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Combatting Problematic Skin: The Natural Approach

Wednesday July 4, 2018

Itchy, acne-prone and irritated skin holding you back? Instead of lathering on skin creams with a lengthy list of harsh chemicals that can exacerbate the issue, clear your skin naturally with ancient plants. 


Over the ages, a multitude of herbs have been utilized for their detoxifying abilities, to help soothe inflammation and reduce toxins that can contribute to troublesome skin.  

Discover the top helpful herbs that may target a myriad of your skin issues.  




Gotu Kola:

A member of the parsley family, Centella asiatica, or Gotu Kola, is a treasured ancient herb that is popular in Ayurveda. Rich in triterpenoids and flavonoids, gotu kola may promote antioxidant activity to protect skin cells against radical damage. Furthermore, gotu kola has displayed promising benefits of promoting wound healing of the skin in modern research (1)


A potent detoxifier, this liver-supporting herb may clarify your skin from inside-out. Containing nutrients such as antioxidants, antifungal compounds, minerals and vitamins, dandelion is a powerful herb that can help fight off skin infections that can contribute to acne. Furthermore, as dandelion is a diuretic and detoxifier, it may aid with the removal of toxins through sweat and urine, that may otherwise cause acne formation.  


Recommended by many herbalists to cleanse the body, burdock is thought to exhibit anti-microbial benefits that may promote skin condition. Traditionally used internally as a liver detox support, burdock may help rid the body of harmful toxins that can cause inflammation and trigger problematic skin symptoms. Additionally, burdock can be used to help treat inflammatory skin issues, such as eczema and psoriasis.  

Oregon Grape:

Used for centuries to address infections, this anti-microbial herb may support treatment of inflammatory skin conditions triggered by toxins and harmful bacteria. In particular, Oregon grape may relieve redness and irritation often experienced by psoriasis sufferers. Additionally, topical application of Oregon grape has been shown in research to relieve symptoms of atopic dermatitis (2).  


A saviour for problematic skin, Stellaria media, or chickweed, has been traditionally used for its wound healing potential. Chickweed may act as a skin tonic to relieve itchy and irritated skin, by softening and soothing the surface when applied topically. This herb may be particularly beneficial for individuals with psoriasis, itchy skin or eczema. Additionally, as this therapeutic herb naturally contains a wide range of skin-supporting vitamins, chickweed may help support collagen production and heal skin cells to prevent acne flare-ups.  

Pop into your local independent health food store for further information and advice. 


Author: Salma Dawood is a Technical Advisor at Viridian Nutrition. She holds a BSc honours degree in Human Nutrition. 



1) Paocharoen V. The efficacy and side effects of oral Centella asiatica extract for wound healing promotion in diabetic wound patients. J Med Assoc Thai. 2010 Dec;93 Suppl 7:S166-70. 

2)Klövekorn W1, Tepe A, Danesch U. A randomized, double-blind, vehicle-controlled, half-side comparison with a herbal ointment containing Mahonia aquifolium, Viola tricolor and Centella asiatica for the treatment of mild-to-moderate atopic dermatitis. Int J Clin Pharmacol Ther. 2007 Nov;45(11):583-91. 


The information contained in this article is not intended to treat, diagnose or replace the advice of a health practitioner. Please consult a qualified health practitioner if you have a pre-existing health condition or are currently taking medication. Food supplements should not be used as a substitute for a varied and balanced diet.


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