Herbal Remedies for Acne

Most of the acne medications tends to include messy ointments and creams.  Although they can be effective in treating acne however they may lead to many side effects.  They can sting, burn and dry the skin. 


In fact, there are some anti-acne chemicals that are so strong that they have been known to cause birth defects.  Fortunately you have choice in going the natural way with few side effects.  Try out the natural healing remedies first, be it home remedies, flower remedies, aromatherapy or herbal remedies.


  Internal Applications



As burdock has antiseptic properties, it is considered one of the best herbal remedies for acne. 

  1. Add 50-60 grams of fresh burdock roots into a liter of boiling water. 

  2. Cover the brew, remove it from the heat and let it stand for 5 to 15 minutes.

  3. Consume 3-5 cups daily.

Ginseng Roots


Using asian ginseng as a remedy is more suitable for those who are past adolescence or who have already tried other herbal remedies without much success. 

  1. Place 2-3 grams of dried asian ginseng roots into a cup of boiling water and let it stand for 10 mins. 

  2. Drink daily for about 10 days.  Repeat every 2 months or so.

  External Applications




The formation of whiteheads and blackheads is due to bacteria in and around the hair follicles.  Basil can kill these bacteria when topically applied.  Applying basil direct to the affected areas will bring out the full benefits of basil.

  1. Buy ready-made basil available and apply on the acne area.

  2. Or make an infusion by placing 2 - 4 teaspoons of dried basil leaves in a cup of boiling water, set aside to let it stand for about 10 - 20 minutes.  Apply on the acne area when cool.



Use a mortar and pestle to crush some fresh burdock leaves then soak them in a little olive oil in a sealed container.  Put the container in a warm place for 24 hours.  Filter out the leaves and apply the remaining oil to the affected skin area.  The ointment can be used for a few days.


For the case of follicular acne, use crushed burdock roots to make a paste.  Apply the paste on the affected skin area and leave it on for about 30 minutes.



Bedstraw herb is a very effective treatment for blackheads and acne. To make a bedstraw ointment, mix some of the bedstraw's fresh juice with a little butter which has already been melted slightly at room temperature.  Apply the mixture onto the affected acne part.


Nettle Tea


Wear gloves to pluck fresh nettle leaves from plants. Use only the leaves while discarding the stems.  Place the nettle leaves in a teapot then pour boiling water over the nettle leaves.  Leave aside for about 5 minutes, add lemon or honey as desired before drinking.


Precaution - Nettle can cause stomach irritation in some people and should not be taken by nursing women as it is also a diuretic and may cause electrolyte imbalances.  Pregnant women should also avoid it as it may cause uterine contractions.


How It Works - The nettle leaves contains anti-inflammatory properties which can help to flush the system of toxins


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