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How To Make An Acne Poultice

If you want to make an acne poultice, the first thing you need the instructions on is making a basic poultice. Then all you need to do is vary the ingredients.

Generally, with herbs that you boil to release the active ingredients, the correct term is a compress. Its very simple to prepare. You boil a certain amount of the dry herb in water. Then get a clean towel, tea towel, face washer or other cloth, dip it in the liquid (after it has cooled), then hold it against the affected area.

If you want to apply the leaves directly, use cheesecloth or something similar. Scoop the boiled leaves into that. Then apply the leaves to the affected are<

Acne Poultice Ingredients

try an acne poulticeAn acne poultice is a topical application. Depending on what you want to achieve, different herbs would be the ingredients. Generally, the lymphatic cleansers like burdock, red clover, and violet leaves are best taken internally. That way they have a chance of balancing the entire system.

But you might want to try anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory herbs in the acne poultice, applied on the skin itself. These include tea tree oil, neem leaves, calendula and chamomile.


  • anti-inflammatory
  • astringent
  • good for slow healing wounds
  • can be used with myrrh to treat broken skin in inflammatory skin conditions (Simon Mills, The Essential Book of Herbal Medicine)
  • Calendula can also be used as an ointment

Myrrh is an essential oil.


  • anti-inflammatory
  • You could try drinking chamomile tea also
  • Sometimes chamomile can be irritating, so its best to see how your skin reacts

Tea Tree Oil

  • antiseptic
  • germicide
  • antibacterial
  • Its been proven to kill bacteria in lab tests by the Associated Foodstuff labs of Australia (AFLA) and E.M.L. Consulting Services
  • It doesn't damage healthy cells

Neem Leaves

  • Traditionally used in India for skin problems
  • Antiseptic
  • Antimicrobial
  • Good for inflammation
  • Used to treat acne, psoriasis, eczema, and ringworm

If you prefer leaving it up to the experts, here is a natural alternative to a messy acne poultice..




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