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Sauerkraut  

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Posted by Samantha (Las Vegas, Nevada) on 07/24/2016
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Raw, unpasteurized Sauerkraut works wonders for clearing up acne!! You have to buy the kind at a health food store or a local farmer's market. The kind at the supermarkets are pasteurized and unhealthy and will actually feed yeast. Raw sauerkraut kills yeast, it's a natural probiotic, and I believe that candida (yeast) can contribute to acne. You can start out taking 1 teaspoon and work your way up to a few tablespoons a day. Go slow. When you add something super healthy like this into your body, you can get a healing crisis. It is also a good idea to cut out all concentrated sugars, like honey and fruit juices, candy, chocolate, soda, and eliminate all dairy from a cow. Almond milk is a great substitute for milk, and goat and sheep cheese are great, too. Dairy from a cow is notorious for causing acne!


Saw Palmetto  

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Posted by Candy (Ontario, Canada) on 12/20/2013
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Saw Palmetto has made my acne disappear in a short amount of time. I read online that saw palmetto can increase a womans breast size (it worked) and also clears acne and keeps it away. I've got three zits in the last two months!!!! Thank God!!!! My face was covered with bumps for as long as I can remember. I so happy this remedy is cheap and easy. Just 2 pills a days keeps the acne away.


Sea Buckthorn Oil  

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Posted by Debbie (Colorado Springs, Co, Usa) on 03/05/2012
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I have had issues with acne since I was 12. I was always told not to worry that it would get better as I got older. I'm 53 now & still waiting for it to get better. Recently I have tried sea buckthorn oil. I have used it straight & mixed with my moisturizer. For the first time in my life (since 12), my face is clear! Absolutely no breakouts! I recently moved from Dallas, TX to Colorado & had serious issues with dry skin. Sea buckthorn oil has taken care of that. I can't believe an oil would clear up breakouts but it does. It has lessened the redness from prior breakouts too. By the way, I've only been using it for about 5 days. Results were quick. I hope this helps someone else. Love this website!!!

Replied by Rae
Chicago, Illinois
03/16/2012
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I bought some organic sea buckthorn oil and the color is very dark orange, almost like iodine. When I mixed one drop with my oil free moisturizer, it turned the white moisturizer to dark yellow. I put it on the back of my hand and it turned the skin yellow. How do you use it on your face without it turning the skin yellow?

Replied by Debbie
Colorado Springs, Co
04/02/2012

The sea buckthorn that I purchased is organic & a dark orange color as well. I am very fair skinned but have had no issues with staining. I did read on the box of a Skincare product that is made with sea buckthorn oil that it could possibly stain clothing. I think it absorbs so quickly into my skin that I haven't noticed a problem with clothing or pillowcases. Another oil I have used with great success is neem oil. The downside of this oil is that is has a very strong odor. Kind of like garlic & onions. If you can get past that it's a great oil. I really like the sea buckthorn because of the other great properties it has. Just google & you can read about them. Sorry if you are having a problem with staining. I guess we are are so biochemically different that what works for one may not for another. I would suggest diluting in a carrier oil but if acne is an issue, that might not be an alternative.


Sea Salt  

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Posted by Cl503 (Oregon, United States) on 04/06/2014
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I have read from other sources about the benefits of sea salt for acne. I have always had really oily skin and acne, always. Have tried everything short of accutane. About two weeks ago I made a mixture of sea salt, water, lavender and rosemary oils and a touch of vegetable glycerine, and put it into a spray bottle. I have been spraying this on my face and upper back consistently and have noticed a very significant improvement. I use the spray before I apply make up, after I apply make up after I wash my face, after the shower, whenever I can.

My face seems to look a bit "glowy", my oiliness has diminished and my back is about 90% more clear. I have experienced a few zits since using this, but just the ones that come to a head right away and go away by the next day.

The only side effect I have noticed is an increased thirst.

I am just guestimating.. but I think I used about--1 tblsp of sea salt dissolved in about 4 ounces of water, and added maybe 5 drops of each oil and a drop or two of the glycerine to bind things.

Hope this helps someone!


Selenium  

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Posted by Vinny (Atlanta, GA) on 04/25/2008
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Hi, Besides taking Triple Fish Oils, Vitamin E, & Vitamin C to cure and prevent acne, I have now started taking Selenium, which is a very powerful antioxidant, and my acne is nearly cleared in just one day!!! I take more than it states on the bottle only because I know my body is in need of lots of anti-oxidants (but just don't over do it) Just as Ted stated, anti- oxidants will help tremendously with acne. I usually get all my products from GNC.

Replied by Lori
Phoenix, AZ
08/30/2008

To the person who wrote about Selenium as an antioxidant: I am glad that Selenium works for you, but PLEASE be careful not to take too much! It can be toxic. Find out from your doctor what the max is. God bless!


Shalini's Acne Remedies  

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Posted by Shalini (Petaling Jaya, Malaysia) on 09/12/2009
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First of all, thanks very much to Earthclinic for all your help!

I've been struggling with acne for a long time, and after trying out some remedies from EC have found a combination that made a dramatic improvement in my skin. I was quite astonished at how fast it healed, compared to the turtle speed of most acne meds.

I've eliminated all soaps and medications, and am using only natural products. In the morning, I apply a baking soda mask for 5 minutes. It stings a lot, and be careful not to scrub, just leave it on. This disinfects your skin and gradually shrinks acne. At night, I apply a turmeric mask for an hour. Be careful with turmeric because it will stain - on my tanned skin it just blends in. To moisturise, I use coconut oil, less in the day and more at night.

I also take coconut oil internally, one tablespoon morning and night. I also take two tablespoons of granulated lecithin, and 3000mg of high quality fish oil. The fish oil showed me an overnight improvement, and even helped me sleep better.

Here's what didn't work: ACV is not my friend, unfortunately. Evening primrose oil did not work at all. Blackstrap molasses is incredibly helpful for my menstrual cycle, but again no difference in skin.

Hopefully this will help any acne sufferers out there, good luck!


Silicea  

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Posted by Sherri2012 (Los Angeles, Ca) on 05/30/2011
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Someone posted asking about acne. I too have spent a lifetime battling it and have probably used just about everything dermatologists would recommend. After yet another outbreak, I decided to try something natural. The woman at an apothecary recommended an acne soap and Hyland's #12 Silicea 6X. I started using those, and discontinued everything else. That was a couple of months ago, and it has worked like a charm. Plus my skin became softer and smoother. I highly recommend it.


Silver Water, Zapper, Hot Water  

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Posted by Gabi (Czestochowa, Poland) on 11/15/2007
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The best thing to kill all those ugly and painful things on our skin is #1 Alkaloidal Silver Water, #2 Dr Hulda's Clark Zapper and #3 hot water (hot shower) Silver water helps also heal burns (even those infected). When you apply SW to affected area it looks like nothing is happening but after couple of hrs pain subsides (boil, burn) . On second day you see that the boil doesn't get worse. usually 3rd day you start noticing that boil starts getting smaller. I practiced SW on all my friends with skin problems. It works, is cheap. It is wonderful cure on all kind of infected abrasions (with pas). I would never use antibiotic ointments! All you need is just 1-2 drops or gentle tap with the tip of your finger. I keep my SW in hair spray bottle. It produces very fine mist.


Steam  

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Posted by Nature Lover (Grand Rapids, Michigan) on 03/29/2009
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Background: I had a problem of adult acne for several years. I used to have at least 2-3 active zits over my face. I tried everything: OTC Acne products, ACV, H2O2, and went to a dermatologist for creams and Zyrtec. Then I cam across steam bath at my apartment complex. Within a week my skin was great, no acne problems for months! And then the Steam bath was out for repairs and my problem slowly crept back. So I bought a 'Steam facial' on Amazon for about $30 and it works almost just as great.

Measurements that worked for me: Steam bath/ steam facial: 10--15 minutes, three times a week. I make sure my face about 5 drops of sweat trickles down on the towel. I saw dramatic improvements within a week. In steam bath, I make sure the heat is enough to accelerate my heart without any pain or discomfort.

My results: I haven't used ANY skin medicines for 5 months and going strong! It also helps get rid of any cold/ cough symptoms. My wife saw her back-ache vanish.

I have used many remedies from this site and I thought I should share this very natural, no-chemicals-involved remedy with you.

Replied by Tee
Chicago, IL
03/29/2009

I got a good question for everyone about acne. Does anyone know how to diminish those holes in your face sometimes associated with acne? Are there any foods, supplements, or techniques that can help with this.

Replied by Rosy
Orlando, Fl
03/31/2009

This is for Tee from Chicago, I use baking soda to scrub my face and it helps so much with acne scars. I have the red forever blotches and they faded to almost nothing after scrubing with baking soda every night. An added bonus is that it makes my face less oily too. You could try to use a mixture of apple cider vinager and porixide to cleanse your face after wards, but beware that the h202 will bleach your hair and eyebrows.

Replied by Lucy
Sydney, Australia
08/29/2012

Peroxide? I don't think that putting something that harsh on your skin is a good idea.


Strawberries  

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Posted by Matt
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According to the ancient Egyptians, fresh strawberries (when eaten) help acne. So do wetted strawberry leaves applied on the face topically.


Posted by Jade (Staffordshire, UK)
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I mixed 2 large straberries and 1/2 a peeled orange together mashed up. I then put it in the freezer until it was a block (usually put it in overnight). The small block should be wrapped in a cloth or towel and put on the affected area. This should be repeated 2 or 3 times per week and then you should notice a difference.


Sulphur Soap, Aspirin Mask  

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Posted by Rw (Tazewell, Virginia) on 01/28/2011
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My teenage son has been using sulfur soap for moderate acne and his face is now clear. Also helpful is a crushed aspirin mixed with a little bit of water rubbed on the face and rinsed off after a few minutes. Also the sulfur soap is to be left on the face a few minutes (works well to leave it on your face while you take the rest of your shower). This has been a very inexpensive and very effective remedy.


Supplements  

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Posted by Buttercup (Liberty Hill, Tx ) on 01/14/2013

I had acne as a teenage and have the scars to prove it. I went on Accutane in 1996 and was acne free for 16 years until I came out of menopause. Now am 56 years old with acne. I have come to find out that my acne is now caused by estrogen dominance. My dermatologist suggested that I try taking DIM (Diindolyimethane) to metabolize the extra estrogen (androgens) and Pantethine (Vit B-5, a key component of Coenzyme A) to help break down amino acids and carbohydrates. I did not want to go on any meds and the dermatologist that I see does not like prescribing drugs. I take the DIM (100mg) capsule three times a day and one softgel of the Pantethine (300mg) at each meal. I have started to notice that my face is not as oily and I am not breaking out as much. I have a followup with my dermatologist 2 months from now and I am hoping that this remedy does actually work.


Posted by Jamie (Chattanooga, Tn) on 12/28/2010
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I have researched many cures for acne on line and have put together what works best for me.

Daily Plan:

Vitamin A 3 8000iu (24, 000IU) capsules 2x's daily

Vitamin E: 1 200IU 1 or 2x's daily. (i find 2 sometimes makes my face greasy)

Zinc: 1 caplet 1 time a day (can't remember the mg off top of head)

Niacin flush daily. You will have to experiment to find the appropriate amount of Niacin to cause the "flush" which I have found to be the MOST helpful part b/c if I miss it a day or two I have a breakout. My flush amount is 300mg on empty stomach. Wash 2x daily with ben Peroxide wash and use salicylic acid moisturizer.


Posted by Anna (Sacramento, CA) on 05/06/2007
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My daughter had severe acne as a teenager and saw three different dermatologist giving her various medications that hardly made a difference. I read that often times acne is caused by a zinc deficiency. I took her off of all perscription meds and put her on zinc supplements 3x a day. Within a month all of her acne was gone. She had some redness and scarring but all acne was gone. I was amazed that something so simple, over the counter, could work so well. I'm not sure if I can mention this or not but if you need the exact amount it was in some book that is titled Foods that Heal.

Replied by Corrie
Baton Rouge, La
04/21/2009

I have just started taking Zinc, It is 50mg for 3 times a day. I didn't get if from a book, but found it on several websites.

I think you are supposed to decrease that amount after your face has achieved the desired results.

Replied by RL
san antonio, TX
04/21/2009

i have been taking about 65 mg of zinc at night plus eating almonds in morning and befor bed for about three weeks & i haven't noticed a difference i hear it takes 4 weeks to work I have also been taking raw shea butter for the black marks.

I've taking 2 1/2 zinc pills before bed each of them 25 mg i guess I'll start taking 3 pills before bed 75mg

i mainly take it for BO and it hasnt changed yet.

Replied by Tee
Chicago, Il
04/21/2009

What kind of zinc are yall using?

Replied by Selena
Chula, GA
04/22/2009

You shouldn't exceed 100 mgs of zinc daily through all sources, my book states 30-80mgs daily. Possible you have other mineral deficiencies as well if you also have BO issues. Try chlorophyll by drinking green drinks or eating lots of parsley and other leafy greens. Preferably raw. Be sure you are drinking lots of pure water (not tap). Most acne and other ailments will clear up from eating a mostly raw fruit and vegetable diet. Be sure your bowels are moving. Try a colon cleanse or adding lots of fiber to your diet. This should help with the BO and the acne. I never had acne as a teenager just an occasional bump here and there. I do go through phases where I will get an area that seems to keep pimples (the kind that you can feel coming 3 days before you can see it) and usually on my chin (where I tend to prop on my hands). When this happens I put oregano oil on that area and this usually puts a stop to them for a while. Oregano burns so you may want to dilute it some with olive oil and keep away from eyes. Apply it with a q-tip to keep from getting it on your fingers and later rubbing it into eyes. I don't dilute mine, but if you have never used it I suggest diluting one drop of oregano oil to 1 tsp. of olive oil, then work your way up to adding more drops if you can take it.



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