Natural Remedies to Remove Acne
Acne is an inflammatory skin condition that occurs as a result of oil buildup in the pores, which promotes the growth of bacteria. A variety of over-the-counter products are available for the treatment of acne. However, many of these products can cause the skin to become dry, red and itchy. Many natural remedies can treat acne without causing additional skin irritation. Consult with a dermatologist or physician before using a natural remedy to remove acne.
According to "Herbal Medicine" by Dian Dincin Buchman, Ph.D., an acne treatment mixture can be made by mixing a pint of white vinegar (90 proof alcohol may also be used) with 3 to 4 oz. of horseradish. Add the peel of a bitter orange and a pinch of nutmeg. Apply the mixture, with a cotton ball or Q-tip, daily to remove acne.
Another herbal remedy involves taking three 550mg capsules of evening primrose oil or black currant seed oil to treat acne. These supplements can be used for three months or until the acne clears up.
Other herbs used in acne treatment include calendula, echinacea and goldenseal.
Essential Oil Remedies
"Herbal Medicine" recommends mixing 4 drops of tea tree oil with 2 tbsp. of rose water, 2 tbsp. of witch hazel and 4 tbsp. of distilled water. Apply this mixture topically to treat acne outbreaks.
According to "Aromatherapy for Vibrant Health and Beauty" by Roberta Wilson, a skin clearing toner can be made by mixing 1 drop of rosewood oil, 1 drop of palmarosa oil and 2 drops of lavender oil with 8 oz. of distilled water. Put in a clean bottle and shake to mix the ingredients. Apply to clean skin daily.
Wilson also suggests making an acne scrub by mixing 1/2 tsp. of water, 1 drop of ylang ylang oil, 1 drop of lemon oil, 1/2 tsp. of blue cornmeal and 1/2 tsp. of oat flour. Mix into a paste, adding more water as needed. Rub onto the face and leave on for one minute before rinsing.
Making some changes in diet can assist in removing unwanted acne. According to "Prescription for Nutritional Healing" by James F. Balch, M.D. and Phyllis A. Balch, C.N.C., a high-fiber diet can assist in the treatment of acne cleansing the colon and promoting the removal of toxins from the body.
Eating foods rich in zinc can also assist in the removal of acne. Zinc directly influences the oil-producing glands and possesses an anti-bacterial agent that prevents acne break-outs. Zinc is found in foods such as soy beans, whole grains, raw nuts, sunflower seeds and shellfish. Zinc is also available in supplement form.
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