According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), acne is caused by an imbalance in yin and yang energy. Deficient yin energy can result in excess heat in the body, while deficient yang energy can result in a deficiency of heat. Both types of pathogenic heat cause either too much heat or dampness, which results in acne.
The majority of teenagers experience acne due to hormonal changes or stress, which increases yang energy and manifests as an excess heat syndrome. This excess heat causes skin inflammation and acne. Poor nutrition can also exacerbate acne.
Based on this, an effective acne treatment for teens is TCM, which treats acne with a combination of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. Chinese herbs contain anti-bacterial properties and can aid in treating the individual’s specific skin condition.
Often, an external facial wash or cream is recommended. In addition, acne can be reduced by avoiding:
• Fried and oily foods, coffee, and sugar
It can also be reduced by washing with a chemically-based soap.
Acupuncture & Massage College’s Community Clinic can treat acne by using acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine to clear inflammation and treat the dampness or heat. An acupuncture physician may recommend dietary modifications. Improvements usually occur by the third week of treatment, with a reduction in acne.
To schedule an appointment at the clinic call (305) 595-9500. For information about Acupuncture & Massage College’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs ask for Joe Calareso, Admissions Director.