Portrait of a beautiful woman in acupuncture therapyThere are a number of things that cause damage to skin cells like exposure to free radicals, dietary choices, stress, hormonal imbalances, and more. Skin is an often neglected part of our bodies, but it can be a telltale sign of our overall health and its condition can positively or negatively affect our self-image and self-esteem. A variety of environmental conditions such as heat, dry air, cold air, dampness, and more, along with the internal balance of the body, can all affect the overall health of an individuals’ skin and acupuncture works to harmonize the internal and external body. For those that feel like their skin needs a little TLC, but they want an all-natural therapy, acupuncture may be the best way to go. We know that acupuncture has been proven to treat a number of health conditions and symptoms, but we now know that it also can be a remedy for a number of skin conditions.

Before diagnosing and treating skin conditions, most practitioners of acupuncture will meet with an individual to ask questions, do a physical examination, and assess their exposure to certain environmental, emotional and physical factors. Generally speaking, the practitioner will diagnose the person based on disharmonies in the environment or physical body and then prescribe a course of acupuncture appropriate to the skin condition along with other possible special instructions, like dietary instructions or herbal supplements, for example.

What makes acupuncture such a unique form of skin treatment is that it seeks to address both the cause and the symptoms of a skin condition. So, rather than simply treating the symptom such as a rash with an ointment that may stop the itching but not stop the rash, acupuncture often in combination with Chinese herbs aims at getting to the very bottom of a skin problem. Treatments are tailored to a person’s individual symptoms and constitution, and the number of sessions may vary depending on each individual’s progress.

Here are some common skin maladies that can be prevented or helped with regular sessions of acupuncture:

• Acne and Stress Breakouts. This troublesome condition can begin as a young adult and sometimes continues into adulthood for some people. Acne can be caused by the skin’s reaction to bacteria, oils, hormonal changes, heat, and more. Acupuncture can clear the blood stagnation and heat which can help clear up the acne.

• Wrinkles and sagging. The minor trauma of the needles to the skin in acupuncture actually helps stimulate cell re-growth and helps to stimulate the body’s own production of collagen.

• Eczema and Dermatitis. Eczema is an uncomfortable and often painful condition where the skin becomes inflamed, itchy, red and sometimes blistered. It’s caused by the skin’s reaction to allergies or environmental forces like wind and heat. Again, acupuncture works to stimulate skin cells and to reduce swelling and inflammation.

• Skin Dullness. If you’re looking for an all-natural facelift, acupuncture can be the answer as it can help bring new energy and life to your skin cells.

In addition to the conditions above, acupuncture can help with enlarged pores, dark spots, and even some hair loss issues. An ideal alternative to using antibiotics, topical creams, or other chemicals that may only mask the symptoms of the skin problem, acupuncture can get to the root of the issue and correct the problem.

Find out more about how acupuncture can help your skin by setting up a personal consultation. Call 832.282.3306 or email us today.