The bumpy horror show hit girls around age thirteen and boys around sixteen. Just at the moment when they get self conscious and want to look their best, the body releases its natural secretions triggered by obsolescence hormones. The face, the back and even the buttocks may break out in unwanted pimples, blackheads and whiteheads. These are many factors that encourage acne assaults: stress, lack of sleep, hygiene and sometimes cosmetics and certain foods. Foods that influence acne attacks in some people are iodine-rich foods such as shellfish, nuts and iodized salt; soft drinks, sharp cheeses and hot coffee.
Directions: Buy wheat berries for sprouting in a health food store. Soak the wheat berries in pure water for a day. Discard the berries, drink the water. Continue the cleansing drink once a day as long as the acne continues.
The use of honey for healing is as old as history itself. Egyptians used honey plus wheat or almond oil for healing face masks. Amazingly, when archaeologists opened an Egyptian tomb over three thousand years old, among the discoveries was a women’s cosmetic jar full of preserved honey.
Directions: Combine a teaspoon of wheat germ oil with a tablespoon of honey and apply as a mask for fifteen minutes. Wash off with warm water and a soft cloth.
Apple Cider Vinegar
In the past. the women of Barcelona prepared a rosemary and lavender vinegar lotion that they applied to their faces each day to control blemishes.
Directions: Steep together with four ounces of apple cider vinegar, one ounce of lavender flowers and one ounce of rosemary flowers. Discard the flowers after twenty days. Dilute with eight parts of pure water and use as a cleansing lotion.
Chamomile Steam Facial
Throughout past centuries, the women of Italy, Spain and France controlled their blackheads with herbal steam facials. Many herbs can be used but one favorite had continued to be the flowers of the Chamomile plant.
Directions: Place a handful of chamomile flowers into a bowl. Pour two cups of boiling water into the chamomile. This will generate instant steam. Drape a towel over your head and lean over the bowl, allowing the towel to hand over the bowl and trap the steam. Keep your eyes closed and stay in that position for ten to fifteen minutes. You will feel perspiration dripping and the blackheads are easier to extract. Wash off the loosened debris with a clean, soft cloth then pop each blackhead out by squeezing gently with your thumb and index finger. Cover your fingers with a clean tissue. Note that whiteheads, large pimples or cysts should not be steamed or squeezed.