With a house full of teenagers we’ve had to deal with the sensitive subject of acne quite often. Fortunately, none of my children have what would be considered severe acne but they’ve all had “bumps” from time to time.
Now, I’m no acne expert, I’m just a mom, but I do know that no one wants to go around with “bumps”. So when a couple of my children were getting bumps a little more often, we began reading and experimenting.
We’ve tried a variety of products including ProActive (don’t judge, we were desperate) and everything we tried gave some results but they weren’t lasting and I didn’t feel like they were really good for the long haul.
We’ve also talked a lot about how diet affects our bodies, including our skin. I’m gonna be honest here, the idea of telling a teenager he/she can never eat certain foods again doesn’t appeal to me so I’ve asked them to just be aware of what they are eating and how their bodies are reacting. That’s not an area I can control anymore, they need to take responsibility for it.
While we were on vacation I read The Medicinal Gardener’s Handbook and read that sage can help draw out things like splinters, pus and heal skin. And it’s used to treat acne. I’ve also read that apple cider vinegar is very good for skin and people use it to treat acne.
So, I decided to make a homemade toner for my kids.
Here’s what you need:
A handful of sage leaves
Raw apple cider vinegar (I used Bragg’s – make sure it says it has the “mother” in it)
Heat about 2 cups of distilled water like you would for making tea. Then put the sage leaves and the hot water in a bowl and let steep for about 30 minutes. I put a plate over the bowl so it wouldn’t cool off. Strain out the sage leaves and put the “tea” in a jar. I measured out 1 2/3 cups. Add 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar. Put a lid on it and put it in the bathroom.
To use: dip a cotton ball into toner and squeeze out excess. Wipe over face and neck (and back, if needed) after washing. Let air dry.
Apple cider vinegar can be very drying so I decided to start with a weak mixture, although some people use it 50/50 with water.
Everyone agrees that it smells bad but that their skin is softer. The smell goes away after it’s dry. After a couple of days several of my kids were breaking out worse but I encouraged them to keep using it, hoping that is was just drawing out deeper impurities. Their skin is looking much better now.
I’m glad we’re doing this during the summer when their social life is a little less active.
If you just absolutely cannot stand the idea of putting apple cider vinegar on your face, one of my children found this herbal Acne Relief to work very well. We’re not using it now since I want to see how this toner does on it’s own but I’m open to using it in addition to the toner if they still need a little more help.
So, tell us what you’ve used for acne or “bump” that has worked well for your family.