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What Everyone Needs to Know About Acupuncture Acne Remedies

One of the most important principles to establish when it comes to treating acne for good is that acne must be addressed at its source – through making healthy changes in your diet. For the many acne sufferers out there that already understand the principle of acne stemming from internal health problems, you may have sought out alternative remedies by now, such as acupuncture acne treatments.

Many sufferers of chronic acne often turn to acupuncture acne treatments simply because they are sick of seeing dermatologist after dermatologist and trying chemical product after chemical product that not only don’t work to clear up their acne but also leave them with a long list of embarrassing side effects in their skin.

This is precisely why many acne sufferers have turned to Traditional Chinese Medicine and the use of acupuncture in the hopes that it could uncover the source of the internal issue that is responsible for their chronic acne breakouts.

The Truth Behind Acupuncture Acne Remedies

According to Western medicine, acne is caused by oil mixing with dead skin cells and clogging hair follicles to create a painful and infected acne lesion. This is exactly why dermatologists often prescribe chemical products or acne medications to prevent oil production and infection in the skin in the hopes of getting rid of acne altogether.

However, Traditional Chinese Medicine takes an alternative viewpoint to say the least. Traditional Chinese Medicine focuses on emotional, physical, and environmental triggers that may be causing a certain skin issue. TCM believes that acne is caused by heat and dampness affecting the lungs, stomach, and spleen to result in outbreaks in the skin. [1]

In TCM, the lung is related to the health of the skin and is seen as the source of a number of skin diseases. The stomach also regulates digestion, which could cause oily skin if there are issues in the diet or if food is not being digested properly. The spleen also relates to digestion and keeping the body in harmony to reduce the risk of acne.

These different channels can often be disrupted by outside factors like stress, food, and the environment to cause an acne outbreak. This is precisely why acupuncture is used through inserting needles into specific points on the body to balance channels of energy and attempt to relieve any imbalances causing acne in the first place.

Here’s what a few acne sufferers had to say on the forums about using acupuncture acne treatments:

Obviously this is simply my opinion, but I believe acupuncture provides a really nice and expensive “placebo” effect. Don’t waste any more of your money. I would suggest researching acupuncture, and not only look at supporting information but also what others are saying who oppose it.

The ONLY thing that has made my skin improve is acupuncture. It took several sessions but my skin was completely clear. My acupuncturist targeted my hormones and was able to put them back in balance. Sounds unbelievable, I know…but after one session, I was a couple of weeks late and he was able to induce my period through acupuncture. It has been a few months since I’ve had acupuncture because I moved several hours away from my acupuncturist and my skin is breaking out again…. I’m researching someone new as I believe this helps!

While I would agree with the fact that a poor diet and digestive issues are the root cause of chronic acne, I would also like to emphasize that the answer is often much simpler than using acupuncture to treat acne.

Traditional Chinese Medicine focuses on balancing specific issues in the body that could be causing oily skin and poor digestion to result in acne, while Western medicine focuses only on the surface of the problem by trying to minimize oil and infection in the skin through medication.

Instead of turning to either of these treatment options, you can instead take the most effective route by correcting your diet and eliminating processed foods, excess sugar, and unhealthy fats that overload the body with toxins and trigger inflammation in the skin.

Yes, it really is that simple. While acupuncture acne treatments may have the right idea in attempting to eliminate acne triggers within the body, all of these problems can be completely avoided by making healthy dietary choices in the first place.

The food that you put into your body will be reflected in the health of your skin, and when you start to truly nourish and care for your body from the inside out, your acne will naturally disappear!


  1. Alban MS, L.Ac., Joseph. “Acupuncture and Acne.“ Find an Acupuncturists, Acupuncture School, Acupuncture Class, News, Articles and Information. Web. 17 Jan. 2011. < Information/Detail/Acupuncture and Acne>.

About the Author: Bethany Ramos is an aesthetician and makeup artist with a special interest in using nutrition to heal and alleviate a number of conditions in the skin. You can find out more skin care and makeup tips by visiting her blog at FacebyBethany.

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