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- MayoClinic.com: Diseases and Conditions: Acne: Expert Answers: Natural Acne Treatment: What’s Most Effective?
- The Vitamins & Nutrition Center: Vitamins for Acne
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According to the Mayo Clinic, acne nodules are painful bumps below the surface of the skin. They are large, and are a result of inflammation and buildup of oil deep within the pore. They are also one of the most severe forms of acne, surpassed only by cysts, which look like nodules but are pus-filled. There are home remedies for severe nodule acne, but note that dermatologists and naturalists alike recommend consulting a doctor if nodular acne persists. Left untreated, nodules are most likely to leave scars behind and could become chronic.
The Mayo Clinic recommends taking zinc supplements as a natural treatment for acne due to zinc’s ability to boost the immune system and provide anti-inflammatory properties. Both properties are essential in treating severe acne nodules. The Vitamin Nutrition Center also notes that zinc is an antioxidant that helps to fight free radicals, aids in healing tissues to help to prevent scarring and aids in regulating oil gland function 3.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is an anti-bacterial. Applied topically, this will help to fight the bacteria causing the infection deep within the pore. The Mayo Clinic reports tea tree oil has been proved in studies to be as effective as its chemical counterpart benzoyl peroxide. Combining zinc supplements to fight acne from the inside while applying tea tree oil on the skin provide a great acne-fighting combination.
Most antioxidants help to boost the immune system and manage the skin’s ability to repair and renew itself. They also help the skin to fight free radicals, which are known to cause acne and worse. According to the Vitamin & Nutrition Center, only 15 percent of Americans eat the appropriate amount of fruits and vegetables that are high in antioxidants 3. Vitamin A, B-1, C, E and zinc are all antioxidants essential to the skin’s health. A vitamin A deficiency can cause acne. Vitamin E enhances tissue healing and has long been used as a topical treatment to help prevent and heal acne scars.
The best home remedy anyone can do for acne, especially severe nodules, is to not pick at them. Attempting to pop a nodule will only result in further irritation and pain. It can cause the infection to worsen, and it will most likely result in damage to the skin leaving a large, deep scar. Keeping hands away in general is recommended as the hands contain their own oils and if not clean, dirt.
The Mayo Clinic recommends taking zinc supplements as a natural treatment for acne due to zinc’s ability to boost the immune system and provide anti-inflammatory properties. Both properties are essential in treating severe acne nodules. Combining zinc supplements to fight acne from the inside while applying tea tree oil on the skin provide a great acne-fighting combination.
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