Friday, September 18, 2009

Fighting Acne With Natural Remedies That Work

Acne is primarily a disorder of the sebaceous glands, which are glands in the skin that secrete an oily substance on the face, the neck and back. When the sebaceous glands become clogged with the oily substance they secrete, the accumulation results in inflamed red pimples or acne vulgaris found primarily in adolescents.

The exact cause of acne is unknown, but factors that contribute to this condition include heredity, oily skin and androgens. Other factors include allergies, stress, the use of certain drugs, nutritional deficiencies, liver dysfunction, industrial pollutants, cosmetics and the monthly menstrual cycle.

Here are some natural remedies you may want to consider to manage your acne:

  • Apply distilled white vinegar - diluted if too strong - to the face and affected areas. Allow this to sit for 5-10 minutes before rinsing off with cool water.

  • Lemon or any citric fruit works great as a natural exfoliate, removing dead skin cells that may clog the pours. Apply the juice of a lemon, or desired citric juice, to the face. Allow it to dry for about 10 minutes, then rinse with cool water. You may feel a mild sting or burn when the lemon juice is applied. If so, diluting the juice is acceptable.

  • Increase water consumption. Water helps flush toxin out and help transport nutrients in the body. Eat a balanced diet to ensure proper nutrition. Take a high quality multivitamin and mineral supplement to make up for nutrients missing in normal meals.

  • Echinacea or Oregon grape can be used to boost the immune system and fight acne-causing bacteria. Dandelion, Burdock or red clover can help to keep the liver clear of toxic overload.

  • Herbal combinations such as Natures Sunshine's Ayurvedic Skin Detox and BP-X can also be used to cleanse and detoxify the liver and reduce acne.

  • Historically, vitamin A has been successfully used to treat severe acne. However, large amounts can be toxic and should be used under the supervision of your health care provider.

  • Consider adding zinc to your diet. Zinc aids in the healing of tissues and assists in preventing scarring. It is also important for the body in resisting infection and inflammation.

Note that it takes between 2 – 4 weeks to see results using natural remedies. Consult with your physician before using any natural acne remedy.

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