Burdock Root, a Natural Acne Treatment – Part 2

I've heard many people say that treating acne at home is difficult and that most home remedies are simply ineffective when compared to to conventional, pharmaceutical treatment programs. However, I say "rubbish" to that! Today I am going to show you three easy ways to treat acne at home and explain why these remedies are so effective.

How much water do you drink a day? Probably not enough is the most likely answer, but why is water so important for the healthy functioning of the skin? Simple, water helps to flush out toxins from the body which would otherwise be excreted through the skin, leading to further acne breakouts. Water also helps to keep the skin well moisturized and therefore in better condition. I personally recommend drinking at least two liters of water a day, spread out over the day and not all in one big go. If possible use a water filtration device to remove any foreign particles from the water which may have a negative impact on your health.

Green tea is one of the most amazing drinks out there because it has so many health benefits. The catechins (a type of antioxidant) in green tea will help to keep your skin healthy and looking good. Also, they will help flush out toxins in a similar way to water which leads to improved skin condition. A number of other health benefits have also been linked to green tea such as reduced risk of throat cancer, reduced body-fat percentage and a lower risk of developing gingivitis. Whilst loose leaf green tea is better quality it is also quite inconvenient so I recommend using organic teabags.

Another one of the easiest ways to treat acne at home is to increase your daily intake of vitamin A. This is an essential nutrient for correct, healthy skin functioning and carrots are an ideal source of Beta-Carotene (which is closely related to vitamin A) that will help boost your vitamin A levels. To prepare a carrot juice (for one person) take five fresh carrots. Remove the ends, wash and peel them then juice using a juicing machine (these can be purchased at kitchen appliance stores or large department stores) Remember to only have carrot juice on alternate days because too much Beta-Carotene will literally turn your skin orange.

By using these three "wonder" treatments regularly you should notice a huge improvement in your skin and a reduction in the number of acne breakouts you have. The best part about them is that all three are totally natural and don't involve any dangerous chemicals which may cause damage to your body!

Acne displays itself on the face, back and neck. Acne doesn’t start on the face, neck or back though. The basis of this begins inside the human body. Ultimately, the root source goes back to the pituitary gland, which produces hormones, which in turn release chemicals that effect others cells throughout the human body. Of such effected are the sebaceous glands.
Some areas controlled by the Pituitary Gland are:
1. Basic human growth
2. Blood Pressure
3. Functions of sex organs
4. Water regulation
The basic problem of acne occurs within the Sebaceous glands where an oily substance called Sebum is secreted. Sebum is made up of fat and dead skin. Sebum is produced when the sebaceous glands break down and separate.
Sebaceous glands can be found in hair-covered areas and non haired areas. These glands are found over most of our body with the exception of some places.The oil produced also lubricates the hair in order to prevent drying and damaging. Sebaceous glands open up to the hair follicle or to the pour of the skin itself.
Sebum, when at normal levels, is supposed to:
1. Protect skin from bacteria
2. Keep skin hydrated
What creates or triggers the acne effect?
1. Increased Sebum levels by over active Sebaceous glands often referred to as seborrhoea.
2. Sebum and dead skin clog pores
3. Hormone imbalance – increases level of Sebum
4. Walls of hair follicles bursting
Types of Acne that can occur:
1. Acne Vulgaris
2. Acne Nodule cystic
4. Acne Whitehead and Blackhead(called Comedonal acne)
3. Acne Scarring
Active ingedients of the Burdock are arcigen, calcium, chlorogenic acid, essential oil, flavonoids, iron, inulin, lactone, mucilage, polyacetylenes, potassium, resin, tannin, and taraxosterol.
Lets look at Inulin:
1. Does not increase blood sugar, benefit to diabetes condition
2. soluble fiber – easy on colon
3. May help lower cholesterol and glucose
Polyacetylenes:
1. anti-inflammatory properties
Iron
1. Blood Builder
Again Burdock root is proven to purify the blood and remove the toxins out of it, as well as treat skin problems. One issue we deal with may be found in the liver not functioning properly in detoxifying the blood giving way to unhealthy skin. Not to mention the need for the digestive tract and kidney to function proper.
I found it amazing that when I felt good, I looked good. My body inwardly feels healthy. My digestive system is working as should. The reduction of toxins and the healthiness of the skin has given way to a reduction in bacteria as well. I know that food has been disputed as a cause for acne but I encourage everyone to look again as being a contributor.
I will suggest this. What happens if we feed the body too much of something it already produces naturally, causing an imbalance? Your body may produce more oil, secrete more sugars, naturally. What we eat may become triggers as the body finds ways of discarding things it cannot digest, and or treats as a toxin. This is just a theory in a way, as that I am not a doctor just an experienced acne individual.
See part 3 for my complete daily routine…