James frequently pressured himself to be the best. He had an internal desire to be seen as ‘having it together’ so he could be liked amongst his friends. He tried very hard at this, but was terribly disturbed by the facial acne he had developed recently. How would he be liked now? Who would still see he was a good person inside with all these blemishes on his face?
The questions in his mind and the resulting stress were enough to make him feel very down and blue. Despite his natural attractiveness through his character and personality, he wasn’t convinced he was good enough. He became easily irritable with the slightest things and pushed himself even further to make sure he was perceived as a smart, athletic, and a ‘put together’ young man.
Such a discrepancy between his inner feelings about himself and the outer image he was trying portray created a terribly distressing state. He was easily irritated, highly perfectionistic, obstinate with his parents, and suffered from acne. What was he to do?
The above scenario is a common circumstance many of our young people suffer in today’s culture. In fact, it’s a story straight from my own practice. (Of course, all names and specifics are held in strictly confidential manner). Many clients in my practice who seek treatment for acne are adolescent teenagers who may tell stories similar to James’.
The totality of James’ symptoms are what led me to select the homeopathic remedy Silica to help him. This selection wasn’t based on the fact that his chief complaint was acne, but was based on the entirety of his overall character and demeanor, in addition to having acne.
In homeopathy, acne is considered just one aspect of the whole individual. We are whole people, not just the sum of our parts. ‘You’ are not your arm anymore more than your leg. And even without your arm or leg, ‘you’ are still you. This is in direct contrast with conventional western medicine thinking which views disease as isolated symptoms from specific parts of the body.
Even so, what is acne? Acne is defined as an inflammatory disease of the sebaceous glands and hair follicles. Acne is marked mostly by:
- Papules (circumscribed, solid elevation of skin with no visible fluid)
- Pustules (small collection of pus in the skin frequently in sweat glands or hair follicles)
- Comedones (small, flesh-colored, white, or dark bumps that give skin a rough texture - otherwise known as a ‘blackhead’
- Face (most often)
Western medicine sites the cause of acne to be unknown. Research links it to hormonal changes that affect the sebaceous glands. Additionally, food allergies, endocrine disorders, psychological factors, fatigue, and the use of steroid drugs may also be precipitating factors for acne.
Despite the ultimate cause to be unknown, when it comes to acne, homeopathy is crucial choice. This is because homeopathy is effective, gentle on the body, and affordable.
There are hundreds of homeopathic remedies that can help people with acne. What a trained homeopath will do is understand the specific physical symptoms of the acne, then view that in light of the whole person; their emotional character, their mental disposition. Such subtleties will influence which homeopathic remedy is selected.
As in the case with James, I took into consideration his ease at becoming irritable, his obstinacy with his parents, internal drive to be perceived in a certain way, feelings of depression, and of course the acne.
The following is a list of homeopathic remedies to consider for homeopathy and acne. Please keep in mind that we are unique individuals who experience our unique expression of symptoms, just like James did above. Therefore the homeopathic remedy that will help you the most may not be listed. It’s always best to consult with a qualified homeopathic practitioner for your needs.
- Hepar Sulph: The acne is very sensitive and quite painful and usually appear as ‘blackheads’ on the forehead or lips. The person is generally hypersensitive, emotionally, to all external impressions and are very intense people. In general, they feel very cold and are sensitive to cold temperatures.
- Lachesis: The acne appears purplish and can leave purple colored scars behind them. It is generally found more on the left side of the face. The acne can become worse before menses or during times of hormonal changes, such as in menopause.
- Thuja: The skin can feel very oily and the acne appears as pustules with sunken centers. The person is very shameful about their acne and it may be very difficult for them to express much about these feelings.
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Disclaimer: Information in this blog is intended for educational purposes only. It is not meant to treat, prevent, cure, or diagnose certain diseases. For any questions about your health, please consult with a medical doctor.