The treatment of acne by the administration of salves 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 an all-fruit diet for about a week. This regimen should consist of three meals a day, consisting of fresh juicy fruits, such as apples, pears, grapes, grapefruits, pineapples and peaches. Citrus fruits, babanas, 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, a warm water enema should be taken daily to cleanse the bowels and all other measures adopted to eradicate constipation.
Hormonal preparations have also been found useful in the treatment of acne. The contraceptive pill is used only if the patient has not improved with antibiotics treatment. Anti-androgens are also used sometimes. A note of caution is that these drugs should be used by women only, as they have unpleasant side-effects in men. A drug, isotretinoin, has revolutionalised the treatment of acne, especially the severe variety.
It is a derivative of vitamin A. Person should not fear Acne, as something untreatable. Nowadays lots of therapies are available for the treatment of Acne. It can be easily controllable.
Person suffering from Acne, should wash his/her face with mild antibacterial soap. It is recommended at least twice a day, but if the skin is too much oily then person may wash it quite often. But over washing or scrubbing should be avoided because it may lead to irritation of the skin and finally may worsen the acne.
After a week of the all -fruit diet,the patient can gradually adopt a well-balanced diet with a predominantly alkaline base. Emphasis should be on raw foods, especially fresh fruits and vegetables, sprouted seeds, raw nuts and whole grain cereals, particularly millet and brown rice. Further, short periods on the all-fruit diet for three days or so may be necessary at monthly intervals till the skin's condition improves. The following diet should serve as a guideline: Breakfast : Fresh fruits, and milk. For a change, dried fruits may be added occasionally. Lunch : Steamed vegetables, whole grain bread or chappatis with butter and curd or butter-milk.
Dinner : A large bowl of raw vegetable salad and sprouts, such as alfalfa seeds or mung beans, with prunes or other dried fruit as dessert. For local treatment, hot fomentation should be applied to open up the pores and squeeze out the waste matter. Then rinse with cold water.
Sun and air baths, by exposing the whole body to sun and air, are highly beneficial. Washing the affected area with lemon juice has also proved helpful. Healing packs made of grated cucumbers, oatmeal cooked in milk and cooked, creamed carrots, used externally, have been found effective. A hot Epsom salt bath twice a week will be highly beneficial in all cases of acne. This bath is prepared by adding three lbs.
of Epsom salt to 60 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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