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Persistent acne affecting self esteem- please help

I'm a 36 year old female and I've had acne ever since I was a teenager. In my early 20's I took Roaccutane, a prescibed drug for cystic acne and although it has helped reduce the acne (it did my health tremendous harm at the time) I'm still getting hard pustules under the skin. The pustules are fairly hard and lumpy, not particularly red, but they stand out because they raised bumps. If squeezed gently they are resistant to yield their load; they feel very solid. They are mainly along my jaw line and neck indicating that the problem is hormonal. I also sometimes get small red spots on my chest and back.

My skin is generally quite oily but I dont tend to have spots anywhere else on my face apart from jaw line and neck.

I'm generally quite an anxious person and suffer from asthma. I'm 5ft 2inches, medium build with brown hair, hazel eyes and a fair complexion. I crave sweet things, bread and fats (cheese). I suffer also from a bit of chronic fatigue as seem to need lots of sleep. Function best in late afternoon and evening but definitely not the mornings.

Phos seems to be my constitutional remedy as well as Thuja. Thuja had no effect on my spots. I have also tried Hepar Sulph but with no positive results in terms of acne. I'm wondering what remedy would be best suited for my type of acne... so far Antimonium Tartaricum, Kali Brom and Sulphur seem to be indicated as potential remedies. Could anyone advise which remedy would be best to try, I'm desperate!


  Zogra on 2011-01-11
This is just a forum. Assume posts are not from medical professionals.
Please use the homeopathic patient intake form and give us the appropriate information about your case. Hopefully someone here will help you begin real homeopathic treatment.

yogeshrajurkar last decade
If you fill out the patient intake form, please mention your response to both Phos. and Thuja. Thuja will generally not be helpful for acne or skin eruptions (psora).

Please describe what remedies you've used and how long you've used them for.
Homeopathy International 1 last decade
Hi there,

Here's my details for the patient intake form....

Gender: Female
Age: 36
Body Type: Average
Height: 5ft 2inches
Weight: 9.5 stones
General appearance: pear shaped, fair skin, brown hair and hazel eyes, dark eyebrows and eyelashes.
Have you used homeopathic medicines before? If so what, and what homeopathic potencies did you use?

Phosphorous 30c, 200c and 1m (ascending dose)
Thuja 30c, 200c and 1m (ascending dose)
Stramonium 1LM
Arsenicum 30C
Staphysagria 1LM
Tuberculinum 1LM
Hepar Sulph 30c (tried for acne - unsuccessful)

Please answer the following questions in a descriptive manner after careful analysis and recollection of previous experiences and happenings.

1. Describe your main suffering? - acne around the jaw line, neck and on my chest. Acne tends to be hard lumps under the skin that are raised and seemed filled with puss. At other times have small red spots with white heads. My skin is generally quite oily but nice complexion on rest of my face.

2. What other physical sufferings do you have in your body? - tension headaches, asthma, candida, chronic fatigue.

3. What mental sufferings / feelings do you have associated with your physical sufferings? - feel low self esteem with acne, makes me feel unattractive and self conscious.

4. What exactly do you feel when you are at your worst? Describe the sensation in your own words - 3pm have general aggravation of symptoms. Acne worst around menstrual cycle or if I am particularly stressed, also after alcohol.

5. When did it all start? Can you connect it to any past event or disease? - started when I was a teenager.

6. Which time of the day you are worst? Mornings and 3p.m.

7. What are the things which aggravate your suffering and which are those which ameliorate the same? Example- time, temperature, pressure, rubbing, washing, eating, tight clothing etc. Worse - hot stuffy rooms, overheating, alcohol, stress, tension headache, menses. Better - cool air, washing, sleep, eating.

8. Do your think your sufferings have relation to any external stimuli (like, change of place) or any internal biological changes in the body, like, menses (in females)? - I think my acne may be hormonal imbalance as it is predominantly around the neck and jaw line. Worse during menses.

9. When do you feel better, during hot weather or cold weather, humid or dry weather? Better - hot, dry weather.

10. Describe your general mental set up? Are you Moody, Arrogant, Mild, Agreeable Changeable, Nervous, Suspicious, Easily offended, Quiet, Arguing, Irritating, Lazy etc. - mild and agreeable.

- How do you feel before or during a thunderstorm? Sometimes suffer from tension headache and build up of pressure.

- Do you like being consoled during your tough times? Yes
- Are you sensitive to external stimuli like smell, noise, light etc? Highly sensitive.

- Do you have any typical habit or gesture like nail biting, causeless
Weeping, talking to one self etc? Nail biting.

- How do you feel about your friends, family, your children and especially your husband / wife? Family and friends are very important to me.

11. What are your fears and do you dream of any situation repeatedly? Fears of rejection and abandonment; fears for health of my mother (currently suffering from nocturnal epileptic seizures); fear of poverty.

12. What do you crave for in food items and what are your aversions? - crave - bread, cheese, chocolate, fruit juice, cakes. Aversion to bananas (don't like mushy texture)

13. How is your thirst: Less, Normal or Excessive? Excessive

14. How is your hunger: Less, Normal or Excessive? Normal.

15. Is there any kind of food which your body can’t stand? No

16. Is your sweat normal or less or more? Where does it sweat more: Head, Trunk or Limbs? Sweat normal.

17. How is your bowel movement and stool type? Loose regular bowel movements every morning.

18. How well do you sleep? Do you have a particular posture of sleeping? Light sleeper, generally sleep well, vivid dreams, sleep in foetal position on left or right side.

19. Do you think you are able to satisfy your sexual desires in general? No - low sex drive but not currently in a relationship.

20. Do you have any strange, peculiar or unusual symptom or feelings? How are you different from others? - sometimes feel disconnected/ distant from self and not properly grounded. Worry about how other perceive me and if I'm going to be accepted. Often feel separate from others but huge desire to belong.

21. What medications have been taken earlier by you to treat the diseases and do you have any particular symptom surfacing after the medication? - took Roaccutane in my early twenties, helped with cystic acne but didn't eliminate it. Gave me liver spots!

22. What major diseases are running in your family? Heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, depression.

23. Describe, how do you look like? Describe your overall appearance. - pear shaped with long brown hair, hazel eyes, dark eyebrows and eyelashes, pale skin (very fair), freckles (come out in the sun), dainty hands and feet, well proportioned.

(For Females)
24. If your menstrual cycles are not normal, please describe the irregularities, like pains, moods, flow type, clots etc. - menses used to last for up to 7 days with heavy flow. In past 4 years flow much lighter, bright red on first couple of day - lasts only a total of around 4 days. Pain day before and during menses, feel agitated and tearful.

25. What major diseases have you had in your life and when. Please write them in a chronological manner.
- quinsey x 3 in mid twenties (then had tonsilectomy)
- kidney infection aged 35

If you could throw light on a remedy would be most appreciated.


Zogra last decade
I forgot to mention that I have also suffered from hemmorroids in the past.

I took Nat Mur 1LM for depression in the past and this helped.


Zogra last decade
Why you have fear of rejection? Were you rejected in the past?
What were its efects on you?
What did you think about it then?
yogeshrajurkar last decade
I felt very rejected by my father as a child, I think it stems from there. He is a clergy minister and as a child he was always angry, made me feel as if I was invisible.

I was bullied quite badly when I was 9 years old when we moved to another part of the country. My brother and I spoke with different accents to the kids at the new local school and we were gentle so seemed to be a target for the kids who were quite rough.

Nat Mur and Staph have helped a great deal with my fear of rejection.
Zogra last decade
I am still with Natrum Mur.
I would advice you to take it in 6C potency.
One dose per week.
Take 4-5 drops of Nat-mur 6C in 10-15ml of water in the mornng on empty stomach.
Keep me updated in between.
Dr. Yogesh
yogeshrajurkar last decade
Thanks very much for this advice. I will give Nat Mur 6C a go.

Zogra last decade
keep me updated
Dr. Yogesh
yogeshrajurkar last decade

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