My sister and I both struggled with acne big time in college. Everyone knows that this affects every area of your life. If you or your teen are struggling with this, hopefully this post will help. Here's what I'd do....
First of all, acne, like most ailments, is never caused by the same thing for every person. As always, I can only help as much as you are willing to help yourself. Sometimes this means checking out your diet. Refined foods put a stress on the body and definitely contribute to acne for many reasons, one of them being that it causes a sluggish liver. If you have acne, I'd start by doing a liver cleanse and do them every six weeks until your face is clear. For teens who are involved in sports or other physically demanding activities, you may not be able to do it as often, but, the more, the better. You can find out how to do this in my recent post on cleanses: "A Clean Start."
One nice thing about my remedies for this is that they are not expensive. I would purchase a bunch of bentonite clay or pascalite clay from either of these sources: bulkherbstore.com or pascalite.com. Immediately begin using it in these ways:
1. Use as a mask 1 or 2 times a week by making a paste like this: mix clay and pure water until a paste forms. Cover affected areas with the paste and let dry for 30min. Rinse thoroughly.
2. Wash face twice daily by using the same paste, but instead of letting the paste dry, rub it on, scrubbing and rinsing.
3. Drink it. Mix 1 to 2 tsp. of the clay with 8-10oz. pure water and drink. It doesn't dissolve, so you have to keep stirring as you drink. Do this once a day until your acne clears up. This clay acts as a sponge on the inside and sucks up toxins from all over your body. You MUST cure acne from the inside out. Drink LOADS of water while you're cleansing this way.
We all know most acne is due to hormonal surges and dips. For this, you can dry taking black cohosh (get this in a tincture from your health food store and take according to pkg. directions). Do this in ADDITION to the aforementioned remedies.
This is a start and should clear up most acne. If this doesn't help, you should take a good, hard look at your diet. Sugar is an definite enemy to your skin (and the rest of your body)! If you really want to attack fast and hard, you can also try taking chia seeds from chiaseedsdirect.com like this: mix 1/3C. chia seeds with 2C. pure water, whisk for 3min. and store in fridge for 4hrs. Take 3-5tbsp. of this mixture after EVERY meal.
Lastly, examine your conscience. Seriously.