Oh Acne, Ugly Acne

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Acne will happen. It often happens to teenagers when they are beginning to have hormonal changes. It usually is a really big drag for them. Kids will often do horrible things to their skin: scrub with an SOS pad, apply poisonous dangerous OTC preparations, cover with pore-clogging makeup. Here are some good and easy, natural methods that will help.

Clay - Detoxifies and adsorbs. Take vitamins when you take clay. Clay can be eaten: 1 t edible clay in a bit of water followed by a full glass of water. And clay can be used as a mask. Put a bit of green clay in a bowl, add It Lavender or Rose Geranium hydrosol, apply to face or just to zits, let dry, rinse copiously, and spritz with Melissa hydrosol.

What you eat - Eat clean foods, simple broiled fowl or oily fish (salmon or sardine), lots of complicated green salads, lots of foods with color. A variety of steamed veggies; beets, dandelion greens, squash (for Vitamin A), celery, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, etc. Eat one orange, one apple, one tomato and one carrot every day. (See Herbal Guide to Food by Jeanne Rose for details.)

Vitamins - Take a good B vitamin in the morning with oil-soluble vitamin A and Calcium/Magnesium + Zinc, and an oil-soluble Vitamin E in the evening before bed. There are some good vitamin combinations on the market that are specifically for the skin.

What to apply: - Herbs: Herbal compresses of Licorice, Violet leaves and Comfrey root and leaf. Use herbal baths, facial steams and add essential oils and hydrosols to your herbal treatments for a true synergy of aromatic healing.(See Herbal Body Book by Jeanne Rose for details.)

Essential Oil Treatments: There are many essential oils for acne. See The Aromatherapy Book: Applications and Inhalations and 375 Essential Oils and Hydrosols by Jeanne Rose for details.

Hydrosols Always--A synergy of herbal treatment and aromatherapy. Hydrosols are imperative in the treatment of juvenile and adult acne. You can use them in the clay masks, compresses, or as direct applications. Since they have a far less powerful odor, kids won't mind using them in public or at school. The best are Lavender from California (it contains borneol), Melissa, or Rose Geranium. However, if you can't find these, use Tea Tree (antibacterial), Linden or Witch Hazel (anti-inflammatory and antiseptic, and a powerful antioxidant).

All books mentioned available from the Aromatic Plant Project, PO Box 225336, San Francisco, CA 94122. The Aromatherapy Book - $19, 375 Essential Oils and Hydrosols- $15, Herbal Body Book $17, and The Modem Herbal -$15. Buy all four for $66, which includes shipping, for a10% discount.

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By Jeanne Rose

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