Oil of Oregano Can Help Treat Acne
Acne vulgaris, or acne as it is commonly known, is classified as a chronic inflammatory disease of the skin. It
is the most common disease in the United States, affecting about 85% of its teenagers according to the American
Academy of Dermatology.
This is a condition which is characterized by the presence of pimples or “zits”, whiteheads and blackheads. It
typically affects the face, but can also affect the neck, chest, back and upper arms.
It not only affects the skin of the sufferers but their self esteem as well, which makes
a large percentage of them shy away from formal methods of treatment. With the growing awareness of people
about the potential use of oil of oregano as a method of treatment, many people now have a natural alternative
which they can personally use. Oregano oil has been proven as an effective antibacterial agent and a natural
anti inflammatory agent as well.
The wild oregano plant, Origanum vulgare, that oil of oregano comes from, was used by the early Greeks for the
treatment of many common ailments. These days, we are using the essential oil extracted from the leaves of
this wild plant as an antibacterial, antifungal, antiparasitical and antiviral agent. It was found in by
recent studies and experiments that the oil has two major components, carvacrol an thymol. They are mainly
responsible for this oil’s antimicrobial properties.
Oregano oil is now heavily used as an alternative treatment for digestive stomach disorders, respiratory
problems, skin conditions and viral infections. Its antibacterial properties can certainly take care of skin
problems like acne. When your skin pores are blocked by your dead cells and your skin oils, the growth of a
bacterium which is normally present inside the pore grows unchecked. These bacteria, Propionibacteria acnes, are
usually found in large numbers in skin areas prone to acne, resulting in skin inflammation and break-outs.
Oregano oil can also do its work internally by killing off the germs in your system and improving your
digestion. It will also work as a digestive tonic that will stimulate your digestive juices. With a good digestive
system, the result will be a clearer complexion that is free of acne.
You can treat your acne using oregano oil in two ways: topically and internally. When using it topically,
you must start small. Try applying diluted oreganol in a small secret skin area to see if you experience any
side effects. If there are none, you can now safely apply it directly on your acne infected skin. There are two
recommendations on how to dilute oregano oil. One is by diluting 1 part to 1-5 parts of virgin olive oil. The
other method is to put two to three drops in a glass of water and dab a cotton wool ball into it. Then put the
cotton wool ball on your acne. Do this once in the morning after rising and once again before bed. If redness
develops on your skin, discontinue it for a couple of days. Then resume your treatment using lower doses of the
You can also take oregano oil internally. Mix two to three drops of the oil in a glass of water or juice.
Drink this mixture twice a day.