Two Quick and Simple Acne Tips
If you have read any of my posts, you know that I always stress the fact that most chronic skin conditions must be healed from the inside out. As an acupuncturist and herbalist, I use the tools of my trade (acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine) to improve the overall health of the body as the main treatment for skin problems. But there are still some really simple things you can do at home to help reduce blemishes and improve the quality of your skin. Below are 2 simple and inexpensive changes you can do today that will really make a difference to your complexion. This cleanser and toner are great for skin that suffers from blemishes, acne, uneven skin tone, dryness, or rosacea. They are also great if you just want to simplify your beauty routine or start using more wholesome, natural products on your skin.
- Make your own wholesome cleanser. Stop using harsh chemical facial cleansers or soap. Instead, make your own facial cleanser using honey and oatmeal (rolled oats – like the kind you buy in the cereal aisle). Get a small clean jar (glass or plastic is fine, just be sure it is really clean). Grind the oats in a coffee grinder (but not too finely). Add enough to fill your jar halfway. Fill the rest of the jar with honey and mix it in. You now have an awesome facial cleanser that you can use twice daily. Be sure to apply it to a damp face (otherwise it will be way too sticky) and GENTLY circulate on your face and neck then rinse it off. The honey has wonderful anti-bacterial properties yet won’t dry out your skin and the oats gently exfoliate without irritating your skin. If you prefer something even more special, our professionally handcrafted HoneyHerb Scrub makes an excellent cleanser.
- Use a vinegar toner. Make your own toner using apple cider vinegar (ACV) and distilled water. In a small bottle, add half distilled water and half ACV. If that smells too strong for your liking, water it down a bit (two-thirds water, one-third ACV). Apply to your clean, dry face using a flat round cosmetic pad or cotton ball. Leave it on – it will dry quickly. Apply it after every time you wash your face (twice daily). Apple cider vinegar is your face’s friend – it helps restore the acidity to the acid mantle. This acid mantle is the thin, slightly acidic film on the surface of your skin that helps reduce the over-proliferation of bacteria. If you want an even more effective toner, check out our herb-infused AcneHerbal™ Facial Toner.
Topics: Acne, Beauty, Facial Care, Rosacea
Publish Date: July 12, 2011 *Articles may include updates since original publishing.
About the Author (Author Profile)Diana Hermann is a licensed acupuncturist and board certified in Chinese Herbal Medicine. She received her Master Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Portland, OR and trained in China at the Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Diana treats patients in her Fort Collins, Colorado clinic and hand crafts herbal skin care products for her company Zi Zai Dermatology. In 2015, she completed the Diploma In Chinese Medicine Dermatology program from Avicenna in London, UK. She completed the program for a second time in 2019 in Chicago.
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