Pimples and it’s homoeopathic management

Dr. Juhee Jain1, Dr. Arun Kumar2

1PG Scholar(Part-I), Dr. MPK Homoeopathic Medical College, Hospital & Research Centre (under Homoeopathy University), Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

2PG Scholar (Part-II), Dr. MPK Homoeopathic Medical College, Hospital & Research Centre (under Homoeopathy University), Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

INTRODUCTION: Acne is a chronic, inflammatory skin condition that occurs when hair follicles are clogged with dead skin cells, oil from the skin and bacteria. Commonly occurs on face, shoulders, back, neck, chest and upper arms. It commonly occurs during puberty, when the sebaceous glands activate, but it can occur at any age.

Table 1: Showing types of acne1

S.no.                       Types of Acne                                   Features
1. A  Comedo Enlarged and plugged hair follicle
2. Whitehead (Closed comedo) A plugged hair follicle that stays beneath the skin and produces a white bump.
3. Blackhead (Open comedo) A plugged follicle that reaches the surface of skin and opens up.Looks black on skin surface because air discolours the sebum.
4. Papules Inflamed lesions that usually appears as small, pink bumps on skin and can be tender to touch.
5. Pustules Papules topped by white or yellow pus-filled lesions that may be red at the base.
6. Nodules Large, painful solid lesions that are lodged deep within the skin
7. Cysts Deep, painful, pus-filled lesions that can cause scarring.

Table 2: List of Homoeopathic medicines with their indications in Acne2

S.no       Name of  the medicine                           Indications
1. Asterias rubens Pimples on the sides of the nose, chin, and mouth. Disposition to pimples at adolescene.
2. Berberis aquifolium Skin is pimply, dry, rough, scaly. Blotches and pimples on face. It clears the complexion.
3. Calcarea sulphurica Pimples and pustules on the face.
4. Hepar sulphuris calcareum Papules prone to suppurate and extend. Acne in youth. Suppurate with prickly pain. Unhealthy skin; every little injury suppurates. Great sensitiveness to all impressions.
5. Juglans regia Comedones and acne on the face. Itching and eruptions of small red pustules.
6. Kalium Bromatum Acne of face, pustules. Itching ; worse on chest, shoulders, and face.
7. Sulphur Dry, scaly, unhealthy skin, every little injury suppurates. Itching, burning ; worse scratching and washing. Pimply eruptions, pustules.
8. Ledum palustre Red pimples on the forehead and cheeks; stinging when touched. Crusty eruptions around the nose and mouth.

Synthesis repertory mentions following rubrics according to the location of eruptions:

ACNE OVER FACE3

agar. ail. ambr. Ant-c. ant-s-aur. Ant-t. anthraci. arge-pl. arist-cl. Ars-br. Ars-i. ars-s-f. ars-s-r. Ars. asim. Aster. aur-m. aur-s. AUR. bac. bar-c. bar-s. bell-p. bell. Berb-a. berb. bov. brom. bros-gau. bufo calc-f. calc-p. calc-pic. Calc-s. CALC-SIL. Calc. carb-ac. CARB-AN. CARB-V. CARBN-S. carc. CAUST. chel. chim. chir-fl. chlorpr. chord-umb. cic. Con. Cop. cortico. cortiso. Crot-h. des-ac. dios. dulc. echi-p. Eug. FL-AC. foll. glon. Glycyr-g. gran. GRAPH. hed. HEP. hir. Hydrc. ign. indg. ins. iod. Jug-c. Jug-r. KALI-AR. KALI-BI. KALI-BR. kali-c. Kali-i. kali-m. Kreos. lac-e. Lach. lappa led. limen-b-c. LYC. mag-c. mag-m. maland. med. Merc. moni. morg-p. mur-ac. nabal. nat-c. NAT-M. nat-p. nept-m. nicc-met. Nit-ac. nux-m. NUX-V. ozone Ph-ac. PHOS. pic-ac. pin-con. pix pseuts-m. Psor. PULS. querc-r. rad-br. rad-met. RHOD. RHUS-T. Ros-d. sabin. sanic. SARS. sel. SEP. SIL. sul-i. sulfa. SULPH. sumb. SYPH. tere-la. TEUCR. Thuj. tub-r. Tub. uran-met. uran-n. urin. urol-h. vac. vinc. x-ray ZINC.

ACNE OVER CHIN3

bros-gau. chir-fl. Hydr. ichth. jug-r. limen-b-c. prot. sanic. sulfa. thuj. verat. Viol-t.

ACNE OVER FOREHEAD3

acon-ac. agar. ant-c. Ars. aur-ar. aur. bamb-a. bar-c. bell. calc-pic. Calc. Caps. CARB-AN. CARB-V. CARBN-S. CAUST. chir-fl. Cic. clem. ger-i. HEP. Hydr. kali-bi. Kali-br. kola Kreos. led. moni. Nat-m. Nit-ac. NUX-V. Ph-ac. PSOR. RHUS-T. ros-d. SEP. SIL. streptoc. sulfonam. SULPH. thuj. viol-t.

ACNE OVER LIPS3

aids. borx. cadm-s. caps. hydr. psor. sars. sul-i.

ACNE OVER NOSE3

am-c. ars-br. ars. aster. borx. calc-p. cann-s. caps. CAUST. chord-umb. clem. elaps ger-i. graph. kali-br. nat-c. ros-d. sel. sep. sil. Sulph. thuj. zing.

REFERENCES:  

  1. Khanna N. Illustrated synopsis of dermatology and sexually transmitted diseases. 4th ed. New Delhi: Elsevier; 2011.
  1. Boericke W, Boericke OE. Pocket Manual of Homoeopathic Materia Medica & Repertory comprising of the characteristics and guiding symptoms of all remedies. New York: Boericke & Runyon; 1906.

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