Essential oils are plant extracts that contain significant quantities of biologically-active molecules. Many of these molecules are part of the plant’s natural defense mechanism against viral, bacterial and fungal infection. Some essential oils are highly toxic to acne-causing bacteria, such as Propionibacterium acnes.
Essential Oils and other plant extracts have been used in traditional medicine for millenia and they are an important component of modern Naturopathic medicine. This section includes many of the essential oils and carrier oils that are used in the Naturopathic treatment of acne.