Following the last post about Acne Treatments, where I looked briefly at the mainstream approach to treating acne, here I want to look at the alternative to using medical preparations, creams and potions.
Alternative acne treatments are those types of treatments that take a holistic approach to treating and curing acne.
When we talk about alternative acne treatments, we are talking about a whole body approach to not just treating the outward symptoms, but by working with the body to find the cause, remove it and thus remove the necessity for the outward bodily symptoms that appear as nasty red spots filled with even yuckier yellow pus that we all know and love to hate as acne!
Where in the post about gout treatments A Natural Cure for Gout?, I looked at how the body reacts to certain stimuli, the same strategy can be used for almost any ailment and certainly for acne.
So what do we need to look at first?
Well, to begin with, it helps to know your age group. The obvious age group for the majority of acne is that of the teenager.
In this age group, acne is chiefly caused by a huge imbalance in the body's hormone production which is unfortunately to be expected at this age as the body is making its transition from that of a child to that of an adult.
In this area, the effects of acne can still be reduced considerable by adhering to some simple precepts. This also goes for any age group, but is specifically aimed at teenagers.
Look at Your Diet
First and foremost, look very closely at your diet. This is something you probably don't want to hear, but what you put into your body is a direct correlation to what you get out of it.
So if you are eating fatty foods, such as fried stuff, crisps or potato chips etc, sweet, sugary foods such as chocolate, candies, cakes, biscuits etc, or too much dairy produce such as cheese, butter etc then you are going to have to cut right back on all of them.
Dairy products are laden with saturated fats, as are fried foods. They are also packed full of the residue of growth hormones, antibiotics, and a cocktail of bovine medication that farmers pump into their animals and that get into to milk which you consume.
This helps to further exacerbate your hormonal imbalance leading directly to more spots, I'm afraid to say.
Eating sugary foods, especially chocolate and chocolate coated candy bars is simply asking for a serious break out - I don't even need to tell you this as its something every teenager knows only too well!
What Are You Drinking?
That's just the start. Teenagers like to drink gallons of fizzy canned drinks like cola etc and think they're doing themselves a big favour by choosing low calorie or diet drinks.
The artificial sweeteners used in low calorie drinks, such as aspartame, saccharine and sorbitol are known to interfere with cell DNA and can potentially not only lead to cancers, but also mess with your hormones.
Yep the imbalance thing again! The sugary ones lead to weight gain, mess up your blood sugar levels and can trigger a break out of spots.
Not only that, but in some canned or bottled fizzy drinks, the artificial colours and flavours used have also been shown to affect mood by sending levels of seritonin and cortisol haywire. Read hyperactivity in children.
Added to all this, you allow your bodies to become dehydrated far too often without even realising it. To counter this is the easiest thing in the world, but for some strange reason teenagers shun this like its some kind of poison... water!
Yes, you must drink at least 2-3 pints of water every day. If the stuff that comes out of your tap is pure, drink that. If you're unsure of it, drink bottled water or use a filter jug, but drink plenty of plain water every day.
That last tip is probably one of the most important things you will ever do to not just reduce your tendency to get spots, but will improve your overall health by quite an appreciable factor if you are not already doing it.
After just a couple of days of drinking the right amount of water throughout the day, you'll notice a difference in many aspects of your health and body appearance. You skin will start to clear, the feelings of tiredness will be reduced, you will feel more alert and better in yourself all round.
If that was primarily aimed at teenagers, then guess what? It works even better for all other age groups who don't have the growing up syndrome to have to deal with. Is any of that stuff difficult to understand?
I didn't think so.
Acne No More
While the above is a good start to working on your individual problem, it is not the only thing you can do, of course.
If you need more to go on and there is plenty more to know about the problems and the many alternative cures and remedies that exist to combat acne, then you will be interested in reading this ebook: "Acne No More." You can click on that link or on the image of the book itself to find out more and to buy this highly useful digital book that you can easily download.
While acne is a problem for many people, it needn't be when you know how to do the right things that will minimize and even prevent it from happening. Knowledge is power and the power in this instance is the difference between a predominantly clear skin and a not so clear one!