Acne is a common skin issue we treat at Acupuncture Center Toronto. It’s a condition that often comes with a lot of shame and anxiety which burdens patients of all ages. We understand how stubborn and upsetting acne can be. We have much success treating acne with Cosmetic Acupuncture and Chinese herbs. Chinese Medicine works so well in helping Acne and other skin conditions! Let’s talk about what exactly acne is and then how we help the condition.
Acne is a skin condition that effects the hair follicles and glands. It is a result of dead skin cells and/or excess sebum (a waxy substance your body naturally produces to moisten skin). In turn, this clogs the skin’s pores causing whiteheads, black heads and pimples. It can also be caused by bacteria present on the skin’s surface, an unbalanced diet or stress causing hormonal influxes. Acne most commonly affects the face, but it also can affect the neck, chest and back. There are different acne types, ranging from skin lesions such as blackheads, whiteheads to more severe cases presenting as pustules or cysts.
We treat clinical presentations of acne that affects patients of all ages that is often a result of fluctuating hormones. Sebum production is controlled by hormones called androgens. To be specific- testosterone, DHT and 5-androstene-317diol are the hormones involved. They’re produced by the ovaries and testis as well as the adrenal glands. In Chinese medicine, young adults are seen as having loads of “Yang” energy, and Yang energy is hot. Excess heat in the body can promote acne and inflammation. Acupuncture has been proven time and time again to help regulate hormones.
The World Health Organization even recommends acupuncture for acne vulgaris symptoms because its therapeutic effect have been shown, although further research can be done as well.