Heal Yourself: Acne

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The condition we will be looking to heal this week will be acne.

I know many people have heard the usual adage of eat less junk food, drink plenty of water, exercise, wash face thoroughly, etc. This is all true because acne is generally a manifestation of internal health. But if you feel that you are doing all the above the best you can and are still not getting the clear skin that you desire, there are some things you can implement into your routine to give your skin a good boost at healing itself.

1. Incorporate more fruits and veggies into your diet. If you would rather not sit and eat a whole plate of fruits and vegetables, then juicing is a great way to get a whole day’s servings in one setting. My favorite things to juice are cucumbers, beets, celery, some kind of dark green vegetable (kale, collard greens, spinach, etc), carrots, and apples. I usually add some kind of herb such as ginger to me whatever boost I need for the day. As you can see, this is 6 servings already! If you’re just starting to juice, you can definitely work up to that by starting with about 3 items. Beets are said to be pretty powerful so be cautious and start with half of a small beet and be sure to juice it with other items. When I first began juicing, I started with all six items and only used half a beet I experienced a tiny bit of light headedness but I had adopted a vegetarian lifestyle by then so I’m not sure if symptoms will be more uncomfortable for those who still consume meats, dairy, sodas, etc. But take your time and do research on juicing methods if this interests you. Juicing allows an abundance of nutrients to be readily available to your body which results in your body letting go of toxins.

2. Other remedies involve herbs and other natural items that can be taken internally or used topically for the face. Some herbs that can be useful for acne and blemishes include:

Calendula

Goldenseal

Lavender

Red clover

Thyme

Yellow dock

Burdock

Echinacea

Dandelion

White willow

Licorice

Ginger root

Ginkgo

Ginseng

Oatstraw

 

When taking herbs internally, they can be consumed in tea form or in a pill. For the herbs that can be taken externally there are a few methods of application:

–          Skin wash: steep herbs as a tea, let liquid cool to a comfortable temperature, then wash or rinse face with liquid.

–          Powdered herbs can be added to raw honey and applied as a mask. Rinse well after use. You can also apply the raw honey alone which works great on its own.

–          Herbs can be steeped and used as a facial steam.

–          Clays are also great for drawing toxins from the skin. My favorite to use are Bentonite clay and Moroccan clay (Rhassoul Clay). Add liquid to the clay and apply as mask. Rinse well after use.

3.  Some great natural oils that can be used for moisturizing the skin, after cleansing, are : Jojoba, Safflower, Argan, Coconut oil, and Tamanu oil. Essential oils of Mandarin, Tea Tree, Frankincense, and Helichrysum can also be added to these oils to help heal acne and fade any existing scars.

These are just a few remedies you can use at home to heal yourself.

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