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Tuesday, March 18, 2014
anti-acne plantain facial toner
Anti-acne facial toner. Just what you wanted to talk about, right? Well, without dwelling on it too much, acne ranges from inconvenient to painful to downright miserable. I don't claim that this toner will cure everything, but I have had very good success with it, along with a few other anti-acne home remedies that will come in later posts. Not only effective for most people, this toner is cheap, all natural, and pretty easy to do. Cha-ching.
First, you need to make a tincture. Use a cup jar (8 fluid ounces) or pint (16 oz), depending on how much you would like, of plantain in apple cider vinegar.
Plantain is a fabulous herb. Read more about it. You likely have seen it growing in the lawn, or perhaps your local park. I see broadleaf and buckthorn plantain growing all over the place in one of my local parks. Plantain will help take the itch and sting out of your disturbed acneic skin, and aid in healing more rapidly. You may find that it helps take the red discoloration out of your face, too.
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is an acid. Duh. But it is also a relatively low pH ("potential of hydrogen") acid, typically ranging between 4.5 and 5 pH. The optimal pH of human skin is considered to be about 5.5, healthy skin ranging between 4.5 and 7, men often being slightly less acidic than women. What often happens when we use a facial wash or a soap is that we mess up our skin's natural acidity. Many soaps are too alkaline, not acidic enough. When your skin is already hurting and broken, using cleansers, especially over the counter acne-curing products, that strip it further of it's protective acid-alkaline balance leaves it more vulnerable and less able to heal. ACV-based toner helps balance your skin's pH after cleansing.
For this toner, you need 2 parts (50%) plantain ACV.
You need 1 part (25%) witch hazel, or rosewater hydrosol, or aloe juice.
You need 1 part (25%) distilled water, or boiled and cooled water, or rosewater hydrosol.
You need a blue or amber glass bottle.
You can also use lavender and tea tree (melaleuca) essential oils, up to 1 drop per fluid oz of toner, but these are optional. If your face is very acneic, I suggest discluding the e.o.s until things heal just a little, to prevent undue irritation.
If you use aloe juice, the toner should be kept in the fridge or used within 4 weeks. If not, it should last up to 6 months in a bathroom cabinet, providing the bathroom is not kept warm.
In my 4 oz blue glass bottle, I mix 2 oz plantain ACV, 1 oz witch hazel (Thayers already has aloe in it), and 1 oz distilled water. I use no more than 4 drops of essentials, two each of lavender and tea tree. Shake lightly. Allow to synergize (let the various densities meld together) for at least an hour before using.
To use, apply toner onto a cotton ball and smooth over clean face after cleansing, avoiding eyes. It may sting deep sores, but only briefly and probably not worse than most other toners or prescriptions. I've tried a lot! And this toner feels good to my face, only faintly stinging the (now rare) deepest of open sores. Let dry and follow with your moisturizer of choice. Use up to three times a day and watch your skin heal! For acne on the back, and thus difficult to reach, you can use a spritz top bottle and spray it on the area after bathing.