Acne or Pimples:
It is an inflammatory disease of the sebaceous glands (the oil-secreting glands) and the hair follicles. It is characterized by whiteheads, blackheads and pustules. Scarring is common and is usually associated with an oily discharge.
The cause is not fully understood, but the probable causes can be:
2.Hormonal imbalance esp. during puberty
6.Drugs like corticosteroids
Do & Do not
-Wash your face frequently, at least 5 times a day, taking care that it does not become too dry.
-Do not scrub your face while washing because scrubbing on inflamed skin aggravates the acne.
-Use a gentle cleanser made of natural ingredients or herbs rather than chemical preparations.
-Do not use scented soaps and use a mild anti-bacterial soap if possible.
-Try not to apply cosmetics regularly or use non-greasy light make-up of repute.
-Do not sleep with your make-up on.
-Do not overexpose your skin to the sun. Preferably wear a hat while going out.
-Do not break your pimples else it will lead to secondary infection.
-You can use facial steam to reduce inflammation and infection but never more than 15 minutes and not more than once a fortnight.
-Diet should be rich in natural whole foods like whole grain cereals, fresh fruit salads and vegetables raw or lightly cooked. Avoid fatty food, chocolate, ice cream, butter, cakes, white bread, sweets and fried food.
-Supplements of vitamin A and Zinc may be used.
-Regular exercise will make your circulation better.
See a doctor if,
Your acne does not respond in 2-3 months following the advice listed above.
If your acne is infected and there is pus like discharge.
If you are not sure if it is acne or any other skin eruption.
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.
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 and Aurum muriaticum natronatrum.
Produces 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 indurate, especially in hyperaesthetic, nervous females, and the late Dr. Martin Deschere loudly praised it. Since Kali bromatum has been found a useful remedy in sexual excesses it will be especially a remedy in acne due to that cause. Dr. J.H.Clarke says, "I know of no remedy of such universal usefulness in cases of simple acne as Kali bromatum 30," and the late Dr.A.M. Cushing recommended Arsenicum bromatum 4x as very efficacious. Thuja is one of our best remedies for acne facialis. Calcarea picrata is also a useful remedy for acne; clinically it has been found one of the good remedies. Calcarea sulphurica is indicated where the pimples suppurate.
Small red pimples on face, acne in drunkards with gastric derangements, thirst and white-coated tongue. Antimonium tartaricum. Obstinate cases, with tendency to postulation, are curable with this remedy. Berberis aquifolium is useful where the skin is rough and the acne persistent. 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.