Skin problems are very common and can be extremely frustrating to live with. They can make you feel uncomfortable and self conscious.

If you choose to look into homeopathic therapies for your skin condition you should speak to your GP before you make any changes or additions to your treatment.

A skin consultation with a homeopath won’t just take your physical health into account. They may also ask questions about how you feel, your emotional wellbeing and any family history of the condition.

 

Acne

Acne is a common skin condition most frequently found in adolescents but it can affect all ages of the population. Acne can occur when the skin’s sebaceous gland produces excess amounts of sebum which can clog up pores and cause inflammation. The resulting spots can be painful and unsightly. Acne spots tend to be most prominent on the face, chest and back.

Homeopathic treatments for acne are tailored to the person’s individual experience with the condition. This means that each person’s treatment can be different.

Homeopathic remedies that may be suggested in the treatment of acne include:

  • Sulph
  • Pulsatilla
  • Kali bromatum
  • Silica
  • Lachesis

 

Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a condition caused by an autoimmune response where the body’s natural defenses mistakenly attack the skin causing outbreaks of red, inflamed and irritated patches. The condition can appear on any area of skin but it is more frequently found on the lower back, elbows, knees, scalp and hands.

People with psoriasis have an overproduction of skin cells. The usual process for the production of new skin cells, of around three to four weeks, is interrupted. New skin is produced at a much quicker rate of around three to seven days. The condition is common but not very well understood.

Psoriasis can be diagnosed at any age but is most likely to be seen in adults before the age of 35 years.

The condition can be triggered by a number of potential factors such as a skin injury or throat infection.

A person living with this chronic skin condition will go through periods where no symptoms are present and also episodes of severe symptoms. Some patients may experience extreme itching during periods of flare up.

 

Homeopathic treatments for psoriasis include:

  • Graphites
  • Kali arsenicum
  • Kali sulphuricum
  • Mezereum

 

Eczema

Eczema, also known as dermatitis, occurs when the body’s dermal layer is unable to produce sufficient amounts of fats and oils to keep the skin moisturised. This can cause itchy, irritated patches of skin to develop. Anyone can have eczema but it is most common in children and the condition can run in families, in these cases it is known as atopic eczema

Environmental factors, such as cold or dry weather and dampness, can trigger flare ups. Scratching and breaking the skin can lead to infection.

Topical homeopathic treatments are available in the form of creams, ointments and tinctures and are used to soothe eczema symptoms.

Homeopathic treatments for eczema include:

  • Sulphur,
  • Natrum muriaticum
  • Pulsatilla
  • Arsenicum album

Speak to your GP before you take the decision to start any homeopathic remedies for a skin condition.