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Five Ways to Take the Fight to Acne

You wash your face regularly but still get acne. You’ve tried various cleaning methods and nothing seems to be working. Here are some tips when you’re ready to step it up a notch to finally get rid of your acne.

1. Masks

To hydrate and heal your face, try applying a mask a couple of times per week. Yogurt, honey, cinnamon, essential oils and other ingredients help to hydrate skin and fight common causes of acne. Add a couple of drops of tea tree oil (considered one of the best home remedies for acne)  to either of the masks above during an active acne breakout.

2. Spot Treat

As we mentioned, acne responds well to tea tree oil. It’s used the world over as an antiseptic and to treat wounds. Like coconut oil, honey and cultured milk products, it fights bacteria and fungi.

Mix 4–8 drops of tea tree oil and one teaspoon of coconut oil or jojoba oil. Dap onto problem areas. Always use a carrier oil, as tea tree oil can be too harsh when applied directly to skin.

3. Take a Probiotic Supplement

Fighting acne requires both external and internal treatment. Live probiotics support healthy digestion and immune system functioning, plus improves how you look by fighting acne.

According to a recent study published in Dermatology Online Journal, researchers indicate that probiotic food supplements are a promising and safe acne treatment.

4. Take Guggul

For those suffering from the cystic form of acne, a controlled clinical trial has found that Guggul supplements outperformed 500 milligrams of tetracycline by a small margin.

In the study, 25 milligrams of guggulsterone taken twice daily for three months resulted in the reduction of acne, but more importantly, 50 percent fewer participants had acne relapses. Researchers noted that patients with oily skin responded remarkably better to guggul than others in the study.

5. Eat Healthy

Be sure to eat foods that don’t cause blood sugar spikes. Focus on leafy greens, berries and clean protein.

Increase consumption of wild fish. Healthy fats are essential to good skin health and treating acne breakouts at home, so include foods rich in omega-3s like wild-caught salmon.

Add zinc-rich foods such as kefir, yogurt, lamb, pumpkin seeds and chicken. According to a recent study published in BioMed Research International, there is a correlation between low zinc levels and an increase in acne.

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