Monsoons And Acne

In a career spanning four decades, the world’s leading Homoeopath, Padma Shri Dr. Mukesh Batra, has revolutionised the way homeopathy is practiced today. The Founder-Chairman of Dr Batra’s™ Group – the first and largest homeopathy corporate worldwide, he has treated over a million patients, including Presidents, Prime Ministers and prominent film personalities and celebrities. He has authored several books and has been honoured with numerous fellowships and over 50 national and international awards, including the Padma Shri, one of India’s highest civilian honours.

While the monsoons bring refreshing showers and breeze, many people struggle with the adverse effects that humid causes. Constant exposure to humidity makes skin prone to acne. According to a study published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, over 48% of people living in topical region, observe growth of acne during monsoons. However, simple changes in your skincare routine and medication can help keep your skin blemish-free throughout the season.

What is Acne? Acne is a skin condition that occurs when the skin pores get clogged with oil and dead skin cells – a chronic, inflammatory skin condition that causes spots and pimples on the skin, especially on the face, shoulders, back, neck, chest and upper arms. Pimples, cysts, nodules, whiteheads and blackheads are all types of acne.

Monsoon Acne: Why does it occur? Each year, with the advent of the monsoons, the summer heat combines with the humidity and triggers an increased production of sebum – an oily, yellowish, wax-like substance on your skin. Sebum helps to retain moisture in the skin, which promotes skin hydration and flexibility. Produced in the right amount, it isn’t harmful. When produced in excess, sebum tends to clog our pores, by mixing with the dirt, dead cells and dust, that collects on the skin’s surface. That’s how acne is born.

Other Triggers of Acne: While changing weather conditions are one of the triggers that increase the risk of acne, other factors could include Anti-depressants and Hormonal Medications; Greasy Cosmetics; Hormonal changes; Emotional stress and Menstruation. 

Homeopathy Treatment for Acne: Homeopathy targets the root cause of acne and offers long-term relief. Being a holistic therapy system that is individualized and unique, homeopathic medicines for acne are selected based on one’s health history, likes and dislikes, temperament and causative factors. Homeopaths provide remedies based on the acne type and its level of severity. Homeopathic medicine also boosts the individual’s immune health resulting in a long-term solution for acne. As per a research published in the Journal of Dermatology Research and Therapy, 387 (96.75%) of 400 patients suffering from acne and lupus, showed significant improvements within 6 months. Moreover, the treatment provided long-lasting relief.

Homeopathic Medicines For Different Types Of Acne (to be consumed till symptoms subside):

  • For Pimples that are Painful: Hepar sulph 30C, 5 pills, twice a day. 
  • For Severe Cystic Acne: Calcarea sulph 6x, 2 tablets, twice a day. 
  • For Hormonal Acne: Kali bromatum 30C, 5 pills, twice a day. 
  • Acne in Girls going through Puberty: Pulsatilla 30C, 5 pills, twice a day.
  • For Pus-filled Acne: Silica 6x, 2 tablets, twice a day.

Tips for Managing Acne

Steam The Pimples Away: Steam your face for a few minutes regularly. This helps open the pores and eradicate acne from its root. It’s recommended to dab your skin with a soft fabric and not to touch your face too much or rub it with a towel after steaming.

Wash Your Face / Areas Affected By Acne: Exposure to dirt and dust leads to several skin diseases and acne is no exception. It is therefore important to wash your face and the affected areas with water regularly, especially after exercise or outdoor activities.

Choose The Perfect Cleanser: Exposure to dust and dirt leads to the growth of bacteria and acne. It’s important to clean your face after staying outdoors for long hours. Avoid excessive cleansing as it strips the skin of natural moisture.

No Scrubbing: As it removes required moisture and healthy skin cells. It could also create open wounds, leading to higher risk for acne scarring.

Touch It Not!: Wash your hands before applying anything to your face – this keeps germs and bacteria away. Touching your face, especially the infected area, spreads bacteria, causing more acne.

Use Sunscreen: The harmful UV radiation can penetrate the clouds! Always apply a light-weight sunscreen before you step outdoors.

Avoid Heavy Makeup: Heavy, greasy make-up products and their ingredients clog the pores, making skin prone to acne. Always prep your skin with a matte primer before applying light make-up.

Reduce Stress: Stress leads to the excessive secretion of oil from glands and a suppressed immune system. Manage stress levels with regular meditation to control acne.

If home-based care doesn’t give relief, do not wait for long as it could aggravate the acne condition and leave permanent scarring on skin. Consult a homeopath and get natural treatment that is compatible with your skin.

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