Those who suffer from it look everywhere for the best acne treatment. If you’re a TV-watching kind of person, you’ve probably seen a lot of commercials about acne creams and pills that you can use to get rid of acne. Maybe these types of products really do work, but maybe what you really need, are a few easy and natural tips, in order to be free of blemishes.
You may wonder what causes acne. Here’s a very scientific (but pretty interesting) description from wikipedia.com:
Propionibacterium acnes is the relatively slow-growing, typically aerotolerant anaerobic, Gram-positive bacterium (rod) linked to the skin condition acne; it can also cause chronic blepharitisand endophthalmitis, the latter particularly following intraocular surgery. The genome of the bacterium has been sequenced and a study has shown several genes can generate enzymes for degrading skin and proteins that may be immunogenic (activating the immune system).
This bacterium is largely commensal and part of the skin flora present on most healthy adult humans’ skin. It is usually just barely detectable on the skin of healthy preadolescents. It lives primarily on, among other things, fatty acids in sebum secreted by sebaceous glands in the follicles. It may also be found throughout the gastrointestinal tract in humans and many other animals. It is named after its ability to generate propionic acid.
There are many different forms of acne: scalp acne, body acne, nodular acne, back acne, hormonal acne. The list goes on. Let’s get practical about getting rid of acne for good!
There are two words that describe the very best acne treatment: Get Natural!
Stop using products that have chemicals or perfumes in them on your hair, too! Even if you have stopped using these types of products on your skin, you can still get acne from the stuff you’re using on your hair. Make sure to only use natural products on everything that touches your skin, even laundry detergent or fabric softener can cause your skin to become infected.
Be sure to check any acne products you plan to use to see if the ingredients are oil based. Start by clicking here! Many, if not most cosmetics include petroleum products such as mineral oil. These will aggravate your acne in two ways. First, they are oils that will clog your pores. Second, they are unnatural chemicals that are toxic to your skin and your system. Choose cosmetics and treatments based in natural, oil free carrier products such as aloe gel.
Drinking plenty of water is one of the easiest, cheapest, and most natural ways to help improve your skin and prevent the buildup of acne. Water detoxifies your body naturally, while aiding in keeping skin cells free and pores unclogged. If you are tired of drinking water alone, add some fruit or vegetable juice for the added advantage of vitamins and fiber.
Try using natural products to prevent acne. Wash your face with a tiny amount of olive oil to remove dirt and makeup, and then rinse with water. Use a tea tree oil product to remove any residue, if necessary. Use a small bit of a thick cinnamon and water paste to dab on a pimple. Using products containing chemicals and dyes can be the cause of some breakouts.
To help relieve acne symptoms, try applying a mask of honey to your skin one or twice a week. Honey is healthy for your skin because it has antibacterial properties, making it a gentle and natural way to disinfect blemishes. This will destroy the bacteria that cause acne, clearing your skin.
Keep your hair off your face. Your hair contains many of the natural oils that can cause pore blockages which will lead to large pimples. Hair has an oily texture, which may keep your hair healthy but unfortunately it contains keratin-like oils that will block your pores in large enough concentrations.
A helpful herb that can used for acne is tea tree oil. It is a natural anti-bacterial that can kill any acne-causing bacteria on your face. This can only be applied externally so do not ingest it at all. Also, most people find it a bit too harsh to sue at full strength, so try diluting it with a carrier oil like olive or almond oil.
Sunscreens can contribute to breakouts, but it’s still important to wear it since the sun can wreak havoc as well! Use an all natural sunscreen and try and look for ingredients that may not irritate you. Everybody is different, so you may need to compare brands before finding a perfect match. Protecting your skin daily also slows down wrinkle development.
To help get rid of acne you can apply fresh garlic to the problem areas. Garlic is a natural antibiotic and the oils that are in it can help to reduce and repair acne breakouts. If you are concerned about the odor in public try using it before going to bed.
Pre menstrual symptoms can become a precursor to a blemish nightmare. Alleviate PMS by taking such natural supplements as St. John’s Wort or krill oil. These supplements have been scientifically tested and proven to alleviate such symptoms. Lower PMS will in turn reduce the number of potential blemishes that will occur.