Australian Natural Remedies for Acne

Article by Brianna Mobilian

Australia is known for having some pretty famous animals such as the dingo, koala bear, kangaroo, Tasmanian devil, and wallaby.  Some famous actors have originated from Australia such as Cate Blanchett, Hugh Jackman, Naomi Watts, Nicole Kidman, and Russell Crowe.  Famous singers have also originated from Australia such as Olivia Newton John and Keith Urban.  It’s no wonder that a legendary natural cosmetic remedy has also hailed from down under.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil comes from the native Australian plant Melaleuca Alternifolia.  The Aborigines realized the benefits in the Melaleuca plant and used it as a medicine.  Well before we had the medications we have available to us now, essential oils were used for their healing properties.  This proves how strong and effective they are, all while being natural.  Once you hear some of the properties of tea tree oil, you will see exactly why it is such an efficient natural remedy for treating acne.  Tea tree oil has many properties such as: antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral, bactericide, cicatrisant, and fungicide, just to name a few.  Tea tree oil is able to eradicate MRSA, which confirms its potency.

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Amazing results will be seen from using this natural remedy to treat acne.  In fact, many doctors that prescribe chemical products such as benzoyl peroxide recommend using tea tree oil to soothe the inflamed skin caused by these products.  Tea tree oil is used to both prevent acne from occurring in acne prone skin, and eliminate acne that is already shown on the skin.  Tea tree oil is not one of the essential oils you can consume internally.  In fact, it is considered to be toxic if swallowed.  You will want to use caution when applying it around your mouth to ensure it does not enter the mouth.  When using tea tree oil to treat acne, it will only be applied topically.

Manuka Honey

Manuka honey comes from the bees that pollinate the Australian Manuka bush, which is known to contain antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and antimicrobial properties.  It is able to kill bacteria, heal wounds, repair scars, and assist with acne.  Interestingly enough, the Manuka bush is a relative of the Melaleuca tree.  Like the Melaleuca tree, the Manuka bush has also been used for its medicinal purposes.  Manuka honey is unlike your typical honey because it contains a high concentration of methylglyoxal, whereas regular honey has a limited quantity.  The strength of this particular compound makes manuka honey have an antibiotic potency.  You want to be sure that you are purchasing UMF (Unique Manuka Factor) manuka honey.  This means that the manuka honey is concentrated with enough methylglyoxal to be effective.  It has a minimum rating of 10 UMF to be considered potent enough to be beneficial.

Manuka honey can be used in a variety of ways to treat acne.  A few drops can be blended with your facial cleanser to add the natural antibacterial, anti-fungal, and antimicrobial properties.  You may apply the manuka honey to the problem areas of your skin for a clear complexion.  Or, you may use the manuka honey as a facial mask and reap beautiful results.

References

http://www.naturalnews.com/031193_tea_tree_oil_acne.html
http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/acne/features/tea-tree-oil-treats-skin-problems?page=2
http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/manuka-honey-medicinal-uses
http://www.umf.org.nz/what-is-umf-honey

Brianna Mobilian is a Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Pre/Postal Specialist, Certified Postnatal Yoga Instructor, and passionate mother. She enjoys living her life as holistically as possible, and teaching her family and others to do the same.

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