Clearing the Skin: A Complementary Approach to Acne and Dermatitis Management.

(Organ names in Chinese medicine differ from Western medicine’s understanding).​

Acne and dermatitis are common skin conditions that can cause discomfort and self-consciousness. Western medicine typically treats these conditions with topical or oral medications such as antibiotics, retinoids, and corticosteroids. While these treatments can be effective, they often come with side effects and may not address the underlying causes of the condition.

​In Chinese medicine, acne and dermatitis are seen as a result of imbalances in the body’s internal systems. These imbalances can be caused by a variety of factors, including diet, stress, and environmental toxins. Chinese medicine offers a complementary approach to managing these conditions by addressing the root causes and restoring balance to the body.

Chinese herbal medicine is a cornerstone of this approach. There are many different herbal formulas that can be used to treat acne and dermatitis, depending on the underlying imbalances and symptoms. For example, a formula to remove internal wind and nourish blood, or a cooling blood formula is often used some formulas focus on the resolution of “dampness within the body that affects the skin. these interesting terms pertain to Chinese medicine’s explination of phanomena within the body and through its wise and ancient paradigm explains the aetiology of the creation and formation of these conditions within the body and treats them effectively from within its own system.

​Acupuncture is another powerful tool in the Chinese medicine’s arsenal. This ancient practice involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body to stimulate the body’s natural healing processes. For acne and dermatitis, acupuncture can be used to reduce inflammation, improve circulation, and regulate the immune system. Some commonly used acupuncture points for these conditions include LI4, SP10, and ST36, however, there are no specific points or herbal medicinals for all conditions. Each presentation is unique and is treated individually according to TCM diagnosis and process.

​Chinese medicine also views skin conditions through the lens of other theoretical frameworks, such as the Five Elements and channel therapy. These frameworks offer different perspectives on the causes and treatments of acne and dermatitis. For example, the Five Elements theory sees skin conditions as related to imbalances in the element of fire, which can be treated with cooling and nourishing herbs and foods. Channel therapy, on the other hand, focuses on the flow of energy through the body’s meridians and can be used to identify and treat blockages that may be causing skin conditions.

​Ultimately, a complementary approach that combines the best of Western and Chinese medicine can offer a holistic and effective way to manage acne and dermatitis. By addressing the root causes of these conditions and restoring balance to the body, individuals can experience long-lasting relief and improved overall health.


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