Acne is an inflammatory skin disorder of the skin’s sebaceous glands and hair follicles that affects about 80% of people between the ages of 12 and 24. During puberty high levels of hormones are produced in both girls and boys. This leads to the production of large quantities of sebum. Sebum is an irritant that can clog the pores and form a pimple which may become infected and form a pustule. Hormones don’t go away after adolescence. Many women still get premenstrual acne from of the release of progesterone after ovulation.

Acne is a disease that affects the skin’s oil glands. The small holes in your skin (pores) connect to the oil glands under the skin. These glands make an oily substance called sebum. The pores connect to the glands by a canal called a follicle. Inside the follicles, oil carries dead skin cells to the surface of the skin. A thin hair also grows through the follicle and out to the skin. When the follicle of a skin gland clogs up, a pimple grows. Most pimples are found on the face, neck, back, chest, and shoulders. Acne is not a serious health threat but it can cause scars.


The exact cause of acne is unknown, several related factors are:

a)    Hormonal activity supposed to be responsible, such as menstrual cycles and puberty.

b)    Increase in hormones called androgens (male sex hormones), which causes sebaceous glands to enlarge and make more sebum.

c)     Hormonal changes related to pregnancy can also cause acne.

d)    Accumulation of dead skin cell.

e)    Bacteria in the pores, to which body becomes allergic.

f)      Skin irritation or scratching of any sort will active the inflammation.

g)     Starting or stopping birth control pills.

h)    Heredity (if your parents had acne, you might get it too).

i)       Greasy makeup.

Other contributing factor

Pressure: In some patients, pressure from helmets, chinstraps, collars, and the like can aggravate acne.

Drugs: Some medications may cause or worsen acne, such as those containing iodides, bromides, or oral or injected steroids (either the medically prescribed prednisone or the steroids bodybuilders or athletes take.) Most cases of acne, however, are not drug-related.
Occupations: In some jobs, exposure to industrial products like cutting oils may produce acne.


Acnevulgaris – it is most commonly experienced around puberty, typically of the face and shoulders / chest.

Acne rosacea –A red rash predominantly on the face.

Acne keloidalis nuchae (pseudofolliculitis nuchae) –A rash caused by shaving.

Acne conglobata –Chronic abscesses or boils of sweat gland and hair follicle; in the underarms,   groin, buttocks and under the breasts in women.

Acne cosmetica-Acne caused by use of cosmetics.

Acne fulminans-An extreme form of acne conglobata.

Acne medicamentosa- Acne cause by starting or stopping medicine.

Baby acne –A rash seen on the cheeks, chin, and forehead of infants.

Chloracne- Acne caused by exposure to chlorinated hydrocarbons such as   dioxins or PCBs.

Homeopathic symptoms and cure

Homeopathic remedies are prescribed by symptoms rather than conditions, as each case of a particular illness can manifest differently in different people. There are many symptoms which can be effectively treated by homoeopathy ­­­­­few symptoms are given below.If your symptoms are matching to any of the symptoms given below, it can be cured mail the disease and symptom number at to know your medicine.

1). Skin is rough and hard and the acne is associated with comedones and constipation; great aggravation from water. Face is Pale, sickly color. Heat and spotted redness of face. Black pores. Itching intensely in evening and from warmth.

2). women with scanty menses and irregular circulation of blood. There is burning and stinging of the lesions, and the condition is always worse in heat.

3). Acne on the face, neck and shoulders. Acne in Epileptics who have been maltreated by bromides. Nervous females, Face flushed. Acne of face, pustules. General failure of mental power, loss of memory, melancholia, anesthesia of the mucous membranes. Suicidal mania with tremulousness. Itching of skin worse on chest, shoulders, and face. Anesthesia of skin.

4). Small red pimples on face, acne in drunkards with gastric derangements, thirst and white-coated tongue. Face with sad expression Fat, fretful, cross and peevish; cries if looked at, touched or washed. Ecstatic, dreamy, sentimental, Pustules.

5). Red, painful or itchy spots, where the face is puffy and swollen and the acne is worse in cold or wet weather.

6). Older people, with poor circulation, distended veins, and blue extremities. The acne gives no sensation of heat.

7). Greasy, oily skin especially on hairy parts, relieves dry eruptions at the edges of scalp as well as crusty eruptions in bends of limbs, margin of scalp and behind ears. Great for fever blisters, warts on palms of hands, hives and for itching after exertion.

8). Pimples on the face at the age of puberty. Flabby with red face. Nervous disturbances. Pimples on side of nose chin and mouth.

9). In the early stages, when the face is red, dry, and burning hot. Acne rosacea. Alternate redness and paleness of the skin. Skin dry, hot and swollen, pustules on face. Face is red, bluish-red, hot, swollen, and shining. Patient is restless and talks fast. Acuteness of all senses.

10). Papules prone to suppurate and extend, Acne in youth. Suppurate with prickly pain. Easily bleed. Unhealthy skin; every little injury suppurates. Cannot bear to be uncovered; wants to be wrapped up warmly. Sticking or pricking in afflicted parts. Great sensitiveness to slightest touch. Constant offensive exhalation from the body Face, Yellowish complexion.  Scrofulous and lymphatic constitutions that are inclined to have eruptions and glandular swellings. Unhealthy skin. Great sensitiveness to all impressions. The lesions spread by the formation of small papules around the side of the old lesion. Chilliness, hypersensitiveness, splinter-like pains, craving for sour and strong things are very characteristic.

11). Pimples, comedones. Hydrogenoid constitution. Skin Itching, burning, cold and blue, very sensitive. very sensitive to cold. Patient is weak, emaciated, cold and chilly, but worse from being overheated; sensitive generally.

12). Acne; skin red and blotchy. Body burning hot, especially face; yet cannot move or uncover without feeling chilly. Thin, spare, quick, active, nervous, and irritable. patients are easily chilled, avoid open air. Very irritable: sensitive to all impressions. Does not want to be touched. Face Pale, yellowish, earthy or livid countenance. Yellow about nose, mouth or eyes. Red, swollen.

13). Acne hard, indurated base with pustule at apex. Profound prostration, rapid, irritable pulse and severe cases of acne vulgaris. Great emaciation. Skin is Dry, scaly, itching. Debilitating night-sweats.

14). Acne rosacea. Acne in groups, aggravated by heat. Acne especially on nose Adapted to persons with dark hair and rigid fiber; weakly, psoric, with excessively yellow, sallow complexion; Ailments from suppressed eruptions. Burning pimple with itching.

15). Painful red pimples and pustules; especially on nose and cheeks. Wilted skin. Dry heat of skin with itching. Painful red pimples and pustules. Face red, without heat. Itching over entire face and forehead. Depression and sadness, even to weeping. Restlessness and solicitude concerning the present and future.

16). Pimples and acne; itching. Skin is Rough, hard, persistent dryness of portions of skin. Unhealthy skin; every little injury suppurates. Patients who are rather stout, of fair complexion, with tendency to skin affections and constipation, fat, chilly, and costive, with delayed menstrual history, take cold easily. Has a particular tendency to develop the skin phase of internal disorders. Anemia with redness of face. Tendency to obesity. Timid. Unable to decide.

17). Acne rosacea, Greasy face, Pale, sickly look. Skin is yellow, dirty, and greasy. Roughness of knuckles. Pimples with black points in center. Small numerous pustules, itching unhealthy. Itching, after scratching vesicles arise, when touched. Acne worse during menses, from fats, sugar, coffee, meat.

18). Hypochondriacal dejection. Low spirited and joyless, with a feeling of general exhaustion. Acne. Face is pale, with lusterless eyes encircled by blue ring. Black pores on nose and face.

19). Acne in anemic girls at puberty, with vertex headache and flatulent dyspepsia, relieved by eating. Skin is dark – brown, yellowish. Red, with prickling like nettles after a bath.

20). Pimples on face. Face glowing redness of whole face, with a fine network of blood vessels, as if it were marbled, oily skin. Burning heat and redness , Flushes of heat . Sweat on, especially on side on which he does not lie. Pimples on upper lip and chin. Lips, etc. All eruptions burn violently after cold washing. Corrosive itching. Better scratching, but then followed by burning. Painful sensitiveness of affected part. The skin symptoms better by touch.

21). Angry mood, love for solitude, great seriousness. Face, Alternatively pale and red. Dry pimples like millet seed on forehead. Red nodules Boils on forehead. Skin dry, want of natural perspiration.

22). Anxious about his complaints, with fear of death. Sadness and despondency. Face yellow, sunken eyes encircled by yellow. Dark yellow, almost brownish complexion. Pimples on forehead and temples. Skin with Black pores.

23). Acne from the use of cosmetics; especially during summer. Pale swelling of cheeks. Skin itching, especially when getting warm, better not scratching. Sadness, with restlessness. Easily offended: takes everything in bad part.

24). Acne simplex in the tubercular children. Rapid breakdown . Takes cold easily; ends in diarrhœa. Fits of violent temper. Craves cold milk, or sweets. Drum belly. Skin dry, harsh, sensitive, easily tanned; itching in cool air. Chilly; yet wants fresh air. Flushes of heat.

25). The face is dry and burning, and condition is worse from cold applications; there is flaky, scaly skin

26). When the acne has a symmetrical look on cheeks and forehead.


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