Dermatology

Acupuncture may assist with the treatment of acne

Dermatological Complaints

AcupunctureChinese Herbal Medicine, skincare and beauty facials are used together for the treatment of dermatological and skin complaints. Diet and lifestyle changes are also discussed during the treatments to further improve the skin condition. A course of acupuncture treatments along with other complementary therapies may be needed to treat the skin.

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine may be used for the following skin complaints and problems:

Acne (Download a list of tips to reduce acne, Tips for Acne Skin): Conventional treatment of acne includes topical benzoyl peroxide and topical retinoids or antibiotics for mild to moderate acne and oral antibiotics combined with either topical benzoyl peroxide or topical or oral retinoids for severe acne. Besides the current commonly used treatments, complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) are of increasing interest to people who often use them in addition to conventional treatments as additive or single therapies for acne. Acupoint stimulation therapies combined with other treatments appears to be effective for acne (Cao et al. “Acupoint stimulation for acne: A systematic review of RCT”,  2013 Jun;25(3):173-194)

Acupuncture improves outcome measures in the treatment of dermatitis, chloasma, pruritus, urticaria, hyperhidrosis, and facial elasticity (Ma, C. & Sivamani R.K. “Acupuncture as a Treatment Modality in Dermatology: A Systematic Review”  2015 Sep;21(9):520-9)

The Prevalence of Skin Complaints

Skin complaints are a very common condition which many people seek help for. Patients usually seek alternative or natural therapies when Western drugs such corticosteroids do not work or cause unpleasant side-effects. With the right diet and lifestyle advice, acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine, there is usually an improvement in skin without the side effects of conventional drugs.
All patients will receive individualised and comprehensive information on diet and lifestyle advice to assist with their skin and health concerns.

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