As a kid I refused to eat bread crust. My dislike wasn’t just limited to sandwiches; it crossed-over into pizza crust and French toast. But every so often I would force myself to eat it because my mom told me it would make my naturally kinky curls straight. Well, over the years I realized that some of my mother’s remedies were based on pure poppycock while some actually had merit. After all, she was the one who told me that washing my face and tying my hair back every night before bed will help to prevent acne. And it worked, so well in fact that it has remained a nightly ritual to this day.
It’s true that sometimes the underlying cause of acne is a medical condition that needs to be treated by a dermatologist. But in most cases, acne is directly related to lifestyle, diet, and hormones. The increase in production of sex hormones during adolescents is a natural part of life and the reason why every single one of us has a shiny, pimple-faced skeleton in the closet. Thankfully, there are ways to prevent and reduce acne breakouts so your teen can feel proud about the 100s of selfies they post throughout the day.
The following tips are effective natural remedies for helping your teen to have clear, healthy, radiant skin.
- How much water does your teen drink? Chances are…not enough. Water is critical for removing toxins from the body. Toxins will either come out in urine, sweat, or through pimples on the face. Drinking lots of water will promote the release of toxins through sweat and urine
- Avoid sodas, sports drinks, and all refined sugar products; this is a no brainer and perhaps the Achilles heel of every teen. They hate acne but they love sugar. Reducing the amount of sugar, caffeine, and chemicals in your teen’s diet can help to clear up acne and stabilize hormone levels. Glowing skin and no mood swings-everybody wins with this one
- Reduce intake of dairy and meat; these food products often contain trace hormones that can cause an imbalance in sex hormones that promotes moodiness and acne
- Take a zinc supplement (25 mg) daily – zinc is essential for the development of the reproductive system and helps the skin to heal from damage caused by the sun and acne
- Take a probiotic each day – Teens don’t worry about regularity but they should. A build of waste creates toxins and eating too much sugar will create an overgrowth of yeast. In fact, acne is one of the primary symptoms of Candida, a common yeast problem. A probiotic can help to eliminate toxins and replace bad bacteria (yeast) with good bacteria
- Be sure to get some beta-carotene from brightly colored fruits and vegetables in their daily diet or give them a vitamin A supplement of 5,000 IUs
- Encourage teen girls to go to bed with make-up on and to tie their hair back. The oils from our hair and make-up can clog pores. As a matter of fact, daily washing and grooming is essential to healthy skin. And a little deodorant wouldn’t hurt either
- Use tea tree oil as an astringent and dab vitamin E onto pimples; both have antibacterial properties that are great for fighting pimples
Note: These remedies are not “quick fixes”. The goal is to rid the body of toxins and nourish it with the right nutrients to promote the growth of healthy skin cells. This takes time and won’t happen overnight. More importantly, teaching your teen how to use natural remedies to treat and heal their bodies will make them less inclined to use harsh or harmful medications. And if the strong encouragement and support doesn’t work, you can always use my mom’s tactics and trick them.
Source: The Most Effective Natural Cures on Earth: The Surprising, Unbiased Truth about What Treatments Work and Why by Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., C.N.S.