Hormones acting on the skin’s oil glands primarily cause acne or pimples.
The blocking of draining ducts in the oil glands prevents the discharge of oil secretion, creating an optimal environment for the development of Propionibacterium acnes, the organism responsible for acne, ultimately resulting in the formation of pimples.
Acne typically manifests on the face, chest, back, shoulders, and neck.
While acne is not a severe health threat, it can lead to facial scarring and disfigurement, significantly impacting the patient.
Acne may take various forms, including comedones (enlarged and plugged hair follicles), papules (inflamed lesions), pustules (pus-filled lesions), and nodules (large, painful, solid lesions causing scarring).
Common types of acne include acne vulgaris on the forehead and acne rosacea on the cheeks and chin.
Causes of acne involve an increase in male hormones during puberty, hormonal changes related to pregnancy or birth control use, heredity, certain drugs like androgens and lithium, and the use of greasy cosmetics. Most people who develop acne are between the ages of 12 and 25, and while it often resolves by the thirties, some individuals in their forties and fifties continue to experience it.
Homeopathic treatment is strongly recommended for acne as it:
Controls the genetic tendency to have acne, especially in severe cases.
Addresses underlying hormonal disturbances leading to acne proneness.