What is acne?
Acne is the formation of comedomes (blackheads), pustules (white heads) nodules and/or cysts caused by the obstruction of the hair follicles and their accompanying sebaceous glands.
What causes acne?
The most common cause is puberty. Puberty causes surges in androgens (sex hormones) which stimulate production of sebum, an oily secretion of the sebaceous glands. Acne usually occurs on the face, chin, nose and temporal areas but may, if severe, affect the shoulders, back and chest.
Acne is usually self-limiting but may become infected with bacteria if the patient tends to scratch or pop pimples.
In Chinese medicine acne on the face can indicate underlying problems based on where the pimples form.
How to treat acne:
Start by finding a facewash that is not harsh on your skin and does not strip the skin of all natural oils as this will cause the skin to overproduce sebum.
Activated charcoal: Charcoal binds to toxins causing them to be removed from the body without the use for harsh chemicals and drugs. Mixing ¼ capsule of activated charcoal with aloe vera and applying to skin ensures that toxins and dirt from the skin are removed.
Silicae tissue salt: This tissue salt is used when there is poor assimilation of nutrients and the skin is undergoing recurrent infections. This tissue salt strengthens the hair, skin and nails and returns them to their healthy state.
Vitamin A Vitamin A is responsible for skin rejuvenation and helps to heal the skin.
Zinc: Zinc is important in providing an ant-inflammatory response and clearing the skin and assists in the transport of vitamin A
- Ribes Nigrum: Known as “Nature’s Anti-inflammatory” this gemmo stimulates the immune system and is anti-viral and anti-bacterial. It assists in skin conditions like eczema, acne and psoriasis.
Homeopathy: To manage acne breakouts the following remedies may be considered
- Belladonna: Bright red and inflamed. Used to treat acne rosacea
- Hepar sulph: Pimples are sore to touch and suppurate a white, cheesy-looking pus
- Nat-mur: Acne around the jaw and hairline. Associated with menses
- Silicea: Acne which scars. May get boils and abscesses
- Sulphur: Acne with burning and itching skin
A holistic approach to treating acne would be to focus of rectifying hormonal imbalances and possible underlying issues.
Contact Dr Faseeha to find out what you can do for your acne!
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