Hydrotherapy for Acne

Acne can be a profoundly disturbing condition; impacting a person’s self esteem, their social life and even their interpersonal relationships. It then follows that people do anything to get rid of the unsightly facial skin breakouts and pustules; try any therapy and any medication. People with serious acne problems could well find that over the counter medications for acne may be ineffectual or inadequate.

One of the alternative treatments for acne could be hydrotherapy. Hydrotherapy for acne could mean one of several things – various topical applications to the skin that use water for varying durations and temperatures. It may also refer to something called colon hydrotherapy for acne.

Topical Hydrotherapy for Acne

In the 19th century, there was a revival of sorts and interest in water therapy was reignited. Hot and cold water treatments were used for many different ailments ranging from fevers, to skin problems to blood pressure imbalances.


Even today, the recreational and medicinal benefits of hot or mineral rich waters are well documented. In fact some types of acne could benefit from some types of hydrotherapy, particularly therapies that involve natural sulfur springs. For 2000 years, people have been getting benefit for various skin ailments.

Some types of acne may also respond to other hydrotherapy modalities such as application of ice to the affected areas of the skin. Some types of bacterial populations may not be able to sustain ice applications. The ocean waters in certain areas are also known to have mineral and salt concentrations that could help with acne.

Colon Hydrotherapy for Acne

Some experts opine that digestive problems result in acne formation. The understanding is that the colon and the kidneys are not functioning properly due to improper elimination of waste materials from the body. This therapy is basically the administration of an enema – water being introduced into the colon via the anus – to get rid of supposed toxins, mucus, parasites, bacteria and waste materials that have collected in the colon.

However the efficacy and even the safety of this treatment – also known as colonic irrigation – remain controversial. Some experts argue that the colon needs no help; that it is naturally able to rid the body of toxins and wastes. It is also argued that this treatment could be detrimental in that it disturbs the natural populations of good and beneficial bacteria that line the colon.

If you’re considering this treatment for acne, you would be strongly urged to consult a medical specialist before opting for the treatment – the benefits are uncertain and there could be side effects.