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Acne causes and natural treatments
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Acne causes and natural treatments
The most common cause of acne are excess hormones known as androgens. The liver is responsible in part for keeping androgen levels in check. So keeping the liver "clean" and functioning properly is a great start to preventing acne. The best way to do this is with herbs known as digestive bitters. As the name implies these herbs are very bitter tasting, and they do have to contact the tongue to work. When bitter substances come in to contact with the bitter receptors on the back of the tongue, they stimulate a nerve known as the vagus nerve. This nerve in turn cleanses the liver so it can work more efficiently. It is important to drink plenty of water throughout the day when using bitters to keep from getting sick. And you do not need large amounts. A half a dropper full on the tongue 2 to 3 times daily is sufficient. It is very important to drink plenty of water throughout the day when using bitters.

B vitamins are also important for the detoxification of hormones. Natural sources are the best such as rice bran, oat bran, seaweeds, nutritional yeast and pollen.

Zinc is also essential for preventing acne. But again do not go overboard. The recommended dose is 50mg daily with your largest meal. Zinc can make you nauseous if there is not enough food in your stomach.

Excess iodine can also cause acne because the iodine irritates and inflames the follicles. Dairy for example has been linked to acne because of the high level of iodine:

http://medcapsules.com/forum/showthread.php?tid=2533

http://medcapsules.com/forum/showthread.php?tid=3307

http://medcapsules.com/forum/showthread.php?tid=3305

Taking excess iodine is not causing acne by displacing bromine as the iodine peddlers keep falsely claiming:

http://medcapsules.com/forum/showthread.php?tid=2485

Cold water ginger extracts can help reduce scarring and acne. Ginger contains the strongest digestive enzymes in the herbal kingdom. So it can help exfoliate the upper layers of skin. It also stimulates circulation, reduces inflammation, and kills bacteria, including the bacteria involved with acne formation. The ginger needs to be mixed in cool water and left to sit for a few days in the refrigerator to extract. Heat can damage the enzymes in ginger. After extracted a little rubbing alcohol can be added to keep the extract from molding. The extract can be applied to the face as a face wash several times a day and left on for a while to exfoliate the skin.

http://www.MountainMistBotanicals.com
(This post was last modified: 09-10-2012 06:00 PM by James.)
09-10-2012 05:53 PM
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RE: Acne causes and natural treatments
There is a new (2014) review on plants and plant-derived extracts that help treat acne.

http://www.hindawi.com/journals/bmri/2014/301304/
01-04-2015 10:06 PM
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