Acne can really hurt your self-confidence, but there are many ways to treat it! One of the most important things you can do to help clear your skin is use clove oil. Many people swear by this natural product when it comes to acne treatment.
Cloves contain a compound called eugenol that works as an antimicrobial agent. When mixed with water, clove oil becomes very effective at killing bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus (the cause of pimples) and Propionic Acid Bacteria (PAB), which play a role in causing breakouts.
There have been some studies done testing the effectiveness of clove oil for zits. Some researchers even claim that it may be more efficient than topical antibiotics like tretinoin (often referred to as Vistex or Avadex). This could possibly be because it acts directly on the infection without needing to be absorbed into the body first.
However, clove oil cannot be used routinely as a direct acmeant to cure all types of acne. It has not been tested on patients with hormonal acne so it can actually make symptoms worse. As such, we recommend using it only during a limited period until you see better results from other treatments.
Warning! Clove oil can irritate dry skin and long term exposure can potentially harm internal organs. Make sure to test a small patch of skin first to determine if it reacts for you before applying it everywhere.
What is clove oil?
Clove, or cloves as they are more commonly known, have been used to treat infections and various other conditions for centuries. They can be consumed directly or applied topically to help soothe symptoms.
Cloves are dried flower buds that come from an evergreen tree. The aromatic oils within make them useful in all sorts of products, including soap and medicinal treatments.
One of the most well-known uses of cloves is their ability to aid in digestion. A small amount mixed into water and drunk helps eliminate bad odors caused by stomach issues such as diarrhea or gas.
They also work as natural antimicrobial agents, acting to destroy harmful microorganisms. This includes use in mouthwash to prevent germs like strep causing tooth decay and throat infections. Medical professionals sometimes add clove oil to infected wounds to help promote healing.
It may even have painkilling properties, making it a good candidate for topical applications like rubbing in hurt muscles or using crayons to address sore feet. Because it acts as a disinfectant, adding some to your bedding can help reduce allergens such as dust mites that might otherwise irritate your skin.
Cloves have a very distinct flavor which some people find off putting. However, many people enjoy them in food and drinks so this shouldn’t pose a problem.
How do I use clove oil?
Before applying it onto your skin, mix one drop of clove oil with two drops of olive or coconut oil to create a liquid consistency. Mix them together and then apply it to the affected area.
Cloves are antimicrobial agents that work by damaging or killing bacteria.
Does it work?
There are many different ways to use clove, whether for its antimicrobial properties or for its ability to aid digestion. It has been used as an ingredient in salves and gels to treat skin infections such as eczema and ringworm.
A study conducted in Iran investigated whether applying clove oil directly onto infected wounds can help prevent infection. The researchers found that using clove oil was effective in reducing bacterial growth and symptoms of wound healing.
However, the researchers also discovered that some patients experienced burning while applying the oil which could be avoided by experimenting with thinner applications or heavier coats.
Overall, though, this research suggests that adding clove to water and rubbing into affected areas is a worthwhile experiment if you’re looking to improve your health.
Cloves contain eugenol, which studies have shown to have antibacterial effects. This may play a role in their success as an intervention tool against infectious diseases.
More definitive proof comes from a recent review published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine where the authors concluded that “evidence is encouraging but not strong enough to recommend [clove] for clinical practice at this time.” They cited issues with limited evidence and potential harm (such as irritation when applied externally) as reasons why.
There are many ways to use clove oil as a natural infection reducer. However, you should know some of its side effects before using it. Some people may experience skin irritation or dryness while using this product.
In fact, one of our most common uses is to soak cloves in water and apply directly onto acne lesions. When used this way, your body doesn’t actually ingest any cloves- only their scent.
However, when applying clove water to acne, you must be careful not to wash off too much of the clove fragrance. This could cause an allergic reaction!
Furthermore, because clove oils contain antioxidant compounds, over exposure can have negative health impacts. Cloves are known to increase LDL (or bad) cholesterol levels and triglyceride levels in blood.
But, they also reduce HDL (or good) cholesterol. Therefore, how well your body handles glucose and insulin changes depending on whether they are mixed with clove oil.
Lastly, although studies show that clove essential oils don’t appear to pose serious risk exposures for children, adults should still do a small amount of research about potential long term risks.
Too much can be harmful
For some people, clove is a miracle cure-all. People have mixed opinions about how effective it is as a medicine, but one thing is clear – you should never overdose on cloves!
Cloves are grown in Indonesia and India, where they’re used in various forms to treat wounds, cold sores, and oral infections. They work by releasing molecules that interfere with bacteria and their growth.
When dried down, ground up cloves are sometimes referred to as ‘clove powder’ or ‘vanilla flavorings’ because of its use in food and beverages like vanilla extract.
Acne may respond well to topical applications of clove oil, but too much can actually do more harm than good. It could even cause skin irritation or an allergic reaction.
It’s important to note that not everyone experiences the same results from clove treatments, nor does one person get better responses while someone else does not.
There is no evidence indicating that clove can prevent or eliminate herpes virus outbreaks. But it may help soothe pain and symptoms associated with existing outbreaks.
Get rid of it properly
There are two main ways to get rid of cloves. You can either soak them in water or you can dry them out and then crush them into a powder. Both methods work, but one is much more effective than the other!
Soaking removes any oils that could protect the wound from drying up and closing. This would also potentially cause digestive issues as the leftover chlorophyll may irritate your stomach. If you notice any symptoms such as nausea, vomiting or diarrhea just consult your doctor immediately.
Crushing the cloves leaves a white powder which can be inhaled or ingested and might have unintended effects, so do not use this method unless absolutely necessary.
Clove oil and poison ivy
Many people have heard of clove oil as a natural way to help soothe skin irritations or wounds. There are even some theories that it may be able to treat acne!
Cloves are grown throughout many parts of the world, making them relatively easy to find. They can be purchased both dried and fresh. The whole cloves come attached to a stem, which is typically discarded.
The greenish-brown colored oils that are contained within the spice are referred to as clove oil. These oils are mostly eugenol, an active ingredient that has medicinal properties.
When clove oil is heated up or mixed with water, the eugenol becomes soluble and you can apply the solution directly onto your skin.
You can also add a few drops of clove oil to warm water and wash your hands using this mixture. This helps neutralize the acidity of leftover food from before you washed your hands!
In fact, one study found that washing your hands with a soap and water mix containing five drops of clove oil was more effective at preventing infection than using alcohol-based hand sanitizers like rubbing alcohol or gel disinfectants like triclosan.
However, there’s a reason why most people don’t recommend using clove oil directly on open cuts or wounds — it can make them hurt much worse!
Instead, try mixing two tablespoons of clove powder into a glass bowl filled half full of hot water.
Clove oil and herpes
Recent studies show that clove oil can be an effective treatment for genital herpes, even helping to clear the infection completely. In fact, some people live with herpes after using clove oil as a cure.
In a small trial conducted in 2012, eight out of ten patients were cured or had their symptoms improved by applying 2–4 drops of warm clove oil onto your genitals twice per day.
There is some evidence suggesting that topical applications of clove oil may reduce inflammation related to herpesvirus infections. Therefore, it could help heal existing blisters and prevent new ones from forming.
However, there are no scientific studies confirming whether clove oil works as a direct antiviral agent against HSV-1 (the most common type of herpes) at this time. It’s also important to note that although many people seem to enjoy a success rate with clove oil, nobody has ever reported any serious side effects.
Cloves contain allicin, which acts similarly to aspirin but is much less likely to cause stomach irritation or problems. Because of this, some doctors recommend using clove oil instead of taking oral anti-herpes drugs like acyclovir (Zovirax).