Acupuncture Acne Treatments
Robert Vena, New Jersey Acupuncturist for Acne Treatments in Englewood NJ 07631
Treating Chronic Acne with Acupuncture in NJ
"The beauty and brilliance of acupuncture is that we do not just treat symptoms, we always treat the whole person. Acupuncture acne treatments work to put the whole body in balance, resolving your acne from the inside out."
-Robert Vena, NJ Acupuncturist
Acne can be mild to severe, from a few small blemishes to clusters of deep, painful cysts. Although some acne may pop up on the back, chest, or even shoulders, it usually happens on the face in the form of whiteheads or blackheads around the cheeks, mouth, chin, nose, and forehead. Skin often looks reddish and oily, and feels raw and irritated.
Acne remedies may vary according to the way acne presents on the face or body. The various ways that acne may present include:
- Whiteheads: Usually tiny white spots that feel like hard little bumps to the touch. They stay under the surface of the skin, and can remain for long periods. Whiteheads are not usually painful, unless they are squeezed or poked at.
- Blackheads: Small, hard spots that rise to the skin’s surface. They are “black” against the skin due to old, packed oil creating a “plug” in the pores. Blackheads are also not usually painful if left alone, but unlikely to disappear without the benefit of acne treatments.
- Papules: Small pink bumps on the surface of the skin, which are tender to the touch. Usually the precursor to pustules.
- Pustules: A later stage of papules. Pustules are more painful, usually larger, and are red at the base with a white, pus-filled “bubble” at the top.
- Nodules: Large, very painful, solid-feeling lumps which show red at the skin’s surface, but are located deep under many layers of skin.
- Cysts: The most serious and difficult to treat of all forms of acne. Cysts are very deep under the surface of the skin, throbbing, hot to the touch, and filled with pus. Cysts can lead to pitting and permanent scarring.
In addition to the physical symptoms and discomfort experienced by acne sufferers, there are often social and emotional issues that arise from this very visible health problem as well. Adolescents – the age group most likely to develop acne – are in the process of developing their identities, and are feeling intense social pressures. This means that, without effective acne remedies, the effects of acne breakouts can cause emotional scars as well as physical ones. Seeking a skilled acne acupuncturist can mean all the difference for anyone suffering with acne issues.
Common Causes of Acne
Western Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine treat acne differently – on the basis of two very different theories regarding its causes. Western dermatologists work under the belief that acne is caused when hair follicles and pores are clogged with skin cells, makeup, lotions, and oily secretions. The “plug” prevents skin’s natural oils from moving up the follicle and out of the pore, but the sebaceous glands do not stop producing those oils. When the oils accumulate under the skin, an irritation develops, and bacteria can get trapped and multiply, leading to inflammation and possible infection.
Robert Vena, L.Ac., MSTOM
New Jersery Acupuncturist
214 Engle Street Suite 23
Englewood, NJ 07631
How Acupuncture Treatments Can Improve Acne
"Approximately one month ago, I awoke with a severe acute pain on my right side behind my hip. Previously, I had injured that spot in a Pilates class during one of my stretches.
It ached a bit but nothing like that morning! My sister had an acupuncture session with Rob the previous week and when she heard of my plight, she suggested I call him. I had never been to an acupuncturist before so I was a little apprehensive.
To my surprise, Rob’s professionalism, empathy and skill relieved my pain after one visit. The acupuncture procedure was virtually painless and he explained every step to me throughout the process. He is still following up with me to see how I am feeling.
I definitely recommend Rob to anyone seeking acupuncture and Chinese medicine services."
On the other hand, I see acne as a problem stemming from an imbalance within the body. Internal heat and dampness clog channels in the body through which a person’s life energy –- qi -- should flow freely.
The clogged channels negatively affect the liver, spleen, stomach, and lungs. These internal organs, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine, are responsible for hormone secretion and skin health – and when they are out of balance, skin eruptions are the physical manifestation of this imbalance.
Chinese medicine also sees acne as partly a result of a fatty diet, emotional issues, hormone variances, and environmental conditions of patients’ lives.
Treating Acne with Acupuncture
Unlike Western doctors, who simply treat the signs of acne breakouts with topical medicines or antibiotics, I will request detailed information about your health and lifestyle to determine what is causing the imbalance in your body. I will gather information about your digestion, energy levels, anxiety and stress, sleep patterns, and (for women) menstrual cycles, and I will also examine the location and physical presentation of the acne eruptions.
This information, taken together, helps to diagnose the cause of the problems manifesting on your skin. Depending on where your blemishes are appearing and what form they take, I can identify the channel or channels that may be affected, and which organs and hormones may be involved.
Your treatment, then, will be directed at adjusting the underlying imbalance tailored to address the Traditional Chinese Medicine “pattern” believed to be causing the problem. Acupuncture needles will be applied at various precise points on the body in a series of treatments, focused on balancing the function of the affected organs. With this acupuncture for acne, I may focus more on channels leading to the lungs (which control skin moisture), the stomach (which influences dampness and heat) and/or the spleen (which regulates digestion), depending on my diagnosis of the underlying problem.
Chinese herbal medicines may be prescribed based on a patient’s specific needs. These medicines, in the form of herbal teas, pills, capsules, or topical solutions, work together with the application of acupuncture to restore the internal balance of the body’s systems, thus curing the skin eruptions over time.
Contact Robert Vena, NJ Acupuncturist for Acne Treatments
Acupuncture can be a very effective treatment for acne, without many of the common side effects – such as irritation, dry skin, and redness – of the medicines and topical treatments of Western Medicine. Although results may not be instantaneous, they can be long lasting. If you have tried remedy after remedy without any positive results, and are seeking effective acne treatment in New Jersey, give acupuncture a try. Acupuncture for acne can improve all degrees and types of acne, while also increasing your overall wellness.
Are you seeking an end to your struggles with the pain and embarrassment of acne breakouts? For acupuncture acne treatments in NJ, please contact me for an appointment, in which I will discuss with you any specific concerns or questions you may have about the process.
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Robert Vena, L.Ac., MSTOM
214 Engle Street Suite 23
Phone: (201) 357-0904