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I had initially posted this under my Probiotic Post, but since you are asking for natural masks, here ya go:

(Taken exactly from Natren)
"Russian and Bulgarian doctors have successfully used topical acidophilus or bulgaricus pastes to treat acne for decades. You can make a similar pasteóstart by mixing 1 level teaspoon of L. bulgaricus powder with enoughfresh aloe vera (scraped from the inside of a leaf) and distilled water to form a smooth, spreadable paste. Afterwashing your face, gently pat it dry with a clean towel. Apply the Probiotic paste to the entire face and neck area. Leave the paste on for twenty minutes or longer before rinsing it off gently with a clean washcloth and warm water. In addition to clearing up acne, this paste speeds gentle facial exfoliation, while smoothing and softening the skinís texture. It also tightens pores and softens lines and wrinkles.

RECOMMENDED PROBIOTIC REGIMEN


Take 1 capsule each of L. acidophilus and B. bifidum (or 1/2 teaspoon each powder), along with 1/2 teaspoon L. bulgaricus powder mixed in 6 to 8 ounces unchilled filtered water, two times daily. May be increased to 2 capsules L. acidophilus and B. bifidum, and 1 teaspoon L. bulgaricus, three times daily.

Instead of the above regimen, take 1 or 2 combination capsules that contain all three super strains in an oil-matrix carrier, once a day.

Apply topical homemade Probiotic paste, once a day for at least two weeks, depending on the severity of the acne.

For maintenance, continue taking the above oral regimen two times daily, and continue using the Probiotic paste twice a week. Also apply Probiotic face cream daily in the morning and evening."


Product Brands to try:
Aside from Kyolic, Nutrition Now, and Natren (seems to be the BEST of them), there's American Health, and Nature's Sunshine, Conklin, and CFS Nutrition brands that look really good (there's plenty others out there)

Natren, American Health, Nature's Sunshine, Conklin, and CFS Nutrition all state that Probiotics should always be refrigerated, so you should make sure they are sent with a cold pack, in case you planning on purchasing online (especially during the summer) instead of your local store.

So despite the price I still purchased Natren and if it doesn't work for me, then I know that it will NEVER work because I supposedly bought the "best" and most potent out there. Through my bit of research on this, you "get what you pay for". The more money you shell out, unless it's wholesale, the more good bacteria you are purchasing (& HOPFULLY the more pure the product). Ex: 1 million-7 bucks, 1 billion-$15, 5 billion-$30 and this is based on 30 capsules from different brands.

Today I bought the several products from my a local small health food store and I didn't even pay tax (must be included)! So here's my proposed probiotic regimen starting after lunch:

1 Healthy Trinity 14 (w/ 10% off $27.00) capsules-- provides 14 - 28 day supply and I will be using it every other day so this will last me a month(Unfortunately of this brand Healthy Trinity 14 or 30 capsules is ALL my town sells). Has 30 Billion CFUs per capsule.

1. To replenish good bacteria possibly kilt by the Antiobiotic treatments

2. To help with my acne/hormones

3. To detoxify my system (that's why I'm taking it 1 every 2 days so that my body can adjust)

4. To get rid of a what's left of my mild yeast infection from Minocycline.

1 16oz bottle of American Health Acidopholus Blend (3 types) w/Strawberry Flavering ($11.30). There wasn't a pure sugar free powder form that included all 3 strains so I chose this one. The ingredients are wholesome enough, but I'm not ingesting this internally since I'm afraid it might conflict with Healthy Trinity. 1 tablespoon = 5 billion CFUs so this will be used as:

1. Face Mask / Spot Treatment mixed with some Aloe
2. Mouthwash (to kill that blasted cavity causing bacteria)

[This message has been edited by SweetJade1 (edited 06-25-2002).]

[This message has been edited by SweetJade1 (edited 06-25-2002).]






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