Acne is a skin condition that occurs when your hair follicles become plugged with oil and dead skin cells. Depending on its severity, acne can cause emotional distress and lead to scarring of the skin, explains the Mayo Clinic.
The good news is that a form of vitamin B3 called niacinamide and a naturally occurring substance called azaleic acid are both effective against the most common form of acne, called acne vulgaris.
Vitamin B3 and azaleic acid: Natural remedies for acne
According to Dr Jonathan Wright of Nutrition & Healing, in 1987, the British Journal of Dermatology reported two double-blind, placebo-controlled studies on using azaleic acid crème to treat acne.
“One of the studies, which involved 40 patients, showed that azaleic acid was significantly more effective than the placebo in reducing the degree of acne and the number of inflamed lesions after one, two and three months of observation,” says Dr Wright. Side effects were reported to be minimal.
There’s more to treating acne.
According to Dr Wright, in 1995, the International Journal of Dermatology reported on a study comparing the topical use of a 4% niacinamide gel with a 1% clindamycin gel (a commonly used antibiotic) in 76 individuals with acne.
After eight weeks, 82% of those using niacinamide showed improvement, as compared with 69% of those using clindamycin.
If you suffer from acne, Dr Wright recommends you talk to your dermatologist about trying these two natural acne treatments today – you won’t be sorry!