One of the most embarrassing things to me when I was a young teenager was acne. I didn’t have it as bad as some, but I did have it worse than others. I was willing to do ANYTHING to have a clear face. My mom had no knowledge of natural health and I was far from the natural journey that I’m on now. I was completely clueless about anything I could do to help myself.
This lack of knowledge landed us in a dermatologist office. Not that I’m saying dermatologists can’t ever be of help, but this dermatologist prescribed me daily antibiotics (for SIX years!) and an even stronger medicine for 6 months that left open sores on my skin and the medicine is now on a list of being not safe (obviously).
I honestly at the time believed all medicine to be great if it improved the symptoms and I gave no thought to the warnings and possible side effects printed on the inserts. All I knew was that my face stayed clear as long as I took the medicine! Needless to say, I’ve paid greatly with my health as a result of taking the medication and am still on the pathway of learning and healing.
I say all of this because I am SO thankful I can teach my children how to treat acne naturally! I don’t want them to suffer as I have due to lack of knowledge. I think it’s important to not only make natural medicines for my girls, but to TEACH them how to make them themselves so they are equipped for the future.
(BTW – I have a great giveaway at the end of this post! Be sure to check it out! You could win a gift card to use toward herb books or any books of choice!)
What Causes Acne?
I think it’s important to teach teens what causes acne. I’m not going to go into depth with this post, but the true cause of acne is basically because of a toxic body and an imbalanced hormone system, compromised liver, and poor digestive system. The cause of this is diet. Sugar, fast food, packaged food, etc. all have chemicals that cause the body to become toxic. When teens hit their hormone changing years, things get worse and toxins push out of the body in the form of acne. There may be bacteria that lives on the skin that can contribute to acne, but the root cause is TOXINS. Detox baths on a regular basis help with this.
Teach your kids about nutrition and research together what the ingredients are in the food you eat. It’s pretty difficult (though not impossible) to consume a “perfect” toxin-free diet. I certainly don’t eat a perfect diet, but I eat a lot better than I used to and am always trying to improve this area. Teaching your kids about true nutrition will hopefully help them make better food choices.
Even if you are not up to addressing diet or detoxing in your teen’s life right now, this acne remedy WORKS regardless! I may just be bold enough to say that it works better than any medication (in my experience), and it’s a whole lot safer. I made this acne remedy for a teenage guy that exhausted medication at the dermatologist and thought nothing would help. BUT this acne remedy did work for him!
How to Teach Your Teen to Make A DIY Acne Remedy
Identify the Plant
Plantain is the featured plant in this recipe for acne! And it grows everywhere all over the world (except Antarctica). You should have plenty growing in your yard or somewhere nearby. It’s one of the most common “weeds” around. Make sure you pick plantain from an area that is not sprayed with pesticides. It’s important for your kids to recognize herbs confidently so they can use them safely and successfully.
You can also purchase dried plantain here if you can’t find fresh. You’ll just use a different amount for the recipe, but I’ll make note of that below. It’s super simple either way!
Plantain is an astringent herb, meaning it has drawing properties. That’s just what we need for acne! We want to draw the toxins out!
Gather the Supplies
For this recipe, you’ll only need raw apple cider vinegar, plantain, and a jar! Use whatever size jar you wish, depending on how much you want to make at a time. We’ve already discussed how plantain helps acne, but raw apple cider vinegar does too! It’s also an astringent and with regular use, can help pull those impurities out and clear up the skin. So with the plantain and the vinegar, you’ve got a powerful weapon against acne on your hands!
Concerned about the smell of vinegar on your face? No worries. It disappears after a few minutes.
DIY Acne Vinegar
- Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
- Wash plantain
- Tear plantain into smaller pieces to help “bruise” the leaves and release the properties. You can also crush the leaves with a glass jar.
- Fill a jar with fresh plantain (leaving a 2 inch headspace) or fill it halfway with dried plantain.
- Fill the jar with the raw apple cider vinegar, leaving a 2 inch headspace.
- Cover with a lid and leave in a cabinet for 2-4 weeks.
- Shake jar daily or at least a few times a week to keep things well distributed.
- After 2-4 weeks, strain the herb out and retain the liquid.
Note: Apply the plantain vinegar morning and evening everyday to face, back, chest, or wherever you have acne. Don’t wash the vinegar off but allow it to do its work all day and then all night after you apply it before bed. You can apply makeup over it once it dries. Because the plantain pulls toxins out, you will most likely have more breakouts for a few weeks before it clears, but be consistent every day and you’ll reap the rewards!
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Now Time For a Giveaway!
You certainly don’t have to be a homeschool mom to teach your kids about herbs, but I have an exciting homeschool giveaway to share!
I’ve gotten together with a great group of bloggers to make getting ready for the new school year just a little bit easier and hopefully a little less stressful for you. How does $250 sound in helping you buy curriculum, books, games, puzzles, and educational supplies? Two people will win a $250 gift card to the online store of their choice (choices are Rainbow Resource, Christianbook, or Timberdoodle).
Rainbow Resource and Christianbook has some awesome herb books to choose from! I’ve already started a list!
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