Acne is such a common skin issue that most people already know all there is to know about it. Dermatologists and cosmeticians usually recommend medications and medicated cosmetic products as treatment for this skin condition, but it is good to know that there are alternative ways too.
Zinc is a mineral that is useful for many purposes if taken in the form of supplement, and it can be quite effective against acne too. There are at least two complete medical studies that have confirmed effectiveness of zinc against acne, especially in moderate cases. However, there are some issues associated with this form of acne treatment. For example, some patients in the studies have complained about the metallic taste in mouth and about stomach problems. In addition, zinc should be taken in moderate dosages, otherwise it can be toxic.
Multivitamins can also be helpful in the battle against acne. However, it is not recommended to take large doses of any type of multivitamin, because it can have an adverse effect on the health. Most people know that vitamin A is essential for healthy skin, but not many know that, in large doses, it can be very dangerous.
Other supplements are often recommended by the doctors too. For example, saw palmetto was found to be effective against acne, especially if the outbreaks were triggered by hormone production.
There are many great herbs and herbal products for acne. Black currant seed oil and primrose oil are particularly recommended. Other useful herbs include tea tree oil, Echinacea, goldenseal, chamomile tea and honeysuckle flower.
Foods rich in beta carotene can also provide relief from acne, and they include carrots, cantaloupe, squash and others.
Homeopathy has a solution for almost every health problem, including acne. A trusted, professional homeopath will probably offer several options for acne vulgaris treatment, however, there are no conclusive clinical studies to confirm the effectiveness of such treatment.
Some specialists recommend calendula, especially for the type of acne called pustules. Hepar sulfur is another common homeopathic remedy for acne. Silica is sometimes recommended for acne that form pits in the skin, but it must be used with caution.
No acne treatment can be effective without adequate skin care. The face should be cleaned with products designed to reduce acne and to prevent new outbreaks, but there are also alternative, natural ways to fight the acne through washing. Chickpea paste, goat’s milk and almond powder are some of the great and effective alternatives to store-bought conventional face washes.