From Healing Burns to Glowing Skin, This Mexican Skin Treatment Does It All

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Tepezcohuite: From Healing Burns to Glowing Skin, This Mexican Skin Treatment Does It All. Ever since I was a kid, we always had a jar of tepezcohuite at our house. This green ointment that smells kind of like mint was brought out every time someone got a bruise or burn on their skin. I never questioned it when I was little; like all kids, I trusted my mom with whatever medicine she had to make me feel better. As I grew older, I stopped seeing it around as much, and I had all but forgotten about it until a few weeks ago.


I went camping with my friends and throughout a bit of chaos, my hand got burned by a metal s’more stick that had just been pulled out of the fire. There was nothing much I could to when I was camping, but as the night went on, I realized that it wasn’t just a small burn. When I got home the next day, it had blistered grotesquely. In trying to tend to it, I did the sensible thing and I asked my mom what to do. She immediately brought up tepezcohuite.


As a more skeptical adult, I wasn’t sure I wanted to put it on my hand at all. My own research suggested I put aloe on it, and that seemed fine to me. However, my mom insisted that I try the Mexican ointment, so I did. My burn got better in a matter of days and I am left with hardly any trace of a scar.

What Is Tepezcohuite?

In order to find out more about this medicinal cream, I did some research. I found that tepezcohuite comes from a tree called the mimosa tenuiflora. This tree grows in Mexico, and has long been used for medicinal purposes. The tree bark has many nutrients in it, as well as antibacterial properties.


In addition to using tepezcohuite as a treatment for burns, it is also used to relieve mild pain from arthritis, back aches, muscle aches, strains, and sprains. The regenerative properties of the tepezcohuite also make it an ideal ingredient for healing skin. Tepezcohuite is becoming more popular in the United States, but there has been little research done to confirm the effects. Like in my case, most of the reports of the benefits of this cream are anecdotal.

Natural Beauty Hack

The regenerative and antibacterial properties of tepezcohuite also make it an ideal treatment for facial care. It is becoming more present in the U.S. as an ingredient in facial creams that help its users look younger as they age. In fact, Mexican actress Salma Hayek attributes her youthful skin to tepezcohuite.


This beautiful actress/entrepreneur is also using tepezcohuite as one of the main ingredients of her skin care line. In an interview with Elle, Hayek said the following about this natural ingredient:


“I use an ingredient called Tepezcohuite that’s used in Mexico for burn victims because it completely regenerates the skin, and there’s no one in the States who is using this ingredient except for us,” Hayek tells me. “Some of the ingredients, when I took them to the American labs, they were like ‘Oh my god! How come nobody is using this?’ This is why I have no Botox, no peels, no fillings. I’m 48. I will be 49 this year and I only use my creams.”


Adding tepezcohuite cream to your beauty routine is one way to keep your skin beautiful in a natural way. For starters, you can change up your sleeping position to make sure you don’t sleep on your face. You can also add the following tips to your routine to keep your face looking naturally fresh and wrinkle-free without resorting to chemicals:


  • Take beta carotene and vitamin A supplements
  • Drink tea and lots of water
  • Avoid UV light
  • Up your antioxidant intake


As for me, I will keep on trying the ointment. I recently got back from a week at the beach with a nasty sand burn on my leg. Apparently, crossing my legs while they were slightly covered with sand was a terrible idea. It didn’t hurt in the moment, but after a few days, it turned into an intense burn covered in blisters that looked similar to the burn I got on my hand when I went camping.


After a few days of putting nothing but aloe on it, I decided to try an experiment. I put tepezcohuite on half of the damaged skin before bed. When I woke up in the morning, the skin that I had put the ointment on was significantly better. I started putting it on a few times a day, and my recovery has seemed to speed up remarkably. If you are prone to burns and/or bruises, or if you want to rejuvenate your skin, I highly recommend going to the closest Mexican store where you live and picking up a jar of tepezcohuite.
Guest Post by Geo Sique 

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