Acne-prone skin can be incredibly difficult to cleanse efficiently. Many of the cosmetics designed for oily, problematic skin will have a drying effect.
This is why many girls are suffering from acne (myself included) turn to natural possibilities. Basil (Tulsi or Indian basil) is one amazing option for overcoming the problem.
For centuries, basil has been used as a remedy for skin problems. It proves to be beneficial for people suffering from eczema, acne and other skin irritations. It has amazing anti-bacterial qualities and bacteria are one of the primary acne causes.
How to Use Holy Basil Leaves to Treat Acne and Pimples
① DIY Basil Toner
Regular application of basil tea (tonic) not only clears up acne and blemishes, but also makes your skin complexion visibly brighter and instantly smoother.
Making tonic from basil tea is a simple task. Brew 2-3 teaspoons of dried basil leaves in one cup of water (If you are using fresh ones, I would suggest you lightly crush the leaves with a pestle to release the herb’s natural oils.)
Let the liquid simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, remove from heat and strain. Let the mixture cool completely and use a cotton pad to apply it to your facial skin 2x a day before using moisturizer and makeup.
When refrigerated, the tonic will remain in good condition for up to one week.
② Basil Facial Steaming
Steaming is a great procedure for getting rid of the buildup in your pores. It will purify the skin, control sebum production and decrease the likelihood of experiencing acne breakouts leaving your face feeling soft and refreshed.
To use basil for this purpose, you will need to follow this basic procedure. Pour hot water in a bowl. Place a handful of dried basil leaves in it (you can also use the fresh leaves, just crush them to release the natural oils before adding to hot water).
Put your face over the steam and cover your head with a towel to lock up the steam. Keep on steaming your face for 10 minutes.
Once you are done, massage the skin with an ice cube wrapped in paper towel or washcloth. It will close the pores and tone the skin.
③ Basil Mask for Acne-Prone Skin
Basil leaves and gram flour can be used for the creation of a very efficient mask for acne-prone skin. Gram flour is recognized as a very effective skin whitening agent. If you have blemishes or acne scars, you can use this mask to reduce their prominence.
Get fresh basil and mint leaves and grind them with some gram flour (create a mask just enough for one or two uses). Pour a bit of water in the mix and stir.
You should get a thick paste that is easy to apply on the face with your fingers. Let the mask act for 15 to 20 minutes and wash your face with tepid water and apply moisturizer if needed.
④ Face Mask with Neem Leaves
Neem is a great natural product for everyone that suffers from acne. It regulates sebum production and cleanses the skin. A combination of neem and basil will do miracles for acne-prone skin.
To make the mask, you will need some fresh basil leaves and neem leaves in equal amounts. Put the leaves in a food processor with a bit of water. Blend until you get a homogenous paste.
Use your fingers to put an even layer of the mask on your face avoiding the eye area. Leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes, wash your face with tepid water and moisturize as usual.
⑤ Face Mask with Sea Salt + Egg Whites
Basil can be combined with several other products for the creation of a purifying mask like sea salt and egg white. Egg whites are great because they tighten the skin and regulate sebum production.
Sea salt is a powerful antiseptic. It is also an anti-inflammatory agent that will reduce the redness and irritation associated with acne.
You will need 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt, one egg white and a handful of fresh basil leaves. Put all of these in the blender and blend until you get a homogeneous mixture.
Gently massage the mask into your skin, especially the areas that are affected by acne most severely. Keep the mask on for up to 10-15 minutes and wash your face with tepid water. For best result, you may want to rinse the face mask off with Basil tea.
A Few Additional Uses of Basil
- Basil leaf powder is a great option for controlling sebum production and keeping your skin imperfection-free during the hot summer months. Just massage a small amount of it in your skin to keep your complexion clear.
- Basil has amazing qualities for hair, as well. The basil tonic mentioned in this article can be used as a natural hair rinsing option. Wash your hair with it after shampooing to make your locks shiny and beautiful. Basil can also be used as an acne remedy.
- If you suffer from bad breath, you will also appreciate the benefits of basil. Chew a few fresh basil leaves to make your breath fresh. The effect will be sensed immediately.
Always do a small patch test before attempting to use basil as a natural beauty product. A few people will be allergic to it, thus experiencing redness and itchiness.
Make sure that your skin tolerates basil well before attempting any of the treatments mentioned in this article.