What are some natural remedies for dealing with facial acne?


Facial Acne can be identified by the presence of blackheads, whiteheads or pimples (aka zits). I think it’s probably the most common, most misunderstood and sometimes over treated skin condition.


Myth #1 Acne is a result of dirty skin. FALSE.


Rather, acne occurs when there is increased production of the male sex hormone testosterone, that stimulates the release of sebum or oil and keratin - the combination of both alters the natural order of the skin’s surface. This is most common during puberty when the body creates the most testosterone.


Myth #2 Everyone develops acne. FALSE.


Not everyone does. Each one is different and the same goes with our body chemistry. Gender wise, although it’s been found that boys have far more testosterone than girls and as a result, acne is more prevalent in boys.


Myth #3 I never have to deal with acne when I get to be an adult. FALSE.


Although hormone levels stabilize after adolescence, adults can have flare-ups. In women, the premenstrual release of progesterone can trigger acne.


So, what do you do? There’s a lot that you can do.


1. Eat more fiber. Why? Because fiber absorbs waste testosterone in the intestines preventing it from being reabsorbed.


2. Eat foods that contain oxalic acid to help the skin to clear and heal faster. Foods like almonds, beets and spinach have oxalic acid in it.


3. Take a zinc picolinate supplement. It’s been studied to promote normal immune function, protein formation and wound healing.


4. Drink 8 glasses of water a day to help increase water content in skin and help open skin pores.

5. Eat small amounts of sweets. Simple sugars like candies stimulate the release of insulin which causes a burst of growth in the cells lining the skin pores and causes them to close up.

6. Do not squeeze the zits. Even though you’ve seen people do it on YouTube, squeezing increases the risk of an infection.


People in search of herbal remedies can look up these herbs.


For External Application:


1. Calendula - comes as a cream. Apply as directed. Promotes skin healing.


2. Lavender plus water or rosewater or witch hazel - as an essential oil. Use as a cold compress 2–3 times a day. Use 1 part essential oil to 10 parts diluting agent. Relieves inflammation and pain

3. Tea tree oil - lotion or ointment (2–5 percent oil). Apply as directed. It’s an antiseptic.

4. Walnut leaf - Use as a skin wash 2–3 times daily. A skin astringent to protect skin against infection or allergies.


5. Witch hazel - 86% witch hazel extract in 14% alcohol. Apply as directed. Used as an antibacterial and astringent.


Please note: Do not use Tea tree oil if you have an allergy to celery or thyme. Do not drink this product either.


Disclaimer: You should consult with a healthcare professional before starting any diet, exercise or supplementation program, before taking any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem. The information provided is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional or any information contained on or in any product label or packaging.