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Acne Causes

Feb 20, 2008
This annoying skin problem is caused by an overproduction of sebum, an oily substance which helps protect the skin. A build-up of sebum blocks and infects pores, which produces pustules and blackheads. The black color of blackheads is a result of their exposure to air at the skin's surface. People with naturally oily skin are more susceptible to acne.

The underlying cause of increased sebum production lies internally. Hormonal disturbances usually cause acne in most adolescents. Women whose skin is affected by PMS, or who are taking birth control pills get acne as a result of an imbalance of hormones. The hormonal imbalance is usually coupled with blood impurities caused by a poor diet, including deep-fried food, saturated fats, sweets and junk food, chronic constipation, and an overburdened, sluggish liver, unable to detoxify the blood thoroughly. Since the skin is another means of detoxification, wastes that remain in the blood are eliminated through the skin. Nicotine and alcohol affect the skin, as do individual susceptibilities to certain foods and allergies. Exposure to chemicals such as iodine, bromine, chlorine and petroleum also cause acne, though this is not common.

Acne Herbal Remedies

Clogged pores and internal impurities causing acne can be cleansed effectively with herbal remedies.

Use camomile face steam and compresses to open clogged pores, then wash face with a warm, damp cotton cloth soaked in camomile infusion for healing, or sage to disinfect. Finish with a cool splash of yarrow infusion to tighten the pores.

Another good face cleanser is lavender vinegar. Soak flowering tips of lavender in 1 qt. of apple cider vinegar, filter and mix 1 tbsp. of this tincture with 1/2 cup of water. Other astringent herbs to apply externally include comfrey, birch leaves, thyme and blueberry leaves.

To cleanse blood impurities causing acne, drink herbal teas or juices made of stinging nettle, dandelion, camomile, yarrow, horsetail or birch leaves.

Drinking aloe vera juice for two weeks will greatly contribute to clearing up acne by cleansing internally. Take 2 oz. three or more times daily.

Aloe vera gel or calendula cream can be applied directly to the skin.

Echinacea has a long history of use in inhibiting inflammation, promoting wound healing, stimulating the immune system and killing bacteria. Effective dosage depends on the severity of the problems and the tolerance of the individual.

Goldenseal has detoxifying and antimicrobial properties. It also stimulates the immune system. Effective dosage depends on the severity of the problem and the tolerance of the individual.

Tea tree oil has a variety of antimicrobial activities and has been successfully used as a topical treatment for many different skin conditions, especially those associated with fungal or candida infections. Dab 1 drop of tea tree oil on the head of the pimple twice daily.
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