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Can You Use Mint for Skin Problems?

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Melissa King began writing in 2001. She spent three years writing for her local newspaper, "The Colt," writing editorials, news stories, product reviews and entertainment pieces. She is also the owner and operator of Howbert Freelance Writing. King holds an Associate of Arts in communications from Tarrant County College.
Can You Use Mint for Skin Problems?
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People including ancient Egyptians, those in the Middle Ages and early American colonists used mint to treat an array of health conditions, according to "Dermascope Magazine." MedlinePlus notes that mint may ease tension headaches, heartburn and irritable bowel syndrome. When applied topically, mint can also benefit your skin. You'll find mint in a variety of beauty products, including lotions, lip balms, moisturizers and facial scrubs.

Inflammation and Skin Tone

According to a 2006 study by "Phytotherapy Research," peppermint helps bolster the immune system. Mint contains antioxidant vitamins A and C, which can help fight inflammation, according to Allison Tannis, author of "Feed Your Skin, Starve Your Wrinkles." Tannis notes that mint also contains the B vitamins riboflavin and folate, which may help brighten skin. Products containing mint can ease swelling, reduce redness and calm itchiness, states Dermascope.

Other Benefits

Mint is a good source of salicylic acid, an ingredient used in over-the-counter acne medications. Salicylic acid works by loosening dead skin cells and preventing them from clogging pores. Mint's astringent properties may reduce the oiliness of acne-prone skin, and shampoos that contain mint stimulate circulation when applied to the scalp. This may improve scalp and hair health.

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