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Acne is typically found on the oily areas of your body (like the face, chest and back) and may be accompanied by skin blemishes, inflammation. and swollen and painful pus pilled pimples.

Certain factors are known to aggravate or trigger acne.

-Hormonal changes occurring during adolescence in both males and females may trigger acne. Monthly changes in a female's menstrual cycle may also trigger or worsen acne and it is a common symptom of PMS. For this Vitex agnus castus would be recomended.

Other factors include stress, over-production of oil by your sebaceous glands, bacterial infections or clogged pores. Studies have shown that low zinc levels may also be present.

Acne may affect adults as well as teenagers and it is often difficult to predict exactly how long it will take for a person's acne to clear - it may take months or years.

If you have acne, it is important to keep the areas clean by bathing in sea salt and cleaning the skin with Witch hazel water or Lavender water. Echinacea capsules or MSM tablets can be taken on a daily basis.

The British Herbal Pharmacopoeia records Poke root as being singularly effective.

With regards to diet, it is best to avoid chocolate, cow's milk, sugars and drinks that induce facial flushing.

Generally an all round high potency multi-vitamin and mineral formula may prove benefical.

On a physical level it is not only unpleasant but may also be painful and may leave scarring if untreated.

If your acne has not cleared within twelve weeks you should consult your healthcare practitioner.