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Natural Skin Care Remedies For Acne: Regimen and Products

Skin Care Remedies For Acne

Don’t feel like you are alone - there are many acne sufferers. Acne forms in the pilosebaceous unit or in other words, in our tiny little hair oil glands that cover most of our skin. These units are essential to the vitality of the skin, but when they fail to function properly, acne can form.

Acne can start in the pre-teen years, during adolescence, or in early adulthood. For some people it lasts a few years while for others it can last for a decade or two and persisting into the forties and beyond. For some it goes away and all of a sudden resurfaces later in life.

Is there any difference between teen acne versus adult acne? The formation process can differ. For instance, adult acne can occur with fewer, larger pimples and more blackheads or small reddish bumps. It can be limited to redness or burning, deep and stretched cysts.

Adult acne usually lands along the hairline, chin or neck, while teenager acne locations are nose, forehead, cheeks and back. The cause of adult acne is primarily stress, hormonal changes, diet; while teen is genetic and diet. Duration for adult acne can be sporadic and may end at menopause; while teen acne lasts two to fifteen years. The consequence of adult acne is discoloration, brown spots or wrinkles; while teen acne usually leaves pitted scars.

Natural Remedies For Acne

Before we jump into our action plan, let’s briefly talk about herbals and the most natural way of combating acne. There are plenty of over-the-counter acne products with natural ingredients that include botanical essences and herbs. On their own, they have not been shown to fight acne, although some do have antioxidant or antibacterial properties.

In most cases, you’ll find natural ingredients listed last on the label, which means that they are present only in very small amounts. However, you should be using natural ingredients / products along with your more aggressive acne treatment for an extra soothing effect and other benefits. To learn more about natural skin care remedies click here.

Home Care Plan and Remedies For Adult Acne

There are many effective treatment options that you can do at home. However, the key to the whole treatment plan is consistency. So, if you want to see desired results, it will require your commitment, time and patience. Your action plan may require in-office treatment by a dermatologist at a later point. In most cases, however, a balanced program integrating the whole body health approach through skin care, fitness and stable diet will lead to much better results, like brighter complexion and a more vibrant, and healthier you.

So, whenever you start on your action plan - stick with it. If you run into some big puzzles or obstacles along the way, visit and consult with your dermatologist. Now below is a step-by-step action plan that you can follow. It is designed to treat your adult acne and the discoloration that can result from it, including lines or wrinkles.

Please note that you will have to wash your face or skin every morning and evening. After each wash, apply your anti-acne medication. When washing your face or applying your anti-acne medication, always cover your entire face and don’t just spot treat it.

This way, you are fighting your current and future breakouts, that you don’t see yet, and smoothing out your wrinkles at the same time. Go through following steps when you wake up in the morning and right before you go to bed in the evening:

STEP 1 - Cleanse

The last thing challenged skin needs is to be punished. Treat your troubled skin gently. Too much cleansing of the skin can be damaging and vise versa… too little cleansing can be just as damaging. It has to be a perfect balance. You should know that sebaceous glands produce your body’s sebum, which protects you from various bacteria, viruses, fungi and acts as your body’s natural moisturizer.

Removing too much sebum from the surface of the skin will not lower its production; it will only over-dry the skin, and if dry skin cells mix with existing sebum, it can clog pores. On the other hand, if the skin is not thoroughly cleansed, dirt and bacteria will cling to the sebum (remember Klingons from Star Trek?) and contribute to acne formation.

Salicylic acid (that is found in plants) is a fantastic over-the-counter acne cleansing ingredient/product, because of its ability to clear away the buildup of dead skin cells and unclog pores. Salicylic acid is known for effectively managing blackheads and whiteheads, reducing redness and inflammation (it’s anti-inflammatory). Like most acne-fighting ingredients, it can be irritating and drying, so find a product with no more than 2% concentration. As a rule, always remember, when using powerful ingredients, always start small and gradually increase the dose if necessary.

Now, you are ready for your daily cleansing process:

a) Splash water or wet the entire affected area of your skin.
b) Put a blob of the cleanser in the palm of your hand.
c) Apply to the entire affected area (which could be your face, neck, chest or back) and keep it away from your eyes and areas under your eyes.
d) Let the product sit on your skin for a few minutes (you can get some other morning routine done in the meantime, like brushing teeth).
e) Rinse thoroughly with generous amounts of warm water.

STEP 2 - Destroy Bacteria

Now that your skin has been cleansed, it’s time to apply a topical acne treatment to kill the bacteria that caused acne in the first place. Benzoyl peroxide is the most effective over-the-counter treatment that attacks bacteria and speeds up the removal of dead skin cells. You can purchase it in a gel or lotion format, but make sure to test it before using it. Apply it on a small area on the inside of your arm to make sure you don’t have an allergy. Look for a product that comes with 2.5% to 5% of strength and that is designed to reduce inflammation.

Application process of benzoyl peroxide:

a) Apply a very thin layer (just enough to coat the whole affected area)
b) Lightly absorb any excess with a clean and dedicated washcloth (keep in mind that this ingredient will bleach colored clothes and cloths).

STEP 3 - Minimize Inflammation

Usually acne is highly inflammatory. The best way to deal with inflammation is by using botanically derived antioxidants and some members of the alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) family. Speaking of AHAs, lactic acid and glycol acid are the two most commonly found in over-the-counter acne formulations that strip the skin of dead cells and smooth out texture.

Also, they extract and push moisture to the surface, which can reduce drying effects of other acne medications. Alpha-hydroxy acids are very powerful and most versatile set of skin ingredients. By exfoliating and loosening clogged pores, these acids enable the penetration of acne medication. In addition, they increase the production of glycosaminoglycans (complex sugars in the skin), round and even out the skin, including pigment layers.

When it comes to the benefits of antioxidants, they help to capture free radicals and reduce the production of cell cytokines (cell signaling molecules that stimulate the movement of cells towards areas of inflammation, trauma or infection) that are released at different times of acne formation. So, select an antioxidant that best fits your skin type in a serum (best for dry skin) or mist (best for oily skin) form.

For example, such antioxidants as vitamin C are known for stimulating collagen production, which is perfect for adults who fight both aging (wrinkles or lines) and acne. In addition, you may need to have a lotion or moisturizer around. Check out a natural body lotion made by Natural Vibrancy, since it has some very effective antioxidants at play (like seaweed and green tea), it is anti-inflammatory and designed for all skin types. It is available on Amazon, as well.

Application process:

a) Apply a thin layer of a lotion that contains antioxidants over the whole affected area.
b) Apply a thin layer of alpa-hydroxy acid to the entire affected area. Use 8% or 10% of strength maximum.
c) If the skin feels dry, apply a natural lotion.

So here it is - your home-based action plan.

Remedies for Blackheads or Whiteheads

Now, what to do if you have blackheads (which can be deep cystic acne or pimple type)? In this video we cover the most effective methods to attack this problem.

If Your Acne Is Not Gone…

If you don’t see any improvement in your acne after 4 weeks or you find some left over discoloration spots from previous acne, you should try retinol, which is also good in improving wrinkles. We suggest that you visit a dermatologist to discuss your situation and see if it makes sense to get a prescription.

At prescription levels, vitamin A derivatives are powerful anti-acne weapons. They stabilize the process of skin cell development and turnover. Over-the-counter products are not as effective (even if you find vitamin A listed as one of the top five ingredients), since vitamin A in the form of retinol is highly unstable, and concentrations constantly change with some light and air exposure.

Here is some more information on holistic skin care.

Have you discovered a natural remedy that worked on your acne? Share with us, so we can all learn.

Holistic Skin Care Guide: Treatments and Products

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Speaking of skin care, it is always important to remember that every person’s skin is unique. Therefore, when we cover specific ingredients and remedies that can help with various skin care issues, you should also consult with your dermatologist or skin esthetician to make sure you are using products with the right percentage of ingredients to suit your skin.

While some ingredients with a high percentage (of potency) might work fine for one person, they might be too strong for another (someone with sensitive skin). If you run into some skin problems and are totally confused, don’t ever hesitate to ask an expert to help you design a personalized regimen for your specific challenge.

Holistic Approach to Skin

Rule #1: To maximize results, when you use an ingredient in a topical skin care product, we suggest you consume (eat or drink) foods with the same ingredients in them. This internal and external synergistic approach will help you optimize the benefits to your skin. For instance, if you eat foods containing Omega-3, 6 and 9, like avocados, fish and wheat germ oil and use products infused with the same Omegas (including homemade recipes, like an avocado mask) - the combination of both will be very powerful and two-fold: a) reducing inflammation in your body and b) nourishing your skin by making it more vibrant and younger looking.

Rule #2: If you want to see quick results, keep in mind, it’s not only finding and using quality products… it’s also discovering ingredients that work well with your skin and using the right amounts!

Rule #3: Remember - your diet plays a big role in your skin. We’ll expand on this topic in the future.

Watch this short video (below) to learn how to integrate all of the rules above.

In this post, we’ll focus more on Rule #2, because, at the end of the day, it is ingredients that make an effective product. And discovering even a handful ingredients that work best with your skin will help you stay ahead of all challenges.

Natural Skin Care Products and Ingredients Fundamentals

When it comes to skin ingredient basics, the top nutritional ingredients in beauty supplements usually consist of common vitamins that your body needs, such as A, B, C and E. There are some fantastic ingredients that you might not be aware of… like some natural botanical extracts with antioxidants that fight free-radical attacks and/or amino acids that can assist in boosting your skin’s collagen levels, as well as proteins that in many cases will replace those that break down in your skin.

Also, keep in mind that a lot of products have many ingredients that will work for several skin types at the same time. If you look closer, you’ll find that a large group of different skin care products have alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) and beta hydroxy acid (BHA), such as glycol acid, retinol and salicylic acid. Many well-known A-Type-Hydroxy acids are beneficial building blocks in organic synthesis, which have been proven to reduce wrinkles and the overall look and feel of the skin.

Most off-the-shelf beauty products will contain a lower concentration of AHAs, usually under 4%, which can still be too potent for some skin types. Therefore, the key in selecting products is to find one with the right percentage of concentration for your skin type. The ingredients with higher percentages are usually listed on the top of the ingredient list on every label. So, glance at the label first to make sure it has a correct amount of the element your skin can handle.

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Now, here is an example of how two skin types can share or use the same product. We’ll use a mother and daughter in both of our case scenarios. Let’s say a 15 year old daughter is using an off-the-shelf acne cleanser containing 2.5 percent salicylic acid to control her breakouts. The mom, on the other hand, can use that same cleanser by mixing it with some of her ant-aging cream to improve the effectiveness of her anti-aging product. It also works in reverse. The daughter can use a light anti-aging lotion to help with her acne. The amount of retinol mixed in the anti-aging formula is going to be more gentle and effective on the daughter’s acne than some basic anti-acne products.

Here is a second case scenario: Let’s say a 15-year-old daughter has dry skin in her T-zone area and would like to treat the spot, while her mother is looking for a moisturizer to rejuvenate her aging skin. Both of them can share a vitamin E or C-based lotion that is formulated for the face and for both skin types.

Also, more information on natural skin remedies can be found on our blog.

Select Ingredients That Fit Your Holistic Skincare Approach

Since our skin tends to be unpredictable and to change with our present surroundings (like weather, hormones or stress that can cause the skin to become oilier), having different products on hand for different conditions can be super helpful. Different skin challenges require different ingredients that will assist you with solving them. Each skin type and challenge has its own list of preferred key ingredients, for instance:

SENSITIVE SKIN

If you have sensitive skin, you should limit the amount of chemical ingredients in any lotions, creams, gels or liquid type of skin care products you use. Instead, look for naturally derived ingredients that help coat your skin and protect it against harsh elements in your environment. The more natural a product you can get, the less potential irritation you’ll experience. Products with added fragrances should be avoided, as well.

However, if a fragrance is derived from natural sources, like actual plants and oils, it should be fine. Just note that some people with super sensitive skin can’t tolerate many of the natural ingredients, either. If you think your skin is extra sensitive, it is best for you to consult with your dermatologist or primary care physician on what is safe to use on your skin.

Otherwise, search for natural elements that will soothe your skin with anti-inflammatory agents, such as chamomile, papaya, olive oil, oat kernel extract or oil, and grape seed oil. Also, another two ingredients that will even out the skin tone and comfort itchy, dry skin are refined colloidal oatmeal and glycerin, which is a great hydrator and is present in all natural (animal and vegetable) fats. Glycerin has the ability to attract water from the environment, as well as the lower layers of skin, while increasing the amount of water in the surface layers of skin. It also allows the skin to breathe.

In addition, I would like to mention a few obvious and non-obvious ingredients. Two of the obvious ingredients that you might be aware of are aloe vera and sulfur; both are known for their healing powers in chronic redness and inflammation. One of the non-obvious ingredient (because it is not used in products much) is the spice turmeric, which is fantastic for sensitive skin. My friend’s daughter has eczema, and this spice does miracles for her because it has very potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

ACNE SKIN

If you are going holistic, ingredients such as comfrey root and oatmeal have great soothing effects. Also, look for products that contain polyphenols, such as pomegranate, which is a good anti-inflammatory agent.

Also, search for products containing natural exfoliants, such as olive seeds, apricot seeds or any type jojoba beads, which will help to loosen up and remove dead skin cells, leaving a smoother and more radiant skin surface.

COMBINATION SKIN

Combination skin will most likely be divided into specific areas and will need to be treated individually. If you find yourself with a couple of challenges all at the same time, you will have to look at each problem independently and pick products / ingredients for each by mixing and matching them. You may need one product for the breakouts on your forehead and another to treat your dry cheeks.

ANTI AGING SKIN

The number one ingredient to look for in an anti-aging product is hyaluronic acid. It is a substance that is naturally present in the human body and found in the highest concentrations in fluids in the eyes and joints. When it comes to hyaluronic acid application, the best practice would be to start with a very low percentage, see how your skin reacts and then slowly increase the percentage from there.

The second ingredient that you should look for is retinol, which is a pure form of vitamin A. It accelerates cell turnover, so healthier cells rejuvenate faster, making your skin look smoother and younger. Another great set of ingredients to look for are the ones that will help in the regeneration of the skin’s collagen levels and they are hexapeptides, tripeptides and palmitates.

Besides other common ingredients like vitamins A, C and E (which is a great for moisture retention and helping the skin breathe), you also want to look for quality oils that fight wrinkles, like aloe, avocado oil, safflower seed oil, argan oil, cocoa butter and sunflower seed oil, that is all natural and lightweight oil that helps to moisturize, calm and heal your skin. Sunflower seed oil is also helpful if you are suffering from eczema, acne, inflammation or any irritation of the skin.

In addition, green tea extract is an excellent ingredient with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It assists in reducing wrinkles, fine lines, large pores and the appearance of puffiness. For more info, visit our anti aging skin care remedies page.

This should give you a solid understanding of some powerful ingredients and a good start to begin your mix and match process.

Test things out and share with us your experience or unique discoveries.

Natural Anti Aging Skin Care Remedies For Women And Men

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As you might agree, life happens (with or without your help), but does it have to show on your skin?! Your skin can be vibrant and even help you disguise your real age for many years, but only with one rule, as long as you treat it and protect it.

Treating it with care means that you wash, feed and moisturize it with nonabrasive products that work best with your skin type. And protect it from certain external and internal environments like free radicals that continuously attack and damage your skin. Let’s have a closer look at all of the key anti-aging prevention factors.

Your First Signs Of Aging

What’s important to remember is that the root of all aging begins with damage to a single cell. Therefore, let us identify and cover the most damaging factors first. The reason we want to point them out to you is that knowledge is power. Once you’ll know what these triggers are, you can take immediate action to prevent them to the best of your ability.

So, the major enemies of the skin are:
1. Free radicals
2. Inflammation
3. Sun or ultraviolet rays
4. Glycation

Reverse Skin Aging Naturally

1. What's free radicals?

Free radicals are very reactive molecules within our bodies that can damage lipids, proteins, membranes and DNA. You are attacked by them consistently. It might surprise you, but free radicals are created even by breathing (when oxygen is used to produce energy in your body) and by eating (when your cells metabolize food for energy). Now, you might be puzzled, why are they called ‘free’? The reason each of them is free is because they are unpaired and searching for a partner molecule in the process.

The damage done by free radicals results in abnormal skin cells that are no longer consistent and that are now structurally uneven. All of which eventually leads to wrinkles and lines, because the skin cells are weakened. Also, this can lead to brown spots, since it changes pigment formation and decreases collagen production.

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Now, there is no reason to panic and stop breathing or eating in order to avoid aging. Even though some free radicals are formed internally through normal human metabolism, the majority of them are created by the external “dark forces.” Such outside factors include air pollution, smoking, sun exposure, stress, unreasonable alcohol consumption and exposure to toxic chemicals.​

​What to do?

Your body has the ability to neutralize these radicals. It naturally produces antioxidants to control them. As you age (or fall ill), free radicals tend to form a bit more aggressively, and during that process, your naturally produced antioxidants decline. So your goal is to recharge and increase antioxidant levels within your body by eating antioxidant-rich foods and applying natural antioxidant-rich skincare products.

By taking this inner and outer treatment (antioxidant replenishment) approach, you will maximize the synergy in your system and reap greater benefits for your skin. You can find more on anti-aging remedies like anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-rich foods in our future skincare diet articles.

2. Let's talk about the second major skin enemy - inflammation.

It is linked to free radicals because, when they attack a cell, a group of biochemical reactions take place that create inflammation. Don’t look at it lightly. You might think this is a minor thing, but it plays a huge role in your body and can cause serious internal problems.

Even low-level inflammation is harmful, because it produces chemicals that accelerate the destruction of cells and obstruct their function. At first, inflammation may seem mysterious, because it is not visible to the naked eye. The only thing we can see is sunburn, which makes the skin red and swollen. However, in this case, we are talking about something way more threatening to our overall health, not only skin.

When inflammation is ignored (simply because most of us are not aware of it), it can build up overtime and lead to various health issues that are visible and / or invisible. For instance, the visible problem would be endless acne and invisible one would be a heart disease. It can vary from individual to individual, but in any case, it will worsen the situation and slow down healing even when you have a physical injury.

What to do?

In order to help your body stay healthy and fight aging, you should eat foods that are rich in anti-inflammatory ingredients, and on top of it, use natural anti-inflammatory skin care products. Once again, you maximize your results when you work on minimizing your inflammation internally and externally.​

3. Ultraviolet rays... fun to be around!

The sun is the primary cause of extrinsic aging. It damages not only your complexion, but the deepest layers of your skin, called the dermis. With a lot of sun exposure, the outer layer of your skin thickens to protect itself from the sun while creating this shell of dead surface skin. The sun also hurts the dermis by destroying its collagen and elastin (the materials that give skin its youthful tautness and elasticity).

Actually, let’s clarify, that it is the combination of ultraviolet (UV) waves, UVA and UVB, that does the damage. The depth of penetration into the skin depends on the wavelength of the UV ray in the light spectrum. UVB (mid-waves) = 280-320 nanometers and UVA (long-waves) = 320-400 nanometers.​

UVB rays soak into the outer layer of the skin (epidermis), and they cause visible changes in the skin, like freckling, tanning and burning. These type of skin changes are not sexy or cool as many of us might think, but in fact, they are direct signs that the skin cells have sustained an injury, which can be photoaging or DNA damage. What’s important to remember is that every exposure to UVB rays causes damage, even when it does not show up right away. The naturally created melanin in skin cells supplies some protection from UVB rays, but without a solid sun protection, the damage will still collect over time.​

UVA rays, on the other hand, are responsible for photoaging in the long run. They absorb more deeply into the skin than UVB rays; therefore, the damage is not immediately noticeable. UVA rays hit the dermis layer and damage collagen and the collagen-producing cells, gradually weakening and destroying the skin’s infrastructure. With more exposure over time, this invisible injury becomes visible and shows up in the form of deep wrinkles and the risk for skin cancer.​

What to do?

Since it is the ultraviolet (UV) part of sunlight that does the damage - use sunscreen when stepping outside and stay away from tanning beds because UV rays are present there, as well. Protect your skin from the sun. It is never too late! Use sunscreen daily… even on a cloudy day, since the sun’s rays can penetrate cloud cover. Use it wherever you are… whether you’re at the beach or taking an afternoon jog, or walking to work and/or even eating lunch outdoors. Put on sunscreen with the same diligence you now apply moisturizer or makeup.​

4. Glycation, eh?

It’s time to cover our last skin enemy - glycation. Do you have a sweet tooth? As pleasurable as sugar may be to your tongue, it can actually be just as equally destructive to your skin. Simply put, the glycation process happens when a spike in your blood sugar levels can leave too much sugar circulating in your body. What can cause such a spike in your sugar levels?

Well, it usually comes from eating processed foods or foods with too much refined sugar. Glycation damages collagen by making it stiff. When this happens, the skin doesn’t rebuild in the same way as before, prematurely aging the tissue. In other words, when this process occurs, the skin appears prematurely aged.​

What to do?

Choose to consume less refined sugar. Replace it with natural sources, like fresh fruit. Certain foods (including refined sugar) can also cause breakouts. In this case, identify the zone, make adjustments and closely monitor it. To read more about the facial zones visit naturalvibrancy.com​

Here is a quick summary of earlier mentioned anti aging home remedies in the video format:​

Additional Natural Anti-Aging Remedies

Other sneaky enemies of the skin besides the ‘core four’ are:

A. Stress.
Find ways that work for you to manage your stress. Excess levels of cortisol (a hormone that is released when you are tense, worried or anxious) affects, not only your skin, but your entire body. When stress goes out of control, cortisol causes inflammation that tends to linger around.​

B. Lack of sleep.
A great deal of studies have shown the importance of getting between seven and nine hours of sleep a night. It gives your body and skin time to repair themselves, improving the function of your immune system, as well as your mental sharpness.​

C. Lack of fitness.
No reason to look for excuses. No matter what physical injuries or challenges you face, there are ways to maintain a certain level of fitness. Working out increases the oxygenation of your blood, which delivers nutrients to your skin and increase its vibrancy. Also, it is a great stress remover.​

​D. Smoking.
As we all know, smoking damages your skin and speeds up the aging process. The toxic chemicals in cigarettes restrict circulation and create free radicals that ruin collagen. Speaking of toxins, either drugs or alcohol of any kind will increase inflammation, which impacts and harms skin cells, collagen and other internal organs.

​Visit our herbal skin care remedies page to learn about some of the ingredients that can effectively heal wounds (with no scaring), as well as assist with anti-aging process.

So, how serious are you about anti-aging?
Are you ready to start making a difference by taking control of the ‘core four’ enemies of the skin that we discussed above? Would you add anything else to this list? Share your thoughts!

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Natural Ingredients And Herbal Skin Care Remedies

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Let’s face it, despite scientific advances in treatment for skin problems, many people prefer to rely on both natural ingredients and home remedies. These remedies are preferred because they are easily available, gentle on the skin, easy to put together and easy to use.

Most natural ingredients are botanicals, which means derived from plants. Many of these remedies have survived the test of time, as they have been passed down from one generation to the next. Let’s have a closer look at some of the most popular herbal skin care remedies right now.

Green Tea and Its Natural Remedies

Green tea is known for being a very potent antioxidant. As you may know, antioxidants calm inflammation in the skin and protect from sunburn and skin cancer.

The protective effects of green tea can be achieved by drinking the tea, as well as by applying it topically to the skin. When we made the Natural Vibrancy body lotion, it was our goal from the very start to include premium antioxidant-rich ingredients, such as green tea and seaweed. In fact, seaweed is also loaded with vitamins and minerals.

Tea Tree Oil and Its Herbal Powers

Tea tree oil, derived from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia plant, is useful for a variety of purposes. It has antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties. It is used as a treatment for facial acne.

In fact, one study showed that a tea tree oil gel is as effective as 5% benzoyl peroxide, even though tea tree oil takes longer to kick in and work (like many natural remedies). Tea tree oil is also used to treat fungal infections of the feet, nails and groin.

Witch Hazel is not only for Witches

Witch hazel, derives from the shrub Hamamelis virginiana, has been used to treat itchy and inflamed skin. The shrub’s leaves and bark have been used as a local anesthetic and astringent (causing body tissue / skin to tighten and bind).

That is why it is commonly used as a cosmetic toner, because the large quantities of tannins contained in witch hazel make skin tighten, while it removes excess surface oil and decreases bacteria, especially on acne-prone skin.

Aloe Vera Is a Pure Herbal Ingredient At Your Fingertips

Aloe vera plant is recognized globally and used extensively to treat a range of skin problems. It is rich in amino acids, enzymes, mucopolysaccarides and various minerals. Shown to reduce inflammation in the skin, it is used in a similar way to cortisone-containing creams, and for the same reason - to reduce inflammation, redness and itching.

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That is why the aloe plant is used for conditions such as psoriasis or eczema, as well as surface burns and mild poison ivy. Aloe vera can also be used to treat minor skin infections, since it possesses antibiotic and antiviral properties. Therefore, it is a popular ingredient in lotions, shampoos, conditioners, sunscreens, soaps, and a wide variety of cosmetic products.

Aloe vera is easy to get, since it grows across the globe. And what’s great about it is that you can use the aloe plant straight from the garden. Just snap open the leaf and squeeze the gel directly on the skin.

Vitamin E is great for Wounded

Vitamin E (known as tocopherol) is found naturally in vegetable oils, sunflower seeds, whole grains, brown rice and nuts. It is often applied directly to heal wounds, as well as to heal and prevent scars. It is also known to improve skin tone and texture.

Be forewarned: some people can have an allergic reaction to topical vitamin E when applied directly to their skin.

Oatmeal for Dirty Skin

Oatmeal is derived from the Avena sativa plant, and its skin benefits are known and put to use for hundreds of years. Oatmeal is a grain that is rich in lipid, proteins, minerals and sugars. It is frequently used as a soap-free cleanser and is wonderful for dry, sensitive, irritated or inflamed skin.

If you are affected by eczema or dermatitis, make sure to use it, because it will soothe, repair and protect your skin. You will be able to find oatmeal in various formulations, such as lotions, creams, soaps and powders. Oh, and if you are feeling “dirty,” oatmeal body scrub [we share a great recipe in our skincare recipe section] or a face mask will come in handy, because oatmeal has the ability to absorb skin oils and dirt.

Vinegar for your Skin Care?

Not a mistake…! Vinegar is used as an ingredient to treat various fungal, bacterial and yeast infections. Its high acid content stimulates these powerful anti-infective properties.

Did you know that vinegar can be used as ear drops for swimmers to prevent and to treat swimmer’s ear? Vinegar produces an acidic environment that holds back bacterial growth. Fascinating. Also, vinegar soaks can be used in the body folds and in the nails to prevent and decrease the growth of fungi and yeast.

Even though we just covered some powerful herbal remedies here, we have so many natural herbs for skin care to choose from, just by reaching into our pantry or closet. Knowing the basics will help you find the perfect combination of treatments or products that will appeal to your personal style and skin type.

Please let us know your favorite remedies that you would like us to add to the list. We invite you to share your experience with some of them and the results (positive or negative) that you have had.

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