chinese herbsAcne

Acne has profound effects on people’s lives, effecting social life, education, and even employment. Acne is one of the most common skin conditions I treat with acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine.

Acupuncture treatment for acne considers the whole person.  We think not only about the skin, but also hormone imbalances, digestion, stress, sleep, and other factors.  As an acupuncturist and herbalist, I first  identify the specific imbalance underlying the acne.  We use a customized therapies of acupuncture which often includes LED light therapy and cupping.  Customized Chinese herbal medicine focuses on correcting the underlying imbalance causing the acne.

Correcting the imbalance does not mean simply treating the symptoms or masking the condition, but rather correcting the root of the problem by encouraging self-healing of the body. The key is to correctly identify the imbalance that is causing the acne. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine treat the whole person to lead to natural long lasting improvement.

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Treatment for Acne Cycle

There are many factors that lead to acne.  Acne is a condition which begins when a hair follicle in the skin becomes clogged by sebum. Acne is most common in areas of the body with many sebaceous glands, such as the face, back, and chest. The clogging can result in a pimple. A clogged follicle may become infected from bacteria which causes inflammation. The inflammation leads to the development of pustules, papules, and for some develop into cysts.

Our treatment helps to naturally reduce the cycle of acne development by using herbal medicine and acupuncture to regulating the hormones that effect skin secretions, using LED blue light to kill the bacteria associated with acne, as well as reducing inflammation with cupping and acupuncture. Food choices are also very important to help prevent acne from returning.