This unsightly skin condition is caused by an overactivity of the sebaceous glands, and is especially common during adolescence, the menopause and at times of hormonal upheaval, such as before or during menstruation.
A very greasy, congested skin results in a rough surface texture, enlarged pores, spots, pimples and blackheads. The condition can be exacerbated further by a poor diet, too little exercise, lack of hygiene, stress and other emotional factors. Scrupulous attention to hygiene prevents the condition spreading.
One woman had suffered for a long time with an oily skin and blackheads, and has used all kinds of creams to no avail
To treat the condition I massaged her face with a [thin, non-greasy] lotion to which I added lavender, geranium and bergamot I was surprised at how dramatically effective this treatment was. The pores closed up within a short time and remained closed for a whole week.
Apply neat lavender oil to individual spots night and morning using a cotton bud (cotton swab).
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Make up a lavender water using 100 ml distilled water and 25 drops of lavender oil. Shake well before use and bathe the face (and other affected areas) night and morning.
Make up a 5 per cent non-oily lavender cream or gel (see instructions page 00) to apply as a cleansing/moisturizing ointment.
Add 8-10 drops of lavender oil to the bath water – this also acts as a facial steam
Have a facial sauna 3 or 4 times a week using 3-5 drops of lavender (see page ).
Other oils of benefit: tea tree, geranium and bergamot (bergaptenfree) – best used in combination with lavender.