If you struggle with frequent breakouts, you probably think of oil as one of your worst enemies. After all, excessive facial oil is one of the hallmarks of an acne-prone face. Too much oil can trap bacteria and impurities in your pores and lead to the development of acne. But what if someone told you that the right kind of oil can actually help cure—or at least minimize—your breakouts? As unlikely as it seems, it’s true. Here’s how the best acne oil treatment in the right quantity can help you keep blemishes at bay.

The Acne-PMS Connection

You’ve probably noticed that your breakouts become much more pronounced during menstruation. This isn’t a coincidence. When you menstruate, your body goes through some pretty dramatic hormone changes. These changes can cause a variety of unwanted side effects, including:

  • Bloating
  • Mood swings
  • Cravings
  • Cramps
  • Acne

Some people are lucky enough to glide through their periods without experiencing any of these symptoms. Those who do experience symptoms may feel them on a mild, moderate or severe scale. An organic essential PMS oil can help minimize most of your monthly symptoms—including acne.

The Oil-Acne Connection

At this point, you may be wondering: “What about the whole oil-acne connection?” While it’s true that people who overproduce oil are more susceptible to breakouts, the cure may surprise you. Studies show that adding oil to your skin may balance your body’s own production of oil.

Providing your skin with an external source of oil sends a signal to your body that it doesn’t need to produce so much of its own. Depriving your skin of oil and moisturizing ingredients in an attempt to make it less greasy can actually have the opposite effect and cause your body to go overboard producing its own oil. So don’t shy away from natural oil products that are specifically designed to restore balance to your skin.

Choosing the Right Oil

 Don’t run to the kitchen and slather vegetable oil all over your face. All oils aren’t created equal, and they aren’t all good for reducing acne. Choose essential oils for PMS that are known to soothe and hydrate irritated skin. Products that contain the following ingredients are generally a good choice:

  • Geranium
  • Peppermint
  • Bergamot
  • Clary sage
  • Lemon

These ingredients are not only great at reducing inflammation that leads to increased pimple production, but they can also boost your overall mood and help you get through your period with minimal side effects. Choose products that are easy to rub on and come in mess-free application bottles for best results. You can also combine oil treatments with gentle heat treatments to release the rejuvenating fumes and clear your head.

Keep in mind that the best acne oil treatment won’t work effectively if you don’t take additional steps to keep your face clean and healthy. Quality oils should be combined with natural cleansers and moisturizers that nourish and heal the skin. You should also wash your pillowcase regularly to avoid exposing your face to hair products, dead skin follicles and bacteria from your own saliva.