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The quality of skin reflects the health within. Having clear, radiant skin is a job from the inside!
I have many patients from all ages come in for their stubborn acne, Often the reason they come is because they realize that even if they did everything right according to skin experts and internat science from Google: “clean” diet, supplements, lifestyle changing etc. and have tried various skin products on the market, their skin is still inflamed, breaks out constantly and take forever to go away. Many of them never even experienced breakouts as a teenager, You can be plagued by acne as an adult. More than 50 percent of women between the ages of 20-29 and more than 25 percent of women between the ages of 40-49 are affected by acne, according to a study from the American Academy of Dermatology.
Acne is a very common skin condition that occurs when hair follicles become clogged with oil and dead skin cells, leading to the formation of pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads. There are several factors that can cause acne:
1. Hormonal changes: Hormonal fluctuations during puberty, menstrual cycles, pregnancy, and menopause can cause the sebaceous glands to produce more oil, leading to acne.
2. Genetics: If your parents or siblings have a history of acne, you may have a higher chance to develop the condition.
3. Bacteria: The bacterium Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes) is found on everyone’s skin, but in some people, it can multiply rapidly and cause acne.
4. Diet: Some studies have suggested that consuming high-glycemic-index foods (such as sugar, white bread, and potatoes) or dairy products may contribute to acne.
5. Medications: Certain medications, including steroids, lithium, and some anticonvulsants, can cause acne as a side effect.
6. Stress: Chronic stress can trigger hormonal changes that lead to acne.
7. Skincare products: Using certain oil-based or pore-clogging skincare products can contribute to the development of acne.
Acne can also occur without any identifiable cause by western medicine, but Chinese medicine has a holistic approach that can recognize the imbalances and dysfunctions in the body that can be attribute to acne.
Based on Chinese medicine, our skin reflects the state of internal health. It is also linked to the function of lungs and intestines. When Chinese medicine practitioners look at acne patients, the nature of the acne: color, shape, wet or dry, hard or soft, indicate specific imbalances inside the body, and need to be addressed differently. When we treat acne, We take digestion, circulation and stress in consideration to formulate a natural, holistic solution to address the underlying issues.
As a Chinese medicine practitioner, I utilize acupuncture and herbal medicine to work on my patients. Through balancing the internal environment and cleansing their blood, I am able to help them improve their Skin Health and get rid of their acne naturally.
From my clinical experience, there are three main types of acne: FIRE type, BLOOD type and PHLEGM type. They represent inflammation/immune system, blood stagnation/circulatory system, digestive function as the underlying factors. Each type has their unique clinical presentations. Often people come in with mixed types. Some may have more Chronic Inflammation, some may have more Digestive Healthissues. A detailed and personalized approach is required to deal with complicated acne case.
For detailed TCM treatment of different types of acne, you can read this post case of treating acne with Chinese medicine.
If you want to improve your Skin Health, have a glowing healthy face, try Chinese medicine at Kampo Health Toronto, Canada. Contace us for more information or book your visit to start the journey!
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