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The acne vulgaris is perhaps one of the most dreaded problems many people face. The main cause behind the fear is obviously the degree of “loss of confidence” this problem causes in the population than the actual lesion. But with aptly chosen homeopathic remedies, we can halt the progress of the disease and put an end to the menace by rendering soft supple skin to the ‘beauty-conscious’ generation.

Causative factors of Acne

Excess oil secretion from the sebaceous glands is considered to be the prime cause behind acne vulgaris, principally affecting the teenagers. However, in some people, the trouble lasts longer even in thirties and forties.

Though oil secretion is said to be one of the main causes, the excess oil secretion in certain diseases like acromagaly, Parkinson’s disease, etc does not cause acne. Therefore, it is thought that the androgenic hormones from testes, ovaries, and adrenals are the culprits that enhance the oil production in the skin. That’s why the peak period of acne burst outs is teen-age, when these hormonal levels undergo lots of changes. The oil when clogs the skin pores may lead to some or the other infection leading to acne.

However, acne is said to be familial trait too. The causes lie much beneath the so-called increased sebum production. No wonder homeopathy has lot to offer to the patients of acne, as the causative factors can be varied, which can be dealt effectively only with the homeopathic medicines applied to the patient of acne homeopathically.

Clinical Features of Acne

As with any skin trouble, acne vulgaris can be classified roughly as mild, moderate, and severe. Eruptions or lesions may be confined to face, shoulders, upper chest, back, buttocks, etc. One may notice greasy skin. Blackheads can be the presenting feature in some. In some, the acne can be very severe with abscess and cyst formation with heavy scarring. The lesions can be macular, papular, or rash-like in many patients. Acne rosacea is the variety affecting the middle aged women and men. It is characterized by marked red eruptions, pustules, etc without the formation of blackheads.

Suppression of Acne by Strong Chemical Agents

Most patients of acne vulgaris are young children entering their teens, when they want to look their best. Therefore, most of them resort to creams, ointments, and lotions they find attractively advertised through various media. Some get better results for the time being. However, in most cases, these measures prove only temporary. They give just palliative results till the person uses the particular local application and acne return back utterly aggravated once he or she weans off it.

Worse still, the acne get suppressed and the deranged life force affects some more vital organ and the person starts suffering from more severe disease than acne after he suppresses it. Any skin eruption suppressed does not cure the patient but worsens him on some other vital plane. Have seen many patients say, “Acne was far better to have than this suffering” after they suppress acne. DO NOT suppress them.

It certainly does not mean you have no right to look beautiful! Just that your skin needs more delicate treatment that will wipe out acne permanently with milder homeopathic medicines suited to your constitution.

Homeopathic Treatment of Acne

According to homeopathic principle, local application is a strict NO while treating acne or any other skin eruptions. Let the medicine act on higher plane to enable the body comprehend the derangement in one of its sphere (here skin), and eradicate the disease process by alleviating the symptoms of the disease. For it to happen, the homeopathic expert must be aware of the constitution of the patient, his family history, his mental and physical traits, and any concomitant symptoms and signs if present.

One of the major thing to remember while treating the patient of acne is- “Give maximum importance to the subjective symptoms than objective, and you will rarely go wrong in acne treatment”.

Here is the list of some important homeopathic medicines to be thought of while dealing with acne cases-

(1) Asterias rubens-
- Considered as one of the chief dugs for treating acne
- Itchy acne
- Skin seems less elastic
- Acne eruptions with fetid pus
- Acne rosacea
- Acne affecting back, shoulders, sides of nose, chin
- Flabby patient with lymphatic constitution
- Sycotic diathesis
- Sexual excitement in both sexes
- Fear of bad news in adolescent girls
- Worse coffee, left side

(2) Belladonna-
- Red hot facial skin
- Scarlet rash-like acne
- Suddenly spreading acne lesions
- Alternate redness and dullness of skin
- Pustular eruptions on skin
- Skin feels smoothly red but burns
- Acne leading to swelling of glands of neck, chin
- Bluish red acne lesions
- Shiny red eruptions

(3) Dulcamara-
- One of the underrated remedies for acne
- Humid eruptions on face
- Acne lesions itch, worse in cold wet weather
- Vesicular eruptions
- Small boils spreading uniformly across the face, forehead
- May be associated with warty eruptions on hands and face
- Acne worse around the menstrual period
- Mucus membrane affections are often the concomitant
- Worse by cold in any form, better by warmth

(4) Merc sol-
- Syphilitic acne
- Earthy, puffy, dirty-looking face
- Pustular acne
- Constantly perspiring skin
- A big pimple surrounded by many small pimples
- Itchy eruptions worse from the warmth of bed
- Eruptions in private parts, buttocks
- Skin and mucus membranes affected at the same time
- Yellowing brown or greenish pus from Pustular acne, may be streaked with thin blood
- Extremely fetid suppuration
- Worse extremes of temperature, night, dampness, perspiration

(5) Graphites-
- Cobweb sensation on face is one of the most marked features of Graph
- Itching pimples
- Constipated bowels is a frequent accompaniment
- Rough hard skin of face
- Persistent dryness of skin
- Acne oozing out a sticky exudation
- Pimply eruptions behind ears
- Unhealthy skin with tendency to suppurate
- Redness of face
- Burning acne with think sticky discharges
- Worse warmth, during and after menses
- Better in dark room

(6) Bovista-
- Acne in sensitive girls
- Crusty eruptions around mouth and nostrils
- Acne from over-use of cosmetics
- Swollen look of cheeks
- Sensitive skin with tendency to leave deep impression with blunt instruments
- Itchy eruptions
- May have had an attack of urticaria or tendency to recurrent urticaria
- Pimples covering the entire body
- Acne always worse in summer

(7) Radium brom-
- Acne rosacea with red pimply rashes
- Small eruptions with itching, burning, swelling, and redness
- Excessive itching with burning of skin as if on fire
- Painful pimples
- Acne with scars that take long time to heal
- May be associated with itchy dermatitis of skin and/or trophic changes in fingernails
- Acne seem worse after getting up in the morning
- Better in open air and hot bath

(8) Arnica-
- Painful acne with sore bruised feeling in skin
- Sunken red face with heat feeling on lips
- Itchy burning pimples
- Acne may occur in crops; one heals and the new eruption rises near it
- Indurated acne characterized by symmetry in distribution
- Bluish look of skin with tendency to form boils
- Worse by tough, wine

(9) Kali brom-
- Itchy pimples on face, chest, shoulders, etc
- Pustular rashes
- Anesthetic feeling in skin of face and mucus membranes
- Exaggerated sexual desire in females suffering from acne during menses
- Extremely fidgety hands is on of the main features of the drug
- Horrific dreams and grinding of teeth in sleep is often an accompaniment
- Worse warmth

(10) Calcarea sulph-
- Suppurative tendency of the skin
- Pustular jagged eruptions with oozing of yellow mucus
- Facial pimples
- Unhealthy skin with yellowing scabs
- Many small pimples under the hair that bleed when scratched
- Purulent exudations from acne
- Acne lesions that do not heal fast
- Pimples around ears with tendency to bleed on scratching

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Natrum Mur & Puls. also give good results..
it is thought that the androgenic hormones from testes, ovaries, and adrenals are the culprits that enhance the oil production in the skin. That’s why the peak period of acne burst outs is teen-age, when these hormonal levels undergo lots of changes. The oil when clogs the skin pores may lead to some or the other infection leading to acne.
When the perspiration is oily there is only one Remedy in Repertory i.e.NAT. MUR.
In repertory Face; shiny; oily: NAT-M(3) PLB(3) thuj are remedy.

Longley was the person, who stated the retained sebum in oil glands in course of the disease. This occluded sebum causes irritation, inflammation and interference to bacteria and the inflammation results into pus formation.

Although the causative factors of the disease are not clearly known, many domestic preparations to cure the disease were in practice. The Greek physician Galen invented the first facial cream dated back to about 150 A.D. An emulsion of cream by incorporating rose water in a molten mixture of bee's wax and olive oil was prepared.

Ancient Egyptians also used zinc oxide and its other derivatives to treat acne. When usefulness of local application came forward, Sulphur was used in the form of lotions, emulsions and ointments. It was found to reduce the oily nature of skin and bacterial infection was also controlled preventing the spread of pimples.


ANTIMONIUM CRUDUM (Sulphide of Antimony)

According to C. HERING;

Upperface; Pimples, pustules on face.

Suppurating and long lasting eruptions on cheeks.

Skin; Pimples and vesicles as from stings of insects especially on face and joints of limbs.

Acne with people of nervous constitution. ' Eruptions so called liver spots; brownish spots.

According to CLARKE;

It is preeminently scrofulous medicine, corresponding to rough scaling skin with horny patches. Face red burning, suppurating eruptions, pimples on the upper lip itching aggravated heat of bed.

According to W. BOERICKE;

Pimples pustules and boils on face pimples, vesicles and pustules sensitive to cold bathing with burning and itching, worse at night.

According to W.A. DEWEY;

Small red pimples on face, acne in drunkards with gastric derangements, thirst and white coated tongue.


According to C. HERING;

Pimples usually isolated, sometimes in groups.

Single, red pimples with burning itching, leaving brown liver spots Clusters of red pimples with red areola and small tips, containing pus, changing to brown spots.

According to CLARKE;

Blotches and pimples on face. Yellow skin, waxy yellowish white skin, flushes of heat to cheeks, pinched expression.

According to BOERICKE;

Pimples dry rough and scaly eruptions on scalp extending to face and neck. According W.A. DEWEY;

It is useful when skin is rough and acne of persistent nature.

CARBO ANIMALIS (Animal Charcoal)

According to C. HERING;

Acne in young and scrofulous persons.

A large number of pimples on face without any sensation. Copper coloured eruptions.

Eruptions on head with induration.

According to Robin Murphy;

Nose hard red swollen hot with itching pimples. Unhealthy scars from eruptions.


According to Clarke;

Pimples on face, red pimples on face neck shoulders and back. Some pimples contain thickish fluid.

Pimples on nape discharging moisture when scratched.

According to BOERICKE; -

Comedones and acne of the face.

Itching and eruptions of red pustules.

KALI BROMATUM (Potassium Bromide)

According to Clarke;

One of the most troublesome "accidents" of the allopathic use of kali brom is the production of eruptions of many kinds, but most notably acne. Clarke states that `I know of no other remedy of such universal usefulness in cases of simple acne as in kali brom 30"

The acne producing property of the drug shows its relation to sebaceous secretions and it has removed sebaceous cysts and wens.

Face- flushed face -acne; on face on young fleshy people of gross habit - papular rash.

Skin- acne simplex and indurata; bluish red, pustular aggravated on face and chest; especially in lymphatic constitution. Itching at night in bed and in high temperature.

According to E.A. FARRINGTON;

It gives rise to little, hard, dark red papules on the face, surrounded by little vesicles an ending in suppuration we, may therefore use the drug in acne particularly resulting from masturbation.

According to Boericke;

Acne of face pustules, itching; worse on chest shoulders and face. According to W.A DEWEY;

ACNE in epileptics who have been maltreated by bromides.

Acne simplex and acne indurate especially in hyper aesthetic nervous females. Acne due to sexual excesses.


According to C.HERING;

Eruption of pimples on forehead, as in brandy drinkers.

Pimples with biting itching on chest as from lice.

Red tubercles on forehead, stinging when touched; pimples and blood boils. Red pimply eruption on face.

Small pimples on root of nose.

According to CLARKE;

Pimples on forehead with redness.

Tuberous eruption on face and forehead like those of drunkards with shooting pain when touched.

According to E.A. FARINGTON;

Red blotches and pimples in which sticking is induced by least touch.


(Poison Nut)

According to C. HERING;

Small papules, some of which contain pus on forehead cheeks and scalp, are a kind of acne.

Pimples on face on dissipation.

According to CLARKE;

Pimples with burning and itching.

Pimples on face on excessive use of liquors. Small purulent pimples around lips and chins.

According to ROBIN MURPHY;

ACNE from eating cheese.

Coppery eruptions on face.

As a dirty, dingy look, as if patient never washed; in some places looks coarse as if bathe in oil; sebaceous glands secrete in excess. Skin greasy looking.

Copper colored pustules, no itching

Fine red eruption.

According to ALLEN;

Acne all forms, simplex rosacea.

Aggravation during menses, from coffee, fats sugar, meat. When best selected remedies fails or only palliates.

According to CLARKE;

Skin eruptions, disappeared in summer and reappear when cold whether sets in.

Violent itching aggravation from warmth of bed or by scratching. Eruption sore to touch on forehead.

According to KENT;

Skin symptoms aggravation bathing, from warmth of bed.


According to C HERING;

Acne with pain in extending for some distance around; the skin disease . aggravated during menstrual period.

Pimples (sore acne) on face.

According to BOERICKE;

It is especially indicated for simple and indurated acne. The pimples are painful on some distance around.


According to C.HERING;

Itching pimples on chin.

Little pimples surrounds principal ulceration.

Suppurating pimples on sternum.

According to BOERICKE;

The tendency to suppuration is most marked.

The lesion spread by the formation of small papules around the side of old lesions.

Acne in youth, suppurate with prickly pain and easily bleeds.


(Wind Flower)

According to C.HERING;

Acne faceii of young girls.

Skin; pimples from scalp and to middle of back, on side of neck below chin; on legs discharging a watery fluid; between fingers containing water. Eruptions from eating much pork. Itching aggravation in bed.

According to BOERICK;

Acne in young girls.

RADIUM BROMATUM (Radium Bromide)

According to W. BOERICKE;

Found effective in treatment of skin affections generally acne Small pimples.

Necrosis and ulcerations.

Erythematic itching burning swelling and redness. Itching all over body burning of skin as if on fire.


(Sublimated Sulphur)

According to C.HERING;

Outer head -itching and painful pimples on scalp.

Itching pimples on forehead; inflamed, painful to touch.

On forehead, patches and groups of black points like comedones. Inflamed and suppurating pimples on hairy scalp with dandruff. Upper face; acne with great itching and bluish color of face. Acne punctata, completely covering the face.

Skin; itching pimples on innerside of thigh.

Eruption of furunculous pimples, with red areola and very itching sensation especially on face.

Comedones , black pore particularly on face.

According to CLARKE;

The reputation of sulphur as a remedy is as old as medicine.

It produces burning itching pimples resembling the itch vesicles and itch especially at night.

Eruption of pimples on face and forehead the greatest general psoric remedy for almost every kind of itch, sore, ulcer.

Very colicky babies with pimples.

According to W. BOERICKE;

Skin eruptions after local medications.

According to E.A. FARRINGTON;

Marked tendency of acne in older children.

Tendency to formation of acne principally on the face. Pustules heal very slowly.

According to W.A. DEWEY;

Most often indicated in chronic cases of acne.

The acne is associated with constipation.

Acne punctata is the characteristic variety of sulphur.

Great aggravation from water is characteristic in skin affections.


According to CLARKE;

Eruptions on face of young women with menstrual troubles

According to BOERICKE;

Acne with scanty menses, circumscribed red spots on cheeks.

According to W.A.DEWEY;

Useful remedy in acne especially with scanty menses and irregular circulation of blood.

According to E.A FARRINGTON;

It produces acne on face, particularly with scanty menses in women subject to irregular distribution of blood.

KALI IODATUM (Iodide of Potassium)

According to C. HERING;

Syphilitic eruptions, chiefly in cachetic persons, pustular or squamosed.

Nodular eruptions appearing on face, neck, arms and legs and preceeded by itching, leaving after disappearing infiltrated spots. Observed only during winters.

Itch like pimples and vesicles.

Papulous eruptions with dryness of throat.

Papules worse on face shoulders and back.

Tubercles on face.

Eruptions on neck, face, scalp, back, chest are suppurating; often leaving scars.

Pustulous eruptions often umblicated and leaving scars. Small pustules on face discharging water.

According to Clarke;

Pimples on chin & nose; sticking burning, below corner of mouth; sensi-tive, on nostril & cheeks; surrounded by redness & swelling; itching on chin & exuding water.


According to C.HERING

Outer head - biting and itching on scalp, forehead face about mouth with eruption of pimples like nettlerash.

Face; pimples around mouth and chin.

Chronic suppurating eruptions on face.

Acne rosaceae.

Skin; some small pimples coalescing into blisters the size of a split pea, filled with yellow watery fluid, with intense itching aggravation at night after 12 pm better by rubbing with something rough until blisters are open. Pimples like the itch, with burning itching and smarting after scratching, on inner surface of wrist and lower portion of cheeks. Hard pimples on hands with burning biting and itching. Pimples large,deep seated and irritable to touch. Eruptions around mouth and nose.

Pustules with pus at tips on side of chin with pain aggravated from touch.

According to Clarke:¬

Eruptions of burning pimples round lips & chin. Acne - yellow vesiscular eruptions.

Humid eruptions on face with running of fetid discharge. Eruptions especially in spring and autumn.

CALCAREA SULPHURICA (Gypsum, Sulfate of Lime)

According to C HERING;

Upper face -pimples and pustules on face.

Lower face-many tender pimples under beared discharging blood or oily transparent matter.

Skin; suppurating pustules and nodules.

Yellow scabs follows pimples on scalp.

According to BOERICKE;

Many little matterless pimples under hair, bleeding when scratched. Obstinate pimples that refuse to heal.


According to CLARKE;

It is a remady for acne having small puncta with black tips and small red bases.

Acne with itch.

According to W. BOERICKE;

Pimples on side of nose, chin and mouth.

Disposition to pimples at adolescence.

Dr Sharma,
I Know that this type of work only you can do...... Perfect & complete one...
Sir, this is dedicated to you. Only to fortify your article.....

This we can call  postmortem of  Acne and Its Related Homoeopathic Remedies..... nothing to add more...


Sir, is Forensic report in favour or ??????
Quite a critical analysis of acne therapeutics. Thanks Dr. Rajneesh for elaboration.


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