Feverfew for Skin Care
Feverfew is a flowering plant that's native to Europe, North America and South America. Historically, it has been used in herbal medicine to treat ailments such as migraines, menstrual problems, toothache and skin disorders.
According to Jeanette Jacknin, M.D., studies have shown that feverfew is a good treatment for rosacea. Rosacea is a chronic disorder of the skin that causes inflammation, redness and soreness of the cheeks, forehead and chin. It can also cause stinging and eruptions of the skin. Because feverfew has anti-inflammatory properties. it may reduce the swelling and soreness of rosacea.
According to the February 2008 Archives for Dermatological Research, a study by Martin et al., showed that feverfew helps protecting the skin from the cumulative damage of exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This means feverfew could protect your skin from inflammation, sunburn and premature aging.
Shaving can often cause the skin to become red and sore. This may be because you have sensitive skin, are shaving to quickly or with too much pressure, or because you're allergic to your shaving foam. According to Skincare News, applying topical feverfew after shaving can reduce soreness and redness due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
Types of Topical Feverfew
Feverfew is available in a number of topical applications, including ointments, moisturizer, sun lotion, night cream and body spritzer. Topical feverfew may contain other herbs that may have side effects. Read the list of ingredients before using it.
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, side effects of feverfew include diarrhea, vomiting, swelling of the lips and tongue, abdominal pain, nervousness and mouth ulcers. Feverfew should not be used if you have an allergy to plants such as ragweed, yarrow or chamomile. If you're unsure of these allergies and you intend to use topical feverfew, try a small skin patch test first. If you're nursing or breast feeding, you should not use feverfew. Consult your health practitioner before using an herbal medical alternative.
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