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Clove oil: Why and how to use this essential oil to fight acne and dark spots

Be it acne, dark spots or itchy skin, clove essential oil may help to combat these skin problems. Know the benefits of clove oil for skin and how to use it.
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Clove oil has many benefits for skin. Image courtesy: Freepik
Natalia Ningthoujam Published: 12 Mar 2024, 13:15 pm IST
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Clove is a commonly used kitchen ingredient that gives a sweet and spicy flavour to tea, baked goods and more. Interestingly, clove essential oil, which may be colourless or light yellow, can be used in skin care. It may address many concerns related to skin. Right from acne to itchiness to dark spots, clove oil may have the solution for these skin problems. That is why, you will find skin products like face wash and face pack with clove oil as a starring ingredient. We tell you the benefits of clove oil for skin, and the ways you can include it in your skin care routine.

What is clove oil?

Clove oil is an essential oil that is obtained from clove trees. It is produced by distilling the dried flower buds that are collected from the clove tree. Sometimes the stem and leaves are also used in the production of clove oil, which has a spicy aroma, shares beauty veteran Dr Blossom Kochhar.

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Clove oil can treat acne. Image courtesy: Freepik

What are the benefits of clove oil for skin?

Using clove oil can be beneficial for your skin.

1. Clove oil gives relief from dryness and itch

Some of the skin conditions can leave pir skin dry and itchy. Clove oil may help in the treatment of atopic dermatitis, a condition that causes dry, itchy skin, according to a 2023 study published in the Beni-Suef University Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences.

2. May treat acne

Due to its antibacterial and antiseptic properties, clove oil helps kill acne-causing bacteria, says Dr Kochhar. This essential oil contains eugenol, a compound that helps in treating acne.

3. May reduce wrinkles

Clove oil helps reduce skin sagging and wrinkles. Regular application of this essential oil increases blood circulation which is important for healthy skin. If your blood does not circulate well, the transportation of nutrients into your skin cells will be less efficient. This can adversely affect collagen production, which is needed to prevent the appearance of wrinkles.

4. May fade dark spots

Clove oil helps in fading dark spots and blemishes left behind by acne, says the expert. Its exfoliating properties help in removing dead skin cells and ensuring an even skin tone.

5. May relieve skin irritation

Clove oil has analgesic properties, which help relieve pain or discomfort. When applied topically, it may provide relief from minor skin irritations, insect bites, or stings.

6. May prevent premature ageing

Clove oil, being rich in antioxidants, can help neutralise free radicals. Free radicals can contribute to premature ageing and damage to the skin cells. The antioxidant properties of clove oil may aid in protecting the skin from oxidative stress.

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You can mix clove oil with a moisturiser. Image courtesy: Freepik

How to use clove oil for skin?

Clove oil can be included in a skin care routine in the following ways:

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  • Take a few drops of clove essential oil and dab it on your acne. Use it like a spot treatment or just mix it with your cream or moisturiser. Another way of using it could be with turmeric for a patch treatment.
  • Take a cotton pad and pour a few drops of clove oil on it. Apply a light layer to your face, or mix the oil with serum for a radiant glow.
  • Take a few drops of clove essential oil and mix it with a carrier oil like almond or coconut oil. Massage it on your face properly using circular motions to ensure proper blood circulation.

The frequency with which clove oil can be used on the skin depends on a variety of factors, including skin sensitivity, the purpose of use, and the concentration of clove oil in the product, says the expert. Also, the dilution ratio should be about 1 to 2 drops of clove oil per tablespoon of carrier oil. This helps reduce the risk of skin irritation.

Are there any side effects of using clove oil for skin?

Clove oil is highly concentrated and may cause skin irritation, redness, or a burning sensation, especially if applied undiluted. Here are some side effects:

  • Essential oils, including clove oil, can be drying to the skin. If applied undiluted or in excessive amounts, it may lead to dryness, peeling, or flakiness.
  • Women with allergies or sensitivities should be cautious when using essential oils, including clove oil. It is best to perform a patch test and see if there are any adverse reactions.

Clove oil has many benefits for skin, but make sure you dilute it well before using it on the entire face.

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About the Author

Natalia Ningthoujam has written on various subjects - from music to films and fashion to lifestyle - as a journalist in her career that started in 2010. After getting stories from the crime scene, police headquarters, and conducting interviews with celebrities, she is now writing on health and wellness which has become her focus area. ...Read More

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