Natural Cures and Remedies for Acne
here to solve your acne problem naturally.
There are numerous theories concerning what causes acne. The number one accepted cause is an imbalance of hormones. The reason why is due to the times in our lives when acne occurs the most. First onset of acne occurs during puberty when hormones are causing lots of changes in the body. It also occurs in women during their period, during pregnancy and while going through menopause. All of these things are hormonal events.
Another cause that stands out is poor diet -- processed foods, foods with trans fats, sugars, artificial colors, chemicals, etc. There may also be toxins in the environment where you live. This puts a huge stress on the liver causing it to be sluggish and unable perform the way it should. A healthy diet and supplements to boost your immune system will help in this case.
There are four ways that you can help heal your acne:
- Balance your hormones using supplements
- Create healthier skin by using natural and home remedies
- Do away with toxins in your diet and your environment
- Boost your liver and kidney health
Balancing Hormones Using Supplements
Saw Palmetto -- An overproduction of testosterone is thought to be the reason you have acne. Through new research there are indications that prove overproduction of testosterone is not the cause but the body's inability to metabolize it. This causes an enzyme (5-alpha reductase) to alter the testosterone to a more powerful form known as dihydrotestosterone or DHT. It is possible that this is the reason you have acne. To help slow down this process of testosterone to DHT, taking Saw Palmetto may be helpful. It is known to have a suppressing effect on the enzyme 5-alpha reductase.
GLA (Gamma linolenic acid) -- It can help balance hormones as it has the ability to inhibit acne causing androgens. GLA is found in evening primrose oil and borage oil.
Use Natural and Home Remedies to Create Healthier Skin
Apple Cider Vinegar -- Vinegar can kill the bacteria which is found in acne. It will also balance your skin’s pH and will remove the oil from your face. Take one teaspoon of vinegar and put in 1/4 cup of water. Put the vinegar in a spray bottle and spray on your skin. You should leave it on for about 15 minutes and then rinse. Be sure and close your eyes while spraying. As an alternative you could use a cotton ball or pad to dab it on your face.
Baking Soda Paste -- Combine enough baking soda in a little bit of water in order to form a paste. Rub the paste lightly on your skin and then let sit for a few minutes before rinsing it off very gently. The baking soda paste will exfoliate your skin and open up the pores. Be sure not to scrub too hard as the baking soda can be a little abrasive.
Tea Tree Oil -- This should be applied directly on every pimple. It may be easier to use tea tree gel than the oil. It will make it easier to apply to larger areas of the skin. Because it isn't as strong as the oil, it might not work as well.
Aloe Vera -- You can apply aloe vera gel directly on your skin. You can just leave it on as it will work its way into your skin. It will help your skin heal faster and prevent scaring.
Colloidal Silver -- This is a natural antibiotic. It is easier to buy it in a spray bottler or to put it in a spray bottle so it can be sprayed on your skin.
Carrot Juice -- Carrots are great blood cleansers and therefore can help produce a healthier skin. They create an alkaline environment which is helpful in curing acne. You can add cucumbers and/or spinach as they are also very cleansing.
Grapefruit Seed Extract -- This is a potent antibiotic, anti microbial and disinfectant. It comes in liquid form or as tablets. Use 10 to 15 drops in about two ounces of water and put directly on your skin. Use cotton balls or pads to apply it.
Get Rid of Toxins in Your Diet and Environment
You need to avoid toxic overload so that your body will be able to function the way that it should and be in balance. There are many toxins that we are exposed to on a daily basis causing our bodies to struggle to keep that balance. The cause of almost all diseases is due to the body's struggle to deal with toxins.
The first thing you can do is avoid fast foods and processed foods. Look at the labels and don't buy anything that has food additives, artificial colors, MSG or any other unhealthy ingredients. Cut back, or better yet, avoid sugar as much as you can. Eat only whole and unprocessed foods. Green drinks, vegetable and fruit juices help cleanse and detoxify your body.
Next, get rid of all your cosmetics, perfumes and colognes, drier sheets, air fresheners, household cleaners, detergents, soaps and shampoos. All of these have artificial scents and use chemicals that are very toxic. Natural forms of these products can be found in health food stores or online.
Boost Your Liver and Kidney Health
Dandelion and Burdock Root -- The largest organ of the body is the skin. The skin is one of the avenues in which toxins are eliminated from the body. The liver and the kidneys are the primary organs of elimination. When there are so many toxins that these two organs can no longer deal with them, the toxins are sent out through the skin. This is one of the causes of acne and many other skin problems. The herbs dandelion and burdock root are effective in boosting both the kidney and liver so they can be more effective in cleansing the blood.
Some more herbs that might be useful -- yellow dock, turmeric, milk thistle and cleavers. Milk thistle is a liver tonic. Turmeric, yellow dock and cleavers are blood purifiers which are known to help the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system eliminates toxins out through the skin.
Some Helpful Supplements
Vitamin A -- Decreases the production of sebum and helps keep your skin healthy.
B Vitamins -- Are needed to keep your skin healthy.
Vitamin B6 -- Aids in improving hormonal balance of testosterone and estrogen. Acne may sometimes be caused due to a deficiency of vitamin B6.
Vitamin C -- Encourages restoration of healthy skin. Take 1000 to 4000 mg each day. Start out by taking just 500 to 1000 mg and gradually increase the amount to avoid having diarrhea.
Vitamin E -- An antioxidant known for its ability to create healthier skin and prevent cell damage. There are types of enzymes that are required to have healthy skin, vitamin E boosts these enzymes.
Selenium -- Selenium increases the effectiveness of vitamin E. If you have acne you most likely have a selenium deficiency.
Pantothenic Acid -- Also known as B5, this supplement assists the body to metabolize fats so that they are not converted into sebum or other oils that might be eliminated through the skin.
MSM -- Tests have shown that MSM has a beneficial effect on acne. The sulfur in MSM helps heal the skin. It is very safe to use and may help with other health issues.
Zinc -- Zinc keeps you from having scarring by helping to mend tissues in the skin. Deficiency is common in people with acne.
Digestive and Proteolytic Enzymes -- Digestive enzymes are taken with meals to help digest your food. A good digestive system is needed to heal acne. Proteolytic enzymes are between meals so that they will not be used as a digestive aid. They are able to move throughout the body cleansing your blood and lymphatic system. This takes some of the burden off the liver.
Acidophilus or other Probiotics -- Helps your digestive system and like I said above, "A healthy digestive system is needed to heal acne."