When applied to the skin, the compounds found in echinacea can prevent and fight acne, treat inflammation, and diminish wrinkles.
Echinacea extract is capable of phagocytosis, a process of devouring damaged cells, bacteria, and other microorganisms that cause infection. Whether taken internally or applied topically, echinacea can boost the immune system and resist acne-causing bacteria. Since acne is often caused by infection and inflammation, echinacea can stop it before it even begins to show. Echinacea’s anti-inflammatory properties can also reduce the appearance of red and painful acne.
Another one of echinacea’s benefits for your skin is anti-aging. Echinacea is rich in tannins. These astringent (tightening) molecules can shrink pores and lead to firmer, taut-looking skin with diminished wrinkles and fine lines.