How to Use Carrier Oils for Acne?
What are Carrier Oils?
Carrier Oils are made from plants that are used to dilute essential oils because essential oils are potent and when applied to your skin directly, they can cause irritation.
It doesn’t interfere with the therapeutic properties of essential oils because most of the carrier oils are lightly scented or unscented.
How to Select the Carrier Oils?
There are many carrier oils available in the market that are suitable to use with any of the essential oil but you need to consider a few things before buying one. We have listed some of the things that you should consider before buying below:
- Odor: You should first think about the odor of the oil before buying any carrier oils. Some of the carrier oils have a distinct odor, so it may alter the aroma when added to an essential oils.
- Absorption: Our skin absorbs some carrier oils better than others so you also have to remember this thing while buying carrier oil.
- Skin type: Some carrier oils may also irritate your skin and can also worsen a skin condition. So, select the carrier oils according to your skin type.
- Shelf Life: Some of the carrier oils can be stored for long periods of time without going bad than other oils.
You should only buy therapeutic-grade carrier oils that are 100% pure, cold-pressed and additive or preservative-free. Choose cold-pressed and organic varieties if you want to use a cooking oil as a carrier oil.
Types of Carrier Oil
The following is the list of the best carrier oils that can be used to dilute essential oils for massage, aromatherapy and skin care.
- Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is an oil that is made from the meat of mature coconuts. It has high lauric acid content, i.e mainly fatty acids. You can get it in both the refined and unrefined varieties.
The fresh coconut meat is used to produce unrefined coconut oil whereas dried coconut meat is used to produce refined coconut oil. Unrefined coconut oil does not contain any chemicals and it also conserves distinct coconut aroma and flavor.
So, it is recommended for use as carrier oil rather than refined coconut oil.
Uses of Coconut Oil: It is a great carrier oil due to it containing skin-nourishing fatty acids and polyphenols which is used to treat mild acne and other skin problems. It can also be used as massage oils.
- Jojoba Oil
Jojoba Oil that comes from the jojoba plant seeds is mostly used in massage. It is technically a wax but not an oil with powerful moisturising properties and has a nutty, delicate aroma.
It might help in the treatment of mild acne because of its natural anti-inflammatory properties. It helps reduce the skin’s oil production in acne-prone skin people. It has a distinct but pleasant smell and is yellow.
Uses of Jojoba Oil: Jojoba oil does not clog pores and it also absorbs well in the skin. It is one of the best carrier oils which you can use as massage oils, bath oils and facial moisturisers.
- Sweet Almond Oil
Sweet almond oil is an edible oil that comes from the kernels of sweet almonds. It has a nutty and strong aroma. It is a great moisturizer choice for dry skin, as it is lightweight and absorbs easily.
Uses of Sweet Almond Oil: It is one of the best and most popular carrier oils for skin care. You can use it in massage oils, bath oils and soaps.
- Olive Oil
Olive Oil is a healthy, edible oil with fruity aroma as it comes from pressed olives. It is also used as a carrier oil in aromatherapy.
Its favorable variety is Extra-virgin olive oil for skin care preparations and aromatherapy. The scent of the olive oil may also interfere with some of the essential oils scent.
Uses of Olive Oil: It is a great choice for moisturizing dry skin and cleansing as it is full with plant sterols and fatty acids. You can use olive oil for facial cleansers, massage, homemade soaps and hair care.
- Avocado Oil
Avocado oil is a thick, heavy, edible oil that comes from avocado fruit which has a nutty aroma. It is high in oleic acid (a monounsaturated fatty acid) which helps dry and damage skin.
Uses of Avocado Oil: It can be a good option as carrier oil for body creams and dry skin remedies (unless you are dealing with acne). If your skin is acne-prone then check with your dermatologist before using it, as it may increase sebum production.
- Sunflower Oil
Sunflower oil that has a neutral odor is an edible oil made from sunflower seeds. It acts as a skin barrier against germs and toxins which are responsible for infection. So, it can be a great choice for irritated skin.
Uses of Sunflower Oil: It helps to moisturize skin, soften skin and soothe irritation. So, you can add it to your massage oils or you can use it for your general skin care.
- Grape Seed Oil
Grape seed oil which is rich in vitamin E comes from grape seeds. It helps to heal the skin and reduce wrinkles, even though scientific research is inconsistent. Grape seed oil is a byproduct of the process of winemaking.
Uses of Grape Seed Oil: It is lightweight so that skin absorbs it easily and has a neutral scent. If you use grapeseed oil with essential oils then it is used to make massage oils and body oils.
How to Mix Carrier Oils with Essential Oils?
You can make body and massage oils by combining essential oils with carrier oils. You should buy organic, cold-pressed carrier oils if possible. Even though most of the carrier oils don’t cause any allergic reaction, it is always great to do a patch test before using.
To perform a patch test:
- First, add a small amount of carrier oil below your ear or to inside your wrist.
- Cover the area where you put oil with a bandage.
- After 24 hours, check that area.
- Avoid future use if irritation occurs.
Now comes the question how to dilute essential oils with carrier oils? Don’t worry here we will teach you to dilute. You need to follow the dilution guidelines that we have listed below.
- 0.5 to 1% dilution: 3-6 drops of essential oil per 6 teaspoons of carrier oil.
- 2.5% dilution: 15 drops of essential oil per 6 teaspoons of carrier oil.
- 3% dilution: 20 drops of essential oil per 6 teaspoons of carrier oil.
- 5% dilution: 30 drops of essential oil per 6 teaspoons of carrier oil.
- 10% dilution: 60 drops of essential oil per 6 teaspoons of carrier oil.
Carrier oils are the reason that make essential oils to use safely and they also help to moisturize and nourish your skin.
You should avoid using things like petroleum jelly, butter and mineral oil because all the carrier oils are not good. And you should also avoid using carrier oils on your eyes, lips or any other sensitive areas after it has been mixed with an essential oil. Although, you can apply it to these areas alone.
Hope, this article solves all your queries about best carrier oils and how to use carrier oils. But, if you still have any questions then ask us in the comment box. We will be happy to help you. Thank You!