Natural Acne Remedies You Can Try
Posted on March 10, 2017
Having acne is something that nobody welcomes. If you suffer from acne you’ve no doubt tried all kinds of treatments to keep your skin clear. Whether you’ve been to your GP for medication, used special skin scrubs or had microdermabrasion and skin peels, there’s a wealth of treatments available for acne skin.
But there are actually some natural acne remedies you can try to clear up your skin at home. These are the perfect addition to any other treatments you are using, and means your skin will keep clear in between any cosmetic treatments you might have.
It’s commonly stated that here in the UK, the majority of us are vitamin D deficient. Whilst it will come as no surprise to you that we’re lacking in some sun exposure, you may not know that it can actually cause you to have breakouts. Having a healthy amount of vitamin D means our bodies can fight off the causes of acne. You can up your vitamin D intake through supplements or by eating foods high in vitamin D such as salmon and eggs.
The antimicrobial components found in spearmint tea helps to kill the type of yeast that causes acne. As well as that, spearmint tea reduces androgens – the hormone that causes acne breakouts during your period. Studies have shown that spearmint can reduce acne to the same level as minocycline, which is an antibiotic that is commonly prescribed for acne. Drink 2 or 3 cups a day for maximum effect.
Vitamin B3 helps to shrinks the sebaceous glands, which reduces the amount of sebum they produce. Overproduction of sebum is a common cause of acne which blocks the glands and causes blemishes to occur. If you suffer from chronic inflammation vitamin B3 can help with that too. This is something that will help in the long-term rather than being an overnight success. So you need to be patient until you see results and you should see a gradual improvement.
Taking zinc used to be a method of treating acne but wasn’t recommended much because it was too harsh on the stomach for it to be used regularly. However, zinc picolinate is gentler on the stomach and actually works better than zinc at fighting acne. It works in three different ways: it’s anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and it kills problematic yeast (which is found in the pores of around 68% of female acne sufferers). Take a 25mg tablet three times a day with meals to see the full effects!
If you’d like more information on the best ways to tackle acne please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our acne skin clinic here at Rejuvenate.