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									                                  Acne Remedies
What is Acne?

Acne is a common skin condition. Acne lesions can appear as whiteheads, blackheads, small
pink bumps called papules, or pimples (pus-filled red lesions). More severe forms can result in
firm, painful nodules and cysts and may lead to scarring. Acne most often occurs on the face but
can also develop on the shoulders, back, chest, legs, and buttocks.

Acne Remedies

Here are some home remedies and natural treatments for acne.

 Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is a popular home remedy for acne. It is an essential oil that is diluted and applied
topically to acne lesions.

How is tea tree oil believed to work? Tea tree oil contains a constituent called terpinen-4-ol that's
thought to be responsible for most of tea tree oil's anti-bacterial activity. Because tea tree oil can
kill bacteria, applying topical tea tree oil to acne lesions is believed to kill Propionibacterium
acnes, the skin-dwelling bacteria involved in causing acne. Read more about tea tree oil and
acne: Tea Tree Oil for Acne? and learn more about Tea Tree Oil

 Zinc

Zinc is another popular home remedy for acne. A couple of research studies have found that zinc
is somewhat effective. While it was more effective than a placebo, antibiotic medication was still
more effective. In light of this, it may not be the best option when scarring is a possibility.

Side effects of zinc include digestive upset and a metallic taste in the mouth. At high doses, zinc
may lead to copper deficiency, weakened immune function, anemia, and heart problems. There is
some concern that higher doses may reduce levels of HDL ("good") chholesterol.

Zinc may also interfere with the absorption of magnesium and iron from food and supplements.
It can interfere with the absorption of tetracycline and fluoroquinolone antibiotics and
penicillamine. There is also some concern that a particular diuretic, amiloride, can reduce zinc
excretion and lead to a toxic build-up in the body.

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