Homeopathy and Acne
This medical system uses infinitesimal doses of natural substances to stimulate a person's immune system and body's natural defenses. Homeopathic remedies are named for the plant or animal ingredients they are made from. Homeopathy not only offers relief from temporary disorders but, can provide long term healing of a person due to its individual and "wholistic" approach. This often leads to a complete recovery from the dis-ease, as well as, providing an improved understanding of the patient's situation. This type of healing makes it easier and possible to avoid recurrence or relapses in the future and homeopathy stimulates the body's natural defense system by reestablishing normal immune system and cell functioning.
Arnica This is a valuable first-aid remedy to help reduce pain and swelling and prevent the onset of shock after any injury. Another remedy that is more specific to the burn should be considered after Arnica.
Berberis Aquifolium or Oregon Grape, is a remedy for the skin, stimulates all glands and improves nutrition. For acne it can be used topically as an ointment or internally (3x potency) for blotches and pimples. It clears the complexion and helps to relieve scarring.
Pulsatilla can be helpful if acne is worse from eating rich or fatty foods, and aggravated by warmth or heat. It is indicated especially around the time of puberty, or when acne breaks out near menstrual periods. The person often has a fair complexion and is inclined toward soft emotions and moodiness, feeling worse in warm or stuffy rooms and better in fresh air.
Silicea can help a person with deep-seated acne along with a general low immune resistance, swollen lymph nodes, and a tendency toward fatigue and nervousness may benefit from this remedy. Infected spots are slow to come to a head, and also slow to resolve, so may result in scarring. A person who needs this remedy is generally very chilly, but inclined to sweat at night.
Sulphur can help with itching, sore, inflamed eruptions with reddish or dirty-looking skin often indicate a need for Sulphur. Itching may be worse from scratching, and worse from any form of heat, especially bathing or washing. Individuals who need this remedy are often inclined toward convoluted mental notions and tend to give order and neatness a low priority.
Managing Your Acne
*All cosmetics should be water based, do not use oil-based products.
*Blackheads should be removed only with a specially designed instrument.
*Picking or scratching may cause scarring.
*Shampoo hair frequently with plain soap.
*Keep hands clean and avoid touching the face.
*Keep the affected area as free from oil as possible.
*Long-term treatment with Tetracycline and other antibiotics should be avoided.
*Natural hormonal changes for both men and women are some of the primary causes of acne. Changes usually begin at puberty and end in early adulthood. Increased testosterone, which males experience at the beginning of puberty causes the sebaceous (oil) glands to enlarge and produce increased amounts of sebum (oil and waxes), which pass through the hair follicles to the skin. When the pores clog, acne occurs. Women, however, often get a mild case of acne beginning a week before their menstrual period begins, even in adulthood. Birth control pills can also cause acne.
Consider the following regime:
For those over 18, start with a cleansing diet to help your system detoxify. Impurities that cannot be eliminated through the kidneys and bowels fast enough may erupt through the skin. Make sure you eat a low-fat, high-fiber diet.
Clean your skin twice daily, morning and evening. This will keep the pores open and your skin free of bacteria. Discourage new blemishes by using tea tree oil, a natural antiseptic.
Allergic reactions to particular foods, cosmetics, or other products applied to your face, such as sunscreens can all play into your acne. Do the eliminate diet. Your doctor may want to test for allergies, and a blood test is more effective than a skin scratch test.
Begin taking supplements that promote healthy skin.
Andrew Pacholyk, MS. L.Ac
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