Natural Cures for Acne

Common Complaint

Ask any dermatologist: the most common skin complaint heard from young people and even adults is acne. Acne is a chronic skin condition that is caused by an inflammation of the sebaceous glands and hair follicles. Blemishes are most often found on the skin of the shoulders, chest, neck, and face.

So common is this condition that six out of ten youngsters and adults between the ages of twelve and twenty-four, have reported they suffer from acne to a greater or lesser degree. Since people within this age group tend to be more sensitive about their personal appearance, acne causes them great distress.

The official medical term is acne vulgaris. The condition is associated with blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, small sebaceous cysts, and scarring. Of the 6 most common types of acne, the most common is blackheads, which are most often found on the forehead, temples, cheeks, chin, chest, and back. In severe cases, the whole body can be covered with blemishes or sustain wide areas of scarring.

A Natural Approach

While dermatologists can offer you a wide range of prescription acne treatments and over the counter treatments are available at your local pharmacy, you may wish to try treating your acne with a more natural approach. Here are some natural acne cures you can try at home:

*Vitamin therapy-A combination of niacin, vitamin A, and vitamin E have been found to be a success as a treatment for acne. The standard dose is 100 mg. of niacin and 50,000 international units of vitamin A, both taken three times a day. Add to this regimen, 400 mg. of vitamin E taken once a day. Treatment duration is one month.

*Zinc-Zinc is showing promise as a new avenue of treatment for acne. Try taking 50 mg. once or twice a day. Zinc is available in both tablet and capsule form. The tablet is often available in 200 mg. form. Use a pill cutter or a sharp knife to quarter a tablet to obtain the correct dose. In capsule form, empty the powder from the capsule, which is available in 220 mg, and divide the powder into four portions to get four doses. Take one or two doses every day for a month or until you see marked improvement. Then it's advisable to lower the dose to 25 mg. once a day.

*Orange peel magic-Use a mortar and pestle, or a clean rock, to pound the peel, then mixed the pounded peel with water. Apply this orange peel water to affected areas, once or twice a day.

*Lemon juice-Apply fresh lemon juice with a cotton ball to pimples a few times a day.

*Garlic-Rub pimples with raw garlic many times a day. This cure is known to get rid of the most stubborn acne and also works as a preventative measure against future bouts of blemishes. Some garlic aficionados state that eating three cloves of garlic every day for a month will cleanse the blood and keep acne at bay.

*Coriander-Use a juicer to juice a bunch of fresh coriander leaves. Mix a teaspoon of the juice with a pinch of powdered turmeric and apply it to pimples and blackheads on your just washed face before bed. You can use the juice of mint leaves in the place of the coriander juice.

*Grated cucumber- Apply grated cucumber over your face and neck, not neglecting the eye area and leave sit for 20 minutes. This has an astringent affect and with regular use should tone your skin and prevent acne breakouts.

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