I used to think that beautiful skin was a result of what you put on your face but that’s not entirely the case. Beautiful skin is more of what you do inside before you start using the topical creams. Some of us have won the genetic lottery when it comes to skin because we do not have to do much. Those whose skin is not perfect naturally, have to do a lot more to get beautiful glowing skin. And, unfortunately, those who sufferer from acne have to do even way more for clear beautiful skin. And this article is for Plants that fight acne prone skin. So, if you are looking for the best herbs to fight acne. Then you have come to the right place.
Most of us are fully aware of the benefits that clean and thoughtful diet has on the appearance and health of our skin. But it’s more than just eating fruits, vegetables , drinking lots of water, omega and making berry smoothies.
Disclaimer: We are not Doctors and the following are simply suggestions on possible herbs to try out that could possibly assist with acne. And these herbs have their own advantages and disadvantages. If you have acne, go and consult your doctor
Knowledge is power and the more we know the more we can use that information to benefit us. Different type of plants, ingested and applied topically, can provide protection and balance despite our harsh physical and emotional environments. Below are our top 5 Plants that help to combat Acne.
Ginger: 1st Plant that helps fight against acne
Ginger is an affordable, effective, natural acne treatment that causes no side effects and comes with many health benefits. Ginger can be used as a topical acne treatment, and it can be consumed. It can be used alone and in combination with other natural ingredients that keep skin healthy
- Ginger contains gingerols, shogaols, zingibain, and 27 other chemicals that reduce pain, and irritation caused by cystic acne.
- Ginger contains the vitamins and minerals skin needs to renew itself and stay healthy and clear.
- Ginger tea reduces stress, a major contributor to acne breakouts.
- Ginger promotes proper digestion, which is essential to healthy skin.
- The vitamin C in ginger treats skin blemishes.
- Ginger is a natural astringent that prevents wrinkles and removes toxins that cause acne.
This spicy, delicious root is amazing for digestion, and proper digestion means proper assimilation of nutrients, which can result in clearer skin. It’s also super packed with anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants, helping to preserve our defenses and skin integrity.
Homegrown Gotu kola is 2nd plant to help fight, heal acne
Gotu kola; found mainly in antiaging and sun-care facial products , assits and encourage collagen production, reduce scarring and stretch marks, and increase antioxidant levels in newly formed tissue. Gatu Kola can also keep skin cells ‘tough’ and boost their resistance to sagging, Which is perfect for those who are currently loosing weight and want to minimize saggy skin.
This youth-inducing herb is incredible both ingested and applied topically. It can help improve blood circulation in the body, which helps bring nutrient-rich blood to the dermis of the skin, which speeds healing of breakouts and other skin conditions. It can also help to reduce redness and swelling, even fading scars and other skin discolorations.
Herbalists have long used gotu kola poultices and ointments to aid in wound healing. The current body of evidence suggests that a type of triterpene, known as asiaticoside, is able to stimulate collagen production and promote the development of new blood vessels (angiogenesis) at the injury site.
3rd Herb to combat acne is Neem, native to South Asia
There are so many ways of enjoying the benefits of Neem. You can drink it and even apply it tropically. You can use neem oil to reap the many skin benefits that it provides. Neem is both antibacterial and antifungal, this deeply cleansing herb is also a hardcore free-radical scavenger. It’s a top choice for acne prevention as well as treatment for existing breakouts.
According to HealthLine dot come, Neem oil contains many ingredients that are heavily beneficial to the skin. Some of those ingredients include:
- fatty acids (EFA)
- vitamin E
Neem oil may also be used to treat the symptoms of psoriasis, eczema, and other disorders of the skin. But talk to your doctor before taking any new medicines, herbal or not as NEEM has been said to also prevent pregnancy.
Oregon Grape is not really a grape, but it fights acne
This herb is not actually a grape at all, and it’s the root and stalk that provide the skin-nourishing benefits. It contains a compound called berberine, known to be antiseptic and anti-inflammatory for skin conditions like psoriasis.
Despite its name associated to grapes, Oregon grape does not produce grapes.
Oregon grape is found in a plethora of products intended for oral or topical use. These products include supplements, extracts, oils and creams. You can look for these products online or in various health stores in South Africa.
6th Plants to fight acne prone skin is the Calendula
This soothing plant(Yellow Flower looking ) is great for acne because of its antibacterial and antiseptic properties. It directly kills the bacteria that causes acne, preventing the spread and the formation of whiteheads while also reducing the size and color. It’s also protective against irritating chemicals found in most generic products.
Calendula extract found in oils, ointments, and tinctures may be used on the surface of the skin to treat wounds and breaks in the skin. You can also apply the tea to your skin via a cloth compress. You can also apply it on the skin using a spray bottle. It is worth the mention that scientist have not found substantial evidence that drinking the tea offers the same effects.
Hope this has been helpfull