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8 Natural Acne Treatments You Didn’t Know About

8 Natural Acne Treatments You Didn’t Know About

In a world full of pills and chemicals for quick fixes, what place does holistic medicine have for skin care? You might be surprised to find out that holistic medicine can be just as effective as chemicals, and, in addition, heals the body as a whole unit long-term, as opposed to acting like a band-aid that only works to cover up the problem.

When using natural treatments, it is important to use high quality products that are raw and organic, since these produce the best results. Here are seven natural acne treatments you can substitute for your chemical-based products:

Raw Honey

Raw honey has natural healing and anti-bacterial properties, making it perfect to use as a mild cleanser. In addition, it is moisturizing, and can help your body naturally retain moisture. To use raw honey as a cleanser, simply take 1 or 2 teaspoons of raw honey with moistened fingers and spread onto fingertips. Then apply onto a dry face. Note: raw honey alone will not cure severe acne; it is best paired with other natural treatments.

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Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) first became popular when both Scarlett Johansson and Hilary Duff admitted to using it as acne medication. ACV’s wonders are many:

  • It naturally balances your skin’s PH
  • It has strong anti-bacterial properties
  • It will gradually decrease zits, cysts and pimples
  • It cleanses and closes pores, allowing your skin to breathe properly

To use ACV to treat your acne, either apply it as a toner (1/2 ACV and 1/2 water), a spot treatment on trouble areas, or as a cleansing wash that you leave on for 10-20 minutes. You can also drink ACV; drinking ACV balances your stomach’s PH and improves digestion.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is a natural plant with a gel-like consistency inside the plant. It has powerful healing properties, and is best used to reduce the swelling and redness from acne. Aloe vera can also help relieve the pain of irritated cysts. To use aloe vera on the skin, either use it as moisturizer, spot treatment or face mask.

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Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil has natural anti-bacterial properties, and is known for absorbing excess oil when applied onto the skin. It has also been shown to be as effective as benzoyl peroxide for mild to moderate acne but with fewer side effects. In addition, it will not strip the skin of essential oils. To use tea tree oil, simply apply to problem areas 1-3 times a day.

Lemon

Lemons are natural disinfectants, making lemons a good solution for acne. Lemons also work well to help fade acne scars naturally. To use lemon for acne or scars, simply apply to problem areas for 10-20 minutes; then rinse off.

Natural Oils

It’s a common misconception that acne-prone skin should avoid moisture. The wonderful thing about applying natural oils onto the skin is they include no irritating ingredients, will not strip the skin of natural oils, and works to nourish the skin in addition to moisturizing it. Some good choices for acne-prone skin include:

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  • Jojoba oil
  • Castor oil
  • Avocado oil
  • Hemp seed oil
  • Grape seed oil

Jojoba oil is particularly for acne-prone skin, since it seems to mimic sebum production, resulting in the body producing less sebum. Whichever oil you choose, make sure the oil is organic, cold-pressed, and unrefined.

Herbal Supplements and Super-foods

Acne is often the result of inner chaos within the body, whether brought on by hormonal changes, digestive problems, or toxicity in the body. Herbal supplements and super-foods are a wonderful way to help your body restore itself. If you suffer from hormonal acne, consider trying maca root. If you struggle with digestive problems, consider wheatgrass or spirulina, both which have been shown to help with digestion and cleansing toxicity.

Healthy Living

It should be a given that healthy living produces good skin, but it is an added element that is often not discussed by dermatologists. Regular exercise, fruits and vegetables, and low-processed food intake will do wonders for both your health and your skin.

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Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional, all information in this article is for informational purposes only and should be discussed with your doctor before making any drastic changes.

Featured photo credit: Viktor Hancek via Picjumbo via picjumbo.com

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Last Updated on March 25, 2020

How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

When it comes to living long, genes aren’t everything. Research has revealed a number of simple lifestyle changes you can make that could help to extend your life, and some of them may surprise you.

So, how to live longer? Here are 21 ways to help you live a long life

1. Exercise

It’s no secret that physical activity is good for you. Exercise helps you maintain a healthy body weight and lowers your blood pressure, both of which contribute to heart health and a reduced risk of heart disease–the top worldwide cause of death.

2. Drink in Moderation

I know you’re probably picturing a glass of red wine right now, but recent research suggests that indulging in one to three glasses of any type of alcohol every day may help to increase longevity.[1] Studies have found that heavy drinkers as well as abstainers seem to have a higher risk of early mortality than moderate drinkers.

3. Reduce Stress in Your Life

Stress causes your body to release a hormone called cortisol. At high levels, this hormone can increase blood pressure and cause storage of abdominal fat, both of which can lead to an increased risk of heart disease.

4. Watch Less Television

A 2008 study found that people who watch six hours of television per day will likely die an average of 4.8 years earlier than those who don’t.[2] It also found that, after the age of 25, every hour of television watched decreases life expectancy by 22 minutes.

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Television promotes inactivity and disengagement from the world, both of which can shorten your lifespan.

5. Eat Less Red Meat

Red meat consumption is linked to an increased risk of heart disease and cancer.[3] Swapping out your steaks for healthy proteins, like fish, may help to increase longevity.

If you can’t stand the idea of a steak-free life, reducing your consumption to less than two to three servings a week can still incur health benefits.

6. Don’t Smoke

This isn’t exactly a revelation. As you probably well know, smoking significantly increases your risk of cancer.

7. Socialize

Studies suggest that having social relationships promotes longevity.[4] Although scientists are unsure of the reasons behind this, they speculate that socializing leads to increased self esteem as well as peer pressure to maintain health.

8. Eat Foods Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids decrease the risk of heart disease[5] and perhaps even Alzheimer’s disease.[6] Salmon and walnuts are two of the best sources of Omega-3s.

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9. Be Optimistic

Studies suggest that optimists are at a lower risk for heart disease and, generally, live longer than pessimists.[7] Researchers speculate that optimists have a healthier approach to life in general–exercising more, socializing, and actively seeking out medical advice. Thus, their risk of early mortality is lower.

10. Own a Pet

Having a furry-friend leads to decreased stress, increased immunity, and a lessened risk of heart disease.[8] Depending on the type of pet, they can also motivate you to be more active.

11. Drink Coffee

Studies have found a link between coffee consumption and longer life.[9] Although the reasons for this aren’t entirely clear, coffee’s high levels of antioxidants may play a role. Remember, though, drowning your cup of joe in sugar and whipped cream could counter whatever health benefits it may hold.

12. Eat Less

Japan has the longest average lifespan in the world, and the longest lived of the Japanese–the natives of the Ryukyu Islands–stop eating when they’re 80% full. Limiting your calorie intake means lower overall stress on the body.

13. Meditate

Meditation leads to stress reduction and lowered blood pressure.[10] Research suggests that it could also increase the activity of an enzyme associated with longevity.[11]

Taking as little as 15 minutes a day to find your zen can have significant health benefits, and may even extend your life.

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14. Maintain a Healthy Weight

Being overweight puts stress on your cardiovascular system, increasing your risk of heart disease.[12] It may also increase the risk of cancer.[13] Maintaining a healthy weight is important for heart health and living a long and healthy life.

15. Laugh Often

Laughter reduces the levels of stress hormones, like cortisol, in your body. High levels of these hormones can weaken your immune system.

16. Don’t Spend Too Much Time in the Sun

Too much time in the sun can lead to an increased risk of skin cancer. However, sun exposure is an excellent way to increase levels of vitamin D, so soaking up a few rays–perhaps for around 15 minutes a day–can be healthy. The key is moderation.

17. Cook Your Own Food

When you eat at restaurants, you surrender control over your diet. Even salads tend to have a large number of additives, from sugar to saturated fats. Eating at home will enable you to monitor your food intake and ensure a healthy diet.

Take a look at these 14 Healthy Easy Recipes for People on the Go and start to cook your own food.

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18. Eat Mushrooms

Mushrooms are a central ingredient in Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s GOMBS disease fighting diet. They boost the immune system and may even reduce the risk of cancer.[14]

19. Floss

Flossing helps to stave off gum disease, which is linked to an increased risk of cancer.[15]

20. Eat Foods Rich in Antioxidants

Antioxidants fight against the harmful effects of free-radicals, toxins which can cause cell damage and an increased risk of disease when they accumulate in the body. Berries, green tea and broccoli are three excellent sources of antioxidants.

Find out more antiosidants-rich foods here: 13 Delicious Antioxidant Foods That Are Great for Your Health

21. Have Sex

Getting down and dirty two to three times a week can have significant health benefits. Sex burns calories, decreases stress, improves sleep, and may even protect against heart disease.[16] It’s an easy and effective way to get exercise–so love long and prosper!

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Reference

[1] Wiley Online Library: Late‐Life Alcohol Consumption and 20‐Year Mortality
[2] BMJ Journals: Television viewing time and reduced life expectancy: a life table analysis
[3] Arch Intern Med.: Red Meat Consumption and Mortality
[4] PLOS Medicine: Social Relationships and Mortality Risk: A Meta-analytic Review
[5] JAMA: Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acid Intake and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease in Women
[6] NCBI: Effects of Omega‐3 Fatty Acids on Cognitive Function with Aging, Dementia, and Neurological Diseases: Summary
[7] Mayo Clinic Proc: Prediction of all-cause mortality by the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory Optimism-Pessimism Scale scores: study of a college sample during a 40-year follow-up period.
[8] Med Hypotheses.: Pet ownership protects against the risks and consequences of coronary heart disease.
[9] The New England Journal of Medicine: Association of Coffee Drinking with Total and Cause-Specific Mortality
[10] American Journal of Hypertension: Blood Pressure Response to Transcendental Meditation: A Meta-analysis
[11] Science Direct: Intensive meditation training, immune cell telomerase activity, and psychological mediators
[12] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
[13] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
[14] African Journal of Biotechnology: Anti-cancer effect of polysaccharides isolated from higher basidiomycetes mushrooms
[15] Science Direct: Periodontal disease, tooth loss, and cancer risk in male health professionals: a prospective cohort study
[16] AHA Journals: Sexual Activity and Cardiovascular Disease

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