5 Top Botanicals for Treating Problem Skin
Natural Solutions|April 2020
Over-the-counter treatments for chronic skin disorders like acne, dandruff and eczema frequently deliver limited relief. One reason is that most of these products are formulated with a single active ingredient that targets only one underlying cause of a given condition, leaving the others (and there are always others) to carry on without therapeutic intervention.
RONI KRAMER

Consider salicylic acid, the active ingredient in many acne solutions. It helps dissolve pore-clogging dead skin cells that contribute to breakouts, but it has no effect on sebum production that traps oil in those pores or on the excess P. acnes bacteria that fuels inflammation by feeding on the trapped sebum. The benzoyl peroxide used in other products kills the P. acnes but does not affect sebum production or the abnormal shedding of skin cells associated with acne.

It’s like fighting one army battalion while ignoring others firing at you from different directions. You might win one battle but you’ll lose the war.

Plants used in traditional Chinese medicine offer an effective alternative. That’s because every plant contains multiple active ingredients that can attack different disease pathways simultaneously for better and longer-lasting results.

Find the right botanical or combination, and you do battle against many of the biological mechanisms causing your condition at once. You also gain prebiotic benefits, encouraging the growth of “good” bacteria that keep the “bad” bacteria in check and thereby support a healthy skin ecosystem. And you avoid side effects like drying, flaking and irritation that are common with standard treatments.

Nearly two decades of research into hundreds of botanicals by biologists, chemists, formulators and traditional Chinese medicine practitioners affiliated with skincare solutions company Kamedis has not only confirmed the efficacy of specific plants for dermatologic use but also identified the best candidates and combinations for specific ailments. Here are five that have emerged as some of the most versatile and effective.

Purslane (Portulaca oleracea)

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