By Ben Branklin
The facial spots and scars of acne usually appear at puberty (the time when young people are most concerned about their looks). The chest, shoulders and back can also be affected. Though the cause of acne is not fully understood, heredity, hormonal fluctuations, hygiene and diet are considered to play a role.
An oily substance called sebum, produced by the skin's sebaceous glands, acts as a natural lubricant for the skin, but when too much is produced the glands can become blocked and inflamed, causing blackheads and pimples. Sometimes the blocked glands become infected. Pus and sebum build up under the skin, forming larger pimples or cysts which can leave scars or "pitting".
What the Natural Doctors Recommend
Keep the skin scrupulously clean by washing up to five times daily but taking care that it does not become too dry. Use gentle cleansers made from natural ingredients or herbs, rather than the harsher chemical products. If you prefer soap, use a mild, unscented brand, to remove as much oil as possible. Wash the skin and then apply a hot facecloth for two minutes, splash with cold water and wipe gently with a ball of cotton. Repeat as necessary. Always use a clean facecloth, towel and cotton to prevent the spread of infection.
Women should avoid heavy make-up, but light, non-greasy products won't do any harm and may boost self-confidence. Remove make-up thoroughly every evening with a natural cleanser followed by toner and moisturizers if the skin feels tight or dry.
Most health food shops stock natural cosmetics and skin-care products, and some can easily be made at home. For example, you can make a cheap, effective toner by mixing equal parts of rose water and witch hazel.
Other natural skin remedies include garlic, which acts as a natural antibiotic when rubbed on the skin. An ointment made with propolis (a resin substance extracted from flowers by bees) can be dabbed on several times a day.
Correct skin care is necessary. Natural doctors will advise on the best natural methods and may also recommend purifying treatments.
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