chinese medicine for acne

Acupuncture for Acne

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a treatment technique used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).  For thousands of years, Chinese Medicine practitioners have used acupuncture to heal many health conditions.  Recently, acupuncture has also been used for skin conditions like acne.  Read on to find out more about how acupuncture can help cure annoying acne problems.

How Does Acupuncture Treat Acne?

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Your Chinese Medicine practitioner can use a variety of different acupuncture techniques to heal your acne, depending on the cause of your symptoms.  In your acupuncture session, your practitioner will insert very thin needles into specific points on your body.  While regular acupuncture involves needling various points on the body, some cosmetic acupuncture techniques require applying needles to the face.  This can help to treat scars, wrinkles, and creases.

Often, health issues like acne stem from an underlying imbalance in the complex network of energy or “qi” in the body.  Your acupuncturist can access this complex system of energy meridians by applying needles to specific points.  The aim is to adjust any obstructions, stagnations, or blockages to allow the energy to flow freely.  This will enable your body to carry out healing processes. At our clinics in Hamilton and Remuera, Auckland, our professionally trained and qualified acupuncturists can use acupuncture techniques in this way to help heal conditions like acne.

Acupuncture for Hormonal Acne:

If you suffer from hormonal acne, acupuncture could be a great treatment option for you.  Acupuncture can help you manage acne breakouts, but it can also treat the underlying cause of your condition.  Hormonal acne occurs due to hormonal imbalances that may be present with menstruation, menopause, or pregnancy.  This means that to fully heal acne conditions, your Chinese Medicine practitioner will focus on balancing your hormone levels, as well as treating the skin itself.

Acupuncture for Acne Rosacea:

Acne rosacea is a skin condition that causes redness and pimples on the face.  According to TCM, heat is responsible for causing the redness in skin conditions like rosacea.  Excess heat in your body can be caused by imbalances such as a deficiency of yin.  Your Chinese Medicine practitioner can treat acne rosacea by using acupuncture to balance deficiencies or excesses in your body, addressing the cause of your symptoms.

Acupuncture for Acne Scars:

You may be wondering, “Even if acupuncture can cure my acne, what about all the scars?”  Not to worry – acupuncture can also heal wound scars left by vicious acne breakouts.  During acupuncture, the tiny needles create punctures in your skin, which can stimulate the wound healing process.  Your acupuncturist may also be able to break up the tough adhesions of scarred areas using acupuncture techniques.  Additionally, acupuncture may also help to reduce inflammation, and boost collagen production, which can support a healthier facial appearance.

To find out more about cosmetic acupuncture, click here.

Is Acupuncture Effective?

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There are many different acupuncture techniques, and even more acupuncturists out there.  When choosing an acupuncturist, make sure they are qualified and experienced.  Here at Centre of Balance, our team of acupuncturists are professionally trained and qualified, to give you the best possible treatment.  Click here to get to know our practitioners and see their qualifications.

Is Acupuncture Safe?

If you’re looking for a treatment for acne, you may wish to choose an option with a lower risk of side effects.  Most medications (including acne medications) often come with the risk of potential harmful effects, which could leave you with more serious health problems than you started with.  On the other hand, acupuncture has a very low risk of side effects.  In fact, the biggest side effect from acupuncture is minor bruising at the needle sites.  This is not at all common and can be minimised by choosing a qualified and experienced acupuncturist.


Acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment used in Traditional Chinese Medicine.  While acupuncture was originally used to treat many health conditions, it has recently been used to treat skin problems like acne as well.  Your acupuncturist can treat different types of acne (like hormonal acne, rosacea, and acne scars) using specific techniques.  Some of these techniques work by addressing underlying imbalances in your body, while others work directly on the affected facial areas.

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