Buy organic for sure. I use the loose variety and brew a strong tea that I transfer into a spray fine-mist bottle. I have extremely reactive skin and this works wonders why I abuse my skin experimenting or even for TTOTM. Yeah it's a pain to brew it and use daily, but dang if this stuff doesn't work like a freakin' charm -- so worth the effort!
One exception -- if you are allergic to ragweed, this stuff will mess you up!
Chamomile tea worked wonders on my cystic acne! I normally have acne free, slightly dry skin. About two to three times a year, however, I will get a bad pimple... a cystic acne pimple. I have tried everything from topical prescription medications and over the counter creams and ointments. DONT WASTE YOUR TIME.
Chamomile has worked the best of everything. I brewed my tea according to the directions (steeped for five minutes) and then removed the tea bag. I placed the tea bag onto a saucer and let it sit for about ten minutes. Once it had cooled down I held the tea bag to the affected area for twenty minutes. HUGE DIFFERENCE. Reduced swelling and pain immensely.
Give it a try! Either way you have tea!
I used an organic, individually packaged chamomile-lemongrass tea bag. If you have sensitive skin I would recommend spending money on organic, or at least a finer variety of tea. The quality of the tea bag itself is much better, as are the contents (full leaves as opposed to processed powdered leaves! ick!)
I tried to use this chamomile tea as a toner to calm down the redness of my skin. However, this did not calm not my redness. In fact, it made the redness even more blatant. Perhaps the chamomile tea bag I used did not match my sensitive skin. Anyway, I will not try chamomile on my skin again.
Wow. I had a cystic giant on the side of my nose... Gross. They NEVER heal unless I get whatever is inside of it out. I was so sick of poking at it trying to get something to come to the surface! I put a chamomile teabag in cold water for a few seconds, then put it on "the giant" for about 5 minutes and went to bed, it was MUCH smaller this morning, so I used another one... My skin is currently FLAT where this monster was. I'm AMAZED (and upset I've never tried this sooner) so I'm going to make my own toner and see if this helps prevent these monsters!
****edit**** I made a toner but forgot to use it, derr. Anyways, I ran out of the Celestial Seasonings Chamomile (I had another cyst on my chin, ergh!) and I used a Bigelow Chamomile tea bag... It stung, and it did didly for the cyst. Apparently the type you use affects the effectiveness (maybe something in the bags themselves?). I'd imagine pure chamomile would be the best.
I have rosacea-prone skin, and have often read about the anti-inflammatory (anti-redness) capabilities of chamomile. However, most of the cosmetic products that contain chamomile also contain other ingredients that irritate my skin, so I brewed my own fairly strong concoction of pure chamomile tea--2 bags to one cup of tea, and when the bags cooled, placed the moist bags on my face for 30 minutes (in a bath tub where I could lay my head back to keep the teabags from slipping off plus it didn't matter if a little chamomile ran down my face). It was great! It did not get rid of the really "red" spots but did eliminate the pink spots. (The tip of my nose was actually pale again after a very long time!) I kept the cup of tea I had brewed in the refrigerator over night and repeated the process the next day, dipping cotton pads in the brew and placing them over my face. (Yep, it's messy.) Now I'm continuing to make the tea and applying it any time I can. It definitely helps! (Just make sure you aren't allergic to chamomile).