Submit your skincare questions to Dr. Agnes, CEO of Herborium and natural medicine expert
Everyone’s skin and body chemistry is
different but one thing remains the same: When chronic skin problems arise
there’s a sure sign that something is amiss.
many people choose potentially dangerous or ineffective products including some prescription drugs and topical medications for acne that have well known sideeffects, and
forget about alternative choices like natural acne treatments and natural home remedies. Many chemical drugs as well chemical ingredients and
additives in over-the-counter and prescription acne medications may even carry
more health concerns when used long term (and acne often requires a long term
But the good
news is, getting rid of acne naturally is
users know this truth: Acne will not go
away simply by using home remedies. A
treatment is needed due to the nature of acne, since it is an internal problem caused
by the sebaceous glands overproducing sebum (skin oil). And this is also why
acne doesn’t stand a chance against our botanical acne treatment (with a 96% user success rate we might add). Home remedies however can significantly help
in your journey to get clear skin, so here are some of the best
to get you started.
Not only is
green tea healthy and delicious to drink, but it can also be very beneficial
for your skin. Naturally fortified with EGCG and polyphenols, this tea pumps your body
with antioxidants and nutrients to fight acne outbreaks.
How so you ask?
Topical use of
green tea reduces sebum production and protects against acne-causing bacteria. And
its high antioxidant concentration eliminates the free radicals that lead to
Simply add 2
tablespoons of loose green tea leaves to one cup of boiling water. Allow the
tea to steep for 10 minutes, then cool, and use as a daily wash. While you’re
at it, drink one to two cups of green tea per day for the general
commercially-prepared astringents contain strong—oftentimes synthetic—solvents such
as isopropyl alcohol and/or acetone. These ingredients can have a very drying
effect and further damage acne-prone skin.
On the other
hand, handcrafted, herbal astringents are gentle and restorative.
has a greater antibacterial effect than standard concentrations of benzoyl
peroxide—the active ingredient in most anti-acne creams or washes—it is highly
effective when used in this preparation.
Additionally, thyme’s primary actions include (but
are not limited to) being anti-septic, anti-viral, and antioxidant.
2 cups with hazel extract
fresh thyme leaves and flowers
astringent does have a long shelf life and does not require refrigeration.
Honey & Arrowroot Facial Mask
used to draw a fresh supply of blood to the skin and stimulate circulation to
the facial area. They are excellent for cleansing the pores and healing acne.
Facials also help tone and firm the skin.
Honey makes an
excellent facial for all skin types. It is a natural disinfectant and it
nourishes and cleanses the skin. It brings fresh blood to the surface, removes
impurities, and soothes and softens the skin.
Tea tree oil has beneficial antibacterial,
anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties, making it perfect for healing
acne. It also reduces redness and swelling that results from inflammation.
1 tablespoon honey
3 drops tea tree oil
1 teaspoon arrowroot powder
ingredients well and apply to cleansed skin. Leave on for 5 to 10 minutes
and then rinse off.
Herbal Facial Steam
A facial steam
is a great herbal remedy for deep-pore cleansing. Here are two recipes—choose
which one is best for your skin.
1 part lavender
2 parts chamomile
2 parts roses
2 parts calendula
3 parts comfrey
1 part witch hazel
1 part sage
3 parts comfrey
2 parts calendula
¼ part rosemary
Bring two to
three quarts of water to a boil in a large pot. Add a healthy handful of the
herb mixture and let simmer with the lid on for just a couple of minutes.
Remove the pot from the heat source. With a large towel, completely cover your
head over the pot of steaming herbs (please be careful not to get too close as
to burn yourself!). Enjoy this minisauna. It does wonders for the skin!
For extra pampering:
after you complete your facial steam, rinse your face with cold water and mist
with rosewater. Then, gently pat dry.
Burdock Root Tea
Burdock root (arctiumlappa) is a herbal supplement that’s widely
used for detoxification and purifying the blood. It has also been shown to reduce chronic inflammation,
the number one cause of acne.
otherwise known as lappa or niu bang zi, is one of the most well-known
detoxifying herbs used in Western and Chinese herbal medicine. While further
scientific research is needed to confirm burdock root's efficacy in treating
complexion problems, it has a lengthy reputation as a folk remedy for boils,
abscesses and acne.
A warm cup of
burdock root tea is as nourishing as it is healing!
Take a pinch of
dried burdock roots in a teapot with boiling water. Steep for 3 minutes. Strain
out the infusion into a cup. Add organic sugar or honey if needed.
a tea person? Or do you love to pamper yourself with a DIY spa mask? Let us
know in the comments which herbal home remedies are on your list to try!