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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 December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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