Many individuals massage olive oil on their face or use olive oil-based face washes or scrubs when they have acne. These methods can treat both acne and the scars that occur as a result of it. Other types of oils can also be used to help with this skin condition.
People excrete oil from their pores every day. Most believe this oil is bad, and that cleansers must be used to dry out the face and get rid of oil, but in reality, it's there for a reason. It protects the skin, moisturizes it, and helps keep it clean. When your pores are infiltrated by dirt, dead skin, and bacteria, the oil can not do its job properly and you are left with clogged pores. These clogged pores develop into blackheads, pimples, and zits.
Using olive oil for acne is successful because oil is able to dissolve oil. When olive oil is applied to the face, it dissolves the hardened oil in your pores and allows you to more easily get rid of the dirt and bacteria. After wiping the old oil away, the olive oil also provides your skin with the moisture it needs to function correctly.
Generally, two types of oil are used in face washes: castor oil and olive oil. The ratio you will need may vary, depending on how your skin reacts to it. Most individuals have to experiment with the ratio to find what works best.
After the oils have been combined, you can then apply them to your face. You will only need to use about a quarter-sized portion of the oil mixture. Apply it to your dry face and gently massage it into your skin for about a minute. You can then take a hot wet washcloth and drape it over your face; this will steam out your pores to help you dissolve built up oil and bring dirt and grime to the top of your skin. After another minute, take the washcloth off, dampen a clean washcloth, and wipe all of the oil off your face.
To treat scarring with olive oil, you can use a similar treatment. Using only olive oil, apply a small portion to the affected area, massage for five minutes, and then steam out your pores. You can then use an olive oil scrub to exfoliate your skin and remove any dead tissue.