Menthol therapy is a type of homeopathic treatment for acne. It is also known as mint oils. The oil comes from the mint plant. The Latin name of the plant is Mentha spicata or Mentha echinata, which means sweet almond tree. Other names for this plant are Mentha latifolia, or Mentha maxima. It grows wild in some parts of Mexico and Central America but is cultivated more commonly in other places.
Acne is caused by sebum, the skin's natural lubricant. When there is too much sebum, the glands get clogged and cause inflammation. The inflammation leads to pimples, blackheads, and zits. A treatment with menthol will help prevent these problems from happening.
How does it work? It is thought that some of the oil is used to treat acne symptoms itself, without actually treating the problem. This seems to be how many homeopathic remedies work. Menthol works by calming overactive salivary glands, which may have been responsible for causing acne in some people.
How often should you use it? A small amount every morning and night is enough to start. A daily maintenance therapy adds extra doses. Some people do not like the taste of Menthol therapy. If this is the case, dilute the oil with another substance such as aloe vera or tea tree oil. Some people also like to add cinnamon to their treatments.
Who can take it? Anyone with acne problems, even the most serious ones, can take it. Even pregnant women and those with allergies to standard treatments can use it. Those with extremely oily skin do not need a dilute solution. They only need a topical application of about one ounce.
Why use it? Studies show that it does reduce the incidence of blackheads and whiteheads. In some studies, it has also been shown to prevent acne from spreading. It reduces the appearance of lesions. It does not cause any irritation or dryness.
Can it cure acne? No, but it has been shown to reduce the inflammation associated with acne. It reduces redness, itching and swelling associated with most forms of acne. It has also been shown to help skin retain moisture more effectively.
Is it an ideal acne treatment? For most people, yes. It works quickly and it is relatively inexpensive. However, it is important to follow the directions on the bottle carefully. Overuse can be drying and cause skin to become oily in some people.
How should I use it? Like many over the counter acne treatments, it can be applied at home. You will need to mix a small amount into your moisturizer. Apply to your face and neck e