Holistic Acne Treatments

If you suffer from acne and don't want to use harsh chemicals and medications to treat the problem, consider alternative treatments. There are a number of natural, healthier acne treatment options that may help ease the skin condition without exposing you to toxins. If you don't already have the holistic acne-fighting items in your home, you can most likely find them at a health food retailer. 

Some alternative acne treatments to try are:

1. Moroccan Rhassoul Clay

Medications containing vitamin A derivatives are sometimes prescribed to treat acne as they are known to dry up excess oil, or sebum, but side effects can include burning, stinging and peeling skin. All-natural Moroccan rhassoul clay may help dry up the overabundance of sebum without the harsh effects. 

To use the dried clay, you simply mix it with warm water and use it in place of your normal daily and nightly facial skin cleanser. 

2. Tea Tree Oil

Instead of taking antibiotics to treat your acne, give tea tree oil, which is known for its antiseptic properties, a try. While using straight tea tree oil may be too harsh for your skin, you can find it in a blended oil or gel form. 

Pick a facial product containing at least 5 percent tea tree oil and apply it as directed after cleansing your face. If you want to create an all-natural topical solution on your own, mix 5 percent tea tree oil with 95 percent of an oil that doesn't clog pores, such as argan or jojoba oils.

3. Honey

Honey can be a sweet, all-natural way to cure your acne since it has antimicrobial properties and may also pull impurities and dead skin cells out of your pores. It will also leave your skin soft and smooth. The best way to apply the honey to your skin is via a homemade facial mask. 

You can either smooth simply the honey all over your face, or combine it with another skin-healing substance, such as aloe vera or tea tree oil. You can also combine the honey with a little freshly-squeezed citrus fruit juice, which contains glycolic acid, a natural skin exfoliant.

4. Diet Adjustments

Some skin specialists feel that acne may be caused by food allergies and intolerances. They say that the allergen can cause a toxic reaction in your body, which can result in irritated, inflamed facial skin.

To find out if food allergies are to blame for your acne, try eliminating or reducing your intake of certain foods, such as dairy products. Record the results in a journal.