Can Acupuncture reduce pimples- Know what research says(Dermatocare's beauty tips)

Written By Dr Surbhi, MD Skin

Last updated: 03/10/18

“Doctor, can acupuncture reduce pimples?”

Yes it does. “Acupuncture can reduce pimples” based on our research across studies from China and Korea.

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is part of traditional Chinese healing technique termed as Acupoint stimulation. Acupoint stimulation can be done by various methods like:

  • Acupuncture that involves pricking of your skin with a hair-thin needle to send a message to the brain.
  • Moxibustion that involves the controlled burning of material, typically mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) herb, at certain points or areas of the body surface.
  • Cupping therapy that involves applying suction by placing a vacuumized cup or jar on acupoints or affected body surfaces to induce local hyperemia or hemostasis.
  • Acupoint injection, which involves injecting medication into an acupuncture point
  • Acupoint embedding that involves embedding in the skin over the acupoint a small needle or medicated catgut.

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How does Acupuncture help in healing acne?

According to traditional Chinese Medicine, acne is caused by intense Lung Heat or Stomach Heat, Damp–Heat with Blood Stasis, and Qi (vital energy) Stagnation. Thus, Acupoint stimulation for acne relieves Heat toxicity, eliminate Dampness, regulate the Qi and Blood, and enhance immunologic function. It might balance androgen levels to inhibit excess oil secretion of the sebaceous gland.

How is Acupuncture done?

According to studies weekly sessions of Acupuncture or cupping therapy are done for 12 weeks helps in reducing acne. The results are comparable to the acne treatments given at dermatologist clinic.

Can I do Acupressure at home to resolve acne?

Most of the studies are based on Acupoint stimulation done by the professional therapist; however if you want to try acupressure at home check out this link for details: Acupressure Points for Relieving Acne, Pimple and Other Skin Problems.

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