Acne affects over 633 million people who just want to rid themselves of the embarrassing, irritating and frustrating skin condition that can result in blackheads, pimples, oily skin and scarring on the face, chest and back.
While there are a variety of treatment options, traditional medical options (drugs and medicated creams) are now being scrutinized for their long-term side effects.
One of the most common acne drugs today is Isotretinoin (formerly known as Accutane). It is a drug used to treat severe acne as well as other skin issues and certain kinds of cancer. Other brand names include Absorica, Amnesteem, Claravis, Myorisan and Sotret. While in some cases it can clear up acne there are very dangerous side effects to be considered.
The potential list of side effects includes:
– Acne could get worse before it gets better
– Dry skin, dry nasal passages leading to nose bleeds and chapped lips
– Thinning hair
While seeming non-aggressive, the list continues with:
– Severe birth defects include: small or missing ears, hearing loss, small eyes, missing eyes, cleft palate, congenital heart defects (this means taking a form of birth control is highly encouraged and sometimes not even given as an option).
– Central Nervous system issues: headaches, tiredness, increased pressure in the brain, blurred vision, seizures, stroke
– Mental Health Changes: mood swings, depression, withdrawal
– Digestive Issues: bleeding gums, lack of appetite, heartburn, stomach pain, dark urine, nausea, diarrhea, rectal bleeding
Amidst the current opioid crisis and the movement for more preventative and more holistic treatment without a doubt harsh and aggressive acne treatments aren’t the only option if you are struggling.
How effective is acupuncture for treating acne?
Acupuncture is very effective for treating hormonal acne, pustules and cystic acne because the root cause of the pimples is addressed so the vicious cycle of breakouts is completely stopped.
Cosmetic acupuncture has an over 90% success rate at treating skin that is affected by Acne.
Many studies have been conducted on acne acupuncture and in several randomized control trials, individuals with mild to moderate acne lesions experienced reduction of inflammatory lesions as well as overall improvement in complexion. Acupuncture coupled with dietary analysis is a very safe and natural way to treat acne with sustainable results.
The most common acne issues treated with cosmetic acupuncture include: hormonal acne (associated with periods, or coming off the pill), pubescent acne (teenage acne), adult acne, cystic acne, whiteheads and red bumps as well as acne scarring in the form of pigmentation, bumps and pitting.
Lifestyle factors such as what you eat, how you sleep and your level of stress have a huge affect on your skin. Our team works in collaboration with our nutrition coaches to provide you with the best nutrition plan to accelerate your progress and help you feel your very best. We know that a natural solution to treat your acne is the best for your long-term health and well-being which is why we include a complimentary nutrition assessment and coaching session in order to best accelerate your progress and your results.