There is no question that chronic acne or inconveniently-timed breakouts can wreak havoc on your self-esteem — but you aren't sold on the notion of treating your condition with prescription medications. What is the alternative? Chrystle Fielder, author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Natural Remedies, has the answer.Fielder, who writes the Good Nature column for Remedy magazine, says "Though we're not sure what causes acne, diet and food allergies may play a role — but so may stress and hormonal imbalances. Fortunately there's lots you can do about it."
Fielder stresses that diet is important and recommends the following:
In The Complete Idiot's Guide to Natural Remedies, Barbara Close, an herbalist and founder of Naturopathic Holistic Health Spa in East Hampton, New York, recommends an herbal steam: Pour boiling water into a plugged bathroom sink and add a few drops of essential antiseptic oils like tea tree oil or juniper oil. Pull up a chair and put a towel over your head to capture the steam around your face — the oils will soften your pores. Afterward, dab your pimples with a bit of tea tree oil.
According to Fielder, one of the best treatments for your zits has to be tea tree oil. Clinical studies have proven its antiseptic effectiveness in drying up and healing pimples.Fielder also recommends calendula (from marigold petals) with vitamin E as well as lavender essential oil.Antioxidant vitamins A (retinol), C and E in topical form (and supplemental form) — together or separately — can be effective in getting rid of acne.Visit your local health food store for essential oils, supplements, teas and other herbal treatments.
In addition to changing your diet and incorporating natural remedies, be sure you also practice proper hygiene to ward off breakouts. Here are some links with top skincare tips.Adult acne: Causes and treatments
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