Updated: Oct 26, 2021
Peppermint oil is a potent ingredient that can boost your skincare routine.
It’s one of the oldest European herbs that have been used for medicinal reasons. The oil has both Greek and Egyptian origins that date back many centuries ago.
Peppermint oil is a herb that belongs to the mint family as a mix between spearmint and watermint. The oil is extracted from the leaves of the peppermint plant.
While peppermint oil can be highly beneficial for various parts of the body, many are interested in its use for the skin. The key to using peppermint oil is knowing exactly how to use it, and what you should avoid.
Benefits of Peppermint Oil for My Skin
Not all types of plant-based oils are the same, and peppermint oil has some unique features that distinguish it from other types of oils in the market.
Here are some of its main benefits:
Manages oil production
First, this oil has antiseptic and antibacterial properties that help to cleanse your skin naturally. The cooling effect also helps to alleviate acne-causing irritation and inflammation.
Peppermint oil also helps to manage oil production and prevent extra oil from being produced on your skin. This results in a reduced occurrence of acne.
Use Peppermint Oil Sparingly
Peppermint oil can be a strong ingredient that may work adversely and trigger skin breakouts.
This is why it’s not advised to apply the oil by itself directly to your face, but together with other ingredients that also combat acne.
Peppermint oil consists of 30 - 50% of menthol, which gives it its signature cooling aftereffect. To avoid cases where it becomes an irritant, use it sparingly and never on its own.
Remember that this menthol content also makes it a strong skin soother and an effective treatment for patients with chronic itch.
How to Use Peppermint Oil
The most convenient way of using the oil is by choosing skincare products that contain a safe amount of the ingredient.
Our Anti-Acne Series consists of three key products that all contain peppermint oil. They are the Oil Free Acne Wash, Calming & Purifying Liquid, and Intensive Purifying Cream.
Always bear in mind that you shouldn’t apply peppermint oil on skin that’s broken or cut. If you’re using pure peppermint oil, dilute it before application.
You can do so by combining it with a neutral oil, or carrier, like olive oil. Avoid using the oil more than once daily to make sure that it doesn’t cause any skin issues.
Who Should Not Use Peppermint Oil?
While peppermint oil can benefit most people, there are some who should steer clear of it.
They include these groups of people:
People taking certain types of medications
People with G6PD deficiency
Babies and children
The Bottom Line
Peppermint oil is a highly beneficial plant-based ingredient in various skincare products. It’s essential to note the best ways to use it in order to reap the most benefits. Speak to a skincare expert if you’re not sure whether your skin is suitable for use!