The Best Herbs for Acne, Including Other Natural Acne Treatments
Today I would like to share with you few natural acne cures that might be helpful in overcoming or improving this widespread condition. Acne is a common human skin disease that involves the oil glands at the base of hair follicles. Acne affects mostly the face, the upper part of the chest and the back. Acne occurs most commonly during adolescence, and often continues into adulthood.
In adolescence, acne is usually caused by an increase in testosterone, which accrues during puberty. The sebaceous (oil) glands are stimulated by male hormones produced by the adrenal glands of both sexes. Acne is characterized by areas of scaly red skin, blackheads and whiteheads, pinheads, and pimples. Aside from scarring, its main effects are psychological, such as reduced self-esteem.
The problem is that there is no simple answer on how to overcome acne, and there are several natural acne cures that works differently for each person. But you can combine the treatments below which tackle the roots of the problem, such as hormone imbalance, toxicity, poor nutrition, poor immunity or fluctuating blood sugar.
Recommended herbs to treat acne:
You can take each herb individually or combine them according to your symptoms to reduce the signs of acne. You can take these herbs for 2-3 months, twice a day (morning and evening). Each dosage is 15 drops of tincture taken in a little water or juice.
1. Saw Palmetto
One of the natural herbs for acne is called Saw Palmetto. The extract of the fruit of this plant is rich in fatty acids and phytosterols. It has been used in traditional medicine as well as by European/American medical practitioners for at least 200 years for various conditions. I’ve mentioned previously that in adolescence acne is usually caused by an increase in testosterone. The testosterone converts in the body to DHT, a compound which stimulates the sebaceous (oil) glands to produce even higher levels of oil. When this happens, the oil glands produce too much oil, which in turn clogs the hair follicles and creates a welcoming environment fro bacteria which can result in acne. Saw Palmetto herb has the ability to prevent some of that conversion of testosterone to DHT, hence can relieve acne. Although there is no solid research studies on acne and Saw Palmetto, there is a lot of evidence from a growing number of people who have had a good luck with it. The recommended dosage is 320 mg daily.
2. Yellow Dock
This herb helps to clear toxins from the body, especially from the blood and the liver, and is especially good to treat zits.
3. Red clover
This herb helps to balance the sex hormones, including testosterone, estrogen and progesterone. It’s good to treat acne that is caused by puberty in boys and girls, or by menstruation or menopause in women.
When you have too much sugar in your system, it encourages the growth of bacteria. This herb is antimicrobial and antibiotic and helps to reduce blood sugar levels.
5. Chaste tree
Help to balance the hormones. It is especially useful for acne that worsens just before menstruation.
6. Witch hazel
The bark of the witch hazel plant is used to make an extract by steam distillation process. This extract is used in many cosmetic products. It has mild antibacterial properties, making it a great natural treatment for acne on your chest, back, and face. You can find the extract in most pharmacies and nature stores or here.
Another natural acne cure is the Paleo Diet. This diet contains no grains, dairy, beans or soy and is high in protein (fish, grass fed meats), vegetables, fruits (especially berries), nuts and omega fats. It is known that high carb diet is responsible for the surge in insulin and its resulting effect on acne. It is also shown in studies that there is a significant association between acne and consuming milk (skim and whole). Although diet is not the only cause for acne, there is a strong evidence that bad diet makes matters worse. A diet rich in plant foods provides huge amounts of antioxidants and natural anti inflammatory agents. Whole foods are also high in fiber and low in sugar, hence are not going to be problematic. When eating meat, hormone free grass fed choices don’t add hormones to the diet, therefore are less likely to contribute to acne. Avoid foods such as junk food, alcohol and refined carbohydrates that will not improve the health of your skin.
1. Essential fatty acids
A deficiency in these fatty acids is thought to contribute to over-activity in the sebaceous glands, which can lead to acne. Taking the supplement will help to regulate the activity of these glands. Take 1,000mg twice a day.
These contain gama linolenic acid, which helps to prevent the conversion of testosterone to DHT (see the explanation in Saw Palmetto above). Take 500mg twice a day.
This supplement can remove toxins from the body through the skin, and helps to heal scarring.
4. Kali Bromatum
This is homeopathic remedy for various forms of acne and psoriasis. Please refer the dosage instructions given on the product pack or use the product as directed by your physician.
During a flare up of acne, ensure that you take antioxidant supplement which may improve the health and quality of your skin.
Sulphur is one of the oldest known acne treatments. It was used in ancient times to treat skin problems like dermatitis and dandruff, to rosacea and warts. Sulphur is a natural element, and has an unpleasant odor. Luckily, most of today’s products don’t smell that bad. When applied topically, sulfur causes the skin to dry and peel. This is a good thing for your skin if you have acne. Sulphur helps reduce skin oiliness, and prevents pore blockages from forming. It is found in a wide array of skin care products, including soaps and cleansers, lotions, masks, and spot-treatments.
2. Honey and cinnamon
Cinnamon and honey are two traditional folk remedies for bacterial and fungal infections. Mixed together, they may have the zit-zapping power you need. Blend 3 tbsp. honey with 1 tsp. cinnamon powder and leave the mixture on your face for an hour before rinsing it off with warm water. The best honey to use is Manuka honey.
3. Essential oils
Tea tree and lavender essential oils are commonly used to treat acne as they have anti-bacterial properties. Both oils can be applied directly to pimples with a cotton swab for an effective and natural acne treatment. Leave for a few hours or overnight. If you find that pure, undiluted essential oil is a little too harsh or drying on your skin, simply mix a couple of drops of the essential oil into a few teaspoons of aloe vera gel or carrier oil or honey and apply directly onto the pimple you wish to get rid of. If you are interested to learn more about essential oils you can find useful information in my e-book Magical Aromatherapy. This e-book will help you to discover the power of essential oils and the most effective ways to use them.
If you are interested in natural and herbal remedies, you can find more useful information in my e-book the Herbal Remedies Guide. This guide will teach you how to treat common ailments using herbs: