5 Natural Remedies For Acne
This skin condition is common during puberty, and may continue later in life for some. Increasing levels of hormones during adolescence lead to greater activity of skin’s sebaceous glands, if it becomes too great excessive amounts of sebum, the skin´s natural oily lubricant, are produced. This in turn can cause the glands and hair follicles to become blocked and infected. Diet is an important factor in treating acne, and herbal remedies should be aimed at cleansing the whole system as well as the skin. When acne persists for years after adolescence there may be an abnormal imbalance that needs to be addressed, and again there are natural remedies. Here are 5 natural remedies for acne treatment:
1- Herbal teas
Drink teas made from detoxifying herbs that will help reduce inflammation, drink 3-4 cups each day of red clover, nettle, or milk thistle.
Instead of using soap, which removes the acid mantle of the skin and thus increases the susceptibility to infection, rinse the face with an herbal infusion like red clover, which is an excellent blood and tissue cleanser and has gentle action.
Dandelion root, taken as a decoction, is helpful for improving the detoxifying action of the liver, which can help clear skin, and has a gentle laxative action taking pressure away from the skin as an organ of elimination.
Echinacea is one of the best all-purpose immune stimulants, aiding resistance to infection. It can be taken with the herbal treatments suggested above to help the detoxification process. It’s best taken in the form of a ready-made tincture, following the manufacturer´s directions on dosage. Do not take more than 2-3 weeks at a time and do not resume taking it within a month. Those with autoimmune diseases should check with their physician before taking anything that stimulates your immune system, it can be too hard on your body.
5- Steam inhalation
Regular steam inhalations with juniper can help clear blocked pores or blackheads. Add 3-4 drops juniper oil or fresh juniper leaves and berries to a basin of water.
Edited 8/18/14 SCD