Try these 3 Top Natural Acne Treatments Now

Want to avoid harmful side effects of acne treatments? Go natural

Stubborn acne? If so, you may be desperate to try the strongest acne treatments possible, but...is this wise? Try these 3 top natural treatments for acne and forget worrying about harsh side effects.

Glycolic acid

Glycolic acid is a colorless and odorless natural acid found in sugar cane. It is an irritant that helps remove dead skin cells and unclog your pores. Because it is an irritant, you may feel mild stinging and have some redness after applying it.

This stinging and redness isn't necessarily a bad thing though. It means that it is working. Glycolic acid works so well, in fact, that it's included in many home skin care products and is a favorite of dermatologists.

Dermatologists use glycolic acid for treatment of acne and to reduce wrinkles, acne scarring, and hyperpigmentation. It works by exfoliating your upper layer of skin and exposing the live skin cells. This combination works to improve the look of your skin and prevent future breakouts.

You can buy glycolic acid for home use at reduced strengths or get full-strength acne treatments at your dermatologist's office.

Zinc supplements

Zinc is a mineral that is essential to your body. This natural mineral helps heal wounds, such as those you get from having acne, and reduces inflammation that is common with acne.

You can find zinc supplements anywhere vitamins are sold. The only side effects are a bad taste or possible nausea if taken on an empty stomach. If you find that zinc helps your complexion, you can also add it to your lotions and creams.

Tea tree oil

Tea tree oil comes from the Melaleuca tree off the northeast coast of Australia. This unassuming oil is a natural antiseptic, antifungal, and antimicrobial. In other words, it kills harmful germs.

Some of the germs it is capable of killing are those that add to your acne problem. In studies,* tea tree oil has proven to be as effective as 5% benzoyl peroxide, a common acne skin treatment medicine.

Because tea tree oil is natural, it might take longer to work than stronger prescription medicine, but with this oil, you don't have to worry about side effects and you get the added benefit of a less expensive solution to your acne.

Next time you're trying to decide which acne product to choose, instead of spending money for expensive treatments that may have side effects, why not try one of these natural acne treatments?

* Bassett I, Pannowitz D, Barnetson R (1990). "A comparative study of tea-tree oil versus benzoylperoxide in the treatment of acne". Med J Aust 153 (8): 455-8. PMID 2145499.

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