What really frustrates me about acne is there’s no cure-all cream or serum you can apply overnight. Ideally, the potion would seep into your pores, clean out all the bacterial junk, and like magic, blemishes would fade by morning every time. Instead, there’s a laundry list of products to choose from: balms, cleansers, those obnoxiously loud face-stimulating gadgets. Granted, some do the trick, but most of the time, its a trial-and-error process that's overpriced and risky for your skin. Personally, I’m on the lookout for solutions that are a little more natural, like Chinese medicine remedies for acne, that don’t require a prescription or a chunk of cash flowing out of my wallet.
What if the root cause of every physical ailment (illness, skin trauma, and the like) could be healed by the body itself? The idea behind Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is that there’s really no need to toss back a bunch of medication when you have a cold or headache, or spend a ton of money on bottles full of product for separate skin ailments. According to TCM, the body is fully capable of making the necessary adjustments to heal itself from the inside out; your job is to help it along.
According to the Kootenay Columbia College of Integrative Health Sciences, TCM recognizes two types of acne: blemishes that sprout from "heat in the lungs and stomach," and acne that comes from phlegm build-up and poor circulation. Here's how to tell the difference: Overheating in the lungs and stomach leads to facial acne and oily skin. Phlegm build-up, on the other hand, produces "acne that is dark red and appears in clusters," which don't easily go away.
Either way, acne is acne, and I don't know about you, but I could certainly do without it. The key is to identify what's going on internally so you can nurse the problem and clear up the issues externally. Interested in trying Chinese medicine remedies for yourself? Here are a few to get you started.