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Herbal Acne Remedies

Feb 2, 2008
Adults can suffer from acne as much as teenagers. But what causes it? Normally its is caused by the oil glands starting to expand which leads to a build up of sebum on the surface of the skin. The hair follicles can become blocked by this excess sebum, as can the pores in the skin as well. The growth of bacteria can then occur which can spread around different areas of the skin resulting in an acne breakout. This breakout can often affect people in various different ways which also doesn't help in learning what the exact causes of acne are.

Many possible causes of acne have been suggested which can cause imbalances in hormones. There are also other factors which can affect acne breakouts, for example foods, stress and lack of vitamins.

Statistics have shown that there is a link between the level of vitamin A in the body and the reduction of the amount of sebum and keratin being produced. Therefore you need to keep your bodys intake of vitamin A high as well as a well balanced diet. This can be done by consuming the recommended daily amount of fruit and vegetables which is five portions a day.

Something that is linked to the above information about vitamin A is zinc. Zinc helps with the effectiveness of vitamin A and therefore is great for healing and repair of acne damaged skin.

Also note that there are some over the counter creams and treatments available which can help with the control of your acne. Creams that contain sulphur are known to be very effective. Take advantage of advice available to you from your local chemist or Doctor, seek their advice on what cream could be best suited to your condition. Try to avoid any creams or other treatments that contain bromide and iodide because they can increase the inflamation and cause you more discomfort.

It is definitely worth checking that any new treatments or creams that you try are not going to have hidden side effects. Go to your Doctor or chemist and ask their advice on which cream is best suited to the type of acne you suffer from.

Also you should try to reduce your intake of refined sugars in your foods. Having the right diet can make a big difference to the severity of your acne. You should also avoid any foods containing fried oils or hydrogenerated vegetable oils. Despite acne not definitely being caused by these oils, it certainly will not do your overall health any damage to avoid them.

There are a number of natural acne treatments which can be good for you, they come with the added bonus that the risk of side effects is very small in comparision to more orthodox medical products. They may not be as effective quite as quick as regular products but could have a positive effect over a period of time. Is has been shown that tea tree oils reduce acne because they have properties that are antibacterial and antifungal and therefore will help as a natural acne treatment.
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But the main problem with acne is that without knowing the specific causes, it can be hard to find the right treatment. However there are a variety of herbal remedies for acne which have been known to work extremely well.
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