Plant that help clear up acne

Ensuring you are using proper skin care products is crucial to achieving clear, glowing skin. After years of neglecting my skin with apricot scrub and clean&clear, I decided it was time to become more conscious of the products I was choosing. Why do I say I was neglecting my skin? Well…I have always gone through life with the confidence that everything I was consuming and using was safe for me because everyone else was using the same products, and they were safe…right? In fact, It never crossed my mind that the apricot scrub I was purchasing was just a marketing scam - a bottle of chemicals and irritating fruit pit pieces that would damage my skin, not heal my acne. I say neglect because I was not treating my body as a shrine, or like a child that I would do anything for, to nourish and take care of properly.

Your body is the most important body in the world, and in this world it is your responsibility to take care of yourself because none else is looking out for you, especially large corporations.

Here are some plants that helped heal my skin:

Plant Oils

I was so sad for my poor dry, sensitive and raw skin when I returned from muggy NYC. I could barely wash my face without it stinging and peeling, and any makeup I applied would ball up and crumble away, which made my acne a whole lot more obvious.

Like any woman, I was browsing the “Winners” skin care aisle one afternoon and found a bottle of organic face oil. Now, I know what your thinking…”Why would you put oil on your acne prone skin?” Let me tell you a bit about facial oil:

Hight quality plant oil has numerous benefits such as:

  • Hydrating and Nourishing

  • Repairs fine lines and wrinkles

  • Antioxidant rich to help with free radical stress

  • Barrier against external toxins & free radicals

  • If used on top of your moisturizer, it will lock in moisture.

Cheap, synthetic oils may be harmful and pore clogging. Make sure to avoid MINERAL OIL. 

Facial oil will benefit an oily skin type by mocking the natural oils your skin creates. Eventually your skin will stop creating excessive amounts of oil. This will especially benefit those with acne. 

My journey to natural skin care started with a tiny bottle of tea tree oil. Unfortunately the smell too me back to the days of sitting in the bathtub with a head full of lice and a very brave mother. I had read that tea tree oil was great for healing acne prone skin and gentle enough to use directly on the skin. I found the tea tree oil worked best in a carrier facial oil such as sweet almond oil or almond kernel oil. I felt that using tea tree oil as a spot treatment was safer and gentler on my skin than clean and clear salicylic acid treatment, and it worked!

I made it a routine to apply my facial oil after my moisturizer every night. I noticed a difference within 2 weeks and by a month my skin felt like butter. I did not experience breakouts from the oil or any sensitivity from the product. I even learned to create my own facial oil using oils from a local soap making shop. The best oils to use on your face should be light:

  • Argan oil (great for dry, aging, oily, normal, or acne-prone skin)

  • Jojoba oil (great for dry, aging, oily, normal, or acne-prone skin)

  • Apricot kernel oil (great for any skin type, but especially good for normal, dry, and aging skin)

  • Sweet almond oil (just an all-around great facial oil, but it takes a bit longer to “sink in” than the first two)

  • Grapeseed oil (great for normal, oily, or acne-prone skin)

  • Avocado oil (great for dry and aging skin)

  • Hemp seed oil (great for any skin type, also very light)

To create an acne fighting facial oil combine 1 ounce of your selected light carrier oil (above) with 4-7 drops of tea tree essential oil.

There are so many healing plants that help clear up acne in the skin. Some of them include:

  • Turmeric

  • Fireweed

  • Usnea

  • Honey (technically from a plant)

  • Garlic

  • Green Tea