Acupuncture, Acne, and LED Light Therapy: Synergistic Effects

The best acupuncture therapy for acne incorporates many techniques including:  acupuncture, cupping, Chinese herbal medicine, and LED light therapy.  By combining different natural therapies, the treatment addresses specific aspects of acne during the cycle of development. The ultimate goal of Acupuncture and Chinese medicine is to treat the root cause of the acne and bring balance to the body.

Customized For Each Patient

Not all acne is alike so treatment also needs to be personalized to the type of acne. Are there predominantly white heads and black heads, inflammatory acne, hormonal acne, or cystic acne? Is it hormonal acne?

Our treatment is customized to each person. Acupuncture for acne, herbal formulas, and cupping therapies will be tailored to each person’s type of acne depending on the type of acne.

Light therapy gives us another tool to help control acne and is quite powerful for reducing the bacteria that causes acne and promoting healthy looking skin.

Acupuncture points will be chosen according to the type of acne, location of the acne, as well as whole body symptoms such as digestion and menstrual cycles. Acupuncture points can be chosen along the meridian, on the arms and the legs, and also over the location of the acne.

Acupuncture helps to balance the body, hormones, and reduce inflammation. Herbal medicine is powerful to target specific imbalances as well as many aspects of the acne cycles.


Why does Light Therapy (LLLT) work for treating Acne?  



The LED lights use a mix of different color lights. Blue light is able to kill acne-causing bacteria. By naturally reducing the acne causing bacteria it helps to heal acne. The blue light is combined with infrared light which also reduces inflammation. In one treatment people often notice a reduction in their acne, but it is the cumulative effect of regular treatments that makes a dramatic difference. Combined with red and infrared light, light therapy also helps speed the healing of the skin.

Acupuncture combined with Light therapy is more powerful combination to target both the inflammation and the bacteria causing the acne.  

How does Chinese Herbal Medicine address acne?


Two of the unique things about Chinese Herbal medicine for acne: first is that herbal medicine is the combination of many herbs.  Each one address a specific cause of acne. The second is these herbs are individualized to target your type of acne. Each herb has a role, for example, to reduce inflammation, reduce bacteria levels, and balance hormones. Together the formula has a synergistic effect on the body and speed healing. This will help treat the underlying imbalance leading to long term improvement.  

Synergy of Many Approaches

Combining many approaches allows a multi-level natural healing of the body. We are able to target the heat, inflammation, hormones, stagnation that are leading to the cycle of acne.

In order to best service our patients, do not charge extra for different services. Herbs are purchased separately. So you will get whatever the best treatment is for your specific type of acne.

Joseph Alban, L.Ac.
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