Skin Care for Tweens and Teens

My Daughter’s Skincare Routine

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?

Published by blackbirdsbackyard

My backyard botanical pharmacy is located in Boulder Colorado. I began studying herbal medicinewhen I was 12 years old. In college I studied subjects like anthropology, microbiology, anatomy and physiology, After graduation I decided to go to midwifery school. I attended births and had a small practice until I retired early in order to be a mother full time. I have always had an herb garden, gathered plants and made my own healing formulas with plants. Over the last 30 years there have been many teachers and I have attended dozens of workshops. I am one of those people who is always reading, studying and learning. In 2019 I was called to practice as an herbalist professionally, using "plant spirit medicine" and bio-energetic ( 5 element)healing techniques. I feel that there is a big need in the community for my skills and talents. I hope to inspire others to start their own backyard pharmacies as a solution to species extinction and the healthcare crisis in America. Healing has also become a spiritual practice and way for me to feel balanced and connected with nature. I consult with clients in person, teach classes (adults and kids), give tours of my garden and offer apprenticeships. Health, joy, meaning, and support are everyone's birthright.

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