To prove her point, Balfour outlined her five main steps for treating acne, while comparing them to their pharmaceutical-treatment counterparts. "For severe cases of acne, I always prescribe internal herbal remedies together with botanical topical products," explains Balfour on MindBodyGreen. "For acne that's mild-to-moderate, simple botanical ingredients can create a successful protocol to completely clear the skin."
For example, Balfour suggests you cleanse your skin with Moroccan rhassoul clay, whereas a dermatologist might prescribe a topical vitamin-A derivative. While the latter dries sebum and exfoliates your skin's top layers, the simple clay also reduces oil production without causing dryness. She also suggests adjusting your diet. "The underlying root of acne comes from within the body," says Balfour. "The best way to make internal changes is through diet." That sounds a heck of a lot easier (and safer!) than popping some isotretinoin (also sold under other names), which has been linked to birth defects, depression, liver disease, and other complications.
Whatever route you choose to treat acne (even as an adult), be sure to do your homework. You can start here by reading the rest of Balfour's tips. (MindBodyGreen)