Drug-Free Acne Fixes

End acne for good with these simple holistic changes.

Drug-Free Acne Fixes
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If you're struggling with acne, take a step back and assess what you're eating. "Sometimes the root cause of acne has to do with food," says Alan M. Dattner, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist and holistic specialist in New Rochelle, N.Y. Some people are sensitive to the stimulants in chocolate, some have trouble with milk, and some can't eat wheat. "Many dermatologists don't believe diet has anything to do with acne, but when patients tell me certain foods are causing them trouble, I suggest they try cutting it out." Eliminating possible triggers from your diet one at a time may help you identify the troublesome food. You can also take a fish oil like Nordic Naturals Complete Omega 3-6-9 ($19; to help calm inflammation, says Valori Treloar, M.D., a dermatologist in Newton, Mass.

To mitigate acne in the meantime, try Sumbody Coal Train Charcoal Cleanser ($26;, which contains the natural blemish fighters witch hazel and charcoal, or Nature's Gate Natural Results Acne Treatment Kit ($30 for the three-piece set;, which has salicylic acid to prevent blemishes and tea tree leaf oil to moisturize.