These 5 Plants Have Skin-Clearing Superpowers

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It's time to toss the face toner with ingredients that you can't pronounce and go all-natural this season with food-inspired beauty treatments. As much as science has advanced over the years, tried-and-true treatments still endure. Passed along from generation to generation, these ancient skin care secrets can massively affect skin's overall health.

You only need to look as far as your kitchen for more natural acne and spot treatments. These time-honored plants are incredibly detoxifying and have potent anti-inflammatory properties, too. Get your beauty DIY on!

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Neem is known for its antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic properties. It's highly beneficial for oily and acne-prone skin too.

Neem Face Water

  • Boil 2 cups of water and stir in fresh neem leaf powder. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and let steep for 10 minutes; strain and discard leaves.
  • Pour neem-infused water into spray bottle.
  • Spritz with neem water after washing skin twice a day.


Cumin is actually packed with phytochemicals that are known to have carminative, antioxidant, and anti-flatulent properties. They protect the skin from all sorts of environmental and internal damage by boosting the health of your skin cells.

Black Cumin Seed + ACV Spot Treatment Oil

  • Mix black cumin seed oil with organic apple cider vinegar and let stand 20 minutes.
  • Mix and then massage into problem areas for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Remove with a rosewater toner.


When the leaves of the aloe plant, a member of the cactus family of plants, are cut, the soothing gel inside can be applied to facilitate healing. Additionally, aloe contains glycoproteins and polysaccharides, which a University of Maryland study found to substantially reduce inflammation and pain.

Aloe Vera Honey Mask

  • Mix aloe vera and raw honey.
  • Apply mixture to affected areas or all over your face.
  • Leave for 15 to 20 minutes, then wash off with warm water.
  • Repeat twice a week, but on other days, just apply aloe vera gel twice a day to problem areas without mixing anything else with it.


Coriander, it turns out, is brimming with free-radical-destroying antioxidants, complexion-friendly minerals, and skin-boosting vitamin C. It's also a potent antibacterial, antiseptic, antifungal, disinfectant, detoxifier, and anti-inflammatory.

Cilantro Skin-Smoothing Mask

  • Blend ½ cup of oatmeal, ¼ cup of almond milk, ¼ cup of chopped cucumber, and 1 handful of fresh cilantro.
  • Blend for about a minute or until the mixture starts looking smooth; spoon it out into a glass bowl.
  • Apply to your face for 20 minutes, then rinse.


Basil or "tulsi" is a medicinal herb, which is known for its wonderful acne-healing properties. It can drive away the bacteria named Propionibacterium acnes successfully and keep pimples and all other sorts of breakouts at bay.

Basil Face Toner

  • Mix 8 to 10 drops of basil oil into ¼ cup of water.
  • Use this mixture as a toner; store in fridge for about 1 week.

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