chinese medicine for acne


What is Acne?

Acne is a skin condition that affects many people.  If you have acne, you’ll experience frequent outbreaks of pimples, often with multiple pimples appearing at a time.  These pimples occur due to dirt, bacteria, oil, or dead skin cells clogging up your pores.  This article will describe the types, causes, and treatments for acne including Chinese Medicine and acupuncture.


Acne Types:

There are a few different types of pimples which you can get if you have acne.  Whiteheads, blackheads, pustules, papules, nodules and cysts are the most common ones.  These can appear on your face, back, neck, or chest. Whiteheads are pimples that form as bumps under your skin, while blackheads remain open and have a darker colour due to oxygen.  Pustules are red pimples with pus at the top and papules are small red bumps caused by infected hairs.  Lumps that occur beneath your skin can either be nodules (if they are solid) or cysts (if they contain pus).

Causes of Acne:

You may experience acne when your skin pores become blocked by substances like oil or dirt.  The tiny holes in your skin are called pores, which contain a follicle made up of a hair and an oil (or sebaceous) gland.  The oil produced by your oil glands helps to keep your skin soft.  But if your skin produces too much oil it may cause acne.  Similarly, if dead skin cells or bacteria get trapped in your pores, this can also lead to pimples.

Certain factors can also increase your risk of acne. Stress, poor sleep, medications like some birth control pills, and changes in hormones can influence whether you experience acne or not. 

Acne Treatment:

You can treat acne with different medications depending on the severity of your symptoms.  Medications can come in the form of creams, which may contain salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide.  Your doctor may prescribe an oral antibiotic for moderate to severe cases of acne, or even hormonal birth control treatments.  However, all medications come with the risk of side effects, which may vary according to the medication you take and the length of time you take it.

Home remedies like applying aloe vera or tea tree oil can also help you to heal pimples.  It’s also important to avoid popping pimples and touching your face in general, as these can both lead to acne spreading.


Cosmetic Acupuncture for Acne:

Another treatment option for skin problems like acne is cosmetic acupuncture.  In Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture is used to heal diseases in your body, but acupuncture can also be used for your appearance too.  Acupuncture is a process in which your Chinese Medicine practitioner inserts very thin needles into specific pressure points on your body.  These points connect to the network of energy meridians in your body.  Your practitioner can use acupuncture to access these meridians, to promote healing.

One way to encourage healing is to energise any weaker organs.  The major organs in your body are all connected to each other, and any weaknesses or imbalances in these organs can impact on your health.  For example, your lungs and large intestine are responsible for maintaining breathing, bowel motions, and skin health.  So, if you have a skin problem like acne, you may be suffering from weak lungs.  The great thing about acupuncture is that you can treat issues like acne by strengthening the weaker organs, as well as by placing needles directly in the face.  This can stimulate blood flow, which allows more blood to heal the face.


Overall, acne is a common but uncomfortable skin condition.  It can appear as different types of pimples and occurs when your skin pores get blocked.  Medications can be used to treat acne, but these often come with side effects.  However, acupuncture is a great natural treatment option to help heal your body from the inside out.

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