Natural treatments for acne have been around as long as the tree has been in existence. They have also been used by many different cultures around the world for years. In the United States, however, not a lot of people seem to know what natural treatments for acne are or even how to do them. I know from personal experience that they can be very effective. Let’s take a look at some of these remedies and see how well they work.
First, there is honey. If you haven’t heard of natural treatments for acne before, you must have missed out on one of the most effective remedies ever known. When I had my acne breakout way back in college, I used to put some warm honey on my face and it did a lot of good. You can either just use honey straight out of a container or mix it into some topical ointment, such as gel, oil, or lotion.
Next is witch hazel. I had read that this substance has anti-inflammatory properties, but I had no idea what that meant. My skin conditions improved quickly when I started using witch hazel every day. The reason is that witch hazel contains antibacterial and antiseptic properties. This means that it will effectively reduce inflammation throughout your body, including your skin.
Antioxidants have also been shown to reduce acne treatments in several studies. There are two types of antioxidant; organic and inorganic. For example, Vitamin C which is found in many foods can convert cholesterol into a form that is less harmful to the body. So, eating healthy, such as fruits and vegetables, and taking antioxidant supplements like vitamin E or beta carotene can be very effective acne treatments.
Last on this list is zinc. You may not think that zinc is a natural treatment for acne, but it is. The evidence surrounding zinc comes from two different research studies. One study that was led by USDA scientists found that increasing the amount of zinc in your diet can decrease the amount of sebum production. Sebum is the natural oil that our sebaceous glands produce to protect our hair follicles and skin.
Another research needs to be done in order to confirm this effect. In this study, researchers found that people who took a supplement with a high level of zinc were less likely to experience acne symptoms after taking the supplement for six months. However, the high level of zinc in these products may cause some irritation. The research needs to continue, but the preliminary evidence seems to show that there may be a link between the skin and zinc. More research needs to be conducted before we are able to fully understand all of the benefits and side effects of natural treatments for acne treatment.
Jan Johnson writes about acne and skincare on her blog.