Acne is a horrible skin condition that can strike at any time. If it sets in and becomes severe it can really take over your life, and if left untreated will wreak havoc with your skin. There are many ways to treat acne, but most prescription or over the counter preparations are very harsh on the skin and can cause unwanted side effects. There are many natural alternatives that can be tried if medicinal preparations are not working for you, or if you would rather avoid a chemical overload on your skin.

Garlic has some truly amazing properties, and one of these is it's ability to cure acne. Granted you may not smell so great while using it, but it is potent and well worth a try. Rubbing garlic directly onto acne affected skin three or four times a day has been known to beat even the most stubborn acne. It is also thought that eating raw garlic can cleanse the body throughout and help keep acne at bay for good. If you are going to try this approach it may be best to crush the cloves and drink them in a small amount of water, if you find this is harsh on your stomach then have a glass of milk on hand to drink straight after the garlic.

Tea Tree Oil is a wonder oil. It is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal to name just two of it's outstanding properties. Due to it's potency it should not be applied neat to the skin, but diluted in a carrier oil such as almond oil, although olive oil from the kitchen will do just as well. Tea tree oil can dry the skin out quite quickly so it is important to dilute it for long term use such as acne treatment.

Apple Cider Vinegar, in it's organic unprocessed form "with mother" is an amazing tonic. It can be applied directly to the skin in order to cure acne, although as with tea tree oil, you are best to dilute it slightly to start with to make sure it isn't too harsh on your skin. You can combine the external treatment with internal, by taking two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar twice a day, either neat if you like the taste of vinegar or in a glass of water, with a little honey if necessary. Acne is just one of the many ailments apple cider is thought to cure, so by taking it as a drink you will be getting additional benefits as a bonus to your acne treatment.

One last natural remedy for acne, which is a little considered route is colonic irrigation. Congestion in our digestive systems have a direct impact on the health of the rest of our bodies. High fat, processed diets have left us unable to digest our food properly meaning it stays in our systems too long. Our digestive systems struggle to cope and the toxic build up that is a result of this can leave us feeling sluggish, irritable and suffering from headaches and bad skin amongst other things. Having colonic irrigation can work wonders for all sorts of health complaints, and will also give your body an all over cleanse leaving you feeling fresh and vitalised.

It is important to understand that natural remedies take longer to work than medicinal preparations as they work in harmony with your body. It can take two or three weeks before you see any results from natural remedies for acne, however the results will be much longer lasting than those seen with harsher, chemical remedies.