The idea of applying olive oil to your face to treat acne does sound counterintuitive, but it can actually work. The quality of olive oil that you use is an extremely important factor. You want to use a very high quality extra virgin olive oil that is rich in antioxidant polyphenols, like KARMIRI, and NOT one that you purchased at your local grocery store. The polyphenols help protect against free radicals that damage the skin, and can reduce the appearance of acne scars. Moreover, polyphenols have strong antibacterial properties that can kill the germs that cause acne. Off the shelf extra virgin olive oil brands are usually not fresh, harvested late in the season by rough, mechanical means, and often diluted with other less expensive oils not listed on the label. Collectively, these factors can significantly reduce the polyphenol content and quality of these oils.
To help prevent and manage your acne breakouts, measure out approximately one tablespoon of your extra virgin olive oil into a small bowl and then use your fingertips to massage it into your face, especially in spots where you are the most acne prone. Then, run a clean washcloth under hot water and wring it out. Place the hot washcloth on your face, over the olive oil, and leave it until it cools down. When cool, remove and rinse the washcloth in hot water again, using it to remove any excess olive oil from your skin. Finally, with your skin still wet apply a dab more of the oil to your skin, rubbing it in until it is absorbed.
You can also make your own acne scrub at home. In a small bowl, make a paste by mixing 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil with 4 tablespoons of finely ground sea salt. Then, pour the mixture into your hands and fingers and work it into your face using a gentle circular motion. Allow the scrub to sit on your face for a minute or two, and then rinse it off with warm water. While your face is still damp, apply a small dab of the oil to your skin and rub it in until absorbed. The purpose of the salt is to clean your pores by exfoliation, while the olive oil restores your skin’s natural moisture. Repeat this treatment daily for one week, and then cut back to two or three times weekly. You should see a noticeable improvement in your condition.