“Oh no! Not another one! My face is red with pimples!” Jessie was tired, distraught and embarrassed by her appearance. She always had lovely, clean skin until around her fourteenth birthday. Then it became nearly the only thing she could think of. She was certain everyone noticed. Jessie was beginning to hate her appearance and sometimes even herself. While already on daily antibiotics and prescribed facial scrubs, the doctor recently suggested birth control pills. His argument was almost reasonable, especially since it promised to alleviate her menstrual pains as well. But, something about taking hormones didn’t sit well for Jessie and her mother. It seemed it was like killing a mosquito with a bazooka. Was her body meant to have pill -formulated hormones ingested daily just to deal with acne?
Because this is an important subject in the life of a teen, the pressure to use questionable medications and hormones loom. However, toying with mother nature is a dangerous game with consequences that are far reaching; some known, others unknown.
The skin is considered one of the body’s most important organs. Its function is to eliminate and cleanse waste from the other areas of the body. If this critical function is suppressed by medications, more serious consequences result. Additionally, topical creams suppress the body’s ability to complete this function. Jessie’s mom knows that what is applied to the skin is readily absorbed into the body, yet she is also concerned about her daughter’s recent embarrassed behavior as a result of her disfigured face. She also understands that daily antibiotics at such a tender and developmental time will likely set the stage for future problems, so she knows it is prudent to find a natural solution. Jessie’s acne was becoming a family dilemma of large proportions.
Enter homeopathy. By far, the most reliable treatment for recalcitrant acne are homeopathic remedies. Homeopathy is a method of medicine that is gentle, safe, has no side effects and is not habit forming. Homeopathy unearths the propensity for the problem often in spite of diet or life style. It uses the person’s symptoms to determine the correct remedy. In other words, homeopathy is person- specific.
For example, Jessie’s acne was always worse just before her period was due. In this case the remedy Mag mur is the most efficacious remedy. If Jessie took this remedy twice monthly, for three months, she would likely find her acne slowly dissipates to a mere whisper and her menses comfortably stabilize. Conversely, Jessie’s best friend Alexandra, who also suffers from acne, has a concentration of acne on her back and she often has cold hands and feet. The best choice for her would be a combination of Calc sulph 6x and Silica 6x. Each of these girls have different constitutions, hence a one-size-fits-all is an over simplification that all too often reigns in modern medicine. This is not so in homeopathy. Instead, it’s based on the person’s own reaction to young, adjusting hormones. If the above remedies don’t provide a solution to Jessie and Alexandra’s acne, there is probably a larger picture that needs to be addressed. In that case, the care of a certified homeopath would be prudent.
Jessie’s mother decided to work with a homeopath who was recommended by a friend. The homeopath indeed suggested Mag mur. Within one month, instead of red, painful, cystic lumps on her face, Jessie was left with only the satellite smaller ones on her forehead. This gave her more confidence and her old vivacious personality began to reemerge. Within four months of beginning homeopathic care, Jessie’s acne was only a memory of the past.
Jessie and her mother refused the birth control treatment, stopped the medicated scrubs and eliminated all antibiotics. Today, our teen is free of the dependence on drugs that never really worked anyway. Best of all, Jessie’s skin has the glow of youth that comes from health from within. Now when Jessie looks in the mirror, she does so with a bounce in her step, and the only redness she sees is that of her full red lips in a satisfied smile.
The information provided in this article is for educational purposes only and may not be construed as medical advice. The reader is encouraged to make independent inquires and to seek the advice of a licensed health care provider.