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Holistic Treatments for Acne

Aug 18, 2007
Most people that suffer from acne rely on creams and topical agents to get rid of their acne. The non-prescription items fill shelves on the pharmacy counter, while the prescription aids can have severe side-effects and must be monitored closely by a doctor. Some of these creams and pills should not be taken by people already taking hormones, or who may be pregnant.

Most acne problems are caused by a buildup of toxins in the body, particularly in the colon and lymphatic systems. Acne, like most diseases, starts from a digestive system imbalance. In order to cure acne problems, we must address imbalances in the digestive system and fix the problem at the source.

Most people have never stopped to consider the natural treatments available to them. Of all the holistic treatments for acne, herbal treatments and reflexology show the most promise for long-term relief.


Tea Tree Oil is a natural antibiotic and antiseptic. You can use it as full strength oil diluted in warm water and apply as you would a commercial astringent, or use one of many tea tree oil soaps. Tea tree will kill any bacteria or virus it comes in contact with. You could also try eucalyptus oil or thyme infused wash, which have a similar effect.

Lavender is one of the best herbs to use topically in the essential oil form. Lavender is a natural antibiotic and antiseptic.

Sage is antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral. It has natural tannins, camphor and rosmarinic acid, all of which help repair skin.

Papaya enzymes help to exfoliate and unclog pores. Papaya also promotes healthy skin cell growth, softens and smoothes the skin. For increased benefit, try adding the chewable form to your diet as well.

Burdock root and dandelion leaves cleanse the liver. They also contain inulin, which helps remove bacteria from the skin.

Milk thistle and red clover helps the liver cleanse the blood and lymphatic system.


Reflexology stimulates the lymphatic system and encourages the release of endorphins; natural feel good hormones to our entire system. Reflexology is based on the belief that applying pressure to reflexes on the feet and hands can effectively treat the entire body. By stimulating nerves on specific areas of the feet and hands, reflexology stimulates blood flow and eliminates toxin buildup in the corresponding organs and systems of the body.

Although reflexologists cannot diagnose or claim to cure a sickness or disease, the results speak for themselves, making it one of the most sought after treatments today. In fact, celebrities pay an arm and a leg for just a few minutes of reflexology. Not only is it beneficial as a tool for relaxation and stress relief, but it is also an effective tool for improving circulation; relieving pain, and as an immune and nervous system stimulator. Many people with illnesses like allergies; chronic sinus problems; acid reflux; acne; migraines; PMS; menopause; insomnia; fertility problems and even arthritis have been helped tremendously by reflexology treatments.

No matter what your physical or emotional condition may be chances are you will benefit after just one treatment. Many people will go through a course of treatment in order to cure acne problems once and for all.
About the Author
Scott Meyers is a staff writer for Its Entirely Natural, a resource for helping you achieve a naturally healthy body, mind, and spirit. You may contact our writers through the web site. Follow this link for more information on Reflexology.
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