|Acne: A Natural Approach
Pimples. Blemishes. Zits. Whatever you call them, the characteristic lesions of acne can range from annoying to painful and even psychologically crippling. Studies of teenagers and young adults with mild to moderate acne frequently report poor self-image, social impairment and diminished quality of life as a result of their skin conditions.
While the prevalence and stigma of acne make its victims a hot market for pharmaceutical treatments, these drugs aren’t always safe.
To manage acne safely, start with a look at what goes into your body. Researchers find that acne is practically nonexistent in populations that eat a diet with a low glycemic load. Specific nutrients such as the following can improve skin health and fight acne.
For a truly natural approach, clear skin can be as close as your kitchen. Coconut oil is not only a delicious and healthy cooking fat, but also a traditional cosmetic that moisturizes while counteracting P. acnes bacteria. The secret is lauric acid, a fatty acid in coconut oil with 15 times the antimicrobial power of benzoyl peroxide.
Finally, two essentials with a proven track record against acne are:
Dr. Barbara Smith