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How Effective Is Calendula for Acne?

Calendula, a natural anti-inflammatory and antibacterial herb, has shown promise in soothing acne-prone skin. Its gentle healing properties may reduce redness and prevent bacterial growth, making it a potential ally in your skincare arsenal. But how does it fare against stubborn pimples? Explore the visual journey of calendula's impact on acne and see the transformation for yourself. Ready to witness the change?
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Madeleine A.

Calendula for acne may be effective in reducing inflammation and the severity of breakouts. Acne is a dermatological condition that results from blocked pores, excessive oil production, and bacteria. Although acne is generally a condition common to teenagers, anyone can get it. Known scientifically as calendula officinalis, calendula is found throughout the world and is also known as the pot or garden marigold. In addition to acne, calendula may also help treat eczema, surgical wounds, and dermatitis.

Sometimes, acne can become infected, leading to painful, red cysts. When calendula for acne is used, the inflammatory process may become short-circuited, leading to a decrease in swelling. Calendula cream and other products containing calendula are available at many department store cosmetic counters as well as health and nutrition stores. Patients can make their own calendula oil by mixing the petals from the flowers with cooking oil and allowing the mixture to sit in a covered bowl for several weeks.

Calendula may be used to treat eczema.
Calendula may be used to treat eczema.

Although calendula might help reduce flare-ups and improve the appearance of the skin, the results may only be temporary. Those suffering from acne need to see a dermatologist who can determine the root cause of their acne and recommend an appropriate treatment plan. Sometimes, acne is caused by hormone imbalances or certain medical conditions. Acne sometimes needs to be treated with oral or topical antibiotics to clear the infection that is causing it.

Calendula can help relieve irritation for someone with acne on their back.
Calendula can help relieve irritation for someone with acne on their back.

Another benefit of using calendula for acne is that it is very soothing to irritated skin. Acne can be painful not only on the facial area, but also to areas on the back. When the back is affected by acne, the friction from clothing can cause pain. Treating the area with calendula lotion can relieve discomfort, restore moisture, and speed the healing process. The immune system may also play a role in the development of acne, and since calendula petals are thought to stimulate immune function, products containing them may offer hope to those with acne.

A specially formulated facial wash is typically more effective against acne than natural remedies.
A specially formulated facial wash is typically more effective against acne than natural remedies.

Although calendula lotion and other calendula preparations are considered safe, a small amount should be applied to the skin prior to use to see if it causes an allergic reaction. If a reaction is seen, the product should be immediately discontinued and the heath care provider consulted. If an allergic reaction does occur, it may produce itching, burning, redness, and skin inflammation.

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stoneMason
@turquoise-- Calendula is great for acne.

Why don't you make tea from calendula petals and apply it to your face? It will not break you out since there is no oil in it and you will be able to benefit from its healing properties. This is what I do. Sometimes I combine it with chamomile tea for an extra soothing effect. It's wonderful remedy.

turquoise

@burcinc-- I think it depends on how your skin reacts to different products. I use calendula cream because the oil did not work for me. Initially I was using calendula oil diluted with olive oil as a facial moisturizer/mask to soothe my acne spots and help them heal faster. But this lead to more clogged pores and breakouts. So now I'm using a cream with calendula in it. The cream appears to be less potent than the oil, so it's not as soothing, but it's not making me break out either.

If you can try a sample of either one of these, that would be a good way to know if it's going to work for you.

burcinc

Should I use calendula oil or calendula cream for acne? Which is most effective? Is anyone here using calendula for this purpose?

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    • Calendula may be used to treat eczema.
      By: adam88xx
      Calendula may be used to treat eczema.
    • Calendula can help relieve irritation for someone with acne on their back.
      By: AustralisPhotography
      Calendula can help relieve irritation for someone with acne on their back.
    • A specially formulated facial wash is typically more effective against acne than natural remedies.
      By: ipag
      A specially formulated facial wash is typically more effective against acne than natural remedies.
    • The severity of acne breakouts may be reduced by taking calendula.
      By: Ocskay Bence
      The severity of acne breakouts may be reduced by taking calendula.
    • Drinking plenty of water can help keep the skin hydrated and reduce the occurrence of acne.
      By: vgstudio
      Drinking plenty of water can help keep the skin hydrated and reduce the occurrence of acne.