My daughter has beautiful skin. I keep crossing my fingers that it stays that way because she scars terribly. Many of her friends have acne. She does not. It is not her diet, she loves sweets. I attribute it to genetics and the skincare products I had her use when I started noticing those shifts into puberty. She uses the witch hazel as a nightly astringent to clean her face. The apricot scrub once a week to exfoliate. Castor oil is one of the best cleansers I know to help prevent acne and blackheads. It actually dissolves sebum without stripping the beneficial oils from the skin. I am a big fan of the bamboo detox patches. The liver gets overburdened dealing with hormones so anything that can be done to reduce the work it needs to do and help it function better will reduce outbreaks of acne. Clay is good for drying out small trouble spots without being harsh or encouraging scarring.
Even though my daughter does not have acne now. I decided to make a tincture to deal with it for friends (hers and mine). I just strained and bottled it up this week. I used the following herbs
- Oregon grape root
- Burdock root
- Dandelion root
These herbs are thought to purify the blood and support the liver. I do not currently have any of these for harvest from my garden. I don’t typically grow plants for their roots. I also no longer wildcraft for various reasons. So these herbs are some of the rare ones I have to purchase from another source. Sometimes I just can’t find substitutes in what I can grow but the need for a specific medicine is great.
What products do you use as part of a natural skincare routine?