There is no quick fix to reducing or even preventing acne but you can start here with these seven effective natural remedies:

1. Reduce Toxins

The skin is the largest organ of the body. One of its functions is to eliminate a portion of the bodyís toxic waste products through sweating. If the body contains more toxins than the kidneys and liver can effectively discharge, the skin takes over. As toxins escape through the skin, the skinís health integrity is disrupted which can cause skin disorders, including acne. Eliminating processed foods that contain artificial dyes, saturated fats, high levels of sodium and sugar is one way to effectively reduce ingesting toxins that will seep through the skin. In addition to following a whole foods diet, encourage your teen to increase his or her water consumption so that toxins are flushed out of the body. Foods that are high in fiber such as whole grains, fruits and vegetables will also help contribute to a healthy digestive system so that toxins can be eliminated through the colon.

2. Avoid Topical Oils/Chemicals

If your teen wears cosmetics, encourage her to use only natural, water-based products. Harsh chemicals, dyes, and oils will clog pores and cause acne to flourish.

3. Keep Skin Clean

The skin breathes. Dust, grime, oils and pollutants can clog the skinís pores and exacerbate existing acne. Teens should wash their faces thoroughly, but gently, twice a day. Over washing, or excessive scrubbing can make acne worse by over stimulating the sebaceous glands, causing them to produce excessive amounts of sebum. Use an all-natural soap with sulfur that is designed for acne (available at health food stores) to help keep the skin clean.

4. Avoid Touching or Squeezing

In all likelihood, your teen will be tempted to squeeze, pop and touch his or her pimplesóanything to make them go away. Try to encourage your kids to keep their hands away from their faces as any dirt or oil on their hands will make acne worse. Breaking or popping a pimple will also allow harmful bacteria to enter the blemish thereby risking infection and possible scarring.

5. Nutritional Supplements

Certain vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin A, C, E and zinc, along with the essential fatty acid, Omega 3, may help improve the appearance the skin and minimize the eruption of acne. Consult with a natural health care practitioner to determine the correct dosage for your child when using a supplement as exceeding the recommended daily units daily of some vitamins can be harmful to the body.

Vitamin A, C, E, zinc and Omega 3 can also be found naturally in the foods we eat: vitamin A is found in animal livers, fish liver oils and green and yellow fruits and vegetables; vitamin C is found in berries, citrus fruits and green vegetables; vitamin E is found in avocados, cold pressed vegetable oils, dark green leafy vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds and whole grains; zinc is found in egg yolks, fish, kelp, legumes, liver meats, mushrooms, soy and whole grains; and omega 3-fatty acids with its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects can be found in fresh coldwater fish such as salmon and mackerel, fish oil, and walnuts.

Read more: Choosing the Right Omega Fatty Acid Supplements

6. Natural Remedies

If your adolescent child is anything like mine, he or she will be willing to try anything to help minimize the appearance of acne. There are some natural remedies that use low-cost household items that may help.

A mixture of organic apple cider vinegar and quality water applied to the affected area can help balance the skinís pH level, and prevent breeding of acne-causing bacteria. Mix 1 part apple cider with 10 parts quality water and apply gently with a cotton ball to the skin.

Freshly squeezed lemon juice applied directly to clean skin can also help balance the skinís pH level. Allow the lemon juice to dry for a few minutes and then rinse with cool water. Re-apply a couple of times a day.

Honey contains enzymes that rejuvenate the skin and act as an antimicrobial agent. A thin layer of raw honey applied to the face and left in place for a few minutes can serve as a natural mask to remove dirt and grime from the pores.

Tea tree oil, available at natural health stores, is a natural antibiotic and antiseptic. A dab of full-strength tea tree oil applied sparingly on blemishes three times a day can help reduce the size and appearance of blemishes. Tea tree oil soap also works well. As with all natural remedies, discontinue if a rash appears.

7. Be Patient

Living with a teen isnít always easy. It is a time of change, confusion and emotional ups and downs as they figure out their place in the world. What may seem as a natural rite of passage to us, can be viewed as a tragedy to them. What an adolescent needs most is an understanding parent who remembers what itís like to at this age. If you are living with a teen fighting the acne battle, suggest some of these remedies and hopefully your teen will be on her way to achieving healthy looking skin.