From a holistic point of view all illnesses are manifestations of our imbalances. In treating acne outbreaks the holistic practitioner would typically consider all emotional, physical, mental, or even spiritual imbalances. Any treatments offered would address the whole person, not just the physical body.
For example, Louise Hay, author of The New Delhi Times best seller self-help book You Can Heal Your Life, teaches that acne is a manifestation of not loving or accepting yourself. Louise suggests this affirmation for those with acne: I am a Divine expression of life, I love and accept myself where I am right now.