Why do you still get acne after using so many skin care products?

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Dec 2020

Why do you still get acne after using so many skin care products?

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Acne is a skin condition that usually occurs on the face, chest, upper back, and shoulders. It happens when the hair follicles are clogged with oil and dead skin cells. The typical features of acne are whiteheads, blackheads, or pimples. It is commonly seen among teenagers, though it affects people of all ages.

Acne can lead to scarring of the skin, lower one’s self-esteem, and causes emotional distress. Since there are many causes of acne, there exist many different approaches to treating it. TCM diagnostic and treatment uses a holistic approach in treating the individual while identifying the clinical indications for more precise and effective treatment.

Diagnostic Classification of Acne:

1. Heat and wind pathogens attacking Lung Meridian:

Mainly small red, tender bumps with itch and pain. Sometimes can develop pus-filled pimples.

Herbal Remedy: Loquat Barley Green Bean Porridge
Loquat leaf 6g, Mulberry leaf 6g, China Barley 30g, Green Bean 15g

Boil all leaves with water for 10-15min, then remove the residue and use the decoction to cook barley and green bean porridge.

For 2 servings. You may add a little sugar to taste.

 

2. Heat and Damp Toxin Accumulation:

Mainly pus-filled pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, or even big painful pus-filled lumps under the skin.

Herbal Remedy: Honeysuckle Hawthorn Tea
Honeysuckle flower 9g, Wild Chrysanthemum 9g, Dandelion flower 6g, Hawthorn 6g, Honey 9g

Boil Hawthorn with 200ml of water for 5-10min before adding all three types of flowers into the pot and continue the brew for another 5min. Drain only the decoction into a bowl before adding another 200ml of water into the pot to repeat boiling for another 5min. Drain the 2nd round of decoction and mix with the 1st round decoction. Add honey and mix it well. 

For 2 servings. Recommended consume after food.

 

3. Phlegm and Blood stasis syndrome:

Mainly large, solid, painful lumps under the skin, it can be painful and itchy when it flares up.

Herbal Remedy: Hawthorn Barley Porridge
Hawthorn 6g, Fritillaria cirrhosa 6g, Frunella vulgaris 6g, Lotus leaf half piece, China barley 30g

Boil the first four herbs with water for 10-15min, then remove the residue and use the decoction to cook barley porridge.

For 2 servings. You may add a little sugar to taste.

 

Physician Advises :

1. Avoid crustacean seafood such as prawns and crabs. Avoid too much sugar, spicy, and oily food.

2. Consume healthy meals by including more fruits and vegetables every day.

3. Eat more fiber-rich food to aid digestion to prevent constipation

4. Avoid heavy foundation make-up, especially oil-based makeup to prevent clogging of the hair follicles.

5. Avoid pricking or squeezing pimples as it can cause infection and/or scarring.

6. Wash your face twice a day to remove excess oil and dead skin cells.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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PEH 白医师
Physician 中医师

教育背景:南洋理工大学 & 北京中医药大学,
本科:生物医学学位与中医专业学士学位(双学位)

白医师是双语精通的医师。她专注于妇科,儿科,皮肤科,疼痛科的研究。针对皮肤科如痤疮,湿疹,荨麻疹,带状疱疹等皮肤疾病有着独特的治疗方案。随着经验的积累,对于一些面瘫,面肌痉挛及其他神经疾病的患者进行针灸起到很好的疗效。

Phy Peh is a fully registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Physician with the TCM Practitioners Board and holds a double degree in both Bachelor of Biomedical science and Bachelor of Chinese medicine from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Beijing University of Chinese Medicine (BUCM). 

She is bilingual and specializes in Gynaecology, Paediatric and Dermatology. She has great insights in treating patients with skin issues such as acne, eczema, hives and herpes zoster. Throughout her career, she has had many successes in treating Bell palsy and facial issues from acupuncture. Other than that, she has much interest in acupuncture for pain and treating common paediatrics illnesses.