Acne is one of the most common skin problems, affecting almost all adolescents to some degree, that can also continue into adulthood. These outbreaks can be triggered by hormonal disorders, increased stress, poor diet, use of inappropriate cosmetics, poor hygiene and alcohol consumption.

The severity can vary widely, but no matter how severe it is, acne can have a significant impact on social and emotional health. Consequently, it can also be a source of physical pain and local skin infections.

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Acne Managed effectively with Acupuncture.

Acne in Traditional Chinese Medicine

Specifically, in acne “an increase in heat and humidity in the body is considered responsible, which affect and are affected by the function of the lungs, stomach and spleen”.

The result of this disharmony in the body is  expressed by acne on different areas of the skin. Acupuncture leads to the secretion of substances that have anti-inflammatory, analgesic, endocrine and neurotransmitter effects, thus affecting and harmonizing functions of the various systems of the human body.

In general, acupuncture treatment in each patient is unique. The treatment is adapted to the needs of each individual, therefore, depending on each case, treatment may include acupuncture alone or a combination of herbs or essential oils with acupuncture. The frequency with which acupuncture is performed is initially 2 to 3 times a week and then less frequently, on a weekly basis, for about 2 to 3 months.

Benefits acupuncture offer for acne:

  • Reduces inflammation
  • Maintains normal number and functionality of the cells of the immune system.
  • Increases microcirculation locally and reduces swelling.


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