Acupuncture for acne Dublin 2

Acne vulgaris is a very common condition affecting most people during their life. For the majority, acne happens during puberty and progressively disappears as they get older (mid-twenties). However for some, acne can remain persistent and develop a chronic nature. This type of acne persists during adult life and according to HSE, 1% of men and 5% of women continue to experience symptoms.

What is chronic acne vulgaris?

Acne triggers spots to appear on the upper part of the body such as the face, neck, chest and back. This is caused by a substance caused sebum which function is normally to lubricate the skin and keep it healthy. Sebum is produced by tiny glands in the skin called sebaceous glands. Acne occurs when the sebaceous glands are producing to much sebum. Sebum mixes with bacteria and dead skin cells and blocks the pores, resulting in the appearance of comedones and pimples.

Sex hormones have an influence on the sebaceous glands so acne is in general a symptom of an hormonal change or imbalance.

Symptoms of acne vulgaris

The face, back and chest are the most affected body parts. The lesions caused by acne are generally called spots. When non-inflammatory, they are called comedones or more generally, blackheads and whiteheads. They are called pimples when there is inflammation and there are different types of pimples such as papules, pustules, nodules and cysts. 

Whether occurring during puberty or at an older age, acne can make you feel very unhappy about your appearance. That’s when you should look for help in order to reduce the distress that it is causing you and improve your self-confidence.

Sources: HSE,

What can acupuncture do for acne?

While most conventional treatments are based on topical medication, acupuncture aims to treat both symptoms and root of the problem. Evidence gathered by studies tends to demonstrate that acupuncture used in combination with moxibustion, is a safe, natural and effective form of treatment for acne having even better results than some conventional treatments.

Here are some of the benefits of acupuncture for acne treatments:

  • It reduces skin inflammation
  • It reinforces and balances the immune system and response.
  • It increases local microcirculation.

Additionally, acupuncture can also improve some common associated problems such as low self-esteem or anxiety.

Source: BAcC Factsheet (Acne)

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