Acne cannot only be attributed to greasy food, lifestyle issues and makeup products. This menace has existed since time immemorial and will continue to exist indefinitely. The question is, how did people deal with acne back then? The only way people could have dealt with acne is by actually dealing with it or by applying or ingesting herbal formulations. This blog covers the four most common, documented herbs that have been used for treating acne since the ancient times. Find out what they are –
Aloe Vera is a popular acne cleanser and has been acknowledged as one of the oldest remedies for battling acne. Aloe vera is especially effective when it comes to dealing with acne scars and has also been used as a natural moisturizer for the skin. Additionally, aloe vera extracts were also consumed. Though bitter, the extracts helped with cleansing the stomach and also ridding the body of impurities.
Olive Leaf Extracts
The olive leaf also known as ‘Olea Europaea’ is one of the most potent remedies for acne and can be traced back to the Greek civilization. The extract from the leaves can either be consumed orally or used topically to ease inflammation of the skin and for muscle aches. Olive leaves contain microbial and anti-bacterial properties and can help detoxify the body, thereby reducing the chances of acne eruptions.
Many a time, acne eruptions take place due to hormonal imbalances and a weak immunity system. Ginseng tackles both. According to a recent study, it has been found that Ginseng contains properties that can help with ‘bacterial clearance’ in the body. This will automatically strengthen the immune system and can help fight acne from the inside. Ginseng tea or extracts were often consumed in the past and this has been recorded.
Cilantro, also known as ‘Coriander’ has been long associated with Ayurveda (Indian medicine) and has proven to be an effective cure when it comes to diminishing acne scars or inflammation on the skin. Cilantro juice and cilantro seeds soaked in water overnight purify the system and are best for regularizing hormones in the body.