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Natural Acne Prevention

Natural Acne Prevention Natural Acne Prevention

Overview

The market is full of over-the-counter and prescription acne medications. Unfortunately, many of these medications come with mild to severe side effects. To avoid these side effects, many people turn to natural alternatives to help keep the skin free and clear of acne outbreaks.

Step 1

Practice good skin hygiene. According to the Mayo Clinic, you should wash your skin, especially your face, twice a day with a mild soap or cleanser. This helps remove excess sebum oil, dead skin cells and bacteria which can contribute to acne outbreaks. Washing the skin more than twice a day is not recommended as it can cause skin irritation.

Step 2

Practice good makeup habits. Makeup covers the pores and follicles of your skin, and may contribute to the blocking of your pores. This is especially true for makeups that contain comedogenic (acne causing) ingredients, such as algae extracts and cetearyl alcohol. Purchasing non-comedogenic brands of makeup, reducing the overall amount of makeup you wear, and always removing your makeup before you go to sleep at night can help prevent acne breakouts.

Step 3

Apply a tea tree oil solution to the acne prone areas of skin. Tea tree oil is an alternative to the popular acne medications benzoyl peroxide, and works as an antibacterial agent against the acne-related Propionibacterium acne bacteria (P. acnes). According to the Mayo Clinic, a five percent solution of tea tree oil may be as effective as a five percent solution of benzoyl peroxide. However, the effects of tea tree oil take longer to be seen.

Step 4

Consume 60 to 90 mg of zinc a day. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), zinc may be an effective treatment for acne outbreaks. According to several double-blind studies published in the British Journal of Dermatology, zinc works both in reducing the severity of an acne outbreak, as well as an oral antibiotic therapy against the P. acnes bacteria.

Step 5

Schedule a glycolic acid peel. Glycolic acid is a naturally occurring acid derived from sugar cane. When applied to the skin, glycolic acid reacts with the skin cells, encouraging dead skin cells to slough off the body and clearing up acne clogged pores. Glycolic acid may cause temporary mild side effects such as redness, skin irritation and mild pain during application.

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