Acne - Overview

What is Acne?

Acne (commonly known as ‘pimples’ or ‘zits’) is a skin condition that often causes far more damage to the patient's psyche than it does to the patient's skin. The bigger problem with acne is that just when you feel the last one is about to disappear, another one seems to be right on the way and this can be quite frustrating.

Whiteheads (Closed comedones): These appear as tiny whitish bumps on the skin; here the plugged follicle stays below the surface of the skin.

Blackheads (Open comedones): The appearance of these is dark or blackish bumps on the skin; here the plugged follicle has developed a melanin build-up (which gives the dark color)

Papules: These are small, firm pink bumps on the skin and can be tender to touch.

Pustules: Small round eruptions on the skin that contain pus and are painful.

Nodules / Cyst: These are larger eruptions that are usually deep seated within the skin, are severely inflamed and painful. Nodules last a long period running into several weeks or months and the contents usually harden and leave behind deep scars.

Types & Causes of Acne.

There are different types of Acne which affect people; some are milder in nature and others that are very severe. Discussed here are some of the common variants:

Acne Vulgaris: This is the most common form of acne. Acne vulgaris involves multiple lesions such as whiteheads, blackheads, papules, pustules and nodules at various stages of development.

Acne Rosacea: This form usually affects the middle third of the face and is characterized by persistent redness of the forehead, lower part of nose, cheeks and chin. This is accompanied by red bumps, pimples and blemishes.

Acne Conglobata: It is more common amongst males as compared to females and the average age of onset is usually between 18 and 30 years. It is a chronic and severe form of acne which is characterized by severe inflammation, deep abscesses and severe scarring of the skin.

Acne Fulminans: It is a form of acne which is characterized by sudden onset of highly destructive inflammation. The symptoms are of severe nature and often may lead to ulcerations.

Nodulocystic Acne: This is also one of the severe forms of acne and is characterized by cysts, which may measure several centimeters in diameter. The cysts may occur singly or in multiples over the face, neck, scalp, back, chest and shoulders.

There have been numerous explanations cited as to why acne occurs in some people and not in others. Innumerable debates have taken place as to what is related and what is not related to the development of these eruptions. However, the actual and precise cause of acne still remains a mystery.

Homeopathic Treatment

Healing safely, gently and surely!

Our qualified and experienced dermatologists form an integral part of our team of 300+ doctors at our clinic - they combine expert skin care with the individualized diet plan provided by our nutritionists. This, along with homeopathic remedies, helps us to give the best of solutions to each and every patient of acne.

Homeopathy has good scope in the treatment of acne. The medicines can eliminate the eruptions over a period of time, prevent further outbreaks and gradually give a healthy look to the skin.

It is important to note however that acne almost never disappears at once. Since it is greatly influenced by hormonal levels (which fluctuate due to various reasons) acne eruptions vary in intensity and severity during the treatment. Nevertheless, with continued and regular medication, the condition comes under good control and can finally disappear.