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Use Natural Acne Remedies with Caution

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But supplements have been sold that contained more than 200 times the amount of selenium noted on the label. Excessive doses of selenium can cause selenium poisoning which can lead to stomach problems and dizziness, as well as the same kinds of skin problems the selenium was intended to cure including scaly, itchy skin, and acne-like breakouts.

Natural remedies can have an appropriate place in skin care and acne treatment. Be sure to talk to your healthcare provider about all medications and supplements you are using, including natural ones, to avoid possible drug interactions and other complications.

Sources:

AcneNet
Mayo Clinic
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Herbs at a Glance

Reviewed July 28, 2011
by Michele Blacksberg R.N.
Edited by Shannon Koehle

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