Acnes are great energy sappers.  They even drain you of your self-esteem and confidence.

Acne is a condition of the skin which is triggered by the overproduction of oil by the oil glands of the skin.  Acnes are formed when the oil that acts as a normal lubricant for the skin gets trapped in the oil ducts.

The most common factors that trigger the growth of acne are overactive glands, blockage of the pores of the skin, activity of normal skin bacteria or inflammation, which is characterized by redness, swelling and discomfort.

Other factors that cause acne include menstrual periods, hormonal imbalance, pregnancy and stress which are emotional in nature and origin.

Even in medical science, the treatment of acne is a challenging job because it can recur without any visible reason.  However, some herbal advocates recommend the use of certain herbs to control or stop the occurrence of acne.

Here are some of the known herbs which were observed to have a healing effect on acne:

Tea tree oil

Tea tree oil, which is also considered as essential oil, is one of the most well known treatments for acne. Its anti-bacterial and immuno-stimulant characteristics proved beneficial to many people who suffered from acne condition.

Aloe Gel

This herb also contains antibacterial properties which kills the germs and protects the skin from further contamination.  Many aloe vera users claim that this herb helps to heal the skin which was damaged by acne as well as it has the ability to cure redness and swelling.

Rose Water

As a treatment for acne, rose water is a complex herb as it contains over 300 chemicals, although Phenyl ethanol and Eugenol are the ones known to have a healing effect on acne.  According to acne specialists, Phynyl ethanol is a natural antiseptic and disinfectant, while Eugenol contains natural anti-microbial properties.  Eugenol is also described by experts as a natural astringent.

Burdock Root

The burdock root is the most effective herb that treats all forms of chronic skin problems, including acne.  According to a German study, this herb contains polyacetylene, antifungal and antibiotic properties which kill bacteria that cause acne and eliminate fungi that infect the skin.

This herb has been thought of as the natural acne treatment by herbal practitioners for its anti-inflammatory and mild antiseptic properties.  It also has antimicrobial properties which help in killing bad intestinal bacteria that cause digestive problems.  This herb is also believed to provide internal healing to acne sufferers.


Calendula is normally used to treat burns, and cuts for its anti-inflammatory properties, but it is also known to heal inflamed acne, red marks and picked skin.  This herb is also believed to have a heal acne scars to some degree of smoothness.

While acne responds to external healing, herbal experts suggest that the condition be treated internally as well.  This can be done with the use of herbs that help to reduce stress and promote cleansing.


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