Kaffir Lime Essential Oil is a type of essential oil that is derived from the leaves and fruit rinds of the Kaffir Lime plant (Citrus hystrix). Kaffir Lime Essential Oil is occasionally used for the Naturopathic treatment of acne. Generally, Kaffir Lime Essential Oil is added to topical preparations, such as face washes and masks. However, there is little clinical research and few patient reports about the usefulness of Kaffir Lime Essential Oil when used as acne treatment.
Kaffir Limes are native to mountainous and tropical areas of southeast Asia. Lime Leaf Essential Oil and whole Kaffir Lime leaves and peels are used extensively for culinary and Naturopathic applications.
Laboratory testing indicates that Kaffir Lime Essential Oil. is moderately toxic to gram-positive bacteria, a group which includes the acne-causing Propionibacterium acnes. However, many other kinds of essential oils have been shown to have substantially greater antibacterial activity than Kaffir Lime Essential Oil.
Kaffir Lime Essential Oil rich in antioxidants, terpenes and other nutrients. Major components of this essential oil are beta-pinene, sabinene and citronellal. Some research studies have reported that these molecules have antibacterial properties that might help control the growth of acne-causing P. acnes bacteria.