Acne, like most diseases or disorders, are treated with more than one branch of TCM. Acupuncture would be administered, and acupoints would be chosen depending on the differentiation that the patient presents with.
Although very useful, acupuncture alone is not usually enough to treat acne. A herbal prescription is often used along with regular acupuncture sessions, and are made specifically tailored to each patient to deal with the acne, as well as other symptoms they may be experiencing.
Along with some of the more commonly mentioned TCM treatments, acne can be treated by more powerful heat-clearing techniques. Cupping is a technique used widely to clear heat from the blood and body, treating a wide range of issues, including acne. This is done by breaking the skin through the use of a lancet, or 7-star needle, and drawing out blood using a suction cup over the lesion. This can be done on the face, but it much more common to be done on the back of the patient. There are special acupuncture points located on the back called back-shu points, each corresponding with a related organ, which can be chosen for wet cupping depending on the diagnosis of the patient.
Acne is a very common condition manifesting as blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, and cysts, caused by inflamed sebaceous glands. Although acne is most prevalent in pubescent teenagers, it is not unusual to see it at any age, from newborns to menopausal women. Acne is not a serious disease and is often considered a normal part of life, but it can be very difficult to deal with psychologically.
Most often, acne is caused by hormonal imbalances, improper diet, insufficient sleep, or harmful cosmetic and cleansing products. Other factors that can impact the skin are drug use, pollution, smoking, poor digestion, irregular menstruation, or improper epidermal shedding.
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Acne can be a frustrating part of life that is often treated with harsh cleaning solutions, or even harsher medications that can lead to really complex and devastating side effects. With proper nutrition, cosmetic products, regular facials to clean the skin, and regular acupuncture/TCM sessions, it is absolutely possible to achieve and maintain beautiful and blemish-free skin.