Dandelion’s Impressive Skincare Benefits

Girl holding vial of dandelion oil for skin care.
Photo compliments of Angelica Echeverry from Unsplash.

Introduction

Your skin is your largest organ and everything that you put on it it easily absorbed into your body. This is why it’s so important to really consider which products you’re using for skin care.

I have recently thrown out a lot of my skincare products because– according to the Yuka app– many of them contain toxic, harmful chemicals. Apparently, if you want healthy beauty products you have to make them yourself.

One really great herb to add to your skincare regimen is dandelion– an herb that has long been used for all sorts of things, ranging from PMS to detoxification and even acne.

While I already have a post about the general benefits of dandelion (Taxaracum officinale), this article is strictly about skin care benefits because honestly, there are so many that it warranted its own separate article. (If you want to know how to forage it to make your own medicine with, I cover it in this article about making your own dandelion tea.)

Dandelion’s Nutrient Profile

Dandelions are a nutritional powerhouse, packed with essential vitamins and minerals that benefit the skin. Rich in vitamins A, C, and E, dandelions help maintain healthy skin by promoting cell production, fighting oxidative stress, and protecting against environmental damage. Vitamin A supports skin cell turnover and repair, vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that brightens the complexion and reduces signs of aging, and vitamin E provides additional antioxidant protection while maintaining skin moisture. Additionally, dandelions contain important minerals like potassium, calcium, and magnesium, which help to nourish and rejuvenate the skin, making it a vital component of a natural skincare regimen.

Anti-Inflammatory Actions Can Help Acne, Eczema and More

The anti-inflammatory benefit is really not unique to dandelion (so many herbs have anti-inflammatory properties!) but it is one worth mentioning, since this is one of it’s primary benefits for skincare. By reducing inflammation, dandelion can be used for many inflammation-related skin conditions, including redness, eczema and acne (white heads, in particular.)

Dandelion is energetically cooling and drying, so it should help any condition that causes red, hot, angry, irritation of the skin is going to be dandelion’s specialty. (If you have oily skin, dandelion might be of benefit.)

Antioxidants May Prevent Aging and Skin Cancer

Oxidative stress (caused by free radicals) is thought to be one of the causes of cancer. The flavanoids/antioxidants found in dandelion help to prevent oxidative stress. This makes it a great option if you spend a lot of time in the sun or are vulnerable to skin cancer.

While scientists aren’t 100% sure what causes aging, one theory is that it’s due to oxidative stress. So, by being loaded with antioxidants, it in theory makes it great for wrinkles and fine lines.

This is only compounded by its tonifying effects (due to the tannins)

Detoxification can clean up your complexion and give you a glowy appearance.

Although not really an action that directly impacts your skin, dandelion is also able to help in detoxifying the body which might give your face a more glowy complexion. Add to this the dose of Vitamin C, and you have a recipe for a very glowy face.

(However in my experience when your body heavily detoxes, it can show up through acne and in your skin. This is only temporary and your skin should clear up and look even better when the toxins leave your body)

Prebiotics promote healthy, glowing skin

Dandelion contains the constituent inulin, which is a prebiotic. Your gut health has a direct impact on your complexion, so by introducing a product that promotes a healthy gut microbiome, it’s likely to have a positive impact on your skin. 🙂 You could eat dandelion leaves as part of a salad or drink as a tea to take advantage of this benefit. (more on this in another post)

Improves chronic skin conditions

Dandelion helps so many skin conditions that it would be easier to list the conditions it DOESN’T help with. If your skin is already dry, it might not be the best plant to use since it is energetically drying. But if you have more oily conditions, that makes dandelion ideal.

  • Candida albicans
  • Seborheic dermatitis
  • Eczema
  • Canker sores (due to it’s astringent/tonifying properties)

If you have skin conditions due to Candida albicans or other yeasts, dandelion is a great choice. Seborheic dermatitis is thought to be due to a yeast called malassezia, so it’s worth trying. (Not to mention it’s also theorized to be due to over productive sebaceous oil glands WHICH would totally be improved by the drying properties of dandelion) (at least in theory) (my theory)

Brightening Dark Spots

Yet another benefit we can attribute to the Vitamin C found in dandelion. It’s able to lighten darker brown spots and create a glowing complexion.

How to Use Dandelion in Skin Care

  • Dandelion Tea:
    • As a facial toner.
  • Infused Oil:
    • Method of infusion and application.
  • Face Masks:
    • Recipes and benefits.
  • Lotions and Moisturizers

Conclusion

In sum, dandelion is a miracle plant for most skin conditions you may have. It can reduce the appearance of acne, prevent it from recurring, soothe chronic skin conditions, improve your gut health thereby improving your skin, and create a glowing appearance due the vitamin C content. This is definitely a plant to add to your skincare regimen.

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