Beauty is only skin deep…and underneath all the skin we’re all the same.
Both of these statements are true (thank you Thomas Overbury and strangely enough, Steve Guttenberg), but when you suffer from acne, it feels as though it’s all people can see, and really can have a significant effect on your social and emotional health.
Acupuncture can help!
Acne is among the most common of skin conditions. It affects almost all adolescents to some degree, and can extend into adulthood. The degree of severity can vary widely, and sometimes scarring can occur. It can also be the source of physical pain and local skin infections.
According to Western medicine, acne is a disorder of the hair follicle sebaceous gland. This gland can get clogged, the clogged pore then becomes a pimple. Hormones and bacteria in the skin make the clogging worse. In some people, the pimple can become inflamed leading to development of painful cysts.
In acupuncture, we consider physical, emotional, and environmental factors of the individual when treating skin problems. Acne is most often associated with heat and dampness effecting the organs and channels of the lungs, stomach, and spleen. Each organ has specific functions and is connected to a channel that runs from the skin’s surface internally to connect with the organ. The organs involved with acne are because of both the function as well as the locations of their channels.
Stress, overwork, and congenital factors are some of the most common reasons for disharmony. Food choices are also a common cause. For example, eating greasy, spicy, and heavy foods disrupt the function of the spleen in digestion that can lead to dampness, which can influence an acne flare-up. A combination of diet and acupuncture is known to give even better results in treating acne. When the diet is controlled by incorporating less greasy/oily foods and including fresh fruits and vegetables, it helps in reducing the secretion of excess oil into the skin surface which causes acne. And your insides will feel better, too!
In women, if acne becomes worse around the menstrual cycle, it may be related to the qi, the body’s energy, and blood. Qi flows throughout the body’s channels. Emotions such as stress, frustration, and anger can cause the qi to slow down to stagnate. Frequently, acne and other skin problems which occur around the menses are caused by qi and blood stagnation. For this acupuncture points such as Liver 3 on the foot, and Spleen 6 above the ankle may be used.
Acupuncture methods like auricular acupuncture and hormone balancing acupuncture are the most commonly used acupuncture methods for treating acne. Hormone balancing acupuncture has more benefits for women who have hormone imbalances and menstrual problems like mood swings, menstrual cramps etc. which will also be helped greatly with this procedure.
Acupuncture can help regulate your body’s hormone output, thus regulating the skins oils and make your skin clearer. Acupuncture is effective in stimulating the bodies immune responses which can help deal with the bacteria that cause the acne.
By taking the pulse, asking in-depth questions, and observing the tongue and skin, we will make an individualized diagnosis. Acupuncture is a holistic treatment. It can help those with all degrees and types of acne with clearing the skin, as well as improve overall wellness and peace of mind.
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