On this site we only look at treatments which we honestly believe work. We get to this stage by a number of factors. Researching people who have had the treatment, official studies, and using good old-fashioned common sense. We want to make sure that you get the right treatment as soon as you can, and make sure you don’t take a treatment which wastes your time. So can homeopathic acne remedies work?
What is Homeopathy?
Much of the time people use certain treatments without fully understanding what the process does. We believe it’s important to at least know the basics of a treatment before you start it. Essentially homeopathy works on the idea that like cures like. So a substance that causes the symptoms of the disease in the first place, can go on to heal the person. This is done by dilution. People who practice homeopathy believe the more a substance is diluted, the more powerful a medicine it is.
The recommended dilution is so great that there isn’t enough water on earth to achieve the dilution.
But That Doesn’t Make Sense!
You’re right. It doesn’t. But that’s how the process works. Essentially a homeopathy medicine is just water. That’s all you’re getting. Proponents of homeopathy believe that the water has a memory of substances which have previously been in it. So it doesn’t actually need to contain any of the active ingredient. But if this was the case, then it would also contain lots of other ingredients which are much more common. Things like salt, metals and substances from other humans.
None of it makes sense. The reasons people think it works comes down to a placebo effect. They think they’re taking medicine so naturally feel better. Another reason could be the people who practice homeopathy . They spend lots of time speaking to their patients. Some can spend up to 1 hour with a patient. In turn this can make the patients feel better.
Taken as a whole, there is no evidence at all to suggests that homeopathy works. In fact, it could actually be dangerous if it prevents people from seeking real treatments.
So what do the National Institutes of Health think of homeopathy?
There is little evidence to support homeopathy as an effective treatment for any specific condition.
Homeopathic remedies are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). However, FDA does not evaluate the remedies for safety or effectiveness.
–NIH (National Institutes of Health)
These quotes are especially telling. The reason that the remedies aren’t regulated is because they’re just water. And water is safe!
Generally speaking, it’s annoying when a product or drug doesn’t work as well as described. But there’s a difference between that, and something not working at all. Homeopathy doesn’t have any scientific basis. Trying to use it to cure acne is just going to waste time. You could be trying other treatments which have been proven to work by the FDA.
Although there are some who practice homeopathy because they honestly believe it works (and as we said above are great with patients), unfortunately this isn’t always the case. The alternative medicine industry is worth around $34 billion. Don’t let them scam you too!
So go back to the acne main page and have a look at some of the other treatments. Some don’t always provide perfect results 100% of the time, but at least the theory behind them is scientifically proven. Remember good homeopathic solutions are just water anyway, so as long as you’re washing your face you’re getting the treatment anyway!
Please don’t waste your time with homeopathy!