Organic skin products are useful for those consumers who are trying to avoid artificial chemicals that may contain toxic substances such as formaldehyde. Be aware, however, that natural ingredients can also have side effects for certain individuals.
Aloe vera (A. vera) is a popular herb for treating pimples and other skin problems with anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties. Avoid this herb if you are allergic to onions, garlic, or lilies because aloe comes from the same family.
Coconut (Cocos nucifera) oil is useful for moisturizing skin and conditioning dry hair. You can use it to gently remove makeup or use as a foundation. The lauric acid in coconut oil fights bacteria that causes acne. Coconut oil can sometimes cause dermatitis.
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia Miller) helps to soothe skin with a compound called linalool that keeps skin firm. The herb encourages skin health through the growth of new skin cells to heal wounds, scar tissue, and acne. Lavender may cause side effects such as headache and nausea in some people.
Lemongrass is an astringent herb that constricts the skin that helps to minimize pores and limit oil secretions, a key trait for fighting acne and having a temporary skin-firming effect. This herb may cause a skin rash.
Peppermint nourishes dull skin and helps balance out oily skin. You can use peppermint to deter flies, mites, and mosquitoes by crushing the herb on your skin. Peppermint may cause rashes.
Shea butter is a fat extracted from the nut of the African shea tree (Vitellaria paradoxa). It is used in cosmetics for a moisturizer or lotion, and has low allergy potential.
Witch Hazel is from the leaves and bark of the North American Witch Hazel shrub (Hamamelis viginiana). It has, as an anti- inflammatory herb, the ability to reduce pimples without drying out skin. Witch hazel is an astringent that tightens skin tissue and reduces dark circles under the eyes. It may cause allergic reactions.
The Daisy Family
The daisy family (Asteraceae or Compositae) contains several skin useful plants such as burdock, calendula, and chamomile. However, do not use these plants if you are allergic to plants in the daisy family.
Burdock (Arctium) can help treat eczema, psoriasis, and acne as an anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial herb. Pregnant or nursing women or those on blood-thinning, diabetic, and diuretic medications should avoid this herb.
Calendula (Calendula officinalis) is a plant with anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. It also helps to heal wounds from small scrapes or minor sunburn. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include rash, itching, dizziness, and trouble breathing.
Chamomile has the chemical alpha-bisabolol that accelerates skin healing and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This herb may cause itching, skin rashes, and throat swelling in individuals susceptible to herbs in the daisy family.