If you are reading this chances are you, or someone you know suffers from acne.
Acne is caused by the blockage of hair follicles or pores by dead skin cells, bacteria and sebum (a waxy substance the body produces to lubricate skin). Besides being cosmetically unappealing, the resulting inflamed acne eruptions can also be quite painful.
There are literally thousands of acne treatment creams, gels, washes and kits that promise to cure your acne. The truth is, there is no cure for acne, but there are effective means of keeping outbreaks under control. If you have severe acne you should consult your physician or a dermatologist. If you wish to take a more holistic approach to treating your acne using home acne remedies, herbs and natural remedies are the ideal choice.
There are many natural options available to help treat acne. The most popular of these are vitamins, acupuncture, herbal and homeopathic.
While there is no scientific proof that acupuncture provides any benefit to the treatment of acne, many people have reported a reduction in their acne symptoms as a result of acupuncture.
This approach to acne treatment involves being assessed by a qualified homeopathic practitioner who will evaluate your needs and tailor a treatment routine based on those needs.
Zinc is one of the most commonly used vitamin supplements to treat acne. It contributes to the reduction of inflammation and can help to heal damaged skin. Dosage: Teens 14-18 34mg daily, Adults 40 mg daily.
Vitamin A can be used to reduce sebum and keratin production, but you should be cautious with dosages as very large a dose can cause side effects such as nausea, vomiting, headaches, dizziness and other side effects. Recommended dosages for ages 14+ are: Males 3000 IU and Females 2310 IU.
Vitamin E helps the body protect itself from infection and to encourage blood flow to the blood vessels. It can be taken internally – 15mg daily for teens and adults or can be applied topically to affected areas to minimize scarring. Green vegetables, nuts and vegetable oils such as wheat germ, sunflower and safflower oils are all great sources of vitamin E.
A deficiency in vitamin B6 can lead to lower antibody production and suppression of your immune system response. Vitamin B6 can be used to improve metabolization and increase the amount of oxygen carried to tissues. This is especially helpful for keeping skin healthy and renewed. Recommended daily dosage of vitamin B6 for acne treatment is 50mg daily.
The herbs used to treat acne are ones that have anti-inflammatory properties. These include calendula, German chamomile, witch hazel, flaxseed and flaxseed oil and tea tree oil. All of which can be applied topically to the skin. Many of these herbal remedies can be purchased at health or natural food stores in cream or ointment form as well. Tea tree oil has been compared in effectiveness to that of benzoyl peroxide and has the added benefit of fewer side effects.
The Bottom Line
With all natural remedies, but especially vitamin supplements, you should consult your physician before adding these to your acne fighting repertoire because some vitamin supplements can affect the way other medications work. They could interfere with prescription or non-prescription medication in ways you might not expect.