How To Prevent Acne

Whilst there is no actual “cure” for acne, there are various steps that you can take to minimize the frequency and severity of acne flare-ups.

Keep your skin clean.

Probably the most obvious step to help prevent acne is to keep the affected area clean. However, don’t over-clean your skin as this can result in your body producing extra oil to compensate! A gentle morning and evening cleansing should be sufficient to remove surface impurities, make-up and stale skin oils.

Many soaps and cleansers can disrupt your skin’s natural acid balance, so look for the most natural products possible, preferably with a Ph value of 5.5 – your skin’s natural Ph level is between 4.5 and 6.

Use a facial toner!

This is something that is often missed out of a cleansing regime – particularly by men. A quality toner will provide a final cleansing of your skin, close your skin’s pores to help prevent moisture loss and bacterial ingress, provide nutrients and help restore the Ph balance of your skin.

Moisurise.

Unlikely though it sounds, a moisturiser should also become part of your regime. This will help protect your skin from environmental damage, provide your skin with nutrients and prevent moisture loss.

Avoid tight-fitting clothing.
Backpacks, hats or anything that could cause friction on the skin can increase the likelihood of an outbreak of acne. This can lead to irritation in areas of your skin that are prone to acne break outs by promoting sweating. They stop the sweat, sebum, and dead skin cells from escaping, leading to the blocked pores infection.
Don’t squeeze pimples or blackheads!

Whilst this may be very tempting – and once you get into it, it’s a hard habit to break – it actually makes matters worse. You can push the bacteria further into the pore, causing deeper inflammation, plus you get to spread the bacteria further around the area.

Avoid stressful situations.

Stress causes your body to produce hormones that affect your skin’s oil production so should be avoided. Unfortunately, in this day and age, that’s easier said than done so taking up meditation, Tai Chi or yoga could provide the answer by allowing you to control the stress in your life.

Watch your diet.

Changing your diet is thought by many to be the best method of preventing acne.

The most important aspect of your diet is water. Drink at least 2 litres a day (preferably filtered) to keep your skin moisturized and to help flush toxins out of your system.

Eat plenty of vegetables (preferably raw), especially brightly coloured ones as these have right sources of anti-oxidants that help in the fight against acne. Try to cut down on red meat, but white meat, poultry and fish are all helpful.

Some people may find that cutting out dairy produce, wheat or gluten can have a significant impact, not only on their acne, but on their general health as well. Keep a food diary that cross-refers to acne flare-ups (and any other health disorder) to see whether you may have a food intolerance or allergy.

Following these simple rules – and adapting them to your own specific needs – can go a long way to help you prevent acne. Whilst none of these tips provide an instant cure, over time they will help you maintain healthy and vibrant skin and go a long way towards preventing acne.

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Types of Acne

Though all pimples form the same way, they often take on different shapes and characteristics, and react differently on different people.  Acne is formed when a hair follicle becomes clogged and what is called a comedo is formed.  As the follicle becomes clogged with more oil, the comedo becomes larger, inflaming the skin around the area and forming what we know as a pimple.  There are several types of acne, each requiring different methods of treatment.  This article should help you recognise some of those types.

Non-inflammatory acne often takes the form of a closed comedo, or whitehead.  This occurs when the plugged hair follicle  stays beneath the surface of the skin, and appears on the skin as a small whiteish bump.

An open comedo, or blackhead, occurs when the plug enlarges and pushes through the surface of the skin.  Its dark appearance is not due to dirt, but rather to a build up of the dark pigment of the skin called melanin.  Blackheads are also a type of inflammatory acne.

The mildest form of inflammatory acne is a papule, a small, firm, pink bump appearing on the surface of the skin.  These bumps can be tender to the touch, and are often considered an intermediary step between non-inflammatory and inflammatory acne.

Pustules are like papules in that they are small, round lesions.  Unlike papules, pustules are clearly inflamed and visibly contain pus.  They may appear red at the base with a yellowish or whiteish center. Pustules do not generally contain a great deal of bacteria, but are inflamed due to chemical irritation from sebum components.

Nodular or cystic acne is usually very painful.  Nodules are inflamed pus-filled lesions lodged deep within the skin.  They develop when the contents of a comedo has spilled into the surrounding skin and immune system responds, producing pus.  The most severe form of this type of acne may persist for weeks or even months, eventually hardening into a cyst.  Both nodules and cysts often leave deep scars.

Acne conglobata, a rare form of inflammatory acne, forms primarily on the back, buttocks, and chest.  It is characterized by pustules and nodules, and severe bacterial infection may ensue.

Acne cosmetica is a relatively mild form of acne caused from topical cosmetic products.  It is characterized by small pink bumps, and local inflammation on the cheek, chin, and forehead.  It may develop over the course of a few weeks or months, but usually does not cause scarring.  Since it can persist indefinitely, it is important to find out which topical products are causing the problem and eliminate their use.

It is important to understand what is causing your acne so a suitable treatment can be found.  Before you can solve the problem, you must know its origin.

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Homemade Acne Treatment Zapping Them Worldwide

By: Ryan English

Again we are looking at homemade acne treatments that are out there for us all to try. They are supposed to be those miracle cures to a problem. You see books advertised on late night television that swear they will provide you every homemade treatment that is available. But let’s stick to our homemade acne treatment.

Over the counter medicines

There have been huge improvements over the years that have made some over the counter medicines a great choice for homemade acne treatment. But some of the products will cause skin irritation to people. One of those choices is rubbing alcohol. This will effectively remove oils, makeup and dirt from your skin. Use a cotton ball and put some rubbing alcohol onto it. Rubbing alcohol is great because it not only dries the skin of oil, but it will kill the bacteria-causing germs. Since bacteria are the thing that causes most acne, so it’s a great choice to keep the skin free of dangers.

Homemade Acne treatments with facial masks

You can make your own facial masks at home, these are all natural masks and the ingredients will be found in your kitchen:

Oatmeal

Oatmeal is a cheap homemade acne treatment; this is a great beat for you if you suffer from oil skin, because oily skin seems to breed blackheads. Oatmeal will treat the oil skin since it’s dry. It’s very inexpensive and natural homemade acne treatment. Making an oatmeal mask and using it is very easy, you will help clear up your skin too. Just make a thick paste of water and oatmeal, applying the mixture to your face in the morning and at night. Allow the paste to stay on your for from 10 to 20 minutes, then wash it from your face with cold water.

Honey and Apple Masks

Another great homemade acne treatment is a honey and apple mask, again it is all natural, and it’s also great for people with oily skin. You will need to grate the apples into a fine pulp, then mix in four tablespoons of honey. Just apply to your face, leaving it on for ten minutes, rinse the mask off and you are done. Very inexpensive homemade acne treatment again.

Egg Whites, Witch Hazel and Lemon Juice

Of course you can’t forget this homemade acne remedy; you will have a mask of egg whites, witch hazel, and lemon juice. The making of the mask is easy, just beat an egg until it is stiff, then add a few drops of witch hazel, and also a few drops of lemon juice. When completely mixed up spread the mixture over your face keeping it in place for 15 minutes. When done rinse off with lukewarm water.

Tomatoes

One more homemade acne treatment out there is a tomatoes it will work wonders on your oily skin. You will have to mash up a ripe tomato, drain the juice onto paper towels. Next you will need to take the tomato pieces and pat your face with them as you are lying back. Next you should leave those pieces on for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse off with warm water. Do this once a day and it will have your skin looking great.

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Causes of Acne

Despite endless research, a precise cause of acne isn’t known! However, doctors and researchers have at least come to some conclusions as to what sort of risk factors are involved, and ultimately contribute to, acne’s development.

According to some researchers, the primary causes are hormones and genetics, but this cannot account for every case as, in some instances, factors like medication, types of cosmetics, and certain aspects of personal hygiene
can create the conditions for acne’s formation.

Environment, too, can be a catalyst. Those working with chemicals or who are exposed to oils and greases, have a greater chance of getting acne because the materials themselves can clog pores.

The main thing to remember is that your skin acts as an indicator of your general health and well-being. In other words, acne breakouts are a symptom of a deeper, underlying problem.

I’ve listed the main problems here:-

Hormones

With the onset of puberty, the human body starts to produce hormones called androgens, or male sex hormones, in both boys and girls. These androgens cause the enlargement and over stimulation of the sebaceous glands that are located in the hair follicles, or pores, of the skin. This added stimulation causes the glands to produce extra sebum, or oil, that mixes with dead skin cells and bacteria on the skin’s surface and blocks the pores. Once the pore is blocked, the bacteria multiply and cause inflammation. All of this leads to the lesions that are associated with acne.

In women, hormonal changes associated with the menstrual cycle, pregnancy, and menopause can also be responsible for outbreaks of acne. Additionally, when women are either beginning or ending the use of birth control medication, the hormonal fluctuations that occur at this time can cause acne.

In fact, any fluctuations in the hormones of adults (particularly those associated with stress), in both men and women, can cause spikes in the production of sebum in the sebaceous glands – leading to acne attacks.

Genetics

In studies conducted by a number of scientists, links have been found between those presently suffering from acne and the presence of acne in their family history. Strictly speaking though, acne is not an inherited disease, at least not in the medical sense of the word. However, it is has been demonstarated that acne is much more common in children with parents who have had or still have acne.

Many researchers now believe that the ultimate root cause of acne is genetic, but without resorting to genetic engineering, we are unable to address the problem at this level.

Other Factors

Medication

Many prescribed medicines can cause acne to flare up. Examples can include: barbiturates, anti-depressants, anti-anxiety medication, lithium and certain forms of steroids.

Cosmetics

In the case of certain cosmetics, their ingredients can affect the structure of hair follicles and lead to over-production of sebum, which in turn clogs the pores.

Cleansing

Astringent facial products can dry the skin out and also causes the body to overproduce sebum to compensate. The use of harsh exfoliants can damage existing spots and spread infection.

Additionally, working with oils and chemicals – without using the correct protective clothing and equipment -can cause flare-ups (and the jury is out over whether this may, in fact, be one of the initial causes of acne).

Diet, too, is still an area of contention with regard to acne. There are researchers and nutritionists who claim that diet is responsible for acne, but whilst the scientific community agree that diet can worsen acne attacks, they insist that there is insufficient data to prove that it is, actually, one of the causes.

What is certain, however, is that a healthy, balanced diet that is rich in essential vitamins, minerals and fatty acids, can be a major influence in clearing up acne attacks.

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Adult Acne

An Introduction To Adult Acne.

When most of us think of acne, we think of adolescence.  Many people who had acne as a teen are no longer afflicted by it. However, the number of people who do battle acne during their adulthood may surprise you.  Whilst teens  make up a large percentage of the acne-suffering population, adult acne is more prevalent than you might think.

It is also becoming clear that the physical, psychological, and social effects of this condition are still frequent occurrences in adults, and can cause many problems.  Also – according to recent studies – acne is increasing among adults, but the reasons for this are not clear.

Whether acne strikes during adolescence and lingers into adulthood, or simply strikes after the age of 30, the physical and psychological effects can be long-lasting and cause problems.  Dermatologists say that adult acne is more likely to leave permanent scars due to the skin having aged and lost collagen, making it more difficult for it to bounce back and the scars are, therefore, often unable to heal as they would in younger skin.  Physical scars aren’t the only ones left by adult acne.

Psychological scarring can be much harder to trace, and sometimes more difficult to deal with because of the misconceptions that accompany them.  For example, it has been believed that the psychological effects of adult acne are easier to deal with because adults are able to accept the condition better than teens.  In reality, the ramifications of these scars can be severe because acne has been perceived to be a condition specific to teens.  Though we know this isn’t the case, many people are often afraid to admit they have adult acne and seek treatment.

As perceptions are shifting, and more people are recognizing acne as a problem not only among teens, but also among adults, more people are going to dermatologists for treatment.

Many adults are now seeking relief via prescribed medications as well as from over-the-counter products to treat the condition.  Sales of these products have increased, along with the awareness of adult acne.

Because adult acne is reported to be on the rise, doctors are now starting to consider the special causes and unique effects of this condition on older patients.  As public awareness continues to increase, people may be more likely to seek treatment.

The wealth of information that is now available concerning adult acne can also help people afflicted with this condition to better understand it and how to combat its problems.  More care is also being given to the psychological effects of adult acne.  Because adults, like teens, are often affected by what those around them think and how they are perceived, many refuse to socialise and become reclusive.

Understanding what is causing the adult acne is key to its treatment.  If the physical problems are treated, the social and psychological ones can be as well.

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Holistic Treatments for Acne

By: Scott Meyers

Most people that suffer from acne rely on creams and topical agents to get rid of their acne. The non-prescription items fill shelves on the pharmacy counter, while the prescription aids can have severe side-effects and must be monitored closely by a doctor. Some of these creams and pills should not be taken by people already taking hormones, or who may be pregnant.

Most acne problems are caused by a buildup of toxins in the body, particularly in the colon and lymphatic systems. Acne, like most diseases, starts from a digestive system imbalance. In order to cure acne problems, we must address imbalances in the digestive system and fix the problem at the source.

Most people have never stopped to consider the natural treatments available to them. Of all the holistic treatments for acne, herbal treatments and reflexology show the most promise for long-term relief.

Herbs

Tea Tree Oil is a natural antibiotic and antiseptic. You can use it as full strength oil diluted in warm water and apply as you would a commercial astringent, or use one of many tea tree oil soaps. Tea tree will kill any bacteria or virus it comes in contact with. You could also try eucalyptus oil or thyme infused wash, which have a similar effect.

Lavender is one of the best herbs to use topically in the essential oil form. Lavender is a natural antibiotic and antiseptic.

Sage is antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral. It has natural tannins, camphor and rosmarinic acid, all of which help repair skin.

Papaya enzymes help to exfoliate and unclog pores. Papaya also promotes healthy skin cell growth, softens and smoothes the skin. For increased benefit, try adding the chewable form to your diet as well.

Burdock root and dandelion leaves cleanse the liver. They also contain inulin, which helps remove bacteria from the skin.

Milk thistle and red clover helps the liver cleanse the blood and lymphatic system.

Reflexology

Reflexology stimulates the lymphatic system and encourages the release of endorphins; natural feel good hormones to our entire system. Reflexology is based on the belief that applying pressure to reflexes on the feet and hands can effectively treat the entire body. By stimulating nerves on specific areas of the feet and hands, reflexology stimulates blood flow and eliminates toxin buildup in the corresponding organs and systems of the body.

Although reflexologists cannot diagnose or claim to cure a sickness or disease, the results speak for themselves, making it one of the most sought after treatments today. In fact, celebrities pay an arm and a leg for just a few minutes of reflexology. Not only is it beneficial as a tool for relaxation and stress relief, but it is also an effective tool for improving circulation; relieving pain, and as an immune and nervous system stimulator. Many people with illnesses like allergies; chronic sinus problems; acid reflux; acne; migraines; PMS; menopause; insomnia; fertility problems and even arthritis have been helped tremendously by reflexology treatments.

No matter what your physical or emotional condition may be chances are you will benefit after just one treatment. Many people will go through a course of treatment in order to cure acne problems once and for all.

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How To Control Acne ,Melasma, Rosacea and Freckles

By: Ian Reygan

In todays day and age, physical appearance plays an important role in our society. No one wants to suffer from acne problems, but it is unfortunately something that everyone goes through. Although it is more common in teenagers and people going through puberty, it can be an active problem for adults as well. In order to have acne control over your face, you have to take action now.

Cause

Acne occurs when oil ducts in the skin get plugged and then break burst, causing swelling and redness. There are a number of things that can contribute to poor skin and acne, but the three main factors that cause it are hormones, heredity and plugged oil ducts.

There is no hiding the fact that hormones play a factor in acne. All teenagers have dealt with skin care problems at least some point in their life. When you begin puberty there are certain hormones called androgens that increase for both male and females. It is these hormones that trigger oil ducts on the face, neck, back and chest to begin producing oil. As the oil builds up, acne begins to appear.

The second possible factor is heredity. Unfortunately, if your parents suffered from acne problems, the chance of you having skin problems increases. The best way to prevent this is to begin using some kind of skin product prior to puberty to eliminate oil ducts before they appear. We will discuss acne control products later in this article.

The last major factor that causes acne is plugged oil ducts. If you are prone to acne, the cells that line the oil ducts are going to begin to produce more oil and get larger, thus plugging the ducts. As this happens, the oil gets trapped and blackheads or whiteheads are produced. Lastly, the plugged ducts allow germs in the skin to multiply and produce chemicals that cause redness and swelling.

Acne control tips

Although there is no sure way to prevent acne because we can not control our hormones and heredity, there are some acne control methods you can do to limit the amount of acne you get. Washing your skin several times a day is essential to help reduce the oil that is produced and help remove the excess surface oils and dead skin cells that can clog your pores. This does not mean you need to take four showers a day, but washing your hands and face with water and soap a few times a day will be good.

Another acne control tip is to purchase lotions or makeup that are noncomedogenic or nonacnegenic. In simplest terms, purchasing lotions or makeup that have this means they will not clog your pores. Along with using products around your face, try to keep styling gel and hairspray away from your face as much as possible. Many hair products that are used have oils in them that can worsen acne.

The last acne control tip is to avoid wearing things that will rub on your face such as hats, headbands or chinstraps. Wearing these items on your head will irritate the skin and produce an excess amount of oil.

Acne treatment

Because it is almost impossible to truly prevent acne, odds are you will produce acne at some point in your life. Therefore, it is vital that you are aware of acne treatment so you can clear your skin as soon as possible. Whether it is through pills or facial creams, what works for one person is not going to necessarily work for you.

To begin with, you can try to wash your face and use an over-the-counter prescription to cleanse your skin. However, if the acne becomes serious you will want to seek a dermatologist. A dermatologist will subscribe a skin care product or pill of some kind to help you get rid of the problem. There may be some trial and error that is required to clear your skin, but it is vital that you give it time to work before giving up on the medication.

Overusing a product will typically aggravate your skin and switching products too frequently will irritate the skin as well. Because of this, try to find one and give it time to be effective. If the face wash or scrub is not working after a couple of weeks, then you will want to seek a more aggressive acne treatment.

Once you have determined that a prescription method is the route you want to take, it is important that you discuss with your doctor or dermatologist about your situation. You want to talk about the possible side effects for various medications and what your goals are.

There are a plethora of face washes, creams and pills that can be prescribed making it vital that you work with your doctor to come up with the best solution for your problem. By discussing with your doctor what skin care products you have been using and how severe your acne has become, your doctor will be able to better prescribe a medication for you.

Acne is an embarrassing facet to our skin that everyone experiences at some point in their life. Regardless of whether you are a male or female, young or old, the potential is there to face skin problems. By taking action now and working at cleansing your skin, you can begin to take control of your acne,and improve the condition of your melasma, age spots and freckles too.

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Acne Symptoms and Treatment

By: Todd Mumford

Acne Vulgaris or common acne affects millions of Americans (usually during puberty) every year, varying from mild to fairly complicated cases. It involves the face, neck, scalp, chest, shoulders, upper arms and back and is caused due to blocked pores of the hair follicles. Acne symptoms generally appear in the form of blackheads when the follicle plug made up of dead skin, dried sebum and hair cells all combine together to form painful bump or lesion on the skin.

Blackheads are darker in color due to the presence of a skin compound called melanin. Incidentally, blackheads are not caused due to accumulation of dirt or dust. Other than blackheads, acne symptoms may also appear in the form of whiteheads when the bump or lesions are simply skin colored or in other words, are white in color. However, these are ordinary or simple symptoms of acne.

In more serious or complicated cases, symptoms include Papule, Pustule or Nodule. These are the cases when the lesions turn red and become swollen on account of inflammation or infection of the surrounding tissue. These are usually quite painful, feeling hard to the touch. Cysts are another form of acne symptom where medical care is often needed.

A more detailed study of acne symptoms may reveal two primary types of acne common to most people. They are commonly divided into (a) Inflammatory and (b) Non-inflammatory acnes.

In Inflammatory acne, the whiteheads get inflamed, giving rise to red pimples and pustules. In some cases, inflammatory acne causes pitting scars and may even need surgery.

Non-inflammatory acne on the other hand, is a milder type that does not require surgical intervention and may be treated with simple medications.

In order to pin point acne symptoms in a more positive way, the following factors may be of help in diagnosing the disorder.

(1). When in doubt, look for pimples that are persistent, and where the skin swellings and the red spots keep coming back. These swellings are usually filled with pus and can be seen on the neck, shoulders, chest, back and the face.

(2). Look for darker spots on the skin with open pores (blackheads).

(3). One cannot miss the Pustules that look like angry red swellings on the skin and are filled with pus. These are often the secondary stages of blackheads or whiteheads.

(4). Similarly, one cannot overlook the bulge under the skin without any opening (whiteheads).

(5). Large inflamed lumps with fluid below the skin are difficult to ignore. These are cysts that require attention and care.

Yes, there are some other ailments where the symptoms are more or less similar.

(a). Acne Rosacea also produces Pustules (small, white blisters with pus) and Papules (small raised bumps) similar to Acne Vulgaris but requires a totally different line of treatment.

(b). Skin cancer symptoms look similar to acne symptoms at the very early stage.

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Causes of Acne

By: Asanka Samaranayake

There seem to be many different causes of acne, and they can be placed into two main categories:

a) direct, which would include things such as bacterial colonization over the skin

b) skin oil levels, and Indirect, such as stress, bad diet and bad hygiene.

Bacteria

These little critters worsen the skin condition and enter pores clogged up with dirt to form acne. The bacteria are in a family called Propionibacterium and they love to grow in hair follicles. The bacteria basically infects the follicle, and just like any other infection, causes redness, swelling and pain. The infected follicle eventually bursts the skin surface due to the accumulation of dirt, oil and bacteria, and eventually spreads across the skin surface to create a visually apparent infected acne.

Oil on the skin

Sebaceous glands, similar to sweat glands, produce an oil called sebum that is a natural skin lubricant. During new adolescence, the reason for both the psychological and physical changes to the teenager, is due to the massive alteration in hormonal activity within the body. This shift in hormone levels also stimulates the activity of these sebaceous glands to produce more of this sebum. The oil, because of its excess, can block out the skin pores easily, and along with dirt and bacteria as explained already, can result in the formation of acne.

Dead skin cells:

The build up of dead skin cells can also cause acne on the skin. Similar to plain old dirt or bacteria, these skin cells can clog up the pores on the skin, and along with the bacteria and especially increased oil production in adolescence, increases the chance of acne formation. It is during these years that dead skin cells are removed more rapidly, and therefore lay on the surface of the skin more, which increases its vulnerability to acne.

Diet

It is important to have a healthy diet to prevent the formation of acne. Constituents of a diet that can cause acne include excessive oily or fried food, and chocolate intake. This is an indirect cause of acne, because fried foods can increase body cholesterol, which results in the metabolism of this into oil. Chocolates or sugary foods likewise, can be converted into fat for storage in the body, which will eventually result in the release of more oil from the skin. This is not to say that you cannot eat junk food once in a while, however if you keep fit and exercise regularly, and thus burn off the excess cholesterol and carbohydrates, then you would have less to worry about.

Stress

This is also an indirect cause of acne, and it is simply a results of the psychosomatic effect of stress increasing the stimulation of the sebaceous glands in the skin to produce more oil. It also decreases body immunity and so rendering your body more vulnerable to the infective effects of the bacteria harboring your skin surface.

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Natural Acne Treatment – Allicin

When a customer comes into my shop to find a cure for their acne, one of the first things I ask them about is their diet.

I firmly believe that your skin is an indicator of your inner health and well-being – and diet plays a major role in this.

Unfortunately, for a whole host of reasons, few people eat what is considered to be a balanced, healthy diet.

Processed foods, refined sugar, saturated fats, coffee and alcohol all play havoc with your digestive system.

One of the primary roles of your digestive system is the elimination of toxins and waste. When it becomes overloaded it looks for alternative ways to get rid of this waste – and the favourite is through your skin via the sebaceous glands.

Additionally, your whole system becomes a perfect environment for “unfriendly” bacteria that produce yet more toxins that have to be eliminated through your skin – leading to blockages of the sebaceous glands. And, of course, once these glands become blocked, they in turn become breeding grounds for even more bacteria – leading to inflammation and pimples.

Now, back to treating someone with acne………

Having explained about the importance of your diet and how, simply by making a few changes, you can see an improvement in your condition, my first suggestions for natural acne treatment is Allicin.

Allicin is the “active” part of raw garlic and has anti fungal, anti bacterial, anti microbial and anti biotic properties.

Unfortunately, in its natural state it degrades extremely quickly and heating and processing garlic speeds up this degradation. Because of this, most garlic oil capsules contain no Allicin (however, they do contain other sulphur based compounds that are very effective for cardiovascular health).

The good news is that one company has managed to isolate and process Allicin in a powder form that can be taken to help alleviate your acne symptoms.

As a natural acne treatment, Allicin has the ability to kill Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus species and Candida albicans – bacteria that infect your sebaceous glands and worsen the clinical symptoms of acne. Additionally, it has a mild natural acidity that has been shown to be protective and guard against bacterial overgrowth.

Allicin is available as AllicinMax capsules and AllicinMax cream and I suggest the following treatment regimen:

For mild to moderate acne, take one capsule twice a day at mealtimes for 4 weeks – for more severe outbreaks, take two capsules twice a day. At bedtime, add a dab of the cream to each pimple (you can smell the garlic in the cream, but this is offset to a great degree by honeysuckle that’s been added).

With regular use, significant results should be seen within 2 weeks and once the 4 weeks are up, if you then take one capsule a day as a maintenance dose, it will act as protection against any further bacterial outbreaks.

It is worth noting that Staphylococcus aureus – one of the bacteria responsible for acne infection – is the same one that’s present in MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) and, even though this type is anti-biotic resistant, Allicin has been found to kill it!

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