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Olive Oil Acne Treatment: Is It Better Inside or Out?
If you are on the lookout for a natural acne treatment, then you may have already stumbled upon olive oil acne products that contain olive oil as a natural and soothing ingredient to heal and hydrate the skin.
While it is important to carefully read your product labels and seek out natural acne products that are free from chemicals, an even more important question begs to be asked when it comes to olive oil acne products: Are they better for your skin when used topically or consumed internally?
Olive Oil Acne Treatment Benefits
To begin with, it is essential to pay attention to the ingredients that you put on your skin since topical acne products that contain chemicals can quickly absorb into your bloodstream to negatively affect your circulatory system. That’s something that you want to avoid at all costs!
Still, if you are only focusing on the topical ingredients that you put on your skin, then you are simply slapping on a coat of paint to cover up a greater issue and are not treating the source of acne at its root.
The true source of acne stems from an imbalance in the diet that causes digestive issues that will ultimately weaken the immune system and make it difficult for your skin to resist acne bacteria. This means that no matter what kind of quality acne product that you use, you will not be able to stop the vicious cycle of acne if you don’t first of all pay attention to the foods that you eat.
Which brings us to the amazing benefits of extra virgin olive oil within the diet…
- Protection against chronic disease like diabetes, atherosclerosis, colon cancer, and arthritis.
- A longer life span with a 50% reduced risk of mortality.
- A reduced risk of coronary heart disease by almost 50%.
While these overall health benefits are simply astonishing and a good enough reason in themselves to enjoy extra virgin olive oil regularly, extra virgin olive oil also provides healthy fats in the diet that will aid in digestion and better absorb nutrients in the food that you eat.
The whole point is that your skin needs valuable nutrients in order to repair itself and flush harmful toxins from the body that break down the skin’s protective barrier and leave it vulnerable to acne bacteria on the skin.
There is truly no way to clear up your skin and get rid of acne for good without firstly focusing on healthy fats and other healthy food choices within your diet to restore your immune system, aid in digestion, and strengthen your skin from the inside out.
That being said, there are still benefits to using topical olive oil acne treatments, so let’s check out a few testimonials from fellow acne sufferers on the acne.org forums:
I have been using extra virgin olive oil in my regimen since early December and must admit that it leaves my face very smooth and moisturized. I actually use it as a make up remover to “melt” off my make up and it works very well in taking off my eye make up. I apply the olive oil to dry skin, then rinse, then wash with cetaphil. It takes all the oil off. Works wonders for dry skin around the elbows and hands, too!
I just wanted to touch back and say I am still in love with EVOO!!! My skin is baby butt soft and I have gone from 15-20 active zits to 3. My nose pores are looking really good too… the little black dots ( blackheads) are all but gone. I really think all the bp I was using was keeping my skin in a constant state of trauma, seriuosly. This is really going good for me.
I think the EVOO is helping my skin as well, I use it as well as emu oil. And yeah, I’ve also noticed alot less blackheads on my nose; when I use QH Mint Julep masque the same thing happens but it lasts for maybe a day, if that. Most of the time, less. But olive oil masks + emu oil as a moisturizer has softened my skin and helped with red marks. I don’t know what it’s doing as far as active acne because it’s only been since friday for the emu, and maybe since sunday for the olive but I’m liking the results so far.
Using topical olive oil acne products can soften and smooth the surface of the skin, but they do not have the capability to treat acne in the long run.
I would definitely encourage you to look for natural acne products that contain olive oil to provide topical antioxidants to protect the skin from outside free radical damage, yet you will see much more success in clearing up your skin by including olive oil within your diet, along with many other healthy food choices.
When you begin to make these beneficial dietary changes, your body can quickly eliminate and purge toxins that are harming your skin to finally get rid of acne for good!
- “WHFoods: Olive Oil, Extra Virgin.” The World’s Healthiest Foods. Web. 03 Feb. 2011. <http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=132>.
About the Author: Bethany Ramos is an aesthetician and makeup artist with a special interest in using nutrition to heal and alleviate a number of conditions in the skin. You can find out more skin care and makeup tips by visiting her blog at FacebyBethany.
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