Acne is the inflammation and subsequent infection of the hair follicles, most commonly occurring on the face, back, shoulders and neck. Aside from the obvious embarrassment that tends to happen when an individual is forced to attend a special event, acne can leave permanent scars if left untreated. Over-the-counter acne medications can be effective, but some individuals prefer to use a natural approach and avoid harsh chemicals that can cause irritation. These treatments also, according to Holistic-Online, tend to take an average of three months to work. Certain natural treatments can get rid of acne within 10 days. Review your plans to try natural treatments with your doctor.
Keep the acne clean and dry by washing twice a day with a fragrance-free soap. Dab the skin dry with a clean towel. Avoid touching the skin with the hands, which tend to carry bacteria that can cause even more acne. Never reuse a towel, and don't share them with others in the house, as this too may spread bacteria. Individuals who tend to develop acne around the hairline should also wash their hair frequently, according to MayoClinic.com. Keeping the affected areas clean and dry will encourage healing of acne, and the majority of it should be nearly gone within a week.
Apply a gel containing 5 percent tea tree oil to the affected areas twice a day. This gel can be purchased at a local health food store. According to a 1990 study at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in New South Wales, Australia, tea tree oil significantly reduced the number of acne lesions with fewer side effects than those that occur with products that contain benzoyl peroxide. They added that tea tree oil has antimicrobial properties that may be the source of the benefits for individuals with acne.
Take 30mg to 50mg of a zinc supplement daily. Zinc, according to MayoClinic.com, is a natural aid for faster healing of wounds and inflammation, such as acne. Zinc can cause mild nausea if taken on an empty stomach. Instead, it should be taken with a meal or snack. With a zinc supplement, the body's healing ability can improve and acne will clear-up faster. A noticeable decrease in acne will occur within seven to 10 days.
Drink a tea made by combining 1/2 tsp. each of fennel seed, cumin and coriander in a tea ball or reusable cotton tea bag, available at health food stores. Pour hot water into a cup containing the tea, and allow it to steep for 10 minutes. Drink this tea three times a day, after meals. According to Holistic-Online, this combination of spices helps to balance the body and eliminates the toxins that are causing and aggravating the acne.
Eat bland foods like oatmeal and rice. Avoid eating spicy foods, foods that have been fried and citrus fruit. According to traditional Ayurvedic medicine, acne is caused by eating foods that create an imbalance in the body. By eating foods that are the opposite to those that cause acne, the acne will clear up, and the body will be restored to balance.
See your physician before using herbal supplements as they may interact with medications.