If you are suffering from acne, you need to look at your lifestyle to see if you can lessen the problem before you start on an actual treatment for acne:

— Drink at least 6 glasses of water per day.

— Include plenty of leafy vegetables and fresh fruits in your diet.

— Wash your face twice a day very gently with a mild soap such as Neutrogena in cool or lukewarm water (ensuring you remove any make up).

— If you wear make up or sunscreen, make sure it is labeled “non-comedogenic” or “non-acnegenic”. Make up should be water-based only.

— If using hair sprays or gels, keep them well away from your face.

— If you have long hair or a fringe, wash it frequently to keep oil away.

— If you have a job where you might be in contact with oil (e.g. fast food restaurant or a gas station) or you exercise or play sport, then keep washing that face.

Many natural ingredients have been used over the centuries for the treatment of acne. Fruits and herbs like papaya, tomato, lemon, garlic, mint, cinnamon, nutmeg, fenugreek, turmeric, radish and sesame seeds help improve skin disorders and acne. The natural ingredients protect against pollutants, thereby preventing acne. They are also good at getting rid of toxins, relieving inflammation and stopping the growth of bacteria.

Here are some home remedies for acne made from natural products which may help clear up the process:

— Apply the juice of raw papaya (including the skin and seed) on swelling pimples.

— Apply fresh lime juice mixed in a glass of boiled milk as a face wash for pimples

— Rub fresh garlic on and around pimples regularly until they disappear.

— Apply a paste of 3 tablespoons of honey and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder to pimples before going to sleep and wash off in the morning. Keep it up for 2 weeks.

— Similarly, apply a mixture made up of 1 teaspoon lemon juice and 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder.

There is a natural healing product specially formulated for acne and this is becoming very popular for the treatment of acne.

Be very wary of what treatment you decide upon to treat your acne as some over-the-counter acne products have serious side effects such as skin irritation, burning or redness. Sometimes antibiotics are prescribed and although these can be effective, no-one should be on prolonged courses of antibiotics. Retinoids are other medicines for treating acne which are usually rubbed onto the skin once a day but be very careful to avoid the eyes, mouth and the area under your nose. This medication can also increase your risk of getting very bad sunburn. If you are pregnant, or planning a pregnancy, then you would be particularly advised not to take such medicines.

Amoils offers all natural treatments for common conditions and ailments using essential oils. Visit our Acne Treatment page for more information.