Directions For Use:

1. Get a bottle of eucalyptus oil and a bottle of organic, cold pressed avocado oil.

2. Get a small bowl and place 5 teaspoons of the avocado oil into it.

3. Add 2 drops of eucalyptus oil to the bowl and mix together.

4. Wash and dry your face before applying the mixture.

5. Use a brush or your fingers to spread the oil mixture over your face.

6. Repeat every day.

 

Eucalyptus Oil And Aloe Vera Gel For Acne

Aloe vera gel can be used in the treatment of acne as it’s very gentle on the skin and can soothe inflammation (6).

Directions For Use:

1. Obtain a jar of Aloe vera gel and a bottle of eucalyptus essential oil.

2. Scoop 1 tablespoon of Aloe vera gel into a bowl or container.

3. Add 2-3 drops of eucalyptus oil and mix together with a spoon.

4. Use your fingertips to spread the mixture over your skin.

5. You can use this mixture every day for best results.

 

Eucalyptus Oil And Coconut Oil For Acne

Some people use coconut oil for acne on its own, but it’s even better used as a carrier for an essential oil.

It contains fatty acids that are proven to kill P. acnes (7), and also provides your skin with antioxidant protection (8).

Coconut oil is a popular natural acne treatment that many people try. But be aware that while it helps some people clear up their acne, others find that their skin reacts badly to it and that it clogs their pores.

Directions For Use:

1. Purchase a bottle of eucalyptus oil and a jar of coconut oil.

2. If the coconut oil is not a liquid at room temperature, first warm 2 tablespoons gently in a pan.

3. Pour the 2 tablespoons of coconut oil into a bowl.

4. Add 4-6 drops of eucalyptus oil and stir the mixture using a spoon or fork.

5. Use your fingers to gently massage the oil mixture into your skin.

6. You can use this every day.

7. Keep the excess mixture you have made in a sealed container in the fridge.

 

Eucalyptus Oil And Water

Directions For Use:

1. Get a bottle of eucalyptus essential oil.

2. Measure 10 teaspoons of water into a small bowl or container.

3. Add 4 drops of eucalyptus oil and mix together.

4. Pour the liquid mixture into a spray bottle and shake it before each use to mix the oil with the water again.

5. Use this every day.

 

Side Effects And Precautions

  • Before using eucalyptus oil for the first time it's advised to place a few drops of the diluted oil on your wrist to see if your skin has any reaction to it.
  • Pregnant and breast feeding women should avoid using eucalyptus oil (9).

 

Final Thoughts

Eucalyptus essential oil has shown an ability to treat acne in scientific studies.

In particular, its proven ability to kill the acne causing bacteria and reduce sebum production by the skin make it worthy of consideration as a natural acne remedy.

It also has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties and can be combined with other effective natural acne treatments.

Have you tried eucalyptus oil for acne? Please share your experience in the comments below.

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