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What is Acne:

Acne is a common human skin disease that is normally called pimples, blackheads, whiteheads or nodules.
Acne usually affects the face, chest, upper back or shoulders; the areas of skin with the densest population of sebaceous follicles (hair follicle and its associated sebaceous gland).
Acne occurs mostly during adolescence and with most people it diminishes over time and should disappear or at least decrease after one reaches one's early twenties. In some cases this condition can carry on well into the forties.

Herbal Remedies:

Lavender

The essential oil in lavender is an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. It is recommended to have around the house for use on minor burns and other skin irritations. Use a cotton bud to dot it on individual blemishes.

Aloe

Use Aloe Vera anti inflammatory and anti bacterial juice or gel to counteract infection and promote healing. Use the ointment on pimples (Acne). Use Aloe Vera juice morning and evening for as long as required. Another way is to break off a part of the Aloe Vera plants pulp and rub it directly on the Acne affected skin. You will be amazed on what a great skin cleanser it is.

Cider vinegar or lemon juice

Wash your Acne affected skin or even better; steam clean it by placing your face above (not too close) boiled water with a towel over your head. This will open your pores and let the dirt and excess oil out. Clean your skin and remove the dirt and oil with a cotton ball soaked with lemon juice or cider vinegar. This process kills bacteria, stabilizes your skin's pH and should work quickly. Try and repeat the above once a week and you will notice an improvement quite quickly.

Basil

Try Basil to fight Acne where other remedies didn't help.
In one glass of boiling water brew three teaspoons of dried basil leaves for twenty minutes. When cooled down, apply with a cotton ball to the affected area.

Beans

Boil for ten minutes a handful of green beans in one litre of water. Add to the mix three tablespoons of dried chamomile flowers and let it infuse until it is cooled. Use the strained liquid as a face wash at least three times daily.

Carrot Juice

Carrot juice aids digestion and help stop Acne.

Cucumber

Dice a peeled cucumber in a blender and apply the juice to the Acne.
It is also said that drinking four to five cups of cucumber juice every day for a week will to purify the blood and lymphatic system, resulting in a clearer skin.

Egg white

Egg white acts as an astringent (compound that tends to shrink or constrict body tissues). Use egg whites to clean your skin thoroughly or even leave it on the skin overnight.

Garlic

Try and rub your Acne with raw garlic several times a day. One thing is for sure; you won't be attacked by vampires.

Grapefruit seed extract

This is powerful antimicrobial product and is an excellent bacteria fighting agent.
Mix five drops with 120 millilitre of water and use as a face wash or apply with a cotton ball to Acne affected areas two or three times a day.

Oatmeal

Oatmeal is another astringent like egg white and seems to suck oil and impurities out of the skin, keeping it free of blemish and clean.
Cook the oatmeal and wait for it to cool. Apply it to the face and leave for fifteen minutes, then wash.
Process should be repeated for a week or two until to have successful results.

Oil of oregano

Oil of oregano is quite a strong disinfectant. Use a few drops in a glass of water and spread with a cotton ball over the Acne.
Stop using for a few days if your skin become red and then try again with a more diluted solution.

Sun

The sun's ultraviolet radiation or a sunlamp will assist in killing bacteria and dry up excess oil on the skin.

Amaranth

Make tea by boiling three cups of water and add two teaspoons of Amaranth Seeds. Cover and simmer for five minutes and remove from heat. Add one teaspoon of Amaranth leaves (if available) and infuse for thirty minutes.
Use the tea as a face wash.

Burdock

Burdock is a herb that is effective in treating Acne and is the most important herb for treating all types of chronic skin problems.
Make the tea by boiling four cups of water, add four teaspoons of cut and dried Burdock root; cover and let simmer for seven minutes, then remove from heat and let infuse for two more hours.
Use as a skin wash.

Calendula

This herb is a traditional remedy for many types of skin problems. Its orange petals have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Make tea by infusing one teaspoon of dried flowers in one cup of hot water for five to ten minutes.
After it is strained and cooled, apply it to your face with a cotton ball or clean cloth.

Tea tree oil

It is derived from the leaves of the native Australian Melaleuca alternifolia tree. It contains antiseptic compounds that are a very effective against bacteria associated with Acne.
Depending on severity, use 5%-15% solutions twice daily.

Caution: May cause rush! Test first on a localized spot and wait 24 to 48 hours to see if there is any reaction. Do not take internally!