Botanical Treatments for Acne

Treat acne effectively without the harsh chemicals found in store-bought products.These plant remedies clear up acne symptoms naturally.

| June 2018

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    Aloe vera is an effective remedy for treating acne, sunburn, and even healing wounds.
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    “Natural Antibiotics & Botanical Treatments” by Aruna M. Siewert uses a completely natural approach to help readers achieve physical and emotional health and wellness.
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In Natural Antibiotics and Botanical Treatments: Heal Your Body, Heal Your Mind, Aruna M. Siewert introduces natural remedies and plant antibiotics that can help readers achieve physical and emotional well-being. The book shows readers different plant remedies that can support psychological conditions and how to treat minor infections without any side effects. The following excerpt is from Chapter 5, "Treating Common Ailments from A to Z."

The word "acne" is related to the Greek acme ("pinnacle," "peak"). The most common kind, Acne vulgaris (common acne), is the result of hormonal changes during puberty: during adolescence, pimples begin to pop up in nearly everyone. They become inflamed, begin to form pus and are often painful. Acne occurs mainly on the face but can also occur on the chest, back, neck, armpits and buttocks.

Sometimes, however, it goes beyond the occasional case, and many big, red and swollen pimples, including blackheads and whiteheads (or pustules), are present. This is called acne. It usually develops from inflamed sebaceous glands or hair follicles. Normally, the sebaceous glands prevent dehydration of the skin using a mixture of fat and proteins. But during adolescence, due to the state of changing hormones, too much sebum is often produced, clogging the exits, which can result in inflammation. The main cause is the hormone testosterone, which is produced in much larger amounts in males than in females. This is why boys are affected by acne more often than girls. Acne usually ends at around age 30.

Acne vulgaris — the mild, more common type of acne — does not require treatment. But when inflamed pimples become pus-filled, scab over and eventually develop into scars, it's time to take action.


Pimples, blackheads, pustules, oily skin. Skin is often partially inflamed, painful, red and swollen.

When to Visit the Doctor:

See a doctor if there is major inflammation, especially near the mouth and nose, but also in the armpits, chest or genitals, and if there is fever (which is rare).

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