Posted on Nov 08, 2010 | Comments 0
Are you preparing for a big date? Getting ready for a major office presentation? Or just want to get rid of chronic acne? Do it without turning to pharmaceuticals that can harm your health in the short and long term. Instead, turn to these natural acne remedies for preventing and treating acne.
1. Drink A Lot Of Water
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Water is important for the human body as it is necessary for maintaining adequate levels of hydration (and thus avoiding dry skin) and for flushing toxins and oils out of the body.
It is recommended that the average adult drink at least 8 cups of water every single day – more if you really want to help prevent acne.
2. Calendula Tincture, Lotion, Or Oil
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This “pot marigold” flower has been shown to be effective at treating acne to chapped skin to skin rashes, to minor burns and can be found in a variety of forms, including oils, tinctures, creams and lotions.
Calendula should be purchased with at least 10% extract of “Calendula officinalis” to ensure effectiveness and then used as a wash for the skin or applied as oil directly to the affected areas for treating acne.
3. Zinc Rich Foods And Supplements
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Zinc is an important mineral in the human diet, and even though we don’t need a lot (between 15 mg and 30 mg for the average adult), when we don’t get enough, it can affect how our wounds heal, our immune system function, new collagen production, vision, metabolism of carbs and proteins, and more.
A good diet rich in zinc will help to prevent things like acne, diarrhea, ulcers, and other health problems. You can find zinc in foods like eggs, pumpkin seeds, legumes (chickpeas and lentils, and whole soy products), but if you’re not getting enough dietary zinc, try taking a zinc plus copper supplement.
4. Vitamin B6
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Another important vitamin in the human diet, vitamin B6 is necessary to maintain many systems in your body. It is needed for metabolic processes, prevention of depression and arthritis, brain function, and to prevent things like lung cancer, acne, and ADHD. B6 should be consumed by adults at a rate between 1.3 mg and 2 mg depending on age, gender, and health.
Some naturopaths even recommend taking doses of B6 as high as 50 mg daily. You can also eat B6 in a variety of foods including bananas, cheese, milk, legumes, brewer’s yeast, and sunflower seeds.
5. Tea Tree Oil Gel
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As a natural anti-inflammatory treatment, tea tree oil gel can be used directly on the skin to reduce swelling and redness caused by pimples and acne.
Many companies now sell tea tree oil gel for treating acne in a variety of forms – some like this stick treatment, others in bottles as oil, and still others as soap. Be sure that whatever option you choose, it contains at least 5% concentration.
6. Astragalus (Astragalus Membranaceous)
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This is a Chinese herbal treatment that can be taken as a remedy for treating acne and pimples in either topical liquid form or oral pill form.
It is an herb derived from the root of a Chinese plant that is often utilized to fight infections but it has also proven to be very effective in treating chronic acne.
7. Dark Chocolate
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You may be asking how chocolate can help acne, but good quality chocolate with high cacao content (dark chocolate) can benefit your body when eaten in small doses.
Chocolate in its purest form (without a lot of added sugar and dairy) contains a lot of antioxidants which are helpful for maintaining healthy skin. Eaten in moderation, chocolate can help prevent acne, heart disease, and more.