Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil (melaleuca oil) has been used as a natural treatment for acne and has met with some success. It has been said that it is comparable in effect to benzoyl peroxide (without excessive drying), kills P.acnes, and has been proven to offer good anti-inflammatory properties in treating skin infections.
Apply some distilled white vinegar either uncut or diluted if required to the acne affected areas. Allow this to sit for 5-10 minutes before rinsing off with clean cool water.
It has been said that lemon or any citrus fruit works well as a natural exfoliate in removing dead skin cells that may clog skin pores. As with the white vinegar, apply the juice of a lemon (or other citrus juice) to the acne affected area. Allow to dry for 10 minutes then rinse with clean cool water. If you feel a mild sting or burn when the lemon juice is applied try diluting it so that it is tolerable
Rub fresh garlic on acne at regular intervals to reduce redness and swelling.
Rub fresh mint juice over acne to help shrink inflamed acne.
Drink wheat grass juice to help prevent and cure acne.
Echinacea or Oregon grape may be useful in helping to boost one’s immune system and fight harmful acne-causing bacteria.
Dandelion, Burdock or red clover can help to keep the liver clear of toxic overload, thereby working to reduce acne.
Witch hazel has been said to have effective astringent properties and may be very effective for cleansing skin that is prone to acne.
Herbal combinations such as Natures Sunshine’s Ayurvedic Skin Detox, and BP-X may be used to clean and detoxify the liver and reduce acne fare ups.
Zinc helps in the process of healing tissues and in preventing scarring. It is also an important mineral to help equip the body in fighting infection and inflammation.
Some people swear by the use of poultices as “cure alls” for many ailments. You can make a poultice out of several natural ingredients and apply it to the affected area. The following poultice combinations may be helpful in treating and preventing acne. These poultices should be applied directly to the affected area and thoroughly washed off after twenty to thirty minutes.
Ginger and milk
Ground orange peel and water
Salt and vinegar
Turmeric and vinegar
Lemon juice and cinnamon
Ground sesame seeds and water (good for reducing inflammation.)
Honey and cinnamon (Unlike the other poultice combinations above, use this poultice at night and remove it the next morning with warm water.)
Water assists the body keep the skin hydrated, plumps up the glands, and moves toxins, waste and nutrients through the system. Drinking six to eight glasses of purified water each day has been advocated to help keep skin healthy and deter the formation of acne.