Homeopathy and Skin Complaints
Homeopathy has proved itself to be one of the most effective treatments for chronic skin complaints such as eczema, acne and psoriasis. Most of the "conventional" treatments for such skin complaints tend to be suppressive, because they only focus on controlling the obvious symptoms, such as inflammation, itching, redness, dryness, etc. Such control usually takes the form of anti-inflammatories, anti-histamines or steroid-based drugs, either taken internally or applied topically to the troublesome site. However, the problem with this approach is that it not only fails to address the root cause of the problem, but can also make the situation worse by driving the disease inwards to a deeper level - this is what is known as suppression. For example, it is common for suppressed eczema to develop into a more systemic reaction such as hayfever or asthma, and these three complaints are often closely linked.
How can Homeopathy help?
Homeopathy recognises that the symptoms of skin complaints are not the disease itself, but rather indications of a deeper problem, and the consultation and remedies prescribed are targeted at correcting this deeper issue. Sometimes, it's possible to identify certain factors which cause or aggravate a complaint (such as food, environmental or lifestyle factors), which can help with acute symptom management, but the overall aim is to provide lasting relief by treating the underlying problem with carefully selected homeopathic remedies.
Often, particularly if there has been a history of suppression, a number of deeper problems and issues may need addressing before the skin itself can improve, but this is necessary in order to provide a long-lasting solution. If such deeper issues are no properly addressed, then it's likely that any improvement of the skin will be short-lived or minimal. As a rough rule of thumb, it often takes about 1 month of treatment for every year you have had the complaint (although this can vary depending on the individual).
See also the section on allergies.