REM­EDY 411

Acne is a com­mon and frus­trat­ing prob­lem, and can carry over well into your adult years. These nat­u­ral strate­gies can keep skin clear

Amazing Wellness - - CONTENTS - By Emily A. Kane, ND, LAc

Ban­ish Break­outs Clear up your com­plex­ion by ad­dress­ing un­der­ly­ing im­bal­ances in your body.

Acne can man­i­fest at al­most any age, but it tends to be par­tic­u­larly trou­ble­some dur­ing ado­les­cence. It’s com­mon in teens, as they ex­pe­ri­ence huge shifts in hor­mones as they go through pu­berty that can take sev­eral years to even out.

Adult acne is sim­i­lar, but is of­ten in­flu­enced by anx­i­ety. Acne may fl are up af­ter emo­tional upset, es­pe­cially in­volv­ing in­ti­mate re­la­tion­ships. Hor­mone im­bal­ances or shifts are also a fac­tor. Too much testos­terone may over­stim­u­late the se­ba­ceous glands and re­sult in over­pro­duc­tion of se­bum, lead­ing to clogged pores and acne. Menopausal acne, for ex­am­ple, is com­mon as testos­terone rises. Here are some nat­u­ral ways to help pre­vent and treat pesky break­outs:

TRY OIL THER­APY

Al­though it seems coun­ter­in­tu­itive, oil ther­apy can some­times work won­ders on acne-prone skin. Try a blend of equal parts olive oil and cas­tor oil gently dabbed and wiped over the face with a cot­ton ball. It’s a gen­tle way to clean your face and re­move both dirt and makeup. Hemp seed and saf­flower oils are great for acne-prone skin. Tea tree oil can be a good spot treat­ment if di­luted in car­rier oils such as hemp, saf­flower, or olive. Neem oil can also help with acne, as a cleanser or spot treat­ment that won’t dry out your skin.

RE­DUCE STRESS

As stress and anx­i­ety can en­cour­age break­outs, try calm­ing herbs like PASSIFLORA or Leonu­rus car­diaca (aka

MOTHERWORT) in tea, cap­sule, or tinc­ture form. Th e lat­ter works well for deepseated anx­i­ety.

healthy'tip! Al­though it seems coun­ter­in­tu­itive, oil ther­apy can some­times work won­ders on acne-prone skin.

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