Scutellaria baicalensis: help for problem skin

My daughter came home the other day with a new, expensive face cream to help with skin outbreaks. It costs about 20 USD for a 50 ml tub. The active ingredient is Chinese Skullcap Scutellaria baicalensis root powder.

I make my own face washes and face creams that I really like and we all use at my house. I had never thought to put Chinese Skullcap in the creams to treat problem skin.


Chinese Skullcap: Internal/Topical
“Scutellaria baicalensis, or “scute,” is considered specific in TCM for clearing “damp heat,” a category of diagnosis in which acne may commonly fall. It is clinically remarkable for reducing inflammation in dermatologic conditions and should be considered an important herb in formulations for treating acne and other skin conditions. It has also shown antimicrobial activity against a broad spectrum of microorganisms. It can be used orally for its systemic anti-inflammatory effects and/or topically in cream or wash form as a local anti-inflammatory.”

David Winston and Angela J. Hywood, in Botanical Medicine for Women’s Health, 2010

Chinese Skullcap (TCM- Huang qin) clears heat and damp, reduces inflammation and is antimicrobial.  It is often used to reduce arthritis, dysentery, colds, diarrhea and infections that include fever. It is antioxidant, anti-arthritis and research is being done to determine its anticancer benefits.

I’m intrigued. I will be working on a face cream recipe using this Scutellaria root powder.

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