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Alternative Medicine Acne Remedies

Jun 20, 2008
It is believed by the Chinese that acne is caused by heat and toxins carried in the bloodstream. Some people believe that acne is the result of poisons that are discharged into the skin due to poor digestion. Although opinions vary on the cause, most agree that there are several alternative treatments that can prevent or even cure acne.

Diet and hygiene play a big role in alternative acne treatments and it is important to consume a low fat, vitamin-rich diet while keeping the skin clean. Saturated fat can cause tissue damage that leads to inflammation, which is why it is important to limit fats in the diet. It is also believed that foods such as coffee, garlic and other spicy ingredients should be avoided as they may cause the body to build up heat.

Consuming an ample amount of Vitamin A is essential for maintaining healthy skin. Also, consuming zinc is important transporting nutrients to the cells. Sometimes acne is caused by menstruation. In this case Vitamin B-6 is vital to help regulate the proper metabolism of the increased level of hormones released. A high fiber diet is also important to maintain daily bowel movements. It has also been said that consuming acidophilus capsules can help with digestion.

There are several alternate treatments available for acne that are designed to be put directly on the skin. Some of these treatments call for a honey facial, which will cause your skin to be revitalized. To indulge in one of these facials, apply raw honey to your face and leave it on between five and ten minutes.

Tea tree oil can also be applied to the skin. It is believed that this acts to discourage bacteria growth on the skin.

Another method to treat acne and pimples is to use exfoliants. Alpha-hydroxyl acids, glycolic and lactic acids, which are found in citrus fruits, are believed to keep dead skin cells from building up. For example, lemon juice mixed with water can be applied to the face, allowed to dry for about ten minutes and then rinsed off. Those with sensitive skin may add more water to the mixture to reduce the "burning sensation".

Herbalists often have their own favorite alternative acne treatments. Some suggest evening primrose oil or black current seed oil capsules. Others prefer the use of teas using herbs such as Echinacea or Goldenseal.

Exercise and relaxation play an important role in controlling acne. Keeping fit is crucial to the proper functioning of the body. Doctors may dispute the efficacy of some alternative acne treatments, but the success of these treatments is greatly affected by the person and the severity of their acne.
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