Posted on April 28 2017
Think acne is a big problem? About 85 percent of teenagers struggle with acne, and about half of those continue to experience breakouts as adults. Americans spend $400 million every year on over the counter acne treatments. When combined with prescription medications, this number explodes to a whopping $1 billion per year. The average acne patient spends between $30 and $60 per month on acne treatments. For those who seek medical help, the average cost of acne treatments balloon to $45 to $200 per month.
What You Don't Know About Acne is Hurting You
Two myths drive this excessive spending. The first myth is that modern medical science has identified and remedied the problem of acne. You can tell for yourself that isn't true, because every physician out there offers a different answer. The second myth is that acne is natural and normal, and only chemical treatments prevent and heal acne. This is also false, because many cultures that don't eat "Western" diets have zero instances of acne.
Researchers have identified several world societies that have no acne at all, most of which remain untouched by the "First World" or "Developed World" a.k.a., modern Western society. Certain civilizations in Asia (such as Okinawa, Japan before WWII and the island of Kitava near Papua New Guinea in the South Pacific), South Africa (particularly those in rural Brazil), and Africa (the Bantu in South Africa and the Namibians in southwestern Africa) have no documented cases of acne within their native populations.
Western medicine basically dismissed ancient treatments and non-chemical solutions to most health problems, believing that all cures involve complex, unnatural chemicals. Many physicians have simply forgotten that problems like acne had natural and effective solutions thousands of years before Democritus and Hippocrates invented modern medicine. Others opt to keep patients (and those deep pocketbooks) coming back for more. If patients learn that acne's prevention and cure is all-natural and even quite simple, that $1 billion per year just disappears.
Here are the skin care secrets that doctors won't tell you to cure your acne once and for all. Best of all, you'll cut your skin care regimen from $30 to $200 per month down to just a few dollars.
Natural (Non-Chemical) Acne Treatments DO Work
Those committed to natural, holistic treatments swear by natural healers like honey, cinnamon, tea tree, clove, moringa, and seaweed. Yes -- your kitchen cupboard and bathroom cabinet might already be holding the very ingredients you need to stop breakouts for good!
Honey is a natural cleanser. Mix it with a bit of cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg and wash your face with this paste in the mornings and evenings. Supplement this daily cleansing with a thorough exfoliating treatment once or twice per week. Toss those expensive chemical exfoliates and opt for seaweed and a quality cleansing/exfoliating brush. Swap the brush head regularly to prevent the buildup of dead skin cells and bacteria.
Tea tree oil is an ideal natural toner and makes an excellent spot treatment for acne breakouts. It's a natural antiseptic used to treat all kinds of sores, cold sores, fungal infections, insect bites, and even chicken pox and head lice. Other wonderful all-natural toners include apple cider vinegar, mint leaves, Aloe Vera, and cucumber.
Clove is an excellent natural treatment for cystic acne that appears anywhere on the face or body. Different from ordinary "zits," cystic acne involves a large, painful boil-like infection that often accompanies regular pimples. Ice helps reduce the swelling associated with cystic acne, greatly reducing its appearance and painfulness. You can also prevent breakouts with a healthy diet and by regularly washing your pillow cases, bath towels, and other items that come into contact with your skin.
Moringa is commonly called drumstick tree. High in vitamins A and E, it's a wonderful natural skin moisturizer. You can use moringa topically on the skin, or add it to your diet for an inside-out skin treatment.
Acne Prevention Isn't Just Skin Deep
Why does the Western diet and lifestyle tend to cause acne more than those in some other cultures? The First World diet is basically built on highly processed foods, lots of dairy, sugar, and refined (processed) carbohydrates. These foods lead to three issues that contribute to acne:
- Cause inflammation
- Cause over-production of skin cells, which clog pores
- Cause over-production of sebum, a natural oil that, in abundance, clogs pores and leads to bacteria production under the skin
Yikes! This means that a lot of your acne problems start before you have a chance to treat it with honey, a thorough exfoliating brush, and other topical treatments. Don't worry. A dietary shift is all you need to get your skin back to a healthy state, and the benefits of eating better aren't skin deep. These dietary changes lead to improved digestion and less instances of other health problems, including gas, bloating, skin disorders like psoriasis and eczema, and even chronic problems like migraine headaches, high blood sugar, obesity, sleep problems, and much more.
The best diet for treating acne involves:
- Avoid processed sugars and refined carbohydrates
- Avoid foods with gluten (wheat, rye, barley, pasta, breads, crackers, etc.)
- Avoid fried foods and foods with hydrogenated oils
Instead, eat lots of healthy, "whole" foods like:
- Lean meats and fish (especially healthier versions like grass-fed beef and fish caught with sustainable methods)
- Fruits and vegetables (particularly those that are certified organic or all-natural)
- Nuts and seeds (pumpkin, flaxseed, and sunflower seed are excellent choices)
- Healthy fats (fat isn't a bad word! Fill up on fats high in omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, like olive oil, coconut oil, almond oil, avocado oil, and good old butter)
As your body gets rid of the unnatural substances found in junk foods, fried foods, and other highly processed foods, you'll begin to notice fewer breakouts, less severe breakouts, and eventually no breakouts! Your skin -- as well as the rest of your body -- begins to take on the health, energy, and resistance to disease that our ancestors enjoyed.
Are you ready to take the first step in cutting your acne treatment budget and getting a healthy jumpstart on beautiful skin for life? Contact us for the brushes and accessories you need today.