• All forms of acne have their origin in wrong feeding habits, such as irregular hours of eating, improper food, excess of starches and sugar, excess of fatty foods.
  • Chronic constipation is another major cause of acne.
  • If the bowels do not move properly, waste matter is not eliminated as quickly as it should be and the bloodstream becomes surcharged with toxic matter.

  • The extra efforts of the skin to eliminate excess waste result in acne and other forms of skin disease.
  • Yet another important cause of acne is a devitalized condition of the skin resulting from unhygienic living habits.

  • Other causes of the disorder are excessive use of tea, coffee, alcohol or tobacco, strenuous studies, masturbation and sedentary habits which lead to indigestion and general debility.


  • The treatment of acne by the administration of saliva or ointment does not serve any purpose.
  • They only suppress the action of the sebaceous glands temporarily. In nature cure, the main emphasis is on diet and certain water applications.

  • To begin with the patient should resort to all -fruit diet for about a week. IN this regimen, there should be three meals a day, consisting of fresh juicy fruits, such as apples, pears, grapes, grape-fruit, pineapple and peaches.
  • Citrus fruits, bananas, dried, stewed or tinned fruits should not be taken. Unsweetened lemon or plain water, either hot or cold, should be drunk and nothing else.

  • During this period, warm water enema should be taken daily to cleanse the bowels and all other measures adopted to eradicate constipation.
  • After a week of all fruit diet, the patient can gradually adopt a well-balanced diet.
  • Emphasis should be on raw foods, especially fresh fruits and vegetables, sprouted seeds, raw nuts and whole grain cereals, especially millet and brown rice.
  • Further shorter periods on the all-fruits for three days, or so may be necessary at a monthly interval till the condition of the skin improves.
  • Strict attention to diet is essential for recovery. Starchy, protein and fatty foods, should be restricted.
  • Meats, sugar, strong tea or coffee, condiments, pickles, refined and processed foods should all be avoided, as also soft drinks, candies, ice cream and products made with sugar and white flour.

  • Two vitamins, namely, niacin and vitamin A have been used successfully to treat acne.
  • The vitamin therapy which may comprise a niacin, 100 mg. three times daily and vitamin A in large doses up to 1,50,000 units per day should not exceed one month.

  • Vitamin E is also vitally important to prevent scarring from acne and in removing old scars.
  • Another effective remedy in the realm of nutrition that seems to offer new promise of help  for acne is zinc. It has shown dramatic results in some cases.

  • Zinc should be taken in  therapeutic doses of 50 mg. three times a day. After noticeable improvement it can be  gradually reduced.

Local Treatment:

  • As regards local treatment, hot fomentation should be applied to open up the pores and  squeeze the waste matter.
  • Then rinse with cold water. Sun and air baths by exposing the  whole body to sun and air are highly beneficial.

  • The healing packs made of grated cucumber,  oatmeal cooked in milk, and cooked, creamed carrots used externally, have been found to be  effective.

  • The orange peel is valuable in the treatment of acne. The peel, pounded well with water on a  piece of stone, should be applied to the affected areas.

  • The lemon has also proved beneficial  in removing pimples and acne . It should be applied regularly.
  • A teaspoonful of coriander juice, mixed with a pinch of turmeric powder, is another effective  home remedy for pimples and blackheads.

  • The mixture should be applied to the face after  thoroughly washing it, every night before retiring.
  • The juice of raw potatoes has also proved very valuable in clearing skin blemishes.

  • This cleansing results from high content of potassium sulphur, phosphorous and chlorine in the  potato.
  • These elements are, however, of value only when the potato is raw as in this state they  are composed of live organic atoms.
  • A hot Epsom-salt bath twice a week will be highly beneficial in all cases of acne. This bath is  prepared by adding one and a half kg. of Epsom -salt to 50 litres of water having a temperature of about 100 o F. The patient should remain in the bath from 25 to 35 minutes till  he perspires freely. After the bath the patient should cool off gradually.


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