Yes, I'm obsessed with face oils. At least I admit it, right? That's the first step.
I've always used my flavor of the month bottle of oil all over my face. Sometimes I'd throw a little more at drier spots, but otherwise I didn't mix it up. After stumbling upon some specialized oils, I realized that one oil might be perfect for acne prone areas, and another best for dry/rosacea/oily/sensitive etc. regions. Most people have combination skin, like an oily t-zone, so specialized oils for problem areas could be a perfect remedy.
I decided to try Marie Veronique's Treatment Oil on my acne prone chin, while using my tried and true Kahina on the rest of my face. It's been a very long trial period, (I had to put it through it's paces) but I'm happy to say that after four months I haven't had a single breakout on my chin. I don't know about you, but for me, that's a feat. Nothing else has quelled the cystic acne that pops up there so successfully. I don't think I'll ever go without this bottle again (and a travel size). Holy grail status.
The Treatment Oil uses lavender, tea tree and rosemary essential oils because they are strong antibacterials and therefore powerful acne fighters. Marie has added black willow bark to also decongest pores. Tamanu oil is a smart addition for it's antibacterial, antimicrobial and antifungal properties. Bonus: it's also been shown to treat burns. Chamomile is included for it's well known anti-inflammatory qualities. Borage and pumpkin seed oils are present to soothe the skin. This isn't the kind of treatment that will dry out or irritate your skin, and it won't even bleach your towels.
The bottle may seem a tad expensive, (understatement of the year award) but after four months of religious everyday use, my bottle is only empty in the neck. The entire body of the bottle is still full. A little goes a long way with this powerful oil, and the price per use is completely reasonable.
What have you tried for your cystic acne?
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Ingredients in Marie Veronique's Treatment Oill: Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil*, carthamus tinctorius (safflower) oil*, helianthus annuus (sunflower) oil*, cucurbita pepo (pumpkin seed) oil*, borago officinalis (borage) oil*, emu oil, salix nigra (black willow bark) extract*, tocopherol (vitamin e), euterpe oleracea (acai) oil, vaccinium macrocarpon (cranberry) seed oil*, rubus idaeus (red raspberry) seed oil*, calophyllum inophyllum (tamanu) oil*, hippophae rhamnoides (sea buckthorn) oil*, squalene (from olive oil), citrullus lanatus (watermelon) seed oil, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) oleoresin*, usnea lichen tincture, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) essential oil*, daucus carota (carrot) seed essential oil, curcuma longa (curcuma) essential, melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) essential oil*, cymbopogon martini (palmarosa) essential*, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) essential oil*, chamomilla recutita (moroccan chamomile) essential oil
% organic ingredients: 91%
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I sought out this product, received a free sample courtesy of Marie Veronique Organics, and was not compensated monetarily or otherwise for this post.