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Finding Natural Remedies for Acne

Updated on November 16, 2013
Clogged pores and hair follicles can cause acne.
Clogged pores and hair follicles can cause acne.

Tens of thousands of people suffer from acne. Many of us think of this skin condition as something that usually afflicts people in their teenage years. We have the classic picture of the poor teenage boy or girl who is suffering from an acute breakout of the condition, his or her face covered with acne. Although it is true that acne is a problem of the teenage years, when hormones can cause acne breakouts, the fact is that many people of all ages can come down with the condition. Even babies can at times come down with cases of acne! Very many adults suffer from acne, which can go on into their later years.

For those who have acne troubles, many might think that relief can only come through the purchase of over the counter drugs and medicinal ointments or creams, or through those drugs prescribed by doctors or dermatologists. The truth is, however, that there are also a number of natural remedies for acne that many thousands with this skin condition have tried and found effective. Some of these natural remedies for acne can be bought at your local health food store or pharmacy, and some of these can be made at home. There are even simpler, natural remedies that can be incorporated into your day that serve as natural remedies for acne.

Many people seek natural remedies for acne to avoid the chemicals in some acne products.
Many people seek natural remedies for acne to avoid the chemicals in some acne products.

Natural Home Remedies

Perhaps one of the simplest, yet most effective ways that people have found useful in naturally treating acne to to drink a lot of water. It is true, the benefit of drinking up to 10 glasses of fresh water every day can be quite large. By drinking a lot of fresh water, the body can cleanse the accumulation of toxins that build up in it on a daily basis. Thus, water works as one of the natural remedies for acne by removing the bacteria and chemical buildups that lead to the breakdown of your skin, leaving it vulnerable to problems with acne.

Another natural home remedy for acne involves simply keeping affected areas clean and dry. This not only means washing the face with a natural acne soap, but also keeping hair that can touch affected areas clean and making sure that pillowcases and bed clothing is clean and fresh, as well. Keep your bedding clean and your hair clean, as well. This will help reduce the amount of oil and dirt that is in contact with areas prone to acne, and reduce the amount of bacteria your skin will encounter.

A simple mixture of baking soda and fresh water is among the most popular of the natural remedies for acne that can be made up at home. To make this all natural remedy, mix a tablespoon of baking soda into a small glass or bowl of fresh, clean water. Gently rubbing the mixture onto the skin will exfoliate dead skin cells and scrub the oil and dirt that can clog your pores. This will allow the skin to breathe and thus eliminate the anaerobic bacteria that are responsible for acne breakouts. There are those who swear by the daily application of this natural remedy for acne.

Tea tree oil can be used to help in cases of acne.
Tea tree oil can be used to help in cases of acne.

Natural Acne Remedies for Sale

In addition to home remedies, there are a number of natural remedies for acne that can be bought at a health food store or a pharmacy that carries these kinds of products. Many treatments of this type have worked wonders for those with acne.

Tea tree oil, widely known as an antiseptic with bacteria kiling properties, comes from the tea trees in Australia. It is also helpful for cleansing the skin of dirt and oils. For these reasons, it has become one the most popular of the natural remedies for acne. Tea tree oil is available either by itself, usually diluted to some degree, or is the active ingredient in many face and body washes. Many acne sufferers use these washes on a daily basis while in the shower. The tea tree oil has a pleasant aroma and is as effective of all the natural remedies for acne for many people.

Another of the natural remedies for acne that has grown in use recently is the herb Neem, which can be found in some acne products. Neem, which is extracted from a species of evergreen tree, put into natural products for both external and internal uses. Neem has antibacterial properties, thus helping to eliminate the bacteria from your skin and your internal systems that can lead to acne breakouts. This natural remedy for acne comes as a dietary supplement or a cream or lotion for topical use.

Discover for yourself which of these natural remedies for acne is better suited to your situation. Given that they are all natural, try one without any unwanted side effects and then try another in case the first was not as successful as you had hoped. Rest assured though that all of these natural remedies for acne have helped thousands of people before with this persistent problem.

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