Chinese Natural Remedies for Acne

Article by Brianna Mobilian

Traditional Chinese Medicine focuses on using acupuncture points, diet, exercise, and herbal therapies as an alternative way for treating diseases and disorders. The skin is thought to be controlled by the lungs in Traditional Chinese Medicine. There are about six factors that are thought to cause acne in Traditional Chinese Medicine. The main reason is thought to be toxic heat, which must be cooled in the lungs. Additional reasons for skin conditions are thought to be from dampness, or excessive water, and toxins. Traditional Chinese herbs are able to be purchased online, though it is best to visit a Traditional Chinese Practitioner for a blend or dosage that would be best suited for your skin.

Huang Bai

Huang Bai has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and sebum regulating properties. Huang Bai is also known as the amur cork, and comes from the phellodendron tree. The bark of this tree is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is thought to be able to drain damp heat and removes heat toxins. It is able to treat skin conditions, including acne. Huang Bai is applied topically to the skin. The leaves can be consumed internally, though they can taste very bitter. This is because of the tannin that is found in the leaves.


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Huang Qin

Huang Qin has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, and sebum regulating properties. Huang Qin comes from the herb named Scutellaria. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, it is one of the oldest herbs dating back to the second century. It is thought to be able to revitalize the blood and remove heat. It is used mainly for its anti-inflammatory properties. It is used to treat infections on the skin. It is able to be consumed internally or used topically.

Da Huang

Da Huang has anti-allergic, antibacterial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, sebum regulating, and wound healing properties. Da Huang comes from the rhubarb vegetable plant. Da Huang is thought to be able to assist with skin disorders and conditions and can eradicate bacteria. When used topically on the skin, it is able to heal redness and swelling.


Traditional Chinese Medicine deems the diet to be a factor in acne. Foods believed to eliminate acne are cabbage, carrots and carrot leaves, celery, cucumbers, dandelions, lettuce, melons, mung beans, papaya, pears, potatoes, sprouts, and squash. Staying hydrated by consuming a lot of water is important to eliminate toxins from the body. It is believed that the following types of foods are able to promote acne: bamboo shoots, dairy products, fried foods, oily foods, red meats, shellfish, spicy foods, and white mushrooms.


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Acupuncture has been a form of alternative medicine for over two thousand years. It involves placing sterile needles in acupuncture points located on the body. Though it sounds painful, this is a pain free treatment that has no known side effects. Rather than just treating acne on the skin surface, acupuncture focuses on treating it internally. Acupuncture is able to restore balance within the body, which in turn eradicates acne on the skin.

The Traditional Chinese Medicine method of curing acne is by healing the inside of the body, which has a direct impact on the outside of the body. This is a very effective and increasingly popular way of preventing and treating acne.

Brianna Mobilian is a Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Pre/Postal Specialist, Certified Postnatal Yoga Instructor, and passionate mother. She enjoys living her life as holistically as possible, and teaching her family and others to do the same.

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