Acne or pimples occur due to the excess of oil or sebum produced by oil-producing glands (sebaceous glands) of our skin. You may have pimples on your face (cheek, forehead, nose, chin, etc.) neck, back, chest, arms, and rarely on the forearms. The skin has tiny oil glands called sebaceous glands. These glands secrete sebum, which is like oil, that gives protection to your skin, helps in maintaining the elasticity of the skin and acts as a moisturizer.
Due to certain causative factors, these sebaceous glands start overproducing sebum. This results in blockage of the duct of these oil glands. Consequently, this sebum gets collected underneath the skin and appears on the skin surface as a skin bump (white head). Due to pollution and dust, the Whitehead takes the form of a blackhead. This is followed by a bacterial infection in the gland resulting in inflammation (the body’s response to foreign agents) & it becomes pus-filled (Pustular Acne). In some cases, it may turn hard and is then called nodular acne. In severe cases, acne forms a tract inside the skin which is hard and pus-filled. It is called Acne conglobata.
Wondering what are the major causes of so many different types of acne? Well, there are many causes that may cause acne. Let’s explore!
- Obesity, high BMI due to a sedentary lifestyle
- An unhealthy diet with high sugar levels or oily foods
- PCOD (Polycystic ovarian disease)
- Thyroid issues like hypothyroidism
- Stress causes an increase in cortisol levels
- Acne due to dandruff
- Using too many chemical-based products
- Alcohol and smoking
- Certain medications …….
The list is ENDLESS! All these problems relate to lifestyle disorders. Some of the major causes of lifestyle disorders that we are witnessing today at a faster pace are stress, PCOS, and thyroid issues. Let us not forget that in some females just a simple PMS (Premenstrual syndrome) may result in a cropping up of acne before menses. In such cases, it is important to take homeopathy medicine for PCOD to treat acne effectively. PCOD homeopathy treatment is a must for young girls who are dealing with irregular periods and chronic acne flare-ups. There are homeopathic medicines for PMS as well which provide effective solutions in cases of hormonal acne.
Homeopathic treatment is strongly recommended for treating acne because of its following benefits:
- It alleviates redness by minimizing the repetition of dilatation of your vessels.
- Prevents recurrence of acne.
- Homeopathic treatment reduces the inherent hypersensitivity to stimuli
- Reduces the post-inflammatory pigmentation
Homeopathy has proven to be a very good and effective treatment for alleviating acne. There are many homeopathic drugs that are the best for all types of acne, and they have given excellent results to patients with acne.
Homeopathy is a science which is not based on specific drugs but based upon individualization. This is why homeopathic medicines can be utilized for treating all ailments and health conditions depending on the case history of the particular patient and individualization. So, a detailed case history is very important in homeopathy.
Some of the drugs which are commonly indicated as specifics include:
7 Best Homeopathic Remedies For Acne:
Pulsatilla is one of the most prominent homeopathic remedies for treating acne in girls during puberty. When hormonal changes start to occur in girls during puberty making them suffer from various types of irregular menses and acne, Pulsatilla helps effectively. Pulsatilla is also beneficial for acne-affected individuals who are unable to digest fatty foods. Other signs and symptoms that direct you to go for this natural homeopathic remedy are feeling to go in the open, fresh air, sensitivity, and absence of thirst.
2. Natrum Muriaticum:
Natrum Muriaticum (Natrum Mur) is another highly effective natural homeopathic remedy for mitigating itchy acne with dirty and oily skin. Individuals having acne on their body, face, hairline, and back with greasy skin are recommended this effective remedy. Other symptoms that guide you to go for this homeopathic remedy are unusual craving for salty foods, intolerance to the heat of your skin, feeling better in the fresh, open air and by having cool baths, worsening condition due to fatty foods, heat, and bread, anemia, anxiety, and constipation
Silicea is recommended in cases of acne with offensive, pus formation. It is highly effective in treating all types of skin problems. Silicea is also an excellent homeopathic remedy for cystic acne. Some of the symptoms that guide you towards this effective remedy are profuse perspiration along with acne, complaints that turn worse in cold weather, obstinate constipation, swollen lymph glands, and acne on the forehead and cheeks.
4. Kali Bromatum:
Kali Bromatum is a great homeopathic remedy for treating all types of acne, be it simple, pustular, or indurated. This medicine offers good results in treating acne that leaves an ugly scar. It also treats acne that itches a lot effectively. Some of the symptoms that guide you to this remedy are prickling or burning big bluish-red pimples, frequent appearance on the forehead, back, chest, and shoulder, facial skin with blotchy appearance, and aggravation by heat, anxiety, and mental stress.
Sulfur is the best natural homeopathic remedy for alleviating acne on your back that itches extremely, particularly at night due to the heat of bed. It also treats acne of back that turns worse on account of a lot of external application of an ointment. Sulphur is regarded as an excellent remedy for the people who are suffering from acne pimples on their back and who possess filthy, unhealthy skin with acne that itches a lot. Another symptom that guides you to go for this homeopathic remedy is an excessive burning sensation, particularly at the top of your head and soles of your feet. Also, avoid scratching when you have acne.
6. Hepar Sulphur
Hepar Sulphur is a great homeopathic remedy which is most suited in the cases where acnes are painful and more in the form of boils & abscesses. This remedy treats acne in adolescents, who have unhealthy skin and painful and sensitive pimples. Some symptoms that guide you to go for this homeopathic remedy are small, pear-shaped pimples comprising white pus, bleeding and ulcerating pimples on scratching, lesions on lips and forehead, aggravation on touching or washing, and intolerance to cold.
7. Antimonium Crudum:
Antimonium Crudum is regarded as one of the most effective homeopathic remedies for treating acne eruptions that contains pus and which have a covering of yellow-colored crusts. This remedy is prescribed for the individuals having pimples on their cheeks that suffer from itching and burning sensation, which turn worse during the night. Individuals with acne who are recommended Antimonium Crudum to alleviate the condition usually suffer from the symptoms, such as craving for sour foods, such as pickles, gastric derangements, and thickly coated white tongue,
The above-mentioned homeopathic medicines have a strong affinity towards acne, but a proper differentiation between them is equally essential in order to figure out the similimum. If you have any query regarding any chronic disease, feel free to contact us. You can give us a call at +91-22-66888888 or drop in an email at email@example.com
-Written by Dr. Dhanashree, Associate doctor to Dr. Rajesh Shah