Treating skin conditions can be as frustrating as having a pimple appear on the tip of your nose. And a number of costly conventional treatments are chock-full of questionable ingredients. The happy news is that many challenges to our skin’s health and beauty are easily and safely relieved by homeopathic medicines.
Burns and Bruises
Skin damaged by burns, chafing, and small wounds, can be healed with Calendula ointment. Calendula, an extract of the garden marigold, has been shown in studies to stimulate the growth of new skin. Using Calendula in an ointment form will promote healing by keeping the wound moisturized.
Bruises can be quickly relieved by applications of gel or cream containing homeopathic Arnica montana. If bruising is affecting a large area, the topical medicine can be combined with Arnica 30C oral pellets, dosing at five pellets, times times daily. Arnica gel or cream should not be applied on damaged or broken skin.
Adding Itch to Insult
Hives are an allergic reaction caused by an external cause such as a fragrance, detergent, or food product. Relief can be found by using Histaminum 30C, Apis mellifica 30C, and Urtica urens 6C, taking five pellets of each every two hours to start and then less frequently as the symptoms decrease.
When itching is not due to an allergy, Dolichos pruriens 6C can provide relief. Take five pellets when needed. Crevices and fissures on thick skin can be treated by administering five Petroleum 6C pellets three times a day for at least two weeks, and by applying Calendula ointment locally. Very thin, painful fissures prone to bleeding can be treated with Nitricum acidum 6C, using the same dosage.
Warts and All
Warts can also be successfully treated with homeopathic medicines. The treatment takes three to six weeks, and involves applying Thuja ointment on the wart twice daily and taking five pellets of Thuja 30C daily. In addition, the appropriate medicine can be chosen depending on the type of wart. Antimonium crudum 6C will treat hard, horny warts on the fingers; Dulcamara 6C is useful for flat, translucent warts, usually on the back or the limbs; Causticum is helpful for warts on the face; use Graphites 6C for warts around the nails and Ferrum picricum 6C for plantar warts.
Acne often requires a visit to a physician trained in homeopathy, but you may try these homeopathic medicines first, along with proper skin care. Kali bromatum 6C is indicated for teenagers who are down or anxious; Selenium metallicum 6C if acne is accompanied by seborrhea and fatigue; and Antimonium crudum 6C if acne is aggravated by excessive eating.
Cold sores are improved by three medicines. Use Apis mellifica 30C and Rhus toxicodendron 6C as soon as the area becomes sensitive or if small vesicles are present. When crusts are forming, switch to Mezereum 6C. Take five pellets of these medicines three times daily, and decrease the frequency as improvement occurs.
Homeopathy is a therapy that treats the patient rather than the disease. Therefore, chronic conditions like eczema or psoriasis require a complete patient assessment by a professional homeopath. The treatment is then tailored to the patient’s sensitivity and specific symptoms.
Did You Know?
Nontoxic homeopathic remedies are available in skin care products and as oral medicines. Using both can support synergistic healing.
Skin’s Natural Allies
A number of plant-based ingredients help relieve minor skin problems. Tea tree oil, for example, has antiseptic, antibacterial, and antifungal properties that help clear blemishes and support skin healing. “It’s one of my favorite natural first-aid remedies,” says Linda Miles LAc, DOM, vice president of derma e Natural Bodycare. Willow Bark, lavender, and chamomile are also gentle acne-fighting ingredients.
For skin that’s scaly, flaky, and itchy, consider burdock and neem. “Neem is a tonic and detoxifying herb that promotes healing and can help calm irritated skin,” explains Dr. Miles.