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Natural Remedies For Acne

Jan 25, 2008
In most cases acne has been caused because the sebaceous glands, which are found at the base of the hair follicles on the skin, are secreting far too much sebum (oil). Once too much of this produced the pores on the skin can become blocked and spots begin to appear. Doctors may prescribe medications that can help to treat the condition but can cause some side effects. However an alternative would be for those who wish to is use some kinds of herbal remedies for acne instead.

In this article we take a look at some of the various different types of herbal remedies that you yourself may want to consider using for treating your acne. But if you do it is important that you actually speak with your doctor first in case there is some other underlying medical condition causing your problem.

1. Aloe Vera - This is one of the most effective herbs for treating acne available today. This particular plant contains both astringent and anti-bacterial properties that can help to fight the bacteria, which is causing the acne. Also it also contains anti-inflammatory properties that can help to reduce the swelling (spots).

2. Calendula - Although not as popular as Aloe Vera or other herbal remedies for acne this is still an effective one. Not only does it help with healing damaged skin tissue but it contains anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties as well. Many people will apply this herb directly to the skin when it has been made into a cream or when it has been infused with water and then they wash their skin with it.

3. Lavender - Just like all the herbs that we mention in this article this particular one contains both anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties that can help to fight the bacteria that are causing the acne. As with all treatments we mention here this needs to be applied topically (directly) to the affected area and the essential oil should be mixed with water or carrier fluid before it is applied.

4. Tea Tree Oil - Of all the different types of herbal remedies available for treating acne this is one of the most popular. The main reason for this is that the herb contains good antiseptic, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Again just like the lavender in order for this remedy to be effective it needs to be mixed with water or carrier fluid and then applied directly to the acne.

Along with the herbal remedies mentioned above for treating acne there are plenty of others that you may want to try. Such as walnut leaf that has astringent properties and is best used as face or skin wash. Then there is witch hazel that just like tea tree oil contains both anti-bacterial and astringent properties, which can help to fight the bacteria causing the acne.

What is important to remember however is that these herbal remedies for acne help to treat the condition from outside. You therefore also need to look at what is actually causing the increased production of the oil (sebum) in the first place. Generally dietary and lifestyle habits can be a reason for a person who is suffering from this skin condition. So making changes to both their diet and lifestyle can further help to improve the problem.
About the Author
About the author: Richard May has written many articles and reviewed herbal remedies for acne. He also writes for his blog at acne online where there are a number of posts giving information and tips on fighting acne.
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