Stages of Acne and How to Treat Them From The Inside Out

Health & Fitness → Beauty

  • Author Hyo Joo Esther Yoo
  • Published March 21, 2023
  • Word count 765

The Struggle Against Acne?

Are you tired of using chemicals or concealers to manage your acne? At Complete Balance, we are passionate about a holistic approach to acne and through TCM treatments and life style changes, you can enjoy a clear complexion that addresses the problem both internally and externally.

Acne is the most common skin condition worldwide and can continue to be problematic from the beginning of puberty all the way until adulthood. It is a long-term skin disease that occurs when dead skin cells and oil from the skin clogs up the hair follicles resulting in inflammation. Black/ white heads, pimples, scarring and oily skin are common features that can affect primarily the face, upper chest and the back.

The real culprit behind acne is the propionibacterium acne. This is a type of bacteria found in sebaceous glands. Normally it has a slow growth rate and lives peacefully with us. However, it has anaerobic properties meaning whenever a hair follicle is clogged and there is no oxygen around them anymore, they grow rapidly and start causing inflammation. In summary, these are the four risk factors that needs to be addressed in the stages of acne development:

Regulate oil production on the face

Prevent clogging of hair follicles

Lower inflammation at the onset

Clear inflammation induced infection

How can TCM help with acne?

Due to the diverse range of products for acne-prone skin, it is difficult to know which one is best to reduce. eliminate and/or prevent acne. So how can we, your Complete Balance team help you in your struggle against acne?

Step 1: Thorough TCM Assessment

Our TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) practitioners will do a full assessment to determine the cause of your acne. Although many acne products promote external treatments such as creams or ointments, most often the cause of acne is related to internal imbalances caused by stress, diet, and lifestyle. Receiving a thorough assessment from a TCM practitioner will help to identify the exact root cause of your acne.

Step 2: Personalized Treatment plan

Once a TCM diagnosis is made, you will receive a treatment plan that is personalized to suit your exact diagnosis. Depending on the diagnosis, the practitioner can prescribe treatments such as acupuncture, herbal formulas, lymphatic draining and life style changes to help treat the internal imbalances.

Step 3: Medicated Diet

Many already know that the food we eat influences our health, and this includes our skin health. Identifying and eliminating foods that can contribute to your acne is therefore an essential factor alongside the treatments.

Step 4: Healthy Lifestyle

Is it over once your acne gets better? Not at all! Maintaining and preventing future acne breakouts will help manage your acne for many years to come. Involving a physical trainer and psychotherapist to help establish a regular exercise routine and stress management for a healthy lifestyle will provide lasting results.

What are some simple lifestyle tips that you can apply today?

Due to the structure of our lifestyle, diet, and stress, cases of acne have been on the rise. The resulting appearance can lead to anxiety, reduced self-esteem and in extreme cases depression. Here are some tips for fighting against acne and to maintain a balanced healthy lifestyle:

Acne is a problem that involves the mind and the body. Start making small changes in your life to have a positive mindset and keep a healthy lifestyle

Any emotional stress, tiredness, staying up late can cause the condition to relapse or worsen

Patience. The skin regeneration time is 21-27 days. Treatment for acne will not happen magically but with consistence and patience, you will get better

Avoid spicy, oily, and sweats. These food can stimulate oil secretion from sebaceous gland leading to more acne

Consume foods that are rich in vitamin A such as carrots, leafy vegetables (they should be consumed cooked and not raw because vitamin A is a fat soluble vitamin), and bean products like tofu, soybean milk (full of estrogen)

Eat lots of vegetable to make sure your bowel movement is regular and smooth

Choose facial cleansing products according to your skin type. Avoid products that overly control oil secretion which may result in dryness of the facial skin

Do not try to squeeze or use invasive products on the face. Give your skin time to go through its healing cycle naturally

When using cosmetic products, avoid blocking the pores when possible

After sweating or showering, avoid using cold water directly on the face. Instead, use warm water or a warm towel to keep the pores openReady to get started on your journey towards healthy skin?

Hyo Joo Esther Yoo Photo Hyo Joo Esther Yoo, RAc, MBBS

Registered Acupuncturist

Hyo Joo Esther Yoo (MBBS, S.R.Ac) is a registered acupuncturist who works at Complete Balance. Want to know more https://mycompletebalance.com

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