Thursday, October 20, 2011

Herbs for Acne Treatment

Acne is a devastating skin disorder that can zap away our self esteem. While there are hundreds of over the counter and clinical treatments available, many people prefer to use homeopathic or non chemical ways to treat acne. While there are several herbs that can be useful in the fight against acne, beware of herbal remedies that promise to eradicate acne overnight.
Many herbs should not be taken over a long period of time, so it’s best to consult a doctor or dermatologist when using herbs to fight acne. In this article, we’ll take a look at a few herbs that are known to work as an acne treatment.

Best Herbs to Fight Acne

Several herbs are well known for their anti-inflammatory properties and can help the swelling and redness that is associated with acne. Some of these herbs include calendula, better known as pot marigolds, and can be found in ointments, liquids, and infusions; German chamomile, or wild chamomile, a member of the sunflower family, is often seen in a tea form; witch hazel, is a popular ornamental plant. Its bark and leaves are used as an astringent while the extract can be found in liquid or tea form.
Licorice root comes for a plant native to southern Europe and Asia and is known as an ingredient in the candy of the same name, while the root is used for a number of different medical purposes.
Tea tree oil is another helpful herb, as it is very effective in killing bacteria. While studies have confirmed that tea tree oil can slow the growth of P. acnes, the bacterial strain associated with acne, it also seems to be less harsh on the face than benzoyl peroxide. Tea tree oil can be found in a wide range of products, including facial cleansers, and should only be used topically.

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