Acne

ESSENTIAL OILS

Melaleuca (Tea Tree). Helps destroy the skin- dwelling bacteria that cause acne.

Holy Basil and Manuka. Ideal for
skin care due to their anti-bacterial and anti- microbial properties.

Juniper Berry. A powerful anti-bacterial agent; fights acne yet gentle on the skin.

Lavender. Helps prevent infections, combatting bacteria and fungi. Helps minimize the look of scars.

Research
A 2007 study suggests that tea tree oil is an effective treatment for mild to moderate acne. In regard to overall acne improvement, tea tree oil was 5.8 times more effective than the placebo.

Home Remedy
Acne face wash. Mix 1 tablespoon coconut oil, 3 tablespoons honey, 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar, 20 drops melaleuca and 2 capsules of probiotics. Pour into a convenient bottle and store in cool, dry place.

Background
Acne is a condition that plagues millions of American children and adults. The main cause of acne is clogged pores that lead to bacteria and yeast overgrowth on the skin. Poor diet, stress, and medications such as oral contraceptives and corticosteroids can worsen acne. Other factors such as systemic inflammation, hormone fluctuations, and increased cortisol levels can also exacerbate acne. Many patients are unaware that drugs such as tretinoin (the active ingredient in Retin-A) can cause serious side effects, including conjunctivitis, permanently thinned skin, extreme burning and dark circles. We believe it’s well worth implementing natural home remedies for acne that tackle the root of the problem and are gentle on the skin.

Suggested Supplements

» Probiotics. Support digestion and the immune system, plus improve skin health by fighting acne. Take 25 to 50 billion CFU daily.

» Zinc. Promotes immune function and helps balance hormones to improve skin healing.