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It is difficult to find a commercial product that will cure acne or even clear it up for a prolonged period. If you can prevent acne from growing on your skin in the first place, this is a far more effective way of dealing with the issue. . visit us at www.acnecuretips.info for useful tips.

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  1. 1. ==== ====For more info and tips you can visit:www.acnecuretips.info==== ====Theres a confusing array of product claims and treatment methods for acne that make it difficultfor acne sufferers to determine their best course of action. The fact that there are several forms ofacne, including cystic acne and the common acne vulgaris, complicates the picture. While themedical community does not have a cure for severe acne, there are a variety of products that willsubdue moderate cases of acne and provide the sufferer with clear skin once again. Among theseeffective products are natural acne treatments that provide viable alternatives to the use ofantibiotic medicines and ointments.Natural remedies are derived from plants that have been used for generations because of theirmedicinal properties. The prestigious National Institutes of Health recently formed the NationalCenter for Complementary and Alternative Health to evaluate the efficacy of herbal remedies byfunding controlled scientific studies. Herbal remedies can be effective natural acne treatments.Antibiotics are frequently prescribed for acne because there is a known bacterial component tocases of acne but certain herbs like Echinacea (Echinacea angustifolio) have known antibacterialproperties as well. A soap made from Echinacea and other herbal ingredients is a viable antibioticfacial cleanser that helps fight and clear acne. This type of soap is also used for eczema,psoriasis, and acne rosacea. Scientific studies show that Echinacea helps the body provide theproper enzymes at the cellular level to protect cells against invasion by bacteria. Echinaceasability to aid in wound healing is beneficial not only for acne but also for insect bites and burns.Echinacea is the hardy purple coneflower that is a staple of roadside plantings and home gardens.A more exotic and expensive herbal acne treatment is tea tree oil. There are over 300 species oftea tree but only one species (Melaleuca Alteronifolia) found in New South Wales, Australia isknown to have antibacterial properties.What is Tea Tree Oil?Tea tree oil is derived from the leaves of the tree and is four to five times stronger than householddisinfectants in killing bacteria. At the same time, tea tree oil is gentle to the skin. Tea tree oil iseffective in killing the bacteria even in pus and will cause the body to eliminate pus from inside apimple.Tea tree oil also acts as a mild local anesthetic which reduces discomfort and also helps toeliminate the red irritation from the skin, improving appearance and reducing acne socialproblems. Tea tree oil is readily available from herbal suppliers and is simply applied to theaffected area with a Q-tip. Tea tree oil is used sparingly.Witch hazel is not just a brand name but an actual herb (Hamamelis virginiana) that is still
  2. 2. recommended as a topical astringent and natural acne remedy. When using these topical acnetreatments it is important to be gentle. While it seems to make sense to attempt to vigorouslyscrub away the offending acne, both medical doctors and herbalists recommend a gentle facewashing with even just the fingers as the best approach. Scrubbing merely dries the skin andcauses it to produce more oils that are implicated as one of the causes of acne. Dont over-washeither; specialists recommend washing the face just twice a day.Along with topical products, herbal dietary supplements can be beneficial as a natural acnetreatment as well. Burdock root (Arctium lappa) has long been used to treat boils and abscessesand is an acne treatment. One of the reported properties of burdock root is that it will bringproblem-causing agents out of the bloodstream, thus potentially making a condition seem toworsen rather than improve. However, the theory behind its use states that it is simply eliminatingtoxic elements from the body and providing healing properties.When used as an acne treatment, herbalists recommend that topical burdock root be applied aswell as taking a supplement that contains burdock. Burdock is typically combined with dandelionroot (Taraxacum officinale) and golden seal root (Hydrastis Canadensis). Golden seal root wasonce used to prevent pitting of the skin caused by smallpox. Herbalists also recommend red clover(Trifolium pratense). All of these ingredients are implicated in improving skin conditions. Be sure totake these supplements only in the dosage indicated by the manufacturer or your herbalist.Diet plays an important role in overall health and maintenance of healthy skin. A balanced diet thatis rich in vegetables and fruits provides the necessary vitamins and minerals to support clear skin.A diet containing lots of vitamin A may lower sebum production and excessive sebum is one of thecontributing causes of acne. The various B vitamins, especially vitamin B-6, can be beneficial as itis needed for proper metabolism of steroid hormones and sexual hormones are implicated in acne.Zinc is promoted as a cure for acne but there seem to be as many studies against zincsupplements as there are ones that promote zinc as an acne treatment. These vitamins areavailable as supplements but again, more isnt always better; follow label dosing instructions.There are plenty of old wives tales surrounding diet and acne outbreaks. Chocolate and friedfoods have long been blamed for acne but there is no evidence to support this. However, the linkbetween acne and dairy products is being subjected to scientific studies. A study published in themedical journal Dermatology in early 2005 found a link between teen acne and consumption ofdairy products. For those whose acne is aggravated by dairy consumption, eliminating dairyproducts promotes clear skin. Another misconception is that acne is caused by dirt because thepores are clogged. Thinking that dirt is a cause of acne prompts sufferers to possibly over-washthe face and further aggravate the acne condition. Wearing make-up doesnt cause acne either.Look for modern cosmetics that are:non-comedogenic (wont clog pores)oil-free (water-based)hypoallergenic (no added fragrance)Acne isnt just a teen-age condition and adults suffer from acne as well. The natural acneremedies have provided relief from acne symptoms for people of all ages.
  3. 3. Nathan James offers information and advice about acne control [http://www.top-acne-treatments.com/articles/acne-control.php], natural acne treatment [http://www.top-acne-treatments.com/articles/natural-acne-treatment.php] and other acne-related topics at the Top AcneTreatments website. Visit Top-Acne-Treatments.com [http://www.top-acne-treatments.com] formore information about dealing with acne.Article Source:http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=John_Lenaghan==== ====For more info and tips you can visit:www.acnecuretips.info==== ====