Troubleshooting Troubled Skin
to popular belief, pimples and blackheads are not reserved for teenagers.
Acne can crop up later in life as a response to fluctuating estrogen
levels, particularly during pregnancy and menopause. Maintaining scrupulously
clean skin is vital to controlling acne. Antibacterial, anti-inflammatory herbs
can also be useful in treating the occasional blemish. Applying a dab of tea
tree, lavender or chamomile essential oil can reduce swelling and redness and aid
in healing. Astringent herbs such as bergamot, lemongrass and sandalwood may
also be helpful in controlling oil production.
For more severe cases, the antibiotic properties in goldenseal and
echinacea can be helpful when applied topically.
may be fighting a duel battle.
Not only are we still subject to the periodic pimple, we may also notice
the beginnings of fine lines and wrinkles.
While AHAs are well-known for their potential to reduce visible lines and
wrinkles, products containing antioxidants, particularly vitamins A, C and E,
may also help reverse these signs of aging. “The antioxidant properties of
these three vitamins may work when applied topically to fight the signs of
photoaging,” says Karen Keller, M.D., author of a 1998 study published in the
Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
. “Many patients
note improvement in skin texture, wrinkles and age spots while using these
More tips on natural skin care – and formulas for making your own non-toxic cosmetics – can be found in Drop Dead Gorgeous: Protecting Yourself from the Hidden Dangers of Cosmetics.
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