Acne is a condition when your hair follicles on your skin get blocked by oil and dead skin cells. Starting around puberty, it can appear on the face, chest, upper back and shoulders, and will go away eventually. But for some people it can persist, even well into adulthood.

Possible causes of acne are:

  • Surplus oil production
  • Hair follicles obstructed by oil and dead skin cells
  • Bacteria
  • Changes in hormone balance
  • Genetic inheritance

Although it's said, true beauty lies beneath the skin, a lot of teenagers and young adults suffer emotionally, affecting their self-esteem. The only thing I can say about this now is, that it really doesn't matter. What I can do is give you some tips to fight acne. Bear in mind that this is not a quick-fix and differs from person to person. It takes determination, commitment and patience.

Turmeric or Curcuma

Turmeric

Mix turmeric powder with a bit of honey, and apply a thin layer on effected areas. Leave for 20 minutes and gently rinse off with water.

Tea tree oil

Tea Tree Oil

Dilute 1 part oil with 3 parts water because tea tree oil is very potent. Use a cotton swab to dab the mixture on the acne spots.Some people can be allergic to it, so test a little bit on the skin first.

Apple cidar vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar

Combine equal parts of water and apple cider vinegar, apply on the skin with a cotton ball. Leave it on for 15 minutes and wash with water.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

Moisturize your skin with fresh aloe vera. Take a spoon to scrape the gel from the aloe vera and use as a cream. If you can't access fresh aloe vera, try to buy pure aloe vera gel.

Do this 1 or 2 times daily for a week or two. Find out which method works best for you.

For acne on the rest of your body there is a solution that might help.

'Bacne'

Epsom Salt

Epsom salt

Dissolve 2 cups of Epsom salt into a warm bath and soak yourself for 20 minutes. For people who don't have a bathtub, or don't want to soak, you can fabricate your own exfoliating cream. Mix 1 cup Epsom salts, 1 cup coffee grounds, 2 teaspoons eucalyptus oil and enough sesame oil to form a smooth paste. Use this every time you take a shower. Scrub your face too while you're at it.

Your diet might also be a cause of your acne problems. It's not scientifically proven what you eat can cause acne but you can add these supplements to your intake.

Zinc Supplement

Zinc capsules

Research has revealed that people with acne are likely to have lower levels of zinc in their blood than those with normal skin.

Fish Oil Supplement

Fish oil capsules

Fish oils contain omega-3 fatty acids, managing oil production, maintaining sufficient hydration and preventing acne. Inflammatory factors, which may increase the risk of acne, are reduced. Besides capsules these acids can be found in salmon, sardines, walnut, chia seeds and flaxseeds.