Top Natural Acne Treatment.
Studies show that non-targeted light therapy such as blue light (405-420nm) and red light (635-670nm) phototherapy for 8 to 15 minutes twice daily to twice weekly for up to 8 weeks result in a decrease of acne lesions.
Great for children and adults with acne. Clinical research show that topical application with a 50% aloe gel in the morning and evening, in addition to topical application of tretinoin gel 0.025% and twice daily cleansing with a medical soap, improves acne lesions by about 35% over the same treatment without aloe.
Alpha Hydroxy Acids
Applying glycolic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid, as a facial peel or lotion seems to improve the appearance of acne scars. Applying 70% glycolic acid can significantly improve the appearance of acne scars when compared to 15% glycolic acid lotions. The 15% glycolic acid lotions are best for people who can not tolerate facial peeling.
Tea Tree Oil
Applying a 5% tea tree oil gel appears to be as effective as 5% benzoyl peroxide and more effective than placebo for treating acne. Tea tree oil might work more slowly than benzoyl peroxide, but it seems to be less irritating to facial skin. When applied topically for 20 minutes twice daily for 45 days, tea tree oil decreases acne lesions 3.55 folds, decreases acne severity 5.74 folds, and decreases comedone numbers, pustules, and papules compared with placebo.
Taking zinc orally might help treat acne. Research show that people with acne seems to have a lower serum and skin zinc levels. Clinical trials suggests that zinc can improve acne. Zinc is best when used with erythromycin in reducing acne.
May NOT Be Effective
Basil, Cupping, Green Tea, L-Carnitine, Resveratrol, Sulfur
*Ranking based on published clinical studies of natural medicine and treatment effectiveness.
Ranking: Most Effective, Possibly Effective, May Be Effective, May NOT Be Effective.