Acne is hormone related and can be aggravated by bad diet. It can benefit from herbs that help remove waste products from the body. Burdock, dandelion, and Echinacea tea should be taken on a regular basis. Use mild oatmeal soap instead of harsh products. Fight bacteria, ease pain, and reduce swelling with lavender essential oil applied full strength in one drop doses. Moisturize at night with light jojoba oil. Do not try to remove oil from the skin by excessive washing or using harsh astringents. This just aggravates the skin and causes worse outbreaks. Oily skin is not what causes acne.
Acne can be treated with simple ingredients. Rub acne prone areas with papaya and cucumber slices. Take ginseng and royal jelly (from honeybees), and drink licorice tea. Try applications of yellowroot and myrrh tea. Rub affected area with fresh cut garlic clove -- but test on a small area first to make sure that there is no allergic reaction.
Acne around the chin is usually caused by stress. Take B complex vitamins and Beta Carotene with vitamin D for a couple of weeks and see if skin clears up. Eat fresh foods with lots of enzymes and take 750 mg of bromelain daily. Calendula and tea tree oil soap can also be used with good results. Other things to try include facial steams using lavender, eucalyptus, and thyme essential oils.
Squeezing can cause blood poisoning. If you must squeeze, first use hot compresses three times a day to soften the skin and bring it to a head. Prepare compress by wetting a clean cloth with hot water containing dissolved Epsom salts.
Abscesses, known as boils or carbuncles, indicate a depressed immune system. Treatments for abscesses and skin problems include exposure to early morning sunlight, applications of fresh garlic juice, Aloe Vera, Echinacea, black walnut extract, tea tree oil, or liquid chlorophyll. Diet can also help. Yogurt, burdock root tea, and zinc supplements give good results. Beta Carotene, Vitamin E, and Vitamin C are also recommended. Cut out all sugar and refined food.
Mouthwash made from myrrh extract is an excellent remedy for dental abscesses and dry sockets. Use the myrrh mouthwash and apply myrrh extract 2 times a day. Apply clove essential oil if there is pain.
Many herbal blends give good results. Blend cabbage leaves with distilled witch hazel. Strain and add 2 drops of lavender oil. Use as a lotion. Other recipes call for a mix of cleavers, yellow dock, and burdock or tea tree oil, rosewater, and witch hazel. Try different remedies to see what works best for your skin. Everyone is different.
One way to beat acne is to go on a three day cleanse. Eat apples, carrots, pineapples, and papaya with grains and fresh salads. Drink 6-8 glasses of water a day to flush toxins from the body. Even a 24 hour cleanse can greatly improve the skin's appearance.
Hormone imbalances are often the underlying cause of skin problems. Herbs like wild yam and red clover can help to balance hormones.
Wash your face every night before going to bed even if it's late. Use a gentle cleanser or mild soap with cool water. Do not use hot water on the skin. Moisturize with quality oils like almond oil with a little rose essential oil added for extra benefits. Massage gently into skin with circular motions.
* Only use one remedy at a time and give it a chance to work. Always consult with your physician before using any herbal medicine. Discontinue use if irritation develops.
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