Acne – A Natural Treatment
What is Acne?
When the hair follicles in your skin become clogged with oil and dead skin cells and bacteria, this creates acne. The severity can range from white heads to the nodules associated with cystic acne. Acne and pimples affect everyone at some point in their life. Although it is most commonly associated with adolescence, about 20% of all cases occur in adults 1. There are a range of potential causes of acne, however doctors are not entirely certain of the specifics. The following are potential causes2;
- Changing hormone levels
- Certain medicines
How can Oil of Wild Oregano and Black Seed Oil help?
Because acne is the result of bacteria finding its way into the skin, it is essential that any products used have a high antimicrobial activity, and Oil of Wild Oregano has a high antimicrobial activity 3,4, 6. Carvacrol and thymol are both natural antiseptics with antibacterial and antifungal properties, both of which are large components of Oil of Wild Oregano 5, 7. These properties can help prevent and kill off the bacteria found to inhabit the skin that causes acne.
Another important aspect of acne is the healing, those who have dealt with acne will often go to great lengths to help their skin heal from the acne.
Black Seed oil (Nigella sativa) has many active constituents that attribute to its wound healing, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory properties 8. Thymoquinone is the most abundant component of Black Seed Oil and has been extensively studied, proving that the antibacterial properties are immensely powerful showing significant bactericidal activity against various human pathogenic bacteria, especially Staphylococcus 10, 11.
A clinical study in 2010 by Abdul-Ameer and Al-Harchan 9 showed that after just 2 months of using Black Seed Oil in a lotion, the mean lesion count of papule and pustules had significantly reduced.
The antimicrobial benefits of Black Seed Oil compliment those that Oil of Wild Oregano deliver, but it’s the wound healing and anti-inflammatory properties that the Black Seed Oil adds to this blend that really helps in destroying acne while healing and keeping your skin healthy.
How to Use Oil of Wild Oregano and Black Seed oil
Solutions4Health Oil of Wild Oregano & Black Seed Oil is already appropriately diluted with a carrier oil so that it can be used safely for both internal consumption and external use.
As with the use of any nutraceutical, it is important to first consult with your doctor to discuss your use of Oil of Wild Oregano in light of any medical conditions you may have and any medication you may be taking.
Apply topically to the affected area and repeat as many times necessary.
You can also take 5ml in juice once a day or as prescribed by your healthcare practitioner.
Do not use on pregnant and nursing mothers. Consult your health care provider if you are giving it to children under the age of 12 or the elderly, so as to adjust the dosage accordingly. It is not recommended for children under the age of 5.
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- National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. (2016). Acne. [online] Available at: https://www.niams.nih.gov/health-topics/acne/advanced [Accessed 19 Dec. 2018].
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- Aljabre, S., Alakloby, O. and Randhawa, M. (2015). Dermatological effects of Nigella sativa. Journal of Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery, 19(2), pp.92-98.
- Hadi, Naseer & Ashor, Ammar. (2010). Nigella Sativa Oil Lotion 20% vs. Benzoyl Peroxide Lotion 5% in the Treatment of Mild to Moderate Acne Vulgaris. The Iraqi Postgraduate Medical Journal. 9. 371-376.
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