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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Homeopathy for Acne



Acne (Pimples)
Acne are an disease of the skin caused by changes in the pilosebaceous units (skin structures consisting of a hair follicle and its associated). Acne lesions are commonly referred to as, spots, or zits.
Symptoms-
1.The most common form of acne is known as "acne vulgaris", meaning "common acne." Many teenagers get this type of acne. Excessive secretion of oils from the sebaceous glands accompanies the plugging of the pores with naturally occurring dead skin cells( corneocytes) blocking hair follicles


2.The accumulation of these corneocytes in the duct appears to be due to a failure of the normal keratinization process in the skin which usually leads to shedding of skin cells lining the pores. Oil secretions are said to build Propionibacterium acnes and the lipophilic yeast Malassezia

3.In response to the bacterial and yeast populations, the skin inflames
, producing the visible lesion.
4.The face chest,back shoulders and upper arms are especially affected.
5.The typical acne lesions are: comedones pustules  nodules and inflammatory cysts known as cystic acne, one of the more severe forms.These are more inflamed and pus-filled or reddish bumps, that can easily lead to scarring or serious infections.
6. Non-inflamed 'sebaceous cysts more properly called epidermoid cysts, occur either in association with acne or alone but are not a constant feature.

Complications-

1.Acne scars







 
 
Severe acne often leaves small scars where the skin gets a "volcanic" shape. Acne scars are difficult and expensive to treatAcne scars are unsightly, and it is for this reason they can be psychologically and emotionally distressing.
Aside from scarring, its main effects are psychological, such as reduced self-esteem. Acne usually appears during adolescence, when people already tend to be most socially insecure. Early and aggressive treatment is therefore advocated to lessen the overall impact to individuals.

2. Pigmentation
Pigmented scars is a slightly misleading term, suggesting a change in the skin's pigmentation, and that they are true scars. Neither is true. Pigmented scars are usually the result of nodular or cystic acne (the painful 'bumps' lying under the skin). They often leave behind an inflamed red mark. Often, the pigmentation scars can be avoided simply by avoiding aggravation of the nodule or cyst. When sufferers try to 'pop' cysts or nodules, pigmentation scarring becomes significantly worse, and may even bruise the affected area.

Remedies-

1.Sulphur [Sulph]
Is perhaps the remedy most often indicated in this affection, especially if chronic. The skin is rough and hard and the acne is associated with comedones and constipation; great aggravation from water is the characteristic leading to Sulphur in skin affections. The acne punctata is the variety corresponding most nearly to Sulphur. Simple forms yield to Belladonna or Pulsatilla.
Acne rosacea yields to Arsenicum iodatum or Sulphur iodide. 

2. Sanguinaria [Sang]
Is another useful remedy in acne, especially in women with scanty menses and irregular circulation of blood. Other remedies for acne dependent on sexual disturbances of women are Calcarea carbonica.

3.
Kali bromatum [Kali.br]
produces an acne on the face, neck and shoulders. We frequently find acne in Epileptics who have been maltreated by bromides. This remedy is especially adapted to the acne simplex and the acne indurata, especially in hyperaesthetic, nervous females. Since Kali bromatum has been found a useful remedy in sexual excesses it will be especially a remedy in acne due to that cause.

4. Thuja is one of our best remedies for acne facialis.

5. Calcarea picrata is also a useful remedy for acne; clinically it has been found one of the good remedies.

6. Calcarea sulphurica is indicated where the pimples suppurate. 

7. Antimonium crudum [Ant.c] Small red pimples on face, acne in drunkards with gastric derangements, thirst and white-coated tongue.  

8. Antimonium tartaricum. Obstinate cases, with tendency to pustulation, are curable with this remedy.  

9. Berberis aquifolium is useful where the skin is rough and the acne persistent.  

10. Natrum muriaticum acts especially on the sebaceous glands, and is a very helpful remedy in acne. In this affection attention must be directed especially to the patient's type, temperament and tendencies and the general symptoms are far mores important than the local ones.