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Yes, Homeopathic Acne Tablets Really Can Help Reduce Acne

By Megan Griffith

Reviewed for medical accuracy by Dr. Jaggi Rao,
MD, FRCPC Double board-certified dermatologist

Millions of individuals all over the world suffer from acne. I experienced it firsthand and know how disruptive and embarrassing it could be. I felt like I could not be myself in social situations simply because I was usually attempting to hide my acne.

Homeopathic acne treatment
Homeopathic acne tablets offer an individualized approach to treating acne, treating the “whole person,” not just the symptoms.

Summary:

  • Homeopathic acne tablets offer a highly individualized approach to treating acne.
  • Homeopathy treats the “whole person,” not just disease symptoms.
  • A homeopathic remedy may improve other “whole person” symptoms before it begins to resolve acne.
  • A homeopathic tablet is a dilution of a toxic substance. Every time the toxin is diluted, the “energy” of the substance is stronger.
  • Some remedies are diluted as many as thirty times, leaving just a few molecules of the original ingredient.
  • The body senses the “energy” of the healing substance as not being itself, and learns to reject the symptoms caused by it.
  • As unlikely as it sounds, homeopathic acne tablets actually work—and also relieve symptoms you may not have realized it was possible to treat.

Homeopathic remedies are almost always dispensed in the form of tablets. The principle of homeopathy1 involves dilution, each time providing a smaller and smaller physical concentration of the active ingredient. A 1C homeopathic treatment has been diluted one time and contains 1/10 of the original active ingredient. A 2C homeopathic treatment has been diluted ten times and contains 1/100 of the original active ingredient.

By the time a homeopathic treatment has been diluted 6 times it is usually thought to be mildly effective, and a 30C dilution, containing just 0.00000000000000000000000000001% of the original active ingredient, is usually reserved for the most severe cases. But there is another side to homeopathic treatments that most users of homeopathy (and most critics of homeopathy) don’t know anything about.

How Homeopathy Really Works

The ingredient that is selected for the treatment of an illness reflects the needs of the whole person. A homeopathic doctor attempts to identify the “miasm2,” or primary derangement of the life force, that keeps a person from being well. Every miasm can be the root cause of several different diseases. The miasm that causes frequent infections and irritability might manifest itself as acne, or it might manifest itself as asthma, or chest colds that leave a rattling cough, or chicken pox. These symptoms might be worse when the individual is under stress, or angry, or cooped up indoors.

Then the homeopath chooses a substance that would cause all these symptoms if given to the patient. Antimony poisoning3, for example, causes skin inflammation and trouble breathing and mood swings. The homeopath imprints the energy of antimony over and over again to make a 12 C or even 30C homeopathic remedy that contains almost nothing of the original substance, but that carries the energy of the toxin. Taking the homeopathic remedy then teaches the body that the energy of the substance does not belong to the body, and neither do the symptoms associated with it.

Does this sound like a crazy theory? Well, maybe it does. But homeopathy often works.

Choosing the Right Homeopathic Tablets for Acne

Seeing a professionally trained homeopathic physician is always the best way to get the right homeopathic remedy. A homeopath won’t just take a look at your symptoms for 30 seconds and send you off to the pharmacy. A homeopath will ask you dozens or even hundreds of questions to get to know you, and then prescribe a single substance that matches you “miasma.”

Most of us don’t live where it’s easy to call on a homeopath. That’s why most of us have to choose homeopathic remedies on our own. But instead of taking a “homeopathic acne remedy,” it is always best to choose the homeopathic remedy that most closely matches the full range of symptoms. That is the remedy that is mostly likely to work—over the period of a month or so. Here are some options for homeopathic remedies:

  • Antimonium tartaricum4 matches the acne symptoms described above. It is also recommended when hydroquinone treatment has left bluish marks on the skin.
  • Calcarea carbonica is actually a homeopathic rendering of chalk dust. It is useful for people with frequent pimples and skin eruptions who feel chilly, with clammy hands and feet, get easily tired by exertion, and are flabby or overweight.
  • Hepar sulphuris calcareum is a remedy that is helpful for acne aggravated by cold weather. It is also used to treat boils, folliculitis, and impetigo.
  • Pulsatilla is a flowering plant that is native to Sweden and Finland. Bearing purple flowers on stalk with silver-tinted leaves in the spring and summer, it is also known as silverweed. It is good for acne in teenagers who like rich or fatty foods, and acne that is aggravated by warmth or heat. One kind of acne this remedy would be used to treat is premenstrual acne in women, or whiteheads and blackheads in men.
  • Silica is the mineral in sand. During the day, sand is dry. Overnight, it may become wet. Sand is a very weak building material. As a homeopathic remedy, silica is used to treat acne in people with deep-seated acne along with a general low immune resistance, swollen lymph nodes, and a tendency toward fatigue and nervousness.
  • Sulphur is pungent. It is used for acne located on the forehead and the back that is aggravated by heat.

The best way to use homeopathic acne tablets is to choose one of these remedies that seems to match your whole-body symptoms. Take one pill and wait a day. Take another pill and wait another day. Then start taking two pills a day and see if any of your symptoms improve. You may experience improvement in symptoms that are not related to your skin health before you experience improvement in acne. And you will still need to do twice daily cleansing of your skin5 and regular toning and exfoliation.

References

  1. Fisher P, Ernst E. Should doctors recommend homeopathy? BMJ. 2015 Jul 14;351:h3735.
  2. Gulati R. The concept of miasm. Homeopathy. 2010 Apr;99(2):150.
  3. Sundar S, Chakravarty J. Antimony toxicity. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2010 Dec;7(12):4267-77.
  4. Acne Vulgaris (Homeopathy). Michigan Medicine; University of Michigan.
  5. Choi JM, Lew VK, Kimball AB. A single-blinded, randomized, controlled clinical trial evaluating the effect of face washing on acne vulgaris. Pediatr Dermatol.2006 Sept-Oct;23(5):421-7.
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