Acne usually starts at puberty and tends to affect males more than females. Usually it’s the face, neck chest and upper back that are affected. Although acne is often triggered by puberty it can persist once puberty is over.

Layers of skin showing blocked, Inflamed, oil-producing glands:

Problems begin in the sebaceous gland of hair follicles. There, sebum (a waxy substance that lubricates the skin and prevents unnecessary water loss) builds up. Sebaceous glands are concentrated on the face and upper back, which is why these areas are worse affected.

Male hormones produced by both male and females at puberty stimulate the sebaceous glands, leading to a rise in sebum production. This rise usually results in oilier skin, often temporarily, as hormonal balance is regained at maturity. Unfortunately, sometimes cells at the top of the hair follicle over-produce keratin, plugging the hair shaft and trapping sebum. This traps bacteria causing blackheads, infection and inflammation. Whiteheads (pockets of infection), characterised by redness, pain and heat are typical of acne vulgaris (the most common form.)
Exposure to certain drugs and chemicals can also cause acne to develop.

Pre-menstrual acne flare-ups are also fairly common during hormonal development.
We all want to get rid of spots that embarrass and frustrate us when we need to look our best. Apart from following a scrupulous hygiene routine there are other treatments and issues that you should be aware of:

Many conventional acne treatments include anti-biotic creams, but they need to be used continually or the acne will recur. I like to use herbal remedies that have traditionally been used to draw boils and abscesses, plus clays and essential oils that have a natural anti-biotic, healing effect and have a real affinity for problem skin.

Natural treatments for acne concentrate on addressing the cause, rather than just symptoms. We also need to ask the question “what is going on internally to cause the acne?”

Natural acne remedies should also focus on liver function. The liver regulates, breaks down and removes excess hormones, so it’s important to address this.
Constipation can cause toxins to be reabsorbed from the bowel and worsen acne. Increasing fibre in the diet will help to rid toxins held in stools and restore a regular bowel habit.

If you are suffering from acne and would like help, you can e-mail for advice, or book a consultation at Greenleaves Herbal Healthcare.

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32 thoughts on “How to Treat Acne Naturally

  • April 11, 2012 at 12:54 pm
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    Hello, I am entering the competition at Mummy Lion’s blog and would love to try any of your products.

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  • April 11, 2012 at 10:34 pm
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    I followed on to this blog from Mummy Lion’s blog. I am always interested in natural products for health issues.They are not as harsh as chemical products and usually more effective, i would love to try them out.

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    • April 15, 2012 at 4:58 pm
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      Yes Amanda, I’ve always believed natural is best! Thanks for your interest.

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  • April 12, 2012 at 12:59 pm
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    Love the illustrations, they really help you understand how spots form.

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  • April 12, 2012 at 7:59 pm
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    I agree a picture paints a thousand words! Really helps illustrate the point!

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  • April 13, 2012 at 7:58 am
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    Hello, from Mummy Lion’s blog. I think natural rememies for acne are much preferred.

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  • April 14, 2012 at 9:20 pm
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    I’ve come over from Mummy Lion, interesting read. I always like to use natural treatments when possible.

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  • April 15, 2012 at 3:18 pm
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    Hello, I am entering the competition at Mummy Lion’s blog and love the sound of your products! I was lucky enough not to suffer acne as a teenager but find I break out more now around ‘that time of the month’!

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    • April 15, 2012 at 5:00 pm
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      Yes,Tracy its the surge in hormones at that time of the month that can play havoc with our skin!

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  • April 15, 2012 at 4:23 pm
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    Hi, I am entering the competition at Mummy Lion’s blog and think these products look brilliant.

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    • April 15, 2012 at 4:53 pm
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      Thanks for entering Tracy and your kind comments!

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  • April 20, 2012 at 4:05 pm
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    I found your website on Mummy Lion’s blog and I’ve had a good look around. I love that you use natural ingredients and have real solutions for acne, which is such a horrible thing to have to live with. I’m hoping to win a sample of your Acne Masque!! 🙂

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    • April 20, 2012 at 5:35 pm
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      Thanks Meryl

      Your name has gone into the hat for the prizedraw!

      Best wishes

      Patricia

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  • April 20, 2012 at 6:22 pm
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    Hi, i came from Mummy Lion’s blog. I find alot of products irritate my skin , as they are to strong x

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  • April 21, 2012 at 10:40 pm
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    ’ve come over from Mummy Lion, great review

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  • April 24, 2012 at 6:21 pm
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    Found your site via the competition at Mummy Lions’ blog – really interested in the natural approach to treating acne, youngest son has spots on his back so this is really helpful

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  • April 24, 2012 at 7:49 pm
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    Hi – Mummy Lion sent me over. Would love to try the Peppermint Pumice Hand & Foot Scrub, sounds so refreshing 🙂

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  • April 29, 2012 at 9:56 am
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    very useful information – thanks!

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  • April 30, 2012 at 2:38 pm
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    thats makes interesting reading at 27 and im still getting spot. Will have to look into natural remedys its not something that ive thought about before

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  • May 1, 2012 at 4:46 am
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    Very useful 🙂 I really want to try your purifying acne mask!!

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