19 November, 2018 Physician Benjamin Xiao

Acne Management

Throughout the ages, it has been the dream of many to achieve supple and radiant skin. This external radiance can be achieved through natural and holistic means. However, one very common problem is the appearance of Acne Vulgaris.

Acne Vulgaris, commonly known as acne, often cause red bumps, scarring and discolouration on the skin. Undoubtedly, this frustrating skin condition negatively impacts the confidence and self-esteem of many sufferers.

TCM Acne Management program adopts a safe and holistic approach to treat the condition and improve general well-being. Acupuncture and herbal medication (for internal and external use) will typically be administered, which aims to revitalise and improve skin condition by restoring the natural balance in the body.

 

Reduces redness and inflammation caused by acne
Needling various acupoints on the body and face helps correct the imbalances in the body by clearing Qi energy blockages.

Reduces sebum production
Removes dampness that has accumulated in the body due to unhealthy diet and lifestyle choices.

Reduces discolouration caused by acne scars
Clearing blood stasis and Qi blockages lead to an improvement in the blood circulation of the skin.

Minimises fine lines and wrinkles and tightens pores
Needling the affected areas on the face helps to increase collagen production.

Achieves a natural and healthy glow
Improves blood circulation to the face and nourishes the skin with oxygen and nutrients.

Achieves overall wellness by restoring balance to the different internal organs
Different herbs target specific internal organs and meridians, restoring their physiological function.

Treats the underlying condition
TCM addresses the root cause and underlying factors using herbal medication to alleviate/eliminate the problem.

Holistic approach
Herbs used are natural and usually free from harsh side effects

Syndromes Associated with Acne Breakouts




Post Facial Acupuncture Care and Recommendations

1. Maintain good bowel habits as this is beneficial for preventing future acne breakouts

2. Reduce stress to prevent hormonal imbalances

3. Do not squeeze pus-filled acne with hands

4. Use warm water and gentle facial cleansers to cleanse your face

5. Choose oil-free moisturisers to hydrate your skin and reduce sebum production

6. Consume more fruits and vegetables, reduce fat and sugar intake, and avoid spicy food

7. Certain herbal remedies beneficial to acne management can be consumed occasionally E.G. chrysanthemum tea or barley drink

8. Consult physicians for more specific advice and recommendations

 

Does it hurt?

Facial Acupuncture is generally painless as the needles used are hair-thin and does not go more than 2mm deep. Some individuals may experience tingling or soreness due to the elicited effect of acupuncture.

Are needles sanitised?

We use sanitised and disposable needles for each patient (one-time use).

How many sessions do I need?

It is recommended to complete a course of 20 sessions. The frequency of sessions should be twice a week or every alternate day.

Article by Physician Benjamin Xiao

 

Note: Information provided is not a substitute for a physician or any form of medical care. Individual symptoms differ due to different body constitutions and diagnosis. One should consult a licensed TCM practitioner for accurate diagnosis and treatment.

 


Acne Management TCM Programme

About the Author

Physician Benjamin Xiao Physician Benjamin Xiao graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science with Honours, NUS, & Bachelor of Chinese Medicine, Guangzhou University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. His background in biomedical research in National University Hospital has brought him the inspiration and knowledge that TCM can be used to complement and manage many medical conditions in areas such as internal medicine, pain-related issues, ageing and even cancer.

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