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Acne inflammation relief

Acne relief

Herbs played an important role in the improvement of my skin. They gave me lots of acne relief because they helped me to reduce the levels of inflammation. If you want to read my journey with acne, scroll to the end of this post.

Some of the herbs I used and that helped me were: Centella Asiatica, Witch Hazel and Tea Tree.

Although these plants will not miraculously cure your acne, because it is an internal unbalance that is causing inflammation, they will help relieve the pain and inflammation caused by acne. Some of these herbs are potent anti-bacterial and some have been used for decades to treat wounds.

Jenn’s Acne relief formula

I created this topical soother formula for “My herbal helpers” booklet. It helped me very much to soothe my skin when I had very painful cystic acne. I hope it can help you too.

Herbal Acne reliever topical soother

This is a very easy to follow recipe for relieving skin irritation caused by acne. It helped me very much to soothe my skin when I had very painful cystic acne. I hope it can help you too.
NOTE: These herbs are very common. You probably will find them in your backyard. Make sure you have identified the herb very well and that you are not allergic. Always make a patch test first.
Remember to always pick plants that are not located in big roads or industrial areas. The cleaner the place, the better.
Keyword acne, cystic acne, herbal brew, herbs for acne, herbs for inflamation
Servings 1
Author Jennifer Ramirez


  • 1 handful Plantain leaves (Plantago major)
  • 1 handful Yarrow leaves and flowers (Achillea milefolium)


  • Grind the herbs with a mortar. If you do not own a mortar you can cut them
    with a knife and use a stone to grind them in your cutting board.
  • Wash your face with a mild face wash and dry well.

  • Apply and massage the leaves in circular motions carefully. Leave them act
    for 20 minutes, you will look pretty funny but it is all good!
  • Rinse your face and apply your favorite toner, serum, moisturizer and spot
    You are all done!

Other Herbs that give acne relief

Gotu Kola (Centella Asiatica)

Gotu Kola

Gotu Kola

Centella asiatica (also called Gotu Kola) is an Asian herb widely used in the kitchen as well as a healing plant for all kinds of diseases. It is very used in Korean skincare as well as in Ayurvedic medicine to cure multiple of issues including inflammation, cellular degeneration, nervous problems, Anxiety problems, stomach issues etc. I use Gotu Kola as a supplement in pill form and use Korean skin care products that have this plant.

Witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana)

Witch Hazel

Witch Hazel

Witch hazel is a strong antioxidant with astringent properties that helps killing bacteria stuck in the pores of your skin and helps your skin to heal faster. There are plenty of natural products in the health store that contain witch hazel in their ingredient list.

Tea Tree leafs

Tea Tree leafs

Used in oil form. Tea tree is a potent antibacterial that contain terpenes which are volatile oils that enhance the effects of tea tree oil and have lots of benefits. You should NEVER ingest tea tree oil and doctors recommend to male a patch test before applying. Since tea tree is very strong it can dry your skin it is recommended to put a very small amount in the zits you have and not rub it in the whole area.

Read about my personal struggle with Acne on page 2

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Comments (2)

  1. Rita

    Thanks for sharing your story, and remedies! I am going to try the plantain recipe. It grows abundantly in my yard (around the containers I grow yarrow in, actually!) and I’ve been waiting to find something good to do with it before removing it (it is a hugely invasive plant where I live and will crowd out native plants so it’s best to keep it under control). This is perfect! My skin is hugely reactive to stress (I get horrible burning/itching breakouts) and I am an anxious person so…a topical soother like this sounds great. I’m excited to try it this weekend!

    • Jennifer Ramirez

      Thank you very much for reading! I hope that this recipe helps you to soothe your acne and rashes and give a good use to those invasive plantains :). You can also stir fry them with some veggies, they are very tasty.

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