Acne occurs when there is overproduction of sebum which is a waxy substance that lubricates the skin; when this sebum clogs a hair follicle there is bacterial growth inside the blocked hair follicle which results in an inflammation. The symptoms of this condition are pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads. Acne can occur on various body parts, the common ones include face, chest, shoulders, and neck. Many times a person will get a pimple or boil-like lumps called nodules. The pimples or nodules disappear on their own but will often leave a dark-colored skin mark.
Causes of Acne
Exact causes of acne are still unknown. However there are certain factors which are often associated with acne. Hormonal changes which occur during the teenage years or during pregnancy are one of the common factors contributing to the condition of acne. Often greasy, oily foods and chocolates are also blamed. A common understanding is that another cause of acne is dirty skin which can lead to the formation of blackheads and whiteheads. Stress doesn't lead to acne but can make the condition worse.
It is always good to opt for natural products for skin care rather than use any cosmetics. Natural products and home remedies of homeopathic treatment are always safe, and have almost no side effects. One can find these products at any health store. However, in case the acne condition doesn't improve after using the homeopathic acne solutions, it is imperative that one should consult a dermatologist.
The acne treatment using homeopathy include:
- For itchy acne skin condition, take Kali bromatum 6X three times in a day, till the condition becomes better.
- Crush some cloves of fresh garlic, and apply its liquid on the pimples. However, the content in garlic can be harsh on the skin, so use it only 2 - 3 times in a week.
- If you have rough hard skin and sweat profusely, and suffer from constipation then take 6X Sulfur, 3 times a day.
- For pus-filled pimples, take a dose of 6X Antimonium tartaricum, three times a day, till the condition becomes better.
To prevent further aggravation of the condition, avoid going out in the sun. Keep your skin clean, by washing it with clean water couple of times during the day. Avoiding the use of any greasy cosmetics will also help. Keep your skin clean, by exfoliating it with a mild scrub every week. Whenever you have any pimples, avoid touching them.
Other alternative medicines other than the above cures are tea tree oil, zinc supplements, and glycolic acid. Essential oils for acne like tea tree oil are considered to be very effective in treating acne. To use tea tree oil, mix 2 - 3 drops in 10 drops of jojoba oil and apply it twice in a day. To use zinc remedy to treat acne, you can either take supplements or add it to your lotions or creams to prevent acne. Glycolic acid found in sugarcane helps to remove dead skin cells and clear the unclogged pores. It can be mixed with salicylic acid and applied to acne affected areas.
Disclaimer: This HolisticZine article is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.