Acne is a skin condition that affects mostly teens; it produces noticeable pimples on the face head and neck, and sometimes the back. Secondary are the social and emotional issues as appearance is very important during this time of life.
The cause of juvenile acne is hormonal changes from puberty, mostly in teen girls and boys. This hormonal activity causes the sweat glands to produce oil which gets inflamed or may get infected by bacterial invasions, creating breakouts called acne. There may be clear-to-white or yellow pus. Also allergy issues may cause teen acne; look for sensitivity to dust or sanitary issues on the skin.
Medical treatments for acne include antibiotics which always have side effects and cause other problems. Anti-bacterial creams are also for symptomatic relief and do not address the cause.
Natural methods include balancing the teen’s hormones and reducing foods that cause internal heat condition which is a sign of inflammation. It is best to eliminate fried foods and dairy products. Next is to clear the heat and inflammation by using herbs and cell salts. You may also use other remedies for allergies. See Allergies Natural Remedies.
Nutrition for acne includes the dietary supplements of Chromium chromate and Zinc. They have been shown to be helpful in eliminating acne. It takes 6 to 8 weeks with the use of the following selection of remedies to see best results.
Herbs for Teen Acne
Herbs are plants valued for their specific strengthening/ tonifying properties.
Use the following three herbs together for 6 to 8 weeks:
1. Teen girls use Vitex for hormonal balance. (Do not use if pregnant.)
1. Teen boys use Sarsaparilla for hormonal balance.
2. Burdock root is for detoxification and blood purification.
3. Nettle has an anti-inflammatory action.
Cell Salts to Help Teen Acne
To make a cell salt solution, put up to 10 tablets of each cell salt in a 16- to 24-ounce bottle; fill with water and swirl to dissolve tablets. Sip throughout the day.
#3 Calc sulph 6X – skin problems, toxicity
#9 Nat mur 6X – acne from grief
#12 Silicea 6X – infected acne, shy, cold person
Teen Acne Homeopathic Remedies
Homeopathic remedies are non-toxic natural medicines safe for everyone including infants and pregnant or nursing women. You may use 6X, 30X, 6C or 30C potencies.
Use a 30c twice a day. Use for 3 months for best results.
Juglans Regia – juvenile acne on back, face, chest. Inflammatory pustules on face as well as chest and back.
Kali brom – pustules with itching. Aggressive acne early and large size; bluish red pimples leaving scars. Burning and prickling – cystic, yellow pus, forehead, eyebrows, should and back.
Natrum muriaticum – acne on the back, feels isolated, effects from grief. Especially on hairy areas and around hairline; worse from sun and ocean.
Ovary 6c – for young women for teen hormonal acne with other hormonal remedies.
Pulsatilla – hormonal acne, unclean skin from eating pork; also from late nights. Light menstrual periods or suppressed periods in young women. (More female remedy when crying is involved.)
Selenium – acne, greasy skin, blisters, wet flakes on the heads of men that are balding; acne with oily skin, black heads (comedones); bad smelling sweat. In young women menses (monthly period) makes acne worse.
Sepia – hormonal acne around woman’s period time. Yellow pimples especially on the chin. Irritable; acne worse before period. (Mostly for young women.)
Thuja – oily skin with blackheads, scarring, pustules with sunken centers. Feels ashamed by their appearance.
Source: Dave’s Healing Notes