If blemishes, acne, and other skin problems are making you uncomfortable in your skin, natural remedies can help.
Although we may say, "Don't judge a book by its cover," the truth is that most of the time it's the book's cover that makes us curious to learn what's inside. Without a good cover, a book is less likely to be opened and read.
The skin is the cover for the body and while we say, "Beauty is only skin deep," having healthy skin gives us more confidence to "face" life. Like the cover of a book, our skin represents us to the world. Blemishes, pimples, rashes and other skin problems can leave us feeling less confident and cause embarrassment and a loss of self-esteem. Unfortunately, most people try to solve skin problems only by working directly on the skin. They apply various creams, lotions and cosmetics or get skin treatments. They don't realize that the beauty (and health) of the skin isn't "skin deep" at all. It is a reflection of the health of our body as a whole.
By improving the health of internal organs like the colon, liver, kidneys and thyroid, skin problems can be cleared up, leaving a person feeling more comfortable in his or her own skin. In this issue, we provide you with important tips on holistic care for the skin. We also provide basic suggestions for natural remedies for common skin problems.
Apply vitamin E and take internally.
Vitamin A, Beta-Carotene, Cod liver oil; Zinc, 30-50 mg./day.
Apply castor oil packs or olive oil.
Rub in well; also for fingernails that are brittle or cracking.
Cut down on sugar intake, take B-complex supplements, especially PABA. After washing hair, put 2 tsp. of vinegar on scalp, or you can rub in castor oil.
A decoction of thyme should be rubbed into scalp. You can also experiment with yogurt.
Sometimes fungus and bacteria cause itching and more flaking (antibiotics could therefore cause dandruff by killing off bacteria that control fungus on the scalp).
Stress is another cause.
Olive oil, walnut oil, sage tea or willow leaf tea can be used on the scalp. Also jojoba oil and HSN Complex.
Support thyroid with TS II.
Eat more fish oils (cod-liver, omega-3 EPA).
B-complex, especially biotin is important, especially for infants. For this reason, acidophilus is useful, taken internally. These bacteria manufacture biotin. Bee Pollen, acidophilous, Natures Three, vitamins A, D, E, zinc, Vitamin Calcium w/Magnesium and SKL will help the body heal.
May be related to weak thyroid or adrenals (licorice root and B-complex should help). Eating a raw potato every day may help. Include brewers yeast. Zinc, magnesium, B-complex, blackstrap molasses (2 tsp./ day) safflower oil (for linoleic acid), garlic, carrot, celery and lemon juice, vitamin C (up to 10,000 mg./day).
Erythema nodosum (red bumps)
Could be an allergy to a wide variety of infections or drugs. For pain and swelling, potassium iodide (by prescription) may work (see your doctor). Use large amounts of vitamin C, eat only natural, chemical-free foods if possible. Cleanse liver, bowels, blood.
Erythropoietic protoporphyria (EPP) (light-sensitive skin)
Vitamin E up to 400 I.U./day, plus large amounts of beta-carotene..
Pau darco lotion
Tea Tree Oil ext.,
Zinc and B-complex all help immensely.
Be faithful in applying at least twice daily.
Homeopathic Candida may be helpful.
Goose Pimples (permanent)
Possibly Vitamin A (beta-carotene) deficiency. (See Ichthyosis below)
Suspect drugs, nerves, rancid oil, shell fish or even unripe fruit.
This is usually caused by toxic blood overload.
Use BP-X, chlorophyll, vitamin C,
Could be a deficiency of vitamin B12 and C.
Try 1 tsp. of cream of tartar in half a glass of water 2-3 times daily for 2 days.
Take bath with 3 tbsp. of ginger in water, or dip bag of oatmeal in warm water and dab affected skin with water, allowing to dry. Apply pau darco lotion.
Ichthyosis (dry, rough, scaly skin)
Vitamin A internally and externally, and vitamin E.
Apply, rub in, and bandage. Reapply each day. Then use aloe vera juice int./ext.
Tie Fu Massage Lotion, Jojoba Oil are healing.
Apply Tea Tree oil, black walnut extract, garlic oil, lobelia extract or Golden salve.
Then use IN-X internally.
This is highly contagious. Keep skin open to air. For a temporary healing poultice, use burdock and sage. External garlic may allay itching.
Poultice of comfrey or plantain leaves (keep them damp).
Vinegar and witch hazel may also be applied.
Homeopathic remedy Inflammation may also be helpful.
Take yucca, IF-C and horsetail, vitamin C and zinc supplements.
Licorice helps adrenals produce anti-inflammatory hormone.
May be iron deficiency.
Often an application of vinegar will stop it immediately. In other cases, cornstarch or baking soda.
Capsicum extract should stop itching on contact.
Bentonite helps draw out and neutralize irritants.
Take extra pantothenic acid and yellow dock.
If caused by parasites, use Para-Cleanse ten day program.
Keratoma (horny growth)
Apply 400 I.U. vitamin E under bandaid.
Change every two days.
B-complex, vitamin E internally.
Cleanse blood with chlorophyll and both liver herb combinations (Liver Balance or Milk Thistle Combination) and for the blood (BP-X).
Moles (FWN: We recommend C-Herb external)
Apply castor oil daily.
Eat lemons, mint (peppermint, spearmint, catnip), apply poultices or masks of same.
A facial mask of crush strawberries or lettuce in a blender, or a weekly brewers yeast mask will help.
Dont forget bentonite clay to absorb oils and impurities. Then cut down on greasy foods.
(see Skin tags)
Take lukewarm baths and apply cornstarch to relieve itching.
Large amounts of vitamin C are needed.
(Could be caused by hypothyroidism.)
Take B complex, especially folic acid.
Black currant oil (6/day), garlic, BP-X to cleanse blood, aloe vera juice (6 oz./day), vitamin A & D and zinc in high amounts to build up these elements in the body along with B-complex and lecithin.
Oatmeal packs to reduce skin inflammation.
Drink lemon juice daily. Emphasize fruits and vegetables.
Stress is a major cause.
Sometimes caused by fungus.
Pau darco lotion, zinc, acidophilus (int./ext.)
Tea Tree Oil (ext.) or grape-fruit seed extract should help alleviate.
To heal, apply vitamin E or aloe vera gel.
If stress caused, it requires BP-X to cleanse blood, loads of vitamin C (unless rash gets worse from over-acid condition of the body), and plenty of mineral water.
May be iron deficiency, or reaction to drugs, even oral contraceptives, antibiotics.
Try fenugreek and vitamin B6 with B complex.
Cod-liver Oil, Vitamin A, Beta-carotene, PABA (150 mg./day), Omega-3 fish oils.
Lecithin helps dissolve, also Vitamin E and B vitamin Choline (its in lecithin). Glycolic acid, a compound from sugar cane.
(see Abrasions above)
Suspect biotin deficiency.
Biotin can be manufactured by friendly bacteria in the bowel, which are encouraged by talking acidophilus. PABA (150 mg./daily) important.
Apply mashed raw carrots (blender) or potatoes.
In some cases, cornstarch will help and either lemon juice or baking soda, depending on your skins pH problem. Also look for food allergy and nervous stress as causes.
Could be a B-complex need, especially biotin.
Apply vitamin E and take internally.
Caused by latent chicken pox virus. Take Nervous Fatigue Formula, Nerve Control, grapefruit seed extract.
Take 2 cap. of yellow dock to stop itching. Soothe skin with pau darco lotion.
Take L-Lysine to diminish the virus, B-complex, Vitamin Calcium w/Magnesium.
Relationship between these and polyps of colon.
Clean up the colon by eating more fiber and antioxidant vitamins/minerals/herbs.
Apply C-Herb external once a day for 2 days. Use a toothpick and apply a tiny bit of C-Herb in the center of a BandAid then apply over the skin tag.
(see Abscesses, Abrasions. above)
Pantothenic acid helps maintain normal pigmentation. (see Red blotches, Vitiligo and White spots)
Aloe vera Gel and Vitamin E topically.
May be the result of poor protein assimilation and lack of vitamin C and calcium.
Also try HSN-Complex, Skeletal Strength.
Vitamin A and E help protect and heal, as well as B-complex, especially PABA and Pantothenic acid.
Aloe vera great for all burns.
Lavender is also excellent
Rub with table salt.
Apply vitamin E topically to injuries that have weakened skin area. Vitamin C and Bioflavonoids help to rebuild collagen. HSN-Complex, Skeletal Strength.
Tinea versicolor (fungus)
Take zinc internally and apply externally with pau darco lotion, or acidophilus (which eats some types of fungus), Tea Tree oil.
Pack with honey or grapes (raisin mash). Apply comfrey to heal.
Often associated with food allergies. Increase your ability to digest with PDA or Food Enzymes. Ginger, Anti Gas Formula, etc. Vitiligo B-complex, especially PABA, and Pantothenic acid.
May be associated with underactive thyroid.
Warts (FWN: We recommend C-Herb external)
Many remedies work: apply grated carrot, change twice daily, dandelion (fresh sap), castor oil night/morning, raw potato directly on wart for several days, or vitamin E on bandage.
Taking zinc internally has also proven effective.
Sometimes applying mayonnaise will help for light patches of skin. Pantothenic
Keep feeding skin with plenty of beta-carotene (vitamin A), vitamin C w/ bioflavonoids, vitamin E (400 I.U./day), Skeletal Strength (SKL) and HSN-W. Massage area for better circulation.
Extreme case of hypothyroidism may cause it, or the liver/ gall bladder are toxic and bile acids are building up in the skin (Jaundice).
BP-X, Liver Balance, chlorophyll, B complex, Oregon Grape Extract.
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