Alternative Acne Treatments that Work


English: Skin layers

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There are several acne alternative treatments that can help impede or even cure acne. The Chinese believe that acne is caused by toxicity and heat in the blood stream. Some view acne as a digestive problem where the poisons from poor digestion are discharged into the skin.

One of the most elemental alternative acne treatments is to consume a low fat diet, maintain proper hygiene, and eat proper vitamins. Saturated fat intake should be kept to a minimum, as they can damage the tissue of the body, and also induce inflammation. It has also been proposed to abstain from foods that may cause heat to build up in the body, like garlic, coffee, or spicy foods.

Plenty of Vitamin A should be consumed, as it is essential for healthy skin. Zinc is also important as it helps heal the skin, and reduces hormonal imbalances. Omega-3 fatty acids are essential as they maintain cell membranes and aid in the transport of nutrients to the cells. Acidophilus capsules may be used to help with digestion.

Daily bowl movements are important so a high fiber diet should be adhered to. For acne that is caused by menstruation Vitamin B-6 is important as it can help regularly maintain the proper metabolism of the increased release of hormones. Some acne alternative treatments that may be applied directly to the skin include a honey facial.

This is done by putting uncooked honey onto ones face and leaving it on the skin for five to ten minutes. Honey is said to revitalize the skin. Alternately tea tree oil may be applied to the skin. This has been said to impede bacteria from growing on the skin.

Exfoliant may be used to treat acne and pimples. Glycolic acid and lactic acid are alpha-hydroxyl acids that are found in citrus fruits. It is suggested that they lessen dead skin cells from building up. Therefore lemon juice can be mixed with water and applied to the face.

The juice should be allowed to dry on the skin for up to ten minutes and then should be rinsed off. If one has sensitive skin more water may be required to the blend so the individual doesn’t experience too much of a “burning” sensation.

Herbalists have their own concoctions to use as pimple alternative treatments. They suggest Evening Primrose Oil, or Black Current Seed Oil capsules. Alternatively some recommend teas with Echinacea or Goldenseal.

Exercise and relaxation are also important alternative treatments for acne, as the body needs to be at its peak. While alternative acne treatments are controversial, especially with doctors, their success depends highly on the individual and the degree of acne they are suffering from.

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