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Natural Treatments for Acne

September 17, 2020

What Causes Acne?

Our skin is covered by tiny hair follicles that have glands which produce oil (called sebum) helping protect our skin and hair from drying out. Sometimes dead skin cells on our body can become trapped in the sebum instead of rising to the top of the skin and being washed away.

The result, a mass build up of bacteria within the pores which ultimately becomes what we know as acne.

At What Age Do You Get Acne?

Acne comes in many forms and at different stages of our lives. Acne can appear on our face, back, chest, neck, upper arms and shoulders, and is not a stage in life anyone looks forward to. 

According to the Government Health Direct website, puberty begins and ends anywhere between the ages of 9 and 13, and it is during this time when we start to see the onset of hormonal acne in boys and girls. 80% of all people at some time in their lives will have acne and as a general rule most grow out of it by the age of 25 however for some it can be a lifelong issue.

Types of Acne

Grade 1Mild – White heads / black heads
Grade 2Moderate – Multiple papules or pustules usually on the face
Grade 3Moderately severe – numerous papules and pustules with the occasionally inflamed nodule. The back and neck may also be affected 
Grade 4Severe nodulocystic acne – numerous large painful pustules and nodules with inflammation

How Do I Get Rid of Acne?

There is a very large marketing industry dedicated to treating acne, but unfortunately not all treatments come with scientific research behind their claims. What works for one person may not work for another and often the over the counter acne treatments can leave our skin even more red, dry and irritated. Research and understanding of the products and options available for acne treatment is the most important aspect in helping make the best decision for choosing a solution.

What Are Some Natural Remedies for Acne?

Cost effectiveness is one of many reasons why people may choose the path of natural remedies for their acne. It is important to note that before using any alternative acne treatment you should do your research. Some “cures” may not have been thoroughly researched and have no scientific backing whatsoever. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that there is no benefit in trying them out.

We should look at the natural elements around us and try to make adjustments to our lives to minimise the effects of acne on our skin. For example, you may limit artificial heating, avoid harsh winds or intense UV rays and cleanse your skin morning and night. Please view the table below for example of natural remedies:

TreatmentHealing propertiesMixtureApplicationFrequencyReduces
Apple Cider VinegarOrganic acids1 part apple cider vinegar1 part waterWith cotton ballMorning and nightOilScars
Zinc supplementCell growth Hormone productionMetabolic and immune functionAs directed by your clinicianAs directed by your clinicianAs directed by your clinicianAcne
Honey and cinnamon maskAntioxidantsAnti inflammatoryAnti bacterial2 tbsp honey1 tsp cinnamonLeave on cleansed face for 15 minsOnce a weekOilBacteriaInflammation
Tea tree oilAnti inflammatoryAnti bacterial1 part tea tree oil9 parts waterWith cotton ball to affected areaMorning and nightBacteriaInflammation
Witch Hazel Anti inflammatoryAnti bacterialChemist brandWith cotton ball all over faceMorning and nightBacteriaInflammation

Is There a Body Soap I Can Use That Won’t Irritate My Acne?

Australian Botanical Soaps is a natural-based soap producer whose products contain pure essential oils and components that will not strip your body of its natural oils. Specific bars that may include natural acne remedies include:

French pear with
Shea Butter

Contains natural shea butter extracted from the nuts of the Shea tree.

This can help offer a nourishing, soothing and moisturising action leaving the skin clean, supple and hydrated.

Charcoal with
Peppermint Oil

Contains activated charcoal from the coconut shell.

This can help draw out excess oil and toxins from the skin pores, leaving your skin hydrated and nourished.

Goats Milk with
Soya Bean Oil

Contains pure goats milk sourced from south eastern Victoria blended with soya bean oil.

Australian Botanical Soap produces one of the best goats milk soap bars available which is perfect for those who have sensitive skin as it has a mild smell and will not strip the natural oils produced by your skin.

Manuka Honey with
Jojoba Oil 

Contains 100% pure Manuka Honey sourced from New Zealand and Jojoba oil taken from the seeds of the Jojoba plant. 

This makes it a very gentle yet moisturising bar soap suitable for all skin types. It helps maintains the skin’s natural hydration, smoothness and elasticity.

Rose Geranium with
Rosehip Oil

Contains rosehip oil which is pressed seed oil extracted from the wild rose bush, ideal for cleaning and moisturising the skin.

Frangipani and Evening Primrose Oil

Contains frangipani from north Queensland blended with evening primrose oil extracted from the flowers which can help soothe problem skin conditions.

Mango Butter with
Mango Kernel Oil

Containing natural oil from the mango kernel.

Any natural oils hydrate our skin and this sweet-smelling soap can help moisturise your skin.

Olive Oil soap

Olive Oil

Contains added Cold Pressed Virgin Olive Oil.

Combined with added Vitamin E, Olive oil can help moisturise and soften your skin.

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