Natural Cures for Acne

Acne leaves deep emotional wounds on a person that go beyond the physical blemishes and scars seen on the skin. The condition can make a person feel depressed, withdrawn and anxious about social situations. People suffering with acne may lack self-confidence, and severe acne is both physically, and mentally painful to deal with. Creams, lotions and other potions on the market may only aggravate the skin because of the harsh ingredients contained in these products. Homeopathic remedies and other natural cures may help clear up blemishes by treating the root cause of the problem. Natural treatments are gentle on the skin, and they contain ingredients from nature, rather than a soup of irritating chemicals.

Diet

The foods you eat have a direct impact on the condition of your skin. Foods with excess sugars and additives affect all body systems because they put a burden on elimination organs such as the liver and kidneys. Some people may break out after eating dairy products, drinking soda or eating junk foods. These organs work hard to flush out excess sugar, waste and other toxins, but too much sugar can make these organs less efficient.

It’s vital to keep your organs healthy by drinking 8 to 10 glasses of pure water each day. Water helps keep the skin stay healthy by hydrating it on the inside, and flushing toxins out of the body quickly. Add slices of limes or lemon to your water to enhance the flavor. Avoid drinking so-called vitamin enhanced waters because many of these products actually contain sugar and more than 100 calories.

Certain nutrients such as vitamin C, A, and zinc can help prevent acne and encourage healthy skin. Raw foods such as carrots, broccoli, lentils, beets and other fruits and vegetables contain ample amounts of these nutrients along with a long list of other vitamins and minerals. Eat lean meats such as turkey and chicken and eat plenty of salads with dark leafy green lettuce such as kale or spinach. Spinach contains high amounts of vitamins A and C along with plenty of minerals. Prepare spinach salads with tomatoes and chopped green peppers in your diet. Both tomatoes and green peppers are high in vitamin C. Vitamin C has a dramatic healing effect on the skin because it calms the skin and reduces inflammation.

Foods that contain omega-3 fatty acids can also help eliminate acne because healthy fats calm inflammation also. Salmon is high in healthy fats along with vitamins A, D and other nutrients. Nuts such as sunflower seeds, almonds, walnuts and peanuts also contain omega-3 fats. Omega-3 fats can also be found in avocados, cod liver oil and olive oil. Eggs are good sources of protein, vitamins and omega-3 fats.

The body needs protein to build healthy hair, skin and nails. Lean meats such as chicken, turkey and buffalo contain complete proteins. However, if you are a vegan you’ll need to eat a variety of plant proteins in order to get everything you need. Spirulina is a sea vegetable that contains high amounts of protein, and beans are also a good source of protein.

Food as Medicine

Food-based home remedies can help keep acne at bay by soothing and healing the skin on the outside. Freshly squeezed raw lemon and lime juice contains acids that remove dead skin cells. Applying a thin layer of this juice to the skin once or twice per week may prevent new breakouts by keeping the pores clear. You can also combine other ingredients in your pantry to create nutrient-dense facial masks. Masks with raw honey, oatmeal, orange peels and yogurt can hydrate and help keep the skin clear of acne. Combine 2 tbsp. of raw honey in a bowl with 2 tbsp. of oatmeal and 1 tbsp. orange peels. Leave this mask on the skin for thirty minutes and wash your face with a mild cleanser. You can repeat this process once or twice weekly and see how your skin reacts.

Other Natural Treatments

Other natural treatments found within your kitchen or bathroom can also have a positive effect on acne. Create a facial mask with 5 crushed aspirins and 2 tbsp. of pure Aloe Vera gel. Use steam to open up your pores before applying one of these masks. Aloe Vera with 1 tbsp. of sea salt can be used as a gentle exfoliator for acne prone skin.

Tips

Eating healthy, exercising and using home remedies can greatly impact the condition of your skin and keep breakouts away. It’s also important to get 8 or more hours of sleep each night and change your pillow case every other day since oil can transfer on to your pillow case. Avoid touching your face and wash your hands often. Find a mild cleanser to wash your skin with twice each day and never go to bed with your makeup on. Pull your hair back to keep the hair off your face. Mineral and water-based makeup is better for acne prone skin. Find healthy ways to manage stress by taking a yoga class or finding time to relax.

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University of Maryland Medical Center: Acne

Natural News: Cure Acne at Home with Five Lesser Known Home Remedies

Fox News: Natural Cures for Gout, Cystic Acne and Toenail Fungus

Mayo Clinic: Acne-Lifestyle and Home Remedies

Medline Plus: Acne

Fitness Magazine: 9 Facts You Need to Know to Treat Adult Acne

Organic Lifestyle Magazine: Natural Remedies for Acne

Oprah Magazine: How Can I Get Rid of Acne? 

Prevention Magazine: Clear Skin Solutions