Acne can be an embarrassing and frustrating condition. Sometimes you feel like you might never get on top of your breakouts. But we believe that with the right nutrition, mineral supplements and natural skincare regime your breakouts can be a thing of the past, and confidence renewed!  

Here are a few Natural Acne Treatment which have been proven to be very effective. If used correctly, and consisitently, you should begin to see results within 1-2 weeks.

 

10 aCNE TIPS:

  1. Apply a honey mask to your face once or twice a week - Honey has antibacterial properties so it is great for disinfecting and healing minor blemishes. It is also gentle on sensitive skin.
     
  2. Wash twice a day with acne soap - You should wash your face twice a day with a sulfur based soap designed for acne. Once when you first wake up in the morning and then, right before you go to bed at night. Be extremely gentle to your skin when washing - do not scrub or use any sort of rough cloth. Overwashing your skin will actually stimulate your sebaceous glands to produce more sebum, thus increasing your acne.

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  4. Keep your hair off your face - If you have long hair or bangs, pull your hair off your face. Your hair contains oils as well, and will contribute to your breakouts. You'll also want to wash your hair everyday and after workouts.
     
  5. Eat carrots for beta-carotene (Vitamin A) - Vitamin A strengthens the protective tissue of the skin and actually prevents acne. It helps reduce sebum production. This vitamin is essential for the maintenance and repair of the tissue which the skin and mucous membranes are made of. Vitamin A is also a powerful antioxidant needed to rid your body of toxins. Did you know that a deficiency in vitamin A can actually cause acne?
     
  6. Include chromium in your diet - Chromium is well known for weight loss diets. But it is also excellent for healing infections on the skin. Taking a chromium supplement once a day will help heal your pimples quickly and prevent future breakouts.
     
  7. Take a potent multi-vitamin - Acne can be a sign that something is wrong on the inside. Your skin depends on nutrition. It is a vital organ that is usually neglected. If your body is not receiving the right nutrition, it will fight back. One common way it will rebel is to produce excessive sebum, clogging pores, and reducing the ability for your skin to heal and fight bacteria.
     
  8. Avoid wearing makeup - Leaving makeup products on your skin only contributes to clogging your pores, causing more pimples and blackheads. If you feel you must wear makeup, be sure it is water-based.
     
  9. Do not pick or squeeze your blackheads and pimples - As tempting as it may be, do not squeeze, scratch, rub or touch your pimples and blackheads. Do any of these actions, actually increases the sebum production. Plus, when you squeeze, you are actually rupturing the membranes below your skin, causing infection and sebum to spread underneath your skin. The result is more pimples.
     
  10. Wash your pillow case every other day - Your face lays on your pillow case every day. Your pillow case absorbs the oils from your skin and reapplies the dirt and oil. Thus causing breakouts. Keep your sheets and pillow cases clean.
  1. Eat foods rich in zinc - Zinc is an antibacterial agent and a necessary element in the oil-producing glands of the skin. A diet low in zinc can actually cause acne breakouts.

 
 
 

Acne Face Map – wHAT ACNE IS REVEALING ABOUT YOUR HEALTH:

In Chinese Medicine, it’s believed that acne that flares up on different parts of your face represents health problems on different parts of your body. Each part of your face corresponds to a particular organ. To know what conditions you’re suffering from, just look at where your acne is.

 

Acne_Face_Map

 

Upper Forehead

Affects: Digestive System and Bladder

When you’ve got poor digestion going, the body will have troubles breaking down food and there may be a large buildup of toxins. Be sure to drink plenty of water to flush out toxins and keep an eye on your diet by eliminating foods with high fats and sugars, as well as eating plenty of fruits and vegetables. Some of the best antioxidant rich foods or drinks include green tea, lemon water and berries.

Lower Forehead

Affects: Heart

Your heart is a massive organ that pumps blood all over your body. If it’s stressed out due to poor diet, inactivity and various mental and physical stresses, then not only are you likely to get pimples on your lower forehead, your entire body will be doomed if you don’t fix the problems. Having a healthy heart means to do regular exercises to strengthen the heart, as well as eat a healthy diet, and keeping stresses low.

Ears

Affects: Kidneys

When kidneys are not taken care of, you’ll find these large, painful pimples on your ears that refuses to leave no matter what. Kidney troubles are often caused by not drinking enough water and taking in too much salt and caffeine, so be sure to drink plenty of water in a day, cut down on the salt and caffeine and cleanse your kidneys with diuretics such as parsley and water.

Eyes, orbital area and between the Eyebrows

Affects: Liver

Oiliness, redness, flakiness and pimples between the eyebrows can indicate that your liver may have been overworking and need a cleansing. Cut back on fatty, sugary, greasy and rich foods, alcohol and diary, particularly if you’re lactose intolerant. Avoid eating late at night as well. Your liver will spend an extra amount of effort processing saturated fats, so try not to go over with them. Some of the best foods to cleanse your liver include garlic, grapefruit, green tea, carrots, beets, leafy green vegetables, lemons and limes.

Upper Cheeks

Affects: Lungs and Respiratory System

Stresses to the lungs is likely to cause flare ups in the upper cheeks and even break your capillaries. These stresses include smoking, asthma, allergies, lung infections and living in a polluted area. The best thing to do is to avoid smoking as much as you possibly can, especially through passive smoking, which could be even worse than actually smoking.

Lower Cheeks

Affects: Gum or Teeth Problems

Gum or teeth problems may contribute to acne in the lower cheeks area. Be sure to avoid eating artificial sugar or softdrinks. Keep your teeth in great condition by exercising them regularly through biting down on them. Be sure to floss and brush your teeth each day without brushing them so hard that it breaks your enamels.

Sides of the Chin

Affects: Hormones and Genitals

This may affect a lot of girls. When sides of the chin often flare up, it’s a sign of hormonal imbalance, often caused by menstruation. Sometimes, even emotional or physical stress can cause hormonal imbalances. Be sure to de-stress yourself and get plenty of sleep. Cut down on all the bad foods and focus on a healthy diet rich in vitamins and minerals. Be sure to take lots of essential fatty acids such as Omega 3. There are also herbs that can help balance hormones such as licorice, schisandra, holy basil, maca, burdock, red raspberry leaves, rhodiola and milk thisle. Green tea is also a brilliant anti-androgen.

Centre of the Chin

Affects: Small intestines and stomach

This is also caused by poor diets and food allergies. Be sure to eliminate those bad foods (because every part of the body hates it, not just your intestines). Also, be sure to include plenty of fibre in your diet.

Chest and Neck

Chest areas are usually caused by stress, so be sure to figure out what’s stressing you out and try to eliminate that stress. It’s also important to be comfortable in your outfits.

When areas around the neck flare up, it’s often caused by your body fighting off infections. Be sure to support your body by resting, eating a healthy diet and drinking plenty of water.

 
 * Thanks to divineglowinghealth.com for this article 
 
 
 
 
  The benefits of Witch Hazel for your skin . . .
         
              Photo: Lady-bug / Flickr           
              
  Article by 'Wise Bread'
by Paul Michael  on 19 May 2009

I discovered witch hazel in college. I was not exactly the owner of the clearest skin in Britain, and dabbing a little witch hazel extract on my blemished skin stopped me enduring a mountain of abuse. But there are way more uses for this shrub than clearing up spotty skin. (See also: The Avocado Face Mask and Other Natural Beauty Experiments)

To get slightly technical for a moment, witch hazel is (according to Wikipedia):

…an astringent produced from the leaves and bark of the North American Witch Hazel shrub (Hamamelis virginiana), which grows naturally from Nova Scotia west to Ontario, Canada and south to Florida, and Texas in the United States. This plant was widely used for medicinal purposes by American Indians. The witch hazel extract was obtained by steaming the twigs of the shrub.

The essential oil of witch hazel is not sold separately as a consumer product. The plant does not produce enough essential oil to make production viable, however, there are various distillates of witch hazel (called hydrosols or hydrolats) that are gentler than the "drug store" witch hazel and contain alcohol.

Witch hazel is mainly used externally on sores, bruises, and swelling. The main constituents of the extract include tannin, gallic acid, catechins, proanthocyanins, flavonoids (kaempferol, quercetin), essential oil (carvacrol, eugenol, hexenol), choline, saponins, and bitters. Distilled witch hazel sold in drug stores and pharmacies typically contains no tannin.

Most drug stores and online pharmacies carry witch hazel in one form or another. Establishments from Rite Aid and Walgreens to Amazon carry varying products, although I have yet to find the massively handy Witch Stick, and other line of Witch products, anywhere other than in the UK. (You can find some here, but be prepared to pay some steep shipping).

But when you get your hands on the mightily useful little medicinal marvel, what can you do with it? Here's a rundown, and I'm sure many of you have already used a witch hazel product in one form or another, as you'll realize when you skip down the page. It's very useful, so put it on the top of your next shopping list.

 

15 HANDY Uses for Witch Hazel:

 

1. The big one: Spot and blemish control

Witch hazel can reduce the inflammation on a pimple. Some people claim daily use helps with acne, and witch hazel can be found in many over-the-counter treatments. Application with a Witch Stick is the most convenient, but you can dab it on with a cotton ball. Ask your pharmacist before you do this, though.

2. Soothe and heal diaper rash

If your baby's rash isn't healing quick enough, apply witch hazel solution (Dickinson's is good) with a cotton ball and you should see immediate improvement to your baby's bottom.

3. Shrink bags under the eyes

Some people say that the application of hemorrhoid cream to those little baggies under your eyes can take them away. It's not an old wives' tale. One of the magic ingredients in a product like Preparation H is witch hazel, which helps tighten up the skin and reduce the bagginess. And that leads nicely to…

4. Soothe and reduce external hemorrhoids

Not only does witch hazel tighten skin, it's also a good anti-itch remedy. By combining witch hazel with aloe, glycerine or petroleum jelly and rub it on external hemorrhoids, you will reduce itching significantly and dry up most bleeding.

5. Varicose vein relief

Soak wash cloths in witch hazel and lay on legs, which are propped straight out, to reduce pain and swelling from varicose veins. The witch hazel helps to tighten the veins, relieving the discomfort temporarily.

6. Soothe poison ivy and poison oak

Just like acne and blemishes, the witch hazel reduces itching and relieves swelling. Something definitely worth packing on your next camping trip.

7. Treat chicken pox blisters

A combination of aloe, honey, lavender and other essential oils create a spray that will vastly reduce the discomfort of chicken pox blisters. And it's all-natural. Here's what to do:

Mix together 1 tablespoon honey, 40 drops lavender essential oil, 15 drops lemon essential oil, 15 drops bergamot essential oil, 5 drops peppermint essential oil, 1 teaspoon carrot seed oil and 1/2 cup aloe vera gel.

Once completely mixed, and 1/2 cup distilled witch hazel and mix again. Pour mixture into spray bottle and use on affected areas (avoiding eyes). A more potent and less unsightly way to treat the chicken pox than traditional calamine lotion.

8. Heal your bruises faster

Been in a fight recently? Well, maybe not. But if you bang your leg or arm and are left with a nasty bruise, a thrice-daily dab of witch hazel can help speed up the healing time of the bruise.

      

9. Soothe razor burn (and in some instances, prevent it)

The anti-inflammatory properties of witch hazel stop itchy bumps from forming up around your irritated hair follicles. Apply before or after shaving; it should certainly have an impact on your itchy red skin (and that includes ladies, too).

10. Treat and soothe a nasty sunburn

Healing damaged skin is one of witch hazel's specialties. But as sunburn is also a type of skin inflammation, witch hazel is ideal for treating this too (despite swelling not being obvious). Treating sunburn with witch hazel will lessen healing time and prevent the infamous skin peeling and flaking.

11. Treat dry skin

By applying witch hazel immediately after showering, you are locking in the moisture that has just soaked into your skin.

12. Use to heal and soothe various cuts and bruises

Many chemists and pharmacists refer to witch hazel as nature's answer to Neosporin. Applying a dab of it will cleanse the cut, protects against infection, and encourage quicker healing of minor skin breaks.

13. Take the bite out of bug bites

With its anti-itch and anti-inflammatory properties, witch hazel is ideal for treating bug bites. Just dab a little on the affected area.

14. Refresh tired eyes

NOT by squirting witch hazel in them, but by soaking a clean rag in witch hazel and cold water and placing the cold compress over your closed eyes. After 10 minutes, your eyes should be refreshed, and any redness should be gone. If you've been doing a lot of crying, this can get you back to normal quickly.

15. Make your own deodorant

Witch hazel is often used in deodorants due to its natural skin-healing and skin-care properties. Here is a home-made recipe you may want to try.

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp high proof vodka
  • 10 drops geranium
  • 10 drops cypress
  • 8 drops bergamot
  • 5 drops neroli
  • 4 drops lavender
  • 3 drops black pepper
  • 4 tb sp (40 ml) witch hazel
  • 2 tb sp (25 ml) cornflower water
  • 2 tb sp (25 ml) orange flower water
  1. Measure the vodka into a 4 oz (100 ml) glass bottle with a spray attachment.      
  2. Carefully add the essential oils, one by one.      
  3. Shake vigorously to dissolve the essential oils.      
  4. Pour the witch hazel into the bottle, using a funnel if necessary, followed by the two flower waters. Shake well.      
  5. Label the bottle and the deodorant is now ready to use.      
  6. Before you use the deodorant each time, give the bottle a good shake to ensure the essential oils are fully dispersed.

Note

As with many herbal remedies, certain people, like women who are pregnant or breast feeding, should talk to their physician before using witch hazel. When using witch hazel, let your doctor know if you experience leg swelling, breathing problems, chest tightness or pain, hives, new rashes or irritations, nausea, upset stomach, vomiting or constipation. Most people who use witch hazel will not experience these adverse side effects, but some just might, so notify a health official if any problems are noticed.