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Six Natural Ways to Treat Your Acne

Everything Acne Guide

Medical Disclaimer
The information in this book is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional
medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images and
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Table of Contents
Introduction
Acne: Not Just A Teenage Problem
Medical Treatments
Celebrity Style
Naturally the Right Choice
1. Vitamin A
2. B Vitamins
3. Zinc
4. Honey
5. Tea Tree Oil
6. Baking Soda
Conclusion
References

Introduction
We’ve all suffered with pimples at some point in our lives. Even your flawless friends whose
complexions you envy haven’t always been perfect (you may be pleased to hear!). In fact, an
estimated 80% of the entire population of 11 to 30 year olds is thought to suffer with acne of
some sort. That is a huge number. Whether it’s a surface whitehead, a deep, embedded
blackhead or a red, raw, inflamed, pus-filled spot, acne can affect us not only physically but
also psychologically; ever had your confidence knocked by an acne outbreak, or felt anxious
about it? These are both negative psychological effects resulting directly from the skin
condition.

For these reasons, it’s vital that appropriate and effective treatments are identified for tackling
acne, as well as looking into adequate preventative measures. Unfortunately, there is no
magical, instant acne cure and it’s important to keep in mind that all pimples will require a little
bit of healing time. We can, however, give acne a helping hand, promoting more rapid
recovery.

If you’ve ever visited your Doctor or other healthcare professional for your acne, you probably
came out feeling a bit deflated, right? You may have felt your Doctor wasn’t listening to you or
taking you seriously, but sadly in the majority of cases there is very little that can be done
from a medical point of view to aid healing. There are, however, a number of natural acne
treatments which are recognized by leading healthcare and cosmetics companies as being
hugely beneficial in managing the undesirable effects.

Acne: Not Just A Teenage Problem
Think acne is just a concern for teenagers? Think again. As wonderful as it would be, acne
does not spontaneously disappear overnight when you reach the age of 20 unless, of course,
you are spectacularly lucky. As I’ve mentioned previously, acne mainly affects those of us
between the ages of 11 and 30, a far wider age range than movies, television and
commercials would have us believe. An estimated 5% of the population even continue to
suffer with pimples beyond the age of 30.

Acne can generally occur anywhere on the body but is most common in areas that are
naturally oily or in areas where there are a lot of hair follicles, so the face, chest, back and
even bum usually fall victim to the dreaded spot. Acne can be quite mild, with small outbreaks
occurring at intervals over a number of years, or can be severe and permanently present until
the sufferer outgrows the condition. For these sufferers especially, easy methods of managing
the effects and appearance of acne are very important.

Do you ever blame yourself for an outbreak of acne? Well don’t! Despite what you may have
heard or read about before, your acne is not the result of that sneaky chocolate bar you
devoured before dinner last week, or that greasy takeaway pizza you ordered on payday, or
even that bath you planned to take but canceled in favor of a trip to the pub. There is no
credible research that shows any of these things contribute to or aggravate acne.

Acne is actually caused by excess natural oils in the skin known as sebum which can block
the hair follicles on the body. Hormone changes make the body produce more sebum
meaning that we are certainly more susceptible to acne at certain periods in our lives such as
puberty and pregnancy (just ask any pregnant woman if she feels she’s ‘glowing’ and you’ll
see what I mean). When a follicle is clogged up it becomes vulnerable to infection from the
natural bacteria living on our skin and this is how those inflamed, painful, pus-filled pimples
are formed; they are actually infected acne.

Studies do show that acne tends to be hereditary so you’re far more likely to have this
condition if one or both of your parents also suffered. Acne affects both men and women but
figures show that slightly more women than men suffer the effects, possibly due to more
hormonal changes occurring for women such as pregnancy and menstruation.

Do you want to know the golden rule of acne? Do not touch it! Not only are our fingers and
hands absolutely covered in sebum which will only clog the follicles more, but if the acne is

picked there is a very high chance it will leave scarring once it heals. Imagine finally getting
rid of that bothersome zit only to find its left a permanent reminder of itself on your face. I
know it’s tempting, but please please please resist the urge to pick. Thank you.

Medical Treatments
Although there is very little that can be done for the treatment of acne from a purely medical
perspective, there are a limited number of prescription medications available. Unfortunately,
these treatments are not widely available, and are only usually prescribed for very severe
cases of acne. This is because the medications themselves cannot unblock hair follicles, but
they can treat any infection. If you think your acne may be infected it is always best to get
checked over by a healthcare professional.

Antibiotics in both pill and cream form are generally the first option when going down the
medical route. Antibiotics, when taken both internally and applied directly to the problem
areas can kill off infection, hopefully ridding the skin of the painful, raw pustules. Although the
acne may begin to look better, it is unlikely to be completely cured and if follicles are still
blocked they remain susceptible to further infection.

A much more intense treatment is sometimes offered in very extreme cases: benzoyl
peroxide. Say the name out loud. And again. Benzoyl peroxide. Where have you heard the
word ‘peroxide’ before? Come on women, you should know the answer to this one. Hair
colorants! Peroxides are substances that are basically bleaching agents. Do you really want
this stuff on your skin? Can you imagine what it can do? No? Well let me tell you. Dry skin.
Tight, tense skin. Burning, itching, stinging skin. Red, raw, peeling skin. They are all common
side effects of using this treatment, and a typical course lasts six weeks. Technically, the
treatment has very high success rates in managing acne, but you need to ask yourself if it is
really worth it.

Celebrity Style
The most popular method for treating acne is the over-the-counter facial washes, creams,
gels which all promise to make your acne clear up almost instantly, and with the celebrity
endorsement, it’s got to be true, right? Wrong. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for effective and
innovative ways to keep my skin clean, fresh and smelling great, but no amount of grapefruit
aroma is going to cure my acne.

Cosmetics companies employ celebrities to help sell their products that don’t have any
redeeming features to help them sell themselves. I know there are a number of products that
are hugely popular, but if I had to hazard a guess, I’d say the statistics are based more on
endorsements from the likes of pop stars and Hollywood actors than their abilities to do
exactly what they promise. One such product boasts ‘natural botanicals’ as a key ingredient
for fighting acne. Great. But which natural botanicals? That’s the important part.

Still, they’re heading down the right path, and there are many cosmetics companies out there
who do recognize the importance of natural substances in treating acne. The problem many
have, and the reason why many products fail to live up to expectation is simply that the
natural element is used in a very small dosage and mixed with facial washes which can
actually do more harm than good to acne-prone skin, with chemicals that are way too harsh
and just aggravate the condition. This is why purely natural acne treatments are always the
best choice.

Naturally the Right Choice
Natural remedies for a variety of ailments and conditions have been used for thousands of
years, often originating in China and other areas of the east where they are still common
practice. The techniques became known in the west as ‘alternative’ and ‘complementary’
medicines as they are not practiced by Medical Doctors. However, alternative remedies are
becoming more and more popular in the west with an estimated 38% of Americans either
using natural treatments or being open-minded to the concept.

I’m now going to give you a brief overview of the top six natural acne treatments. You might
be surprised to find there’s nothing crazy or odd amongst this top ten list; no holding your
breath while basting yourself in mud, no slathering yourself head to toe in toothpaste, no
chanting or only eating orange foods. Just simple, easy, down to earth methods that make
sense.

Focusing firstly on vitamins, you all know what vitamins are - nutrients that our bodies simply
cannot function without. Vitamins are everywhere. Go to your local store and you’ll see bottle
after bottle lined up on the shelves, poke your head into the pharmacy and you’ll see leaflets
and advertisements for vitamin products, wash your hair and you’ll see your shampoo is
probably ‘enriched with vitamins for extra shine’. Vitamins are vital for health. So how can
they help with acne?

1. Vitamin A
Vitamin A can be beneficial both internally and externally for acne. This vitamin helps to
promote skin growth and regeneration, allowing acne-ridden skin to heal more rapidly. In
addition, this particular vitamin is great at both preventing and fighting infection. Vitamin A can
be taken either in tablet form or applied topically to the skin as a cream. If you’d rather stay as
natural as possible, vitamin A can be found abundantly in a variety of foods such as fatty dairy
products like cheeses and full fat milk as well as meats, especially organ meats such as liver.
If you’re vegetarian or vegan, almost all fruits and vegetables are a brilliant natural source,
with carrots, sweet potatoes, spinach and cantaloupe being top choices.

2. B Vitamins

There are eight B vitamins which all work together to help maintain a happy, healthy body,
primarily by aiding digestion and ensuring that all the bad stuff we eat gets flushed out of our
systems effectively. Of the eight, vitamin B3 is one of the most beneficial for treating acne as
studies show it is able to reduce inflammation. It is also thought that vitamin B3 can promote
healthier-looking skin by encouraging the removal of dead skin cells and therefore helping to
keep hair follicles clean and clear. The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center conducted a
study on the effects of vitamin B3 on acne, with 79% of participants reporting a noticeable
improvement. Like vitamin A, B vitamins are available in either pill or topical cream form.
Natural sources of B vitamins, and B3 in particular, include meat, fish and wheat flour.

3. Zinc
If you’re suffering with acne, one of the most important things is to have a top notch immune
system to fight the condition, right? Well, what if I said no? I know it sounds bizarre, but hear
me out before you stop reading. If acne becomes infected, the body’s natural defense is to
release chemicals that cause inflammation to protect the skin underneath. Zinc reduces the
body’s ability to do this, meaning that inflammation is less likely to occur. Available in pill form,
zinc also occurs naturally in many foods such as seafood (especially shellfish), beans and
other legumes. Many bread and cereal manufacturers now also add zinc into their products.

You may have noticed that many facial washes and creams marketed specifically towards
acne sufferers are now boasting that they contain natural botanicals, oils, essences etc.
Herbal remedies have been used for thousands of years and are a safe and effective way to
manage the symptoms of acne. We’ll take a look at some of them now.

4. Honey
Antibiotics are a widely available, effective method for killing infection and treating
inflammation. But have you ever stopped to think about what your ancestors used for relief
before antibiotics were created? Probably not. They used HONEY! That’s right, the same
sweet, golden, gooey substance you spread on your toast, mix into your yogurt or spoon into
your cup of tea has been used for centuries as both an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory.
The Infectious Diseases Society of America studied the natural healing effects of honey and
concluded that it is hugely beneficial in reducing infection and therefore preventing
inflammation.

If you’re planning to give honey a try, you want to make sure to buy the purest form you can

find, as additives and heat treatments can reduce the antibacterial and anti-inflammatory
effects. Simply rub a small amount onto the affected areas and leave for a few minutes before
rinsing well (you don’t want any bees coming after you!). This should be repeated daily until
the skin condition is improved.

5. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil, also known as melaleuca oil, is a natural substance extracted from the leaves of
the Melaleuca Alternifolia, a tree native to Australia, and is one of the most popular and well
known natural acne treatments today, being favored over most others by cosmetics
companies and the media. The natural healing effects of tea tree oil were discovered in the
1920s so it is a reasonably modern method by general alternative medicines standards. The
oil is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal so not only helps to kill bacteria which
can cause infection, but can also reduce any inflammation which may occur.

Tea tree oil is often thought of as being just as potent and effective as benzoyl peroxide, but
with a much reduced risk of aggravating the skin further (this can still occur if you’re allergic to
or particularly sensitive to tea tree oil). Tea tree oil is used topically and can be purchased in
both pure and diluted forms which is applied directly to the skin.

6. Baking Soda
No excuses not to give this final method a try. Go and rummage through your kitchen
cupboards and I bet at the very back, in a dark corner you rarely look in, you’ll find a half
empty tub of baking soda. I don’t know what it is about this cooking ingredient, but like jars of
spices and tins of fruit cocktail, everyone seems to own a long-forgotten about tub.

Although you might know it simply for enhancing the look and feel of your cakes, baking soda
is actually a rather effective natural acne treatment. With its anti-inflammatory properties, this
method can also be used on most other sorts of skin conditions including eczema and rashes.

The baking soda should be mixed with a little water to produce a thick paste (aim for
something that resembles toothpaste) and then rubbed onto the wet skin. Leave for a few
minutes before rinsing thoroughly to remove all traces of residue. This technique should be
repeated daily until the skin condition is improved.

Conclusion
Seems easy, doesn’t it? Why bother with the potential nasty side effects of medical
treatments? Why bother spending your entire paycheck on branded facial washes, creams
and gels which could irritate your skin further? The natural acne treatments listed above are
safe, effective, simple and inexpensive - what more could you ask for?

References
The National Health Service
http://www.nhs.co.uk
National Institutes of Health
http://www.nlm.nih.gov
National Center For Complementary And Alternative Medicine
http://nccam.nih.gov
Office of Dietary Supplements
http://ods.od.nih.gov
US National Library of Medicine
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
Oxford Journals
http://cid.oxfordjournals.org
The Infectious Diseases Society of America
http://www.idsociety.org


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