Internal Treatment For Acne And Skin Problems

May 28 200930 Commented

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Today I am going to talk to you about Acne, as part of our 2 week series about acne prevention and natural health solutions to help treat this.  In this post I am focusing on the Internal treatment for acne and skin problems.

No one likes Acne!

Acne is a terrible problem! Most of us know someone who is effected by it,  as it is very commonly seen in teenagers;  although many adults have acne and particularly women.

So if you’re not willing to go down the pharmaceutical road, taking Isotane or Roaccutan there are lots of natural solutions that are available.  In this post,  I am going to go over some of the health supplements that we offer at  healthyonline for acne.

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Internal Acne Treatment

Naturopathically, one of the most important things with relation to Acne and other skin problems, is your diet.  We have all heard of that old saying “You are what you eat” and this is a really important statement, especially when it comes to your skin health.

Acne and your diet

If you are currently suffering from acne have a good look at your diet.  Get rid of all the saturated fats (those from animals, like the visible fat on meat and in dairy products. Fish fat is healthy though, (so dont stop this) and all processed foods.  Get rid of the high sugar foods, the artificial colourings and flavourings and really try to get that diet back to basics.  Cook your food from scratch, like Grandma would have, and take lunch to school or work rather then buying processed foods. Choose water over fizzy drinks.

Now I’m not saying become a puritan but goods like fizzy drinks and processed foods should be kept as treats and certainly not every day additions to the diet. It’s really important to remember,  that if you want to have good skin, you have to eat good food!

Acne and your digestive system

As a Naturopath, there are a number of areas I look at when trying to find the possible cause/s of acne.  One of this first areas in the body to consider, is our digestive system and what’s happening inside the intestinal tract.

Our intestines are the area where we absorb the nutrients from the food that we are eating, as well as the area where all of the waste matter is.  If the transit time is too slow and we are not getting rid of the waste matter fast enough, we will have a retention of this accumulated waste matter in our intestines, which can create a toxic environment.  Because we absorb nutrients from the food eaten in our intestine, if there is a retention of waste matter in here too, not only will we absorb the nutrients from the food we eat, but also the toxicity created by this retention.

Acne and an overload of toxins in our body

Our skin is our biggest eliminative organ.  If  our other channels of elimination aren’t working efficiently (like our bowel, lungs, kidneys or liver) then our body is going to compensate to deal with this overload and start pumping those toxins out of our skin.

Detoxing our body to help with acne

So how can we clear this accumulated toxicity from out of our intestinal tract?

This is a great cleanse kit for people with acne prone skin.

Doing a Detox can often be a really good way to help to clean up the body.

I like to use the analogy of a car. We go and get our car tuned up once a year, to make sure it is working optimally,  even though there may not necessarily be any problem with it, yet what about our own vehicle, Our body?

No one teaches us the importance of cleansing our own body,  so that we are running on all cylinders, with our eliminative organs working optimally. Detoxing is something that naturopaths and herbalists will usually recommend you consider doing at least once a year.

I like to suggest people complete a detox on their birthday or at the beginning of the new year, to start this off cleansed, as well as refreshed!  Choosing a set time makes it easier to remember.  You can take cleansing products more regularly, but once a year is really the minimum.

Detox packs to help with cleansing for acne problems

There are lots of ways you can do a detox.  A lot of health supplement companies try to make it really easy for you and produce a Detox pack.  There are a number of different types of packs on the market today but most of them will work on your liver, bowel and kidneys. These Detox Packs usually have bowel cleansing fibers that act a lot like an intestinal broom, helping to scrape away accumulated waste matter. As well as this, they will probably also contain detoxing herbs and nutrients such as Milk thistle extract, Dandelion, Burdock, Schizandra, Red clover, Taurine, methionine etc, that can help our liver to function better.

Here are some examples:

The New Zealand Company ‘Good Health’ have a supplement I like which is called the “Body Cleanse Pack”, which works on our liver and our bowel. This pack has 2 different heath products in it.  The 1st product is the fiber health supplement called Multi Fiber, which acts much like a broom, scraping away accumulated waste matter in the intestine.  The 2nd product is the actual Detoxing product, which helps with better liver function, better liver regeneration, better kidney function and generally better toxin clearance – Everything you should expect to find in a good Detox Pack.

Detoxing for modern day people

When I tell people that this health supplement takes 1 Month to complete, many seem to think “Oh Detoxing for a whole month!.  I’m going to have to be a puritan for a month , drink only water, live on rabbit food, not have anything naughty & be on the toilet constantly!”   But really most of the companies these days realise that people put off detoxing all the time because they can’t afford to have headaches and sit on the toilet for days with a loose bowel.  Because of this, many have created packs to suit the modern persons lifestyle, where little lifestyle changes need to be made.   Even with a good detox pack though,  it is ideally to make as many positive lifestyle changes as you can, but at a minimum, you must drink more water and cut out all junk foods and alcohol.

Overall, Good Health’s “Body Cleanse” is a very good pack, that I recommend to anyone looking to help their acne, by starting a Detox Program.

Natures Sunshine Detox Packs

Nature Sunshine Clean Start

Another Detox product that I like that can help with skin problems like Acne, is the  “Nature Sunshine Clean Start, Cleansing and Detoxifying Program”.  Nature Sunshine have bought out some really great Detox Packs and they are really “no brainers”.

What I mean by this is, you really don’t need to think at all about what amount to take that day because this pack includes little single serve packets, each containing your dose of pills,  so all you need to do is tear open the packet and there’s your health supplements for that dose. This product is a good one, which again takes about a month.  As well as the capsules, there is another packet that contains a powdered fibre supplement, that you mix with water or juice.

Other detox packs from Natures Sunshine include Para Cleanse, Tiao He Chinese Cleanse and Dieters Cleanse.

Probiotics are essential after a detox

It’s very important that you remember when you do any kind of detoxing that you MUST always take a Probiotic afterwards.

A Probiotic contains beneficial bacteria, needed to help keep your intestinal tract as happy and “friendly” as possible.  Some probiotic strains can be found in yoghurt, however the problem with using yoghurt to re populate your bowel with beneficial bacteria, is the hydrochloric acid in our stomach is really strong and up to 95% of that good bacteria in yoghurt can be destroyed, before it even gets into our intestinal tract. This is the reason you will need to take a Probiotic after completing a detox,  in order to replenish the levels of this beneficial bacteria adequately.

Another reason why taking a probiotic is important after a detox, is because 70% of your immune system is situated in your intestinal wall.  If there is a lack of beneficial bacteria in the intestine, this will affect the way your bowel functions and also directly affect your immunity.

There are a number of Probiotic supplements that I really like.

The “Ethical Nutrients Inner Health Plus” is a very well known product, because of all the TV advertising that has been done on this.

Inner Health Plus Probiotic

Inner Health Plus Probiotic

This practitioner grade health product is a very good one.  It is high strength and contains acid and bile resistant strains of Probiotics.  This means when you ingest the supplement, it bypasses the acid in the stomach and replenishes the probiotic levels in the intestinal tract.

Another very good Probiotic is  “Nature’s Way Primadophilus Optima”. This is also a combination Probiotic, but unlike the Inner Health which contains only 2 different strains of probiotic (Lactobacillus acidophilus (NCFM) and Bifidobacterium Lactis)  Primadophilus Optima contains 14 different Probiotic strains!  This one has a slightly different concept with regard to surviving stomach acid.  Instead of being acid and bile resistant like the Inner health products, All Primadophilus capsules contain an enteric coating.  The enteric coating releases in an alkaline environment.  So they by pass the acidic environment of the stomach and release in the intestinal tract, where it is needed most.

Essential nutrients to help with acne

Another important aspect for good health generally, but especially for those with skin problems such as Acne, is to evaluate your existing nutrient levels in the body.  Getting this sussed is really important, however is really is not an easy thing to do.

You can get some tests done at your doctor that will asses blood levels of some nutrient levels such as Zinc, Magnesium, Iron and some B Vitamins.  Some of these nutrients are more important for acne than others though.

Zinc for acne

One of the main nutrients that is vital for those with acne and other skin problems, is  Zinc.   If you have a skin problem of any sort, you should consider taking a good quality Zinc Supplement and in a high (therapeutic) amount.  Zinc is deficient in our soil here in New Zealand and most New Zealander’s who have grown up in New Zealand will have a Zinc deficiency.

To evaluate your zinc levels, I can suggest 2 main options.  The 1st is to have a blood test, via your doctor.  If this is not an option for you, you could have a Zinc taste test.   If you are in an area in NZ that doesnt have a health shop, phone up your local pharmacy and ask them “Do you stock the Zinc taste test?” That way you will know whether they are the right pharmacy to go to for the test.

Otherwise if you are not near a Pharmacy, many health shops like my natural health store Ideal Health offer a free Zinc taste test.

The Zinc Taste Test

Clinicians Zinc Drops

The Zinc taste test is a good idea, as it will give you a better idea of you current Zinc status.  It’s very simple to complete.  It is a taste test and depending on what you taste, gives us an idea about your current zinc status.   Some shops and pharmacies may charge for  this, so ask first.

Another way you can tell if your zinc level is low, is if you have white spots on your finger nails. This is a very common symptom that I see a lot of, especially in teenagers and men.

As I said before we have a deficiency of Zinc in our soils here in New Zealand, so it’s very common to find New Zealander’s with

low Zinc levels. Taking a Zinc supplement is very important for anyone who has low Zinc levels.

You can get a Zinc supplement in different forms – Either in a capsule, powder or a liquid. For example “Clinicians Zinc Drops”.  In each 3 drops of this product you get 5mgs of Zinc.

Our recommended daily intake of Zinc is 15mgs. 15mgs would be the minimum amount of Zinc that you should be taking if you have any kind of skin problem or acne.

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Zinc Drops are a liquid but you can also get capsules as well.

For example Radiance Zinc Complex is a great product that contains 15mgs of Zinc in one capsule.

We also like the Ethical Nutrients Zinc Fix, a high strength zinc and Vitamin C powder that is mixed with water. It comes in orange and also raspberry.

Foods high in zinc for acne

Foods that are high in zinc include oysters and pumpkin seeds.

There are other nutrients that are really important as well,  in helping to deal with Acne.

Definitely a Vitamin B complex but also Vitamin C (hopefully with bioflavonoids). Vitamin C is vital for tissue healing, collagen formation and for scarring.  There are many other nutrients that may help, but these are some of the most important ones.

In order to get these two key nutrients,  you should consider a good quality Multi-Vitamin that’s highly absorbable.

This supplement needs to have high dosages of B Vitamins, some Vitamin C and a good amount of Vitamin A, Zinc, and Selenium. I have talked about Multivitamins in a previous post, that you can view here, but for this acne article I have picked out a couple of specific Multi-Vitamin’s because they have high levels of “Zinc” and other nutrients.

Xcel Health Multi-Vite

Xcel Health Multi-Vite

I talked about my own Multivitamin “Xcel Health Multi-Vite” in my last Multi-Vitamin review and the Multi-Vite really is a very good multi-vitamin, that is specific for New Zealanders and what is deficient in our soils.  Multi-Vite contains 10mgs of Zinc in each tablet as well as many other nutrients such as

Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Vitamin C, Selenium, and Chromium. All of these nutrients will help to top any deficiencies in the body, to help you to get rid of the Acne.

I also like a powder that is made here in Auckland, New Zealand. This product has been developed by Clinicians and is called Multivitamin & Mineral powder.  This Vitamin and Mineral powder is great because powders are so easily absorbed by our bodies.

Remember to get the most out of your nutritional supplements, do not have tea, coffee, milo, green tea or red wine, for up to 1 hour after taking these, or it will interfere with the proper absorption of the nutrients in this.

Essential Fatty Acids

Another really important ingredient for helping Acne and our skin generally, is Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s).

EFA’s really are essential, because our body cannot make them. You must provide them to your body from food or a supplement source.  Food sources include fatty fish, like sardines, tuna and salmon and from nuts and seeds.

Essential Fatty Acids can offer a mild anti-inflammatory action, which is very important if you have any skin problems, but in particular “Acne”.

There are a lot of different essential fatty acids on the market (and we stock a lot of different ones) but one that we use for helping with skin problems is the Waihi Bush Flax Boost.

Waihi Bush Flax Boost Capsules

Waihi Bush Flax Boost Capsules

This is a combination of Cold Pressed, Unrefined, Extra Virgin, Certified Organic Flax Seed Oil, Hemp Seed Oil and Evening Primrose Oil, as well as uncertified Blackcurrant oil – all in the one capsule. I have had really good results with this product and I know this product will help you to supplement your body with all of the essential fatty acids it requires to help with your Acne and to  leave your skin supple and smooth.

It’s very common these days to have an essential fatty acid deficiency however it is not an easy deficiency to test for. You can get a test kit specifically to test for a deficiency of essential fatty acids but only if you are prepared to fork out 100s of dollars to get this assessed properly.

A common deficiency symptom of Essential fatty acids is something termed “Chicken Skin”. Chicken Skin is a very common problem that you will often see in women and it is almost always located on the upper arms, thighs, hips and down the legs. Some women just have it on their upper arms but I have seen women with “Chicken Skin” on all of their common areas. Where “Chicken Skin” appears and to what extent is determined by the severity of the essential acid deficiency.

Chicken skin

Chicken skin

A lot of people with “Chicken Skin” think that this is just their skin type because other people in their family may have this as well.  If that is the case,  then you really do have a severe deficiency of essential fatty acids and also Vitamin A. The sooner you get onto taking an essential fatty acid supplement the faster you will be able to sort this problem out. If you start dealing with this deficiency now your skin could be ready for when summer comes along so you can feel confident with your skin. It is going to take you about 3-4 months to top up your essential fatty acid deficiency so its really important that you don’t give up on it. It may take quite a long time before you see any benefits from supplementing but do persevere.

You can get extra Vitamin A by having Cod Liver oil or you can take a Vitamin A supplement.

Hormonal Health

Another really important factor to consider, is your hormonal health.  It is not always easy to asses your hormonal health. We see the changes in boys and girls and this is obvious.  We hear women and their partners talking about pre menstrual mood erraticness, which seems common; but what if there are no obvious symptoms like these?  You can have your hormonal levels tested to determine any imbalance.  This may include having your estrogen, testosterone or other androgens tested at your GP but another option is to get them tested using a Multiple Hormone Test Kit.

At healthy online, we are the New Zealand distributors of the NLS Multiple Hormone Test Kit. I decided to pick up this agency, because we are limited here in NZ as to where you can have proper saliva based hormonal testing done. The NLS Multiple Hormone Test Kit will test your hormonal levels using Saliva.  Men, Women and younger people can be tested using this kit.

This Kit is particularly good because can choose (out of 7 different hormones) the hormones you would like to get tested.  The cost of the kit pays for 2 of the specified hormones  and for an extra AUS$20 per hormone, you can choose any of the other hormones they test for.  So the Multiple Hormone Test Kit is really good. I have had the test done myself and it was very revealing, it showed me my exact hormonal status, so I could be pro active to correct any of these imbalances.

There are many products available that can balance hormones, which can help with problems such as  Acne.  The main ones that I have had success with are those that contain the herb Vitex agnus castus or more commonly known as Chaste tree.  It is usually women that take this, however men can take this too.

 Nature's Way Vitex

Nature’s Way Vitex

Vitex  is quite different to many other herbs that have a hormonal action in the body, because it’s more of a hormonal regulator and balancer. It works on your pituitary gland (in your brain), the gland that regulates the function of all other glands in the body. So if your pituitary Gland is out of balance,  then all of your other hormones may be out of balance as well.

My favourite Vitex supplements are Natures Way Vitex fruit or their stronger health product Femaprin. We also have vitex in combination with other herbs, such as Femzone.

Another excellent health supplement, that I get good results with is Nature’s Way AKN SkinCare.  I do recommend a lot of this and it has proven to be very popular. I like this product because it contains  “Blood Purifying Herbs”, A natural anti-biotic, and glandular balancers as well. We sell a lot of this product at healthy online, but particularly for hormonal teenage acne.

If you have acne or you know of someone who has acne, whether they be a teenager or an adult I have compiled a specialised “Acne Pack”  featuring some of the products that I have gone over in this article.

Included in this pack are:

The Good Health Body Cleanse Pack (Detoxer)3479b-skin-care-pack

The Inner Health Plus (Probiotic)

The Clinicians Zinc Drops (Zinc)

Waihi Bush Flax Boost (Essential Fatty Acids)

If you do suffer from acne, I do not believe you will find a better combination of health supplements to take, to treat this condition internally. skin care acne pack.

To find out more about how you can start using this pack,  you can go over to the healthyonline website and get your hands on the pack now.

Leanne James

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30 responses to “Internal Treatment For Acne And Skin Problems”

  1. Cobie de Jager says:

    Hi Leanne

    We have discovered that Vit B5 can help for acne. The normal
    multivitamins do not contain sufficient B5 to make a change….
    Metagenics has a product Crotico B5 B6 (whith a good combination
    of ingredients) It is normally used for adrenal function – but
    it was extremely helpful to acne.

    Warm regards,

    Cobie

    • Leanne James says:

      Thanks Cobie. So great to hear from you. Yes the Metagenics products are great, however you cannot get these without having a consultation with a Naturopath. We do have a high Vitamin B5. It comes in the Radiance range. Each 1 capsule contains 500mg of Vitamin B5. We also have Vitamin B Complex that contain 100mg of Vitamin B5 too.

      I hope Australia is treating you well.

      Kindest regards to you and your family.

  2. munilta says:

    some home remedies for acne cure
    1.Orange peel pounded well with water. Applied to affected acne areas

    2.Cucumber leaves or grated pieces. Apply to area for acne cure.

    3.Rub the pimple( acne) with a fresh cut clove of garlic.

    4.Drinking atleast 1 litre of water a day to impart a healthy glow to the skin

    5.Clove based face mask or a paste of Fenugreek (Methi ) leaves applied overnight on acne and washed off next morning

  3. paula hudson says:

    i found this article:

    For the best natural acne treatments – solutions for acne sufferers – one need not have to look anywhere else or consult a doctor. But these simple tips one can manage from within the contours of one’s own home itself. In the following paragraphs we’ll see how acne can be effectively checked using some of the best treatment for acne, in a naturalistic way.

    It is known from scientific studies that acne is aggravated by oily and fatty foods. Hence the best treatment for acne – in a natural way – is to configure one’s diet accordingly. Avoid all sorts of milk products, oily foods, sugar items, and other junk foods, and include vegetables, greens and fruits in the diet. Also, find out if any particular food item is aggravating acne. This is because each person’s body may respond differently to different food items and such an analysis could help one to streamline his/her diet efficiently.

    Lack of sleep and over stress are found to cause hormonal imbalances that eventually lead to acne. Hence the best treatment for acne is to keep oneself de-stressed or relaxed. Taking a long shower before hitting the bed not only relaxes the body and mind, but also cleans the skin and hair, which is also very important in checking acne. We’ll see more about the latter point in the next paragraphs.

    For some, the gel or cream they apply on their hair is known to trigger acne. It may not cause problems when it remains on the hair, but once it comes in contact with the facial skin, it is found to induce acne or aggravate existing acne. The best treatment for acne in this case is to change brands or completely avoid such chemicals.

    But the best treatment for acne – and the simplest amongst the ones we have discussed till now – is cleaning one’s skin with a suitable glycerin soap and a soft brush daily. This will help to cleanse the skin and remove the dirt from the pores before any infection sets in. For normal persons, cleansing once in a day will serve the purpose. But if a person’s skin is oilier, try facial cleansing twice a day.

    In certain acute cases, the best treatments for acne, as we discussed here, may not yield desirable and consistent results. In such instances, it is advisable to consult a physician for further treatment acne at the earliest.

  4. Zylla Green says:

    Im 42 years old and has suffered acne since my teenage years. I have tried every acne treatment but through google and study and research, the best way to treat acne is to address it from within. NO matter how you treat it from the outside,if its not treated from the root cause, nothing works. Natural supplements, exercise, being clean helps and eating lots of fruits and vegies helps. Its about discipline to oneself that we can maintain a healthy skin and well being.

  5. Possum says:

    Wow I don’t think I can top your helpful insight Leanne(& thanks!! Fantastic to have it print!!) especially, added to by Paula’s findings…
    However if you were looking for comments based on personal experience, here goes –
    Apart from the terrific advice & insights shared above, mine has been a process of discovery based on the Blood Type Diet which is a kind of detox but from quite a different perspective.
    That is to find out (according to your blood type) what it is that may be inflaming your skin. Cos as you say, it is tied up so much with your digestive tract.
    After years of not knowing why at times, I was ok, & others would react for no (apparent) reason, I now have a clearer understanding of what my particular system prefers to keep it happy.
    As you say you like to use the analogy that the body is like a car… Well different cars need different petrols, tuning etc, right?. You wouldn’t treat a mercedes the way you would a less prestigious vehicle??!! Well same goes, there are more sensitive (different reacting) blood types. And there is no “one size fits all” diet or skin regime…unfortunately.
    And I have found, great & natural as they are (& no offence) but putting things like orange peel or cucumber on MY skin makes me react big time (as does eating those things incidentally).

  6. Wendy Healey says:

    I so agree with Ms. Green. The best way to treat acne is from the inside. Even with other kinds of illnesses, it is best to address them from the roots. Detoxifying is also a very good idea to flush out toxins and fats. Natural foods, and organic vegies and fruits are very beneficial too. You are what you eat as they say and when eat healthily, your skin glows too.

  7. Possum says:

    Oh and of course I forgot to mention that because we sadly don’t all live in an ideal pollution free world, where we can grow our own & therefore eat super fresh vitamins & antioxidant rich food, that along with eating enough of the “right” foods, adding supplements* such as listed above is an incredible help to our skin. *especially the esential fatty acids, in this society of fat free everything…

  8. Possum says:

    I’ve got more to add (sorry) – just as a kinda warning – that if you start on the excellent strategy of detoxing, you can be in for a shock at first!!
    As the body begins to detox, especially depending on how severely compromised your elimination process/equipment has been…you may find it gets worse before it gets better…
    Oh & the pack you have put together looks FANTASTIC!! Goodluck everyone!!

    • Leanne James says:

      Thanks so much for all of your interesting and insightful information. Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts and experiences. I really appreciate it, as I’m sure everyone else does who reads this blog.

  9. wendy arman says:

    Will this work for adult acne too?

    • Leanne James says:

      Hi Wendy

      A protocol, like the one I have suggested, can help anyone with acne. However there are so many aspects to consider with this, that because of your age, it may take longer to sort out, than say in a 15 year old. The key is to start off by cleaning up your diet (so no processed foods, added sugar, alcohol, preservatives or additives. Eat as grandma would have cooked) and make sure you are drinking plenty of water to help flush the toxins out. Remember that you can obtain benefits in your health, even with small changes. The key is to think of the changes as positive lifestyle changes, rather than some diet that you are going to temporarily follow. If you have had acne for a long time, it will take time to correct, as it shows that you have more of a deep seated problem.

      Thanks

  10. Vicky Green says:

    Proper hygiene, keeping stress under control, eating fresh fruits and vegetables everyday, having enough sleep, drinking lots of water are the main factors in looking after ourselves well to maintain a healthy skin & good health. We get what we put in our bodies. So live a clean and healthy life and your body will love you for it. We may not be able to have all the nutrients that we need from our diets so thats why supplements are essential. The natural ones are the best as its free from chemicals and are safer and kinder to ur bodies. Acne can be treated with positive attitude and learning the cause and addressing it would eventually lead to healing to feeling good & looking good again.

  11. fander says:

    I wish I had known all this when I was a teenager! Well done for putting this information out there.

  12. uberPr0Guru says:

    Applying tea tree oil to acne helps fight it. Also a good natural moisturizer is jojoba oil.

  13. Adam says:

    How to get rid of pimples FOREVER!

    1. STOP popping the spots, also known as pimples and zits. This may make the pimple look worse due to inflammation and irritation. Popping a zit can spread infection under the skin and produce even more pimples than before. If you do pop a spot then immediately clean it with soap and water or rubbing alcohol in order to prevent infection. If a pimple erupts in a particularly bothersome place, learn how to target a single pimple. And if you’re determined to pop, learn how to pop a pimple safely and properly. If you do pop a pimple, the best thing to do is put a mixture of honey and ground cinnamon on the spot. Put a band-aid on it also. You may also want to stay away from stress.
    2. Remove any make-up you have on. Wearing make-up can clog pores, making them dirty and causing pimples.
    3. Use a mild soap for sensitive skin but it doesn’t matter exactly what type of soap you use. It can be designed for acne-prone skin or not, but you will want to treat your skin gently. Harsh antibacterial soap may actually make your acne worse by irritating skin.
    4. Remove dead skin cells regularly by exfoliating. Use a gentle scrub with natural defoliants like ground walnut shells, or use an over-the-counter chemical defoliant like salicylic acid or glycolic acid. Adding ground walnut shell to a thick moisturizer like cocoa butter can be effective too. Take caution, because over-exfoliating can actually increase the likelihood of acne by irritating the skin. Pat dry, rather than rubbing, since rubbing can cause irritation to the fresh skin you’ve just revealed.
    5. Use a good toner. Spray onto face or wipe on with a cotton ball and wipe off with a clean, dry cotton ball. This gets rid of excess cleanser and tightens pores. Good, inexpensive choices include plain witch hazel for normal to dry skin, lemon juice, or 3% hydrogen peroxide for oily skin. 70% ethyl rubbing alcohol can also be used for severe oiliness, but it can really dry out your skin and irritate it more. Some toners are medicated, and this stage is the best for using a medicated product if you’re only going to use one medication.
    6. Bacteria in pores is one cause of spots. Reduce the amount of bacteria by using toners containing anti-bacterial agents like alcohol, peroxide and benzalkonium chloride, and by using creams that contain benzoyl peroxide (ask your doctor about benzaclin, with moisturizer if you have dry skin, as it works better than just plain benzoyl because benzoyl takes up to 8 weeks before improvement is seen) which kill bacteria as well as cause the skin to regenerate faster.
    7. Maintain a routine. Most acne treatments take time to work. It usually takes between two and eight weeks before you see any significant improvement, so you are going to have to be patient. Once you’ve gotten your acne cleared up, it’s important to continue with the treatment that’s working so it does not return.
    8. If all else fails, contact a doctor. Mild antibiotics that are available only by prescription can help reduce acne. Keep in mind though, that the widespread overuse (taking antibiotics when you really don’t need them or for something they don’t treat) and misuse (not taking medication for the specified amount of time) of antibiotics has led to the development of multiple antibiotic resistant bacteria. That means that the antibiotics won’t work for the things they used to (including your acne).
    9. Keep hair off of your face if at all possible. If you want to keep your bangs, then consider taking showers regularly or keeping your forehead clean with oil-dabbing cloths / clean tissues / etc.
    10. Get good sleep. Stress increases your skin’s oiliness, which, combined with sweat and dirt, can clog pores and cause pimples. (Change your pillowcase frequently.)
    11. Acne medications may cause your skin to initially break out worse than before because all FDA-approved acne medications (benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, and sulfur) are causing your skin to regenerate faster. This brings existing acne pimples already under your skin (but not visible yet) to the surface, which in turn causes a massive but fortunately temporary break out. Give the medications time to work — about one to two weeks — and you will notice a big difference in the quality of your skin.
    * See a dermatologist if over the counter remedies do not work. They specialize in skin care and can prescribe you medicines that help you improve it.
    * Drink plenty of water. Staying well hydrated can help your condition improve, because the “waste management” control system in your body requires a lot of water to do its job. Without enough water, the body has difficulty removing some waste products efficiently.
    * Look for face washes which contain the active ingredient benzoyl peroxide. This is the key ingredient in some of the best face washes. use a 5-10% benzoyl peroxide of mild to moderate acne and 10% for severe.
    * Try smashing one tablet of aspirin in a small bowl, then adding lemon juice to the mixture. Aspirin is acetesalicylic acid, chemically related to salicylic acid. Apply to the affected areas overnight. It boosts the healing process while reducing redness.
    * Try putting toothpaste (paste, NOT gel) on your face, cover it with a bandage, and keep it on all night. When you wash it off in the morning your acne will look better. The astringent and surfactant nature of the toothpaste will help diminish the appearance of pimples. But the toothpaste has been known to burn sensitive skin of the face, so be careful. If your face does burn, stop acne treatments and work on healing your burn.
    * Try using Bentonite Clay, a natural mineral powder which has been known to absorb impurities and help neutralise the skin’s oiliness, and can be found online. Mix 2 tablespoons with a dash of cold water and smooth over the face as a thick paste. Once dried gently wipe off with a flannel or sponge.
    * Another way to zap pimples is shaving cream. Apply it to your pimple and it will dry it up. It disappears by morning, but wash your face after waking up.
    * If nothing is working for you, drink four tablespoons of apple cider vinegar diluted with water daily. It works very well for some people and is worth a try. Another good solution is aloe Vera gel fresh from the plant, taken orally.
    * You can also try taking a zinc tablet everyday.
    * Photo therapy or blue-light therapy is an increasingly common form of treating facial or body acne. It uses light that interact with peripheries in skin bacteria to reduce bacteria production and rectify acne. Many dermatologists use this form of treatment in a clinic setting, but it can be costly and time consuming. Health Canada recently approved a new product that has the same therapeutic effect, but it can be administered by the individual.
    * Get plenty of sleep! They don’t call it “beauty-sleep” for nothing!
    * Dab garlic juice on emerging and mature pimples
    * Treat acne with benzoyl peroxide that are available in your local stores
    * Disguise a pimple with eye-redness relieve eye drops by applying to a Q-tip and hold on pimple for about 10-15 seconds.
    * Mix a packet of fast acting yeast with enough tea tree oil to make a paste. Spread over emerging pimple and cover with bandage & leave on overnight because yeast will cause the pimples to rise out of the skin while the tea tree oil attacks it.
    * Go to the store and get Cortizone 10.It will help stop acne.
    * Soak a cotton ball in warm salt water. Press on top of blemish for 3 minutes to dissolve the top. Then, dab a bit of honey on the affected area to deep clean the pore and draw out bacteria. Let it sit for 10 minutes.
    * One thing you should do is change your pillow case(s) every day. That way you won’t get any oil or dirt on your face again.
    * “Proactiv®” has also proven to be useful in some circumstances, though for some people it doesn’t work.
    * If you ever pop a whitehead and you have “Proactiv®”, put a dab of Revitalizing Toner on the popped zit. This should help clear it.
    12. Apply some sudocrem to your spots, This helps them.
    13. use shampoo! suave professionals biobasics for damaged hair is a good example. its cheap and you have a lot of it, and at the same time it gets rid of all the oil and grease, helping zits fade. however, many shampoos contain lauryl sulfates which can damage your skin.
    14. Change your pillow case every week. You sleep on it! Most of your germs and bacteria are passed onto your pillow case and back onto your skin…. making acne worse.
    15. Take Minocycline. Minocycline is an antibiotic which kills bacteria. Minocycline should be taken with caution, however, as it has been show to damage the thyroid gland, liver, and hair. It makes skin sensitive and lowers the body’s resistance to pathogens. If you do choose to take minocyline, make sure to get bloodwork every six months at the doctor’s office to monitor your health.
    16. Get good nutrition. These top five nutrients have been shown to have a very positive effect on your skin and in treating acne. These nutrients, zinc, vitamin A, vitamin E, selenium and chromium, can pack a powerful punch in your acne war.

    * Zinc – Zinc is the Acne stopper. It works in several ways to both treat acne and prevent it. It helps the body regulate certain hormones which prevents acne, but it also helps with wound healing, tissue regeneration and boosting the body’s immune system.Most people in the United States actually have a marginal zinc deficiency, but you can get zinc from many of your favorite foods, such as seeds, nuts, legumes and whole grains.
    * Vitamin A – Vitamin A is a fat soluble vitamin that helps you have beautiful, healthy hair and skin. You can find vitamin A from fruits and vegetables. Dark green vegetables and deep yellow vegetables as fruits give you a good dose of vitamin A by providing carotenes. Oatmeal is a good source of vitamin A, as well as cantaloupe, honeydew melon, broccoli, spinach and sweet potato. Liver contains a megadosis: watch out, vitamin A is stored in the body and you can actually get vitamin A poisoning.
    * Vitamin E – Vitamin E helps to normalize decreased levels of antioxidant enzymes. This is often prevalent in male acne patients, but vitamin E has proven beneficial to both male and female acne sufferers. Almonds, sunflower seeds, peanut butter, spinach, broccoli and mango are all great sources of vitamin E.Even a snack as simple as ¼ to ½ cups of raw nuts and seeds can help your skin become clearer and healthier.
    * Selenium – Selenium works much like vitamin E in that it also helps to normalize decreased levels of antioxidant enzymes. Selenium can be found in foods such as vegetables, meats and bread. Some nuts, such as Brazil nuts and walnuts are also rich in selenium.You can also supplement your diet with selenium, taking 100 to 200 micrograms per day. However, 3 ½ ounces of beef has 35 micrograms of selenium and 3 ounces of tuna has 63. Brazil nuts, though, are the winner with 544 micrograms of selenium per ounce.
    * Chromium – Chromium, found in brewer’s yeast, has been shown in research studies to heal acne. You can add brewer’s yeast to many different foods.Sprinkle a tablespoon over cold cereal or hot oatmeal, mix it into soups and stews or add it into your breakfast smoothie. Be careful, though, if you are not accustomed to brewer’s yeast, a large serving of it can cause nausea and diarrhea. Start small, just a teaspoon or tablespoon at a time. This is a great acne buster.
    17. AVOID TOUCHING YOUR FACE. Your hands and fingers have a lot of oil on them. If you touch your face, some of that oil is transferred to your face.
    18. Apply sour cream to your face. While yogurt is good, it can slip off easily. Buy fresh sour cream and refrigerate. Tie back your hair and make sure not to soil anything. Smear your face, especially pimples, with sour cream using your palms and wash it off after 15 minutes. If you are really busy, then simply apply the sour cream to your pimples and work until fifteen minutes are over, then wash off the pimples with warm water.

    Tips

    * The best solution is to see a dermatologist. They know what they’re doing. All they do is look at your acne and order some medicine for it then you must buy it and the acne disappears within a week.
    * After using any of the above-recommended acne medications (benzoyl peroxide, etc.), be sure to apply a gentle moisturizer over it in case you have sensitive skin.
    * Tinted moisturizer works well to cover pimples up, but this DOES NOT mean you have full sun protection.
    * Make sure all the products you use are non comedogenic or non acnedemic. This means that it does not clog pores.
    * Use any daily wash acne treatment regularly in the morning and night.
    * Drink Water.
    * Stop the Spread of Acne – Apply acne medication about half an inch around the affected area to help keep the acne from spreading. Acne moves across the face from the nose to the ear, so you need to treat beyond the inflamed area. Most people make the mistake of treating only the pimples and not the outlying areas of skin. This is wrong.
    * Wash your pillowcase often and always use clean face towels. Dirty towels and pillowcases can harbor bacteria and germs that can make acne worse.
    * Put some baking soda into your cleanser to take out all the oil in your pores. Only do this 3 times a week.
    * Try to prevent over-exposure to sunlight. Over-exposure to sunlight can dry out the skin and cause breakouts. If you are out in the sunlight very often, use a sunscreen, preferably spf 35+.
    * Use cold water when washing your face. It reduces inflammation. [citation needed]
    * Go to the beach! Swim around in the water, and enjoy yourself. The salt in the water will sting a little, but in the end, your face will be much, much cleaner than before. Plus, you’ll have an awesome tan. Note: Fresh water has minimal salt.

    Warnings

    * Sunburn increases the risk of skin cancer considerably! You really don’t want to look like a spotty tomato, do you?
    * Do not use too many different types of acne medication at the same time. It can cause more irritation and increase your acne.ex. dryness,painful to the touch, peeling…
    * Consult a doctor if your acne is open or bleeding.
    * Consider seeing a doctor as well if the acne has become cystic or highly inflamed. If you do not treat cystic acne there is a high chance of it scarring your face.
    * Benzoyl peroxide-based products usually bleach hair and fabrics. Be extremely careful using them around brightly colored or dark colored fabrics, as you can end up with ruined towels and shirts. (You may want to only use white towels and sheets while using these products).
    * Make sure you are not allergic to products/ingredients mentioned in this article before using them.
    * Be careful with what prescriptions you take! Some oral prescriptions, including Accutane and similar products, can cause irreversible liver damage. Talk to your doctor or dermatologist before taking them.
    * At the fitness center is where you can get tons of nasty acne; always wear gloves and use lotion.
    * Don’t buy multi-step “active” style solutions. If you read the labels, they contain the same active ingredients that other over-the-counter acne medications contain: salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, or sulfur.
    * If you are pregnant (and pregnant women often get acne) consult your doctor before using any over-the-counter product.
    * Take fish oil daily.
    * Neutrogena has many acne products, including makeup that still lets your skin breathe while you wear it!

    Hope it helps 😀

  14. Di says:

    interesting article – as with a lot of things cleansing from the inside out is a useful tool and I know a couple of people I will give this information too becuase some of the prescribed medications are incredibly harsh on the skin. Thanks and keep up the good work.

  15. Amber Davenport says:

    I have found that drinking ONLY water helps deter and prevent acne symptoms without the cost.

    Basically if you eliminate all other sources of high sodium intake such as fizzy drinks this helps expell the pore clogging.

  16. Krissy Topliffe says:

    Keep on keeping on. This post is proof of why I keep coming back to your site.

  17. Landon Difronzo says:

    Thanks for the information. I think that you should wash your face at least 3 to 4 times a day. You’ll be surprised how much better your face will look.

  18. Brandon Stagman says:

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  23. Kelly says:

    Hi, is it true that you should only take AKN Skincare for two weeks then have two weeks off and then take it again? Is it not something you can take all the time?

    • leannejames says:

      Hi
      No I have not heard of this before, nor recommended this. In my experience, results come with continued use, so the product needs to be taken each day. It is best to start with a smaller dosage, say 1 capsule once a day and then build up to the recommended dosage, as suggested on the label. It is vital that a lot of water be consumed while taking AKN Skincare, or any other detoxing product. For most people, this is a minimum of 2 litres a day. Thanks

  24. Kelly says:

    Has anyone had experience with using DIM for adult acne?

    • leannejames says:

      Hi
      Yes I have used DIM with Hormonal acne and found this to be good. If the acne is caused by high or imbalanced levels of estrogen, then this is where DIM can help. The key with using DIM is to start slowly and build up to the recommended dosage. Many of our customers have to start by opening/pulling apart the capsule and tipping just 1/4-1/3 of the capsule onto a mouthful of food in the evening and working up from there. We suggest starting with this dosage for at least 2-3 nights in a row, to see the accumulated effect and then increasing by only the same amount you started with. Let us know how you get on, if you decide to try it. Thanks

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