Acne'”also known as pimples or zits'”is a skin condition characterized by areas of inflamed red growths, with whiteheads or blackheads. Acne occurs when a pore becomes clogged from excess oil production, irregular skin shedding, or a build up of bacteria. The exact cause of acne is unknown, however, hormones'”including di hydrotestosterone'”may be contributing factors to your acne. Conventional treatment often involves an over-the-counter or prescription topical cream, oral antibiotics, laser therapy or Isotretinoin (Acutane). Side effects are associated with many of these conventional treatments, some very serious. Because of this, you may be looking for a natural product to combat your acne instead.
Zero Zitz, manufactured by Well-in-Hand, offers a full line of herbal face and body washes and astringents. The astringents penetrate pores to nourish the skin and strengthen the pores. It is available in regular strength and emergency power, which is advertised as triple strength. The regular strength is offered in a variety of formulas including original, tangerine and tea tree. The facial cleanser, called Kreamy Kleanser, is available in three formulas'”one for normal to dry skin, one for sensitive skin, and one for normal to oily skin. Zero Zitz has proven an effective natural therapy against acne.
Home Health manufactures a Blemish Treatment Lotion with salicylic acid and other natural botanicals. Salicylic acid has demonstrated effectiveness as an acne remedy in studies with minimal side affects. Blemish Treatment Lotion is non-drying and penetrates pores to firm and heal the skin. A Facical Cleansing Gel is also available, which cleanses your face while leaving it feeling soft. Combined the gel and lotion offer a powerful one-two punch against your acne.
Tea Tree'”also known as Melaleuca'”essential oil can be used alone as an acne therapy. A study published in “The Medical Journal of Australia”, concluded that Tea Tree oil was as effective as benzoyl peroxide in reducing acne with fewer side effects. Diluting the oil in a carrier is recommended because some individuals are sensitive to the direct application of undiluted oils. Some drying of the skin may occur from undiluted use. It is important that you purchase a safe and pure essential oil for maximum effectiveness.
Mayo Clinic: Acne
National Institutes of Health, PubMed Health: Acne
“Clinical Therapeutics”; Treatment of Acne Vulgaris With Salicylic Acid Pads; Zander E, Weisman S; 1992.
Home Health: Natural Products for Your Skin
“The Medical Journal of Australia”; A comparative study of tea-tree oil versus benzoylperoxide in the treatment of acne; Bassett IB, Pannowitz DL, Barnetson RS; 1990.
DoTerra: Single Oils