Fighting the Biological Causes of Acne Acne can be one of the most frustrating skin conditions, and can strike at any age. It is a myth that acne occurs only during the teenage years, and that is because it is a biological problem that anyone can suffer from. The good news is that it can be thwarted and alleviated in natural ways. Read on for easy and affordable ways to combat this common affliction. Acne is often caused by infections that can be treated with natural components. Tea tree oil, occurring naturally in the leaves of a tree native to Australia, has been used for generations by indigenous tribes to treat wounds, sore throats and skin ailments. It has anti-bacterial qualities and has gained popularity as a topical application for treating common acne. It seems to work in a similar way to benzoyl peroxide, but without many of the side effects associated with that type of treatment. Tea tree oil can be purchased in natural foods stores and, increasingly, is found in many products for cleansing and facial treatments. Use it directly on affected areas of your skin, or mix with other moisturizers, as long as they do not contain too many added chemicals. In addition, tea tree oil can be added to your laundry, a few drops at a time, to disinfect pillowcases and other articles of clothing that come into direct contact with your skin. Exfoliating your skin naturally can be a valuable way to remove dead skin cells and open the pores for cleansing. A natural exfoliating product can be found in your own kitchen, in the form of common sugar. Be careful to use sugar that is ground to a fine consistency, to avoid unnecessarily damaging your skin. Simply add it to a gentle object such as a washcloth or facial brush, or make a "sugar mask" with other ingredients such as lemon or jojoba oil. By removing the dead skin cells, your pores can be freed from debris accumulated from your environment, and acne will no longer have a place to breed. One of the most important things to consider is what kind of additives and chemicals are actually included in your soap, cleansers and moisturizers. Just because a product boasts that it has a natural ingredient, such as aloe vera or tea tree oil, does not mean that it is the active ingredient. It is often way down on the list and is present in tiny amounts, while the rest of the product is loaded with foreign substances that can actually harm your skin and contribute to acne flareups. If necessary, make your own cleansing products from the actual ingredients from nature. Purchase plants such as aloe vera, and make facial masks out of food products known to enhance beauty and cleanse pores naturally. Reducing redness when you do have acne outbreaks can also be approached in simple ways. Try applying toothpaste to pimples before sleeping, or use an ice pack directly on the affected areas. As with any other malady in modern times, acne can also be greatly reduced by eating nutritious foods, getting plenty of sleep and exercising regularly. Treating acne as a common biological problem than can be alleviated with natural resources is one of the most effective ways to create a life free from this condition. Apply some of the ideas here to be on your way to healthy and beautiful skin for the rest of your life.