The following are some helpful ways of tackling acne without having to resort to antibiotics and harsh, chemical-laden creams:
- Essential oils: Tea tree and lavender are anti-septic and calming respectively – keeping the skin clean and reducing inflammation.
- DIY blemish blaster: Bicarbonate of soda and water – mix to form a paste and apply to individual spots. Leave for 10 minutes and rinse with cold water.
- Lemon juice: The citric acid attacks the bacteria which causes acne. Rub onto skin, leave for five minutes, rinse and apply Aloe Vera.
- Diet make-over: Cut out refined sugar, dairy, processed foods and simple carbohydrates (white bread, pasta etc.) where possible eat more oily fish and vegetables, and drink more water. Swap coffee and tea for cleansing herbal teas.
- Supplementation: Probiotics – The body's defence mechanism. A happy gut can rapidly lead to happy skin! Omega 3 fish oils help to reduce inflammation and balance the skin's natural production of oil.
- Helpful herbs: Milk thistle, dandelion & artichoke are great for liver support and cleansing. These three herbs, when taken together, can help to detoxify the liver of excess hormones whose build-up could be contributing to the acne in question. Turmeric is a high strength natural anti-inflammatory. Viola Tricolour (Wild Pansy) is available in tincture form and found in some skin treatment creams (e.g. Bia Beauty Skin Superfood Moisturiser), a great remedy for many skin complaints including acne, eczema, rashes etc.
- To avoid scarring of acne spots make sure not to scratch or pick blemishes. Treat any marks left behind after pimples with oil high in omega 3, 6 and 9 such as Trilogy Organic Rosehip Seed Oil, to reduce pigmentation and retain the skin's elasticity.
- Stress management: Last but not least! Whatever you find most effective, be it exercise, yoga, meditation, spending time in nature or listening to music, find your ohm and frequent it often!
Eczema is an inflammatory skin disease where the skin becomes red, dry, itchy and scaly. The following are some tips on how to treat eczema.
- Topical application: Calendula cream, shea butter, and coconut oil can help to soothe itching and inflammation as well as protecting the skin from external irritants, keeping the area clean, and preventing infection.
- Loose and comfortable clothing: Fabrics like wool and polyester should be avoided and cotton or silk chosen instead.
- Switch to natural shampoos, conditioners, shower gels and body moisturisers, avoiding nasties like sodium laurel sulphate where possible.
- Taking shorter and less frequent showers can help to avoid stripping the skin of its natural oils and drying it out further. Always moisturise after showering, using coconut oil or a natural, sensitive body moisturiser.
- Diet: Focus on foods that promote gut and liver health, raw foods and foods high in good fats (omegas) such as oily fish, seeds, nuts and avocados. Dairy products are one of the most common dietary triggers of eczema, so foods like milk, yoghurt and cheese need to be eliminated from the diet too.
- Fish oil: Omega 3 not only has strong anti-inflammatory properties, but also acts like an internal moisturiser, lubricating the skin from the inside out!
- Vitamins A, D and E: When taken together these three vitamins help to boost collagen production, improve skin texture and retain hydration.
- Probiotics: Probiotics feed the immune system and encourage it to defend the body more effectively.
- Milk thistle, dandelion and artichoke: These herbs not only support healthy liver function, but also encourage detoxification. Everything we come into contact with gets processed in the liver, cleaning it out can rid the body of excess hormones and toxins left behind by allergens and irritants; thus reducing signs of irritation on the skin's surface.
Although there is no known cure for psoriasis, there are a number of external and internal ways of reducing inflammation and soothing dry, itchy skin...
- Avoid the most commonly reported triggers: Sugar, wheat, yeast, dairy and alcohol. Certain foods such as tomatoes, peppers and pork stimulate an inflammatory reaction in the body so it is best to eat these in moderation too.
- Everybody is different so what affects you may not affect everyone else and vice versa! Before eliminating foods from your diet, keep an “irritant journal” to record flare-ups. Note your surroundings, stress levels, food/drink being consumed etc. A few weeks of this and you should notice a pattern – once you know what causes the break-outs, do your best to avoid it!
- Moisturise: Psoriasis becomes painful because your skin can’t produce enough moisture to keep up with the amount of skin cells being generated. Putting water-based creams onto skin prone to dryness could end up drying the skin out further, so opt for oil instead- coconut oil is high in omega 3, 6 and 9 which are great for the elasticity of the skin and can help to reduce inflammation.
- Have a bath: At least twice a week (if possible) soak in a warm bath of either Epsom salts and oatmeal or seaweed which is great for calming the skin and seaweed makes a fantastic moisturiser.
- Treating your scalp: Apple cider vinegar (diluted 1:1 with water) massaged into the scalp 3-4 times a week can ease itch and reduce flakiness by neutralizing the scalp's ph. Applying jojoba oil afterwards as a conditioning treatment helps to soften the skin and soothe irritation.
- Supplementation: Fish oil can be very beneficial as it is a natural anti-inflammatory and skin softener. Vitamin D (supplement and plenty of sunshine!) can drastically reduce the symptoms of psoriasis. Turmeric (taken as food in curries or as a supplement in capsule) is another powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, yielding many benefits for psoriasis sufferers.
Some helpful ways of combating acne rosacea without resorting to conventional medicines/creams are as follows:
- Diet: As with most skin conditions, a good diet is vital in keeping skin beautiful. Include lots of fruit, veg, filtered water, nuts, seeds and berries. Avoid the usual suspects, like alcohol, refined sugar, caffeine, dairy, gluten and spicy foods.
- Olive leaf extract: An amazing anti-inflammatory.
- Apple cider vinegar: Internal cleanser, eliminates toxins and neutralizes pH levels.
- Probiotics: Feeds the body's defence system. Happy gut = happy face.
- Greens: Alkalising, energising and a great source of riboflavin (vitamin B2) which has a direct impact on healthy capillaries and blood flow, making supplements like spirulina extremely beneficial in the treatment of rosacea.
- Rosehip Oil
- Oatmeal: Can be made into a facemask. Calms redness soothes sore skin.
- Tea tree: Anti-septic and anti-inflammatory. Dilute well as it can be harsh.
- Chamomile: A natural anti-inflammatory and skin soother.
All previously mentioned recommendations are not intended to replace medical advice.