• Anita Hollerer-Squire

Treating acne the natural way

Updated: Jun 14

Acne is a skin condition that occurs mainly due to hormone fluctuations, clogged pores, poor diet, stress and an imbalance of bacteria living on the skin. Everyone has acne-causing bacteria living on their skin, but researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine have identified that there are "good" and "bad" strains of the bacteria, which determine the frequency and severity of developing pimples. Propionibacterium acnes is a tiny microbe that lives in the oily region of the skin's pores. The bacteria can aggravate an immune response which causes red, swollen bumps to develop on the skin (acne).

Acne is affecting many teenagers and can be a major cause of embarrassment and low self-esteem - not just for teens, but for adults as well.

The pharmaceutical industry earns millions of dollars from selling all kinds of drugs and cures to desperate people. However, these treatments only address the symptoms of acne, and not the cause of it. Not that the pharma industry minds - that way they get repeat business and the money keeps on rolling in.

Unlike what you will hear from many doctors, pharmacists and dermatologist - one of the key elements of treating acne is your diet. What you eat has a huge impact on your skin. This is because the right diet will create an environment that does not allow the bad strains of bacteria to grow.

If you want to tackle the cause of acne, you need to consider all the environmental factors such as:

  • Eat a well-balanced diet, that is low in GI (glycemic index). Stay away from sugar, processed food, refined carbs, gluten and cow's milk dairy products

  • Take a probiotic supplement

  • Drink lots of water (eliminate soft drinks, juices and other sugary drinks)

  • Avoid stress

  • Change your pillow case every week

  • Get plenty of sleep

  • Establish a healthy skin care routine

Home remedies for your skin:

Step 1: Cleanse your skin

Dampen skin with warm water, then massage the following home-made cleanser into your face. Rinse well and pat dry. Do this each morning and evening.