Acupuncture for Skin Disorders

Can Acupuncture Help Clear Up Skin Disorders?

Acupuncture for Psoriasis

What is Acne? 


Acne is a normal condition, which comes during puberty. Acne is formed by your hair follicles becoming clogged with oil and turn into blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, etc. Acne is hereditary, so sadly you cannot stop it from happening if your family has had acne problems. While it usually just lasts 5-10 years after beginning puberty, for some it can last a lot longer. Acne is embarrassing to some, so of course they would seek out any possible treatment for it.


Acupuncture Treatment for Acne

Acupuncture Acne

Acupuncture treats acne by the severity of it. Different points will help different stages of acne. Not only does acupuncture treat the acne, it treats the body as a whole to alleviate stress, which could be causing your acne. Acupuncture points used are:


  • Whitehead and Blackhead breakout: LU5 & LI4
  • Inflammatory: LI11 & LI4
  • Cystic: LI4, LI11, ST36, & SP9
  • Hormonal: SP6, ST36, Ren4, & Ren 6


Testimonial for Acupuncture Treatment for Acne

Acupuncture Chelsea Burns

Beauty editor, Chelsea Burns, had been battling acne her entire life. She has used Accutane twice and has tested a lot of different products through her job. She received an e-mail one day about using acupuncture to treat acne. She was skeptical, but discussed the e-mail she received with her coworkers and they all had used acupuncture for their own reasons and swore by it. She decided to make an appointment and try out this new treatment. She had tiny needles inserted in different areas on her face and in her hand, which she said were relatively painless being inserted.

Her acupuncturist, Elana, then left the room so that Chelsea could relax. After 20 minutes, Elana returned to remove her pins and finished the treatment with an egg white mask. After that first treatment, Chelsea regularly used acupuncture, along with laser therapy. Her acne has now vanished and she finally has the clear, beautiful skin she has always been dreaming about.


What is Eczema?


Eczema is described as red, itchy, inflamed skin. Eczema is manageable and only comes out during flare ups. It’s best to know what triggers your flare ups, have a good skin care routine, and to use medication as prescribed to you. There are different forms of eczema so you have to know which eczema condition you have so that it can be properly treated.  


Acupuncture for Eczema

Eczema Acupuncture

In Chinese Medicine, it is said that an imbalance in the Lungs is what causing skin conditions. The lungs allow the skin to breathe by opening and closing the pores. An element of heat in the lungs is what causes the itchiness and redness of the skin.

Once the acupuncture helps control the symptoms of the redness and itchiness, you will see a drastic change in the inflammation and redness after you stop scratching. Acupuncture will also help with stress and improving your sleep, which both of those things can cause your eczema to flare up.



Testimonial for Acupuncture Treatment for Eczema

Acupuncture Skin Disorders

In this blog, Amy Flyntz, writes about her battle with Perioral Dermatitis, which is a form of eczema. After her diagnosis of PA, her dermatologist put her on some antibiotics to clear it up. By the end of the four weeks, her face was finally clear. Afterwards, one night she randomly woke up feeling as though she was covered in fire ants. She went back to the dermatologist only to find out that it was her PD acting up and it was now time to try more antibiotics.

She decided that she wasn’t getting results, so she wanted to seek treatment elsewhere. She sought out an acupuncturist and went to her first appointment. While speaking with her, he told Amy that she had to “regain her spirit”. He inserted the needles, left her to relax, and returned to remove them. After her first appointment, she realized a couple hours later that her Eczema did not itch since she left, and her patches had already begun to fade. She has been back a couple of times, but she keeps a journal to track her emotions and her skin issues.


What is Psoriasis?


Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that results in patchy, flakey red spots all over the skin. Everyone is affected differently by psoriasis so treatment varies by what works for you and the severity of your flare up. You can go through so many medications until you find the one that works for you. Even when you find that one medicine, there is no guarantee that it will one day stop working. While psoriasis does not have a cure, it is best to find a treatment that works to calm down your flare ups.


Acupuncture for Psoriasis

Acupuncture for Psoriasis

Because acupuncture is treating the body as a whole, and psoriasis is an autoimmune, it is definitely a safe effective way to try and treat psoriasis. A big trigger for psoriasis is stress. By reducing stress in the body, your psoriasis should start to calm down. An acupuncturist, Jamie Starkey, stated that by using acupuncture needles around the psoriasis flare up, it may promote the flow of Qi to the area to balance the immune response. Because acupuncture is used to treat other auto immune disorders, such as arthritis, Starkey believes the treatment of psoriasis should be no different.


Testimonial for Acupuncture Treatment for Psoriasis
From Balanced Body Acupuncture

Acupuncture Psoriasis

Presenting Symptom: Psoriasis/Psoriatic Arthritis

“There are no words to express how grateful I am for the help Margaret has given me. When I first started Acupuncture treatments with Margaret in January 2013, I had been covered in psoriasis from head to toe for 8 years. I had also developed pain and joint damage from Psoriatic Arthritis. I have been under the care of a leading dermatologist for these 8 years and have taken many medications, including biologics. Nothing helped me. After 6 acupuncture treatments by Margaret, I had turned a big corner, and it was obvious my skin was clearing up. After just 3 more treatments, my skin was 95% clear. My skin has remained clear for 2 1/2 years now. My Psoriatic Arthritis pain has gone from a “6” to a “0”. I feel that I’ve been given a miracle through Margaret’s acupuncture.”



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