Acupuncture and Acne
Acne is a disease that affects the skin’s oil glands which produce an substance called sebum. These glands are connected to the small holes in your skin through canals called follicles. Inside the follicles, dead skin cells are carried to the surface of the skin. Sometimes,the follicle of a skin gland gets clogged up. This prevents hair from growing out of the hole and causes a pimple.
Acne can be caused by a number of factors. The most common is hormonal change. This is why acne is very prevalent among teenagers and young adults. Acne commonly starts between the ages of 10 and 13 years and can last for as many as between 5 to 10 years. Even though acne is largely a worry for the adolescence, about 20% of all acne cases occur in adults.
The most common western medicines prescribed for acne are benzoyl peroxide, sulfur, resorcinol, and salicylic acid. These peeling agents cause irritation and drying. These drugs only work on the symptoms of acne by drying up the pimple. They do not address the cause of acne.
How Acupuncture and Moxibustion Can Help With Acne
Imbalances in the body often result from changes caused by hormones, diet, or even stress. Acupuncture with moxibustion therapy takes a holistic approach in the treatment of acne. Acupuncture considers internal, physical, emotional and spiritual aspects as well as external environmental factors when treating skin problems. From the onset, acupuncture looks to correct and fix these problems which often vary from person to person.
As stated above, the exact causes of acne vary from person to person. Acupuncture treatments target the root cause of the problem. These treatments may take a longer time before results are seen, usually between 5 to 10 treatments. However, comprehensive acupuncture-moxibustion therapy offers an effective and lasting cure in most cases. This is often be accelerated by including traditional Chinese herbal teas in your diet.
Pearl Acupuncture Can Help
Pearl Chang Russell practices as a licensed acupuncturist in Richardson, a suburb of Dallas, TX and has a Masters of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Pearl’s source of inspiration is her grandmother whose wealth of experience spans over 50 years in acupuncture and Chinese medicine.