Fast Home Remedies for Acne
Merrilyn’s Three Day Porridge Cleanse. This treatment works mainly by healing the acne from the inside by cleansing the liver – you eat porridge to help assist cleansing, and nourish the body whilst you are doing it. With this treatment, determination is the key factor, as its success relies on your persistence in avoiding other cooked foods and dairy products.
This treatment is designed to rid the body of all those harmful poisons which it is harbouring, as it is these, essentially, which make you sick. The theory is that if you cleanse the intestines, which cleanses the blood, and you provide nourishing and cleansing foods to the digestion after that, then the skin and all other organs should function normally again.
The following procedure is a treatment which has been successful with some poeple. However, you should visit your doctor or health professional for advice if you have an ongoing problem with acne. Sometimes an antibiotic, Chinese medicine, a traditional Tibetan Buddhist remedy, homeopathy, or some other modality might be needed to treat the acne, especially if there is some underlying inherent cause such as a hormonal imbalance.
Day One: Eat the following high fiber food at breakfast, between 7 and 8 am each day. It is good to get into a routine for breakfast. Try to keep to the same time, as this helps the digestion.
Oatmeal Porridge: Make up a big plate of oatmeal porridge for breakfast- about a cup or two of porridge. Grate a large apple up whole, preferably an organic apple, and put this on top. Add four or five chopped dates for sweetening. Add two tablespoonsful of olive oil, or grapeseed oil, or a knob of butter, and a tablespoonful of ground linseed/ flaxseed and a tablespoon of sesame seeds. Eat the lot without any added sweetening or milk. If you add milk or sugar to this porridge, you spoil the cleansing effect.
The high fiber of this breakfast provides the start of your cleanse. If you are still hungry after this, then fasting on apples will enhance the effect of your cleanse. Eat another apple, or some grapes. But no more cooked food for the day.
On the first day, at ten o’clock take one tablespoon of castor oil, followed by a cup of black coffee. If you like, you can use a herbal tea instead, like chamomile or pepperment. If you feel nauseous after the castor oil, then drink more herbal tea. Peppermint tea helps to quell nausea.
On the hour, every hour through the day, eat an apple, eat some grapes, or take a glass of carrot or apple juice.
Of course you can do this cleanse without using enemas, but enemas are strongly recommended, especially if the body has become very toxic. Auto intoxication can occur from eating too many processed foods, and not enough fiber or raw food. Or you may be sensitive to the gluten in wheat which can cause the bowel to malfunction: this causes toxicity in the body. You might have been exposed to chemical poisons over the years which have accumulated in your liver.
You really need to use an enema within five hours of taking the castor oil. Dr Max Gerson found that using an enema quickened up the healing process, because it ridded the body quickly of all the poisons which begin to escape from the liver once you take the castor oil. Home enemas are inexpensive and easy to perform. However, if you really cannot bring yourself to irrigate your own bowel, then go to see a professional for a colonic irrigation.
For lunch, make up a big salad of any raw vegetables that you fancy. Lettuce and sprouted mung beans, avocado, grated carrot, grated beetroot, chopped spinach – any of these is good. You can take a glass of carrot juice or apple juice with this.
For tea, make another big salad of raw vegetables. Take another glass of carrot juice or apple juice.
Day Two: Follow the same procedure as for day one, but do not take any castor oil on the second day.
Day Three: Follow the same procedure as for day one, but increase the castor oil dose to two tablespoonsfuls.
Fourth Day – How to break the Three Day Cleanse: Keep eating the oatmeal porridge in the morning. Start eating brown rice at meal times. Keep eating plenty of salads at midday and for the evening meal, but add good quality protein to the meal, with the addition of cooked green vegetables.
Aim at eating more protein in the diet, with plenty of green vegetables, and less of the grain carbohydrates.
Try to stay off dairy products, except for butter. Dairy products create mucous in the body which clog up the digestive system. Avoid wheat products, especially bread which is risen with yeast. Bread eating in Western diets is another cause of so much illness.
Avoid all products which have yeast added, or which are fermented. This includes all alcohol, vinegar, and products which have yeast added, like soy sauce, tofu and tempeh. Tomato sauce is made with vinegar, so it is best left alone until you recover properly.
Substitute rice for bread: Eat a plate of brown rice with some protein, oil, and some vegetables instead of munching on a slice of toast or bread. Have some brown rice ready cooked ready in the fridge to use each day as a wheat substitute.
Eggs are good for the skin. Eggs contain protein, and lots of vitamins. Eat several each week, unless you have an allergy, or your doctor has instructed you not to eat them. Raw egg yolk is even better than eating the whole egg when you are on a diet of maximum nutrition. Egg yolk contains natural lecithin, which helps you to digest fats.
Fish is nourishing to the skin hair and nails. Sardines, mackerel, salmon, tuna, are all good as tinned fish, but you can eat any fresh fish- hopefully it comes from clean unpolluted waters.
Eat plenty of green vegetables such as broccoli, spinach, silver beet, cooked cabbage, raw lettuce and sprouted grains and seeds.
Eat several pieces of raw fruit a day.
Eat a handful of sesame seeds at least once a day for extra calcium. One heaped tablespoon contains about 1200mg of calcium and magnesium.
Avoid drinking too much coffee. Avoid drinking tea made with milk in it, as milk becomes hard to digest once it is mixed with milk. This causes strain on the liver, and the result is undigested protein material which polllutes your bowels and your skin. Black tea is better. Drink more green tea and herbal teas.
Avoid alcohol and other drugs.
Drink several glasses of water during the day, or freshly pressed carrot or apple juice diluted with water.
Herbal Teas and Hot Water: Drinking medium-to-hot water on its own, or in a herbal tea, or a green tea, helps to cleanse toxins out of the system, and is very beneficial for acne. If you drink three or four herb teas or green tea in a day, then you can drink less tap water. Vary your teas a little – two cups of green tea in a day is enough. Try some chamomile or rose hip for variation.
Treat the acne affected area with probiotic yogurt or fresh kiwifruit juice. Put either of these on the skin each day and leave for at least an hour if you can. Continue with daily treatments, while you follow your special acne cleansing diet above, until the acne has cleared up.
Herbal Steambaths can be helpful in treating acne, in combination with other treatments such as the liver cleanse above. Use fresh or dried herbs such as sprigs of lavender or rosemary or calendula. Put between 1/2 to 1 cup of fresh herbs in a bowl. Pour over boiling water. Leave to cool for a minute, so that the water is not actually boiling. Then use as a steam bath: cover your head with a towel, and keep the head several inches over the bowl so that the pores of your skin will benefit from the steam. This cleanses the pores, and the steam and the active herbal vapours help to reduce infection.
Take care not to get too close to the hot water – you do not want to burn either your lungs or your skin. Steambath for about 5 minutes, or less if it is uncomfortable.