Herbal Remedies for Acne, Blackheads, and Pimples

There is a previous post on the benefits of yarrow in regards to the hair and scalp.  However, there are other uses for yarrow where skincare is concerned.  Yarrow is known for its ability to regulate the amount of oil a person’s skin produces.  It can also help make your pores smaller, which in turn reduces the amount of acne/pimples/blackheads you may experience.  Though acne can be triggered by many things, such as too much acid in your diet, nobody wants to walk around with a face full of bumps.  Those of you who suffer from frequent acne or blackheads can benefit from a yarrow facial cleansing mask.  It is an herbal infusion that deep cleanses your pores and rejuvenates your skin.
  Mask #1: Yarrow & Nettle Cleanser
  •     1 cup of buttermilk
  •     2oz of fresh yarrow & nettle tops (the flower portion)
  Simmer the herbs with the buttermilk for 20 minutes.  Remove from the heat, cover, and allow to steep so the herbs can infuse in the buttermilk.  Strain, bottle, and keep refrigerated.  To extend the life of your cleanser place what you won’t immediately use in the freezer.  Do not use this mask every day or you will run the risk of drying out your skin.  The herbs in these mask are known for their deep cleansing and soothing properties.  *to use for normal & dry skin substitute elderflower in for yarrow and tansy or feverfew in for nettle*
  Mask #2: Cleansing Face Pack
  •     4 tablespoons of fuller’s earth
  •     2 teaspoons of plain yogurt
  •     2 teaspoons of strong yarrow infusion (yarrow steeped by itself)
  •     1 teaspoon of honey
  Blend the ingredients into a smooth paste and apply the mixture to your face.  Avoid your eyes and mouth.  Leave the mask on for 20 minutes or until it is dry enough to crack.  Try not to move your face too much with this mask on.  Rinse it off once it is dry.  You may need a towel or clothe to help you get the cleanser off.  Dry your face and apply facial moisturizer to your skin.  Do not use the mask more than once a week or it will dry out your skin.  This mask is not good for dry skin or sensitive skin.  *to use for “mature” skin substitute fennel or lady’s mantle in for yarrow*
*Be sure to speak with your doctor before using these facial mask to check for allergy conflicts or other medical conflicts.*
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