Acne is a skin condition that effects almost 80% of teenagers, both male and female. It tends to start at the onset of puberty and can last until the early twenties.


Although no one is sure of the exact cause it is thought that the body's production of increased amounts of the hormone testosterone at the start of puberty is a factor. As boys produce more testosterone than girls this probably accounts for boys being more likely to suffer acne than girls.


Other factors which contribute to acne include oily skin, heredity, stress, oral contraceptives, allergies and poor diet. Some women develop acne before the start of their menstrual period, this is sometimes called premenstrual acne.


How to avoid or reduce Acne

  • Keep affected areas as clean and free from oil as possible
  • Shampoo hair often
  • Eat a whole food diet with plenty of fruits and vegetable - raw if possible
  • Cut down on dairy, meat, fried food, and sugar
  • Eat more cold water fish like salmon


What you can do to treat acne pimples

  • Apply Tea Tree Oil to pimples about three or four times daily. In a study tea tree oil proved to be an effective alternative to benzyl peroxide.
  • Use tea tree oil only at the recommended dilution and avoid contact with the eyes. Never take tea tree oil internally as it is poisonous.
  • Do not pick or scratch pimples - this can cause scaring. Keep hands clean and touch your face as little as possible.


Some Supplements worth considering

  • Vitamin A, 25,000 - 50,000 IU daily - strengthens skin tissue   Note: Women of child bearing age should not take over 5000 IU of vitamin A unless under the supervision of a health care provider.
  • Vitamin E, 400 IU daily - also strengthens skin tissue
  • Zinc, 50 - 75mg daily - aids healing and helps prevent scars
  • Chromium - helps to reduce infections of the skin
  • Evening Primrose Oil - aids in the healing process
  • Vitamin B6, 50 - 100mg daily - useful for premenstrual acne


Disclaimer: The information presented is for information purposes only. It is based on scientific studies or traditional usage. Consult a health care professional before using supplements or making any changes in prescribed medications. Information and statements regarding dietary supplements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease