WHAT IS ACNE?
Acne is one of the most common diseases in dermatology
Teenagers going through puberty most likely experience varying intensity of acne. Many people will slowly regress into early adulthood. However chronic sufferers may persist for decades.
Lesions commonly affect the face, chest, and back. In more severe cases it will affect the shoulders, upper arms, and abdomen. These areas are rich in sebaceous glands helping to secrete sebum.
White heads/ Black heads
Background redness may accompany acne lesions
Nodules may become cystic or form pus
Erosion and bleeding from scratching
Scarring may form from deep cystic lesions
HOW DOES CHINESE MEDICINE AND ACUPUNCTURE HELP WITH ACNE?
Western medicine uses antibiotics and topical retinoids, salicylic acid to help ease the symptoms. Some people have positive outcomes with western treatments, but for most people it only helps to control the symptoms.
Systematically the disease process goes through an inflammatory phase
Diet is very helpful if the patient adheres to a non inflammatory diet.
Chinese Medicine treatments identifies the cause of Acne and treats it with Acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, and herbal creams, herbal masks, and herbal face wash with no unwanted side effects.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS ARE NEEDED?
Treating Skin dysfunction takes time as the skin goes through different repair phases. Depending on severity it will take 8-15 treatments.
We expect to see symptom reduction within the first month and continued improvement over the course of treatments.
One course of treatment is 10 visits focusing on the acute and corrective phase. As you progress through treatments you should feel improvements where we put you on observational care.