Herbal treatments for the treatment of acne may not cause some of the adverse side effects that many over-the-counter medications do. A number of herbal treatments are anti-inflammatory, which is a real plus in the treatment of acne.
Some of the most effective anti-inflammatory herbs are calendula, flaxseed and flaxseed oil, German chamomile, liquorice root and witch hazel.
Tea tree oil may be as effective as benzoyl peroxide. Unlike benzoyl peroxide, tea tree oil does not cause itching. Tea tree oil helps to eliminate bacteria that causes acne.
"While studies are still going on to determine exactly how effective acupuncture is in treating acne, there are reports from many patients who testify to receiving great relief by using this method. The main types of acupuncture that are used in relation to this condition are auricular acupuncture that involves the ears and electro-acupuncture that involves the use of mild electric current."