The current generation pays a lot of attention to appearance and skin forms an integral part of this. However, with the advent of industrialization, there has been pollution as well as stress which is the cause of many skin problems. They make a person look ugly and usually make the person isolated, and he/she suffers from a lack of self-confidence. There are many remedies to come out of this situation. Application of Peppermint Oil for Skin is the recent development in the medical as well as the beauty industry.
There are various kinds of skin problems, and all of them have a different remedy. Such problems are usually accompanied by other symptoms and can cause further complications. A hidden allergy from a particular ingredient might also cause some outbreak. Using Peppermint Oil for treating Skin diseases exceptionally beneficial. It soothes the body and makes one feel rejuvenated and refreshed.
Types of Skin
As far as tabulated research is considered, there are almost five types of skin
- Normal Skin Type
- Dry Skin Type
- Oily Skin Type
- Sensitive Skin
- Combination Skin
Types of Skin Problems
The usual forms of skin problems are:
- Skin Cancer
Causes of Skin problems
Dermatologists’ clinics are usually filled with many patients who have fallen prey to a variety of skin issues(1), but what causes these diseases. Let’s look at the following to know the answer:
- Stress is the biggest trigger for any rash or unusual development in nerve damage.
- The clogging of a follicle of the skin gland causes the formation of acne, the common enemy of most teenagers.
- Most of the skin problems, however, are caused due to genetics.
- A particular allergy can also cause a certain skin disease.
Accompaniments of Skin problems
The symptoms that usually accompany any skin infection or disease are:
- Acne is accompanied by breakouts on skin comprising blackheads, pimples, whiteheads, cysts or nodules. They usually darken the skin or leave scars.
- Heavily blistered painful red lips accompany cold sore along with body aches, flulike fever, etc.
- Hives are generally red and warm and can be small, ring-shaped, round-shaped or randomly shaped
- Actinic Keratosis is accompanied with crusty or scaly skin which is pink in color but can have a tan or brown base
- Latex Allergy causes swelling and difficulty in breathing along with dry skin
- Psoriasis causes the skin to be asymptomatic or itchy
Peppermint(2) is a common herb used to flavor food, kinds of toothpaste, cosmetics, and chewing gum. Its Latin name is Mentha piperita and has been used by humanity for treatment of gas, nausea, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and headaches. Peppermint oil is extracted from this plant and is considered one of the essential oils. Primarily composed of menthone and menthol, it is a standard part of aromatherapy for the cure of cold, fatigue, acne, digestive problems, and dermatitis.
The menthol present in the oil helps to relax muscles and ease any degree of pain. However, it can cause skin rashes, heartburns and breathing problems in infants in case of an allergy. It must be kept away from children because the effect of this oil on children has not been studied extensively. Pregnant women should also stay away from it or take advice on this topic from their respective physicians.
Why use Peppermint Oil for Skin?
There are many beauty products available in the market for your precious skin. However, none of them are natural and some are chemically harmful to you. Peppermint oil, being natural has many advantages and can also be used for better hair and nails. Let us look at the advantages it provides for the human skin:
- Peppermint Oil makes the skin brighter.
- Can be used as a facial scrub along with olive oil and table salt
- Controls acne very effectively.
- Is an excellent toner.
- It can be used as a facial mask for clear skin along with the use of cucumber and green clay.
- Has antiviral, antifungal, radioprotective, anti-edema, antimicrobial, antioxidant and analgesic properties.
[Read: Essential Oils for Skin ]
How to use Peppermint Essential Oil for Skin?
There are many ways to effectively use Peppermint Oil for freedom from skin problems like acne and eczema. Follow the below-given methods for proper usage of the oil as a soothing remedy:
- Apply directly: You need three drops of peppermint oil, one tablespoon of water or coconut oil, a bowl to mix them both and a piece of cloth or a cotton ball to apply it to your forehead. Mix both oils and apply them to the required part. Rub this mixture over your body and neck regions to get healthier moisturized skin. You will finally have no more acne.
- Adding Drops to a Bath: Add a few drops of peppermint oil to your warm bath and spend about 15 minutes soaking in this soothing and relaxing bath. This has exfoliating properties and helps you to have clearer skin.
- Face mask: Mix about two tablespoons of green clay with 3-5 drops of peppermint oil and one tablespoon of cucumber to make a face mask. Use this mixture to get healthier, detoxified skin.
- Peppermint Tea: Essential oils like peppermint cannot be consumed directly, but tea made from peppermint leaves can be consumed. Peppermint candy or chewing gum has the same effect. Drink peppermint tea to get freedom from rashes. This tea also helps you to feel healthier as it is a part of a detox, cleansing process.
Dos and Don’ts
Adults can freely consume dietary supplements and use skin products containing peppermint oil or extract. However, such commodities can also cause heart burns and reduce the efficiency of certain medications. A physician must be consulted in all cases before using such products. You must also check for the development of any rash or any side effect that might have occurred with continuous use of peppermint oil. Keep it out of reach of children and place it in a cool place.
- Peppermint Oil must be applied along with another oil.
- The oil must never be rubbed on the skin as it can irritate and can cause rashes.
- If you are under any medical treatment, it is better to ask a healthcare expert before using the peppermint oil.
- Pregnant women must avoid using peppermint oil. A physician can be contacted to know about the effectiveness of the oil during pregnancy.
- Anybody with gallbladder problems must consult a physician before using Peppermint Oil.
- People with diabetes may face the risk of low blood sugar levels in case of use of Peppermint Oil.
- Those who are using antacids might face the risk of heartburn if they use peppermint oil.
Home remedies for better skin:
1. Detox Water:
A mixture of the slices of 1 cucumber, 2 liters of water, the juice of 1 lemon and a handful of mint leaves if constantly sipped throughout the day provides you with clear skin.
2. Coconut Oil:
Applying slightly warm oil all over the skin with the help of a cotton ball helps to moisturize the skin.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar:
Applying a mixture of 50-50 apple cider vinegar and water helps to exfoliate the dead skin cells.
4. Green Tea:
Sipping a warm cup of green tea(3) along with honey and lemon juice helps to have healthier and brighter skin.
Rubbing lemon on skin helps to get rid of dark spots and blemishes on the skin.
Applying a thin layer of honey for about 15 minutes has cleansing properties.
7. Aloe Vera:
Using Aloe Vera gel on the skin provides you with moisturized and infection-free skin.
8. Green Juice:
Consumption of green juice made of celery stalks, kale, cucumber, green apple, cilantro leaves, water and the juice of one lemon rewards you with detoxified skin.
This was all the required information about the benefits of using Peppermint Oil for Skin. Using these remedies for at home will hopefully relieve you of any skin problem. There are many other home remedies available for curing all kinds of skin diseases which might also work for you. New beauty products using natural ingredients are continually being developed for the skin, but most of them have harmful side-effects. Nature provides medicines to all irrespective of any category and provides a solution to almost all diseases.
Peppermint can also be grown into your garden, and the oil can be extracted as soon as the leaves mature. It is a better alternative to the commercialized product, and you can have your health factory, only if you are not allergic to this wonderful oil.
After reading all the benefits of using peppermint oil, I guess you are ready to ride the wagon now. Do give it a try and share your thoughts on this great product.