Dip cotton wool into a warm herbal infusion of any of the herbs recommended for oily skin,
(see oily skin) or else chamomile, burdock or comfrey. Hold the cotton wool against
the face for up to 15 minutes.
Both castor oil and honey will help bring spots to a head. Dab spots with either,
night and morning. You can add a little wheatgerm to warm honey to aid its drawing properties
and spread it over the face. Leave it on for 15 minutes or so while you relax, then rinse with
tepid water. Lemon juice with equal parts of rose water or elderflower water can be used to
cleanse the face. It is antiseptic and astringent and helps prevent blackheads and acne.
Egg white and lemon juice will also help control blackheads and tone oily skin. Juice half
a lemon and whip up an egg white, heat the two together in a basin until they thicken; keep
the mixture in the refrigerator.
Internally detoxifying herbal teas will help to cleanse the system of wastes and toxins,
thereby helping to clear the skin. Cleavers, dandelion root, yellow dock root, red clover,
or borage can be taken two to three times daily as teas, singly or in combinations made to
taste. Add a little peppermint to taste if you wish.
This is a beauty treatment for cleaning oily skin prone to blackheads or acne; ideally it
should be done acne a week. Do not use it if you have thread veins, serious skin problems or
a tendency to flush easily.
Use Any Of These Herbs, Singly Or In Combinations;
Take two handful of fresh herbs or two tablespoons of dried and place them in a bowl.
Tie back your hair, clean your face and remove and make-up. Cover the herbs with ho water
and lean over the bowl, covering your head with a towel to stop beneficial steam from escaping.
Steam for 5-10 minutes, then gently squeeze and blackheads or spots coming to a head with a
clean tissue and apply a dab of witch hazel or calendula tincture. Apply cold water astringent
lotions after steaming to close the pores.