One of the most potent anti-inflammatory substances known to man
Turmeric is an extremely potent anti-inflammatory with a high ORAC value (rich in antioxidants). Turmeric helps maintain the skin’s elasticity, smoothness, and overall health. Also, since the curcuminoids in turmeric act as powerful antioxidants, they promote young-looking, healthy skin. Not only will turmeric help prevent future acne from forming, it will also help heal any current acne very quickly.<br/>The easiest, most cost efficient way to include turmeric in your daily supplementation routine is via capsules. You could also apply turmeric topically by mixing the powder with something like water, lemon juice, olive oil, etc. and using the paste as a facial mask. I use a mask like this with turmeric every day. There are a few things to keep in mind and watch out for when choosing a turmeric supplement to add to your acne regimen:<br/>As with any herb, spice, or food, aim for organic turmeric if possible.<br/>Pay attention to curcuminoid content, as this is what provides the great benefits mentioned above. Buy a turmeric extract supplement that clearly states curcuminoid concentration, which should usually be at least 95%.<br/>Avoid unnecessary and potentially harmful fillers and additives.
A nutritious, anti-inflammatory, anti-acne, antioxidant rich "superfood"
Viewed from a holistic perspective, since bee pollen improves your overall health and boosts your immune system, it consequently improves your skin’s health and the body’s ability to fight off and heal infections like acne. Many skincare creams have begun including bee pollen as an ingredient. The amino acids present in bee pollen have anti-inflammatory properties and help regenerate cells, which is great for healing and preventing acne.<br/>Most important, however, is bee pollen’s antioxidant content. It is near the top of the ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Content) list – which measures antioxidant content by volume – with a score of 250,000 per 100g, the highest score ever recorded for a whole food. Since free radicals, oxidative stress, and inflammation make acne worse, bee pollen’s antioxidant content alone makes it a great addition to the diet of any acne sufferer or anyone who wants healthier, younger looking skin. A Swedish dermatologist by the name of Dr. Lars-Eric Essen found bee pollen to have a profound “suppressive effect” on facial acne, and attributed its effects to its naturally high concentration of nucleic acids, active enzymes, helpful antibiotics, and antioxidants.
The great benefits of almond oil
Almond oil works great as a nourishing moisturizer for your skin. Though it may feel weird if you haven't tried it, using natural oil as a moisturizer is a great way to keep your skin hydrated. Most unnatural cream "moisturizers" actually end up clogging pores even though they do technically hydrate the skin, which is why using oil as a moisturizer is great for oily and acne-prone skin. Like evening primrose oil, almond oil is quickly and easily absorbed into the skin, and won't clog pores, so you won't look or feel oily or "greasy."<br/>Another added benefit of using almond oil is that you can mix it with other oils, such as evening primrose oil, sea buckthorn oil, tea tree oil, or jojoba oil, to name a few, for a custom moisturizer formula. Personally, I like to use a couple drops of almond oil mixed with a couple drops of evening primrose oil as a morning moisturizer, and then a mix of almond oil, evening primrose oil, sea buckthorn oil, and tea tree oil at night before bed.<br/>Natural oils, especially almond oil, are also extremely affordable. A few ounces will last you months since you only need to use 2-3 drops at a time for your entire face. You will find that almond oil makes your skin more soft, supple, and even-toned, and gives it a natural, healthy, radiant "glow." Many people also like to add almond oil to their conditioner for their hair, which makes the hair shiny and soft.<br/>Almonds are naturally very anti-inflammatory due to their healthy fatty acids. Almond oil can also reduce the effects of ultraviolet B rays on the skin. Just put a few drops in your palm and gently rub it on your face. Your skin will obviously appear oily at first, but this will go away within a few minutes once the almond oil has been fully absorbed.<br/>NOW Foods is my favorite source for almond oil. Their sweet almond oil is 100% pure, expeller-pressed, hexane-free, and food grade (edible).
The great benefits of evening primrose oil
Evening primrose oil (EPO for short) does not get the attention it rightfully deserves. Many women have heard of or used evening primrose oil, as it is anecdotally famous for alleviating PMS and menopause symptoms, though most clinical trials have shown no scientific evidence of this. It has been said to also be an effective treatment for psoriasis, eczema, and arthritis, among other things. Early Native Americans recognized and utilized the healing properties of the plant for many ailments.<br/>Nowadays people like to focus on the importance of the almighty omega-3 fatty acids, but oft-forgotten are omega-6 fatty acids, which are what evening primrose oil provides as a natural highly concentrated source of GLA (gamma-linolenic acid). These essential fatty acids are required, but are not produced by the human body. Moreover, evening primrose oil is anti-inflammatory in nature. This makes EPO a great acne treatment. Evening primrose oil can be taken orally in gel capsule form (like these here) or applied topically as a moisturizing oil, and there are no known adverse side effects.<br/>I also use EPO topically as a moisturizer. As weird as it may sound if you are not familiar with the idea, using oil as a moisturizer works very well for dry, oily, acne-prone skin, or any type of skin for that matter. I like to use 2 drops of evening primrose oil combined with 2 drops of almond oil topically as a morning moisturizer. Both of these have anti-inflammatory properties and are quickly and easily absorbed into the skin, so your face does not feel or look oily or shiny. At night before bed, I do the same thing combined with an additional 2 drops of tea tree oil and 2 drops of sea buckthorn oil. If you already use a "regular" facial moisturizer, you can easily just add a couple drops of evening primrose oil and mix it in your palm.