In January, I found out I have a fairly common skin condition in adults known as Periorificial dermatitis. Causes can range from using too much fluoride, oily skin, wind or sun burn, hormonal changes, etc. I started getting it sometime in December, but I thought I’d just had dry skin around my…
So about a week after I posted this, I realized I hadn’t made any progress in healing my dermatitis spots. They weren’t getting worse (thankfully) but they also weren’t really getting better. I started to wonder if perhaps the essential oils were evaporating off of my face before my skin was able to absorb them? Perhaps because coconut oil is not the best choice for use on the face, I have read other carrier oils like jojoba or grapeseed recommended for the face. I decided to see what would happen if I put just straight, undiluted Lavender and Tea Tree oils directly on my face (also known as using essential oils as neat or neatly) Not so much of a good idea, it burned my eyes and made them water a bit because the oils were too strong to be that close to my eyes! It was the answer I was expecting to the question of whether or not I could just use a neat blend of these two relatively calm oils, or if I definitely needed a carrier. I needed a carrier!
I was thinking about it all week, and so then Wednesday night I decided to pat the effected area with the the oil blend instead of rubbing it in a circular motion over the area. I did notice a difference by the end of Thursday, and all I was doing differently was the method of application. SO then I thought about what I could use with the EOs so that it would stay on my skin longer before evaporating. That led me to this I have in my medicine drawer - Beeswax Healing Salve made by my friend Jess (link points to her ETSY page where you can buy this amazing goo for only $8!) SO I took this salve which has the ingredients list: beeswax, coconut oil, grape seed oil, calendula butter, chamomile butter, vitamin E, essential oil: tea tree oil, lavender, sage, rosemary. I took a small amount into a sample pot and warmed it up. Added 5 drops Lavender and 5 drops Tea Tree and whipped it up with a toothpick. Then I added 2 drops of Frankincense oil as an amplifier to the other oils. Smells fantastic in addition to the lovely and sweet scent the salve already has from the beeswax!
Okay so I know I was really excited in this previous post to share how quickly I saw results - but you guys, literally I just did this last night and it’s only 12 hours later and my dermatitis spots are almost all gone! It was like that experience you have when you put chapstick on before bed and wake up with amazingly smooth lips! I couldn’t wait to share! I can’t wait to see what happens next!