The truth about Acne
Did you know that acne is the most common of all skin problems, affecting as much as 80% of the population?
Acne is an umbrella-term for different types of eruptions arising from a similar origin which can be divided into two groups:
- Noninflammatory acne- which includes blackheads and whiteheads
- Inflammatory acne (where we can see pustules, nodules and cysts) which is very often linked to the infection by propionibacterium acnes.
How does acne appear?
It’s a mix of sex hormones and genetic predisposition! Acne usually makes its first appearance during puberty when the body gets stimulated by testosterone to start producing increased amounts of sebum. Sebum is an oil-like substance excreted by sebaceous glands found inside the skin’s follicles, which main role is lubrication of the skin and hair.
Testosterone is also responsible for accelerated production or keratin which forms a thickened, protective surface layer of skin.
Let’s sum it all up: as the production of sebum and keratin can become excessive during puberty, it is not difficult for the follicles to become clogged and, Voila!, we end up with blackheads or whiteheads! Add some Propionibacterium acnes to the trapped mix and we finish with additional redness and swelling!
Acne Vulgaris is the most common type of acne which usually appears in teenagers as a result of increased testosterone levels (as explained above). As boys produce higher amounts of male sex hormones than girls, they are much more likely to suffer breakouts. Since everyone’s body chemistry differs, not every person is bound to develop acne. This is where genetic predispositions very often have a major role to play.
Post puberty, people can suffer recurring flare-ups of acne throughout their lives which are most often linked hormonal changes initiated by menses, menopause and hormonal contraception in case of women and steroid treatment in men.
Standard treatment of acne most often includes:
- Antibiotics- which prolonged use can have a negative impact on liver, kidneys and the digestive system
- vitamin A supplements- which are safe when taken as prescribed but could lead to liver damage and birth defects if taken in vast amounts or during pregnancy
- Acctuane- a prescription drug which has been linked to miscarriages and birth defects
Homeopathy offers completely safe and side effects-free treatment of all types of acne. Some of the most common homeopathic remedies for acne include, but are not limited to:
- Antimonium Crudum
- Calcarea Sulphurica
- Kalium Bromatum
Homeopathic remedies are chosen on the basis of the full scope of symptoms associated with acne, not only on its medical diagnosis. There are different types of eruptions, affecting different parts of the body and having a variable impact on those affected. Taking all this into consideration, it is no wonder that each case of acne will require a unique and individualised approach of treatment.
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