Acne Treatment

Acne Treatment

How Can I Treat Acne?

Having acne can not only be irritating and painful, but it can also make you feel awkward or embarrassed too.  That’s why we’ve made this useful article which describes many of the treatment options available for acne.  Read on to find out how to treat acne and how Chinese Medicine can help.

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Natural Remedies and Lifestyle Tips:

It sounds obvious, but an important part of treating acne is keeping your face clean.  Avoid touching your face throughout the day and keep your hair off your face too.  To ensure that your skin stays clean, try washing your face with a gentle cleanser and warm water two or three times per day.  When selecting skincare products, try to buy ones that say “non comedogenic”, which means that they won’t clog up your pores.  Another key tip is to change your pillowcase every week or even every day, as oil can build up on it from your hair or face.

Creams, Gels, and Lotions:

You may need an extra boost to free your skin from the clutches of acne.  Many topical creams are available over the counter to treat acne, which are typically applied twice a day after you clean your face.  These creams and gels often contain ingredients like benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid, which fight inflammation and decrease your body’s oil production.  This helps to prevent new pimples appearing, while also treating the existing pimples.

Stronger acne medications can also be prescribed by your doctor if the OTC ones aren’t doing the trick.  These may be able to fight bacteria in your skin more effectively than other medications if your symptoms are more severe.  Prescription creams usually contain ingredients such as a stronger version of benzoyl peroxide, a retinoid called tretinoin, or an antibiotic drug called clindamycin.

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Medications:

As well as topical creams, there are also oral medications available for treating acne.  These medications are sometimes called systemic treatments, as they spread throughout your whole body.  These medications are only available when your doctor prescribes them, which occurs when topical creams aren’t enough.

Oral acne medications include birth control pills, antibiotics, or isotretinoin.  For some women, acne symptoms may be caused by hormonal imbalances, in which case birth control pills may help.  However, it is not safe to take these during pregnancy.  Antibiotics like tetracycline work by fighting bacteria and infection from the inside out.  Isotretinoin is a strong retinoid drug that minimises the production of skin cells that block your pores and simultaneously reduces the size of your oil glands.  But isotretinoin can have severe side effects, so it is only prescribed occasionally for people with severe cystic acne.

Medical Procedures:

In some cases, medical procedures including laser therapy, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, or drainage and extraction may be an option.  Laser therapy can reduce infection by killing bacteria on your skin, while chemical peels and dermabrasion actually remove the top layers of your skin.  Pimples like blackheads and whiteheads are also removed during the procedure.  If you have large cysts under your skin, your doctor may perform drainage and extraction.  This removes fluids and unwanted dirt and pus from the cyst, and your doctor may even inject a steroid or antibiotic to promote healing and reduce infection.  These procedures are only performed for severe acne cases and can be painful and potentially cause scarring.

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Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture:

If you have acne and haven’t found the perfect treatment option for you, come along to Centre of Balance.  We practise Traditional Chinese Medicine techniques like acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, which treat conditions like acne by addressing the root cause.  Symptoms like acne usually arise due to underlying imbalances within our body, and your Chinese Medicine practitioner can prescribe individualised treatment just for you, to get you back to your healthy, beautiful self. 

While other acne treatments like oral medications (including isotretinoin and birth control pills) come with the risk of harmful side effects, Chinese Medicine treatments are natural and only present very low risks of side effects.  This makes Chinese Medicine a great treatment option for acne.

Conclusion:

Overall, there are many treatment options available for acne, depending on the severity of your symptoms.  These include natural remedies, topical creams, oral medications, and medical procedures.  Chinese Medicine is particularly effective for treating acne, as it addresses the underlying cause of your symptoms and has a very low risk of harmful side effects. Our professional practitioners at our clinics in Hamilton and Remuera, Auckland can use Chinese Medicine techniques to treat acne in an effective and natural way.

To find out more about how acupuncture can help you treat skin problems, click here.

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References:

Centre of Balance Hamilton: Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine (n.d.). Archive for category: Facial Acupuncture. https://balancetcm.co.nz/category/facial-acupuncture/

Roth, E. (2018, August 22). Acne Treatment: Types, Side Effects, and More. Healthline. https://www.healthline.com/health/acne-treatment