Natural Acne Remedies

6 Sep

If you had acne as an adolescent, or if you battle with adult acne, you may understand the desperation in getting rid of it. There is nothing worse than leaving your house, worrying who is going to notice your bad skin. There are countless products on the market today, claiming to be the magic potion you’ve been looking for. The truth is that everyone’s skin is different. Some people have naturally oily skin, some have dry skin – and this means that what works for someone else, may not work for you. Especially for adolescents, the pressure to look their best and the lack of funding may drive them to try some wacky remedies. Is there any basis for odd, home remedies? Let’s look at the facts…

Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil is an essential oil extracted from the leaves of a tree native to Australia.  It’s believed to act as an antibacterial when applied topically, and clinical trials seem to implicate its potential benefits. Studies have found that tea tree oil is capable of treating mild to moderate acne by ameliorating both inflamed and non-inflamed lesions. Tea tree oil is a promising option for those who are hesitant to use harsh chemicals on their skin. Although treating a condition characterized by oily skin with oil may seem contraindicated, dermatologists agree that overproduction of oil often arises from having dry skin. By keeping the skin hydrated, you decrease the likelihood of over-producing oil to compensate.

Honey
Honey can be applied to the face topically for the treatment of acne. When used as a mask, honey can exhibit antibacterial properties without drying out the skin. Honey has also been shown to aid in the reduction of redness and inflammation associated with acne.

Eating more carrots
Using food to combat acne is often overlooked because it tends to take more time and dedication than a topical regimen. Carrots contain vitamin A and beta-carotine, which play pivotal roles in skin health. Drinking carrot juice is a great way to get a concentrated form of these beneficial nutrients. Carrots help to cleanse the blood of debris, while working as an alkalizer to help counterbalance acidic conditions throughout the body.

Zinc supplements
Zinc is a mineral that serves several purposes in many types of tissues. Generally, zinc is essential for wound healing, which is important for avoiding acne scarring. Because zinc is so crucial to the immune system, it is often seen as an antioxidant, helping to protect the body from free radical and oxidative damage. Zinc is found in a variety of foods (eggs, whole grains, nuts, dairy products, meats and poultry). For those who have no adverse effects to these common allergens, it’s recommended that your zinc come from the foods you eat. Since many people avoid dairy, wheat, nuts and meat due to intolerances and religious or ethical reasons, it’s important that you take a multivitamin that includes zinc so that you may reap its benefits and preventative properties.

Toothpaste
Perhaps the oldest home remedy for drying out stubborn pimples is the use of toothpaste as a topical spot-remover. Toothpaste contains ingredients like baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, alcohol and menthol. Although these chemicals are capable of drying pimples, toothpaste is made for teeth – and not for skin. Toothpaste may actually irritate the skin, which may cause redness and peeling. For those with especially sensitive skin, it can even burn the skin and cause over-drying. Because we have a plethora of safe and effective home remedies, it’s advised to stay away from using toothpaste as a topical treatment for pimples.

Probiotics
Probiotics are necessary for proper digestive function, but people often overlook the role of the digestive system in relation to the skin. Probiotics are beneficial bacteria within the gut that prevent the attachment of harmful bacteria. Factors like stress, poor diet, and the use of antibiotics can have a severe impact of the ratio of good to bad bacteria within the large intestine. A large part of the immune system is located within the gut, which is tightly regulated by probiotics. When imbalances occur within the gut, they often manifest as skin conditions. Furthermore, having an imbalance of gut flora can encourage inflammatory responses and slow healing – which are points of concern in conditions like acne.

Digestive enzymes
Similar to probiotics, digestive enzymes work within the gut to keep all body systems in check and functioning properly. Digestive enzymes work within the stomach and the small intestine by breaking down food and making it available for absorption. Those who have digestive disturbances and nutrient intolerances are prone to developing acne and other skin conditions. It’s important to remember that the body will reflect its internal state through its external appearance. By supplementing with a digestive enzyme, you have a better chance of completely digesting all nutrients, thereby preventing acne flare-ups and inflammatory responses.


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