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ACNE is a problem for almost everyone during their teenage years - male and female.

Herbal Waters have been used as curative skin lotions for hundreds of years, and can be made with herbs from the garden or kitchen cupboard, such as camomile or mint.

If using fresh herbs from your garden, rinse herbs well, place 1oz of fresh herbs (or 1 teaspoon of dried) in a jug and pour on half a pint of boiling water.

Allow to stand for about 5 mins, stir and strain. Let it cool, and refrigerate. This infusion will keep in the fridge for 2/3 days.

Herbal tea bags can also be used for this purpose.

Just put one tea bag to a half pint of water, leave it for about 1 minute before removing and allow to cool.

The used tea bags can be left in the fridge and used over your eyes or anywhere that needs cooling down.

Camomile Water can be used as a general skin tonic and is soothing and healing. Peppermint water helps relieve inflammation and itching.

Whichever of these herbal waters suits your needs, dab onto cleansed skin with cotton wool and allow to dry before moisturising, night and day.

A good exfoliator for sensitive skin is 2tsp of porridge oats mixed with 2 tsp of double cream, massage very gently and rinse well.

If you suffer from acne or recurrent blemishes, try a face mask made up of 2tsp of honey, 1tsp of turmeric and 1/4 tsp of sea salt.

Apply to affected areas and leave for half an hour to an hour. Rinse well with warm water, dry the face, and moisturise.

There are lots of products on the market for spots, but one of the fastest and most effective preparations is Calamine lotion with 3 per cent sulphur added. This can be made up by your local chemist.

After cleansing, cover any spots with the lotion, allow to dry, and leave overnight.

Cleavers is a weed with little burr-like balls covered with hooked bristles, found growing freely in Ireland.

An infusion made with any part of this plant above ground can be used as a wash for sores, spots and helps relieve eczema and psoriasis.
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Title Annotation:Features
Author:Ramdhamie, Sandra
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 6, 2000
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