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10 Herbs to Help Treat Acne

Acne is a long-term skin disease that occurs when hair follicles are clogged with dead skin cells and oil from the skin. It affects as much as 85% of teenagers in North America. Acne primarily affects areas of the skin with a relatively high number of oil glands such as the face, upper part of the chest, and back. Acne prone skin can have a combination of blackheads or whiteheads, pimples, oily skin, and possible scarring. There are ways to treat acne with a combination of Chinese medicinal herbs, facials, and diet modifications.

Acne Facial

There are different causes of Acne but can be divided into the following:

  • Food

  • Dirt

  • Stress

  • Heredity

  • Drugs

  • Occupations

  • Cosmetics

6 Reasons for Acne according to Chinese Medicine

  1. In traditional Chinese medicine, we contribute the cause of Acne to “ heat”. It can be heat in the lung organ. Patients with lung heat, besides having acne, will experience other respiratory problems such as asthma, food allergies or seasonal allergies.

  2. It can also be heat in Stomach. Patients with stomach heat usually have acnes in their forehead. Acne can get worse when they have spicy foods or deep fried foods which in Chinese medicine are heat type of foods. They will also have digestive problems such as constipation, acid reflux, and indigestion.

  3. It can be Toxic Heat: This type of patients usually have severe acne, strongly inflamed with pus-filled nodules and much reddening of the skin around the lesions. This can be caused by polluted foods we are eating nowadays and also pollution in the environment.

  4. It can be Damp Heat: Symptoms include acne composed of deep, pus-filled, inflamed nodules. The skin usually is oily.

  5. It can also be Blood Heat: Symptoms include acne that is accompanied by a flushed face. The patient may complain of thirst, dark urine, and dry stools.

  6. Also emotionally disturbances can be a contribution factor for flare up of acne in Chinese medicine.

There are many herbs including Chinese herbs and natural methods to help you prevent or treat acne skins. In this article we will mainly talk about 10 herbs that are commonly used and highly effective.

Top 10 Herbs to include in your Acne Treatment

  1. Tea Tree Oil

  2. Willow Bark

  3. Neem