Antibiotics are often prescribed for moderate to severe cases of acne, as they have the ability to kill the bacteria at the root of the condition. Antibiotics are powerful enough to drastically improve acne and, in many cases, completely clear the skin.
However, their use has a down side – they often come with unpleasant side-effects and the risk of antibiotic resistance is high. It is, therefore, no wonder that there is an increased interest in treating acne the natural way.
A healthy, balanced diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables has been proven to improve the appearance of acne. Any nutritional deficiencies can imbalance the equilibrium of the skin, which can aggravate acne. Common trigger foods include dairy products and refined sugars – many skin specialists recommend a ‘detox’ to eliminate processed foods altogether. Multivitamin supplements can provide an extra boost to those who struggle to consume their daily nutrients through food alone.
Swapping soda and caffeinated drinks for plain water has also been shown to improve skin condition, as well as cutting back on smoking and drinking alcohol. Green tea is thought to contain powerful anti-bacterial properties due to its polyphenols, which help to kill bacteria, fight damaging free radicals and reduce inflammation.
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UV light has been proven to significantly reduce the appearance of acne, although this remains controversial due to the increased risk of skin cancer.
A thorough cleansing routine is essential to maintain healthy skin. Regular exfoliation helps to remove a build-up of dead skin cells that cause pore congestion. Facial massage can help to boost the circulation of blood and lymph, which has a detoxifying effect on the skin.
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Several essential oils, particularly tea-tree oil, have been shown to have a positive impact on acne. Tea-tree oil has strong anti-bacterial qualities which can help to reduce inflammation and fight infection.
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As stress is one of the proven contributing factors to acne, any relaxing therapy which helps to restore mental wellbeing can potentially help with its treatment. Reflexology, reiki or massage may help to reduce an accumulation of stress and, in turn, help to fight acne in a natural way.