Acne Home remedy and natural therapy suggestions and practical advice for acne care at home and reduction of reliance on antibiotic therapy
Natural home remedies that work

March 1 2017

Acne vulgaris, or common acne, is a skin disorder of the pilosebaceous unit that generally develops in adolescence and improves in adulthood. Adolescent males, in particular, can be severely affected by acne, which, if left untreated, can cause scarring, physical and emotional.
Acne vulgaris affects about 45 million people in the United States. Five million visits regarding acne are made to physicians in outpatient offices each year.

Natural Acne Home Remedy, natural ways to treat
A good natural acne remedy is difficult to find. Good acne care begins with dietary changes. We have come to realize that diet can be an acne remedy, even though the medical profession denies that food has anything to do with acne. The types of food we eat influence inflammation, and the less foods we eat that cause inflammation, the less likely pimples will occur.
Here are some natural acne home remedy suggestions:

Avoid friction or contact with acne pimples. Leave them alone, do not play with or pop pimples.
Avoid androgenic hormones such as DHEA, testosterone, and androstenedione. Stress can make acne worse by releasing certain hormones.

Reduce intake of sugar (including excessive amounts of fruit juices), sweets, processed flour, baked goods, and trans or hydrogenated fats. Examples include donuts, cookies, pastry, etc. Substitute stevia, the no calorie natural sweetener rather than sugar.
Reduce intake of nuts. Peanuts and peanut butter may provoke acne in some individuals.
Reduce intake of milk products. There is a high amount of hormones produced in the milk of cows, particularly in the milk of pregnant cows, which makes up the bulk of marketed milk and dairy products. Milk from pregnant cows contains progesterone, 5-alpha reduced steroids, and other steroid hormones. These hormones, when consumed, can break down into dihydrotestestosterone (DHT), the final molecule that turns on oil-making cells. Studies show there is an association between milk consumption and acne, and it didn’t matter whether the milk was whole, lowfat, or skim. For those who eliminate or significantly reduce milk products from their diet, calcium supplements could be helpful.
Reduce or avoid vitamin E. I have come across some patients who have noticed acne pimples after taking vitamin E. I am not certain of this connection, but until more is known you may wish to stop taking supplements of this vitamin. See acne vitamin information.

Increase intake of foods that may improve acne such as fish (halibut, salmon, tuna, sardines) and eat a wide variety of vegetables. These are the best foods to eat. They will make a difference in the health of your skin.
You may consider taking fish oil capsules if your intake of fish is fewer than twice a week.
Eat a healthy diet.
Increase your intake of water. Drink a glass or two of cold water first thing in the morning to eliminate the bowels. Drink 4 to 8 glasses of water per day, more in hot weather.

Relax, meditate, do yoga, take long walks, attempt to change your response to perceived stressful experiences.

Supplements, herbs, vitamins
We have not seen much evidence yet that the use of Beta Sitosterol supplement helps.

Does saw palmetto help reduce acne eruptions?
We don’t think so but we don’t think its use would make the skin condition worse.

Does the use of yohimbe bark make acne symptoms worse?
We don’t think this herb has an influence one way or the other.

Soy foods
Q.  I was wondering if you have encountered any relation between soy milk (2-3 cups per day) and cystic acne. I ask because I have read about possible hormone issues with soy.
A. We are not aware of soy milk causing acne except if the soy milk has added sugar or other substances that could aggravate acne. It is usually a good idea not to overdo any particular food too much when someone has acne except for fish and eating a variety of vegetables. Most soy milk products have added sugar. The soy phytoestrogens should not harm acne.
Q. After digging deeper and deeper, I’ve actually found an ingredient in most soy products called ‘carrageenan’ that is high in iodine and has been identified to be a strong contributor to cystic acne. I’ve been off of my normal soy products for 2 days and can already see a difference in redness and irritation. I just wanted to share my experience in the event that you can help another person with these same issues.

Acne scar treatment
Acne scarring is common. Scars can involve textural change in the superficial and deep dermis, and can also be associated with redness, and less often, pigmentary change such as darkening of the skin. In general, treatment of acne scarring is a multistep procedure. First, examination of the patient is necessary to classify the subtypes of scarring that are present. Acne scarring can be improved but is very difficult to entirely reverse.

Stress hormone in skin may trigger acne, oily skin
A stress-related hormone that affects the release of oils in the skin may be a potential cause of skin disorders such as excessively dry or oily skin, explaining the link between stress and acne breakouts, Stress upregulates the production of neuropeptides in the skin that regulate oil. Researchers studied corticotropin-releasing hormone, or CRH, which has been shown to play a central role in the body’s reaction to stress. In addition to being produced by the central nervous system, CRH is produced by the skin’s sebaceous glands. The hormone seemed to stimulate the skin glands to increase their production of oils. However, the effect of the hormone on the skin is also influenced by the presence of other hormones, such as human growth hormone and testosterone indicating that the interaction is more complicated than simple cause and effect.

Mild acne treatment
Mild acne is defined as fewer than 20 comedones, fewer than 15 inflammatory lesions, or fewer than 30 total lesions. Mild treatment includes topical retinoids, tretinoin, adapalene, and tazarotene.

Moderate acne treatment
Moderate acne treatment is defined as 20 to 100 comedones or 15 to 50 inflammatory lesions or 30 to 125 total lesions. Treatment for moderate acne includes benzoyl peroxide or topical retinoids plus erythromycin or clindamycin. Benzoyl peroxide is preferred to topical retinoids because of its antibacterial and anticomedogenic properties. Benzoyl peroxide in combination with antibiotic cream has the potential to reduce antibiotic-associated resistance to Propionibacterium acnes.

FDA Approves Ziana (Clindamycin Phosphate 1.2% and Tretinoin 0.025%) Gel as Acne remedy
First and Only Combination Product of Clindamycin and Tretinoin Approved as Acne remedy
Medicis and Dow Pharmaceutical Sciences, Inc. announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) has approved Ziana (clindamycin phosphate 1.2% and tretinoin 0.025%) Gel. Ziana Gel is the first and only combination of clindamycin and tretinoin approved for once daily use for the topical treatment of acne vulgaris in patients 12 years or older. Ziana Gel is also the first and only approved acne product to combine an antibiotic and a retinoid. Ziana Gel contains clindamycin phosphate 1.2% and tretinoin 0.025%, formulated as a cosmetically elegant topical gel. Ziana Gel has an alcohol-free, aqueous base. Medicis expects product supply to be available for shipping to wholesalers in the fourth quarter of 2006, and anticipates promotion and sample distribution of Ziana Gel to physicians shortly thereafter. Medicis Pharmaceutical Corporation .

Acne skin cream treatment
A test was done on facial acne skin using alpha-hydroxy acid (30% glycolic acid) one one side of the face, and a beta-hydroxy acid peel (30% salicylic acid) on the other. The glycolic acid and salicylic acid peels were similarly effective. The salicylic acid peel had sustained effectiveness and fewer side effects. alpha- and beta-Hydroxy acid peels both offer successful adjunctive treatment of facial acne vulgaris.

Diet connection
I am writing from Greece. When i read your theory about how acne can be related to diet i said to myself ” this is it”. I’ve always thought the same thing despite the dermatologists say there is no connection. I had a treatment in the past with Accutane that was partially effective but there were serious side effects Dry skin, (I couldn’t go out without using a moisturizing cream on my face and some kind of a lipstick for my lips. Is it possible that after the treatment my body changed in a way that i’m not sweating as much as i used to and i grow much more hair in my body? Over the years i tried to understand what kind of food make my problem worst. I am now most confident that milk is one of them as well as other milk products. Although i used to consume a lot of milk i now have stopped drinking it. I’m experimenting in other foods also but it would help me to know something in order to understand the influence they have on my body. If i eat something that can effect acne for better or worst, after how much time ,days probably, will i be able to see the results on my body. Let me tell you that i am 33 years old and i have a mild acne problem on my back.
It is possible that the Accutane had an influence on sweat glands and perhaps hair follicles. After eating a food that triggers acne, it may take a day or two or even a week or two to have an acne eruption, so it is sometimes difficult to know. Foods to avoid include sugar and nuts, and in your case milk, too. Best foods are fish and vegetables.

Restylane is a cosmetic treatment that temporarily plumps out wrinkles. Does Restylane cause skin outbreaks?
We are not sure.