Natural Treatment for Acne
Is finding an effective natural treatment for acne, the skin condition that can bedevil many people’s lives, important to you?
For some, from the day that their adolescence commences, acne makes its unwelcome appearance with varying levels of severity and disrupts their skin – their confidence – their life. The disorder can be ‘crippling’, at least in a social sense, as some of
the worst symptoms of this chronic skin problem are just so publicly apparent when they are literally ‘written across’ someone’s face!
For a considerable number of people finding a suitable treatment for acne begins early – as the problem often erupts during puberty. However, many suffer the problems of acne well into their adult life – and can spend a great amount of time and money in trying to find a cure or treatment for acne that might give them respite from this veritable curse!
Acne is a chronic and often severe condition of the skin that can be evidenced by the appearance of blackheads, cysts, pustules and whiteheads, particularly on the face and neck, and also on the back.
Almost everyone suffers a few skin eruptions – especially during their teens – but acne is in a different league. It is generally thought of as an infection of, or disorder relating to, the ‘oil’ producing glands of the skin known as sebaceous glands. It appears that the male and female hormones – known as androgens – may also play a causative role in some cases of acne. This seems to be highlighted by the fact that some women find that taking the contraceptive pill (which interferes with sex hormones) can either trigger an outbreak of acne, or conversely, can actually dramatically improve their skin if they already suffer from the disorder.
Acne can also be caused, or exacerbated, by genetic predisposition/hereditary factors. It is also widely accepted that diet plays an important role – particularly over indulgence in refined carbohydrates (white sugar, white flour, candies, etc.) and also fatty foods (fried foods – including the majority - if not ALL - so-called ‘fast foods’, chocolate, hydrogenated fats such as margarines, etc.) which may contribute to over activity, and possible consequent bacterial infections, of the sebaceous glands.
For some sufferers acne can be triggered as part of an allergic response to soaps and detergents, and other chemical ingredients very commonly used in most off-the-shelf skin care and cosmetics products.
Finding the a treatment for acne that works for you can be difficult, as the wide and often interactive, range of causative factors varies from person to person. However there are some simple steps anyone suffering from acne can take that could alleviate symptoms and signs of acne and give temporary or hopefully, long-term relief from the problem – as well as (most likely) improving their general health to boot!
Some simple, wise steps to take include –
- Cutting out/down on fatty foods
It would not harm to add to these ‘dietary’ changes – a regular daily period of exercise of not less than about 20 minutes (that is, say, 20 minutes of brisk walking, or riding a bike - even a stationary/exercise bike – it just needs to be hard enough exercise to get your heart-rate up and cause you to breathe a little deeply)...BUT remember if you currently have any health, or weight problems ALWAYS check with your GP/MD/personal Doctor first of all, BEFORE commencing a new exercise regime.
The theory behind adding exercise into the mix is that – first it will make you feel fitter! (Which always boosts confidence! And feeling positive can have a beneficial effect on all-round health). Secondly a more efficiently working ‘system’ will remove toxins from your ‘cells’ more effectively. This could help reduce the likelihood of infection in your oil glands – and sweating a little – followed by a good, rigorous hygiene regime (see below) will also help to achieve cleaner and less blocked skin pores.
Conventionally, treatment for acne often require sufferers to adopt a regime based around exemplary skin hygiene. However, it does seem that if you use typical, off the shelf products, which contain known irritants such as the detergents Sodium Lauryl/ or Laureth Sulphate – or similar named 'relatives' (as well as many other suspicious, or known-to-be-toxic chemicals) then even this sensible activity could actually be contributing to the problem (even products that are supposedly for ‘sensitive skins’ frequently contain exactly the same range of unpleasant chemicals – just compare the labels next time you are out shopping!).
Indeed many a regular treatment for acne may include anti-bacterial creams, antibiotics and other ‘chemical cream’ interventions that include ‘hydrocortisone’ which is well-known to have potential unpleasant side-effects that are particularly undesirable for sensitive skin if used over a long period of time. Over use of both antibiotics and anti-bacterials can also lead to the development of treatment-tolerant bacteria which no-longer respond to such acne treatments – so arguably are best avoided or at least used only very sparingly, and in the extreme case.
It seems a reasonable suggestion, therefore, that you should:
(1) Reduce your exposure to unnecessary toxic ingredients in everyday products you use on your skin.
(2)Adopt a rigorous skin hygiene regime using TOTALLY natural, and preferably ORGANIC products for your skin-care, personal care and cosmetics needs. Whilst there may even be a few individuals who are sensitive to some natural ingredients (suppliers should ALWAYS publish a FULL statement of ingredients on e-commerce site, that is, if you are considering ordering products online!) – in general there is likely to be much greater tolerance to natural ingredients and enhanced efficacy if you adopt true organic products into your daily hygiene regime (look out for a reliable form of Organic Certification - without this the products are probably not TRULY organic - BEWARE! Request your FREE Toxic Ingredient Directory HERE).
We'd also add that choosing ORGANIC skin care is an important consideration, because this is the only way you can be as near to being guaranteed as possible, that the ingredients will not even contain agricultural chemical residues (such as pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers) which could still be a problem in ‘natural’ BUT non-organic options.
Beyond these simple steps there are several options that can be termed a ‘natural’ treatment for acne:
Herbalists often make-up a topical application for acne sufferers that includes tincture of calendula, which is not only mildly astringent but has natural anti-bacterial properties and also soothes any inflammation. For a face-wash an infusion of calendula with an equal quantity of witch hazel prove be efficacious.
Additional herbal treatment for acne may be based around using infusions of ingredients which are known for their powers to ‘detox’ the blood. Common herbal favourites such asburdock, dandelion and nettle are good for this.
Yet other herbal remedies may be aimed at resolving hormonal imbalances, if this is considered to be the main problem for a particular acne sufferer. In this case the herbal treatment for acne may include the use of – Chinese angelica, wild yam or perhaps the ‘fanciful’ sounding false unicorn root, or even the popular ‘culinary’ herb sage (NOTE: Concoctions that include sage should, however, be AVOIDED during pregnancy).
RECOMMENDED ADDITIONAL IN-DEPTH INFORMATION
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If acne is a problem that is be-deviling your life, then it might well prove a blessing making the small investmentin this well regarded acne treatment guide. We have seen other similar products but it seems they may have been ‘inspired’ by (i.e. copied! ;-D) this original work.
Take a few minutes to read about the all natural acnetreatment methods recommended by the author, which really do seem to provide a clear-cut guide that will help many acne sufferers see great improvements and even achieve complete freedom from their condition in a surprisingly short time.
Also check out our How to Detox article and resources -- cleansing internally is a major step towards improving skin quality.
And read about dealing with Candida infection -- Acne can be one of the symptoms of chronic Candidiasis, that is yeast infection caused by Candida overgrowth.