Benefits of Traditional Chinese Medicine [Natural Herbs] for Acne Prone SkinPosted on 09/11/2020
Can Traditional Chinese Medicine (TMC) clear acne?! Let me start off by saying that traditional Chinese herbs literally saved my sister’s life when she was infected with the measles at 6 months old. So many doctors said she was terminally ill and after 7+ doctors who couldn’t treat her, my parents finally came across an herbalist who cured her inflammation with traditional herbs.
My family has a long history with healing through TCM as it aims to treat the root causes of many inflamed conditions. They would brew packets of carefully selected pure herbs for hours and drink 3 glasses of bitterness each day for a few weeks until they got better. Once their bodies found equilibrium from within, they didn’t need to take the herbs anymore. This is why I wholeheartedly believe in its powerful healing effects. Eastern practices focus on providing long-term health outcomes through holistic approaches from lifestyle changes, cleaner diets to herbal skincare.
Western VS Eastern Medicine for Acne
When it comes to acne, this is also considered a deeper inflammation in the body. Natural herbs can definitely help as they serve to detox the body while promoting blood flow. However, in today’s modern society, we are unfortunately exploited by the healthcare system. We opt for pharmaceutical solutions (such as antibiotics, birth control) as recommended by doctors and dermatologists, yet we fail to realise these prescriptions only offer a fleeting period of relief. They do not provide a lasting solution (my gut suffered from severe damage from these pills).
They may also come with risks such as yeast infection, toxic build-up in the body and the weakening of other organ systems. Take Roaccutane/ Isotretinoin for example. This is probably the most popular acne prescription drug that many acne sufferers are recommended. I can’t possibly count the times the doctors, dermatologists and just random strangers recommended it to me without taking any interest or showing any concern about my blood sugar, gut health, diet, lifestyle, hormones, skincare etc. Instead they focus on solutions that act as a bandaid. Ask yourself, is this prescription really healing if what we’re taking is leading to further damages in other areas of our bodies? Probably not.
Something that personally contributed to my healing was Chinese herbs, which is a less invasive and non-chemical treatment. You could go to a naturopath or herbalist for professional advice that is more tailored to your personal situation. You could also look into ‘Zilch acne’, a natural supplement developed by Dr Vivian Tam. Zilch acne specifically targets the root cause and calms acne inflammation. I saw results within weeks! Taking natural supplements in the form of tablets is definitely a more convenient method as opposed to brewing sachets of dried herbs, 3 times a day haha. [For more information, progress images on Zilch, see highlighted stories on my IG/ Youtube Videos]
Is your acne due to internal imbalances?
To better understand if your acne is internal, here are some symptoms:
You might have ‘heat’ in your lungs and stomach. This may mean your acne is mainly on the face with oily or shiny skin. You might also have a dry mouth, white coated tongue and feel thirsty despite drinking water, may be constipated and have dark urine. You might also hear something called ‘stagnant blood’ where there’s a lack of circulation. This causes you to suffer from frequent, stubborn red clusters of acne as opposed to mild acne.
What I love about Traditional Chinese Medicine for acne is that it’s a lot more holistic than simply taking herbs. Look into cupping, acupuncture, dietary changes (generally avoiding dehydrating beverages like alcohol and coffee), avoiding inflammatory foods, fuelling your body with more nutritional foods, as well as using skincare that has TCM ingredients.
Here are some TCM ingredients in Korean beauty products to look out for:
Chinese Angelica Root- This promotes vitality with its incredible anti-photoageing properties.
Ginseng- This revitalises and brightens the skin, prevents UV damage, enhances collagen synthesis and overcomes signs of ageing.
- Let’s Face It recommends these Korean beauty products with Ginseng: Beauty Of Joseon Dynasty Cream and Helloskin JUMISO Rich Nourishment Mask.
Gingko Biloba- Perfect for babes looking to enjoy antioxidant properties of gingko nuts. This promotes microcirculation and aids in preventing premature skin ageing.
Rice- Rice is used in TCM to promote the yang, or warmth in the body, as well as to nourish the muscles and tissues. It’s also a potent antioxidant as it contains high levels of with vitamin E.
- Let’s Face It top picks for Rice Extract in Korean skincare products: KLAIRS Fundamental Water Gel Cream, COSRX Ultimate Nourishing Rice Overnight Mask and NEOGEN Real Ferment Micro Serum.
Licorice Root- Love this! This is used for its capacity to neutralise free radicals. It is also an anti-inflammatory agent that kills bacteria and aids healing.
- Let’s Face It loves these K beauty skincare products with Licorice Root: PAPA RECIPE Bombee Whitening Honey Mask, iUNIK Lime Moisture Mild Peeling Gel, KLAIRS Rich Moist Foam Cleanser and PYUNKANG YUL Acne Cream.
These are the TCM steps and ingredients that have allowed me to heal my cystic acne. While it might seem like a long list, a holistic method allows you to heal immensely. You are worthy of the investment and time.
Have you guys tried Traditional Chinese Medicine before for acne? Comment below!
– Written by Elizabeth Claire Nguyen, Sydney based Skin Positivity Advocate.
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