Acne is a very common skin condition, mainly caused by eating too many refined starches, fried foods, dairy products, added sugar, as well as high protein consumption. When the kidneys and liver become inadequate in expelling the excess waste, the skin, being the largest eliminative organ, is used instead.
Mild cases of acne consist of no more than a few pimples and blackheads which are likely to disappear, if care is taken with diet and hygiene. In severe cases, the skin may be seriously damaged and permanent scars can result. In girls, acne may be more pronounced at the time of menstruation.
The story is very familiar to many sufferers. Squeezing can break the membrane around the pimple and spread the infection to the surrounding tissue – the result is more pimples, scars and pitted skin. Chronic acne can be emotionally upsetting to teenagers, who are usually very sensitive about their appearance.
When an eruption of any kind breaks out on the skin, it is often a warning that something is wrong, internally. Curative processes take place from within to eliminate the toxins that are causing the trouble and to only treat the skin itself can push those poisons deeper into the system. Although acne plagues people of all ages, most do not know that good results can be achieved with herbs and a sensible diet.
For acne and chronic skin disorders, make a tea using equal parts of the following blood-cleansing herbs:
- 50 g Dandelion
- 50 g Plantain
- 50 g Speedwell
- 50 g Stinging nettle
- 50 g Walnut
Directions: Place the above herbs in an airtight container, shake well and store the mixture in a dark place. Infuse one heaped tsp of herbs with one cup of boiling water for approximately three to five minutes and strain. Drink 3-4 cups throughout the day.
HORSERADISH / VINEGAR MASKS are also very effective. Freshly grated horseradish is covered with apple cider vinegar and allowed to stand for ten days, before using. The mask should be applied for 10 minutes in the morning and evening.