Acne is pretty common among teenagers. But it can also flare up for adult women in the midst of hormone changes triggered by menstruation, birth control pills, pregnancy, even early menopause.
Yesterday I had a phone consultation with a sister in our Harmony Program. One of her main concerns was acne. I completely understand how unpleasant and embarrassing this can be to a woman who is in her 20s, 30s, 40s, or even 50s.
8 Simple Acne Home Remedies
So in this post, I want to share several home remedies recommended by Dr. Mao Shing Ni, founder of Tao of Wellness and Yosan University, to help clear up and prevent acne from occurring.
1. Cucumber and Aloe
Put one fresh cucumber in a blender, mix with 2 tbsp aloe gel, and apply externally; leave on for twenty minutes, then wash off.
Apply 2 tbsp plain, low fat, organic yogurt; leave on for twenty minutes, then wash off.
3. Dandelion, Carrot and Beet Green Tea
Drink 3 cups of dandelion, carrot and beet green tea on a daily basis. Make tea by boiling one bunch each of fresh dandelion, carrot, and beet leaves in 7 cups of water for 20 minutes. Strain and drink the liquid.
Drink 12 oz lukewarm water with 1 tbsp honey every morning on an empty stomach. This promotes bowel movement and helps remove toxins from the body.
Boil 1/3 cup fresh or frozen raspberries in 2 cups water. Simmer until reduced to 1/2 cup. Squeeze out the juice and discard raspberries.
Keep the concentrate in a glass jar in the refrigerator and use a cotton ball to soak up the juice. Wash the affected area with this solution twice a day.
6. Pearl Barley Powder
For oozing, infected acne conditions, mix 1/2 cup of pearl barley powder with just enough aloe gel or egg whites to make a paste.
Cover the area with this pearl barley mask overnight, and wash off with water upon waking.
7. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil applied to acne lesions may help eliminate bacteria and reduce inflammation.
Tea tree oil contains a compound called terpinen-4-ol that is responsible for tea tree oil’s antimicrobial activity.
8. Food Remedies for Acne
Eat plenty of squash, cucumbers, watermelon, winter melon, celery, carrots, cabbage, beet tops, dandelions, aloe vera, mulberry leaf, carrot tops, lettuce, potatoes, cherries, papaya, pears, persimmon, raspberries, buckwheat, alfalfa sprouts, millet, brown rice, mung beans, lentils, and split peas.
These foods help detoxify the body. When you clean your body from the inside, you also clear your acne from the outside.
For more information, check out Dr. Mao’s book Secrets of Self-Healing: Harness Nature’s Power to Heal Common Ailments, Boost Your Vitality, and Achieve Optimum Wellness.
If you decide to try any of the remedies mentioned above, please keep us posted on how it goes and if it helps.
Chasteberry (proven to help treat low progesterone and regulate menstrual cycles in more than 60 years of clinical research, including 5 randomized trials)
Vitamin B6 (one of the best vitamins to boost progesterone)
Progesterone Cream (bio-identical hormonal support)
Reduce Estrogen Dominance
Liver Cleanse Detox and Repair Formula (support liver functions)
Dim Plus (improve estrogen metabolism)
Support Adrenal and Thyroid Functions
Adrenal Health Daily Support (promote overall hormone balance)
Thyroid Support Complex (support energy and metabolism)
Once Daily Organic Whole Food Vitamin Supplement (provide essential nutrients for health and hormone balance)
Liquid Iron (support healthy blood)
The Hormone Cure, by Dr. Sara Gottfried
Cooking for Hormone Balance, by Magdalena Wszelaki