Almost everyone has
suffered from acne at one time or another in
his or her lives. It is primarily a disorder of
the sebaceous gland (glands in the skin that
secrete an oily substance) of the face, the
neck and back. When the sebaceous glands become
clogged with the oily substance they create,
the accumulation results in pimples. There are
several forms of acne, but the most common is
acne vulgaris, found primarily in
The exact cause of acne is not known, but
factors that contribute to this condition
include heredity, oily skin and androgens.
Additional factors include allergies, stress,
the use of certain drugs, nutritional
deficiencies, liver dysfunction, exposure to
industrial pollutants, cosmetics and the
monthly menstrual cycle.
In addition, the skin functions to eliminate
a portion of the body’s toxic waste by
If the body
contains more toxins than the kidneys or liver
can effectively discharge, the skin takes over.
In fact, some doctors call the skin the 3rd
kidney. As toxins escape through the skin, they
can disrupt the health and integrity of the
skin, creating issues.
Recommendations for Wellness
Note: Some of these recommendations may take
2-4 weeks before any results or improvements
Apply distilled white vinegar (can be
diluted if too strong) to the face and affected
areas. Allow this to sit for 5-10 minutes
before rinsing off with cool water.
Lemon or any citric fruit works great as a
natural exfoliate, removing dead skin cells
that may clog the pours. As with the white
vinegar, apply the juice of a lemon (or desired
citric juice) to the face. Allow it to dry for
about 10 minutes, then rinse with cool water.
You may feel a mild sting or burn when the
lemon juice is applied. If so, diluting the
juice is acceptable.
Increase water consumption. Water helps
flush toxin out and help transport nutrients in
Eat a properly balanced diet to ensure
Take a high quality multiple vitamin and
mineral supplement to make up for nutrients
missing in today’s foods.
Echinacea or Oregon grape can be used to
boost the immune system and fight acne-causing
Dandelion, Burdock or red clover can help to
keep the liver clear of toxic overload.
Herbal combinations such as Natures
Sunshine's Ayurvedic Skin Detox and BP-X can
also be used to cleanse and detoxify the liver
and reduce acne.
Historically, large quantities of vitamin A
have been successfully used to treat severe
acne. Large amounts, however, can be toxic and
should be used when working with your health
Consider adding additional zinc to your
diet. Zinc aids in the healing of tissues and
assists in preventing scarring. It is also
important for the body in resisting infection
To clear and heal the skin, try a
homeopathic Acne remedy. It can help to dry up
pimples & prevent future outbreaks