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Have Teenage Skin (and you’re over 30)? Acupuncture For Acne!

Beautiful skin with acupuncture!

Yes, beauty is more than skin deep. However, for those who suffer from skin issues, it can certainly feel like beauty is only for those with good lighting.

We know that’s not the case! Firstly, please know you’re gorgeous. Secondly, you’re not alone in suffering from acne — 85% of teenagers and up to 40% of adults have acne.

And thirdly, if you happen to have acne, there is help! Acupuncture can help relieve the inflammation and work from the inside out to give you the complexion you’ve been wanting.

How is acupuncture good for acne?

Acupuncture treatments are effective because they treat more than the symptoms of acne. When acupuncture is used for acne, it targets specific areas of the body that are known to trigger digestion and the immune system and to reduce inflammation. It also works on regulating your body’s internal structures, organs and functions, as well as balancing hormone levels.

There’s been years of research behind this as well. In 2009, Tianjin University of TCM in China looked at 1,613 case studies about acne and acupuncture conducted over a period of 40 years. After evaluating the studies in combination with western medicine studies, the researchers found that found acupoint stimulation treatments were as effective, and possibly more effective, than many Western acne treatment methods. Acupuncture treatments do not have painful side effects, like bleached skin, itchy skin, or flaking skin, which can occur with many traditional treatments. 

Want Pretty Skin? Eat Eggs!

Restoring the body’s balance is key, and paying attention to your diet will also aid in clearing acne. Increasing Omega-3 levels, and vitamin A and D, (they’re antiproliferative, which means they stop the growth of malignant cells) will help. A and D are also responsible for producing skin hormones and benefiting the immune system. Vitamin D is also helpful for reducing autoimmune disorders, and lowering the rate of infectious diseases.  

Foods High in Omega-3chick and egg

  • Pasture-raised meats
  • Eggs
  • Edamame (green soybeans)
  • Wild rice
  • Walnuts
  • Flax
  • Beans

 

Foods High in Vitamin D

  • Shiitake and Button Mushrooms
  • Mackerel (lots of Omega-3 here, too)
  • Sockeye Salmon (A 3½ ounce portion of cooked salmon gives 90% of the recommended dietary intake of Vitamin D.)
  • SardinesWoman with kale
  • Tuna
  • Eggs

Foods High in Vitamin A

  • Sweet Potato
  • Carrots
  • Dark Leafy Greens
  • Squash
  • Dried Apricots
  • Tuna

Summer’s here, and it’s time to stop hiding! Acupuncture can help balance the body and restore the acne-fighting elements of the body. Changing your diet, supplementing with acne-fighting foods, and getting weekly acupuncture treatments will lead you on the path to beautiful skin. Beautiful skin, a beautiful you, inside and out!

Sources:
1. Dréno, Recent data on epidemiology of acne, Annales de Dermatologie et de Vénéréologie, Volume 137, Issue 12, Supplement 2, December 2010, Pages 3-5.

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