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Natural Living

Troubleshoot Troubled Skin

Natural strategies for zapping zits and healing skin.

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Mother Nature has given us all the tools we need for clear skin. Some, like tea tree oil, are probably familiar to you. But there are other topical botanicals that are even more effective acne fighters.

NEEM: Studies show that the oil from this native Indian tree is an exceptionally strong antibacterial, antifungal, and antiseptic that combats acne. Try Organix-South Facial Complexion Neem Therapé Cleansing Bar.

TOTAROL: A naturally occurring plant extract from New Zealand with potent antibacterial and antioxidant properties. Totarol is reputed to be 1,000 times more potent than tea tree oil against bacteria.

WILLOW BARK: A natural source of salicylic acid that helps enhance cell turnover by exfoliating the skin. Willow bark gently dissolves dirt and impurities that may clog pores.

WITCH HAZEL: A refreshing astringent, with clarifying and toning properties. It helps to reduce oiliness and calm skin.

Oh, the anguish of acne! A breakout can instantly make you feel unattractive and isolated. You aren’t alone. An estimated 80 percent of people between the ages of 11 and 30 suffer from acne, making it the most common type of skin disease on the planet. Many continue to suffer into middle age.

How Conventional Therapies Harm Skin
People who suffer from moderate to severe acne rarely get much relief from over-the-counter products. Yet exposure to the strong treatments dermatologists often use can leave your skin in even worse shape. While antibiotics can kill bacteria hiding in blocked follicles, they do nothing to reduce oil secretion and abnormal cell behavior. Chronic use of low-dose antibiotics can also cause bacteria to become resistant to treatment.

Supplement Solutions
Along with keeping your complexion scrupulously clean and eating a healthful diet, supplements can play an important role in controlling acne. A high-quality multivitamin/mineral is critical, because a number of nutrients are essential for healthy skin. For instance, vitamins A and E are necessary for skin healing. Zinc also aids in healing tissue and helps the body resist infection. Studies of zinc and niacinamide found that the combination reduces inflammation, bacteria, and sebum production.

MyChelle Clear Skin Clarifying Pads These are saturated with acne-fighting natural plant extracts, including Totarol and neem. Toss them in your gym bag and use after a workout to refresh your skin.

Vaxa International Clearin This Swedish product helps improve skin with the help of targeted nutrients for clear skin, L-cysteine, PABA, and retinol (a form of vitamin A).

derma e Very Clear Spot Blemish Treatment, featuring tea tree, willow bark, rosewood, and lavender, helps calm and soothe red, inflamed skin. Use as often as needed.

Natralia Acne Rescue Kit This set includes Acne Rescue Wash and Acne Rescue Cream. Both products contain a blend
of homeopathic remedies and herbs, including tea tree oil and witch hazel, which are known to nourish skin and reduce breakouts.