Acne occurs when the pores of the skin become clogged. The pores become clogged because each pore contains a follicle, which contains both an oil gland and a hair. The oil glands work to help lubricate the skin, as well as help to remove old skin cells. Sometimes the glands produce too much oil though, which causes it to become clogged and begin to collect bacteria, debris and dirt. Acne causes blackwhites, whiteheads and inflamed red lesions on the skin (often known as zits or pimples).
Acne more commonly appears on the face, but is also fairly common on the chest, shoulders, buttocks, arms and legs. Acne usually occurs during puberty, but is also a common problem for adults as well. Acne can be caused by many other factors, such as menstruation, pregnancy, oil-based cosmetics, certain prescription drugs (especially estrogen, steroids and testosterone) and frequent sweating.
The most important part of treating and preventing acne is a healthy skin care regimen, but often times this alone is not enough. Some people take over the counter medications and prescription drugs to help with their acne, but this is usually just for more extreme cases of acne. For many people there are some natural medicines that can be used to help with acne, such as homeopathy. Different types of homeopathic medicines help to treat certain types of acne.
Calcarea Sulphurica and Hepar Sulphuris for Acne
The homeopathic medicine known as calcarea sulphurica should be taken by those with acne that is accompanied with a yellow colored discharge in the areas of skin affected by acne. Calcarea sulphurica works especially well for those that have chronic acne or cystic acne.
The homeopathic medicine known as hepar sulphuris (also known as hepar sulphuris calcareum) should be taken by those that have acne that is pus filled and is painful to touch. This treatment works especially well for those with skin lesions that tend to feel relief with warm applications.
Ledum Palustre for Acne
The homeopathic remedy known as ledum palustre should be taken by those that have pustular acne that affects the nose and cheek area. This treatment works especially well for those that feel relief with cold applications.
Homeopathy is a good way to help treat acne, but should always be used along with a proper skin care regimen. Homeopathy should also never be used to replace any prescription drugs that are being taken for more severe forms of acne.