Treating Oily Skin With
Natural Herbal Remedies
If you have oily skin with large pores, you are probably
familiar with looking into the mirror and seeing a shiny face
stare back at you.
Oily skin is a common cosmetic problem that is characterized
by medium to large-sized pores, a shiny appearance, especially
around the area of the nose, chin, and forehead, and a tendency
to develop blemishes and blackheads.
Before you begin to work on the external problem, most
herbalists and naturopathic doctors advise that you first take
an internal approach to solving the problem of oily skin.
According to many naturopathic doctors and other alternative
medicine practitioners, one of the best ways to approach the
problem of oily skin is to change one’s diet.
Ironically enough, most herbalists and naturopathic doctors
believe that one of the best things you can do if you have oily
skin is to eat more foods with oils in them. But not just any
kind of oil should be used.
Most herbalists and naturopathic doctors agree that if you
suffer from an oily complexion, you probably need more oil in
your diet, but the kind of oil that is rich in fatty acids.
Once you have begun to consume more foods high in
essential fatty acids, you can also begin to take an external
approach to the problem of oily skin.
Here are a few natural herbal remedies that you can take in
trying to normalize your oily skin.
Flaxseed oil: Most herbalists and
naturopathic physicians agree that flaxseed oil is absolutely
essential in maintaining a healthy and glowing complexion. Most
naturopathic physicians recommend that you consume at least one
to three teaspoons of flaxseed oil each day.
Flaxseed oil is an essential fatty acid that can be found in
certain kinds of vegetable oils and seed oils. These are a must
for healthy skin.
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Regardless of what kind of skin type you have, you should make
sure to get some kind of flaxseed oil into your diet to
maintain a healthy complexion.
Herbal Astringents: Most
herbalists and naturopathic doctors recommend the use of some
kind of herbal astringent to keep the oil level on your skin in
check. One naturopathic physician recommends using a multiherb
astringent that contains yarrow, peppermint and sage.
These herbs contain many gentle, astringent,
and pore-tightening properties that can greatly improve an oily
complexion. To make your own herbal astringent, boil one cup of
water and then remove the pot from the heat. Add one tablespoon
of each kind of dried herb. If you are using fresh herbs, use
two tablespoons. Steep the herbs in the water and cover the
pan. Let the herbs steep for 30 minutes or so. Then strain the
herbs and let the astringent cool. Use the astringent
immediately for the greatest benefits.
Mint tea can be used to treat nausea,
indigestion, colic, flatulence, migraines, and
Make certain to store any leftover astringent
in a squeeze bottle that you can keep in your bathroom for up
to three days. If you store it in your refrigerator, you can
use the astringent for up to five days.
Apply your herbal astringent with a cotton ball whenever you
notice that your skin looks or feels excessively oily.
This herbal astringent is gentle enough that it will not dry
out your skin.