Teen acne can exacerbate the struggles that most teens already face. Natural remedies can help.
A typical option for treating acne is to buy one of the many creams available at the drugstore or, in extreme cases of acne, consult a dermatologist. While these measures can be considered successful, mild acne can be reduced with a whole foods diet, natural health remedies, and a good skin care routine. Like anything else, it will take time.
There is no quick fix to reduce or even prevent acne, but you can start here with these seven effective natural remedies:
1. Reduce toxins
The skin is the largest organ in the body. One of its functions is to remove a part of the body's toxic waste products through sweat. If the body contains more toxins than the kidneys and liver can effectively discharge, the skin takes over. As toxins escape through the skin, the integrity of the skin's health is impaired, which can cause skin disorders, including acne. Eliminating processed foods that contain artificial colors, saturated fat, high levels of sodium and sugar is one way to effectively reduce the intake of toxins that will seep through the skin. In addition to following a whole foods diet, encourage your teen to increase his water intake so toxins are flushed from the body. Fiber-rich foods, such as whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, will also contribute to a healthy digestive system so toxins can be eliminated through the colon.
2. Avoid topical oils / chemicals
If your teen uses cosmetics, encourage her to use only natural water-based products. Strong chemicals, dyes, and oils will clog pores and cause acne to bloom.
3. Keep the skin clean
The skin breathes. Dust, grime, oils, and pollutants can clog skin pores and exacerbate existing acne. Teens should wash their face thoroughly, but carefully, twice a day. Excessive washing or excessive scrubbing can make acne worse by overstimulating the sebaceous glands and causing them to produce excessive amounts of sebum. Use an all-natural sulfur soap designed for acne (available in health food stores) to help keep skin clean.
4. Avoid touching or squeezing
Your teen will be tempted to squeeze, pop, and touch his pimples or anything to make them go away. Try to encourage your children to keep their hands away from their faces, as dirt or oil on their hands will make acne worse. Breaking or popping a pimple will also allow harmful bacteria to enter the stain, risking infection and possible scarring.
5. Nutritional supplements
Certain vitamins and minerals such as vitamin A, C, E, and zinc, along with the essential fatty acid, Omega 3, can help improve the appearance of the skin and minimize acne breakouts. Consult with a natural health professional to determine the correct dosage for your child when using a supplement, as exceeding the recommended daily units for some vitamins can be harmful to the body.
Vitamin A, C, E, zinc, and Omega 3 can also be found naturally in the foods we eat: vitamin A is found in animal livers, fish liver oils, and green and yellow fruits and vegetables; vitamin C is found in berries, citrus fruits, and vegetables; vitamin E is found in avocados, cold-pressed vegetable oils, dark green leafy vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds, and whole grains; zinc is found in egg yolks, fish, seaweed, legumes, liver, mushrooms, soybeans, and whole grains; and omega 3 fatty acids with their antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects can be found in fresh, cold-water fish such as salmon and mackerel, fish oil, and walnuts.
6. Natural remedies
There are some natural remedies using inexpensive household items that can help get rid of acne.
A mixture of organic apple cider vinegar and quality water applied to the affected area can help balance the pH level of the skin and prevent the growth of acne-causing bacteria. Mix 1 part apple cider with 10 parts quality water and apply gently with a cotton ball to the skin.
Freshly squeezed lemon juice applied directly to cleansed skin can also help balance the skin's pH level. Let the lemon juice dry for a few minutes and then rinse it off with cold water. Reapply a few times a day.
Honey contains enzymes that rejuvenate the skin and act as an antimicrobial agent. A thin layer of raw honey applied to your face and left in place for a few minutes can serve as a natural mask to remove dirt and grime from your pores.
Tea tree oil, available in health food stores, is a natural antibiotic and antiseptic. A little undiluted tea tree oil applied sparingly to blemishes three times a day can help reduce the size and appearance of blemishes. Tea tree oil soap works well too. As with all-natural remedies, discontinue if a rash appears.
7. Be patient
Living with a teenager is not always easy. It is a time of change, confusion, and emotional ups and downs as you discover your place in the world. What may seem like a natural rite of passage can be seen as a tragedy for them. What a teenager needs the most is an understanding parent who remembers what he is like at this age. If you live with a teenager struggling with acne, suggest some of these remedies and hopefully your teenager will be on their way to healthy looking skin.