Effective Ways to Treat Acne
Acne is an inflammatory skin disorder characterized by pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads. Factors that can contribute to acne include heredity, oily skin, hormonal imbalance, monthly menstrual cycles, stress, candidiasis, and a diet high in heavy carbohydrates.
Furthermore the skin is the largest organ of the body. One of its functions is to eliminate a portion of the body’s toxic waste products through sweating. If the body contains more toxins than the kidneys and liver can effectively discharge, the skin takes over. As toxins escape through the skin, the skin’s healthy integrity is disrupted. This is the key factor behind many skin disorders, including acne.
Other Contributing Factors behind acne Are:
- Oily skin
- Some medicines
- Menstrual Cycle
- Birth control pills
- Hormonal Imbalance
- Excessively acidic pH in the body
- A diet high in sugar and heavy carbohydrates
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Contents of This Blog:
7 Breakout Treatments
10 diet tips to help keep acne away
5 tips for an acne free lifestyle
7 Breakout treatments
Here you have 9 natural quick, easy, and painless “spot” treatments you can try to drain the life right out ofyour pimples, zits, blemishes, or nasties. Whatever you want to call them, at least one of these home remedies will have you covered.
1. Use apple cider vinegar as skintonic
Our skin is naturally acidic, but when we use harsh cleansers and soaps, that natural acidity is disrupted. This destroys the acid mantle of our skin, which is needed to protect our skin from germs, bacteria and pollution. Apple cider vinegar is so great for curing acne because it returns the acidity to our skin and restores that acid mantle. It also kills bacteria, removes excess dirt, oil and makeup and dissolves dead skin cells.
Cleanse the skin twice a day and finish by dabbing the skin with a solution of water and apple cider vinegar.
Mix: 1 part apple cider vinegar with three parts (preferably filtered) water and use as skintonic after cleansing. You can dissolve with more or less water depending the sensitivity of your skin.
2. HOT Compress WITH TEA TREE OIL
Warm compresses are very effective to open the pores and help the skin to sweat. This is also an effective way to deepen the skin as it rinses out the bacteria and cleans the skin from the outside.
Tea Tree Oil is anti-microbial, analgesic and highly anti-septic.
- Fill a small bowl with boiling water.
- Add 10-20 drops of tea tree oil.
- Dip a cotton cloth into the mixture.
- Carefully pick the washcloth out of the water, hold on to its corners while it's cooling a bit over the bowl, then lightly squeeze out excess water.
- Place the cloth on the infected area until it has cooled to blood heat.
- Repeat a few times.
Alternatively you can use steam:
- Add 10 drops of tea tree oil to a bowl of hot (boiled) water.
- Cover the head and the bowl with towel.
- Place the head in a safe distance from the vapor and lay if necessary.
- Hold your head over the steam for 6-8 minutes.
- Finish by dapping your face with a clean towel.
3. Oregano oil
Dip a Q-tip in oregano oil and apply directly to zits aka acne - and ONLY on the zit! The oil will kill bacteria and reduce inflammation. For best results, repeat morning and evening immediately after cleansing. Use oregano oil for no more than one week at a time.
Make sure your oregano oil is the "origanum vulgare" - which will appear from the label. Note that oregano oil is very harsh and skin irritating, so it is important to ONLY dab DIRECTLY on the tip of the zit and not around it. A safer way of using oregano is by mixing 1 teaspoon og olive oil with a few drops of oregano oil and apply it to the infected area. Whichever method you choose, do not use oreganoolie for more than one week at a time - try a little bit on the of the arm first to see how your skin reacts.
This silky masque gently frees you of the days pollutants restore hydration and infuse active enzymes and nourishment leaving the skin glowing and perfected, and it calms and balances the skin and stimulates circulation.
- 2 tsp. raw unheated solid honey
- ½ tsp. raw cocoa powder.
- 3 drops of tea tree oil.
- 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil or jojoba oil.
- If you have, you can add a little turmeric powder, a little baking soda and/or a few drops of sandalwood oil or patchouli oil, which are also amazing in-depths cleaners
- Massage into the skin and leave for at least ten minutes.
5. Gel / mask of MSM powder
MSM is basically an organic and completely natural sulfur. It is anti-inflammatory and it helps speed up the healing and detoxing processes in the body. In the olden days sulphur soap was a common treatment for acne. MSM works particularly well with vitamin C.
Mix in a small jar:
- ½ cup aloe vera gel
- 1 tsp of vitamin-C powder
- 2-3 tbsp. MSM-powder
- 20-60 drops essential oils like:
- Pop it in a glass jar with lid for storage.
- Use it on the skin as needed or as a facemask.
- Tip! If you grind the MSM powder first, it'll be easier to mix with the gel.
6. Salt water spray
Homemade sea spray leaves skin feeling refreshed and light. It can serve as a facial toner or as an all-over skin nourishing spray. If you’ve never tried salt on the skin, try this simple and inexpensive recipe because it:
- Nourishes the skin
- Is antiseptic
- Absorbs the toxins from the skin
- Reduces acne
DIY Sea Salt Spray:
- 1 cup of distilled or boiled water
- 1 Tablespoon Himalayan Salt (or Sea Salt)
- Pinch of Epsom Salt or Magnesium Flakes
- Optional: 1-3 drops of essential oil of patchouli oil, tea tree oil, or oregano oil.
- Add salt and Epsom salt/magnesium (if using) to warm water and stir until salt is completely dissolved.
- Add essential oils if using and store in a glass jar or spray bottle.
- Apply to skin by spraying or with a cotton pad. Use it as a skin tonic or to soothe acne.
7. Use a facial scrub
Exfoliate or scrub the face with this super effective homemade apricot kernel mask.
10 diet tips to get a spotless complexion
To get and to maintain a clear and healthy complexion you have to your look at your diet, balance of your body's pH and a create good intestinal flora.
There are studies that show that if you have an overgrowth of bad bacterial in your intestine, you are more likely to suffer from severe skin disorders and acne. These 10 diet tips can help you get that glowing complexion.
- Balance the intestinal bacterial flora through probiotics, which you can get as supplements or through fermented food like miso, sauerkraut and kombucha tea. I regularly use this probiotics when I'm out of kombucha. Use: Dissolve 1 teaspoon of powder in lukewarm water, stir and let stand for 15 minutes before consumption. Ideally before bedtime.
- Make friends with French Apple Cider Vinegar - it alkalizes the body and ensures a good pH balance. It has a purifying effect, is good for the skin and also prevents sore muscles and joints. Drink a tablespoon of it every morning and evening. If it’s too scratchy for you dilute with some water.
- Make sure that your diet has a low glycaemic index. Lots of fruits, vegetables, good oils (see item 10), proteins and very little bread, pasta and refined sugar
- Increase the body’s collagen production by eating fatty fish (salmon and mackerel), berries, garlic, green vegetables (spinach, kale), red vegetables (beets, tomatoes, peppers) and orange veggies (carrots, sweet potatoes). Or take a dietary supplement of collagen. Make sure it's good quality, and preferably derived from fish (most effective). I use this one.
- Eat plenty of good clean fish oil - liquid or capsules - diminishes inflammation and is great for the skin and everything else.
- Drink at least 8 glasses of pure water every day - cleanses and supports your cells.
- Avoid processed foods, fast foods and ready meals.
- Avoid alcohol, caffeine, cheese, cream, egg yolks, deep fried food, vegetable oil (grapeseed, rape, corn etc.), margarine, wheat, and soft drinks.
- If it’s available for you, then a period without gluten and milk products will be very beneficial. It’ll help create gut balance.
- Good fat sources:
- Cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil cleanses the body of bad cholesterol and adds the good one. But make sure to buy genuine oil from good suppliers like this one. You may read my blog about this amazing oil.
- Coconut oil is anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial very good for cooking and as a skin moisturiser.
- Ghee (clarified butter) is great for the skin and gut, use it for cooking.
5 tips for an acne free lifestyle
Apart from a good diet and a solid skin care regimen, balancing your hormones and an overall healthy lifestyle is the very best skin care treatment.
1. BALANCE YOUR HORMONES
Hormones are your body’s chemical messengers. They travel in your bloodstream to tissues and organs. They work slowly, over time, and affect many different processes, including the skin, metabolism, sexual function, reproduction, mood and much more. I can recommend you read my blog on how to balance your hormones naturally - here a few of the good tips from that post.
- Eat Enough Healthy Fats. As mentioned above good fat sources are not only paramount a 50:50 omega-3/omega-6 balance is important too. The human body is simply not meant to consume the man-made fats found in vegetable oils. The fat content of the human body is largely saturated fat, with only about 3% of the body’s fat coming from other types. The 3% of the body made up of polyunsaturated fats contains both Omega-3 fats and Omega-6 fats in about a 50:50 balance. This ratio is extremely important for health, and it is often ignored. Seed based vegetable oils (like canola oil, soybean oil, etc.) are very high in Omega-6 fats and low in Omega-3 fats. Since the 1950s, these seed based oils have replaced many sources of saturated fats and Omega-3s in the diet. This is one of the reasons that most people are not getting enough vital Omega-3 fatty acids from their diet.
- Limit the Caffeine. Too much caffeine can wreak havoc on the endocrine system; especially if there are other hormone stressors involved, like pregnancy, presence of toxins, beneficial fat imbalance or stress.
- Avoid Harmful Chemicals. Harmful chemicals found in pesticides, plastics, household cleaners, soap, lotions and even mattresses can contain hormone-disrupting chemicals that mimic hormones in the body and keep the body from producing real hormones. Things like hormonal birth control can (obviously) do the same thing.
- Prioritize Sleep. While you’re sleeping, your body is extremely active removing toxins, recharging the mind, and creating hormones. Skimping on sleep, even for one night, can have a tremendous impact on hormones and even one night of missed or shortened sleep can create the hormone levels of a pre-diabetic.
2. Avoid stress
Stress is a part of life, and you can't always avoid it. But you can try to avoid situations that can cause it, and you can control how you respond to it. The first step is to know your own coping strategies. Try tracking your stress to record stressful events, your response to them, and how you coped.
After you know what is causing your stress, try making some changes in your life that will help you avoid stressful situations. Have a thorough look at your daily life choices like:
- How you manage your time
- If there's a balance in what you do for others and what you do for yourself
- Do you have a sense of purpose in life
- Do you have a good and healthy lifestyle
This relaxation exercise only takes a few minutes and should be practiced at least twice a day if you have a tendency to stress. It's stress preventing and particularly helpful in times of anxiety and unease. It can also help to fall asleep.
Sit comfortably or even better lie down with your legs up against a wall.
Close your eyes and place your hands on your stomach.
Now take 10 deep breaths into your abdomen in this way:
- Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound.
- Close your mouth and inhale quietly through your nose to a mental count of 4.
- Hold your breath for a count of 7.
- Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound to a count of eight.
After the 10th exhale start breathing normal again and empty your mind for thoughts as much as possible. It is extra effectful to do this exercise with fresh air in the room.
3. Go outside - sun and seawater cleanses, heals and lifts the mood!
4. Keep your hands off your face
Try to keep your hands off your face as hands and fingers hold many bacteria, and you don’t want to transfer them to your skin.
5. CLEAN BEAUTY COUNTERS
Treat your skin with only gently and natural products for short and long term benefits. Read the labels on your beauty products as carefully as food labels, and scan your moisturizers for ingredients to avoid and see skin care as an extension of your health.
I've made some good, clean products that cleanses and nourishes the skin quite effective.
- YOUNG REVIVAL - fruit acid serum that exfoliates, moisturizes and gives the skin a more even appearance.
- HYDRATING CLEANSING GEL. Mild facial cleanser that effectively removes make-up while protecting the skin's natural barrier, adds moisture, leaving it soft and fresh.
- SILKEN INTOXICATING HONEY MASK is an exquisite blend of raw organic honey, clay and pure aromatic oils that soothes and balances the skin and restarts the circulation. This silky mask gently removes the day's grime, restores balance and provides the skin with active enzymes and nutrients.
- FUSION BLACK MASK is a powerful mask of cocoa, activated carbon, vitamin C and warming and exotic spices. It goes deep into the pores where it combats pimples, restarts circulation and detoxifies.
- TANTALIZING MIST cleansing and astringent. Infuses the skin cells with anti-oxidant protection, restores elasticity, stimulates microcirculation and reduces redness and inflammation.
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