Acne is one of the most common skin conditions in America, affecting the vast majority of teenagers as well as some adults although the symptoms in adults are usually less severe. That is of little comfort to adults who on getting to adulthood suddenly find they have this “teen problem”.
It is easy to understand how the presence of acne can so readily lead to poor self esteem however normal or common the condition is. If you or someone close to you has acne, you need to know that there are natural ways to treat the condition.
First and foremost
Routine cleansing us top of the list to reduce latent bacterial on the skin's surface. Two or three times a day, the skin should be gently washed with cool to warm water (not hot) and a soft soap or cleanser to get rid of any extra sebum on the skin's surface and to discard the dead skin cells and debris, making sure to always use a clean cloth and never to scrub the skin. Always remove all make-up very gently. Those who have a job where they might be in contact with oil, or exercise or play sport, should wash their face even more frequently.
Secondly, use one of the many natural acne treatments as these are safer and much more gentle than any over-the-counter or prescription medications. Such natural acne treatments include:
- Aloe Vera which helps to reduce inflammation of the skin while boosting the immune system.
- Essential Oils which are an effective and natural weapon against acne outbreaks with their excellent antibacterial properties. Topical use of a few specific essential oils can be a first line defence against the bacteria that cause pimples to form plus there are also natural skin toning oils that help to close the pores preventing acne-causing debris from causing inflammation. Our own acne formula is produced from pure essential oils and is applied topically onto the acne after routine washing ensuring the acne begins to heal so that the skin returns to normal, leaving no scarring.
- Lavender Extract is also anti-inflammatory with a powerful antiseptic to help kill off acne-forming bacteria while Lavender oil also contains several potent antibacterial compounds. It is gentle enough that it can be used topically on the skin without causing irritation. Because Lavender oil is commonly used as a burn salve and as a natural cleanser for skin cuts and abrasions, this means it may also help accelerate the healing of existing acne lesions.
- Lemongrass is great for oily skin since it acts as a natural astringent without over drying the skin while also containing antibacterial and antimicrobial components. This combination makes it an excellent choice for acne-prone skin.
- Licorice Root is another natural remedy with anti-inflammatory properties and is often used to clear up skin inflammation problems such as acne.
- Olive Leaf has been in use for centuries and is popular for all types of skin breakouts.
- Tea Tree Oil or Melaleuca Oil is a well known natural treatment for treating acne when applied to those areas affected by this condition after a thorough but gentle cleansing. Tea tree oil is popular for skin applications due to its gentle nature and rare occurrence of allergic reactions. Prior to its use as an acne remedy, it was primarily used to disinfect scrapes and cuts. Tea Tree Oil is available online from
Other helpful lifestyle changes
These include drinking 6 to 8 glasses of water daily; taking plenty of vitamins A,C and E as well as Zinc; including lots of leafy vegetables and fresh fruit in your diet; reducing or preferably eliminating sugar and wheat from your diet; checking labels of any make-up or sunscreen carefully as these should read “noncomedogenic” or “nonacnegenic” and be water-based; keeping the use of any hair sprays or gels well away from your face; and washing long hair or a fringe frequently so there is no oil build- up that can get on to your face.
Why do we get acne in the first place?
Our entire body is covered with skin to protect our underlying muscles and organs from infection, from blood loss and from physical trauma. The tiny pores in the skin secrete water, carried to it via blood cells, for the purpose of evaporating on the surface of the skin to aid in body cooling through sweating. At the same time, the follicles in the skin grow hair by constantly accumulating dead cells which grow out of the surface of the skin. Below the pores and the follicles are sebaceous glands which excrete a fatty mixture called sebum to protect hair from drying, for moisturizing and waterproofing the skin, for slowing down the evaporation of tears, to protect the ear canal with ear wax and for stopping the growth of micro-organisms on the skin.
These sebaceous glands are continually secreting sebum which can mix together with dead skin cells, dirt and other debris to clog the pore or the follicle. Once clogged, there is a perfect breeding ground for acne bacteria, leading to bumps, inflammation and pimples. The severity of an acne outbreak will depend upon whether that person's sebaceous glands produce more sebum or less.
So you can see why routine cleansing is so vital and why natural remedies with their anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties are so important in the treating and healing process of acne.