Safe, Natural Treatments for Acne
Natural treatments for acne are very effective and since they have no harmful side effects, I strongly recommend trying them before resorting to harsher measures. Acne can occur any age and I have heard many troubling stories of how this common ailment has been damaging to the self esteem and caused much anxiety, depression, feelings of inadequacy and problems socialising.
Scarring is one of the most traumatic features of acne. Medicated creams and oral acne treatments can be prescribed by your doctor but should be used as a last resort, especially in young people. Diet, herbal remedies, homeopathy and even acupuncture can be used to treat acne with great success.
Recommended Natural Treatments for Acne
Diet: All natural acne treatments should start with dietary changes. Certain foods are known to aggravate acne. I suggest removing all dairy products from the diet. I also suggest cutting out sugar and grains.
The Paleo Diet: In his book “The Paleo Diet”, Loren Cordain suggests following a Palaeolithic diet. Sometimes referred to as the “caveman diet”, the diet is based on eating food which closely matches that of our ancient ancestors. The diet advocates the avoidance of:
- Refined sugar
- Processed oils
Foods you CAN eat on the Paleo diet:
- Pasture-raised meat
The Paleo diet has it followers and critics but evidence suggests that it can help in the fight against acne.
Water: Water helps flush toxins out of our bodies and you should drink 8 to 10 glasses every day. If at first you don’t feel thirsty keep drinking and you will begin to notice your natural thirst return. Not feeling thirsty can be a sign that your body has a chronic low level of dehydration.
Vitamins: Vitamins C, A and zinc can all help promote the general health of the skin. Carrots, broccoli, lentils, beets and spinach contain these vitamins.
Essential Fatty Acids: Omega 3 essential oil is one of the best natural treatments for acne. This is because omega 3 oils help to reduce inflammation. Find it in avocados, cod liver oil and olive oil. Sunflower seeds, almonds, walnuts and peanuts also contain omega 3. A good source of quality Omega 3 can be purchased at VitaBase. (plus you can’t beat their potency and price).
Natural Remedies for Acne
Aspirin Mask: The salicylic acid in aspirin can help fight redness and swelling of zits. A full mask will require 3-5 uncoated aspirin tablets dissolved in some water to form a paste. Honey, yoghurt or apple cider vinegar may be used instead of water. You can also use moisturiser or a clay mask as a base. Leave the mask on for 15 minutes (avoiding the eye area) and then rinse off. Apply SPF 30 sun cream afterwards as the skin may be sensitised to sunlight.
Oatmeal and Almond Facial Scrub: Use one half to one cup of rolled oats and almonds. Grind each in a food processor then combine. Mix two tablespoons with warm water. Use gently as a facial scrub, then rinse well with warm water.
Strawberry Leaves or Strawberries: In ancient times the Egyptians used wet strawberry leaves to help refresh the skin. This remedy is a gentle, effective treatment for acne.
Dandelion: Try this dandelion herbal tea for acne:
Herbal Tea for Acne
- 2 parts Red Clover
- 2 parts Dandelion root
- 2 parts Echinacea root
- 1 part Alfalfa leaf
- ½ part Capsicum
Crush the herbs and drink.
Remember, before reaching for prescription drugs try these natural treatments for acne and watch your complexion respond to these natural cures.
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