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Alternative Natural Acne Treatments That Work For You Now

Aug 17, 2007
The problem with most acne treatments and acne products is that not everyone reacts the same way to the same treatment; what worked for one may not work for another. There is hope -- keep researching, learning and testing and you'll find the right treatment for you. The key to healthy, clear skin is to choose a skin care regimen that's right for you based on the type of acne condition you have.

Acne vulgaris is most commonly experienced around puberty, typically of the face, shoulders and chest. While almost all young people experience acne at least once, it's been reported that 47% of those in their 20s and 30% of those in their 30s had acne. Nearly 80 percent of people from ages 11 to 30 years have acne, most often on the face, chest and back. Most pimples are found on the face, neck, back, chest, and shoulders.

Acne, zits, pimples, blackheads, whiteheads and many other skin disorders are usually, but not always, the result of a bad diet. As time goes by, more research may help determine just how male and female hormones influence acne and the role diet plays. I think the cause of acne is related to our acidic, inflammatory 'standard American diet' (SAD) and that would also influence all of our hormones including stress hormones. Experts just can't agree on what causes acne.

You want to avoid squeezing, pinching, picking or popping your pimples because it can cause scars or leave dark spots on your skin. One treatment method some people have used is applying cornstarch, egg whites or milk of magnesia as a facial mask. Too many chemicals can strip your skin of its natural oils and the skin will overproduce oil to compensate for it, blocking your pores and causing more acne.

Acne and its treatment is one of the most misunderstood topics there is when it comes to acne skin care. This is a little messy but you can try making a paste by mixing three tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon together and applying the paste on your pimples at bedtime for two weeks, and wash it off each morning; honey has anti-bacterial action - a cheap, natural home remedy. Try applying a thin layer of coconut oil and massaging it deep into the skin to heal and soothe the affected area.

Never underestimate the healing, restorative power of a good night's sleep. Remember, that even the most gentle and natural products you might use to clean your face can leave your skin a bit dry; use coconut oil as an excellent way to re-hydrate the skin after using any acne commercial or natural cleanser. Try not to touch your affected skin to eliminate possible contamination.

Use exercise such as Yoga and Tai Chi to improve blood flow to the skin and support the healing process; it also boosts the condition of your internal organs which allows them to eliminate toxins more effectively. Any makeup you use should list on the label non-acnegenic or non-comedogenic. It bears repeating, you want to be good to your skin and never pop or squeeze a pimple no matter how tempting.

Since the latest research indicates a connection between stress and acne, make an effort to cut down on stress any way you can. Shave carefully and try both electric and safety razors to see which works best for you.

Acne scars can give the skin an aging look. Severe, inflamed, cystic acne always leaves scars after healing. Healed acne leaves scars in some people however, and it isn't easy to predict who will end up with scars after an acne outbreak and who won't.

Some alternative doctors recommend eating a raw clove of garlic daily for acne; you can chop one up and add it to your daily salad! In any case, no matter what skin or acne treatment you choose, whether it's chemical, drugs, alternative, or natural methods, changing your diet alone will be the best treatment you can do for your acne and you'll achieve overall good health in the process.

People with skin disorders such as acne, rosacea, and psoriasis often suffer from constipation; if you are, make sure you're drinking lots of water every day and add more natural fiber from raw fruits to your diet.

The best acne treatment is a diet that will help the body eliminate waste; if you're eating the standard American diet (SAD) it'll be reflected in your skin. Drink lots and lots of pure, filtered water every day.

For an easy fiber boost, mix in two tablespoons of ground up flaxseeds into raw applesauce, from two to three apples, made in your food processor. Eat foods that contain essential fatty acids. Eating foods with essential fatty acids are particularly important to people with dry skin or acne.

Consider taking cod liver oil or fish oil supplements every day. Eating fruits that are red or orange in color will help improve you skin health and help to prevent acne. Good nutrition will help your skin from the inside out.

Put two tablespoons of coconut oil in your all fruit smoothies and blend. When the skin is dehydrated, dead skin cells remain on the skin which may block pores and promote acne; drink plenty of water.

Unclean skin favors the development of pathogenic organisms; the dead cells continually slough off of the epidermis and mix with the secretions of the sweat and sebaceous glands and the dust found on the skin, to form a layer on its surface. Sunlight, water and air play an important role in keeping the skin healthy.

One should always think about cheaper, alternative, natural, effective treatment methods to get the best cure or solution to their acne, zits, pimples and blackhead problems. Don't give up - try everything you can until you get relief from your acne. By simply following a plan you've developed for yourself and sticking with it, you can reduce the severity of your acne or even eliminate it entirely.
About the Author
For more information on natural treatments for acne and acne light therapy, go to http://www.Best-Skin-Solutions.com Helen Hecker R.N.'s website specializing in acne, pimples and skin disorders with tips, advice and resources for adults, teens, and babies, including information on acne scar treatments
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