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Acupuncture for Acne

Acne is a common skin disorder that affects mostly the face, neck and shoulders, and is usually associated with adolescence. Millions of Americans suffer from acne, making it the most common skin disease. Although acne is not a serious health threat, severe acne can lead to disfiguring and permanent scarring, which can be upsetting to people who are affected by the disorder.

The exact cause of acne is unknown, but two major factors contributing to acne include: 
bulletRestricted blood circulation at the skin surface, failing to bring immune factors to the upper skin layers. 
bulletImbalance of body hormones causing abnormalities in the skin oil secretion.
Hormonal levels fluctuate most significantly in puberty, but are also related to pregnancy, menstruation and starting or stopping birth control pills. Heredity plays an important role in acne development while emotional stress, fatigue, humidity, some medicines and cosmetics can aggravate the condition.

 

In Western Medicine acne is not well understood, and no single treatment has been able to produce completelyl-satisfactory results. In adults acne is often diagnosed as a life-long condition. While astringent lotions, oil-removing pads, and acne soap are recommended for mild acne, topical creams, oral antibiotics, birth control pills, and isotretinoin are prescribed in more severe cases. However, all of the above remedies are only used to relieve and to control the outbreaks and can do nothing to prevent them from occurring.

Of all the alternative therapies, acupuncture has been shown in controlled scientific studies to be most effective in helping to treat hormonal disturbances. Acupuncture works because it tunes up all systems and stimulates energy, blood and nutrient flow in an organism; it promotes homeostasis and regulates hormone production. 

Several preliminary studies have reported that a series of acupuncture treatments (8 to 15) is markedly effective or curative in 90 to 98% of patients. The effect is further amplified when patients make appropriate lifestyle and nutritional changes. (Food allergy plays a role in some cases of acne, particularly adult acne.)

For a complete evaulation, contact us at 704.968.0351.

 

 
 

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