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Herbal Remedies to Banish Acne

Acne sufferers often lack self-confidence and are easily embarrassed by their condition. If you suffer from acne, try using herbal remedies to rid yourself of its symptoms.

Acne manifests as unsightly bumps, spots, pimples and cysts caused by overproduction of sebum. This build up of oils blocks the pores and, because bacteria breed and thrive more easily in the oil, leads to infection. Though not physically debilitating, acne can affect confidence because it is unsightly and, at its most extreme, can leave scars on the skin.

You can get acne at any age, but it is most common as acne vulgaris in teenagers, affecting the face, neck, shoulder, chest and back. Hormonal changes are partly responsible and it can also be hereditary. Sometimes it clears on its own, but it can linger in adulthood and be a source of discomfort and embarrassment. Herbs can help to ease acne and can be used either internally and externally. Replace your artificial acne creams with soothing herbal alternatives.

Changing Your Habits

It is always tempting to try washing more frequently and using strong or medicated soaps to clear acne. The condition is actually not caused by a lack of hygiene but by overproduction of sebum. Using soap dried out your skin and this prompts your oil glands to work harder and produce even more sebum, which only exacerbates the problem.

Alternatives

As an alternative you should regularly avoid using soap altogether and use gentle cleanser, toner and soothing moisturiser. Unless you have any allergies, your acne is not caused or worsened by foods, but you should still ensure that you diet is healthy in order to help keep your system in good order so that it can help you fight the acne. You will also find that healing herbs such as evening primrose, taken in the form of an oil capsule, will improve your acne and zinc supplements can also help.

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