Acne is a common condition that affects up to 80% of adolescents, and 17% of adults. While its not life-threatening, acne can be painful and difficult to treat. With the right approach, however, theres hope for clear skin in the future! Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is thousands of years old and has been used successfully for many different health conditions. Acne may seem like a modern issue but our practitioners at NBIP are trained in ways to treat acne holistically—and may be able to help you find relief from cystic acne or chronic breakouts.

Treating acne with TCM

Acne is a condition that can affect your skin and self-esteem. Many people use Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) as an alternative to conventional treatments, such as antibiotics. TCM views the body as a whole entity rather than distinct parts, which is why it focuses on treating the root cause of acne rather than just its symptoms.
Flareups of acne are often caused by stress and other lifestyle factors. Treating them with TCM means creating a healthy lifestyle so you dont experience flareups in the future. Acne that is resistant to conventional treatments may need stronger remedies to clear completely.

The Traditional Chinese Medicine approach to treating acne

Acne is a common skin condition that affects mostly teenagers and young adults, but it can occur at any age. Acne occurs when the flow of qi (energy) in the body becomes blocked and manifests as inflammatory acne lesions. The TCM approach to treating acne addresses all aspects of your health in order to restore balance in your body and improve overall health. Traditional Chinese Medicine looks at your individual constitution and takes into account factors such as diet, lifestyle habits, emotional state and stress level when making recommendations for treatment. Acne is seen as a sign of an imbalance within the internal environment of our bodies – an excess or deficiency of one or more of these elements results in toxicity that leads to inflammation that causes pimples.

What to expect from your TCM practitioner when you have acne?
When you visit a TCM practitioner for your acne, you will be asked about your symptoms and lifestyle as well as your diet, exercise, stress levels and sleep. An assessment of your tongue and skin will also be carried out. Acupuncture along with herbal medicine may also be recommended for your condition.

Traditional Chinese Medicine can be used to treat the underlying cause of chronic or severe cystic acne, and help you create a lifestyle to keep flareups minimal.

Chinese medicine is a holistic approach that focuses on the root cause of a problem, not just its symptoms. Acne, like many chronic skin conditions, can be treated by

looking at the underlying causes and creating an individualized treatment plan to address them.

Acupuncture is often used to calm inflammation or release tension in the body; herbal remedies may also help break down sebum (the oily substance that clogs pores) so its less likely to clog your pores; and lifestyle changes like eating healthy foods and exercising regularly can also help keep flare-ups minimal.


Traditional Chinese Medicine can be used to treat the underlying cause of chronic or severe cystic acne, and help you create a lifestyle to keep flareups minimal. If you’re interested in TCM as an alternative remedy, feel free to book in for a free discovery call with one of our TCM practitioners today. Call 8406 0679 for more details.

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