Acne Solutions

If you have acne, you've probably tried all the over-the-counter products and maybe even the prescription products on the market. Perhaps they don't work for you or they irritate your skin and dry it out. There are other options. Herbal treatments and nutritional supplements can also help with acne, either applied directly to the skin or taken orally.

There are many products on the market for acne, but not everyone responds to the same products. Most of the commercial acne treatment products contain salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide, which can dry out and cause redness and irritation to sensitive skin.

There are many herbal products that can be used topically or taken internally to help with acne. Maca can help, especially if your acne is caused by hormonal imbalance. Maca can help normalize hormones. Maca is a root vegetable and it is available in powdered form and in capsules. The recommended dose is 3 capsules per day. Maca should not be taken with thyroid medications or with thyroxin.

Neem is another very good product for relieving acne. Neem is available in tablet form, in creams and as soap. Neem has antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties.

Tea tree oil has antibiotic and antibacterial properties and has a drying effect on the skin. You can use the oil directly on the pimples. There are also many commercial creams and products now made with tea tree oil and supplements you can take internally to help clear up your acne.

Other good herbal and nutritional supplements to take for acne include echinacea taken orally and applied externally to the skin, Oregon grape root applied as a cream, tea tree oil applied to the skin, oregano and basil oil applied to the skin or taken orally, burdock root, blue flag, sarsaparilla, milk thistle seed, aloe vera juice and flax seed. Just remember, everyone reacts differently. What may work for one person may not work for you.

Be careful using any new product because you may be sensitive to it. If you are using any prescriptions or other topical acne treatments, you might have to watch out for reactions. Check with your dermatologist to make sure it is safe to use any herbal treatments with the medicine you are already using.

If you have given up on all medications and herbs, you could try an acne light box. It uses light waves to help clear your skin. You use it for around 15 minutes a day and usually see results within four weeks. Clinical studies have shown that the blue and red light waves act together to clear mild to moderate acne.

If you have the money, a laser treatment that destroys acne-producing bacteria could leave you blemish-free for six months to two years. The treatment is called Blu-U or Clearlight. Your face is painted with a laser light and aminolevulnic acid, or ALA, then it is exposed to a sunlamp.

This treatment can be a little pricey, ranging from $350 to $500 per treatment, and you may need two to four treatments. The upside is you will be acne free and you will save a ton of money by not buying acne treatments, products or prescriptions.

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